Gosainkunda Langtang Himal TrekkingGosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking

Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking

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Highlights
  • Scenic and Cultural walks on the hills of Langtang Himal region filled with breathtaking views.
  • Regular views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal towards the Jugal Himal range.
  • Explore Tamang traditional farm villages near the habitat of Red Panda habitats.
  • Walk through the enchanting rhododendron-magnolia forest within a pristine environment.
  • Witness the panoramic view of snow-capped peaks and glaciers
  • Hike from Langtang Valley to the sacred Gosainkunda Glacier Lake and return to Kathmandu on beautiful trails.

An exciting journey along the breathtaking ridges of Langtang Himalayas from northwest to East of Langtang Himal.

Gosainkund and Langtang Himal Trekking takes us through the fascinating destinations around the Langtang Himal range. This location is situated in the Northern direction of Kathmandu. Additionally, it is also the closest mountain range. 

Gosainkunda and Langtang Himal Trekking is a moderate adventurous walk on pleasant and scenic trails. The trail leads us through the high-rolling green hills covered with rich vegetation and tall trees of rhododendrons, magnolia, hemlocks, oaks, and pines. There, if lucky, we can also encounter rare animals such as the elusive snow leopard and the rare Red Panda. 

This trekking route leads us into Langtang National Park, the first national park of Nepal. It was established in the mid-1970s and covers an area of 1,710 sq. km. This national park includes small Tamang villages along with forested land and snow-capped peaks.

Furthermore, this wonderful journey takes us through the Tamang hill tribe. Along with this, we trek into the scenic Langtang valley at Kyanjin Gompa towards the holy Gosainkunda Glacial Pond. It is a sacred spot for both Hindu and Buddhist religions. In this area, a great fair takes place once a year, with thousands of pilgrims visiting for a holy bath in the pond of Gosainkunda

Our trek through the beautiful Gosainkunda and Langtang Himalayan begins with a drive towards the cool and high-altitude areas of Rasuwa district. Here, we can explore the ancestral lands of the Tamang tribe, known for their rich Buddhist culture and heritage. 

Our first day starts with the drive towards the river gorge within the green forest to reach the scenic Langtang valley at Kyanjin Gompa. Here, we face the panoramic high peaks of Langtang and Jugal Himal, along with some peaks of Tibet. This includes the peaks such as Shisapangma. After a calm morning, we head towards our next destination at the holy Gosainkund, a glacial pond. 

There, we enjoyed our time at Holy Gosainkund. Here, we can witness religious festivals in August as per the Hindu and Buddhist Lunar calendar. Furthermore, we can also witness offerings around the lakeside. 

Starting from Gosainkund, we trek along a high ridge and cross the scenic pass of Gosainkunda or East Laurebina-La. This stands at over 4,609 meters. Furthermore, our route takes us to the Helambu region through Kutumsang and Gol Bhanjyang. This is where our trek concludes. Here, we can immerse ourselves in the stunning natural beauty of this picturesque countryside. 

We end our trek in Kutumsang and Gol-Bhanjyang. There, we spent our last night in the hills of Langtang Himal. Then, we embark on an exciting drive towards the northeast side of the Kathmandu valley, through Sundarijal. Along the way, we can witness the fantastic views of Himalayan peaks. 

Our journey finally ends after reaching our hotel in Kathmandu. In this journey, we make unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. 

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Itinerary

Once you reach Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our guide and staff warmly welcome you and transfer you to your respective hotel in Kathmandu city. Then, you can check into your hotel rooms and get refreshed. Then, you can join our team of Gosainkunda and Langtang Himal Trekking for a quick briefing. There, our experts can guide you with information regarding your stay in Nepal. This includes information regarding hotels, trekking, local lodges, and overland drives with do's and don't dos. Then we hold an evening dinner where you can enjoy the Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs.

    Our day begins with breakfast, and then we leave the hotel for a guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley. Here, our city guide takes us to several places of interest. The Kathmandu metropolitan city retails its ancient heritage to this day. Therefore, we can witness various ancient cultures and visit several world heritage sites. After a wonderful tour of historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, we have an afternoon to prepare for our journey the next day.

      Our morning starts with an exciting drive on Dhunche-Syabrubesi as we head towards the Himalayan foothills. After we reach the warm subtropical area of Trishuli Bazar, our journey continues uphill on a winding road towards the cooler alpine areas. Then, we cross several farm villages and towns to reach Dhunche, at 1,950 m high. 

