Langtang & Gosaikund Lake

The valley of Langtang lies to the Northwest of Kathmandu, overshadowed to the north by the peak of Langtang Lirung, 7,246m. The beauty of this trek is that in spite of its proximity to Kathmandu, the area is visited by far fewer trekkers compared to the Annapurna or Everest regions. With magnificentscenery the route takes us through villages and forests to the top of the Langtang Valley where weare surrounded by peaks and glaciers, and are rewarded with spectacular close up views of the Langtang and Jugal Himals. There is a chance to ascend either Kyanjin Ri at 4,350 or Tsergo Ri, at 4,984m, for even more incredible mountain views. We then head south and trek to the Gosainkund Lakes, an important place of Hindu pilgrimage. Crossing the Laurebena Pass we enter the unspoilt Helambu Valley, which we follow back to Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
    Arrive in Kathmandu and will be transferred to Hotel in the early evening. Those not travelling with the group will meet us in the hotel this evening. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.

     

    Day 2: Syabrubensi 
    Leaving the Kathmandu Valley we have a long drive ahead. We drive northwards to Trisuli Bazaar, and then join the military road which eventually drops to cross the Trisuli River. Passing the village of Dhunche, which lies just inside the boundary of the Langtang National Park, we reach Syabrubensi, a Sherpa village at 1,462m. We spend the night here.

     

     Day 3: Lama Hotel
    We begin our trek by following the Langtang Khola, a river we willl see much of over the next few days. At first the trail undulates steadily through forests of oak and rhododendron. After passing the Langtang Khola bridge we climb steeply up a winding path finally arriving at Lama Hotel, not far from the rushing waters of the Langtang Khola. We stay here tonight.(Walking time approx 7/8 hours.

     

    Day 4: Langtang Village
    Ascending through the forest, we will have glimpses of Langtang Lirung through the trees, before arriving at Ghora Tabela (3,048m). There was once a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now there are just a few tea houses, where we can stop for lunch. The trail continues to climb up the widening valley, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock here in the summer months. In spring the forests are ablaze with rhododendrons.Shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang (3,307m), headquarters of the LangtangNational Park there is a monastery, which we might be able to visit. In Langtang the houses are Tibetan style and are surrounded by fields of wheat, buckwheat and potatoes. Above the village yaks and other cattle graze. Walking time approx 6.5/7.5 hours.

     

    Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa 
    As we continue our climb beyond the village, the valley opens out to reveal spectacular mountain views. To our left the impressive Langtang Lirung towers directly above us and ahead is the great snow-covered bulk of Ganchempo. At 3,849m we come to the tea houses at Kyanjin Gompa. We will arrive at our lodge by lunchtime and in the afternoon we can either head up a side valley to the foot of the Langtang and Kyimoshung glaciers, or climb onto some of the
    surrounding ridges for close up views of Langtang Lirung and the beautiful so called Fluted Peak. Walking time approx.3.5 hours.

     

    Day: 6 Exploring the Kyanjin Gompa
    We spend a day at Kyanjin Gompa with a chance to explore the area. There are various optional day walks around here. The most popular walk is up to Kyanjin Ri (4,350m) and Kyimoshung Ri (4,620m). These two viewpoints above Kyanjin gompa offer some of the most stunning  mountain views in Nepal. An impressive array of peaks surrounds us - Langtang Lirung and Kyimoshung whose huge glaciers tumble to the valley floor. Straddling the Tibetan border are Dorje Lhakpa,Ganchempo and a whole host of 6,000+m peaks whilst across the valley are Naya Kang and the Ganja La pass. For the very energetic there is the chance to climb Tsergo Ri (often written Cherko Ri) - at 4,984m. This is a full day's walk but worth it for the views from the
    top.( Walking time approx 8 to 10 hours) Another option is walk towards the Tibetan border and Langshisha, where we get wonderful views of the mountains bordering Tibet.

     

     Day7: Lama hotel 
    We leave Kyanjin and retrace our route westwards, following the Langtang Khola down through Langtang village to Ghora Tabela, and on towards Lama Hotel, a small collection of lodges in the forest.Walking time approx. 6 hours.

