Langtang Gosaikunda Trek-15 days

Things to Know
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Altitude 5033 m, Tsergo Ri
  • Trip Type Trekking | Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu and Kathmandu
  • Best Time Feb-Jun, Sep-Dec
What You’ll Do
  • Explore and communicate with the communities and learn about their distinct culture, traditions and lifestyle
  • Trek includes the entry to Langtang National Park, It was established in 1976 as Nepal's first Himalayan national park and the country's fourth protected area
  • Enjoy solitude and wilderness while hiking through the remote off-beaten path of the Langtang Region
  • Local cheese factory at Kyanjin Gompa
  • Majestic view of snow-capped peaks including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Range.
  • Visit Gosaikunda, a pure, holy high altitude lake (4,380 m)
  • Climb Laurebina Pass for stunning panoramic views of the Langtang Range
  • Explore Helambu Village, a lower part of the Langtang Region
  • Learn about Buddhism, which is similar to Tibetan culture and tradition

The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek stands out as an absolute gem among Nepal's trekking trails, captivating adventurers with its unparalleled beauty. This enchanting expedition leads you to the idyllic Langtang Valley, where you'll be surrounded by a mesmerizing array of glacial high-altitude lakes, including the pristine Gosaikunda Lake that exudes an ethereal charm. As you traverse the trail, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the Sherpa and Tamang communities. Their traditions, deeply rooted in Tibetan influences, will fascinate you and add a unique flavour to your journey.

Gosaikunda Lake is a stunning natural wonder, located at an impressive altitude of 4380m. During winter, it's often covered in a pristine blanket of snow, adding to its majestic allure. Visiting this breathtaking destination will leave you awestruck and create unforgettable memories. The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is an extraordinary adventure that seamlessly blends three distinct regions. It takes you along the northern fringes of Kathmandu, near the Tibetan border. To begin this incredible exploration, you'll pass through the Langtang Valley, which is a narrow yet awe-inspiring expanse that serves as a gateway to the trek. 

What makes this trek even more remarkable is its accessibility to trekkers of various fitness levels and experiences. You don't require specialized technical training or an extensive trekking background to embark on this captivating journey. Moreover, the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is designed to be budget-friendly, ensuring that you can enjoy a delightful experience without breaking the bank. The package encompasses comfortable accommodations in luxurious dormitories, convenient two-way transportation, necessary entry permits, delectable meals, knowledgeable guides, and reliable porters to assist you every step of the way.

The journey starts with a long drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Upon arrival, you'll begin an adventurous trek alongside the Bhote Koshi River, eventually reaching the serene Lama Hotel (2,560m) Continuing onwards, you'll traverse the delightful Langtang Village and continue your path towards Mundu. After a restful night in Mundu, you'll continue your trek to the revered Kyanjing Gompa (3,860m). The first half of the journey concludes with an exhilarating climb up to Chorkari Ri (5,050m). Heading back to Lama Hotel, the second half of the trek begins. From Lama Hotel, you'll stop at Thulo Syabru and Shin Gompa, before finally arriving at the picturesque Gosaikunda Lake. As you ascend further, you'll conquer the breathtaking Laurebinayak Yak Pass, continuing towards Ghope, where you'll rest for the night. Descending from Ghope, your journey takes you through Malemchingaon, Tarkeghyang, Shermathang, and Melamchi Pul Bazaar. From there, you'll bid farewell to the majestic Himalayas and conclude your trip with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Throughout this adventure, you'll witness stunning landscapes, experience local villages, and create cherished memories amidst the beauty of Nepal. The Langtang trail's major highlights are Langtang National Park, Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa, Kyanjin Ri, Laurebinayak Pass, Gosaikunda Lake, and Helambu Cultural Village.

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  • AltitudeHotel
  • Accommodation1400m

One of our officials will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, upon your arrival. We will take you to the hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Pre-trip meeting at the office with our trekking guide in the afternoon.

  • Altitude1,503 m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time7-8 hours

After breakfast, we start our drive to Syabrubesi. We leave Kathmandu from Nagdhunga Pass and drive down winding roads to Galchhi Bazaar on the Prithvi Highway -- that links Kathmandu with Pokhara. From there, we take the right road along the banks of the Trishuli River and start driving toward  Syabrubesi. After crossing Betrabati, we start getting views of different snow-capped mountains, notably of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. The narrow road snakes through lush forests, terraced fields and beautiful countryside. Passing through small towns like Kalikasthan and Dhunche, we finally reach Syafrubensi after crossing the powerhouse of a hydroelectric project.

