Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
- Trip Code: N-LT-131
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: From Sep to Nov & Mar to May
- Max Altitude: 5050 meters/ 16564 feet
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Private vehicle/ Public Coach
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Tea-house in Trekking
- Trip Grade: Moderate
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is the journey to the natural valley of glaciers and the divine Himalayan Lake named Gosainkunda, revered mostly by Hindus and Buddhist people, inside the territory of Langtang National Park, the 1st protected area in the Himalayan region of Nepal.
The major highlights of Langtang Gosaikunda are wide variety of climatic zones from subtropical to alpine, inspiring walking trail that passes along the mountain stream through the forests of pine, rhododendrons, oak and maple which also the habitat of black bears, rhesus monkeys and red pandas and the ethnic culture of Tamang people whose lifestyle and religious practices are almost of Tibetan people and different than the same group living in mid hills of Nepal.
Similarly the Himalayan glaciers flowing from mighty Langtang Lirung, couple of sacred lakes where dipping is believed to cleanse of all mortal sin and the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Lirung (7234m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m) and Loenpo Gang (6979m) are also the wonderful experience of this trekking.
Langtang Gosainkunda trek starts on from Syabrubesi, 6:30 hours of drive from Kathmandu. First two days the trail ascends through forest crossing river and streams. Then it enters to Langtang valley and goes to visit Langtang village and Kyanjin Gompa. There are several side trips from the open alpine area of Kyanjin Gompa. Hiking to Tsergo Ri (4984m) provides best views of surrounding Himalayas and glacier. Then the trail follows to visit Gosainkunda Lake.
The trek climbs considerably steep to Gosainkunda through farmland first then via an alpine crest. The trail offers panoramic views of the Himalayan range to reach a rugged bowl-shaped zone of holy lakes. There are one hundred eight lakes in this region but the famous are Gosainkunda, Saraswati Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda. All these are nearby each other. On full moon day festival of every August, the large number of pilgrims reach Gosainkunda to take a holy dip in the lake.
After Gosainkunda Lake, the trail crosses mountain pass of Laurebina La (4610 meters) with glacial moraines and descends all the way via Ghopte, Chisapani to Sundarijal where the trekking ends formally. From Sudarijal it’s a nearly one and half hours of drive to Kathmandu.
About Trip Date of Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
The best time of Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is from Sept to mid-Dec and from March to May. During this period daytime is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Winter time (Dec, Jan, and Feb) is also good for Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking but the weather will be too cold and Mountain View might be disturbed by foggy weather. Trekking in Langtang during Monsoon (June, July, August) is affected by rainfall but at this time high valley and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.
The trip departure date of Langtang Gosainkunda Trek will be on any date which you feel comfortable. We organize this trekking as your private trip.
About Optional Activities for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is an excellent trekking holiday in Langtang region of Nepal. You can make it further exciting by joining in extra activities/ side trips. As the interest of people is different from each other, we have put these extra activities as optional tours. They are not included in your package cost of Langtang Gosainkunda Trek. On your request, we offer you. The list of optional activities is displayed in right column.
For any further information and queries about Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking, please feel free to contact us.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at hotel.
Our trekking guide will meet you at the hotel at 7:00 am and he takes you to the bus station for the journey to Syabrubesi. This is a scenic drive along the terraced fields and villages. Upon arrival in Trishuli Bazaar, you will have lunch then continue to drive to Dhunche, headquarter of Rasuwa/ Langtang region. From Dhunche you drive down to Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi, the small hamlet, is the gateway of Langtang Valley trekking locates in the bank of Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you start trekking crossing bridge and climb to the village of Old Syabrubeshi. Visit monastery is in a small stone building at the end of the village. Afterward, you follow the stone paved trail to cross over Langtang Khola by the bridge. Continue walking along the stream to a junction. The right trail goes to Thulo Syabru but you follow the straight one. You have a couple of climbs and descent through the forest. In the forest, you may see varieties of birds and wildlife including wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas and black bears. The trek becomes pleasant crossing side stream up to Doman. The trail then makes a steep climb over a rocky ridge and arrives at Bamboo. Leaving Bamboo the trail crosses the Dangdung Khola then climbs to a suspension bridge over Langtang Khola. On the north bank of the Langtang Khola, the route climbs alongside a series of the waterfall. The climbing continues until you reach Changtang popularly known as Lama Hotel. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you start your journey with a gentle climb but it soon becomes steeper climbing through a wild forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white rhododendrons. Through the forest, you can see the first view of Langtang Lirung peak. You stop for a while at Gumanchok. This is one of the loveliest spots of the trek. You follow the path that crosses a stream then climbs steeply and arrive at Ghora Tabela. Here you find Nepal Army, National Park Check post. You follow the path that across the helipad and yak pastures and climb briefly through rhododendrons trees. The trail now opens up into a glacial Langtang valley. You climb the hillside above fields of buckwheat, potatoes, and barley and sooner you reach at your lodge nearby Langtang village. From the lodge, you can have spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (6581m). Upon arrival at Langtang village, it is worth to visit Langtang Gompa, the old monastery with Buddha statues which walls are elaborately carved. This village is also the headquarters of Langtang National Park. You can visit park building just a few minutes walking below the village. The another attraction of Langtang valley is to explore local houses which have Tibetan style flat roofs and carved wooden windows. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the path through the village and climb a ridge by a large Chorten. You walk along impressive mani wall and cross a stream to Mundu village. Later the trail rejoins the rushing river and climbs to yak pastures of Yamphu. You then cross another stream on a cement bridge then climb a moraine to a viewpoint from where you see the Kyanjin Gompa monastery and icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and its surrounding peaks. After you climb the final ridge the trail descends to the large cluster of lodges below Kyanjin Gompa. After checking in lodge first, you will take lunch. Then you go for exploration of this beautiful area that includes Nyingmapa Monastery School, Cheese Factory started with Swiss Assistance in 1955 and pasture land. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early morning our guide takes you hiking to Tsergo Ri nearby Kyanjin Gompa. For this excursion, you follow the path east towards Langshisha Karaka and cross the side stream. Subsequently, you ascend the steep hill. The path passes stone Goths at Yala Kharka before climbing. After four hours of climb up, you will reach the top marked by the prayer flags. From here you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the whole Langtang Himalayan range includes Langtang Lirung (7,244m), Langshisa Ri (6,810 m.), Gyanghempo (6,888 m.), Ganjala peak and more. Besides, you can also see dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Gyanghempo peak. Then you trek down Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Trekking from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (Alt. 2470m/ 8104ft). Walking 6 hours.
