Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is one of the best trek among nature lovers. The beautiful Langtang Valley is situated in the Nepal Himalayas bordering Tibet. The highest peak in the region, Langtang Lirung (7,246 m) towers over the oldest national park in the Himalayas to the north, offering some of the most scenic trekking in Nepal. This trek takes participants through Tamang villages, dense forests, spectacular mountain views and the holy Gosainkunda Lake. Our route takes a less-travelled trail to the Tibetan border, which provides greater opportunity to explore the lifestyle of the local Tamang tribe and get to know their culture.
On the trail, we will be joined by pilgrims travelling to the holy lake of Gosainkund. The lake attracts thousands of pilgrims each year to take a dip in the icy waters. The route is known for its stunning panorama of Ganesh and the Annapurna ranges, and is famous for producing Nak (female yak) cheese.
A typical day on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek:
Start your day with refreshing hot tea served in your room before washing and packing your belongings. No need to worry about loading your items as this will be done by the porters while you enjoy breakfast before setting off for the day’s trek. Remember to order your breakfast the evening before so that the teahouse owner has time to prepare – they often have to cook for 20 to 30 people in a small kitchen. After breakfast, we navigate through the local area, exploring forests and villages and admiring the stunning vistas. The morning trek usually lasts around three hours before we stop for a well-earned hour lunch break. Don’t forget to take pictures and videos as you enjoy your time exploring this beautiful region! After lunch, we will continue for another three hours before stopping for the night at a teahouse. The porters will already have delivered the heavy packs to our destination.
At the teahouse, we will order dinner and you will have time on your own to relax and explore the village. At dinner the guides will go through the expectations for the next day’s segment as well as provide practical information such what time the heavy bags should be ready for the porters, what time to order breakfast and what time the trek starts. The rest of the evening you are free to relax, read and chat with locals and with your fellow trekkers. Exchange games from your home country for a lesson in Nepali cards from the group leaders, or take part in a singing or dancing competition arranged by the porters and Sherpas. Take a moment to soak in the beautiful landscape before heading off to bed to be rested for the next day’s journey.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek: Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi
Day 04: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang village
Day 06: Langang village to Kyanjing Gompa
Day 07: Rest day at Kyanjing Gompa
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
Day 09: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village
Day 10: Tulo Syabru to Sing Gompa
Day 11: Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake
Day 12: Gosainkunda Lake to Dhunche
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek: Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival by plane to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. On the drive from the airport to the hotel, you will have a chance to experience the chaotic and busy charm of the capital city of Nepal. Once at the hotel, you will be assigned your room and will have the rest of day to explore Thamel, the central area of the city.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
After spending the night at your hotel, you will have the day to tour the world heritage sites in and around Kathmandu. Visit the UNESCO cultural heritage site Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple situated 3km northwest of Kathmandu in the village of Deopatan. Meet Saddhus (holy men/ Baba) who spend most of their hours cremating bodies on the riverbank of the holy Bagmati. Monkeys fill the surrounding area as you explore the bustling markets selling a range of Hindu gifts, incense, and rainbow tika powders that make unique souvenirs. Wander over to the Bouddhanath stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Marvel at the astonishing 14th century building before having lunch at Bouddha, which offers panoramic views of the stupa. Head to Swoyambhunath stupa after lunch. As well as offering 360 degree views of Kathmandu Valley, this stupa is home to many monkeys. A trip to Kathmandu is not complete without a visit to Durbar Square. Once the home of the city’s royalty, it is now a must see destination on any traveller’s itinerary. Meander through the beautiful temples and market stalls and head to Freak Street, the home of the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. After diving into the beautiful, bustling atmosphere of Kathmandu, it is time to meet the group you will be spending the next 14 days with. You will receive an invitation to a traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will be briefed on important information about the trek will have a chance to ask the staff any questions regarding Langtang Gosaikunda Trek you may have, while enjoyed the traditional flavours of Nepal.
Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi – Langtang Gosaikunda Trek begins here
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive north. The road twists and climbs over mountain ridges until we reach until we reach the Trishull valley. The drive takes 7-8 hours and takes us through beautiful landscapes and mountain scenery and through the villages of rural Nepal. On the way, there are fantastic views of the Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Kerung peaks, all located in Tibet. We will stay the night at a local teahouse.
Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
After breakfast, the trek begins! For the first two hours, the trail climbs through a forest. After another hour, we reach the village of Bamboo (1,850 m) where we stop for lunch. The trail is in good condition for the second part of the day, as we follow the stream up the valley. This area is great for bird spotting enthusiasts and it is also possible to see large beehives hanging from the cliffs. The day ends with a steep climb up to Bamboo Hotel, where we will stay for the night.
Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang village
The trekking today is pleasant, following the trail through forests of rhododendron and pine. After about three hours walking we reach Ghora Tabela, where we will stop for lunch. The surrounding area is full of wildlife, especially full of a well-known local bird called a ‘babbler’. This area is also known for herbs. After lunch, we will continue for another three hours until we reach Langtang village, our destination for the day.
Day 6: Langtang to Kyanjing Gompa
After breakfast we leave the village and have a gradual trek of about four hours before reaching Kyanjing Gompa. From here, there is a spectacular view of Mount Ganchenpo (6,387 m) and Langtang Lirung (7,227 m). The rest of the day is free to explore the surrounding area, such at the Nak cheese factory, the monastery, and the unique local houses.
Day 7: Rest day Kyanjing Gompa
Today is a rest day at Kyanjing Gompa. We take the time to enjoy the spectacular view. Depending on your physical condition or interest, you will have the have the opportunity to take on Cherku Ri (5,150 m), go on a glacier walk or visit Langshisha Kharka, the site of a yearly festival marked with prayer flags and poles.
Day 8: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
This morning we have a gradual descent back through the rhododendron forest to the Lama Hotel. Here we rest for the night before tackling the trek to the village of Thylo Syabru.
Day 9: Lama Hotel to Thylo Syabru
The trail descends through bamboo and rhododendron forest, where wild boar and rare bird sightings are not uncommon, on the route to Thylo Syabru. The horizon is dominated by the Ganesh Himal range. We then climb for 2-3 hours to Thylu Syabru.
Day 10: Thylu Syabru to Sing Gompa
Today the trail leads us through dense forest consisting of rhododendron and pine. The trek takes about 5 hours, and towards the end we trek through open areas with incredible views before reaching Sing Gompa. We again the opportunity to see local Nak cheese production, and have the evening to relax in the hotel.
Day 11: Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake
Todays is one to remember in the Himalayan trekking experience. The trail takes us through the villages of Cholagpati and Lauribinaiyak. These are home to the Tamang and Bhotias people. Walking through villages gives trekkers a chance to observe the differences between Buddhist and Hindu lifestyles and learn about the cultures unique to this region, all within the beautiful surroundings of the Gosainkunda Lake.
Day 12: Gosiankunda Lake to Dhunche
The trek begins after breakfast with a descent to Sing Gompa where we stop for lunch. After lunch, the trail descends steeply, first through pine and rhododendron forests, then bamboo, until we reach the stream. We cross and head downstream through farmland until we reach Dhunche, the headquarters of the Rasuwa district where the trek ends. Here, we stay for the night.
Day 13: Drive from Dhuncha to Kathmandu
Today we drive to Kathmandu through a varied landscape. The drive takes 7-8 hours, and upon arrival in Kathmandu we will check-in to the hotel.
Day 14: Departure
You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight home, full of memories of a wonderful Himalayan adventure.
Please contact us for cost information.
The price for Langtang Gosaikunda trek includes the following services:
- Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin/triple sharing basis
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
- World Heritage sites entrance fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Local transportation (when applicable)
- Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
- A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance coverage
- Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)
- Trekking Permit fees
- Government taxes
- Service charge
The price does not include the following:
- Any meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters