15 days Langtang Gosaikunda Trek with Itinerary and Cost

LANGTANG GOSAIKUNDA TREK

15 Days

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Note: Langtang valley, the closest trekking destination to Kathmandu is the site of largest single catastrophe of 2015 earthquake that got immeasurably wrecked. Witness the transformation over this fascinating Langtang after 2015 earthquake.

Legend speaks that a Lama (Buddhist Monk) discovered the valley of Langtang. He, while following a runaway yak found Langtang and was named after this incident. Accordingly, the name Langtang represents “follow Yak” where ‘Lang is Yak’ and ‘Tang is Follow’.  This 13 days Langtang Gosaikunda and Helembu trek into the sacred valley of Langtang region is another spectacular trek. It includes stopover to the holy Gosaikunda Lake at an altitude of 4380 m/14,370 ft which remains frozen for 6 months in the winter.

Holy Gosaikunda Lake is religiously significant. There is belief that the supreme deity, Lord Shiva created it. Legends states that he shoved his trident into the mountain to get fresh water to cool his poisoned throat. Interestingly, in August during the full moon of Janai Purnima festival thousands of pilgrimage from Nepal and India including the Shamans visit Gosaikunda to worship Lord Shiva.

Langtang and it’s People:

Though a less visited area Langtang happens to be the most popular destination. It is certainly mesmerizing also very commonly known as the home of red pandas. The settlement in this region dates back to 300 years when Tibetan migrants traveled and took refuge. They now consider themselves to be the Tamangs. This is the reason why in their day to day life Tibetan culture still reflects unlike the Tamangs. Despite them being the Tibetan origin- the charismatic views of the mountain, the generosity of the people and the flawless surroundings creates a center of attention for thousands of tourists every year.

Walking on the trail of longstanding forest of rhododendron is remarkable. Cruising through a time-honored Tamang settlement with a majestic mountain views at the backdrop is beyond belief. Finally, Langtang Gosaikunda and Helembu Trek is one among the most remarkable trekking route in the Langtang trekking region.

Trek Facts

Difficulty level

Moderate

Max. Elevation

4610m / 15,124ft

Trip Length

15 Days

Comfort

teahouse accommodation

Location

Langtang Region

Itinerary

  • 1Welcome to Kathmandu
  • 2Drive to Syabru Bensi
  • 3Trek to Lama hotel
  • 4Trek to Langtang
  • 5Trek to KYANJIN GOMPA
  • 6Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa
  • 7Trek to Lama hotel
  • 8Trek to Thulo Syapru
  • 9Trek to Sing Gompa
  • 10Trek to Gosaikunda
  • 11Trek to Ghopte
  • 12Trek to Kutumsang
  • 13Trek to Chisopani
  • 14Trek to Sundarijal drive to Kathmandu
  • 15Departure day

DAY 1 – KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY

Elevation: 1,350m/4,428ft

Accommodation: local hotel

We’ll be at the airport waiting to welcome you to Kathmandu, the beautiful and ancient capital of Nepal. The very ground feels imbued with history here! You’ll board a private vehicle and be driven to your hotel – you just sit back and relish the scenery. We’ll hold a small briefing tonight over dinner, and then turn in for some rest.

 

DAY 2 - KATHMANDU TO SYABRU BENSI

Elevation: 1,460 m/4,790 ft

Driving Distance: 6 to 7 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

You’ll start the day boarding a bus to Syabru Bensi, the traditional gateway to Langtang and Gosaikunda. It’s a lengthy drive (six and a half hours, approximately), but there’s tons of gorgeous scenery to drink in as you watch the towns of Trisuli Bazaar and Dhunche speed by. The snow-capped peaks of Annapurna II, Manasalu, and Ganesh Himal are visible in the distance as you cross Kakani, eventually giving way to the agricultural geography of hillocks, rivers, and small villages. You’ll know the destination is close when you begin to see the stone houses of Syabru Bensi, a pretty village popular with trekkers. 

DAY 3 - SYABRU BENSI TO LAMA HOTEL

Elevation: 1,460 m/4,790 ft

Walking Distance: 5 – 6 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

Our first day trekking kicks off with a hike along the path of the Langtang River, which we’ll follow over the next several days, until the valley comes to a head. We then ford the river via suspension bridge, stretching our legs as the trail ascends in the direction of Paira Lodge. Up is the direction of the afternoon as we climb towards Rimche, after which the village of Lama Hotel is only 40 minutes away. The hike today brings us through scenic wilderness, in which you’ll be treated to the sight of native wildlife like red pandas, monkeys, and Himalayan black bears. 

DAY 4- LAMA HOTEL TO LANGTANG

Elevation: 3,430 m/11,253 ft

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

We start the day going uphill, leaving Lama Hotel behind us as we ascend through a beautiful forest of oak, maple, rhododendron, and hemlock. Gradually, we attain Ghora Tabela, catchin tantalizing glimpses through the trees of Mt. Langtang Lirung the whole time. We then follow the Langtang Khola, climbing steadily until we reach today’s destination. Langtang, a notable Tamang village, is located in a gorgeous, remote valley. Houses of stone and wood are scattered among grazing pastures for yak. 

