Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking

OVERVIEW

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17 Days

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Hiking & Trekking

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Best Season

March, April, May, September, October and November

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Difficulty

Moderate

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Group Size

2-100

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Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle

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Meals

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Accomodation

Tea Houses

Langtang Gosainkunda Lake is popular trekking destination of Nepal located in Langtang National Park, north of Kathmandu offers wonderful Himalayan view, beautiful Langtang village, green forested area, subtropical alpine vegetation, traditional Tamang settlement, holy Lake Gosainkunda and adventure pass of Lauri Binayak which is surrounded by high mountains. The trek combines both remote, spectacular Langtang valley and high mountain Gosainkunda Lake together need 14 days to complete it. The Himalayan view such as Langtang (7,234m) Langtang Lirung (7,245m) Dorje Lakpa (6,989m), Shishapangma (8,027m), Gangchenpo (6,387m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and more silver peaks are the main eye catching point of Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trekking. 

The sacred Lake of Gosainkunda is the main highlight of this trekking route. It is a holy lake, popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus, situated with an elevation of 4,380m above sea level. Thousands of Hindu pilgrimage visit this lake in the month of August during Janai Purnima festival to wash their sins, bathing in the holy Lake. This place is the residence of Hindu God Shiva. The territory of this region is inhabited by local Tamang people whose living standard depending on agriculture having sheep and Yak herd, produce cheese, vegetables and livestock, trade and cultivation is close with kerung border in Tibet and some local Hindu mixed people in the lower region near Kathmandu. 

This trekking trail goes through 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabru besi.  The trek follows Langtang Khola River heading to Langtang valley through bamboo, Oak and rhododendron forest, local Tibetan influenced settlement, historical Kyanjin Gompa and climb adventure Tsherko Ri (4,773m). After completing Langtang village, we head up to Gosainkunda region through Lama Hotel, Thulo Syabru, Singh Gompa, with amazing view of silver mountain peaks and residence of Red Panda, Himalayan black bear, Snow Leopard, Himalayan wild goat of Langtang National Park. We end our trek in Sundarijal near Kathmandu having downhill walk from Gosainkunda through adventure Lauri Binayak Pass (4,620m), rocky Himalayan trail, local Himalayan settlement of Ghopte, Tharepati, Kutumsang and Chisapani. 
 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi
  • Explore Langtang National Park, Langtang Valley and classical Tibetan village, 
  • Encounter unspoiled Trekking trail, alpine scenery and diverse flora and fauna, rocky Trail
  • Adventure climb to Tsherko Ri (4,773m), Amazing view of Langtang glacier, and adventure Lauri Binayak Pass (4,620m) 
  • Welcoming Tamang people and their respectable hospitality, Sacred Lake of Gosainkunda Lake
  • Magnificent Himalayan view of Langtang (7,234m) Langtang Lirung (7,245m), Dorje-Lakpa (6,989m), Shishapangma (8,027m), Gangchenpo (6,387m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m) 
     

Itineraries

Your adventure and cultural trip to Nepal begins after your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. After you will land, get your hand bag and go to immigration office where you can get your Nepal visa. There must be many people; need fill form before apply for visa and get down to 1st floor where you will wait your suitcase. After getting suitcase, go outside where our office member shows your Name in white paper sheet and transfer to Hotel. We have booked your hotel in Thamel which is the touristic hub of Nepal.

After breakfast, your cultural tour begins where our Guide will brief to you about whole Nepal including history, culture, people, religion, geography and living standard of People. You will visit popular world Heritage sites of Nepal such as Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) - Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Patan Durbar Square – Old King Palace with Beautiful Temples and Houses, Pashupatinath Temple - popular Hindu temple of South Asia and Boudhanath Stupa – biggest Buddhist stupa with monastery around. It is full day guided city tour where you will learn most important historical and cultural things of Nepal. After you will return back to Hotel from sightseeing, meet with your Trekking Guide and brief about trekking program.

