Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
Langtang Gosaikunda trek is the trekking route which is closest to Kathmandu valley. In addition, Langtang Gosaikunda region lies in the northeast part from Kathmandu valley and is one of the moderately challenging trek routes in Nepal. Langtang Gosaikunda trek is both naturally and culturally important. You can get 360 views of snow-topped mountains and panoramic Himalayan alpine scenery. Moreover, the major attraction of this trek is Gosaikunda Lake– Place for pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. Likewise, Lake water is believed to have magical healing powers. According to Hindu mythology, Gosaikunda is the abode of Hindu deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Here, in this Lake Lord Shiva was believed to have gained purity of his soul. During, Janai Purnima that is August full moon many Hindu pilgrim visit this Lake and take Bath to purify their soul and they believe in doing so every sin are cleansed.
Equally important, there are 108 Lakes in this region among them Gosaikunda (4460m), Saraswatikunda and Ganesh Kunda are the popular ones and fall closest to each other. Hence, Langtang Gosaikunda trek trial is best for those who want to explore the Himalayas both culturally and naturally and of course, nearest to Kathmandu Valley.
Uniquely, Langtang Gosaikunda trek route consists of the surprising number of steep climbs uphill and stiff descents through deep alpine vegetation and glacial moraine. Similarly, this region falls under Langtang National Park so, you can get chance to spot 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. As a matter of fact, more than 250 species of birds are the main attraction of Langtang Gosainkunda trek.
Comparatively, Langtang Gosaikunda trek is moderately challenging for you and offers you the chance to explore the Himalayan beauty. In addition to that, you can have the view of different mountains like Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Langshisa Ri, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri and other peaks. During Langtang Gosaikunda trek, you will also get the chance to enjoy the hospitality of Sherpa people and understand their cultures and traditions. Furthermore, the main inheritances of this region are Tamang and Sherpa, the origin of Tibetan, whose religion, culture, languages, and dress are similar to the Tibetan people. Similarly, the craftsmanship, dress, traditionally built stone houses and the beautiful wooden carved goes back to the reflection of hundreds of years. You will ultimately visit beautiful Gosaikunda Lake having its own religious importance for Hindus and Buddhists.
After you have arrived in Kathmandu in the first place you will get to rest and then you will get to enjoy exploring Kathmandu valley on the second day. While exploring UNESCO world heritage sites you will get chance to explore Hindu and Buddhist culture Visiting Temples and monasteries.
Langtang Gosaikunda trek starts from Kathmandu, taking you all the way to Syabrubesi- the place from where the actual trial begins. Then, you will be trekking through Langtang valley collecting view of Himalayan landscapes and Mountains in Langtang Lirung range. Finally, you will reach Gosaikunda and enjoy the breathtaking view of Gosaikunda Lake and mountains. After that, you will pass by few more Lakes until you cross Lauribina Pass. Then, you will be trekking in Helambu valley after you passed Lauribina pass. Then, you will be walking all the way down to Ghopte then to Kutumsang. From Kutumsang, You will trek until you reach Chisopani. Trekking from Chisopani to Sundari jal and drive to Kathmandu will be the end of this beautiful trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Hike on Travel & Trek’office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Hike on Travel & Trek. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to Nepalese food culture.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. The meeting will provide us an opportunity to ask any question we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 7-8 hours
We leave Kathmandu in the morning for Syabrubesi, a village which is also the starting point for treks into the Langtang valley. Our journey will be on a winding road through frequent switchbacks. On a clear day we get to enjoy outstanding views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. Our trek for today ends with a descent into the small village of Syabrubesi. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hours
After breakfast, we begin our trek to Syabrubesi along the Langtang Khola. We ascend and descend simultaneously through oak and rhododendron forests. After crossing a bridge over the Langtang Khola (small river), we ascend on a steep trail which will lead us to the Lama Hotel. Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Day 05: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang village: 6-7 hours
We continue ascending from Lama Hotel and enjoy the mountain landscape with abundant waterfalls. As we reach the green meadows of Ghoda Tabela, we begin to see the white peaks of the Langtang range. Our trail continues to climb up the widening valley, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders. We pass a Buddhist monastery before reaching the Langtang village which was affected by the April 2015 earthquake. We continue on our trail to Mundu. Overnight in Mundu.
