Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek

As the alpine pastures open out, you will also pass an increasing number of Buddhist chortens, stupas and mani stone walls, with mantras carved on them.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 17 Days
Trekking Duration - 14 Days
Trekking Mode - Tea House Trek
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 5033 Meters
Min. Group Size - 1+

The Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trek is a favorite in Nepal due to its sheer beauty and accessibility from Kathmandu. If you have a bit more time and are up for a greater challenge (on a route that is still considered moderately easy), the Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek is an excellent longer itinerary. It also includes some time in the Helambu region, another beautiful place not far from Kathmandu. Gosainkunda is popular with Hindu pilgrims, adding cultural interest to the amazing landscape.

Highlights of the Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek

  • Combine three popular treks—Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu—into one two-week itinerary.
  • Acclimatise first on the Langtang Valley trek, before heading to the higher altitude of Gosainkunda
  • Travel from the sub-tropical jungle and terraced farmland to a high-altitude lake ringed by rocky mountains
  • View numerous tall peaks—some of which are in Tibet—from the end of the Langtang Valley

The Route Followed

The first few days of this trek follow the same route as the Langtang Valley trek. Start in Syabrubesi and end in KyanjinGompa (3870m).

The trail climbs gradually upwards, through bamboo, oak and Rhododendron forests and alongside the Bhote Kosi River. As you ascend higher, the mountains come into closer view, until you are walking directly towards them.

As the alpine pastures open out, you will also pass an increasing number of Buddhist chortens, stupas and mani stone walls, with mantras carved on them.

From KyanjinGompa (3870m), at the end of the trek, you can make an extra short hike up to TsergoRi, a viewpoint at 5033 meters. From there, incredible views of LangtangLirung (7227m), DorjeLhakpa (6966m), Yala Peak (5520m), Shishapangma (8013m) in Tibet, and many other smaller peaks can be seen.

On the return, veer off towards Gosainkunda, a sacred lake situated at 4380m. It’s necessary to do the trek this way around (rather than visiting Gosainkunda first) because reaching KyanjinGompa first will aid with acclimatization. Heading straight up to Gosainkunda from the trailhead would not be safe, as it wouldn’t allow enough time for acclimatization.

After stopping at Gosainkunda, cross the Laurebinayak Pass (4610m) and down into the Helambu. One of the best views of the entire trek can be had from the top of the pass. Spend the next couple of days descending until you reach MelamchiPul Bazaar (846m), where the trek ends.

Accommodation

Good lodges can be found along the entire route. Although certain towns in the Langtang Valley were severely damaged during the April 2015 earthquake, they are recovering and being rebuilt, and there are still plenty of places to stay. Gosainkunda is a popular pilgrimage destination, so some accommodation on this route caters to pilgrims.

Suggested itinerary for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
Day 02: Drive to Syabru Besi. (1,462 meters)
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel. (2,500 meters)
Day 04: Trek to the Langtang Village. (3,307 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa. (3,798 meters)
Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa exploration day.
Day 07: Trek back to Lama Hotel. (2,500 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Thulo Syabru. (2,250 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Singompa. (3,250 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Gosaikunda. (4,300 meters)
Day 11: Cross Laurebinayak Pass (4,610 meters) and trek to Ghopte. (3,430 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Melamchi Gaon. (3,490 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Shermathang. (2, 621 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 meters)
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure.

Trek to Gosaikunda
Kyanjin Gompa exploration day.

