Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek is perfect for those who want to explore mid-hills and high-altitude lakes with an amazing view of the holy Gosainkunda Lake. This route is one of the easier and more beautiful treks all over Nepal. It takes us through the beautiful Tamang village, a dense forest of rhododendron, and a stunning view of the Himalayas. The trek is a model for the trekkers who want to explore both nature and culture without having to travel far from the crowded Kathmandu valley.
Gosainkunda Lake Trek is the perfect meld of the popular trek which passes through the high alpine Laurebina. While trekking on this route we will pass about the height of 4400m from sea level. The area becomes a major pilgrimage site for Hindus. During Janai Purnima to pay homage to a site held to have been Shiva’s temporary homes that flock to the region. If you are coming to Nepal for the first time then this is the perfect trekking for you where you will see natural and cultural beauty. You will walk through beautiful villages and Buddhist sanctum with mani walls, and big rocks painted with Buddhist mantras. For the Langtang trekking, Syabrubesi and Dhunche are the starting point 9-hour drive from Kathmandu valley.
You don’t need to take tension because on this route you will get everywhere to the tea house. There are basic tea houses on the trekking trail where they provide a good room and comfortable bed. Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water which is safe and there is also possible to buy a bottle of mineral water on the trek. In some places, hot showers are also available and they will charge clients when they ask for a hot shower. The trek will offer you a chance to stay overnight in hidden villages in an old lodge where you will see the unique buildings of this region.
Tea houses are local lodges and hotels where they have a small and comfortable room with two small bunks that have mattresses, pillows, and sheets. If you need a single room or privet room then you have to pay an extra fee by yourself. And some of the places on this route you have to share a bathroom and toilet with others also. All the meals are prepared with high hygiene, fruit, and vegetable but you have to eat the meals in the same tea house where you are going to stay overnight.
There are a few restricted areas of Nepal where you have to take a trekking permit. A trekking permit is required for all the trekking regions of Nepal. The permit is issued by the Nepal government to keep some of the conservation areas neat, safe, and clean. These trekking permits are compulsory for trekking on this route and there are so many checkpoints where you have to show this permit. You have to pay an entry fee while entering a conservation area which is only for the restricted area. We need two different trekking permits to trek in the Langtang region.
If you pass through the Shivpuri national park then you have to pay an extra entrance fee. When you leave for the trekking first of all you have to make sure that you should aware of the two different permits which are TIMS and Langtang National peak. And the cost of TIMS is Rs1000 per person and the National park cost is Rs3000 per person. For the permit, you have to show a photocopy of your passport and two passport-sized photos. You will get a trekking permit easily in the Kathmandu valley from the tourism board of Nepal. In case you forget in the Kathmandu valley then you will get to Dhunche.
While doing trekking or traveling, it is very important to gather or know about the condition of the weather. It is the main factor in the high altitude region is unsure and moody. So you have to be very careful about the weather forecast too. The view of the Himalayas peak is also visible along with the blooming of beautiful flowers and trees in the forest. The weather and the climate are some of the major factors that you should consider. It is important to understand and study the risk factor before planning any trek.
Talking about the weather, it is quite unsure and can change in a minute and offers stability. The weather and moderate temperature for a comfortable trek. It offers a good trekking experience of the weather and temperature of this region. The weather depends upon the season where the lower altitude does not get too hot in summer and too cold in winter. Just because this factor makes the trekking route ideal for trekking.
There is actually no fixture to getting altitude sickness anyone can get. So it is better to take the necessary measure to avoid it. Altitude sickness or AMS is one of the risks even when traveling at the high an elevation. But it is important to take proper measures on the time. At the height of 4800m, there is a high chance of suffering from altitude sickness which is common to most people. The main symptoms of altitude AMS are headache, vomiting, Nausea, difficulty while sleeping, loss of appetite, and many more. To prevent AMS, you don’t have to drink alcohol at a high elevation, and not walk too fast. And you have to drink boiled water, tea, garlic soup, and Ginger tea which is the medicine for altitude sickness.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, Langtang & Holy Gosainkund Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Langtang & Holy Gosainkund Trek preparation.
