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Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking

Trip Type: Nepal Moderate Treks

Maximum Altitude: 6888m

Durations: 14 days

Trip Starts: Kathmandu

Trip Ends: Kathmandu

Accomodation: Local lodges, camping option available

Best Time For Travel: February to May and September to November

Trip Overview

The Langtang and Gosaikunda Trek is the closest trek from Kathmandu, and yet it is less frequented than Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp. It has an extremely varied landscapes; including rice terraces, gigantic rhododendron and pine forests, along with fantastic views of Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Yala Peak (5,500m) and Langshisha Ri (6,310m). You will also visit Gosaikunda Lake – one of the holiest Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites. According to the Hindu mythology, when the Devas (Gods) and Danavas (Demons) churned the primordial ocean to produce the elixir of eternal life, the poison was also produced simultaneously.

To save the universe from this poison, Lord Shiva drank it scarring his throat blue in the process. To cool down his burning throat, Lord Shiva struck his trident into the rock creating three springs which ultimately resulted in the formation of the beautiful lakes where the Lord took a dip to cool him down! The trek begins from Dhunche, which is a full day drive from Kathmandu. From here we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley to Kyangjin where we rest for a day and explore the high mountains and glacial systems. Here the mountains rise soaring towards the sky.

The landscapes we cross are extremely varied; rice terraces, gigantic rhododendron, and pine forests at the lower elevations and rock and shrub wilderness with the fascinating backdrop of snow capped peaks in the higher elevations. We visit the Holy lake of Gosaikunda, cross the Laurebina pass (4,600 meters) and drop into the lush Helambu region – we will finish the trek at Sundarijal from which Kathmandu is merely an hour drive.

The landscapes we cross are extremely varied; rice terraces, gigantic rhododendron, and pine forests at the lower elevations and rock and shrub wilderness with the fascinating backdrop of snow capped peaks in the higher elevations. We visit the Holy lake of Gosaikunda, cross the Laurebina pass (4,600 meters) and drop into the lush Helambu region – we will finish the trek at Sundarijal from which Kathmandu is merely an hour drive.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Dhunche (1950m)

A full day’s drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. Views of Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks are visible from Kakani, a village along the route.

 

Day 02: Dhunche to Syabru (2110m)

The trek begins with the trail leading down into a deep valley followed by a climb up to a Bamboo forest.

 

Day 03: Syabru to Lama Hotel (2880m)

As we trek to the Lama Hotel, we should be fortunate enough to see much wild life in the forests, such as red Pandas, Wild Bears, Langur monkeys, Himalayan Black Bears and others.

 

Day 04: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3107m)

Today the route takes us through Gumanechok, Ghoda Tabela (3000 m) and ultimately to Langtang (3500m) which is the Headquarter of the Langtang National Park. Camp lodges, hotels and many tea shops are available along the route.

 

Day 05: Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3800m)

Today is a shorter day and provides some additional time for acclimatization. One of the interesting sites along the way is the famous Cheese factory. Since 1955, it has operated with technical assistance from a Swiss association.

 

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Kyanjin Gompa

Today is an acclimatization day with short day trips out of Kyanjing. Hiking up to the glacier north of Kyanjing Gompato at an elevation of (3900m) provides a spectacular view of the KyanjingRi (4779m), the Langtang Liring and other major glaciers in the area. Besides Yala peak (5550m), the LangshisaRi (6810m), Ganchenpo (6888m) and the Tsergo peaks (5749m) are also visible.

 

Day 07: Kyanjing Gompa to Lama Hotel.

We retrace out steps back to the Lama Hotel.

 

Day 08: Lama Hotel to Syabru

The trek back to Syabru is much easier than the ascent.

 

Day 09: Syabru to Sing Gompa

There are two alternative routes to Goshaikunda from Syabru. The one we will take is commonly considered as the most popular one.

 

Day 10: Sing Gompa to Goshaikund (4300m)

Today’s route includes Laurebinayak at (3930m) SaraswatiKund and BhairabKund and are considered the most attractive ones on this trek.

 

Day 11: Goshaikunda to Ghopte (3480m)

The trail leads to northern part of Goshaidkunda and there we embark on the challenging crossing of the Laurebinayak pass at (4600m). After 4-5 hours of trekking we arrive at Ghopte for the night.

 

Day 12: Ghopte to Kutumsang (2470m)

Except for a brief climb to Tharepati at an elevation to (3400m) the rest of today’s trek will be downhill. Sufficient hotels, lodges and temporary tea-house are available along the route. Today we will enjoy attractive mountain views as well as experience the local peoples’ lifestyle, culture, and customs.

 

Day 13: Kutumsang to Chisapani (2200m)

Instead of continuing on to Kathmandu one can extend the itinerary to enjoy more spectacular views from Chisapani.

 

Day 14: To Kathmandu

Descend to Sundarijal, meet our transportion and drive to Kathmandu.

  • Trekking permits.
  • Guesthouse accommodation.
  • Transportation to trail head and return transportation from finish point.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • English speaking licensed Trekking Guide.
  • One porter for each two trekkers.
  • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses caused due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel Insurance.