    Day 8: Thulo Syabru 
    We continue down the valley. After crossing the Langtang Khola Bridge our trail undulates through the forest and finally climbs steeply up to Syabru (2,285m).Walking time approx. 7/8 hour.

     

     Day9: Sing Gompa
    We begin with a long steep climb out of Syabru, passing through scrub forest and the occasional settlement among the fields, and then through magnificent rhododendron thickets, until we reach the top of the ridge and the small monastery at Sing Gompa. Walking time 4.5 hours.

     

    Day 10: Gosainkund Lake 
    Climbing a little less steeply this morning we follow the ridge for most of the day. We will have fantastic panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to the west and  Langtang Himal to the north-east. After crossing to the south side of the ridge,we descend and catch sight of the first of the holy lakes. The third lake, Gosainkund, at 4,380m, is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. It is said to have been created when the god Shiva, suffering from thirst due to a poison, thrust his trident into the mountainside, whereupon three streams burst forth and ran together to form the lake. We stay close to a shrine by the lake, where there are a few pilgrim shelters. As the sun sets the reflection on the lake is incredible as the lake becomes one shimmering mass of gold. It is a truly magnificent sight. Walking time approx.6/7 hours.

     

     Day11: Laurebena Pass 
    The trail climbs gradually through bare and rugged terrain, passing four smaller lakes before we reach the summit of the Laurebena Pass at 4,610m. There are magnificent views to the north and west, and as we descend there are superb panoramic vistas over the Nepal midlands. After descending we continue along a delightful trail through rhododendron forest, with splendid views to the south. Walking time approx. 7/8 hours.

     

     Days 12/13 Descending the Helambu Valley
    Two relatively long days follow taking us through the unspoilt and culturally interesting Helambu valley. The villages of Helambu are inhabited by Sherpas whose language, culture and dress are very different from the Solu Khumbu Sherpas. We descend a short way and then climb to Tharepati where we have magnificent views looking back. We descend and continue walking on an undulating path through thick rhododendron forest before descending steeply into open landscape. Further on are forests of giant Himalayan oak, with very few branches due to the local custom of cutting branches for animal fodder. There are fine views back to the Langtang and Jugal Himals, and if it is clear other ranges can also be seen. We pass through the well maintained villages of Gul Bhanjyang (2,142m.)and Pati Bhanjyang. A fairly steep climb brings us to open pastures, more forest and then the summit of the ridge, from which there is a magnificent view of the Himalaya from the Annapurnas in the west to the peaks of the lower Everest region in the east. We spend one night at Kutumsang and the the last night on trek at Chisopani. Walking time approx 7-7.5 hours on both days.

     

    Day 14: To Kathmandu 
    A short walk brings us to the road, from where we pick up our transport for the short drive to our hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The
    whole area is a maze of temples and images. Alternatively you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath.The leader usually organises a meal in one of Kathmandu's many restaurants for the whole group this evening. Walking time approx 4 hours.

     

     Day15: End Kathmandu
    After breakfast depart transfer to airport.

Date & Price

Includes & Excludes

  • Profile
    12 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 4610m, average 2740m.
    Accommodation
    2 nights hotels, 12 nights lodges.
    Food
    Breakfasts included, while in Kathmandu.
    What to Expect
    This is a 12 days point-to-point walking. The maximum altitude will be 4610m with an average of 2740m. Ample time is given for acclimatisation, but altitude is a factor and must be considered. Good fitness is required for this trek.
    Group size and age
    Min. 2, max. 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
    Challenging
    Fitness is important and you may have to improve yours before departure. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.

Trip Notes

  • Do I need to take walking Poles?
    If you are used to walking with trekking poles then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold. If you decide later you'd like to have some, they are available to buy in Kathmandu.

     

    Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
    Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
    You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!

     

    Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
    You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.

     

    Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
    Momos
    This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
    Kwanti soup
    This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
    Choela
    This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel.

     

    I have some free time in Kathmandu?
    If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.

     

    On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow?
    US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.

     

    Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
    Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and it’s more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quality of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.

     

    Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
    Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmandu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Duration: 15 Days
Trip Grade: Challenging
Best Season: Feb-May & Sep-Nov
Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge
Meals: B&B
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