Gosaikunda Lake is supposed to possess mystical, holy and spiritually enlightening waters, thus making the Langtang Gosaikunda trek, popular not only among foreigners, but also the internal tourists of Nepal. Around August and September, this sacred lake attracts tourists from all around. The trail is significant, not only because of the presence of the lake, but also occasional views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo mountains, passage through the Langtang River and observations of the style of living of the inhabitants of the Langtang region. Gosaikunda is formed by the melt of glaciers and is located at a high plateau along with other lakes like the Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda around it.
The trek commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi accompanied by the alluring views of the Trishuli River, glimpses of Ganesh Himal and the Langtang National Park. A short trek from Syabrubesi brings the Lama Hotel and a further descend brings Rimche. En-route trekkers can view the Bhote Koshi River and also some red pandas, monkeys and bears present in the Langtang National Park.
An occasional view of the Langtang Lirung Mountain through the Ghore Tabela brings the Langtang village which is followed by a steep climb to the Kyangjin village. Kyangjin village is home to the soothing and mesmerizing views of the pristine snow covered peaks like the Langtang Lirung, Ganjala peak, Tserko Ri, Langsisa Ri and many others. Kyangjin Gompa, a Buddhist heritage site and the Kyangjin Ri, the viewpoint are the village’s other salient features.
Upon returning back to the Lama Hotel, further trek can be carried out to the beautiful Thulo Syabru which provides the views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal. Further trek through Dursagang, Sing Gompa and Lauribinayak brings the holy Gosaikunda Lake via a rugged trail with views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and other Tibetan peaks. Gosaikunda is adorned all around by a dozen more spell bounding lakes. Retracing the same path back to Kathmandu ends the trek.
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu pick-up at the International airport and take your hotel and free day.
Day 02. Kathmandu City sight seeing, Swayambunath,Bauddhanath, Kahtmandu Darbarsquare, Pashupatinath.
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1400m.) which takes about 9/10 hours.
You will depart early for the nine/ten hours drive to your starting point at the foot of the Langtang Valley. The drive is spectacular, climbing high over the ridges to get out of the Kathmandu Valley amidst superb panoramic views of the Himalaya, including the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region that you are soon to become acquainted with.
Day 04 – Syabru Besi (1400m) – Lama Hotel (2450m) 4-5 hours.
The trail initially crosses the Bhote Koshi River, flowing down from Tibet, only a few kilometers away, and then gradually climbs up through the sub-tropical forests, teeming with bird-life, to join the trail from Thulo Syabru. You then follow the river by passing Bamboo & climbing though uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and perhaps catching a glimpse or two of the langur monkeys up in the trees. You might see the Red Panda & Himalayan Black Bears, if you are lucky enough. You climb along a steep trail to your lodge in the forest. There are few lodges and teashops around this place.
Day 05 – Lama Hotel (2450m.) – Langtang village (3670m.) 5 hours, 1120m.
As you continue climbing you get occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7245m.) between the trees. At Ghore Tabela (3000m) the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now there is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabited. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley are planted.
Day 06 – Langtang village (3670m.) Kyangjin Gompa (3900m.) 2 2 hours.
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory here. You should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting with snowy peaks surrounding you in all directions. You can enjoy panoramic views of Kyangjin Ri (4750m.), Tsergo Ri (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m.) and so on.
Day 07 – Exploration day in Kyangjin.
It is a day to explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Note: There is an alternative option to do a side trip to Langshisa Kharka (4,130m.) from Kyangjin Gompa which takes about 7-8 Hours & it covers about 24 Kilometers in Distance.
Day 08 – Kyangjin Gompa (3900m.)- Lama Hotel (2450m.) 5 hours.
From Kyangjin you retrace your steps, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghore Tabela. After lunch you continue the steep Descend to Lama Hotel.
Day 09 – Lama Hotel (2450m.) – Thulo Syabru (2350m.) 5 hours.
You continue retracing your steps part of the way to Thulo Syabru, but it branches off to the left up a steep path through forest to when suddenly a view of Syabru and its extensive area of terraced fields become visible. An undulating path brings you to this fascinating village where each house is set above its neighbor, in a long line up to the very crest of the ridge. It’s a great place to wander about, observing the Tamang way of life, admiring the beautifully carved wooden windows or simply relaxing in the sun.
Day 10 – Thulo Syabru (2350m.) Sing Gompa (3330m) 5 hours.
From Thulo Syabru it is a steep climb through forests of oak, fir and rhododendron to the top of a ridge. From here it is only a short Descend to Sing Gompa. There is a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory here.
Day 11 – Sing Gompa (3330m) Gosainkund (4320m) 4 – 5 hours.
From Sing Gompa you climb a ridge to the main Gosainkund trail. There are good views across Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. To the west there are spectacular views of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund, and the third, Gosainkund. This lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. According to legend, this lake was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water, quenching his thirst after taking some poison.
Day 12 – Gosainkund (4320m) to Gopte.6 to 7 hrs.(3430m)
Day 13 – Gopte to Kutumsang.5 to 6 hrs.(2470m)
Day 14 -Kutumsang to Chisopani 6 to 7 hrs.(2165m).
Day 15. Chisopani to Sundarijal 3 hrs walk and drive 1 hrs to Kathmandu.
Day 16 – Depart from Kathmandu International Airport.
# 3 nights Hotel 3-4 star hotel with breakfast.
# Transportations Kathmandu airport pick-up and drop. Kathmandu to Syabrubensi and Sundarijal to Kathmandu.
# City tours guide and Trekking Guide and Porters with Assistant guide.
# Entry feed in Kathmandu, Tims card and Langtang National park fees.
# Accomodation during the trekking.
# Salary and foods of City tours and Trekking guide ,Porters and Assistand guide.
# Insurance for all Nepali trekking Team.
# Bar bills and Hard and sofr drinks.
# no any meals during the trekking.
# Emergency recque helicopter.
# Hot shower,personal medication and lundry service. and Phone call/internet etc.
# Tipping for guide and porters and Assistant guides.
TREKKING SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT UP TO 5,500m.
1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 15C)
1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
1 Light water & windproof jacket
1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
1 Inner sleeping sheet.
1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries.
2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
1 Medium sized towel
1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
Moleskin for blisters
Bio degradable soap/shampoo
Any personal medication
1 Pair shorts.
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
1 Small day pack
2 Pairs light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
1Sunglasses and sunhat
1 Money belt
3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
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