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Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Langtang region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Laurebina Pass (4,610m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is an outstanding trek in the Langtang region that combines Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lake. Gosaikunda Lake is a high-altitude lake at an elevation of 4,380 meters, which is scary to Hindus and Buddhists. The trek offers alluring landscapes, spectacular Himalayan views and the finest cultural experiences.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek can be done to the north of Kathmandu near the Nepal-Tibet border and is located within a short distance from Kathmandu City. Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary follows the same path of Langtang Valley trek where you will have a nice opportunity to visit Kyanjin Gompa at 3,865 meters.
Trek to Langtang Gosaikunda starts from Syabrubesi where you take an overland drive from Kathmandu for about 8-9 hours. Then you walk through lush forests and remote villages, passing by streams and waterfalls on the way making your way through to Kyanjin Gompa. Take a day-hike to Tserko Ri (4,984m) whilst at Kyanjin Gompa, the popular Himalayan viewpoint in Langtang, which provides majestic Himalayan panorama.

You will the retrace your way back to Lama Hotel and move ahead to Thulo Syabru (2,210m) to get to the holy lakes of Gosaikunda. Gosaikunda Lake is pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. During the full moon in August many Hindu pilgrims pay a visit to the lake in a festival called Janai Purnima.

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a moderate-level trek where trekkers will have the opportunity to experience the rich culture, witness spectacular Himalayan views and enjoy the tranquility of the alpine freshwater Himalayan Lake.

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Highlights

  • The renowned cheeses factory of Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Langtang valley's Tamang and Tibetan culture and hospitality.
  • Visiting the Gosaikunda holy lake.
  • Gosaikunda La Pass (4610m) ascent.
  • Beautiful valleyes & stunning mountain views.
  • Climbing Kyanjin Ri or Tsergo Ri.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,503m/8–9 hrs)
Day 03: Trek From Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,470m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m/4-5 hrs)
Day 06: Exploration Day at Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m)
Day 07: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,470m//5 – 6 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,210m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Cholangpati (3,654m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Cholangpati to Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m/5 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Gosainkunda Lake to Ghopte (3,530m) via Laurebina Pass (4,610m/8-9 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Ghopte to Kutumsang (2,470m/5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Kutumsang to Chisopani (2,295m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 14: Trek from Chisopani to Sundarijal (1380m/4 hrs) & drive to Kathmandu (1300m/1 hr)
Day 15: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek. 

