Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Overview

  • Duration12 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTours and Hiking
  • Group Size8 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude3,800m

About Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the nearest Himalayan Trekking region from the Kathmandu valley. This trek is a wonderful trip combining three trekking trails, such as the Langtang Valley trek, Gosaikunda trek and the Helambu trek.

Following the Trishuli River north of Kathmandu, we drive via Trishuli Bazaar and Dhunche to Syabrubesi, Tamang village on the very edge of Langtang National Park.

Then we turn east into the Langtang Valley, cross the river couple of times as we go up a gorge-like lower part of the valley. On our way to the Langtang village, we cross the oak and rhododendron forests and even cross the glacial moraine.

The Langtang Gosaikunda trek starts from the lower Langtang Valley, which takes you through forests and through villages and farmlands of many Tibetan origins. The deep gorges of the Bhote Koshi River and the Langtang Khola River are dense forested with rhododendron, oak, maple and alder.

Crossing the forest around Ghoda-tabela in the lower Langtang Valley and below Gosaikunda is inhabited by a red panda, a symbol of the healthy ecosystem of the Himalayas.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a wonderful combination of natural, cultural, geographical and biological beauties. For those who want to trek this off the beaten path and see something completely different from the many more touristy areas of the country, this is the perfect trek.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

    You will arrive at Kathmandu where we will pick you up from the Airport and drop you to your hotel. Meanwhile, you can take your time to stroll around to visit the temples and monuments.

    There are plenty of places that you will find fascinating if you wander around.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
    • Time:Rest day
  2. Leave Kathmandu early for the six-hour journey to the Langtang Valley. As it leaves the Kathmandu Valley, the road climbs high over ridges and provides impressive views of the Annapurna Himalayas in the west, to Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks ahead of the Langtang area.

    Before we ascend towards Dunche and Langtang National Park, we drive through the bustling town of Trisuli. It's another hour downhill to Syabrubesi after the town of Dunche and your lodge for the night.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1,460m
    • Time:6 hours
  3. Today, the first part of the trail passes through BhoteKoshi and follows the Langtang River. This trail ascends to Bamboo, passing through the Landslide.

    Afterward, your trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400 meters) through Bamboo (1,960 meters) which lies at the bank of Langtang River.

    You will have lunch at this place if you prefer, and at the end your trail is level to the Lama hotel. On the way, you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,500m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  4. From the Lama hotel, we continue to climb gently above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it gets steeper. From time to time, we can have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7,246 meters.

    The trail leads to the log bridge and, as we climb further, we cross the lush meadows of GhodeTabela at 2,992 metres. We will see several lodges and permit checkpoint.

    Further on, the trail opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and buddhist peace wheels. On descending for a while, we reach at Langtang village after passing a stream and reaching to the height 3430 meters.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,307m
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  5. From Langtang village, the trail climbs gradually through yak pastures as the valley opens out more and the views are becoming more extensive. After passing several small streams and moraines, the journey reaches the settlement at Kyangjin.

    There is a small monastery here and a cheese factory run by the government, which is a good place to stock up for lunch and afternoon snacks.

    As you will arrive by lunchtime there is time to take it easy in the afternoon or discover the area. If you are feeling energetic, hike up the Valley towards LangshishaKharka to see some of the stunning views.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,860m
    • Time:3 - 4 hours
  6. Today is the second last of the trek, so you will head down by following the same route as you ascent up, gradually walking downstairs, enjoying the landscapes and meeting new people, eating different local meals while leaving this beautiful region.

    Somewhere around Langtang village orMundu, you will have a lunch break before continuously retracing your steps towards Ramche / Lama hotel. As the descending trail makes it easier than ascending, the trek will be quite a surprise for you.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,500m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  7. The beginning of the trail gently descends to the Landslide area, which then goes steeply up to Thulosyabru. On the way, you could see red pandas, monkeys and various bird species.

    Thulosyabru is a beautiful village. From here you can enjoy the stunning views of the Ganesh Himal (7,110 meters), Langtang Himal and its ranges.Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,250m
    • Time:5 hours
  8. The trek from ThuloSyabru, follow a steep ascent that passes through Dursa-gang (2,660 meters) with views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, Hemlock and the forests.

    Now, the trail gently ascends for a while and then follows the flat level to Sing Gompa. There's a well-managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist monastery.

    Singgompa offers panoramic views, exhilarating nature and the Yak Cheese factory. The cheese manufactured here is considered to be the best cheese in Nepal.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,250m
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  9. Today, as you're leaving the forest and walking along high ridges with gorgeous views for most of the way to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake. Travel along Laurebina Pass before climbing past open meadows, stone walls and two small lakes to get to Gosaikunda at the highest altitude you will reach on this trek.

    This place of religious pilgrimage is believed to be the place where the Hindu deity Shiva came to soothe his burning throat after saving the world by swallowing the poison that threatened to destroy it. Its waters are believed to wash away the sins of the bather, and every year thousands of Hindus visit this place.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,460m
    • Time:5 hours
  10. Cross back over the high Laurebina Pass and trek towards Tharepati on the north side of the lake. You will pass some smaller lakes and lodges along the way as you enter the Helambu region. Enjoy the excellent views of the TadiKhola Valley to the south.

    The trail descends along the stream through the Alpine forest and the rocky trail to Tharepati, where the Helambu Valley is visible.

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4,610m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  11. After breakfast, today’s trek through the forest on the ridges of hills will then descend to Magengoth. The trail continues descending through the Rhododendron and Fir forest without settlements, but a few shepherd huts.

    From Kutumsang, the trail passes through a lovely classic hill village with a nice street, some shops where there are good mountain views, the trail drops down to the small hill ridge called Chipling (2,170m) where we stop for lunch. From Chipling, the path continues down to the Pati-bhanjyang, then the final steep climb to Chisapani (cold water in Nepali)

    • Accommodation:Guesthouse
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,455m
    • Time:5 hours
  12. The route continues through the oak and rhododendron forests and takes you to BorlangBhanjyang (2,440m). After a trek to Mulkharka (1800m) you can see the spectacular view of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Descending through the forest to Sundarijal. Once we reach at Sundarijal, we will drive, back to Kathmandu, which takes 40 minutes only.

    In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
    • Time:4 hours
  13. Today, you can either stay back and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu or leave for your respective countries.

    Today you will say goodbye to the wonderful journey and head back to home. Ourrepresentatives will drop you off at the Airport according to your flight schedule.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • Langtang National park entry permit.
    • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by local bus (upgrade to private Jeep – USD 160 total).
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staffs.
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
    • Magical Summits duffel bag.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner including a cultural show.

    Not Included

    • International airfare and Nepal entry visa.
    • Tips for guide and porter (tipping is expected).
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Included' section.

    Dates & Price

    Dates StatusPrice 
    Start DateSep 19, 2021End DateSep 30, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$850

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

    Useful Info

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

    Meals

    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

    FAQs

    1. When is the best time to trek Langtang Gosaikunda Trek?

    Autumn and spring are the best time to trek Langtang valley. With proper preparations and gears this region, the Langtang valley trek is doable all year round.

    Yes, you have to get a permit to trek in the Langtang area, unless you are Nepali citizen.

    Langtang Gosaikunda trek is a moderate grade trek that does not require any technical climbing skills, but previous hiking experiences will definitely help you. You can complete the entire trek in 11 to 15 days.

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