Early morning after having breakfast, drive to Syabru Besi with your trekking guide and porters by private Jeep. It takes 6-7 hour drive to reach in Syabru Besi from Kathmandu. During our drive, we will pass through beautiful villages, greeneries, Trishuli River and headquarter of Rasuwa district called Dhunche.

Syabru Besi is the beginning point of the Langtang valley trek. In the morning, ready to hike to Langtang with your trekking crew. When you go ahead from Syabru Besi cross Bhote Koshi River and follow the Langtang Khola River. You will gradually climb to Bamboo forest passing via Landslide area. Again, ascends to Rimche from Bamboo after lunch. Rimche is the best place to have beautiful scenery. From Rimche we will have a relaxed walk to Lama Hotel. During your trek, you will see Red pandas, Monkeys, Bears too.

Today, you will sleep in Langtang village after having adventure hike crossing through Ghoda Tabela. Langtang is recently getting reconstructed. Due to Massive earthquake of 2015, whole Langtang village was destroyed, many people died and lost. It is one of the popular local villages of Nepal. The valley is super and awesome.

Today, you have a short walk to Kyanjin Gompa from Langtang. Until you will follow the Langtang Khola River with a stunning view of Himalayan Peaks. Your guide will take you to show small monastery and cheese factory. You will explore cheese factory and old monastery of Kyanjin Gompa with our guide.

Today is the special explore day where you guide takes you to climb Tsherko Ri. It is a great adventure day to hike Tsherko Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa. This is the highest point from where you will have a great view of Lantang, Langtang Lirung, Dorje-Lakpa, Shishapangma, and more peaks of Langtang region.

After breakfast, trek down to Lama Hotel via Langtang and Mundu village. You will walk all the way down to Lama Hotel following Langtang Khola River with beautiful mountain scenery and fresh Himalayan air.

Thulo syabru is our next destination today having downhill walk to the bank of Langtang Khola River and we reach to Pahiro where having few Tea Houses. From here we escape the main trail of Syabru Besi and uphill walk to Thulo Syabru through bamboo and rhododendron forest with suspension bridge. You can have super view of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal from Thulo Syabru.

In the morning, you will have breathtaking view of Ganesh Himal with sunrise and ascend steep hike to Phoprang Danda. It is the best place to encounter silver mountain peaks. In the beginning, we hike through Gompa, school and Army post and again uphill walk to Dursagang. We cross hemlock, Oak and rhododendron forest and pastures till reach to ridge at Phoprang Danda which is located with an elevation of 3200 meters. Then, the trekking trail goes straight to Sing Gompa through tall hemlock forest and flat land. Sing Gompa is also known as Chandan Bari and we will visit small monastery there.

In the morning, we will enjoy the sunrise view with beautiful Himalayan sights and start trekking having uphill ridge with vegetation on our trekking trail. We also cross dense forest and will have great opportunity to see endangered Red Pandas. Then, we hike to Chalangpati which is the entrance Point of Gosainkunda Lake. Again, we will climb up to Lauri Binayak having grass land and rugged mountain. From here trekking trail goes steeper up where you can feel having less oxygen, so need to drink enough water and walk slow. The best Himalayan view can encounter from this climbing such as Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Manaslu. After finishing uphill climbing, we walk in rocky mountain having first scenic view of Bhairav Kunda and continue gradual climb to Gosainkunda Lake where located local Tea houses.

After exploring Gosainkunda Lake, we begin our trek to Ghopte via Lauri Binayak Pass (4,620m). The trekking trail goes rugged path and more small Lakes like Surya Kunda till we cross the pass from where enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and trek downhill walk to phedi. From Phedi, we will have very rough trekking trail to Ghopte via Dubi Chaur.

