Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the best trekking holiday in the Langtang region. Sherpa populates the high mountain lakes at Gosainkunda of the Langtang. And Tamang families in the North West of Kathmandu valley. And famous for its culture and religion with splendid views of Himalayas. The Gosaikunda area is a great religious site. Hindu mythology attributes Gosaikunda as the abode of Hindu deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri.
The Trekking trails of Langtang Gosaikunda Trek are challenging, which includes long, steep and descents, temperate sub-alpine deep forest, sky blue gentians, epiphytic orchids and primroses or across glacier mountain views and delightful villages. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek allows you to get right in among the Himalayan peaks and to get off-the-beaten-track, walking through some fascinatingly remote and relatively unpopulated areas.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek starts from Dhunche Village or Syabru Besi, both from the Langtang side. Alternatively, trekkers may also begin from Sundarijal, which lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Many trekkers choose to stay at Laurebinayak, which also provides excellent sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The chief inheritances of this region are Tamang and Sherpa, the origin of Tibetan, whose religion, culture, languages, and dress are similar to the Tibetan people.
The craftsmanship, clothing, traditionally built stone houses, and the beautiful wooden carved go back to the reflection of hundreds of years. The spectacular scenery of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7246m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Naya Kangri (5846m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m) are worth able for the nature seekers and mountains lovers on one hand and on the other 1000 species of flora and many wild animals such as Tigers, wild boar, red panda, pica, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar (wild goat), rhesus monkey, common langur, snow leopard , hawks, hoopoe, cuckoos, barbets, owls, nightjars, laughing thrushes, black-capped sibias, Red-billed and parakeets etc. more than 250 species of birds are main attraction for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek.
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek gives the trekker a remarkable and varied journey through the Langtang valley and onto the holy lakes of Gosainkunda. The trek climbs more steeply to Gosaikunda region through farmland and above the tree line up an alpine ridge that offers a substantial Himalayan panorama, to reach a rocky bowl studded with scared high altitudes lakes. There are 108 lakes in this area, but the most popular are Gosaikunda (4460m), Saraswatikunda, and Ganesh Kunda nearby each other.
The Gosainkunda lakes are considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists alike, and many Hindus make the pilgrimage to bathe in the lakes during the August full moon festival of Janai Purnima. It’s a moderate trail with a surprising amount of steep climbs and stiff descents. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek offers an ideal trek for those without much time but wishes to experience Nepal’s unique combination of cultures, landscapes, stunning mountains, and diverse wildlife and vegetation. From lowland forests abundant with wildlife to alpine meadows, pristine lakes, magnificent mountain views, and a chance to sample the unique lifestyle of the local Tamang people, this trek results to be a genuinely memorable trek.
Duration: 15 Days from Arrival to Departure
Max. Altitude: Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February – June, September – November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay, and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Trip Snippets: 15 days, three night’s hotels, 11 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city, and breakfast lunch & dinner during the trek is included.
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 1 to 15 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg, including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on the trek can store in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.
Transportation: Local Bus/Private Land Cruiser
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have the meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in the next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are the highlights of our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.
Day 03: - Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5085ft) about 7-8 hours drive
After morning breakfast, we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will witness lovely scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks along the route and as well as the green landscape of hillock, rivers, and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, and Dhunche. You feel as if you are heading towards low land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. We descend to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.
Day 04: - Syabru Bensi trek to Lama Hotel (2450m/8038ft): walking distance 6-7 hours, 1070m ascent - 10.9 km
The first day excitement trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River flowing down from Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. After a visit to the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche, follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail gradually ascends to Bamboo passing by a landslide. The path goes through the subtropical forest, which is cover by oak and maple, large spruce, fir, and blue pine. We pass through the jungles of oak and rhododendron. The variety wildlife; yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas, and Himalayan black bears, etc. are inhabitance of the forest. Afterward, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m). And at the end, your trail is level to the Lama Hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 05: - Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m/11253ft): walking distance 4-5 hours, 980m ascent - 14.8 km
The day starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples, and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. The tantalizing glimpse of snow-capped peaks starts appearing along with a fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge, and on climbing further, we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m). The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the path across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons, and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper town are worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.
Day 06: - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m/12697ft): walking distance 2-3 hours, 460m ascent - 6.8 km
The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten. It then rises gradually past an impressive mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). After passing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are attractive also because of the famous Government operated cheese factory. We have a chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk; it is remarkable in this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja La (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).
Day 07: - Acclimatization day in Kyanjin (3870m/12697ft)
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking. We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is the highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to make a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided tours, the surrounding areas of North having many smaller isolated valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.
Day 08: - Trekking back to Lama Hotel (3430m/11253ft): walking distance 6 hours, 1430m descent - 21.6 km
Have your breakfast with observing surrounding genetic snowy capped mountains breathtaking view. We will follow the same trail back following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After having a lunch stop continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill, you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.
Day 09: - Lama Hotel trek to Big Syabru Bensi (2230m/7316ft): walking distance 6-7 hours - 13.1 km
The beginning trail gently descends along the river to the landslide then passes through pine and Junipers forests steeply up to Thulo (Big) Syabru. The path offers magnificent views of red pandas, boars, monkeys, and various species of birds. The Tamang Cultural Heritage “Thulo Syabru Gaun” preserves the beautiful ethnic custom, culture, and their traditions. Here, you can enjoy the fantastic landscape and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7110m), Langtang Himal, and its ranges. Rest of the day, exploring the small village of Syabru.
Day 10: - Big Syabru Bensi to Sing Gompa (3330m/10925ft): walking distance 3-4 hours, 1040m ascent - 6.8 km
The trails lead us from Thulo Syabru follows a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2735m), passing a line of chotens. Along with the breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, the trail continues steeply through the forests of oak and hemlock and then less steeply through rhododendron forest and pastures to the top of the ridge at Phoparng Danda (3190m). Watch the langur monkeys playing in the woods and an exceptional sunset views over the Ganesh Himal. The more extensive trail cuts across the ridge top, staying relatively level through silent moss-covered forests. Then the path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat standard to the Sing Gompa. The local well managed cheese factory, and Buddhist monasteries can be the visiting places which provide panoramic views, exhilarating nature. Spend your night at the teahouse.
Day 11: - Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft): walking distance 4-6 hours, 1130 m ascent - 11.2 km
The trail today takes two parts. Initially, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The slope is the sanctuary for the red pandas and providing a magnificent view of snowcapped Ganesh Himal. The trail to Lauri Binayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rough path with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks, and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. The myth is, Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.
Day 12 - Trek from Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa (3250m/10663ft.) or Chandan Bari (3250m/10663ft.) and it takes about four and half hours.
The trails descend all the way to Sing Gompa, passing Lauribanayak with magnificent mountain views and forests. Overnight at Singgompa or Chandanbari.
Day 13 - Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche which takes about six hours.
After breakfast we will be heading down to Dhunche the last day of our trek, the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to you cross the suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Now the path stretches at the flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. Overnight at Dhunche, the district headquarter of Rasuwa district.
Day 14 - Dhunche drive back to Kathmandu
Today, early morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills, and along the Trishuli riverside. It takes about 7 to 8 hours drive (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, join a farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant with the memories of your trekking adventure. Have some time for a stroll over the streets.
Day 15: - Farewell Departure, We will drop you to airprot
Today is free or the last minute. You have a few hours of unique shopping for your relatives. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
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Hotel & Lodge
Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)