Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund Trek

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‘a cultural and scenic walks from north west to east within Central Himalaya & Langtang Himal’

Langtang & Gosainkund trekking, a fabulous journey which leads north of Kathmandu valley

with an exciting overland drive to reach at Langtang Himal areas within the district of Rasuwa populated mostly by Tamang tribe of hill people.

An interesting and scenic country within Central Himalaya region which covers Ganesh-Langtang and Jugal Himal range, as walk follows to our main destination towards Langtang valley and over high Gosainkund and East Laurabina-La pass to reach Kathmandu from eastern side of the valley high green hills.

Langtang & Gosainkund trekking, begins with interesting drive past farm villages and towns of Kakani-Trisuli Bazaar to reach at Dhunche town, the door of many treks and adventure around Langtang and Ganesh Himal areas.

From Dunche a prime town of Rasuwa and Langtang areas and heading downhill at Syabrubesi village where our walks starts following a high hills and into a river gorge covered with dense alpine forest, where often wild-life like Red Panda and other animals can be spotted along the walks.

As walk progress with several overnights stops in village lodges and then reaching a scenic Langtang valley surrounded by array of peaks of Langtang Himal, with time at Kyanjin Gompa with magnificent panorama of mountains in the comfort of nice cozy lodge.

Our next adventure leads to nice Tamang villages of Thulo Syabru and Sing Gompa with enchanting woodland of rhododendron-magnolia and pines trees, soon tree lines fades as walk leads to a climb towards our destination at Gosainkund a glacial pond.

Gosainkund regarded as holy pond where great religious festival takes place once a year in monsoon times of August, great numbers of pilgrims as far from India visits here for a dip in the holy lakes.

With enjoyable and fascinating time at Gosainkund, walk leads to cross a high and scenic pass over Gosainkund and Laurabina-La pass above 4,609 m / 15,209 ft facing views of mountain range, and then heading towards eastern suburb of Kathmandu valley rim hills for the drive back to Kathmandu.

Walk leads ups and down through number of nice farm villages with constant views of Langtang –Ganesh and Jugal mountains with striking sunrise from Chisapani before ending our fabulous walks with an adventure of a lifetime experience on Langtang & Gosainkund Trekking.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotel and lodge on route trekking.
  • Total Trip : 16 - 17 days
  • Higest Point : 4,609 m / 15,209 ft over Gosainkund & East Laurabina-la pass.
  • Trip Grade : Moderate with touch of high altitude.
  • Season : All year round except July / August the monsoon wet months Best in October to March with clear views but cold in the night / morning times (March to May when wild-flowers are in full bloom)
  • Trekking : 13 - 14 days

Day 01:            Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:            Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Trisuli and Dhunche town 1,950 - 06 hrs.
Day 04:            Trek to Lama Hotel 2,350 m - 06 hrs.                       
Day 05:            Trek to Langtang village 3, 307m - 05 hrs.
Day 06:            Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,750 m - 04 hours.
Day 07:            Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around.
Day 08:            Trek to Lama Hotel 2,350m - 06 hrs.
Day 09:            Trek to Thulo Syabru village 2,118m - 06 hrs.
Day 10:            Trek to Sing Gompa or Chandanbari at 3,254 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Gosainkund 4,381m / 14,375 ft - 05 hrs.
Day 12:            Trek to Ghopte Odar 3,566m via Gosainkund / Laurabina-La 4,609 m / 15,209 ft.
Day 13:            Trek to Kutumsang 2,445m - 06 hrs.
Day 14:            Trek to Chisapani 2,195m via Gul Bhanjyang 2,125m - 07 hrs.
Day 15:            Trek to Sundarijal -03 hrs with an hour drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16:            International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.

On reaching Kathmandu via various respective airlines, walk to airport terminal exit, here our guide and staff receives you with warm greeting and then transfer into car or coach (depending upon group size) for short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.

 

On reaching your hotel check into your rooms, after rest and refreshment join in the main hall or lobby to join with other members of Langtang & Gosainkund trekking for briefing of treks with do's and don'ts.

 

Evening includes welcome group dinner in a nice restaurant introducing you with typical Nepali cuisine with folk dance program of all parts of Nepal as entertainment.