Our next destination is Kutumsang village which is a beautiful Sherpa settlement which is situated near by Helambu valley. First, we have rough walk till we reach Tharepati village and ascends through forest of rhododendron, oak and bamboo. From Tharepati, there is another trekking trail which goes to Helambu valley but our program is to go down to Kurumsang. During our trekking, we cross Tharepati, Magen Goth and Mere Danda till we reach to our destination. In the evening, we will enjoy the good view of Gaurishankar Himalaya.

After breakfast, we start our trek having downhill trail to classical Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. Further, the trekking trail ascends to a ridge with beautiful Himalayan landscape reach to Jhogin Danda. Again, we descend to Pati Bhanjyang which is also a large village of Tamang having shops and police checkpoint. Then, we have final climbing to Chisapani from where can see excellent mountain view with terraced hills.

Today is the final trekking day in Himalaya region of Nepal. In the morning, we can have beautiful Mountain View such as Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu, Gaurishanker and Ganesh Himal. First we have straight walk of Shivapuri National Park till the last pass of Borlang Bhanjyang. Then the trekking trail goes down to Mul Kharka, a beautiful village settlement with scenic northern rim of Kathmandu valley. Again, more walk down, following a large water pipe which supplies to Kathmandu valley and reach to Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we drive to Kathmandu by private vehicle.

After completing, Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking, you are free in Kathmandu or you can have shopping as gift of Nepal to your family and friends. You must be very tired after trekking, can also have good body massage in Spa center. You will feel free and explore local markets and also enjoy your time in good restaurant in Thamel.

Our staff help your departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your respective destination. Hopefully, we will wait your recommendation and suggestion and also review about your trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Our Guide and Porters can wait for your next adventure journey to Nepal Himalaya. See you again and good bye.

INCLUSION

    1. Airport Pickup and drop in Private Transport 
    2. Kathmandu Sightseeing with Cultural Tour Guide, Entrance Fees of Hindu/Buddhist Temple
    3. 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu with Twin Share including breakfast only 
    4. Kathmandu to Syabru Besi drive by Private Jeep (before trek) 
    5. Syabru Besi to Kathmandu drive by Private Jeep (after trek)
    6. English Speaking Trekking Guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation 
    7. Strong Trekking Porter including his salary, insurance, equipment, Food and Accommodation
    8. Twin share Tea House Accommodation with Breakfast only during Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking 
    9. Langtang National Park Permit, TIMS and All document for Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking 
    10. Nepal Government Taxes and Office Service Charge 
       

EXCLUSION

    1. Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu
    2. Lunch & Dinner during Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking
    3. Nepal Visa Fee (30$ for 15 Days and 50$ for 30 Days) 
    4. International Flight Ticket
    5. Personal Trekking /Travel Insurance 
    6. Personal Trekking equipment and Clothes 
    7. Hot Shower, Wi-Fi in mountain, Battery Charge and all personal expenses during Trekking 
    8. Tips for Guide & Porter
    9. Any other things not mentioned 
       

Additional Information

Trekking Difficulty 


Is it difficult trek to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda?  You do not need to be a good Football player or Olympic athlete to success Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda trek. Anyone who is mentally and physically fit can easily completer the journey to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda. Walking slowly, drink plenty of water, enjoying nature, avoiding cold, eating a balanced died and mentally daring to reach Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda with happy mood are the hallmarks of your successful journey to destination. Though, Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda Trek is moderate trekking trail having steep hills with zigzagged path, sometime with ice but there will be no need any technical equipment or skill. 


High Altitude Sickness 


If the trekkers have symptoms of headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, rapid pulse with sleeping problem, he/she is suffered by high altitude sickness.  The other factors such as changing weather, cold, sun, wind, low oxygen and bad foods are the key component of high altitude sickness. So trekkers need to warm while trekking Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda with proper clothes and equipment. It can affect people of any age, sex and physical conditions. So, we suggest our clients, do not drink alcohol and smoke, drink plenty of water while hiking to Langtang Valley, train your body and strength up before trekking, eat energy food, and mentally be happy during your journey. The most common medicine for preventing high altitude sickness is Diamox or Acetazolamide. Even our guide takes Diamox on the route which is easily purchased in Kathmandu. Ascending down is the solution to avoid high altitude as the altitude sickness affects people from the elevation of 2600 meters above sea level. For normal high altitude sickness our guide helps to control by providing medicine and good food and he takes to medication center where available. If the trekkers feel bad, we send private helicopter for rescue, which is covered by your personal travel insurance. So, individual insurance is necessary while trekking to Langtang Valley with Gosainkunda. 


