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Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Trip code NNTR-1021
Package name Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
Duration 11
Max. elevation 5033 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private tourist Vehicle as per Itinearory.
Accomodation

3-star hotel in Kathmandu & Best Available Guest Houses During the Trek.

Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 975 per person

Highlights

Overview

A short and easy trek of just 10-11 days to Langtang and Gosainkunda is something everyone should try once. The Langtang Valley trek offers remarkable natural panorama, magnificent views of Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganchenpo(6387m), Naya Kang(5844m), Yubra(6264 m), Langtang ll (6596m), Yella peak (5500m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m) and many more. Something that makes this trek so attractive. And Lauribina pass over the Gosainkunda Lake offers stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung I Langtang  II, Manaslu, Nagi Chuli, Nagdi Himal Annapurna range, Lamjung Himal range, etc. we will have an opportunity to take a holy swim on the holy lake Gosainkunda to purified your soul.  We can also experience the magical mountains peering at us and we get to see all that from “Cherko Ri" located at an altitude of 5033m, the highest viewpoint of our trekking. And one of the most impressive Mountain View spot in Nepal.

Langtang National Park

The Langtang Valley sits within the first national park designated in Nepal – the Langtang National Park. Langtang National Park keeps Gosainkunda in its lap. The valley offers some of the most spectacular Mountain trekking and scenery near Kathmandu. Just a half-day drive north from Kathmandu brings you to the trekking starting point Shabrubeshi. While trekking locations such as Mount Everest and Annapurna tend to capture the attention of mountain lovers,  this Langtang Gosainkunda trekking offers a fantastic Himalayan trekking and magnificent mountain scenery experience without the impact of high volume trekking groups. This makes the Langtang Valley one of those “best-kept secret” locations that only some trekkers get to experience.
Langtang valley treks provide an opportunity for very short duration treks to still reach high into the heart of the Himalaya Mountain peaks that run along the border between Nepal and Tibet. There are so many opportunities for side treks, circuit treks, high mountain passes, traverses, and peak climbing all within the beautiful Langtang Valley. This trek pursues one of these opportunities and reaches the spectacular high point of Cherko Ri (5,033m) that offers stunning Himalaya Mountain and Langtang valley scenery. This is one of the most scenically rewarding treks in Nepal. You have the opportunity to marvel at countless snow-capped Himalayan summits close at hand and also challenge yourself to reach the heart-pounding altitude of 5033m.

Gosainkunda Lake

According to Hindu legend, the Gosainkunda lake was created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishula (trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison. There is a large rock in the center of the lake, which is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. [Gosain means a monk and Kunda means a pool.] People often claim that they see Shiva lying in the water. Devotees gather here in hordes on the full moon night of August to take holy dips in the lake as well as during Janai Purnima, Thulo Yekadasi, Dassera, and Maghe Sangkrati when huge festivals are held. It is believed that in the eastern and western side of the lake altogether nine lakes including Saraswotikunda, Suryakunda, Ganeshkunda Nagkunda, Bhairabkunda, Dudhkunda,  Aamakunda, etc exists. From Lauri Bina yak pass Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung I Langtang  II, Manaslu, Nadgi Chuli and Nagdi Himal can be seen.

Langtang and Gosainkunda Lake Trekking

The Langtang Region is as wild as any Tibetan highlands with peaceful rural scenery. The starting point of Langtang Gosainkunda trekking is Shyafru Besi. From here we will follow the Langtang River to the east until we get to Kyanjin Gompa (3,880m). Heading up a gentle slope, we pass along the dramatic ridges through local villages inhabited by Tibetans, Tamang, and Sherpa people. Then we will come across the lush forest of Rhododendrons and oaks. Once we arrive at the Langtang valley we will find flapping prayer flags in the main tracks, brightly painted shortens, and Mani walls. Langtang Lirung,  Langshisa kharka, langtang 2, Yella peak, ganchenpo, yubra are the centre of attraction, that we can see during the trek to Langtang Valley. We will also visit the local yak cheese factory as well as the Kangin Monastery. Next, we will climb Cherko-Ri then we return back to Langtang, to Lama Hotel, and to Phairo, then we will start ascending to Thulo Shyafru, and Sin Gompa to get Gosainkund reason of our trek. from Gosainkund we will trek back to Dhunche from where we will take private transportation to get back to Kathmandu for 6 to hours. This whole trip will always remain in the most sacred part of your heart, you will always cherish these memories and you will want to make more of them again and again. Happy Trekking!

