Langtang Gosaikund Lake trekking is nice and comfortable lodge based trekking in the beautiful alpine region of Langtang National Park to the north of Kathmandu bordering Tibet.
The Langtang Valley is a beautiful alpine region situated to the North of Kathmandu bordering Tibet. It is popular due to its snow-covered peaks, a mild climate and friendly and hospitable inhabitants. Gosaikunda Lake itself is situated at 4,380 meters. It is sacred to Lord Shiva and every summer there throng thousands of Hindu devotees to take a holy dip into the waters of the holy lake. Nearby are other lakes including Nagkunda, Bhairavkunda, Saraswatikunda and Suryakunda. The trek passes through a varied landscape ranging from evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to sub-alpine grasslands and stark, beautiful mountainsides. Langtang valley stretches north of Gosainkund.
Travelers travel through pristine forests to the village of Ghoda Tabela, and then the valley opens out into a high, Himalayan river plain full of beautiful camping sites, spectacular peaks and wide glaciers. One can hike to the back of the valley or take numerous optional trips to explore glacier-filled side canyons. This is medium to difficult level trekking staying on tea house accommodation during our walking holidays. After mid September to December in autumn and from March to June is the best time for trekking to langtang Gosaikunda Lake. Ask with trekking tour guide for the best cost deal and more trekking information.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival to Nepal, we receive you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. We will be waiting you at arrival exit door outside Kathmandu airport with your name written on paper. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Day 2: Cultural tour in Kathmandu
Kathmandu cultural tour visit the Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines of Kathmandu valley that reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1300m) via Trisuli Bazaar (540m)
Drive to Dhunche and continue on to Syabrubesi via Trisuli Bazaar by private or public transport. 4WD is recommended because of the rocky un-asphalted road.
Day 4: Syabrubesi (1420m) to Lama Hotel (2470m)
Trek 6 hours walking on descends and ascends uphill passing through forest and river to Lama Hotel. Though the trekking is almost uphill, but it is wonderful trekking.
Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang (3430m)
The trekking starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through a forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron. Beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7246m) can be seen from the trail. Stop for Lunch at Ghoda Tabela and scenery and landscapes are really amazing from there. Trekking is comparatively easier than the first part of the trekking to Langtang village from Ghoda Tabale; it takes 3 hours trek on an open country, and passes many Mani stones, water-driven prayer wheels and a few scattered Tamang villages to Langtang. This is a small village consisting of guesthouses and yak farms. The surrounding fields containing buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley have typical stone fencing walls.
Day 6: Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m)
Trek 3/4 hour through the Langtang village passing the Mani stone walls and open yak pasture. Relax and easy walk on landscape scattered with large boulders to a moraine where we can see yak grazing along the trail and higher up. We will be at Kyanjin Gompa before lunch, allowing time to acclimatize and explore the surroundings.
Day 7: Kyangjing Gompa to Lama Hotel (2470m)
Trek back to Lama Hotel, the trail goes with a few short exceptions most of its way downwards, descending around 1400 meter back to Lama Hotel takes 5/6 hours descends walk.
Day 8: Lama Hotel (3600m) to Thulo Syabru (2260m)
Trek on the same route until the Landslide lodge, and then afterward trek on the upper trail to Thulo Syabru. Trek steep uphill to Syabru village, a pleasant village with its many elaborate carved windows. We do nearly 6 hours trekking from Lama Hotel to Syabru village.
Day 9: Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3330m)
Morning first part trek passes the gompa, school and army post, and then switchback up the steep hill above the village to Dursagang (2660m). The trek continues less steeply mostly in forest of hemlock and oak to the top of the ridge at Foprang Danda, where we will have lunch. Then the trekking cuts across the ridge top, staying fairly level as it crosses the head of the valley. After passing the final ridge at 3260 meter we will arrive at Sing Gompa. It is about 4/5 hours trekking.
Day 10: Sing Gompa to Laurebina Yak (3920m)
It is almost 3 to 4 hours trekking, almost steep uphill in the rich moist forest. This is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered. As the trail ascends there are outstanding views across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. It is possible to continue to Goisakund on the same day, but for acclimatization reasons it is wiser to stay in Lauberina Yak. Morning views from this small settlement are excellent – we can see the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung.
Day 11: Lauribinayak to Goisakund (4460m)
We start by climbing further along the ridge till we see the first lakes at around 4100 meter. The trail now leaves the ridge and heads high above the Trisuli valley. After the trail crosses a spur, the second lake in the chain (Bhairav Kund) comes into view. The trail climbs gently but continuously to the third and largest lake, Goisakund. Goisakund lake has a black rock in the middle, said to be the head of Shiva. According to the legend, Shiva created the lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival each August. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the lake
Day 12: Gosainkunda to Gopte (3440m)
The first part of the trail climbs further through rugged country passing three more small lakes towards Laurebina La pass (4610m). There is a good view from this pass in both directions. After the pass, the trail descends alongside a stream through alpine country to the national park post at Bhera Goth. We continue descending over a rocky trail along the middle of the valley to Phedi (3740m) for lunch. From Phedi the route drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub bamboo to a crest at 3750 meter. From here we climb in and out ravines across the head of the valley to Gopte. We trek for 7 hrs.
Day 13: Gopte to Tharepati (3640m)
The trail continues up ravines and across the boulders of old moraines below the wreckage of Thai Airlines plane that crashed here in bad weather in 1992. Make a final ascent to Tharepati on the ridge at 3490m from where we can see the Helambu region. We will arrive around noon and rest of the day we can just relax. Trekking, it takes for 3 hrs.
Day 14: Tharepati to Gul Bhanjyang (2492m)
In the morning we walk through the alpine country side with meadows and scrubs typical for high elevation. We will enter the forest again and follow the ridges before descending to Magen Goth.
Two lodges are remaining from a former army camp. The trail gently climbs to a small pass at Mere Danda at 3510 meter before descending through rhododendron forest inhabited by only a few shepherds’ huts. The trail continues further down to Kutumsang from where we continue to the nearby Gul Bhanjyang, which is a delightful classic hill village for 6 hrs.
Day 15: Gul Bhanjyang to Chisopani (2194m)
We start by descending down a forested ridge to the long, strung-out village of Thodang Betini (2260m). From here we climb up around 200 meters to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge and descend over a stone staircase to the teashops at Chipling. Continue trek down past Brahman and Chhetri villages and through meadows and fields to Chisopani. It takes 5/6 hours trekking.
Day 16: Chisopani to Kathmandu
Trek by climbing up the last pass of the trek at Borlang Bhanjyang (2240 m). From here we descend steeply through deeply eroded chasms towards the Tamang settlement of Mulkharka at 1800 meter. From here on it is a short bit to Sundarjial as we walk past the local water supply system and follow the water pipe to this village. From Sundarijal we can take local transportation, or have our private transport waiting for us to bring us back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Kathmandu Airport
Final transfer to airport to get flies back to home. Please kindly note it that the trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.