Gosaikunda- Langtang Trek

Starting From $800 | Duration: 15 Days
  • Maximum Alt: 4900 m (Tserko Ri)
  • DifficultyLevel: DifficultyLevel
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Best Seasons: Spring / Summer / Autumn
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  • Gosaikunda area seats a number of alpine lakes including the sacred lake whose name it shares. Thousands of pilgrims throng Gosaikunda during a festival in the month of August. It is believed that the lake Gosaikunda sitting at an elevation of 4300m was formed after Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity, struck his trident on the land. Although a region religiously significant to the Hindus, Gosaikunda is predominantly inhabited by the Buddhists, which represents an exemplary model of centuries-old tolerance between the two religions. Apart from Gosaikunda Lake, the sceneries of snow-white mountains and alpine lakes in the vicinity are truly captivating.
    Your trek towards Gosaikunda starts with the return trip from Langtang and Kyanjing Gompa. Langtang region, situated north to Goshaikunda, is marked by features like proudly standing Himalayan peaks, grazing yaks and horses, rare species of birds and wild animals, alpine forests of rhododendron and pine, ice-cold rivers, and shrines, chiefly Buddhist, along the route.

    Why Gosaikunda- Langtang Trek?

    • Two different trekking destinations – Langtang and Gosaikunda—combined in a single trek.
    • Entrancing blue lakes on the foothills of the mountains.
    • Breathtaking summits, notably Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung.
    • Amicable locals of Tibetan and Tamang descent. 
    • Journey passing through forests abound with diverse flora (fir, rhododendron, bamboo etc.) and fauna (Himalayan birds, red panda, wild boar etc.)

    Why trek with SNS?

    • A complete trekking experience at a reasonable price.
    • Experienced English-speaking guide and a group of reliable trekking staffs.
    • Accommodation in hotels/tea-houses that cater to the basic requirements of a trekker.
    • Proper rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Supplementary programs: sightseeing tours and spiritual retreats with complete arrangement of vehicle, accommodation, fees, permits etc. 
    • Excursion to the vantage points above 4500 meters. 

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  • Day 01: Welcome to Nepal
    Upon your arrival at the international airport of Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representatives whom you will find carrying a placard with your name imprinted on. Subsequently, you will be escorted to your hotel. This is your free day; if your plane lands earlier in the day, you will have at your disposal enough activities to indulge in.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range)

    Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    On the second day, you will explore major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 AM to pick you up for the sightseeing tour. The observation sites include Swoyambhunath aka the monkey temple; Boudhanath, the holy shrine of Tibetan Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the largest religious complex in Nepal and Hanumandhoka Durbar square, one of the medieval royal plazas of the valley.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast and Welcome Dinner is included.

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,462 m)
    You will embark on the journey along hilly highway which first descends down to a temperate river basin and then climbs up towards cooler region. In about 6 hours you will easily get to Dhunche, the capital of Rasuwa district which accommodates the Langtang national park. Syabrubesi is the next stopover from Dhunche which teems with hotels and teashops.

    Overnight stay at Syabrubesi; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 04: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2482 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1020 m
    The trail from Syabrubesi follows Langtang Khola river in a parralel fashion, and passes through dense forests of rhododendron, bamboo and adler. You need to cross a few suspension bridges en route to Lama Hotel; the place must have got its name from a supposedly renowned inn-keeper with the surname Lama. Expect some taxing walk on the first day.

    Overnight stay at Lama Hotel; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3425 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1057 m
    The vegetation starts thinning and the vista opens out as you progress towards Langtang, the valley of yaks. The terrain undergoes a remarkable change: trees convert into bushes; shrubs convert into grasses. The snow-clad peaks, high rocky cliffs and waterfalls seem to work ensemble in adorning the whole atmosphere. You will pass a water driven mani wheel to enter into Langtang, a village with Tibetan influence.
    Overnight stay at Langtang; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 06: Langtang to Kyanjing Gompa (3870 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1057 m
    This is the shortest day of your trek. Starting early, you move along the route that flattens out making your walk much easier. You will also pass a few chortens on your way which you need to keep at your right (clockwise fashion) irrespective of your belief; the locals are offended if anyone crosses these shrines in the opposite way. You are also likely to bump into intimidating yaks and horses that seem to cover the whole path; but don’t worry, they are docile and harmless.
    You will arrive at Kyanjing village, the seat of Kyanjing Gompa monastery, in plenty of time. Instead of scattered teahouses at a considerable distance like you noticed in the previous stopovers, here in Kyanjing the houses are clustered together that give an impression of a community. The teashops here are equipped with electricity, and some of them even have the facility of telecommunications.
    There is a Yak cheese factory nearby catering to the cheesy needs of Kathmanduites; you can buy cheese at a considerably lower price from here than you do at Kathmandu. There is also a bakery run by a local worth visiting viz. Dorje Bakery Café and Coffe shop.
    Overnight stay at Kyanjing Gompa; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 07: Kyanjing Gompa excursion; Kyanjing Gompa to Lama hotel
    The main attractions of Kyanjing are excursion to the knolls in the vicinity. Of 3 hills, the most popular is Tserko Ri(4900 m) which offres the best sights of the peaks around. The smaller one Kyanjing Ri(4700 m) can also be hiked to instead of Tserko Ri, but Yala Peak(5500 m) requires camping and special gears. Although you will get sweaty due tothe sun and internal heat during your ascent, you should bring a warm covering, preferably jacket, as the wind blows fiercely at the top. After delighting in the wonderful views of mountains, notably the Langtang peaks, you will descend down to your hotel from where you will be heading towards Lama Hotel for the stopover.
    Overnight stay at Lama Hotel; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 08: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabhru (1900 m)

    From Lama Hotel you will follow the same route through dense forest. The sound of river flowing from the below will help you focus your attention away from the tiredness. It may help to repose in the hot spring at the place called Pahiro (Nepali term for Landslide) before progressing towards the stopover at Thulo Syabru.
    Overnight at Thulo Syabru; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 09: Thulo Syabru – Sing Gompa (3255 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1355m

    After breakfast, you will descend the trail following the main road to Trishuli Khola and then climb through a forest of fir and rhododendron. Birds of species like scaly-breasted wren babbler, spotted laughing-thrush and collared gross-beak inhabit here. Sing Gompa (Tib.:Sing=trees, Gompa=Monastery) is perched up on a ridge from which the village shares its name. There is also a cheese factory at Sing Gompa.
    Overnight at Sing Gompa; 3-course meal is included

    Day 10: Sing gompa – Gosainkunda (4380 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1125 m

    With slopes covered with beautiful yellow shrubs of Piptanthus Nepalensis , the trail first enters into a forest chiefly covered with rhododendron and fir. After about 2 hours, the track touches Lauribina ( not to be confused with Lauribina Pass!) where you can rest and relish the views of summits including Himachuli, Peak 29, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. As you move along, slowly, the alpine lakes start appearing. Eventually, second focal point of our trek- Goshaikunda is reached. After you settle your bag-packs in a lodge, you may want to climb a small hill nearby the lake for a bird-eye view of the lake and the village, other lakes around, and mountain peaks in three directions. Make sure you taste the exotic liquor– Mustang Coffee– at night.
    Overnight at Gosaikunda; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 11: Gosainkund – Thare Pati (3290 m)
    Picturesque waterfalls wait for you as you move along the juniper and rhododendron forest. Tea shops abound in Ghopte, where rocks overhang forming a suitable place for camping. The trail then leads you to Lauribina pass (4610 m). After cherishing the feat and enjoying a panoramic view of mountains for some time, you will start descending to Tharepati.
    Overnight at Thare Pati; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 12: Tharepati – Kutumasang (2470 m)
    You come across many goths (small huts for keeping cattles and also the temporary settlements of the shepherds) guarded by Tibetan Mastiffs. Rather than being intimidated by their fierce growl, you continue your way watching beautiful cluster of houses of Tarke Ghyang to the south-east side. After lunch in Mangengoth, you start entering the frontier of the two national parks and head towards Shivapuri National Park. You overnight at Kutumsang which is a small Tamang village.
    Overnight at Kutumsang; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 13: Kutumsang- Chisopani (2215 m)
    After a rather vertical descend, you reach Gulbhanjyang which is another Tamang village, but denser than previous ones. Reaching Thonton via a short ascent, you climb down to Chipling and take a rest there. After crossing a pass called Pati Bhanjyang, you can walk playfully and reach Chisopani before dusk. Chisopani, now accessible even in vehicles within few hours from Kathmandu, is usually full of people so do expect some noise and animated scenario here.  Nonetheless, the clamor is usually only during weekends or special holidays.
    Overnight at Chisopani; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 14: Chisopani – Kathmandu

