Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a wonderful trip that combines three trekking trails as Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda trek and Helambu Circuit Trek. Following the Trishuli River north of Kathmandu, we travel through Trishuli Bazaar and Dhunche to Syabrubesi, a Tamang village located at the very edge of the Langtang National Park. We then swing east into the Langtang valley, crossing the river several times as we travel up along a gorge-like lower section of the valley. We pass through oak and rhododendron forests and even cross glacial moraine on our way to the Tamang village of Langtang. We start our trek from Sybrubesi to lama hotel and then we reach to Kyanjin Gompa within three days of our trek commenced Kyanjin Gompa, we go for surroundings visits such as Monastery, Cheese factory.
The holy lake Gosaikunda is a sacred pilgrimage of Hindus. The lake is visited every year by thousands of visitors during the full- moon night in August. Langtang Valley is a beautiful valley in the world. You will keep walking through varieties of tiny village and track of thick forest. The trek becomes beautiful walk through Rhododendron and pine trees where you will see honey hunter Animal, langur Monkey (Seto badar) and waterfalls we will continue walking to reach Gosaikunda. On the way, you will pass through Lauribinayak. From here you will have a fantastic view of Langtang Region.
Best Time to Trek Langtang Gosaikunda – Weather & Seasons
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.
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.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi which takes about 7 hours by van / bus. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabrubesi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. From Trishuli to Syabru-beshi the road is rough. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, the first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascents up to Bamboo passing through Landslide. Afterward, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400 meters) through Bamboo (1960 meters) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like and at the end, your trail is level to the Lama hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Overnight at guesthouse.
From lama hotel, we continue gently ascending above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. From time and again we can have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 meters. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora-tabela at 2992 meters. We will see several lodges and a police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages showcasing water-driven mills and prayer wheels. On descending for a while, we arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching to the height 3430 meters. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc. Overnight at guesthouse.
The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Mundu to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending along the mountain passes we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today you may have a full day of rest and relaxation at the surrounding area. You can enjoy the views or explore the local area or visit some highlights of Cherku-ri (5,150 meters), glacier walk or Langshisha kharka depends on your fitness and interest. Overnight at guesthouse.
Morning visit around Kyangjin Gompa and afternoon return Lama Hotel, we take a route back to Lama Hotel following the trail of we retrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama hotel.
The beginning of the trail gently descents to the Landslide which then goes steeply up to Thulosyabru. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and various species of birds. Thulosyabru is a wonderful village. From where you can enjoy the amazing land feature and the magnificent nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7110 meters), Langtang Himal and its ranges. Overnight at guesthouse.
The trails from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3200 meters) follows a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2660 meters) along with the views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, Hemlock and forests. Now the path gently ascends for a while then it follows a flat level to Sing Gompa. There is a well managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery. Singgompa provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature and Yak Cheese factory. The cheese manufactured here is considered the best in Nepal. Overnight at guesthouse.
The first part of the trail emerges and we steadily climb up to Lauribina-yak and the top of Lauribina-yak gives you an exotic feeling. With a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda 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 a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Overnight at guesthouse.
The trail leaves Gosaikund and climbs through rugged country, past four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610 meters), the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back at the spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to camp near Gopte. Overnight at guesthouse.
You slide down through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka that is surrounded by rhododendron forest. You climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Tharepati. Tharepati village gives you a marvelous view of the Jugal area. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we walk through the forest sometimes on the ridges of hills then descend to Magengoth, there was an Army camp before. Two lodges are still there. The trail now is gently climbing to the hill then descend through the rhododendron and fir forest without settlements but a few shepherds’ huts. The trail still continues further down to Kutumsang. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Kutumsang the trail traverses through delightful classic hill village with a nice street, some shops where there are good mountains views the trail drops down to small hill ridge called Chipling (2170m) where we stop for lunch. From Chipling the trail continues down to Pati-bhanjyang then final steep climb to Chisapani (cold water). Overnight at guesthouse.
The route goes forward through the forest of oak and rhododendron and brings you to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m). After we trek down to Mulkharka (1800m) from where you can see the spectacular view of Kathmandu valley. Descending through the forest to Sundarijal. And we drive back to Kathmandu by car
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip concludes, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.