Just north of Kathmandu are two lovely where one may experience Tamang and Sherpa life, temperate forest and alpine pastures, glaciers, lakes and snowy peaks. Helambu valley noted for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate is just north of the Kathmandu Valley. One can stay in highland monastery villages and small settlements in pristine forests.
Above Helambu is a mountain pass the lakes of Gosainkunda to the valley of Langtang. Gosaikunda Lake itself is situated at 4,380 meters. Nearby are other lakes including Nagkunda, Bhairavkunda, Saraswatikunda and Suryakunda. The trek passes through a varied landscape ranging from evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to sub alpine grasslands and stark, beautiful mountainsides.