Best Time to Go 


If you are looking trek to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda, must know the best time to visit such as weather and circumstances with other factors that affects in your trip. The best time to visit Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda is March – May and Sep – Nov due to clear sky and pleasant temperature.  Spring and autumn is considered as the best season to trek Langtang, Gosainkunda. In spring, the days are warmer and longer whereas the autumn has short days. October and April is the peak touristic months having more crowd but the weather is fantastic and amazing.

Pre-monsoon is called spring season that covers the month of March, April and May whereas the lower region of Everest, rhododendron and flower blooms with warm temperature. In higher route, there will be more chance of problematic snowfall with sunny weather. 

Post-monsoon is called autumn season that covers the month of September, October and November whereas the Himalaya is full of blue sky, pleasant atmosphere, moderate temperature with less chance of problematic snowfall. As for the climate, it is neither warmer at day or not freezing cold at night. The Tea houses, cafes are full of tourist and visitors in autumn season. 


Accommodation 


During the trekking trail to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda, trekkers sleep and eat in Tea houses. Tea houses provide tea and food which is the best possible accommodation available on the route. Tea houses offer very basic accommodation facilities having bed and blanket inside the room and some places attached bathroom too. The tea houses looks very basic and normal but it is neat and clean. In our program, we provide simple/normal lodge for trekkers and according of their choice and interest also can provide luxury lodge where available. Though, tea houses provide us the blanket but it is not enough to reduce cold. That is why, we suggest to bring sleeping bag own self to make warm and safety night. 


Food and water 


Food and water is very important things during the trekking to Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda. Tea houses provide breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/coffee. Trekkers can choose the food from Menu list what they like to eat such as Nepali food (Dal Bhat), soups, snakcs, momos, fried Rice, continental and American breakfast, porridge, Bread with Jam and honey, Eggs, noodles, spaghetti, spring roll, fried potatoes, and steak. We recommend to have vegetarian food during trek due to porter and yaks carry meat from lower region which is not refrigerated that may cause stomach problem. Therefore, we would highly recommend to avoid meat dishes on the route with exception of tinned fish and preserved items. So, no need to carry food except chocolates, such as Diary milk, Snickers, Mars and so on. 

Do not drink water from river or water fall; local people can easily drink the running water that is not fit for foreigners as they do not have habit before. So, we recommend to drink bottle water or boiled water for good health that keeps our body safe. Even, trekkers keep purification tablet inside water, kills 99.9% of bacteria, virus and protozoa. Because of the altitude, it is recommend to drink 2-3 liters per day. 


Hire a Guide 


A person having license from Nepal government, who guides visitor, interprets the cultural and nature, leads the right track to the Himalaya having responsible work recognized by the appropriate authority is known as trekking guide. Guide not only led the way rather he is the ambassador of country explaining People, history, geography, religion and make successful attempt for visitors. 

Trekking guide is also knows as Trek Leader who makes easy access in Himalayan region to book Tea houses, order food for visitors, manage porters, and lead the right trail to destination. During trekking, Guide is a good friend, makes entertainment with fun and laughter too. So, Trekking guides has very important role who not only make enjoyable trip but also educate the visitors through interpretation and contribute sustainability of local environment. The trekking agency should choose appropriate guide by providing suitable training time and again though they are government license holder. Guides expected to work to a high level of customer service keeping good reputation of the company and clients. 