Day 06: Mundu to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyangjin Gompa, a principal monastery of the region. We pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. We also pass by the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. After the short trek, we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Buddhist shrine in Kyangjin Gompa and surrounding areas with the amazing views of the mountains.
Day 07: Acclimatization: explore Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hours
We spend the whole day exploring Tserko Ri which will also help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We begin early in the morning. The trail passes through yak pastures before ascending to Tserko Ri. The sunrise view from the top of Tserko Ri is extraordinary. We get back to Kyangjin Gompa by late afternoon and explore the beautiful monastery while enjoying views of the Himalayas, glaciers, birds and yaks.
Day 08: Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel: 6-7 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast and retrace our steps to Lama Hotel. Most of the trekking today will be downhill as we pass through forests and beautiful Tamang villages. We also get to enjoy different view of the Himalayas that we had missed climbing up. Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Day 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,230m/ 7,316 ft): 5-6 hours
We begin our trek with a climb up to the Rimche Village. From here we descend to the banks of the Langtang Khola. We continue on an easy trail to Bamboo and begin ascending to Landslide Lodge. From here we continue our trek to Thulo Syabru. There are two trails as we cross another bridge. We follow the one that passes by Pahare hotel and a waterfall at 2210 m to reach Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.
Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Shin Gompa: 3-4 hours
Today will be a short walk but it is important to not reach Gosaikunda today because the steady gain in altitude will help us acclimatize better to the high altitude. After trekking for a while we pass by a chorten and a checkpoint. From the checkpoint, we move south and pass by Garta Village and Phulung Monastery before reaching Shin Gompa to spend the night.
Day 11: Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda (4,460m/14,632ft): 5-6 hours
Today we get to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We follow a ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes. The third lake, Gosaikunda (4380m), is of particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is one of Nepal’s most sought after pilgrimage sites. The lake is surrounded by mountains on almost all sides and has a great ensemble of nine other lakes to accompany it. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, hundreds of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath. The large rock at the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. Overnight in Gosaikunda.
Day 12: Gosaikunda to Ghopte (3,440m/11,286ft): 6-8 hours
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, but is well marked with cairns. We pass through three more small lakes before reaching the pass. We climb a small hill and enjoy excellent views of the area. Our trail passes through Surya kunda before reaching Ghopte. Overnight in Ghopte.
Day 13: Ghopte to Melamchigaon (2,560m/8,399ft): 6-7 hours
We walk uphill and downhill on a trail that passes through dense forests. Walking on a trail through the forest will take us to Thare Pati Village. We climb a ridge above the village and continue our trek. The view from the ridge of the Nepalese hills and Soli Danda in particular is beautiful. We cross two suspension bridges before reaching Melamchigaon which is a beautiful village that houses a monastery. Overnight in Melamchigaon.
Day 14: Melamchigaon to Tarkeghyang (2,590m/8,497ft): 5-6 hours
We pass a stupa and cross a small stream below Tarkeghyang. Our trail passes through forests that lead up to Ama Yangri which is the highest point of our trek today located at 3,800m. There is a stupa and Buddhist prayer flags at the top of the hill. Furthermore, we get stunning views of Mt. Shishapangma and the Langtang ranges. The mountains are so close that we feel that we can almost touch them. As we descend we can often see yaks grazing in the bushes before entering a forest. We also walk on a trail made of broken stone before reaching Tarkeghyang which is a beautiful Sherpa village. Overnight in Tarkheghyang.
Day 15: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3-5 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast. The trail is easy and passes through lush forests. We also pass by beautiful villages, chortens, a monastery and a mani wall before reaching Sermathang. It’s a beautiful Sherpa Village with incredible views of Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal and the Langtang ranges. On a clear day, we can even see Mt. Everest in the distance. Overnight in Sermanthang.
Day 16: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar, drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hours trek, 2 hours drive
We trek through meadows, fields and beautiful villages to reach Melamchi Bazaar. From here we drive to Kathmandu and reminisce about our trip in the Langtang and Helambu regions. After reaching Kathmandu, we freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Hike on Travel & Trek to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Hike on Travel & Trek representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 2 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.