DAY 5- LANGTANG TO KYANJIN GOMPA

Elevation: 3,730 m/12,237 ft

Walking Distance: 4 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

Trekking past Langtang officially moves us above the tree line, allowing you the opportunity to experience a more typically-Himalayan landscape, one rife with wiry grass, juniper, and shrubs. As our trail ascends we’ll pass Sindum and Yamphu, and then cross the Laja Khola. Prepare for one of the most dramatic moments of our journey as we scale a glacial moraine for epic views of the Kyanjin Gompa and icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung. Snap some pictures, and then square your shoulders for just a bit more walking to gain Kyanjin Gompa, the home of a well-known Buddhist monastery (for which it is named!). We’ll visit the gompa itself after lunch, and also stop in on a yak-cheese manufacturing plant. If you’ve any energy left, join us for a hike to the flag-topped peak of Kyanjin Ri, located just north of Kyanjin Gompa. 

DAY 6 - REST DAY AT KYANJIN GOMPA AND MORNING EXCURSION TO KYANGJIN RI.

Elevation: 4,770 m/15,649 ft

Accommodation: Teahouse

Early wake up call for morning excursion to Kyangjin Ri 4300 m for the sunrise view along with spectacular panoramic mountain view. We head back down to lodge for breakfast and explore the area that includes the ancient monastery and the Cheese factory founded in 1955 by Swiss Association for Technical Assistance (SATA). After lunch we hike to the glacier of Langtang Lirung.

DAY 7 - KYANJIN GOMPA TO LAMA HOTEL

Elevation: 2,410 m/7,906 ft

Accommodation: Teahouse

The beauty that drew us to Langtang follows us as we begin our trek back in the direction of home. Keep your eyes open for animal life, and do take time to appreciate the marvelous loveliness and diversity of the forests’ flora. 

DAY 08: LAMA HOTEL TO THULO SYABRU

Elevation: 2,230m / 7,316 ft

Walking Distance: 5-6 HOURS

Accommodation: Teahouse

After breakfast we descend the steep trail through woodland following the Langtang River to the beautiful settlement of Bamboo. Soon the trail steeply ascends through the terraced fields of corn and millet to the yet another beautiful settlement of Thulo Syabru.

Highlights:
• Unbelievable hike through woodland.
• View of ancient terraced fields which locals use it for farming is electrifying.
• Overnight stay at pleasant village of Thulo Syabru is a bewitching experience.
• Appreciate the local architecture which you can literally see on the carved wooden windows and doors.

DAY 09: THULO SYABRU TO SHING GOMPA

Elevation: 3,250m/10,663ft

Walking Distance: 3-4 HOURS

Accommodation: Teahouse

Today will be a short walk but it is important to not reach Gosaikunda today because the steady gain in altitude will help us acclimatize better to the high altitude. After trekking for a while we pass by a chorten and a checkpoint. From the checkpoint, we move south and pass by Garta Village and Phulung Monastery before reaching Shin Gompa to spend the night.

DAY 10: SHIN GOMPA TO GOSAIKUNDA

Elevation: 4,460m/14,632ft

Walking Distance: 5-6 HOURS

Accommodation: Teahouse

Today we get to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We follow a ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes. The third lake, Gosaikunda (4380m), is of particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is one of Nepal’s most sought pilgrimage sites. The lake with the panoramic view at the backdrop is exceptional. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, hundreds of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath. The large rock at the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine.

DAY 11: GOSAIKUNDA TO GHOPTE

Elevation: 3,440m/11,286ft

Walking Distance: 6-8 HOURS

Accommodation: Teahouse

We move around the lake’s shore before ascending towards the Laurebinayak Pass (4610m). The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La (pass) and descends to the Melamchi valley. The trail is rough and crosses moraines, but 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 (lake) before reaching Ghopte.

DAY 12: GHOPTE TO KUTUMSANG

Walking Distance: 6hrs

Accommodation: Teahouse

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today we join the other path of Helambu, and it is a pleasant walk through alpine forest of pine and juniper for one and half hour to Tharepati, where we can have lunch and enjoy views of the snowcapped peaks of the Jugal Himalayan range in the east and Ganesh – Manaslu in the west, after lunch we follow the trail descending for few hours to Kutumsang .

DAY 13: KUTUMSANG TO CHISAPANI

Elevation:  2,175m/7,177ft

Walking Distance: 5hrs

Accommodation: Teahouse

 

Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani is quite pleasant as you continue to climb downhill. Five hours of comfortable walk brings you to Chisapani, a small town with great natural beauty.

Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping.

DAY 14: CHISAPANI TO SUNDARIJAL AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

Elevation: 1,350m/4,428ft

Walking Distance: 3 – 4 hrs Sundarijal and half an hour drive to Kathmandu

After having breakfast we start our trek through serene forest and farmlands and on to the top of the ridge of Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang at 2,438m with its great views of Kathmandu Valley and from here, the trek descends to Sundarijal (beautiful water) through cool forest with basic wildlife and fresh streams, this is a popular picnic spot for many Kathmandu people who want to escape from their busy city life schedule – another hour descending from Sundarijal and we drive to Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.

DAY 15 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

What is covered on this trek

Accomodation
Meals
Local Experts
Gears
Permits
Experience

Cost Includes

  • Private Arrival / Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin share basis.
  • Full board meals while trekking (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Accommodation at local tea house while on this community trail trekking.
  • Farewell dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Gears – sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, duffle bag etc for the use during the trip.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid with comprehensive medical kit box
  • Trek guide and other support staff.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • TIMS / Trekking permit.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • Your travel insurance of any kind.
  • International Airfare
  • All drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks & alcohol etc

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