• Langtang Valley & Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Langtang Valley & Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Gosaikunda Lake is a Holy Lake located at an altitude of 4380m in Langtang National Park of Nepal. The Gosaikunda area has been described as a religious site where thousands of devotees visit to worship the Hindu Deities. Hindus believe the lake water to be holy having particular significance during Gangadashara and Janai Purnima Festival.

Highlights

  • Experience of Tamang and Sherpa culture of Langtang region.
  • Climb to Kyangjin Ri for great mountain views
  • Visit the holy Gosaikunda Lake located at an altitude of 4380m

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport where our representative meets you at the airport, transfer you to the hotel. 

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi [1400m]

From Kathmandu, it’s a 9 -hour scenic drive to Syabru Besi. After driving for 130 km, we approach untouched villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get to view the enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel [2748m]

We navigate the ridge on Syabru Besi’s main road and soon reach Ghopcha Khola from where our real trek begins. Well cultivated fields and dense forest with a variety of plant species like oaks, maple, alder, and bamboo open up. We may get to see yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkeys, red panda, and Himalayan black bear en route. 

Further on, the trail cuts across a stream and a bridge. We pass by several small bhattis (teashops). As we continue ascending steeply along the trail, we come across a steel suspension bridge at 2000 meters. The route further crosses to the north bank of the Langtang Khola amid the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and opens into scrub oak forest. On reaching 2748 meters, we arrive at Lama Hotel where we conclude the trek for the day. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Mundu (3,550 m. / 11,646 ft.)

The trail continues to climb through forest, with occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3,000 m. / 9,842 ft) the trail emerges from the forest and the mountains loom on either side of the valley. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepal Army post with no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer. You will probably glimpse your first yak if you haven’t already.

The next part of the trail is a somber reminder of the 2015 earthquake. Where Langtang village once was, with numerous lodges, there is now only a huge rock field. Spare a thought for the Nepalese and tourists who lost their lives here, and remember that your journey here will help support the survivors.

Mundu is just half an hour’s walk further on. The old houses here are a reminder of what all the villages once looked like in this valley. Most of the lodges and homes in this area are now built in a more modern style. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,800 m. / 12,467 ft.)

From Mundu, the trail climbs gradually through yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory, 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 explore the area. If you are feeling energetic, head up the Valley towards Langshisha Kharka to see some of the amazing views.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Restday at Kyanjin Gompa. Day climb to Kyanjin Ri (4770m)

Today is a rest day in Kyangjin Gompa, so take advantage of this

opportunity to sleep in and relax. After breakfast at your teahouse, you can explore more of the area by visiting the monastery and cheese factory if you haven't already. If you are feeling more energetic, walk up the moraine to see spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of the Langtang Lirung.

Better yet, overachievers can take a hike to Kyangjin Ri, directly behind the village, for a 360-degree panoramic view of the Langtang peaks. This is the highest point most trekkers reach on the Langtang Trek. For the best views on this outing, it's best to get an early start as clouds usually build up in the afternoon.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Lama hotel

From Kyangjin retrace the route you followed up the valley, following the Langtang Khola to Mundu village and on to Ghora Tabela. The descent will certainly be faster than the ascent. After lunch, continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru [2130m]

Lama Hotel, we hit the trails back to Thulo Syabru. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us a chance to get an insight of the culture and customs of the Tamang community. It’s a great experience interacting with these local folks. We can also simply relax in the sun savoring the beauty of the stately Himalayan Mountains that surround us. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa [3254m]

The trail to Sing Gompa goes up through forests of oak, firs, and rhododendrons to gain a ridge, then cuts across the ridge top, staying fairly level in forests as it crosses the head of a valley. We take the uphill trail at each junction and cross another forested ridge. The trail continues across the head of a second valley, and then reaches a final ridge at 3650m. Sing Gompa is about 100m along the trail to the left. Sing Gompa is the main attraction at Chandan Bari, which also homes to a number of hotels and a small cheese factory. A great place to hang around and spend the night.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda [4336m]

From Sing Gompa we climb a ridge to meet up with the main Gosainkunda trail. The trail climbs steeply up the ridge and at several points on top of the ridge itself. There is rich, moist mountain forests on the northern slopes and dry scrub vegetation on the south. As the trail ascends, there are fantastic views across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. To the west, there are compelling views of Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu.

Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund, and the third, Gosainkunda. This lake is largely sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. The Gosainkunda (Holy Shiva's lake) is a high altitude lake. According to the Hindu mythology, Shiva himself created this high altitude lake. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda to Tharepati [3490m] via Laurebina Pass [4610m].

We move around the lake’s shore before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass (4610m). The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La (pass) and descends to the Melamchi valley. The trail is rough and crosses moraines. We pass through three more small lakes before reaching the pass.  

After crossing the pass, the path moves down to Phedi and we continue walking up and down throughout crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Tharepati to Kutamsang [2446m]

After enjoying our morning breakfast, we head for a journey to Kutumsang. Our day’s trek starts with a decent crossing through pretty meadows and fields. On the way we enjoy the splendid views of the Langtang Mountains. Thus, we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs a ridge to another pass. And another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 : Trek from Kutumsang to Chisopani {2300m} – 2-3 hrs

From Kutumsang, it is an easy climb to cross a pass at 2470m before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a large Tamang village. From here it is a 2 hour climb to Chisopani. A short distance above Chisopani is a high knoll which is known as Chisopani Danda, where there is a temple. You will have the splendid mountain views from here. The panorama spreads from the mountains south of Everest to the Manaslu range.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek from Chisopani to Sundarijal. Drive back to Kathmandu

From here there are magnificent views, from Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the east. This ridge marks the northern rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Just after Chisopani, there is an entrance to Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve. The trail goes through the reserve, moving up to the hill and down to Mulkharka, from which we can already see Kathmandu. From Mulkharka, we descend on endless stairs to the exit from the reserve and From Sundarijal we take a 1-hour drive to Kathmandu.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trek to Gosaikunda combines the trail of Langtang Valley starting from Syabrubesi. The trail passes through green rich vegetation of the Langtang National Park with majestic views of scenic mountains around. The Lake is the main point of attraction in this trip. You will be returning back to Kathmandu via Sundarijal, a small town nearby Kathmandu. 

Best time to do this trip

For the best weather and great walking condition, the best time to commence this trip would be on March, April, and May for Spring and October/ November for Autumn. It's not recommended to do this trip in Summer due to the risk of landslides on the way which will cause road blockage ruining the trip. And there will be huge piles of snow during winter making it difficult to walk and due to less traffic of the trekkers, the tea houses are also likely to be closed. Best to plan this trip on above recommended months to make the most out of it. 

What is included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard tea houses during the trek on a full board twin sharing basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Experienced English speaking trek guide and porter/s for the trek (1 porter assigned for 2 travelers).
  • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Sundarijal to Kahtmandu transfers in private vehicle.
  • 2 International Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • All required trek permit fee and Langtang National Park permit fees.
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for the trek staffs.
  • Kit bags/duffle bags for the trek (size 55L).
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies.
  • All government taxes.

What is not included?

  • Single room supplement charges during Hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc. and cigarettes.
  • Any sort of guided/ unguided city tours and transfers for the same.
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museum (if any).
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment like the sleeping bag, trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses related to the phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude/ Tips, snacks expenses, extra meals, tea, and coffees etc.
  • Your travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • Any activities or services not mentioned in "Service included section"

 

Important points to be noted:

  • The trip price will vary depending on the size of the group.
  • Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 90.00 net added above given price for the traveler willing to use a single room for 3 nights stay in Kathmandu Hotel.
  • Single rooms will not be available in the tea houses during the trek due to the limited number of lodges on the trail. In the case of availability, traveler need to pay supplement charges (if any) directly to the lodge owner.

*Open trek refers to the trek opened for all interested travelers from around the world to join.

16 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Langtang Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Tea Houses
  •    Meals: Full Board (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2 - 15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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