      Dhunche is the headquarters and main town of Rasuwa district within Langtang Himal. The Langtang Himal starts and ends in this town. 

      From Dhunche, we drive downhill on a zig-zag road till we reach Syabrubesi village. This village is home to the Tamang tribe and is located in Rasuwa district.

        Our first day of walking begins from Syabrubesi, which leads to a short climb. Then, we take a walk on a gradual uphill trail past the terraced farms and villages. As the trail descends, we reach near the riverside place of Bamboo

        From here, our journey leads us into the cool forested area within the river gorge as we follow the Trisuli River upstream. Then, as the path climbs upstream, we enter into the cool shade of the rhododendron and oak forests. Then, we take a pleasant six-hour long walk to reach a small clearing at Lama Hotel. We take an overnight rest at this local lodge. 

         

          On our second day of trek, we followed a trail into the deep woodland for a few hours. Our morning walk leads us to a small place called Ghoretabela, where we stop for lunch. Pine trees, hemlocks, and rhododendron trees surround this place. At this location, we can feel the gain of altitude. 

          After a pleasant break, we continue our trek to Langtang and its beautiful valley. After walking for hours under the shade of cool woodland, we cross a stream, leaving the tree line behind. Then, we continue our climb, leaving the tree line behind. Soon, our walk gets better on a gradual pace with a few ups and downs till we reach the Langtang village for an overnight stop. 

          Our stop for the night is the largest village within the Langtang area. This village was destroyed by avalanches and landslides during the earthquake on April 25th and May 15th 2015. It is slowly being rebuilt and coming back to life. 

            From Langtang village, we take a short day walk as our morning starts with an uphill climb for a few hours. We follow the "Mani-Prayer wall", where we walk in a clockwise direction with respect to local Tamang culture and Buddhist religion. As we continue our walk, we head further northeast, where the gorge opens into a scenic valley facing the stunning views of the high snow-capped peaks. 

            After a few hours of gentle walking, we reach Kyanjin Gompa, the highlight spot of the trek. There, we can witness the grand view of the Langtang Lirung at 7,000 m. Along with this, we can also witness the scenic view of the rocky ridge formed by a glacial moraine of rocks and boulders.

              On this day, we take a rest day for acclimatization. Furthermore, we also take some time to explore a small cheese factory. Alternatively, we can also walk up to Tsergo-ri or Kyangin, located above 4,700 m / 15,420 ft, to get a stunning and panoramic view of snow-capped mountains.

                After a wonderful time at Kyanjin, surrounded by excellent views, we retrace our journey back on the same route. We proceed to Lama-hotel, a small settlement in the midst of the forest by the bank of the upper Trishuli River. 

                  The trek of our day follows the same route back for an hour. Then we take a calming walk past the bridge and then across the rain and bamboo forest. After leaving the river, we climb uphill through the landslide, passing through terrace farms of Upper Syabru. This place is called Thulo Syabru, which translates to Bigger Syabru. This village is filled with rows of houses located on a ridge along with a monastery.

                    Our morning walk leads us uphill on a winding path above the monastery. Then we ascend as we face the view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna range towards the far west. After a few refreshing stops at tea houses en route, our journey continues uphill. We pass through farmlands into the cool alpine forest and reach the Singh Gompa for overnight stops near the old monastery.

                      Our walk from Singh Gompa offers us more views of the Langtang Himal range and the Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna ranges. Then, our path leads us towards the gradual uphill for an hour. We then enter a forest filled with oak, pines, and rhododendrons. After a few more brief stops, our walk continues on an uphill trail, leaving the tree lines and green vegetation behind. Then, we continue our walk along the dwarf, rhododendron, juniper, and alpine shrubs. 

                      Then, our path unwinds uphill as we pass through a few tea houses at Laurabina. The name of this place translates to walking sticks. During the auspicious month of August, following the Nepali lunar calendar, pilgrims flock to Gosainkunda Lake. They believe that taking a ritual bath in the lake during the full moon will lead them to paradise. Drinking the holy water is thought to cleanse them of sins accumulated over many lifetimes.

                      From here, we make a short descent across Saraswati and Bhairav Kund. Then, we make an overnight stop at Gosainkunda near the holy pond.

                        From Gosainkund, we take a gradual walk along the lake and then climb near a small creek between the rocks and boulders. As we continue our walk, we head close to a small pond of Surajkund. The trail here is gradual and winds up to Gosaikunda Pass or East Laurebina-La, the highest spot of adventure. 