 

Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning activities starts after breakfast, where our city guide will accompany you to interesting World Heritage Sites in our wonderful sightseeing tour, which helps you to gain knowledge regarding local culture and traditional life of Nepalese people as it was for many past centuries.

Tour leads around Kathmandu Durbar Square teemed with local life around historical sites and monuments, then heading due west at Swayambhunath Stupa (popularly known as Monkey Temple where large numbers of monkeys found around).

 

One of the oldest monuments of Nepal dates back more than 2,500 years old overlooking views of Kathmandu valley and the city from this hillock Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa.

 

After with lunch in local restaurant as the tour continues to holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath towards east of the city, one of the holiest Hindu sites, where great festival takes place in the month of February known as Shiva Ratri. 

 

From here visit Bouddhanath huge Stupa, a Buddhist landmark the area also known as 'Little Tibet' due to strong Tibetan influence in religion-culture and traditional way of life.

 

Our fascinating tour completes and then heading back to your hotel, afternoon free at leisure with preparation for Langtang & Gosainkund trekking. 

 

Day 03:            Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Trisuli and Dhunche town 1,950 - 06 hrs.
Morning traveling by coach or in private vehicles (depending upon group size), where drive leads on interesting and exciting highway to reach at Dhunche and beyond to Syabrubesi village.

 

On drive views of mountain and scenic landscapes as journey leads past number of farm villages and towns and then ending the drive at Syabrubesi for first overnight stop, around Langtang Himal and Rasuwa district home of Tamang the mountain tribe of Nepal and Langtang areas.

 

Day 04:            Trek to Lama Hotel 2,200m - 06 hrs.
First day walk from Syabrubesi, leads to a climb for a while with rest of the walk on gradual winding uphill trail through terraced farm fields and villages.

As our route enters into cool forested area in a gorge following the torrential glacial Trisuli River  upstream, as the path follows with a climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after a good walk of near six hours reaching a small clearing at Lama-Hotel for overnight stop.

Day 05:            Trek to Langtang village 3, 307m - 05 hrs.
From here few hours of morning walks leads to Ghoretabela for possible lunch stop within lovely forest of pines, hemlocks and rhododendron from here onwards you can feel the altitude also.

After a refreshing break, walk continues on the road to beautiful Langtang valley, an hour treks into a pleasant cool alpine woodland, crossing a small stream leaving tree line behind as our walk leads uphill for an hour, then walk gets easier on gradual trail with few ups and down to Langtang village for overnight stop.

Day 06:            Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,750 m - 04 hours.
From Langtang village walking on nice gradual uphill trail for few hours following “mani-prayer wall” where walking clockwise is the appropriate way in respect to Buddhist religion, walk leads further east as valley opens up with views of snow capped peaks.

After hours of gentle good walk overlooking views of peaks brings you at Kyanjin Gompa a charming and scenic spot with amazing views of Langtang Lirung above 7,000m and its icefall at near distance Kyanjin Gompa, surrounded by a ridge formed by glacial moraine of rocks and boulders.

Day 07:            Rest day for acclimatization and for hike around.
A leisure day, visit Kyanjin small Cheese factory with optional hike up to Tsego-Ri or Kyngin Ri above 4,700 m / 15,420ft adding more heights facing stunning panorama of snow capped mountains from Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal (7,405 m), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m),  Ghengu Liru (Langtang II  6,571m), Kimshun (6,745 m) and Shalbachum(6,918m), Chimsedang, Naya-Kanga or Ganja Chuli (5,846m), Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak, Jugal Himal and ending to eastern horizon at Dorje Lakpa (6,980m).

Day 08:            Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 350 m - 06 hrs.
After a refreshing and pleasant scenic time at Kyanjin, our walk retracing the trail back on same route to Lama-Hotel a small settlement in the midst of the forest at the bank of upper Trisuli River.

Day 09:            Trek to Thulo Syabru village 2,118m - 06 hrs.
Morning our route diverts towards Gosainkund holy pond as walk leads on the same trail for a while and then uphill climb past a place called Bamboo with few lodges and Tea-House to reach a high ridge at Upper or Thulo Syabru.

A nice Tamang village where series of houses perched on a ridge top with an old monastery above the village, overnight in this lovely village with time for local exploration.

