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Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is a combined trek of Langtang valley and Gosainkunda Lake. Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking is one of the magnificent trekking routes of Langtang region. This trekking is combination of snow-capped treks and high Himalayan glacial lakes. Complete the stunning trekking to Langtang valley, Kyanjin Gompa and Tserko RI before following the holy trail to Gosainkunda Lake. We will be exploring through the villages inhabited by Tibetan influenced Tamang people. Tamang people are one of the oldest ethnic groups of Nepal. Bamboo, Oak and Rhododendron forests, green hills, towering waterfalls, traditional villages, monasteries, snowy Himalayas and glacial lakes are some of the major attractions of Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. One will also have chances to taste fresh Yak cheese in the cheese factories found along the route. A trekker is always falls in love with lush green rich vegetation found along the route. Spectacular scenery of snowy Himalayan peaks i.e. Langtang Lirung (7,345M), Dorje Lakpa (6,966M), Gangchenpo (5,846M) are unimaginable. This trail is a heavenly route for trekker looking for easy to moderate option. Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek is an ideal way to be in touch with natural heritages found in the Langtang area. Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek will give you spectacular views of magnificent Himalayas as well as the stunning high Himalayan lakes through beautiful isolated Tamang villages. Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a varied trek in terms of specialty, offering stunning mountain scenery with dense forests and magical views of Langtang, Ganesh and Jugal Himalayan ranges. Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking is a perfect adventure journey and a mix of wilderness plus casual journey. This region is ideal for trekkers looking to have an extraordinary experience of trekking in an isolated and peaceful environment. Langtang village, Kyanjin Gompa, Tserko RI, Thulo Syabru, Sing Gompa, Lauribinayak and Gosainkunda Lake are main places of attraction.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Syabrubenshi (1,450M / 8 Hours Drive)

Our first day starts with a long and tiring drive to Syabrubensi. The road takes us via North-Western region of Kathmandu valley following beautiful scenery and villages along the route. We will stop in Trisuli or Kalikasthan for a quick lunch and proceed further towards Syabrubensi for overnight stay. The road specially after Kalikasthan looks thrilling as landslides are continuously found during monsoon season. The trail passes through beautiful forests of high Hilly regions with some occasional sights of blossoming rhododendron flowers and beautiful crystal waterfalls falling from the top of the hills. We will also have some sights of villages situated in the cliffs of rocky mountains along the drive. This is the first impression of Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek. Soon we will reach Dhunche and the road starts gradually descending towards Syabrubensi; a small town with few lodges made for travelers visiting this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03: Trek on the north side of the Langtang Valley to Sherpa Gaon (2,560M / 5.5 Hours)

This is relatively short and easy day. Our trekking starts after crossing Bhote Koshi river. From here we will start Wankal village, a small village inhabited by Tamang people. From here the trail ascends steeply towards Khanjung village, offers some good camping sites. This is another village inhabited by Tamang community. We will reach Khanjung by lunch time. We will proceed further ascending towards Syarpa Gaon village. The trail is mostly uphill until we reach Syarpa Gaon where we will spend first overnight in a typical trekking lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Trek to Langtang Village (3,540M / 7 Hours)

We will enjoy some freshly prepared breakfast in Syarpa Gaon before we commence walking to Langtang village. We will have numerous ups and downs today. We will first reach a small place with couple of houses called Rimche. From here the trail continues flat until we reach Lama Hotel. Lama Hotel is one of the major overnight stop for many trekkers. Lama Hotel is another small town mostly for arranging meals and accommodation for trekkers. Proceeding further, we will enter inside dense green forests giving us fresh breath. The thundering Langtang river in one hand and enchanting Himalayan birds in another hand, Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking is simply awesome. We will reach Gumma Chok AKA Riverside before we reach Ghora Tabela (2,950M) for lunch. Ghora Tabela has very few lodges specially opened for serving hot lunch for trekkers. This place is spacious and offers first close views of Himalayas. Soon after starting from Ghora Tabela we will let our permits checked by Army officials then continuing the trek further takes us to Thangsyap and Chamki village before we reach Langtang Village. Langtang village is probably the biggest village of the region on the shade of Langtang Lirung Peak. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,900M / 4 Hours), and explore the valley

In Langtang we will have another great meal before we start our trek towards Kyanjin village. The trail is mostly flat alike gentle ascending surrounded by several Himalayan peaks in 360 degree panorama. We will be passing by typical villages like Mondoo and Singdum along the way. At the mean time we will be walking along with numerous Yaks grazing is the grassland. There are many religious stone mani walls with Buddhist prayers written on them. We are supposed to walk clockwise while passing along the religious spots. We will be crossing small and big bridges everywhere. Finally, we will reach an authentic and stunning village surrounded by Himalayan peaks everywhere. This place is really - really beautiful that any trekker gets peace of mind after reaching this beautiful village. If we are not tired then we can hike up to the glacier else we can stroll around the village. There is a cheese factory that serves some fresh cheese. Kyanjin Gompa also has a monastery that is believed to be hundreds of years old. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Hike to Tserko RI (4,985M) and return back to Kyanjin Gompa (5 Hours)

