Helambu to Gosaikunda Challenge 2019!!!

(October 13th – October 24th)

A Serenity Package for IT Professionals

Trek Introduction

Life is too short to spend just on a screen. Come to Nepal, help make a difference in the community and witness the incredible nature with your own eyes. Give your mind, heart, soul, and eyes a retreat that will stay with you forever.

Beyul Treks has been organizing a number of community-based treks in Nepal. This package is offered for IT professionals who can help make a big impact in the life of students. Participants will go to the school based in Helambu, a Himalayan region that falls under Langtang National Park. Once there, you are expected to share your knowledge and teach some computer-based technical skills for 2 days before continuing on to trek to the Gosaikunda region afterward. The participants will have an opportunity to share the culture and lifestyle to the students and teachers.

Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater lake that is situated at an altitude of 4380m. The lake remains frozen in winter. Its water is considered holy and large numbers of pilgrims visit every year. The trekking route to Gosaikunda offers an experience of a variety of different landscapes along with multiple cultures along the way. On top of that, this route also offers a wide range of views of the Himalayas throughout, right from the day you start your trek. Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna are among the peaks that you can view as far as you can see, depending on the weather!

Highlights of the trek:

  • Get immersed in the true mountain lifestyle of Nepal
  • Giving back to the rural community of Nepal
  • Explore the village of monasteries
  • Hike through Gosaikundu- an alpine freshwater lake in Nepal, popular Hindu shrine
  • Crossing the highest pass Suryakunda Pass (4700m)
  • Hike through Langtang National Park

Who can participate?

Anyone with some technical education, expertise, and skills they are willing to share can participate. You are expected to teach some out-of-the-book course material for 2 days. The more interesting the course, the more excited and engaged the students will be, which just means your input has a far greater impact and a much more positive result for everyone involved! We suggest the course could be 2-3 hours long each day and could include things like basic game building, some application development or basics of programming.

This program is also ideal for corporate retreats.

How much does it cost to participate?

The cost is $1800 for 12 days in Nepal. This includes all trekking requirements and logistics such as a guide, porter, 3 standard meals each day, unlimited water and adequate translators all the time. During the 12 days, we will be staying in the community for 3 nights, and the rest of the days we will be trekking, including a day on a Kathmandu Heritage Site tour. The accommodation during trekking would be in the tea houses along the trekking route. Also please note that the cost above does not include international flights tickets, insurance or visa fees.

[Note: The percentage of the total revenue would be used to buy educational materials and shoes for the needy students. Beyul has always been contributing to the welfare of these schools.]

When is this happening?

The trek is planned for October 2019, starting on the 13th and finishing on the 24th. However, please let us know if you prefer different dates and we will see if we can accommodate you. Please note, however, we require a minimum of 8 participants for each trek, so if you wish to attend a different date, bring 7 friends with you!

How hard is the trek?

This trek is considered a moderate trek to do in Nepal. However, for the safety and enjoyment of all participants, we strongly recommend that you take the time to ensure you are at a good fitness level before you join us.

Sermathan SchoolWhat is the maximum altitude?

The highest altitude we reach is 4700 meters-  this is at the Suryakunda pass.

What would be the accommodation type?

You will be staying in a 3-star hotel while in Kathmandu. During the trek, you will be staying in tea houses. Tea houses could be less comfortable than the hotels, mostly after day 8. You can’t have any hot showers after day 8 and beds will be less comfortable. However, the friendly hotel staffs and the warmth they maintain would be something that would stay in your lifetime.

Tea house in Nepal
A typical Himalayan tea house

What will be the temperature like?

During October, the temperate remains moderate most of the time. Though morning and evening would be a bit colder, the sunlight remains throughout the day mostly. Ditto during the trek. It could even be hot while trekking, but evening and morning will be around 10-degree Celcius.

What kind of food do we get during the trek?

Although Dal-Bhat (Rice and lentils with some Nepali style curry) is the major food eaten in Nepal, you will get to eat varieties of food during the trek. But, it is advised to not be very choosy at the tea houses with the group, meaning, having the same food by the group could be less time-consuming.

Itinerary:

Day Destination Duration Altitude (meters)
1 Kathmandu 1300
2 Heritage site tour, trek preparation, and orientation 1300
3 Shermathan (Drive 5 hours from Kathmandu and hike for 5-6 hours) 10 hours 2600
4 Teach in the school at Shermathan 2600
5 Teach in the school at Shermathan 2600
6 Morning hike to Ghyangul(3 hours)-Have lunch-Hike to Tarkeghyang 5-6 hours 2500
7 Early morning hike to Ama Yangri, View sunrise and back to Tarkeghyang. 4 hours uphill 3700
8 Hike to Melamchi Gaun 6-7 hours 2600
9 Early morning uphill hike to Thaarepati (4-5 hours) – Have lunch – Hike to Phedi (1:30-2 hours) (6-7 hours) 3600
10 Hike to Lauribina via Suryakunda pass (7-9 hours) (4700-pass) 4400
11 Hike to Chandanbari after lunch at Lauribina 3 hours 3200
12 Downhill hike to Dhunche-Drive to Kathmandu – Final Dinner 3 hours hike – 6/7 hours drive 1300
13 Leave for home

 

If you think you are up for the challenge, please fill the following google sheet. We will get back to you, as soon as possible. Please feel free to ask if anything comes to your mind at info@beyultreks.com.