Day 10:            Trek to Singh Gompa 3,254m or Chandanbari - 05 hrs.
Morning walk leads uphill on winding path above monastery gaining more height facing views of Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna range towards far west, after a few refreshing stops at teahouses on route, journey continues with an hour uphill from the farmlands and into cool alpine forest and then reaching at Sing Gompa for overnight stop near its old monastery.               

Day 11:            Trek to Gosainkund 4,381 m - 05 hrs.
Trek today offers more views of snow clad peaks of Langtang to the north and Ganesh-Himal range towards north west along with Manaslu and Annapurna range, walk leads to gradual up for an hour entering oaks, pines and rhododendron forest, after a brief stops with grand views, walk continues on uphill trail leaving tree lines and green vegetation behind for dwarf rhododendron, juniper and alpine shrubs bushes.

The path unwinds uphill passing through few teahouses at Laurabina, means a place with walking sticks, (on auspicious time in August with full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar, the pilgrims visits Gosainkund pond for ritual bathe and dip belief it delivers one into paradise and drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes) Hindu pilgrims leaves their walking stick here so the name Laurabina.

From here short descend and up reaching across Saraswati and Bhiarav kund after a small climb brings you to our overnight stop at Gosainkund near its pristine pond. Here you can see lots of traces left behind by the pilgrims.

Day 12:            Trek to Ghopte Odar 3,566m via Gosainkund pass or Laurabina-La 4,609 m.
From Gosainkund a gradual walk on a small path along pond, and then climb near a small creek in between rocks and boulders, as the walk leads close to a small pond of Surjakund the trail here is more gradual with winding up to Gosainkund pass or East Laurabina La the highest spot of the adventure.

After the top, a long descend to Phedi (bottom) at 3,694 m few teahouses, a possible lunch stop and then our journey continues east towards Helambu region and back into green vegetations of junipers, rhododendron and then reaching at Ghopte (meaning overhanging rocks) for overnight stop.

Day 13:            Trek to Kutumsang 2,445m via - 06 hrs.
After walking around complete wilderness, walk from here trails joins of Helambu and Kathmandu; trek is pleasant into forest for an hour, with an hour uphill to Tharepati 3,597m.
A nice spot situated on a ridge overlooking views of peaks with Jugal Himal range and Ganesh-Manaslu towards west.

From here descend to Mangeghot, a nice place with grassy field, and the walk back into farm fields at Kutumsang for overnight stop, this village with Sherpa, Hyalmo and Tamang hill tribes.

Day 14:            Trek to Chisapani 2,195m via Gul Bhanjyang 2,125m - 07 hrs.
Today a long day walk to reach at Chisapani, as morning leads on winding path with few ups and downhill walks passing many rural farm areas and villages to reach at Gul-Bhanjyang located on a ridge top. After a refreshing break continues walk on nice and pleasant trail past farm villages to reach at a nice Pati Bhanjayang village, from this village with short climb to our last overnight stop at Chisapani, a nice and scenic small village close located north of Kathmandu Valley rim.

A scenic spot for stunning sunrise views over mountain range from Jugal Himal range towards north east and Ganesh Himal-Manaslu and Annapurna range towards west.

Day 15:            Trek to Sundarijal -03 hrs with an hour drive to Kathmandu.
Our last day of trekking of this wonderful adventure, morning catching the views of stunning sunrise over array of peaks, walk downhill past number of Tamang farm village to reach at Sundarijal town.

From here taking an hour drive back to Kathmandu past Jhorpati and great Bouddhanath Stupa to reach your hotel, with time in the afternoon for individual activities shopping souvenirs or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour.

Day 16:            International departure for homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal the country of Himalaya wonders, depart from the hotel as per your international flight for homeward bound or to your next destination country, our staff transfer you with farewell garland or Buddhist silk scarf 'Khada' for your safe and good journey, after a wonderful memories of Langtang & Gosainkund trekking.

Grand panorama of snow capped around scenic Langtang valley & Holy Gosainkund
Exploring impressive cultural and traditional farm villages of Tamang tribes of great interest
Walking into enchanting forest covered with tall rhododendron and magnolia tree lines
Daily views of mountains in the country where rare and endangered Red Panda inhabits
From high ridges of Langtang valley and over scenic Gosainkund & Laurabina-la pass