  • Altitude2,470m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time5 hours

The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,970 m) passing rugged paths. Afterwards, our trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400 m). We can have lunch at this place and at the end of our trail is the Lama Hotel. En route, we could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if we are lucky.

  • Altitude3550m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time5-6 hours

We continue ascending from Lama Hotel (2,470 m) and enjoy the mountain landscape with abundant waterfalls. As we reach the green meadows of Ghoda Tabela, we begin to see the white peaks of the Langtang Range. Our trail continues to climb up the widening valley, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders. We pass a Buddhist monastery before reaching the Langtang Village which was affected by the April 2015 earthquake. We continue on our trail to Mundu. Overnight in Mundu.

  • Altitude3,865 m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time3-4 hours

It is a shorter walk today, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famous cheese factory – don’t forget to try some locally produced cheese as fresh as you could get. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the spot where we can explore the valley and climb several small peaks (hillocks).

  • Altitude4,984 m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time7 hours

It is an acclimatization day. So take a rest and explore the nearby areas. There are several attractions to visit in the village. You can excurse through the cheese factory or hike through the moraine trail to see spectacular icefalls and ascend at Tsergo Ri. Tsergo Ri (5,033m) is the trek’s highest point and takes you directly behind the village for a picturesque view of the Langtang Peak.

  • Altitude2,470 m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Leaving Kyanjin Gompa, we begin our descent from the upper highlands, retracing our steps on the familiar path that brought us here. As we trek down, we pass through Langtang Village before reaching Ghora Tabela, where we pause for lunch and officially register our departure at the army checkpoint. Following a relaxing meal, we continue our journey, descending through lush forests along the river valley until we reach Lama Hotel, where we'll spend the night.

  • Altitude2,235 m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • Time5-6 hours

We begin our trek with a climb up to the Rimche Village. From here, we descend to the banks of the Langtang Khola. We continue on an easy trail to Bamboo and begin ascending to Landslide Lodge. From here, we continue our trek to Thulo Syabru. There are two trails as we cross another bridge. We follow the one that passes by the Pahare Hotel and a waterfall at 2,210 m to reach Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.

  • Altitude3,330m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time3-4 hours

The trails from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3,200 m ) follow a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2,660 m) along with the views of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal. The trail gently ascends briefly and then follows a flat level to Sing Gompa. There is a well-managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery. Sing Gompa provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature and a yak cheese factory. The cheese manufactured here is considered the best in Nepal.

  • Altitude4,380m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Today we enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We follow a ridge for most of the day and glimpse the first of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda Basin – the three most important ones are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosaikunda. According to legend, Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing poison that threatened to destroy the world. The lake, Gosaikunda (4380m), is of particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is one of Nepal’s most sought-after pilgrimage sites. Mountains surround the lake on almost all sides, and it has a significant ensemble of nine other lakes to accompany it. During Janai Purnima in August, hundreds of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath every year. The large rock at the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. Overnight in Gosaikunda.

  • Altitude3,530m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6 hours

We move around the lake’s shore before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass (4610m). The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La (pass) and descends to the Melamchi Valley. The trail is rough, crosses moraines, and is well marked with cairns. We pass through three more small lakes before reaching the pass. We climb a small hill and enjoy excellent views of the area. Our trail passes through Surya Kunda before reaching Ghopte. Overnight in Ghopte.

  • Altitude2,470 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Our path today leads us through a rolling forested landscape decked in rhododendron and pine, with the sound of numerous streams scything through the woodland giving us a pleasant soundtrack to our easy journey. Our day's highlight is the visit to Thadepati and its picturesque outlook atop a ridge, after which we descend through more dense woodland to Maghingoth, where we take lunch. A pleasant hike takes us steadily downhill and across a series of stream crossings, with rhododendrons and pine forests enveloping us as we make our way through the moist temperate forests of the lower valley to the village of Kutumsang.

  • Altitude2,295 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-7 hours

The day begins along a steadily ascending trail through the emerald green hills of the Helambu region until we reach the ridgeline over Gul Bhanjyang. From there, we hike to Thodang and Chipling and then descend into more rhododendron and oak forests to Chisapani, a hill station famed for its sunrise views towards the snow-capped mountains in the west.

