Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

The beautiful Langtang Valley lies close to the Tibetan border, north of Kathmandu. The lush rhododendron and oak forests of its lower reaches form part of a vast National Park, providing sanctuary for a variety of animals, birds and wild flowers. By contrast, the upper valley is dominated by shimmering glaciers, that tumble off the ice-clad summits of 7000m peaks. Inhabiting the valley are communities whose Tibetan origins are reflected in a distinct style of building and way of life. The local Tamang "Sherpas" are descendents of the cavalry of Ghengis Khan, complete with hardy mountain horses.

After a week trekking in the valley, with two days set aside for exploring its upper reaches, we head for Gosainkund, an important pilgrimage site, whose sparkling lakes are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. To reach the lakes we must climb, but with the reward of arguably one of the finest Himalayan panoramas, from the Ganesh Himal west to the Annapurnas.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu - Dhunche
Day 04: Dhunche – Bharku – Syabrubesi
Day 05: Syabrubesi – Khanjung – Syarpagaon
Day 06: Syarpagaon – Lama Hotel – Langtang Valley
Day 07: Langtang Valley – Kyangjing Gompa
Day 08: Kyangjing Gompa –Ghora Tabala
Day 09: Ghora Tabala – Syabrugaon
Day 10: Syabrugaon – Sing Gompa
Day 11: Sing Gompa – Gosainkunda
Day 12: Gosainkunda – Thare Pati
Day 13: Thare Pati – Gul Bhanyjang  
Day 14: Gul Bhanyjang – Chisopani
Day 15: Chisopani – Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Half day visit of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. PM: Free, preparation for the trekking. O/N hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Dhunche
7 hours drive and after your Breakfast 7-½ start from Kathmandu and 7 hours drive to Dhunche (2150m.) And overnight in the camp or lodge. Driving from Kathmandu same way when we had been to Syabrubeshi up to Dhunche this road is still in same condition many zigzag and several landslides we will have to pass by veichles.

Day 04: Dhunche – Bharku – Syabrubesi
From Dhunche there is a decent to the Trisuli river which is reached within half an hour.  From the river bed there is a steep climb to Dovan.  Right from here a track to Gosainkunda leaves the main trail to Rasuwa Ghari and the Langtang valley.  From Dovan there is a gentle climb to 6,400 feet and  Bharku village is reached.  From Bharku, traversing up and down  after crossing a suspension bridge over the Langtang river, the village of Syabrubensi is reached. O/N in Syabrybesi.

Day 05: Syabrubesi – Khanjung – Syarpagaon
After a trek of about one hour from Syabrubensi the small village of Wangal is reached.  From here a trail branches off straight eastwards to Rasuwa Ghari.  From Wangal there is a steep climb to Khanjung village.  In the village there is a good camping site.  From there, after 1/2 hr  climb a small village is reached, known as Surka.  The climb is steep for an hour through thick forest and from there the trail continues straight but not steep.  From here, after a gentle descent for nearly 3 hrs,  Syarpagoan (8200 ft. ) is reached . O/N in Syarpagaon.

Day 06: Syarpagaon – Lama Hotel – Langtang Valley
From Syarpagoan, the trail then traverses up and down through the forest and Ghoratabela (9800ft. ) is reached within 5 hrs.   From there, again a short climb for 1/2 hrs will bring you to a pass to the right of where the Langtang valley begins. O/N in Langtang Valley.

Day 07: Langtang Valley – Kyangjing Gompa
From the pass, after trekking for nearly 3 hrs, Langtang village (11200 ft.) is reached.  From Langtang there is a gentle ascent for 4 hrs to Kyangjing Gompa. O/N in Kyangjing Gompa.

Day 08: Kyangjing Gompa –Ghora Tabala
After visiting Kyangjing Monastery, an excellent look-out can be reached by climbing the slopes immediately behind the Kyangjing Gompa. A visit to Yala Cheese factory (15,800 ft.) and the small lake at 16,000 ft. beyond Yala is worthwhile.  Then back to Langtang via same route. O/N in Ghora Tabala.

Day 09: Ghora Tabala – Syabrugaon
Breakfast served in the morning. After breakfast trek back through same way to Syabrugaon. O/N in Syabrugaon.

Day 10: Syabrugaon – Sing Gompa
Today we climb through forests of Fir and Rhododendron.  The only sign of human habitation are the occasional shepherds' huts at the water points.  We camp near the deserted Sing Gompa. O/N in Sing Gompa.

Day 11: Sing Gompa – Gosainkunda
A steep, rugged trail but adequately compensated for by dramatic views; to the west Himal Chuli (7893m.), Manaslu (8156m.), and Ganesh Himal (7406m.) and possibly even the Annapurna range.  To the north across the valley is Langtang Lirug.  We pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina,  cross a small ridge and have our first views of the holy lakes.   There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin,  the main three being Saraswatikund Bhariab Kunda 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 some poison.

Day 12: Gosainkunda – Thare Pati
We continue over rugged trails and pass several other smaller lakes to the Thare Pati pass (4602m.), then we descend along a ridge to the tree-line.  Past beautiful waterfalls, through Juniper and Rhododendron forests. We descend to the huts of Thare Pati (8 hrs).

Day 13: Thare Pati – Gul Bhanyjang  
We drop steadily all day through Fir and Rhododendron forests and then through prickly-leaved Oak forests.  We camp at the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.  This ridge walk provides excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley.

Day 14: Gul Bhanyjang – Chisopani
Today's walk consists of gentle ups and downs following a ridge to camp just above Chisopai with excellent views of the Himalayan range from Manaslu to Everest.

Day 15: Chisopani – Kathmandu
Climb to the small pass at Burlang Bhanjyang and take a last look at the great line of the snow peaks of the Himalaya before descending to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu from Sundarijal.

Day 16: Departure

  • Warn welcome airport in & transfer hotel
  • All arrival and departure transfers using private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis in all
  • Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on FB (Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) basis in Chitwan & Bhutan
  • Hotel accommodation on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis
  • All sightseeing with local English speaking guide
  • All transfer by private vehicle; it is depend on group size
  • Necessary entrance fees
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance
  • Airfare to/from Nepal.
  • Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
  • Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
  • Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Personal Insurance.

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