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
Drive to sotikhola Day 02
Drive to Syabru Besi. (1,462 meters)
After breakfast, a private vehicle (car/bus) will pick you at your hotel. We drive to Syabru Besi via Dhunche. After Dhunche, the drive continues on a secondary road. It takes around 8 hours to reach Syabru Besi.
Lama Hotel Day 03
Trek to Lama Hotel. (2,500 meters)
The trek starts with an ascent through forests and passes through Bamboo and Rimche and closely follows Langtang River till Rimche. A brief climb leads to Lama Hotel ending the first day’s trek. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to the Langtang Village Day 04
Trek to the Langtang Village. (3,307 meters)
A gradual climb continues throughout the day and passes through a couple of teahouses at Ghoda Tabela. Slowly but steadily the trek enters the valley and ends at Langtang Village. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Kyanjin Gompa Day 05
Trek to Kyanjin Gompa. (3,798 meters)
The trek continues to travel further in the valley and finally ends at the end of the valley. The day is relatively short as the trek enters into higher elevations. Langtang Lirung towers above the valley and provides a spectacular scenery. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Kyanjin Gompa exploration day. Day 06
Kyanjin Gompa exploration day.
The day can be used to explore the area and for acclimatization. A morning climb of Tsergo Ri (4987 meters) provides stunning mountain panoramas. The afternoon can be enjoyed by visiting old monasteries of the village. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek back to Lama Hotel Day 07
Trek back to Lama Hotel. (2,500 meters)
The trek retraces back to Lama Hotel via the same route. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Thulo Shyabru Day 08
Trek to Thulo Syabru. (2,250 meters)
The trek switches to descend mode in the morning and start to climb in the afternoon finally ending the day at Thulo Syabru. This is also one of the biggest settlement of the region and also provides fantastic views of Langtang. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Singompa. Day 09
Trek to Singompa. (3,250 meters)
A steep climb starts the day and stays steep for the most part of the day. Climbing through forests leads to Dursagang where more mountain vistas open up as a reward of the hard work from the morning. More climbing follows all the way up to Singompa. One of the first and the oldest cheese factory is one of the highlights of Singompa. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Gosaikunda Day 10
Trek to Gosaikunda. (4,300 meters)
Again, a climb starts the day, as the trek now enters into the alpine region leaving the tree lines behind. A steep climb in the morning turns into a more easier terrain in the afternoon and leads to the lakes of Gosaikunda. It is one of the most sacred sites for Hindu people. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Cross Laurebinayak Pass Day 11
Cross Laurebinayak Pass (4,610 meters) and trek to Ghopte. (3,430 meters)
An early morning ascent to the top of Laurebinayak Pass is followed by a steep drop into a new valley as the trek leaves Langtang region and enters Helmabu Region. The top of the pass offers one of the best views of the trek. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Melamchi Gaon Day 12
Trek to Melamchi Gaon .(3,490 meters)
Apart from a climb sandwiched in between two long periods of downhill, the day is spent mostly going downhill. The new and interesting valley of Helambu offers views of new mountains of the eastern part of the country. The day ends at Melamchi Gaon, another huge settlement surrounded by forests and inhabited mostly by the Sherpas. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Shermathang Day 13
Trek to Shermathang. (2, 621 meters)
Trek to Shermathang is the longest day of the trek. A descent leads to Tarkeghyang, another big settlement of the valley that also boasts the oldest monastery of the region. After Tarkeghyang a relatively easy terrain follows and ends at Shermathang. (8-9 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar Day 14
Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 meters)
The trek continuously loses elevations and passes through terraced fields for most part of the day. After passing through several villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, the day and the trek ends at Melamchi Pul Bazaar. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Drive to sotikhola Day 15
Drive to Kathmandu.
4 hours drive finally brings us back to Kathmandu and the afternoon can be spent by enjoying the luxuries of the city. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
sight-seeing-kathmandu-valley Day 16
Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Final-Departure Day 17
Departure
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service includes on trip cost;

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • 3 nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 in sharing basis.
  • Kathmandu – Shyabrubeshi and Melamchi Pul Bazaar – Kathmandu land transport by private Car, Jeep, Bus.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on a trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • 2 in sharing porter (each client 10 to 12 KG baggage for Porter).
  • Langtang National Park entry Permits.
  • All necessary land transport.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with historical tour guide including land transport.
  • All government taxes and service charge.

Service excludes on trip cost:

  • International airfare to Nepal and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry Visa Fee. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu airport USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days valid visa.
  • Entrances fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (Drinking water, Shower, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
  • All not mentioned in inclusion section.

 

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Design
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

 

Notes: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

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