This is one of the major days throughout our Langtang Gosainkunda Trek. We will collect packed meal to eat on the top of Tserko RI. The trail to Tserko RI is confusing, difficult and long as well however reaching the top makes all tiredness forgetting. Tserko RI offers close Himalayan views of uncountable Himalayan peaks in 360 degree panorama. It simply feels the best to be in top of such place. We will then return back to Kyanjin Gompa. We will spend rest of the day in this town enjoying being in touch with wonders of nature. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Trek back to Lama Hotel (2,480M / 4 Hours)

We will have our meal in the lodge before starting descending down to Lama Hotel. The trail is same that we used while ascending up. We have no rush as the trail is mostly downhill and short. We will pass the trail enjoying the beautiful views surrounded and at the same time pushing them far and far as we continue. Lama Hotel is situated alongside of Langtang River, we will have to spend whole night hearing the sound of thundering river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Trek to Thulo Syabru Village (2,200M / 6 Hours)

The trail reaches Rimche from where we will take a newer trail that we haven't followed yet. We will descend down to Bamboo village. Continuing further from here, we will be in front of two trails separated; one goes to Syabrubensi where another goes to Thulu Syabru village and of course we will take the left one. From here the trail starts ascending up through beautiful green forests with distant views of Thulo Syabru on top. Thulo Syabru village is a pretty village, close to district headquarters; Dhunche has all the minimum facilities for a trekker. Some nice lodges are built, internet and telephone is available etc. We will also have some nice views of Ganesh Himal and Tibetan peaks from this spot. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Trek to Sing Gompa (3,584M / 5 - 6 Hours Trek)

We will enjoy our first breakfast out of the town. Usually, meals in the villages are lot better than meals in the cities. Village meals are prepared fresh using locally available spices and tastes fresh. Enjoy mouth watering breakfast here. We will then pack our stuffs and start ascending uphill trail leaving Thulo Syabru village behind. Gosainkunda Trekking is one of the nicest natural treks of Nepal. The trails are not totally commercialized and it's not crowded like Annapurna and Everest routes. We will at least have space to walk on our own. We will be passing via different villages of the region; i.e. Gardagaon and Phulung Ghyang and Chandanbari and Sing Gompa. Chandanbari hosts one of the oldest Yak cheese factories of Nepal. We can taste some locally made cheese during the season. We will find a lodge for overnight stay. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks in the horizon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Trek to Lauribinayak (3,925M / 3 - 4 Hours Trek)

We have another short day however it may be difficult for many trekkers due to high altitude. We will start the trek with gentle uphill then enter inside dense pine forests. The forest gives occasional sights of endangered Himalayan red panda. Continuing further will take us to Cholangpati; our first tea stop today. We will then start slightly difficult walking trekking before we reach Lauribinayak for overnight stay. Lauribinayak gives impressive reasons of doing Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. We will reach Lauribinayak by lunch time. We will enjoy lunch here and walk around the village. We can hike to top of the hill if interested. The views on the side of Langtang valley is impressive. Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtnag Himalayan range looks amazing. The Himalayan peaks look very close from here. We will stroll around the village and stay overnight here. High altitude can cause basic to mild headaches here, please consult with your guide if you have any symptoms here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,381M / 4 Hours Trek)

We will enjoy another fresh meal in the Himalayas before commencing the trek. The trek starts with highly steep and difficult uphill climbing till we reach top of Lauribinayak hilltop. Lauribinayak hilltop is the perfect point for 360 degree views around the mountains. You will have perfect views of Himalayan peaks, green hills, villages and towns in the horizon, river, waterfalls and forests as well. It's perfect place to have some rest. Well, we will continue further via stone cliffs and tiny trail towards Gosainkunda Lake; our main destination. The trail is mostly gentle uphill with occasional short downhill walk. As we enter towards the gorge we will have closer sound of water coming out of the lake; it's sign that we are close. Walking further will give us views of lodges nearby the lake; that's our place for overnight stay. We will look for our look and then stroll around the lake and hills around the lake. You can walk around the village, take pictures and enjoy this amazing place. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Trek back to Sing Gompa (3,584M / 4 - 5 Hours Trek)

Enjoy breakfast in front of holy lake before we start descending down towards Sing Gompa for overnight. We will follow the same route that we used while ascending as there are no alternative ways. The trail is almost down everywhere. We will have great views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges along the route. We will also have views of settlements in the horizon. It's easy and lovely day walk. We are completing our Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking soon. This is our second last day walking. If you are lucky enough then you might get glimpse of Himalayan red panda, one of the highly endangered animal found in this area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Trek to Dhunche (1,950M / 4 - 5 Hours)