Outline Itinerary

Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 11 days offers most of the great things of this Langtang Gosainkunda Trek has to offers to the trekkers. If you have enough time and want to explore more of Langtang reason you should look for NNTR Langtang Circuit Trek. We will be more than happy to know your preference and or the style of traveling. Just let us know

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Drive to Shyafru Besi (1550m), 7 to 8 hours
Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Langtang Village (3450m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gumpa (3850m), 3 to hours
Day 7: Day hike up to Cherco RI (5033M), 6 TO 7 hours
Day 8: Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m), 6 to 7 hours
Day 9: Trek to Thulo Shyafru (2180m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 10: Trek to Sin Gompa (3250m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 11:  Trek to Gosainkunda (4380m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 12: Trek to Dhunche (1950m), 5 to 6 hours
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m), 6 to 7 hours
Day 14: Final departure

Accommodation in Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

in Langtang Gosainkunda Trek most of the Guesthouses are basic and simple. some of them are providing the room with attached bathrooms and hot shower. These luxury accommodations are available in Syabrubesi, Langtang village, Kyanjin Gumpa, Thulo ShyafruSin Gompa, and Dhunche Villages. in Other Villages teahouses have comfortable shared toilet and washing facilities.

There is nothing like falling asleep after a long day on the trails to a panoramic display of mountains outside your bedroom window. On the inside, the accommodation is simple, yet clean, cozy, and functional. The rooms usually include single-sized beds with comfortable sheets, pillows, and blankets. All the Accommodation for your trek and tour is twin sharing basis. If you wish to get a single supplement it will be available in Kathmandu and lower elevation of the trekking area but it might be difficult to get them in higher elevations in peak seasons.

Food in Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

During the Langtang Gosainkunda Trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhaat”, which is a platter of boiled rice, curry, Greens, lentil soup, and pickles is available everywhere, as well as many types of International (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Tibetan, etc) foods.
For breakfast, you can choose items of bread, eggs, porridge, muesli, Corn flakes, pancake, fries, Chapati, etc.
The lunch and dinner menu is the same, which includes items of some vegetables (limited option), spaghetti, pizza, noodles, sandwich, burgers, Soup, momo, etc are common foods. The fruit is rare and you don’t find any seafood items on the menu.
You can also find simple choices of hot beverages that include different types of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot lemon with Ginger and honey, etc. In some places, you can also find a simple dessert menu that includes apple pie, chocolate roll, custard, and pudding. Breakfast and Dinner we will take wherever we stay and the Lunch we will take on the way to our Destinations.

Our Trekking Team for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Your safety is our first priority. To make your dream adventure come true and successful there will be 1 professional trekking leader/guide, 1 assistance trekking guide (1 assistance trekking guide for every 7 trekkers), and support staff / Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers). These arrangements will make sure that if anybody in the group gets any issue (emergency return, Altitude sickness, physical damage, sickness, etc) in the middle of the trek and can’t continue rest of the group can still go ahead as planned as to the destinations.

Best Time for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek can be done all time of the year as it is so close to the mainland of Kathmandu valley. However Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm.

Although Langtang Gosainkunda Trek can be taken during winter and monsoon too, but the cold can be bitter and dangerous at the high altitude, trekking trails above 3500 meters are usually blocked by the heavy snowfall. And the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain and you may have to trek all day under the rain without any view. Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an un-pleasant feature of the wet season, but with care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.
For more detail please visit the FAQ section below the package

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the afternoon pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring your passport, 2 copies of passport size photos, and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent it by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Day 2 : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit the following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the Holy  Bagmati River near the airport. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river. 

Boudhanath Stupa: 

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Boudhanath another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes in all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries),

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through the narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following: 

Day 3 : Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m) 6 to 7 hours.

After the Breakfast, We will set off for our exciting Himalayan ride to Shyafru Besi. The journey of about 6 to 7 hours will break by a few stops on the way. With The road crossing the Tirshuli, this reason offers a wilderness experience with beautiful landscapes of alpine forests. During the months of March and April, the Rhododendron forests are in full bloom and we can see many birds, butterflies, and trees. We will have to stop by a few checkpoints on the way to register and buying the national park permits. Then we will arrive small town of Shyafru Besi, the Trekking starting point.

Day 4 : Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m),6 to 7 hours

On our first day of the trek, we set out towards the Lama Hotel, the trek will take 6 to 7 hours crossing the small settlements like Phaire, Bamboo, Rimche on the lap of the giant Hills. The trail winds through the forests and mostly with the Langtang River following beside us at the time. Most of the day, we will be trekking through forests including oaks, nettles, Rhododendron, pine, etc. You will have an opportunity to see the wild bee haves as well. The ascent to lama hotel is a steep one and by the time we arrive, we will have gained over 1000 meters.

