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Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Hike on the Langtang valley tails, follow footsteps of Bill Tamang, explore pristine valley, traditional villages, Shamanism and Tranquil Lake

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16 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 4500 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek - An exploration into Nepal's best kept secret; Langtang's wonders of Gosainkunda Lake, Laurebina pass, along with the diverse ethno-culture on a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas.

The Langtang Gosainkunda trek offersan opportunity for adventurous trekkers to walk in the footsteps of Bill Tillman and explore the Himalayan passes, pristine valleys and diverse ethno- culture he first discovered in 1949. Despite its close proximity to the capital Kathmandu, it remains a relatively unspoiled and naturally preserved trek. We will embark on several days of beautiful trekking through the LangtangGosainkunda region, which includes dense forest and traditional settlements. After experience the rare flora and immersing in the ancient cultures, we will head to the holy Gosainkunda Lake and alpine yak pasture of Kyangin Gompa. Over the years this Gosainkunda has become one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Shamans, the traditional witch doctors, as well as many Hindu and Buddhist devotees. This is only enhanced by the abundance of towering mountains looking over the valleys, providing awe-inspiring views.

Langtang Gosainkunda trek short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi, 9 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Syabru Besi (1600m) to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m) via Ghore Tabela, 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion in and around.
Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 ot 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2260m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari (3250m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda via Lauribina Yak (3920m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 12: Trek from Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 13: Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 14: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu by bus or private jeep, 9 hours.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Langtang Gosainkunda trek - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be rest and refreshment. In the evening, join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi, 9 hours.
We head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River we catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As we pass through Dhunche we feel as if we are heading towards deep land. At the same time, we notice that the road is still under construction. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Syabru Besi (1600m) to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is gradually ascent up to Bamboo passing through Landslide. Afterwards, we trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m) through Bamboo (1960m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. We can have lunch at this place if you like. And at the end of our trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route we could see red pandas, monkey and bear if we are lucky. Overnight at a lodge. 

Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m) via Ghore Tabela, 6 hours walking.
As we continue climbing, there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. 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. There is a monastery, which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Overnight at a lodge

Day 06: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m), 3 to 4 hours walking.
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding us in all directions such as Langtang Lirung, Ganjala peak, Tserko ri, Langsisa ri and many others. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion in and around.
This is a day to rest and explore the area. We can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m), directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Overnight at a lodge.  

Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 ot 6 hours walking.
From Kyangjin Gompa we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch, we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2260m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
The beginning of the trails is gently descent up to Landslide and then goes steeply up to Thulo Syabru. En route we could see red pandas, monkey and various species of birds. Thulo Syabru is one of the wonderful villages. From where we can enjoy the amazing land feature and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7110m), Langtang Himal and its ranges. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari (3250m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
The trails from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3200m) follows steeply ascent path passing through Dursagang (2660m) along with the view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain and oak, Hemlock, firs forests. Now the path gently ascends for some distance and then follows flat level to Sing Gompa. There is a well-managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery. If time permits, we can relax at place which is recommended for having excursion in and around Sing Gompa. It provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature and a walk in and around Yak Cheese factory. The cheese manufactured here is considered the best in Nepal. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda via Lauribina Yak (3920m), 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The first part of the trails emerges gently ascent up to Lauribina Yak and the top of Lauribina Yak gives us an exotic feeling. Then the trails steeply ascend all the way to Gosaikunda. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west Himal chuli(7893m) Manaslu range (8156mm), Ganesh Himal range(7406m), Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. We pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina Yak, cross a small ridge and have first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
The trails descend all the way to Sing Gompa passing Lauribana Yak ridge with magnificent mountain views and forests. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche, 5 to 6 hours walking.
The first part of the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to we cross suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Now the path stretches at flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. It is a small town and headquarters of Rasuwa district. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 14: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu by bus or private jeep, 9 hours.
It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the views of countryside. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel, today is a free day for shopping and stroll around. In the evening, join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and celebrate the trek with your trekking crew. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your onward flight, wish you have a safe and sound flight and hope to see you again in the future.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary transportation from Kathmandu return trips
  • Gosainkunda Langtang National Park fee with trekking permits
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Langtang Gosainkunda trek: 

How can I book Langtang Gosainkunda trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Langtang Gosainkunda trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Langtang Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Langtang Gosainkunda trek?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Langtang Gosainkunda trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Langtang Gosainkunda trek is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 4500m walking through villages, rivers, green hills and snow trails, so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our guides will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Langtang Gosainkunda trek

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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