  • Altitude1,400m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Our last day of hiking takes us through more dense woodlands and an easy stroll through the peaceful Mulkharka valley. Our descent through the valley provides us with wonderful views of the entire Kathmandu valley as we steadily make our way down to our final destination of Sundarijal. From there, a short bus ride takes us back to Kathmandu, where we can relax and celebrate the end of a highly rewarding trek.

    The trip concludes – our representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Trip Cost Details
    • Airport Pickup and Drop off by private car
    • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights including breakfast
    • Transfer from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi and Sundarijal to Kathmandu by bus
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • The best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
    • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek.
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance for all staffs
    • Iconic Holiday Nepal T-shirt,Duffle bag, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medicine kit
    • Langtang National Park Permit fee
    • Government taxes & office service charge
    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
    • Personal Travel insurance
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or the equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
    Useful Info

    Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Difficulty

    The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek in Nepal is of moderate difficulty, and suitable for trekkers with some prior experience and a moderate fitness level. It involves altitudes up to Tsergo Ri (5,033 m) so acclimatization is crucial. The trek takes around 12-16 days, with variable trail conditions, including steep ascents and descents. Weather, permits, and teahouse accommodations are factors to consider. With proper preparation and gear, this trek offers a rewarding blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences, but trekkers should be cautious about altitude sickness and changing weather conditions for a safe journey.

    Best Season 

    The best times to go are either in spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November).In spring, the weather is pleasant, and the hills burst with colourful rhododendron flowers, making the trek a vibrant and beautiful experience.

    Spring (March to May): This is one of the most popular times to trek in the Langtang region. During spring, the weather is generally stable, and the temperatures are moderate. The rhododendron forests along the trail come to life with vibrant blooms, adding a colourful touch to your trek. The views of the Himalayan peaks are often clearer during this season.

    Autumn (September to November): Another excellent time for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the autumn season. The weather is generally dry and stable, with clear skies and excellent visibility. The temperatures are also comfortable for trekking, making it a popular choice among trekkers. This season offers some of the best panoramic mountain views.

    Accommodation & Meals During The Trek

    We book guest house accommodation on the Langtang Gosaikunda Valley Trek. Langtang Valley is very rural, and the trail does not have infrastructure like Annapurna Basecamp Trek or Everest Basecamp Trek

    The guesthouses have communal washrooms. The rooms are small but decorated, and you'll get a clean bed & blanket with a pillow to spend the night. Likewise, the dining area is like a central communal area with a large stove to keep the room cosy. As the rooms are not heated, you must bring sleeping bags to keep you extra warm. On the way, shops are selling various beverages and snacks, and the prices will be high. Likewise, we have dinner and breakfast in the same lodge where we spend the night and lunch on the way. The menu has mostly Nepali and Tibetan dishes, with a few Western items available, like a sandwich, pasta, etc.

    Internet, Charging, & ATM On The Trail

    Instead of relying on WiFi, we'll help you get a Nepali sim with data to use the internet while trekking. In Kathmandu, WiFi is accessible in all cafes, restaurants, and hotels. The Langtang Region is remote, so the network is not that great in the area, and there are many blackout points where you'll get no network at all. There are no charging slots in the rooms, and you can find them around reception. It's advisable to withdraw Nepalese Rupees (NPR) from ATMs in Kathmandu before embarking on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. Local businesses in rural areas along the trail typically don't accept cards or foreign currency. Cash is the primary form of payment, so make sure to carry enough NPR to cover expenses during the trek.ATM access may be limited in remote areas, having ample NPR on hand ensures a smooth and worry-free trekking experience.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is essential for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. It is a remote trek with the risk of altitude sickness and other unseen events. We recommend travel insurance as a backup. If your body does not acclimate to the altitude or shows any medical emergency, we use air rescue to transfer you to a hospital in Kathmandu.

    Is The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Worth It?

    Yes, the Langtang trek is worth all the money, time, and energy you put into it. It is a fantastic venture with views and moments cherishing a lifetime. Apart from the adventure and adrenaline you'll get on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek; you also come across various flora & fauna. The rich cultural heritage of the locals enhances your experience and connects you to the mountains & their tales.

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