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Langtang Gosainkund Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
  • Max Altitude: 4460 m
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
Trip Overview

Langtang and Gosainkund Trek combines two popular destinations of Langtang region: Langtang valley and the Gosainkund Lake. This 12 days trek to Langtang valley and Gosaikunda lake offers great view of the Himalayan peaks, Tamang ethnic cultural heritages, alpine lifestyle, and unparallel experiences.

Gosaikunda is a prominent alpine freshwater lake in Langtang region – holy for Hindus where each year thousands of devotees trek just to bath in this Holy Lake believing that a dip into this lake will washes away their sins – situated at an altitude of 4,380/ 14,370 ft meters above sea level. Gosaikunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishula (trident) into a rock-boulder to extract water while he was wandering in search of water after swallowing poison. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda Basin with major three namely Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. Overflow water from the lake is popularly known as Trishuli river..

The trek starts from Syabrubensi to the Langtang Valley first offering an opportunity to hike to view point to view the majestic mountain peaks. Then you walk back to Syabru village and climb to the Lake which is challenging hike in the arid alpine landscape. The trek offers view of the Himalayan peaks including Langtang Lirung 7,234 m/ 23,734 ft, Langtang Ri 7,205 m/ 23,638 ft, Langsisa Peak 6,427 m/ 21,086 ft, Yala Peak 5,520 m/ 18,110 ft, Ganjala Peak, west of the Himal Chuli (7,893 m/ 25,896 ft), Manaslu (8,156 m/ 26,758 ft) and Ganesh Himal (7,406 m/ 24,298 ft) and ranges.

Itenerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of only International airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check-in at your Hotel and then after short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You start the day with delicious breakfast served at your Hotel. The sightseeing involves tour of two religious and cultural sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually significant for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu in the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
You drive quite long today in the mountainous landscape – but not that boring – of Nepal. You can enjoy magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks, beautiful river valley, terraced farming field, small dotted settlements and villages all awe-inspiring. To reach Syabrubensi you pass through the historical place like Betrawati – where Nepal and Tibet under Qing Dynasty signed a treaty in 1792 to settle the war. The road to Tibetan town Kyrong/Gyrong and Nepal-China border passes through this small town. Once you reach Syabrubesi, you can explore the town, it provides with interesting fusion of modernity and village life. You spend the night at local lodge.
After breakfast in your lodge, you start your day with crossing the river Bhote Koshi that flows from China, and again crossing the Langtang Khola that flows down from Langtang valley. The trail ascends all the time along the Langtang Khola Gorge. You enjoy your lunch in a small place called Bamboo and start to walk steep uphill of about two hours to reach Lama Hotel – your night stop. The altitude is manageable and attainable on this day. Overnight at local lodge.
After breakfast you walk towards the Langtang valley that leads from east to west direction. Elevation will increase which might make the day harder than earlier day. The later part of the trek might be tough depending on your physical ability. You eat your delicious lunch in a small place namely Ghora Tabela – literally means horse stable. Your trip to valley will be a joyous and an inspirational trek given that the life in the Langtang completely rose from zero after devastating earthquake. Langtang village was the most severely hit and destroyed place of Gorkha Earthquake in April 2015 which claimed more than 300 lives including dozens of foreigners and their crew members. After the earthquake, life here begins with hope and aspiration and new lodges are built now for your accommodation. Various Geological surveys were carried out before the village were reestablished again. You will enjoy the fresh air and spend the night at local lodge here.
You start the day with mouthwatering mountain breakfast at your lodge and head to open and incredible Langtang valley. As you start from Langtang village and climb a small hillock, you walk past one of the longest Mani walls of the world. The trail is equipped with beautiful mountain surrounding and cultural and spiritual richness. The trail that winds up and up in the barren landscape tests your endurance. You reach to Kyanjin Gompa – wide and open pastureland where Buddhist monastery is located and now developed with tourist facilities – by lunch. Enjoy the lunch and you have a half-day to explore around or relax. Overnight local lodge.
Today you explore the Langtang valley and enjoy the beauty of the place. You will relax yourself and immerse yourself in the beautiful environment of Kyanjing Gompa. You could choose to visit local cheese factory – established under the technical assistance of Swiss man in early 1950s – or walk all the way to view spectacular ice faces and glaciers of Langtang Lirung or even climb up Kyanjin Ri (4,773m / 15,655 ft) or even Tserko Ri at approximately 5,100 m – two famous mountain peaks to climb for the view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. You can walk to Langshisa Kharka instead and explore the glacier. Any of these will bring you with equal joy and adventure. You spend your second night at the local lodge in Kyangjing Gompa.
You can enjoy the breakfast with magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks from this valley. If you have not explored monastery or cheese factory, you can visit in the morning. Then, you start to trek back to Lama hotel. On your way, you will enjoy the trail equally as the view is different from what was on going upwards. You spend your night at Lama hotel beside the river at local lodge.
We walk down to Bamboo after breakfast in the morning and then take the upper trail to reach Syabru Village or called Thulo Syabru. On the way you enjoy the wildlife, flora, and fauna. You walk pass Bamboo and Rhododendron forest. Syabru village is quite a big settlement in the ridge with beautiful view of the terraced field below, jungle above, and beautiful mountains in front. The cultural exposure of Tamang people is also attractive. Enjoy your evening and the night stay here in the lodge.
Passing through gradual uphill lines of Chotens, Dursagang along with scenic views of mountains you continue your trek to reach the Sing Gumba. On your way you will observe Langtang Himal, Ganesh Humal, Tibetan mountains and many others. You continue your walk through oak, hemlock and Rhododendron forest and pastures to Phoparng Danda. Then the trail continues with gentle up and almost flat way to Sing Gumba. There is a another cheese factory here and a Buddhist monastery as well if you want to explore. Enjoy your rest of the day, and Overnight at the local lodge.
You start your long day in a difficult terrain after breakfast. Throughout the walk you will be greeted by one or other Himalayan peaks. You will observe a range of Annapurna, Himchuli, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang from the ridge while climbing uphill. It is considered to be of holy importance for Hindus around the world. On a festive occasion of Janai Purnima – that falls on August, the lake is destination to thousands of pilgrimages. Besides its cultural importance for Nepali, the sight is also sought after for its heavenly beauty. Mountains surround the lake from all four direction giving it a scenic prominence. There are other numbers of lake system in the region. Overnight at the local lodge.
On this day you relax yourself and go for a quick stroll or short hike, either way it will be a day well spent given the sceneries. You could hike to Lauribinayak pass – that connects Langtang Valley with Helambu region – or walk around Saraswati lake, Bhairabkunda lake, Gosainkunda lake. You can take closer look on Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal too. Overnight at local lodge.
After hearty first meal you will trek downhill to reach Sing Gompa first. You make a quick stop for lunch and again trail your way downward through pine and Rhododendron forest. Once you reach the stream/river you will prepare yourself for gentle uphill. You walk through farms to reach Dhunche – the district headquarter of Rasuwa and the administrative capital of the region . Overnight will be spent at local lodge in Dhunche itself.
You drive the same road you took the first day to start your trekking. Enjoy the long drive with beautiful landscapes and lifestyle of the mountain people. Reach Kathmandu; check into the hotel and find some relaxing time. Overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport pick up & Droop off with representative.
    • Nepal’s 3-star level hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • English speaking licensed and experienced Trekking Guide and porter to carry your luggage. (If you are in a group with more than 5 trekkers then assistance guide will be provided)
    • All meals in the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch& Dinner.)
    • Accommodation in the tea house lodges during the trekking
    • Hot drinks. (Tea & coffee ) 3 times a day.
    • 4 wheel jeep (Kathmandu- Syabrubensi- Dhunche -Kathmandu)
    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
    • Langtang National Park entry Permit.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment, land transport etc for trekking staff.
    • Down jacket, Down Sleeping bag, and Duffel bag.
    • Sightseeing with guide, transport and entry permits in Kathmandu.
    • All taxes and Services charge.

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
    • International air-ticket
    • Travel insurance that must include emergency helicopter evacuation

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Fleece liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles are optional but recommended, and you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun-block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1. Hand gloves (One light pair and One warmer pair)

Body

  1. T-shirts – few.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.       

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. Blister treatments such as moleskin, hand plants and-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous/Optional:

  1. One pair of Trekking poles (although listed in optional or miscellaneous this item help you tremendously in trekking, so we recommend to have it)
  2. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  3. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  4. Pocket knife.
  5. Bandanas.
  6. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  7. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweights
  8. Binoculars.
  9. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

If you feel something required or not required from this list, you can write to us.

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