- Trip Duration : 13 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 4743 m
- Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
- Season : Mar-May, Mid Sep-Nov
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Langtang - Gosainkunda Trek
Take a holy bath in the holy lake or go for a visit to traditional cheese factory or visit the old monastery. This treks takes you to the alpine zone of langtang with magnificent view over the high mountain and glaciers. Get to know the tibetan culture, walk through the river valley and dense forest.
The trek is combination of alpine walk and one of the popular holy lakes of Gosainkunda. Explore the Tibetan culture and absolute view of Langtang range and the glaciers. The holy lake of Gosainkunda gives you the inner peace. Once every year in June/July a big festival takes place where thousand of devotees and shamans visits the lake of Gosainkunda to take holy bath and to wash away the sin. Cross over the challenging pass of Gosainkunda (4600 meters) and enjoy the beautiful villages and forestage back to Kathmandu.
|Day 01 :||Kathmandu drive to Syabrubesi (Approx: 1450M)|
|Day 02 :||Trek to Lama Hotel (Approx: 2480M)|
|Day 03 :||Trek to Langtang Village (Approx: 3430M)|
|Day 04 :||Trek to Kyanjin Gomba (Approx: 3970M)|
|Day 05 :||Hike to Kyanjin Ri and trek to Lama Hotel (Approx: 2480M)|
|Day 06 :||Trek to Thulo Syabru (Approx: 2250M)|
|Day 07 :||Trek to Sin Gompa (Approx: 3250M)|
|Day 08 :||Trek to Gosaikunda (Approx:4381M)|
|Day 09 :||Trek to Ghopte (Approx: 3420M) via Laurebina Pass (Approx: 4610M)|
|Day 10 :||Trek to Mangengoth (Approx: 2470M)|
|Day 11 :||Trek to Golphu Bhanjyang (Approx: 2130M)|
|Day 12 :||Trek to Chisapani (Approx: 2165M)|
|Day 13 :||Trek to Sundarijal and drive back to Kathmandu|
Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Syabrubesi.
We take a scenic drive to Syabru besi from Kathmandu. The 7 to 8 hours drive to North of Kathmandu passing by river valley, terraced fields, plenty of suburbs and breathtaking views is indeed a great experience. Sybaru besi stands next to the confluence of Bhotekoshi and Langtang Khola. The entire setting is aired by the ripple of the giant river.
Driving hour: 7-8 hrs
Height: Syabrubesi 1450m
Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel.
Upon crossing Bhote koshi River over a suspension bridge we follow gentle climb to Bamboo through the forest, and following the Langtang Khola. Subsequently the trail gets uphill and takes you more into the forest of rhododendron, oak and bamboo. After crossing the Langtang Khola to your left side the trail gets steep up until Lama Hotel. Lama hotel has few tea houses to offer.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Lama Hotel 2480m.
Day 03: Trek to Langtang Village
We will continue our trek to Langtang village via Ghore Tabela. We can experience the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Langtang Village 3430m
Day 04: Trek to Kyanjin Gomba
A morning greetings from bright and white Langtang Mountain inspires us to move further. We walk by some small village alleys and cross Small River. The trail afterwards is engineered with plenty of Mani walls which stand for the best travel wishes. We get to see many giant rocks standing tall amidst green pastures. Final segment is along the rocky trail crossing couple of streams. Kyanjin Gomba is small valley with few tea houses run by Sherpa people. The lifestyle in Kyanjin Gomba is highly influenced by Tibetan culture. We can pay a visit to Gomba (monastery) and Yak Cheese factory.
Trekking Time: 3 hrs
Height: Kyanjin Gomba 3970m
Day 05: Hike to Kyanjin Ri and trek to Lama Hotel.
If you are in good physical mood then can hike to Kyanjin Ri (4743m). From Kyanjin Ri we can have stunning view of Langtant Lirung Himal, Dorje Himal and beautiful Kyanjin valley. Then we retrace back to Lama hotel.
Hiking Time: 3 hrs
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Thulo Syabru
We descend to Pairo via Bamboo following the forest and Langtang Khola. From Pairo the trail is steep up through rhododendron, oak and bamboo forest. En route we could see red pandas, monkeys and various species of birds. Upon crossing Chopche Khola over suspension bridge we come to the boarder of Thulo Syabru and yet we have next one hour gradual uphill trail to execute in order to check in Thulo Syabru Village. Thulo Syabru is access point to Dhunche and Gosaikunda with magnificent view of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Height: Thulo Syabru 2250m
Day 07: Trek to Sin Gompa
We follow the steep path along with the view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal. The forest en route is occupied by Oak, Hemlock and Firs trees. Then the trail becomes little soft with gentle ascends for some distance which is followed by level walk to Sin Gompa. Sin Gompa if famous for its well managed cheese factories. If time permits then you can pay a visit to Gompa (monastery) and cheese factories.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Height: Sin Gompa 3250m
Day 08: Trek to Gosaikunda
The first section of the trail appears with gentle ascend to Laurebina (3910m). Along the way we can enjoy dramatic view of Langtang Lirung. From Laurebina the trail ascends further to small pass (4400m.) On crossing the pass trail gently descends to Gosaikunda. Gosaikunda is a holy lake that hosts a holy fair called Janaipurnima in August. There are around dozens lakes in the Gosaikunda basin but major one is Gosaikunda. This place is occupied by some roofless stone huts which are the only logistic facility in the area.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Gosaikunda 4381m.
Day 09: Trek to Ghopte via Laurebina Pass.
Enjoy watching pristine lake abridging the heaven down to earth. Take a deep breath and continue your trek to Ghopte. The trail is rocky and steep up until the Laurebina Pass passing by few lakes. Being on the top gives you a lifetime opportunity to take final glimpse mysterious amalgam of natural diversities. Take long descend to Ghopte. En route you will be able to pass by Thai Airbus Crash spot. Relax in the tea house in Ghopte with beautiful mountain views available from tea house.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Lauribina pass 4610m, Ghopte 3420m
Day 10: Trek to Mangengoth
After breakfast we descend to Kharka through forest. Then we have gentle climb to Tharapati Bhanjyang. Subsequently the trail gently descends through the forests long the ridge. Mangengoth is small village of Tamang people.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Height: Magengoth 2470m
Day 11: Trek to Golphu Bhanjyang
We have steep uphill walk until Kyula Bhanjyang. And a gentle walk along the trail is followed by downhill walk through few human settlements and a forest takes you to Kutumsang. We can stay overnight here as well if you are extremely tired and exhausted or we move further to Golphu Bhanjyang.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Golphu Bhanjyang 2130m.
Day 12: Trek to Chisapani
Enjoy the mountains from your breakfast station and get ready to walk. Mostly we walk through the forests and few villages and terraced fields. After performing few ups and downs we come to Pati Bhanjyang. From Pati Bhanjyang the trail descends for one hour. The final climb of the day for approx one and half hour takes us to the Chisapani.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Height: Chisapani 2165 m
Day 13: Trek to Sundarijal and drive back to Kathmandu.
Take a final glimpse of the mountain from tea house and get ready for final walk of the trip. We descend gently through the forest. After a long walk inside the jungle we come to Mulkharaka village. Then we descend down passing by village and to Sundarijal. Along the way we see Nepal's oldest hydroelectricity project. Ride back to Kathmandu.
Trekking: 4 hrs
Driving hour: 1 hrs
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)