                        After we reach the top, we take a long descent to Phedi (Bottom) at 3,694 m. Here, we take a break at a teahouse for lunch. After lunch, we continue our journey east towards the Helambu region and back into the green vegetation of junipers and rhododendrons. Then we make an overnight stop at Ghopte. Ghopte means overhanging rocks. 

                         

                          After walking in the wilderness, we head towards Helambu.  The trek starts with a nice walk through the forest for an hour, then you'll hike uphill for another hour to reach Tharepati at 3,597 meters above sea level. Tharepati is a stunning place on a ridge, where you can enjoy panoramic views of peaks, including the Jugal Himal range and Ganesh-Manaslu to the west. 

                          From here, we descend to Mangeot, a nice place with grassy fields, with the Nepal Army Barrack. From here, we walk back into farm fields and then to Kutumsang for an overnight stop. This is a village with a mix of Sherpa, Hyalmo and Tamang hill tribes. 

                            On this day of our trek, we take a short walk across the nice Tamang village at Gol Bhanjyang. Then, we end our walk with an exciting drive back to Kathmandu past the rough, hilly village, scenic Chisapani, and Pati Bhanjyang village.

                            Our journey continues as we head through lovely forests and farmlands. Then we descend to Sundarijal, meaning beautiful water. As its name suggests, it is a lovely spot in a small farm town. From here, we drive past Jhorpati and Bauddhanath to reach the hub of the busy streets of Kathmandu before reaching the hotel. 

                            After we reach Kathmandu, we have a few hours for leisure and souvenir shopping. In the evening, we hold a farewell group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with a folk culture program. 

                              After a wonderful Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking, your journey finally comes to a close. Then, you can either depart towards your home or make another memorable journey with us at Explorer Adventure!

                                Route Map

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                                What's Included
                                • Pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                • Three nights in a standard hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis with bed and breakfast
                                • Transport from and to Kathmandu by tourist bus
                                • Private transport if you have a group of more than three people
                                • A guide with government license
                                • Fully equipped porters (one porter for two people)
                                • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guides and porters
                                • Tea house/Lodge during trek on a twin-sharing basis
                                • Duffel Bag
                                • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
                                • Langtang National Park entry permit fee
                                • Government taxes and official expenses
                                What's not Included
                                • Food and Drinks ($15-25 per day)
                                • Flight to Kathmandu
                                • Tips for Porters  ($70-$100) and Guides ($80-$100)
                                • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                • Insurance that includes emergency evacuation by helicopter (check worldnomads for further details)
                                • Hot water, battery recharging,  and wifi ($2-$5)
                                • Drinking water (price will be high at higher altitudes)

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                                Useful Information

                                Your insurance should include coverage for medical expenses in case of illness and emergency evacuation, by helicopter and other means of transportation. It should also account for additional treatment costs at hospitals. For travel, you must ensure it covers unexpected situations like bad weather, flight delays, or cancellations, especially in mountainous areas where flights are crucial at the beginning and end of treks. Additionally, the insurance should still be valid if you need to interrupt your journey due to sickness, personal issues, or any other reasons.

                                Guides and Porters for 15 Days Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking

                                Our expert guide accompanies you on your treks and climbs. They are familiar with the route of the chosen trek and are professional along with veterans in trekking. They lead the trek at a comfortable, safe pace. Additionally, they are also knowledgeable regarding the area you are traveling to. Therefore, they can offer various information regarding the destination. The information includes facts about culture, history, flora, and fauna. 

                                All our guides have gone through basic medical training. This includes training for high altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Therefore, they can offer you with simple medical care and first aid. If you get seriously ill, they take you to a safe area or the nearest hospital through means of quick transportation. 

                                Furthermore, our guides are well-versed in Eco-trekking and responsible tourism. Therefore, they are committed to keeping the environment on the trekking route clean and pristine. 

                                Similarly, we pick porters from our regular contracted company situated between Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lukla at the start of the trekking journey. They are strong, cheerful, and can handle a weight of 15 to 25 Kgs. Furthermore, we do not allow underage porters below 16 years old or those above 50 years. 

                                Our porters and guide are well looked after and are provided good wages, medical insurance, and travel allowances, including meals on treks. We also provide them with warm gear in winter and high or cold trips. 

                                Information on AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a set of symptoms faced by trekkers at high altitudes. 

                                This health issue is caused by high pressure and low oxygen levels at specific heights. In this illness, people have the following symptoms

                                • Shortness of breath
                                • Light headache
                                • Nausea
                                • Dizziness
                                • Lack of good sleep
                                • Less appetite

                                We take precautions and design an itinerary with acclimatization to accommodate the AMS. This includes adding extra days for acclimatization, short hikes, and rest at low places. 