Day 5 : Trek to Langtang Village (3450m), 5 to 6 hours

We continue our journey by following the Langtang River again. Gentle climbing through Hemlocks, Oaks, Maples, and Rhododendron forest.  After we reach Ghoda Tabela (2970m) the sky opens and the beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7225m), Langtang II, Gongchampo and many more can be seen. The trail ascends gradually, as the valley becomes wider and we pass many Mani Walls, small Stupas, Water-driven prayer wheels, and scattered Tamang villages. Before we arrive at Langtang village we will walk through the old Langtang Village which was completely destroyed from the earthquake in 2015.

Day 6 : Trek to Kyanjin Gumpa (3850m), 3 to hours

It’s not a big day, After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyanjin Gumba, a principal monastery of the region. We pass by water mills, prayer wheels, Chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.  We also pass by the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them.

After the short trek, we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Buddhist shrine in Kyangjin Gompa, the Yak cheese factory, and surrounding areas with amazing views of the mountains. Around the evening, we will take a small Acclimatization trip above the village which will help us to acclimatize our body at a high altitude and get ready for a big climb next day. Although we can enjoy the remarkable natural panorama, magnificent views of the Langtang Himalaya range.

Day 7 : Day hike up to Cherco RI (5033M), 6 TO 7 hours

You set up for the most important day of our trek to Cherco Ri after the early breakfast at your hotel with some packing snacks. After crossing the small wooden bridge over the Langtang River we began to climb. It's a 1000 m steep climb to the top of Cherco Ri. Once you reach the top it provides outstanding views of all the mountains. There will be nothing at all to block the views. 360-degree views of Langtang Himalayas range, Yalla Peak, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Valley, and the hills below will make you feel special. What an achievement! The highest you could get ever in this trek and one of the Best Mountain View Spot of the reason.

For the side trip, you can also consult with your guide by the time you arrive over there considering your health and interest.

Day 8 : Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m), 6 to 7 hours

It’s an easy downhill walk, less strenuous due to the lowering of the altitude as well. The valley will get narrower and narrower and slowly the Mountains will disappear behind us and we will get into the shady forests again. We will stop by the familiar guesthouse again to celebrate the 5000m achievement.

Day 9 : Trek to Thulo Shyafru (2180m), 5 to 6 hours

We will follow the same shady valley until we reach Phaire, from here we will start to climb. After the steep climb, we arrive at the pleasant village of Thulo Shyafru lying on the massive ridge. It offers beautiful views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. And this village also gives an opportunity to gain an insight into the Tamang tradition, Culture, and custom of the local Tamang Community.

Day 10 : Trek to Sin Gumpa (3250m), 5 to 6 hours

This is the second part of our trek, The Goshaonkunda reason. After crossing the school and the army post at the top of the village we proceed steep hill above the village to Dursagang. After the tea break here the trail is less steep and largely forested to the top of the ridge at Fhulung Danda, where we will stop for the lunch. There will be the opportunity to encounter some wildlife like Red Panda, Lungur Monkey, Musk Dear, and many more. The trail eventually levels at it cross the head of the valley and after passing the ridge we arrive at Sing Gumpa.

Day 11 : Trek to Goshainkunda (4380m), 5 to 6 hours

From Sing Gumpa, it’s an easy walk through the ridge to Cholangpati from where we will start climbing. Following the rugged trail, we climb steeply up the ridge through the small camp of Lauribina. We continue climbing the Gosainkunda is marked by Chortenes and a small Shiva temple from where we can see the dramatic views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna Range. The area on the northern slope is a sanctuary for the red panda (locally known as the cat bear), an endangered species. We pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina and cross a ridge for our first view of the holy lakes.

Gosainkund is a protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires, and grazing of goats are prohibited. There are about a dozen lakes around the Gosiankund area, the most prominent being Saraswati Kunda, Bhairav Kunda, and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Shiva created the lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. There are stone shelters at Gosiankund used by pilgrims who visit to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival each August.

Day 12 : Trek to Dhunche (1950m), 6 to 7 hours

It’s our last day of the trek. You can visit Goshainkunda Lake and its surroundings. After breakfast, we set out towards Dhunche through the same way that we climbed yesterday until Sing Gumpa. From here we drop down to Dhunche through Deurali and mini Goshainkunda. Dhunche is the biggest town of the Langtang reason facing the giant Langtang and Sanjen Himal on the north.

Day 13 : Drive to Kathmandu 6 to 7 hours

We will start our journey to Kathmandu in the morning.  On the way to Kathmandu, we cross many green hills, forests, riverside, and the countryside of Nepal. Once you arrive. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, the farewell dinner will be served in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances

Day 14 : Final departure

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.

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