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
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.
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.
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