We are coming to end of our two weeks mountain adventure. We have our last day of walking. The trail steeply descends towards Dhunche until we reach small stream coming from Gosainkunda lake. From here we will have gradual descending all the way to Dhunche. This is another easy day on Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. Dhunche is one of the biggest town in this area, have nicer lodges for accommodation. Once we reach we may look for our accommodation and then prepare for long and tiring drive next day. Enjoy last day in the Himalayas! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu valley (8 Hours)

We will take a morning bus heading to Kathmandu. The road is same as there are no alternatives. We will have our lunch probably in Kalikasthan or Trisuli Bazaar and then continue our ride till we reach Kathmandu. We will transfer to hotel and prepare for our departure on the following day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Complimentary Farewell Dinner)

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)

Services Included:

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Syabrubensi - Dhunche - Kathmandu transportation by local bus
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Services Excluded:

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Map

Experience Required

Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking is a easy to moderate level trekking route that takes you up to 4,380 meters at Gosainkunda lake with optional height of 5,000 meters at Tserko RI. Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a trek with so much fun involves some easiest trail sections. People not having previous high altitude experiences may suffer with altitude sickness so precautions is needed. The trail is mostly clear and tidy throughout the route. It has some steady uphill and step downhill walk as well. People with knee problems may need a good knee support not suffer during uphill and downhill walk. Langtang Gosainkunda treks is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced / experts. This route will surely give you pleasant experiences of trekking in Nepal. With wide range of attractions Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trekking will write new memories in your life-book. The trek is also doable by people with no previous experiences at all however if you have had previous trekking experiences then it's best. If you are novice then our guides and Sherpa will help you to complete the trek at their best. With little bit or no pain to your body, it is confirmed that Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking will leave some beautiful memories in your holiday. This trekking can be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in the mountains. If there are some hills or small mountains near your place then you can practice some walk there. For a regular trekker Langtang Trekking won't be a seriously hard route, it will be a real fun. We wish you will enjoy Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trekking as much as we do!

Meals on Trek

Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole route. These meals are prepared once it's ordered by the guests. There are rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Places like Syabrubensi and Dhunche offers wider range of meal options with better quality comparing to remote parts of the Langtang Gosainkundaa trek. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in cities. They are basic meals served only to countdown your hunger. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the walk / daytime. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome comparing to cities as most raw materials are locally prepared.

We provide breakfasts even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meals or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned private room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms during the trek again unless you are single. Places like Dhunche and Syabrubensi has better lodges for trekkers. It is for sure that you will have no complains in these places. Lantang Gosaainkunda Trekking has numerous lodges for better sleep however lodges on the trek are for basic accommodation only. We will be accommodating you in the lodges on the whole trek, there won't be any camping involved. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic lodging experience during your trek. Please do not expect high standard rooms specially in the mountains as they don't exist on Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds that will accommodate two person. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex ). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges. Some places in Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek only have basic small lodges that may not be comfortable sometime. We hope you will cooperate with us in these cases.

Best Season

Langtang Gosainkuda Trek is a mid-altitude trekking route in the north of Kathmandu valley. This trekking can be done throughout the year however February to May and October to December are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, January etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. Trekkers do Langtang Gosainkunda Trek throughout the year. Monsoon is not good season; both for views and trails though few trekkers trek in this area everyday. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. The sky is cloudy. The views are not clear as well and trails in the lower area may have many leeches. You may not see any mountain views or will see only for a short time. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the region. Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek is best during spring and winter season.

Highlights of the Trip

Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking is one of the beautiful treks suitable for beginners to expert trekkers. This region offers some of the fantastic views of Himalayas that includes peaks from Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range and some distant views of Himalayan peaks of Tibetan plateau. Places like Langtang Village, Kyanjin Village, Tserko Ri, Thulo Syabru, Sing Gompa, Lauribinayak and Gosainkunda etc. offers stunning Himalayan scenery. More than that green forests with numerous kinds of flowers, several endangered animals like Red Panda, villages in the horizon and smiling Tamang people and their settlements are always around you. Langtang Gosakinda Trekking takes you via some of the interesting villages like Syarpa Gaon, Lama Hotel, Thulo Syabru, Lauribinayak, Gosainkunda etc. and will give you chances to experience how people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas. Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek also has beautiful Buddhist mani walls, monasteries and Stupas. Kyanjin Gompa and Sing Gompa has one of the oldest cheese factories that serves fresh cheese during season. Thus the cheese factories in Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa and Sing Gompa is also one of the major attractions of Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking. As an optional activity one can also hike up to the glacier from Kyanjin Gompa and stroll around Gosainkunda Lake. This trek will give a lot of memories more than a bit of tiredness.

Equipment and Packing List

Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Light and expedition weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * - Basic First Aid Kit - Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal & Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble - Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!