Hotel

After breakfast take a scenic drive to Syabrubesi northwest of Kathmandu. The road passes through raging rivers, terraced fields, typical Nepali villages, small towns and snow-capped peaks. It’s a smooth road up till Trihuli then it become little rugged ascending to Dhunche and finally descending down will reach Syabrubesi. It’s a bazaar town which also has a riverside hot springs.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trek begins from Syabrubesi crossing the Bhote Khosi to Lantang River. Then follow the Langtang River passing along fertile jungle and terraced fields. You will then cross the landslide area and climb up to Bamboo and gradually ascend to Rimche, located at the bank of Langtang River. En route cross several rural villages, bamboo and birch forests where you might spot the rare Red Panda. Continue to reach Lama Hotel. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today also continue along the Langtang River ascending through dense forests. En route witness good views of the snowy peaks. At Ghode Tabela the narrow river valley widens out. there was a Tibetan resettlement project running here in the past. At Ghode Tabela your permits are checked then you will cross the east side of the river where the Langtang Valley becomes more closer. After you walk passing prayer wheels driven by flowing water and prayer flags Langtang Village is reached which is inhabited by Tamangs. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today also continue along the Langtang River ascending through dense forests. En route witness good views of the snowy peaks. At Ghode Tabela the narrow river valley widens out. there was a Tibetan resettlement project running here in the past. At Ghode Tabela your permits are checked then you will cross the east side of the river where the Langtang Valley becomes more closer. After you walk passing prayer wheels driven by flowing water and prayer flags Langtang Village is reached which is inhabited by Tamangs.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is exploring around Kyanjin and for acclimatization too. The upper Langtang Valley offers stunning close views of the tall mountains and glaciers. Today you will visit several places like the Yak Cheese factory, Kaynjin Gompa Monastery. You can also hike to Langshisha Kharka and the Tserko Ri (5450) viewpoint to catch spectacular Himalayan panorama of peaks like Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Langtang II (6,596m), and Yala peak (5,500m). Then return to Kyanjin.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to Upper Langtang Valley and descend down taking you out of the valley. Follow the same route you took to get to Kyanjin Gompa. En route pass along Langtang Village and stop for lunch at Ghode Tabela. After a leisurely descend through the dense forests of the river valley will get to Lama Hotel.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today the trail descends to the banks of Langtang Khola and cross a small waterfall. It passes through rhododendron and bamboo forest, teeming with wild lives like wild boar and monkeys. En route observe beautiful view of Ganesh Himal. It’s a long walk today and after crossing a suspension bridge will reach the bottom of the Thulo Syabru village.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast climb upwards and pass Langtang National Park’s army checkpoint. Daragang is reached after half an hour of walking uphill. From here the path is less steep which passes through the hemlock and oak forest. You may spot Red Panda on the forest. Continue your trek crossing along Dhimsa and Sing Gompa and finally to Cholangpati.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today climbing up the most popular peak, Langtang Himal (7234 m), can be seen. You will walk on a desolated barren mountain trail. As the trail goes higher you will spot more majestic peaks like Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and even the Annapurnas on the west horizon. After few hours of walking will arrive Lauri Binayak then begin the uphill climb to Gosaikunda. It’s a two hours of steep climb to reach a chorten and after an hour of walking you will see of beautiful waterfalls and lakes – Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda which are formed by water flowing from Gosainkunda. Gosaikund is the scared place for both Hindus and Buddhist where Hindus believe the lake is the favourite place of Lord Shiva’s.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is crossing over Lauri Bina high mountain pass to the scenic Helambu region. The path first descends from the lodge to Gosaikunda Lake and you will work the northern shore where it starts to get steep to approach the pass. Before reaching the pass you need to pass along three or more small lakes.


The Laurebina La Pass is marked with a stone stupa and many praying flags and is the highest point on the trek. After the pass descend through a wide valley to High Camp (4240m). Walking further down on a steeper and rocky path will reach Phedi. Then again descend from Phedi to footbridge across a stream. The journey from Phedi to Ghopte is demanding with long ascents.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail crosses through groves of juniper, rhododendron, and pine in a remote, unpopulated area before we reach the peaceful highland setting of Tharepati. Then it descends gently the forest on the western ridge slope. Walking for a while you will pass a large meadow with ruins of shepherd’s huts. En route enjoy views of Gangchempo and Dorje Lakpa peaks. Then the descent gets steeper as it leads through a forest to Magin Goth (3265m). After a short walking you will pass Kuala Bhanjyang (3335m) and descend to the village of Kutumsang (2470m). 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast you will ascend for a while then descend to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) Village. Then climb up to reach a dusty wide road at Thorong Danda (2500m) and continue on a steep and rocky path to Chipping village. The trail then drops down steadily and reach Pati Bhanjyang (1760m) – a village between Chipping and Chisopani. Chisopani is reached after half an hour walk from here.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Dinner included

A few minutes of walk from Chisopani will reach Shivapuri National Park checkpoint. Then follow a wide road down hill then on a paved path up the hill. After walking past the water reservoirs and big water pipes will reach Sundarijal where you vehicle will be waiting for you for the drive to Kathmandu.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Sybrubesi & Sundarijal/Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: Private Vehicle)
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Langtang National Park, & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the duration of the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek?
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek typically takes around 13 days to complete.

2. Is a permit required for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek?
Yes, a Langtang National Park Entry Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card are required for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek.

3. What is the highest point reached during the trek?
The highest point on the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the Laurebina Pass at an altitude of 4,609 meters (15,121 feet), offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.

4. Are teahouses or lodges available along the trail?
Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available at regular intervals along the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek route, providing accommodation, meals, and basic amenities for trekkers.

5. Is there a risk of altitude sickness on this trek?
Yes, altitude sickness can occur during the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. You are recommended to acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, and be aware of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

Equipment


Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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