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Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking

Nepal

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Nepal
Trip Overview

The Langtang Gosaikunda combines two trekking routes – the Langtang Valley and the high-altitude lakes at Gosaikunda.

This amazingly beautiful trek is a popular and rewarding choice for those who want to explore mid-range hills and meet the people who inhabit them, learning something of their culture, lifestyles, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Buddhist culture is strong here and you can visit beautiful monasteries like Shin Gompa and much of the route is marked by colorful prayer flags and mani-walls. Gosaikunda is particularly sacred to Hindus and attracts many pilgrims.

There is a variety of cultivated lands, oak and rhododendron woods and you even cross glacial moraine on the way to the Tamang village of Langtang.

Trip Highlights
  • Experience the combination of Tamang and Sherpa culture
  • Home of the rare red panda.
  • Thousands of Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims visit Gosaikunda every August full moon.
  • Mountain scenery, holy Lake Gosaikunda, and Gumba.
  • Wildlife, flora and fauna of Langtang National Park
Itinerary

Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi.

From Trishui Bazaar follow the Trishuli River north toward Syabru Besi. The scenery if of foothills and ridgelines with a glimpse of Ganesh Himal; many of the hillsides covered with terraced farms.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1440 meters (Syabru Besi)
  • Duration: 7 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

 

Trek from SyabruBesi to Lama Hotel.

The first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola, gradually climbing to Bamboo (1960m) on the bank of the Langtang Khola. Enjoy the rhododendron and bamboo forests, home to a variety of wildlife including yellow-throated martens, wild boar, langur monkeys, red panda, and Himalayan black bear. Ascend gently to Lama Hotel / Rimche (2400m) for the night.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2400 meters (Lama Hotel)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

 

Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village.

Today the trail climbs up a steep forest slope to the Langtang River and beautiful views into a valley, often populated by grazing yaks.

Water-driven prayer wheels mark the approach to the large settlement of Langtang. This is one of the oldest villages along this trekking route and the views from here are spectacular. Spend the rest of the day exploring the village.

During 2015 Nepal Earthquake, Langtang Village was completely destroyed due to avalanche, the current village is 500m ahead from the previous location.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3500 meters (Langtang Village)
  • Duration:5 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa.

Today is a short walk to allow for acclimatization The trail leads us to a tiny village with stone-built houses. Climb up to a Chorten past a huge mani stone walls. We have the chance to taste cheese and curd made from yak milk, a local specialty – there is a famous local cheese factory. This beautiful valley is in the lap of the Langtang Lirung and is a good place to explore the local culture which is remarkably similar to Tibetan culture.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3700 meters (Kyanjin Gompa)
  • Duration: 3 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

 

Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel.

Today, we will return all the way to Lama Hotel/Rimche. Most will be walking a bit faster now that the route is mostly a gentle downhill. Stopping for lunch, once again, in GhodaTabela, we walk on, retracing our footsteps to Lama Hotel/Rimche, where we stop for the night.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3500 meters (Lama Hotel)
  • Duration: 6 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village.

From Lama Hotel/Rimche, we hike down via Bamboo to Pahiro Thapla. Then there is a 1.5hour steep, painful and exhausting climb up a sharp incline. A little tea shop at the top is a welcome sight – providing soft drinks, tea and snacks to help to recover your energy. This vantage point offers an excellent view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang and other nearby mountains. The last hours’ climb to Thulo Syapru is much gentler.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2210 meters (Thulo Syabru)
  • Duration: 6 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa.

The trail leading from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3,200m) follows a steep path, passing through Dursagang (2,660m) and forests with rhododendron, oak, hemlock. There are breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal and the mountains of Tibet. 

The path gently ascends for a while then flattens out for the last stretch to Sing Gompa. The local well-managed cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery are worth visiting whilst admiring the panoramic views. The cheese manufactured here is considered the best in Nepal.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3250 Meters (Sing Gompa)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda.

From the steady climb through rhododendron forest the trail emerges at Lauribinayak, pasture and a few huts. Then it is a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda.

The rugged trail offers dramatic views to the west: the Manaslu, Ganesh Himal ranges, Tibetan peaks, and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. Even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind on a clear day. 

There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosaikunda. According to legend Gosaikunda was created by 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 each August.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 4380 meters (Gosainkunda)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours. approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Gosaikunda to Ghopte.

Today is a bit of a challenging day. The trail climbs through rugged country, crosses glacial moraines and passes four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610m), the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back at the spectacular views of Manaslu in the far west to surrounding mountains of the Ganesh Himal as well as the familiar native mountain Langtang Lirung. Even on a clear day we can see the Annapurna range. Then the trail leads us steeply down to Phedi and continues down across a rocky hillside with pine and rhododendron trees to Ghopte.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2540 meters (Ghopte)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours approx..
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Ghopte to Kutumsang.

Today, start out with an hours’ downhill walk. Forest starts filling the landscape and soon, we arrive in Tharepati and take a break to absorb the views.

Lunch stop is at Magen Goth (pasture lands), after which knee testing descents are broken by flat stretches. With trees on either side the route leads us on to Kutumsang (about 3 hours)

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2470 meters (Kutumsang)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours approx..
  • Accommodation: Basic tea House

Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani.

A trail of ups and downs, the route leads through a landscape becoming ever greener. Arriving in Gulfu Bhanjyang right in time for lunch you will appreciate the energising Dal-Bhat. Move on, mostly through cultivated land, reaching Firfiré after an hour or so. The beauty of the landscape around with the addition of that refreshing air spurs you along a trail lenient on the legs as far as Bhanjyang. Then a sharp uphill climb of about 1 hour to Chisapani.

Chisapani is yet another village that comes with a spectacular view of the gigantic elevations to the north: Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpaand, Gaurishanker.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2110 meters (Chisapani)
  • Duration: 7-8 hours approx..
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek to Sundarijal 3-4 hrs- drive to Kathmandu.

Today, we traverse through the Shivapuri National Park for about 3 hours to reach Mulkharka village. Then almost another hour to Sundarijal – a town on the north-eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Here transport is waiting to take you back to the city.

Notes:
  • Duration: 3-4 hours approx. /drive: 1-2 hours approx.
Services Included
  • Private transport as per group size to and from the trekking region
  • Accommodation in basic tea house on sharing basis
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • Service of assistant guide for groups of 5 trekkers and above.
  • 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 15 kgs luggage per porter
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Langtang National Park permit.
Services Excluded
  • All meals while on trek
  • Travel and medical insurance including evacuation and cancellation (including helicopter evacuation)
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, mineral water, laundries, telephone calls, internet facility, Electronic Device Charge, Hot Water shower
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Any item not specified as included.
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel.
Impact Footprints
  • Choice of accommodation is based on locally owned teahouse
  • Source of income for local people who will assist you during the trek.
  • Locally produced vegetables and crops to cater the needs of tourists.

We look back on a successful Nepal trip which Royal Mountain Travel was instrumental in making happen.

Peter B