That is why our Guide has good communication skill, immediately solve the problem, decision making with self-motivation having physically strong and fit. Either the visitor go to Everest region trek, Annapurna region trek, Upper Mustang trek, Langtang region trek or other trekking trail, our guide makes successful effort to complete the trip. 


Hire a Porter 


Trekking porters are those people who carry the gear of trekkers from one place to other, lives in village especially from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung and Rai, community. They are very innocent, kind, pleasant and smiling having broken English will be together from beginning to the end of the trip. Porters are the backbone of the trekking without them it will be incomplete. A trekking porter carries 25 kg to 30 kg of gears who are very fit from mountain altitude. Porters are the transport of the visitors so must be good relationship with Guide and trekkers. During the end of the trek at Kathmandu, we suggest for visitor to have TIP to porters for their support and cooperation. 


Telephone and Internet 


The internet, telephone and mobile phone is available all the way to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda. There are multiple option for Internet and mobile network such as NTC and NCELL. Sometimes internet becomes poor during the time of bad weather or snow. Even the guest houses have WI-FI during the trek to Langtang Valley which is not free, may charge to you. 

Due to the exciting geography and sometime bad weather conditions the mobile network has not access in all parts of the trial but the network such as NCELL and NTC works most of the places. The both NTC and NCELL Sim Cards can purchase at Tribhuvan Interantional Airport, Kathmandu or in the street of touristic town Thamel. 


Toilet and Shower 


Wherever travel in the Himalaya, must know the circumstances of toilet and shower before depart to the destination. During the trek to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda, toilet and shower should be shared by all trekkers due to common Tea houses only with normal beds in the Room. There are the opportunity of attached Room with toilet and Shower in some places; we provide it where possible to get it. 

But during the time of bad weather for example if heavy snow at that time it is hard to get shower in Langtang Valley and Kyanjin Gumpa. We suggest to bring toilet paper during the trail due to very cold water for your safety and protection. During the peak season, even in lower region the guest houses can be busy so you will have common Rooms during trek to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda.


Trek Insurance 


Trek insurance is very important component during the trek to Everest Base Camp. We suggest trekkers to make plan to be covered up to 4,800 meters. Due to unexpected event or emergency evacuation, if the trekkers feel uncomfortable to walk in Himalaya, Helicopter rescue is necessary along with administration in hospital. So, need insurance for your safety and protection. There are so many insurance companies, you may find in internet and make strong insurance for your security. There may occur so many causes such as altitude sickness, accidents, physical illness, flight cancellation, that is why need to make insurance before you fly to Nepal for Langtang Valley Trek.

 
Trek Permit 


Langtang valley is located inside Langtang national Park. Trek permit is mandatory during the trek to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda. Langtang national park permit cost 30$ per person in which our agency provide it after getting passport size photo and passport copy, connecting with Nepal Tourism Board. TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) is also required for Langtang Valley trek, it cost 10$ per person. During the trek to Langtang and Gosainkunda trek, also need Shivapuri National Park Permit, it cost 30$ per person. 


Trek Equipment List 


While trekking to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda, need to sufficient trekking gears for your protection and safety. Trekking gears not only make protection for your body, it makes successful trip to Everest Base Camp. The trekking gears also have benefit to remove high altitude sickness and make easy access to destination. The following gears are mandatory towards Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Trek. 

  •  Sleeping Bag (-20) 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Waterproof hiking boot
  • Waterproof warm Gloves
  • Sport shoes 
  • Waterproof hiking Pant
  • Fleece pant
  • Comfortable underwear 
  • Warm and thin socks 
  • Duffel Bag, 90L
  • Hand carry bag 
  • Water bottle 
  • Hiking Shorts 
  • Down Jacket
  • Warm Cap & Sun Cap 
  • Sun Glass
  • Sun Cream
  • Lip care 
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Neck Gaiter  
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • Waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain coat 
  • Travel Towel 
  • Camera
  • Personal first Aid Kit (Though our guide also have First Aid Kit)

 

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