Langtang Gosainkunda trek

Langtang Gosainkunda trek is a magic blend of adventure trek that includes fascinating Lantang valley, holy Gosainkunda Lake and amazing Kyangjin Gompa with exciting cheese factory. This is one of the most popular treks in Langtang region and designed for those adventure seekers who wish to do a strenuous trek in the beautiful mountain regions. Langtang Gosainkunda trek provides a pleasant trekking trail with exciting uphill and downhill walks. The trek starts with a scenic 9 hour drive from capital city of Kathmandu to Syabrubensi where we will spend our first night at a mountain lodge. As we continue our trek passing through terrace farming lands, Tamang villages and lush forests, we finally enter into the amazing Langtang valley which is surrounded by the high Himalayan giants and snow ridges. The valley provides the stunning views of awe-inspiring snow peaks including Langtang Lirung (7250m). It is also an ideal place (lower part of valley) to spot the different species of birds and flowers of Nepal.

Langtang Gosainkunda trek

As we trek further, the next destination in our Langtang Gosainkunda trek is wonderful Kyangjin Gompa, here we will visit cheese factory, 400 years old monastery and try climbing some trekker’s peaks. The views from alpine yak pasture of Kyangjin Gompa are genuinely inspiring. After exploring Kyangjin Gompa, we trek down to the holy Gosainkunda Lake. Over the years this lake has become one of the sacred pilgrimage sites of Shamans, the traditional witch doctors, as well as many Hindu and Buddhist devotees. We take holy dip in to the lake to erase the sins that we have done unknowingly in our lifetime.

Langtang Gosainkunda trek ends at Dhunche, from where we take a scenic full day drive to capital city of Kathmandu.

Attraction of the Langtang Region

Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.

In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.

Seasonal Attractions
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures

Flora & Fauna
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.

The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.

In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

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 contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per 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.

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Langtang Gosainkunda trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Langtang, Gosainkunda

Trip Duration: 16 days

Max. Altitude: 4500 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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