The day starts with shortly ascending to Upper Rimche then descend to Langtang Khola and cross the bridge. After that, you have an easy walk to Bamboo. From Bamboo, you gently descend to Landslide lodge. After few minutes’ walk, you meet two trails one goes to Syabru Besi and another trail (left-hand side) goes to Thulo Syabru. From here the trail steeply climbs to U Kyang (2040m), Passing a Bhatti you continue gradually climb to Thulo Syabru, the pleasant village of Tamang people. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you start trekking passing the gompa, school and army post and then switchback up the steep hill above the village to Dursagang (2735m). The trail continues steeply through the forests of hemlock and oak past firstly then through rhododendron forest and pastures to the top of the ridge at Phoprang Danda (3190m). Here you meet a trail junction. You follow the path towards Sing Gompa that cuts across the ridge top and then staying fairly level crosses the head of a valley. Take the uphill at each junction. The trail continues across the head of the second valley then reaches a final ridge at 3260m. From here after few minutes walking you reach Sing Gompa, also known as Chandan Bari. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you follow the trail of the northern side of Gosainkunda Lake and climbs on a rocky trail marked with cairns towards Laurebina La (4610m). You take some time at Surya Kund and explore fine views of the surroundings hills. From the pass, the trail descends along a stream through the alpine country to the national park post at Bhera Goth. You continue descending over a rocky trail along the middle of the valley to Phedi (3740m). From Phedi, the route drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub bamboo to a crest at 3750 m. The trail crosses the head of the valley on an extremely rough trail, descending to Dubi Chaur (3630m) after that across moraines to the bottom then a steep climb to the Kasturi Danda. Beyond the trail descends through forests, climbing in and out of ravines across the head of the valley to Ghopte (3440m). Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today it is wise to wake up early in the morning for the sunrise and beautiful mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Gaurishanker, Dorje lakpa and Langtang Himalaya ranges. The first part of today’s trekking is to climb up the last pass of this trip Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) close to Shivapuri Hill. After crossing this pass you descend steeply through deeply eroded chasms towards the Tamang settlement of Mulkharka (1800m). From here it is a short walk to Sundarjial. On the way, you pass through local water supply system and water pipe. At Sundarijal your trekking journey ends. Then you will take 45 minutes of driving to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. Check in hotel and rest. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at typical Nepali Restaurant.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
|USD 605 Per Person||Group Size of Two People|
|USD 575 Per Person||Group Size of Three to Five People|
|USD 545 Per Person||Group Size of Six to Eight People|
|USD 515 Per Person||Group Size of Nine to Twelve People|
|USD 485 Per Person||Group Size of Thirteen to Sixteen People|
|USD 860 Per Person||For Group Size of Two People|
|USD 830 Per Person||For Group Size of Three to Five People|
|USD 800 Per Person||For Group Size of Six to Eight People|
|USD 770 Per Person||For Group Size of Nine to Twelve People|
|USD 740 Per Person||For Group Size of Thirteen to Sixteen People|
|USD 950 Per Person||For Group Size of Two People|
|USD 920 Per Person||For Group Size of Three to Five People|
|USD 890 Per Person||For Group Size of Six to Eight People|
|USD 860 Per Person||For Group Size of Nine to Twelve People|
|USD 830 Per Person||For Group Size of Thirteen to Sixteen People|
The best time of Langtang Gosainkunda is from Sept to mid-Dec and from March to May. During this period day time is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Winter time (Dec, Jan, and Feb) is also good for this trekking but weather will be cold. Trekking in Langtang during Monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rainfall but at this time high valley and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with your name card. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.
In Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking there are available of lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. All have electric lights with spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In Langtang Gosainkunda trekking it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Langtang Gosainkunda trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time, you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Langtang Gosainkunda trekking is moderate trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: * mark item we will provide you in service. If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark for trekking.
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
Naturally Langtang region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.
Trip Review of Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
We selected Langtang Gosainkunda Trek for our 2017 holiday destination. We had also done it in November 2017. It was one of the fantastic trips which we have done in past. We know in Nepal there are lots of trekking trails but we decided to go Langtang as it was devastated by a huge earthquake of 2015. During the trek, we saw earthquake effects. We also talked with local people. We discovered now everything is going on in normal way there. Many lodges have been repaired and can have good rooms there. Langtang Gosainkunda is a perfect trekking route in terms of breathing Himalaya views, beautiful nature, and touchable hospitality of local people. We enjoyed this scenic trek with guide and porters of Excellent Himalaya Trek. Thank you so much, Suman, the proprietor of this company, Dawa (trek guide), Porter (Hari) for wonderful time and experience in Nepal.