    Since Kathmandu is at a distance of 4 hours from here and there is no time constraint, you may start your trek  before or after lunch. Within 3 hours you reach Sundarijal via oak forest, crossing the last pass of your trek– Borlang Pass. You may encounter few oxen on the way with bells around the neck. Albeit their fierce appearance, they are domesticated  and never attack passersby. Sundarijal is a happening place: is a park, a picnic spot, seat of the reservoir dam for a small Hydel project and one of the popular recreational spots for Kathmanduites. There are few Hindu temples around. There is also a scout camp if you would like to observe. The forest of Sundarijal is said to be populated by animals like Himalaya black bear, leopard, wild cats and rhesus monkey that are very shy and usually don’t come near to humans. Within an hour, you will reach the center of Kathmandu on a relaxed ride.
    On the eve of your departure, you will repose with our exclusive farewell treat – Ayurvedic massage at a well-known spa in Kathmandu.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast is included.

    Day 15: Goodbye
    After this amazing trek if you are interested in partaking in other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, or Trekking to other regions, we’ll organize the trip accordingly. Or if you decide to leave Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport.

    Note: The itinerary is subject to changes due to factors like weather condition, health complication, or any unanticipated cause. All the activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although the guide/leader might make some modification in the schedule, at his/her discretion.

  • Gosaikunda Trek Equipment List
    1. FOOT WEAR

    • Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken in)
    • Thick socks (4 pairs)
    • Light socks (3 pairs)
    • Camp shoes (1 pair)

    2. CLOTHING

    • Sleeping bag (4seasons) 1 – Provided
    • Down jacket -1 Provided
    • Daypack/Backpack – 1, Duffel Bag- for non trek items left in Kathmandu.
    • Water bottle – 1
    • Sun cream and moisturizer
    • Flashlight/Torch light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
    • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover (1)
    • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
    • Shirts and T-shirts (4 pieces)
    • Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
    • Thermal set (1 Pair)
    • Shorts (2 pieces)
    • Sun hat, woolen scarf (1)
    • Woolen hat (1)
    • Sunglasses (1)
    • Lightweight gloves (1)
    • Rain coat (1) – in rainy seasons 
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
    • Toiletries
  • Several Travel dates that you can choose from:

    First Tuesday of every Month

    • 5th May 2015
    • 2nd June 2015
    • 7th July 2015
    • 4th August 2015
    • 1st September 2015
    • 6th October 2015
    • 3rd November 2015

    Includes

    • Airport pick-up and drop by a private vehicle.
    • All transportation throughout the trip.
    • Trekker’s Information Management System TIMS card
    • All governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights: twin-sharing with free breakfast.
    • Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 
    • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
    • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
    • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag (optional), medical kit etc.
    • Travel and rescue arrangements.
    • Welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant.

    Excludes

    • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during the trek.
    • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
    • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
    • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section.
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen reasons like general strikes, accidents, or any event beyond the control of the company. 

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