Morning an exciting drive towards Rasuwa district to Langtang region as the ride leads towards high hills of with views of Himalayan peaks and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at a nice Tamang village at Syabrubesi after passing through Dhunche town, where Langtang National Park begins.
Syabrubesi located in the shadow of massive Central Himal of Ganesh and Langtang mountain range, a door of many treks to Langtang and Ganesh Himal area and as well route to Tibet border.
Our first day walk of this adventure leads to a bridge over Langtang Khola (river) later joins Trisuli River downstream. From here with uphill climb through scattered farm villages and terraces, and into a cool shade of forest reaching at Riverside a small settlement with few simple lodges, where the path from Upper or Thulo Syabru meets, after a rest or lunch break trek continues with a climb through beautiful forests of rhododendron, pines, bamboo tree lines, Langtang area is famous for rare and elusive Red Panda and other wildlife’s, after a good day’s walk reaching at Lama Hotel located in between forest surrounding and by the Langtang Khola.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3, 307m via Ghoretabela – 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads higher into a river gorge within lovley woodlands of tall trees of pines, rhododendron and then following the river upstream past few houses and cattle herders shelters to reach cooler areas at Ghoretabela for lunch break, a nice spot with beautiful forest surrounding. From here 3 hours of good walk into forested area and then leaving the tree lines behind at Langtang village for overnight stop.
This is last permanent village before Kyanjin Gompa around Langtang Valley, with time to explore this interesting Tamang and Bhotias people village of Tibetan origin with similar life style interwoven into Buddhist religion and culture.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,749 m – 04 hrs.
After a wonderful stop in Langtang village, morning walk leads to our highlight and main destination at Kyanjin, heading on winding uphill trail and as the deep gorge opens up into a wide beautiful valley with amazing views of snow capped mountains that surrounds Langtang valley, the path encounters several prayer or mani walls and then reaching at Kyanjin Gomba for two nights stop around this lovely valley shadowed by array of peaks with Langtang Lirung glacier just near from the lodges, and a cheese processing factory established some 35 years ago with help and support of Swiss assistance.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyanjin for acclimatization and hikes.
A perfect spot for rest day to acclimatize at this high altitude with many places for short hike and climb like to the hill top of Tsego and Kyanjin ri at over 4,000 meters top for better panorama of surrounding mountains.
From view point hill overlooking at Langtang Himal, beyond which lies Tibet. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425m / 23,765ft) Kimshun (6,745m / 22,137ft) and Shalbachum (6,918m / 22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak.
Beyond it continues to the Jugal Himal, ending with Dorje Lakpa (6,980m / 22,929ft), extending further east on the upper meadows of the Langtang range ends in a huge and massive mountain wall, forming the border with Tibet.
Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel 2, 350m – 07 hrs.
Morning catching the last view of this wonderful surrounding and high snow capped mountains in amazing Langtang valley, then heading downhill for another adventure on route Kathmandu, walk leads on the same route till Lama Hotel after a long descend with few short ups in between the walks.
Day 09: Trek to Upper (Thulo) Syabru village 2,118m – 06 hrs.
From Lama Hotel our journey leads to alternative route towards Upper Syabru also called as Thulo Syabru, morning walk a short downhill to Riverside and Bamboo area with small lodge, teahouses in the middles of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo forests, after short rest here walk continues leading uphill to the ridge of Upper Syabru passing few farm lands and a big landslide section and then to Thulo Syabru village where the traditional Tamang houses are linked together like a long locomotive with beautiful carved windows and doors, this village with 6-8 good lodges and a monastery above the village.
Day 10: Trek to Singh Gomba / Chandanbari 3,254 m – 05 hrs.
After this nice village walk leads to more climb through enchanting dense forest of lovely rhododendron, oaks and pine trees with views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal and as far towards west peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya, although a steep climb but interesting walking into this beautiful forest where more than 10 varieties of rhododendron species exists around this thick woodlands, passing summer pasture and shades of cattle herders and then on the pleasant winding trail to Singh Gomba / Chandanbari village with cheese factory and an old monastery at the top of the village.
Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund 4,381 m / 14,375ft – 05 hrs.
Today, walk leads to our next destinations and one of the highlight of this great journey, morning walk leading to an uphill through beautiful alpine coniferous forest with views of Annapurna, Manaslu Mountains towards North West and of Langtang Himal range ahead north, walk passes few settlement with small lodges and huts at Laurabinaya where tree line stops with only few bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendrons.
Walk continues with a climb reaching the top notch of west Laurabinaya pass at 3,932 meters via Cholang Pati and Laurabinayak from here heading with short descend and then to holy Gosainkund area at first reaching Saraswati and Bhiarav kund and short climb to the main huge pond at Gosainkund for overnight stop, a fascinating place with ambiance environment surrounded by high Rocky Mountains, afternoon a short walk around the lake and to hill top for impressive views of mountains of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. This place regarded holy for hundreds of years where thousands of Hindu pilgrims, as well Buddhist and Shaman (Witch Doctors) visits here on festival held around “Jani Purnima” in the month of August as per the Hindu / Buddhist Lunar calendar
Day 12: Trek to Ghopte Odar 3,566 m via Laurabina / Gosainkund-la 4,609 m.
From holy Gosainkund morning walk follows the pond to east direction and then a climb to a rocky ridge and a basin with two more frozen small ponds of Suraya kund, and from here on the gradual section of the walk for an hour and then with a last final climb towards the high ridge pass of another east Laurabina-La at 4,609 meters or 15, 100 feet.
After catching the panoramic views of mountains and hills a long descend to the base of this pass to Phedi (bottom or base) with few lodge and teahouses serving travelers and trekkers using this way to Gosainkund. After a time here walk continues on the good trail and back into tree lines of lovely juniper, rhododendron and pines after few of steady walk reaching to the overnight stop in a small place of Ghopte Odar (overhanging cave) with small and simple lodges and teahouses.
Day 13: Trek to Kutumsang 2,445m – 06 hrs.
After a great moment being on the highest spot of this trek around Gosainkund area, morning walk leads further east and to south directions reaching at Tharepati at 3,597 meters on route to Helambu, Gosainkund and Kathmandu, a small settlement located on a ridge with great views of snow capped mountains, rolling hills and valleys, after a lunch break here continue walk with a long descend through nice dense forest to Kutumsang village, a farm place with Sherpa, Hyalmo and Tamang people.
Day 14: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,125 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk leads to Gul Bhanjyang village on route Kathmandu, starting with a gradual winding path through farm and small forest area with more descend passing many small villages and farm fields with terraces and finally ending the day walk at Gul Bhanjyang village for overnight stop.
Day 15: Trek to Chisopani Danda 2,195 m -05 hrs.
Today walk leads to more villages and awesome scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes with high Himalayan mountains, walk with short climb and then on the gentle trail for hours and then heading downhill to a nice Hindu village of Patbhanjyang located on a basin between hill ridge with tremendous views of green valley with rolling green hills, dramatic contrast with high snow capped peaks. From here another two hours walk with a short steep climb to Chisopani Danda for last overnight stop of this remarkable adventure. This beautiful spot with nice 5-6 lodges with overwhelming panorama of mountains with stunning sunrise views over chain of mountains from Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang Himal and towards Jugal Himalayan range.
Day 16: Trek to Sundarijal 1,380m and hour drive to Kathmandu.
Early morning catch the stunning sunrise over range of snowcapped peaks, after breakfast with mountain views, our last day walk leads downhill through lovely forest and farm lands around Tamang villages, and then ending our morning walk at Sundarijal (beautiful water).
This beautiful area supplies pure drinking water to urban areas around Kathmandu valley, from Sundarijal a small town where we take a short drive back to Kathmandu, on reaching respective hotels with free afternoon for individual activities.
Day 17: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome time in the high hills and around Langtang & Holy Gosainkund trek, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.