If you are thinking about going trekking somewhere near from Kathmandu city then Langtang Gosaikunda Trek can be the one of the ideal destination after the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Region. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the mixture trail of Langtang valley and Gosaikunda.
Langtang is a region in the Himalayas of Nepal to the north of the Kathmandu Valley and bordering Tibet. The Langtang National Park is located in this area and the park contains wide variety of climatic zones from subtropical to alpine.
Approximately 25% of the park is forested. The forest of Langtang National Park includes varieties of trees like deciduous oak and maple, evergreens like pine and different types of rhododendron and animal life include Himalayan black bear, goat-like Himalayan tahr, rhesus monkeys and red pandas. On the way you can also enjoy the hospitality of Tamang villagers and explore their culture and religion too.
Gosaikunda has its own religious belief that according to one of the Hindu scriptures Bhagavata Purana refer to Samundra Manthan, which is directly related to the origin of Gosaikunda. During the Janai Purnima festivals and the Gangadashahara thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. And there is a belief that if you take bath in the water of Gosaikunda you can get rid of all your sins and sorrows.
Langtang and Gosaikunda Trek- Itinerary
There are several trekking trails to Gosaikunda Lake from Kathmandu city.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and escort to hotel
Day 02: Pre trip briefing and preparing trekking gear and visit some of the heritage places in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Heading towards to Syabru-beshi by private bus/ van (1462 meters) 7 hours
Day 04: Trek from Syabru-beshi to Lama Hotel/ Rimche (2500 meters) (5 hours)
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel/ Rimche to Langtang Village/ Mundu (3307 meters) (5 hours)
Day 06: Trek from Langtang Village/ Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3798 meters) (4 hours)
Day 07: Rest day and side trip to Cheruku-ri (5150 meters)
Day 08: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel/ Rimche (2500 meters) (6hours)
Day 09: Trek from Lama Hotel/ Rimche to Thulo Sybru (2250 meter) (5.30 hours)
Day 10: Trek from Thulo Sybru to Singompa (3250 meters) (5 hours)
Day 11: Trek from Singompa to Gosaikunda (4300 meters) (5 hours)
Day 12: Trek from Gosaikunda to Ghopte through Laurebina-yak pass (4610 meters) (5 hours)
Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati (3690 meters) (3-4 hours)
Day 14: Trek from Tharepati to Kutumsang (2455 meters) (4.30 hours)
Day 15: Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani (2165 meters) (5 hours)
Day 16: Trek from Chisapani to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu (45 mins drive) (5 hours)
Day 17: Free day and Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Day 18: Final departure to Kathmandu Airport
- Land transportation facility during the entire period from airport picks up and drops by private car/van.
- 4 nights tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu (B & B) with three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and Hot drinks (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate) three times a day.
- English speaking, experienced, trained government license holder guide for the whole trek.
- Required porters to carry your luggage during the trek usually 1 porter for 2 trekkers.
- Langtang National park entry permit, Trekking information management system (Tims) permit and any other kind of required permits or official documentation during the entire trekking period.
- Government taxes and other applicable fees.
- First aid kit will be available for normal medical treatment.
- Sleeping bag and walking stick if it is required.
- Farwell dinner with culture show in Kathmandu.
- International Airfare to and from your country
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport- Kathmandu).
- Travel and Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
- Any alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and any other beverages which are not mentioned in the cost include items as above.
- Tips for trekking guide and porter which is not mandatory but expected.
- Your personal expenses and any other entrance fees while you do sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned on including section above.
Best Time to visit Gosaikunda
The trekking trails of Langtang Gosaikunda are challenging which includes long, steep and descents climate and sub- alpine deep forest. Besides these challenges, the major attraction of Langtang Gosaikunda trek is Oak and Rhododendron forests, green hills, himalayan views, towering waterfalls, traditional villages, monasteries, glacial lakes and many more.
The best time for Gosaikunda trekking is the beginning of March to the end of May just before the monsoon but the trails are crowded as the weather conditions favoured. And the beginning of September to the end of December as autumn is the most popular travel time as the temperature is cooler and make the mountainsides just vibrant green.
Winter is about 10 degrees colder than Autumn. Early December is considered as a good time for the trek. High passes, (Laurabina Pass on the Gosaikunda trek) are usually closed from late November to March due to snowy conditions. During the best season, the sky view is like crystal clear you will get chance to endure more breathtaking Himalayan views.
Experience or Training Required
Langtang and Gosiakunda Trek offers alpine dense forest, slow moving rivers, tiny lake with icebergs, bumpy rock and snow capped peaks with so much fun and adventure. The trekking route is mostly clear and tidy as it also includes some easiest trial sections.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is suitable for all kind of trekkers: from beginners to experienced though it has challenging route. This trek is possible with no previous experience at all but if you have had previous experiences in trekking it will help you in some way.
But our professional guide or porters will help you to complete trek at their best. If you don’t have any experience of trekking then some of the minor trainings or walking practices can make trekking easier. You can simply practice to climbing stairs at your home or you can go for a morning walk. So some of the certain trainings like running, jumping, climbing and other workout will definitely help you in trails.
Trekking in higher altitudes and rocky routes always has lots of challenges. People not having previous high altitude experiences may suffer with altitude sickness so a precaution is needed.
As early mentioned trekking route has some uphill and downhill walk so people with knee problems may need a good knee support. Before starting your trekking expedition you can just consult your doctor about altitude sickness, some doctors might advise you altitude sickness prevention and treatment.
Besides these things, you should concentrate on your diet chart and plan on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, nut based bars and energy bars, chews or gels. Avoid Caffeine and alcohol and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. But this altitude sickness problem can be avoided or treated by above tips so you can enjoy and there is no doubt that this route will provide you some pleasant experiences of trekking in Nepal.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to minimum. You will need to take the following trekking gears on your trekking trip:
- Down jacket or sweater or wool shirt
- Comfortable Jeans or slacks or wool trousers
- Towel and toilet kit
- Gloves or mittens
- Trekking / Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (warm to 20 degrees)
- Water Bottles
- Sunglasses and Sun creams
- Walking Stick
These are equipment which you must carry during the trek. But carrying excessive quantity of equipment can create unnecessary hassles during your trip so to make your trip easy and comfortable you should carry only selected equipments.
Himalayan Discovery arranges Langtang Gosaikunda Trek every week from Kathmandu. These private treks can be arranged at any time as per your requirement and if you want any kind of information related to departures date you can contact us: https://www.himalaya-discovery.com/contact/