                                Another good way to avoid AMS is to take a slow and steady ascend. Additionally, we can frequently stop to catch our breath and drink lots of fluids (2-3 liters) to support against AMS.

                                At high altitudes, it's crucial to rest and take short, leisurely hikes. This allows us to enjoy the views and helps our body acclimatize. Additionally, sleeping at lower altitudes can also help in preventing altitude sickness. 

                                To avoid it's best to ascend slowly, spend nights at specific altitudes to adjust, and take it easy for the first one or two days.

                                Additionally, we suggest bringing general medications from home as per your needs. This includes a basic list of medications, including those for diarrhea, headaches, fever, colds, and constipation. Along with this, we also recommend medicines for cuts, wounds, and burns.  

                                What to Bring During Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking 15 Days?

                                • Clothing and Footwear
                                • Trekking Boots (It should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover, and should fix the ankle)
                                • Sneakers or closed-toe sports sandals
                                • Flip Flops and Sun Cap
                                • Wool or Fleece hat
                                • Two pairs of gloves or mittens (one thin and one thick)
                                • Merino Wool thermal Underwear (preferably 2 sets, one for walking, the other for sleeping), 
                                • Several Pairs of trekking socks
                                • 2 or more pieces of pieces of quick drying sports -shirts
                                • Down jacket
                                • Windstopper
                                • Windproof warm jacket with hood
                                • Warm synthetic pants like Ski pants
                                • Trekking trousers
                                • Rain poncho
                                • Sun Screen, Sunglasses, Trekking pole, and Water bottle

                                Equipment for 15 Days Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking

                                • Duffel bags for the trek will be provided on day 2 and should be returned once the trek is over
                                • 20 30 liters backpack with a rain cover and optional drinking system
                                • Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around  -5 C)
                                • On the upper lodges, they provide warm woolen blankets. However, you can rent a sleeping bag in Kathmandu at $1 to $2 per day.
                                • A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries
                                • Category 3 - 4 sunglasses with hard case
                                • Trekking poles
                                • A half-liter or one-liter thermos
                                • Sealed packaging for documents and money
                                • Power Bank
                                • A roll of dense garbage bags, fifty liters

                                Personal Usage on 15 Days Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking

                                • A light and quick drying Towel
                                • Washing accessories and Disinfection wipes
                                • Antibacterial Gel and Moisturizing hand cream
                                • Sun cream with a high factor
                                • Lip balm with sun protection
                                • Reusable water bottle
                                • Snacks, nuts, and chocolate

                                Note* All of these inventories can be bought in Kathmandu

                                Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trekking FAQs

                                • The best time for the Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trek is in Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These are the best seasons for treks around the Himalayas, including Gosaikunda Langtang Himal Trekking. 

                                   

                                • The Kyanjin Gompa is 3,860 m / 12 664 feet high. Likewise, Gosainkunda is 4,380 m / 14,370 feet high. 

                                • The food and lodge accommodations are simple, clean, and ideal for mountainous regions. Langtang and Gosaikunda provide you with good lodge facilities. They have nice and cozy rooms with common baths and toilets. Additionally, you may need to pay extra for hot showers. The accommodation at Langtang and Mundu villages is basic. 

                                  Every lodge has a big dining room and serves excellent food as per your choice. An À la carte menu is available for larger groups to save time and energy. 

                                   

                                • All the villages along the route have access to electricity, which is provided either through community hydroelectric systems or solar power. Guests can use these facilities to charge their electronic devices, and a fee is applied based on the number of items being charged.

                                   

                                • During the Gosainkunda Langtang Himal Trek, you'll experience rural farming, visit charming traditional Tamang villages, explore the highlands of Langtang and Rasuwa districts, and immerse yourself in the ancient Buddhist cultures of the villages, complete with monasteries and prayer monuments. Additionally, you'll enjoy refreshing forested trails and chances to spot mountain wildlife and exotic birds. 

                                Client Reviews
                                • My amazing Himalaya

                                  Thank you for very amazing trek. So much beautiful views, lot of hiking. Loved every meal by trek. Night time was cold but staying in sleeping bag helped me to stay warm. Thank you Bam for feeling safety all hiking trek. Can recommend Bam as very trustful guide and peaceful. I am in love with mountains, and some day coming back to Nepal.

                                  Ilona Alatalo
                                  Ilona AlataloFinland,November 13, 2019
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