Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake Trek
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Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Trek to the holy Gosainkunda lakes

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The Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake Trek offer an extraordinary experience, enabling visitors to trek through yak pastures, alpine meadows, medieval Buddhist monasteries, and stunning panoramic mountain ranges. This particular trail is marked by traditional Buddhist prayer flags, cairns, and high passes. You can also experience a range of unique cultural gems from the Sherpa and Tamang communities. Although this region was affected by the 2015 earthquake, visitors can still contribute to the ongoing rebuilding project while trekking and aiding sustainable development activities.

The Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake trek is a captivating journey that starts at Syabrubesi on the edge of the Langtang National Park. As we make our way through lush oak and rhododendron forests, we reach the beautiful village of Kyanjin Gompa. The next day we climb up to Tserko Ri and then descend back to the Kyanjin Gompa for Lunch. After lunch, we will retrace our hike back to Riverside and then continue to Thulo Syabru. From there, we turn towards the holy lake of Gosaikunda, passing through the mesmerizing break of Lauribina La Pass (4610m). We also get to feast our eyes with beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Manaslu, and other peaks.

Gosainkunda lake basin is a wonderland of religious sites, spiritually-endued lakes, and breathtaking mountain views. The lake is home to a dozen scintillating lakes, and some of the most eminent ones are Saraswotikunda, Bhairavkunda, and Gosainkunda. Nestled among the snowy peaks, encircled by lush meadows and subalpine woodlands, Gosainkunda Lake is regarded as a sacred pilgrimage site by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is believed that the waters of Gosaikunda Lakes possess magical healing powers and attract thousands of Hindu devotees for an annual bath in the lake during the Janai Purnima festival. Adventure-seekers can discover the beauty of the lake by scaling the Lauribina La Pass and descending to the Sing Gompa, and then returning to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu half day Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi and trek to Bamboo
Day 4: Trek to Thangshyap
Day 5: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa – Excursion to Kyanjin Ri
Day 6: Excursion to Tserko Ri – Trek to Langtang
Day 7: Trek to Riverside 
Day 8: Trek to Thulo Syabru
Day 9: Trek to Sing Gompa 
Day 10: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake
Day 11: Trek to Sing Gompa
Day 12: Trek to Dhunche and drive to Kathmandu
Day 13: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges during the trek
Meal Meal Only breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals during the trek along with tea/coffee.
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during spring and autumn
Route Route Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Bamboo-Thangshyap-Kyanjin Gompa-Langtang Village-Riverside-Thulo Syabru-Sing Gompa-Gosainkunda-Sing Gomap-Dhunche-Kahtmandu
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months January, June, July, August, December

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO Heritage Sites around Kathmandu Valley.
  • Scenic drive to Syabrubesi through winding mountain road.
  • Trek on a less crowded and off-the-beaten trail.
  • Explore Langtang National Park, home to rare Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • Tread across verdant forests, high alpine meadows, and yak pastures.
  • Visit the ancient Buddhist monastery, Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Enjoy incredible mountain views from Tserko Ri.
  • Visit the Holy Gosainkunda Lake, believed to have been formed by Lord Shiva.

Cost Information

Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Dhunche-Kathmandu in a private jeep.
  • Accommodation in the above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and in local lodges during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All meals including hot drinks during the trek.
  • English-speaking guide along with a porter(one porter for every two pax) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/LNP)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses include a bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to unforeseen circumstances or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses that are not listed in the included section.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We have not scheduled any activities for this day, so you can relax in comfort or explore the neighborhoods on your own. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Day 2:

Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will visit some UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the former palace used by the Kings of Nepal, we will visit the Durbar square area along with various temples and monuments. After the visit, we will drive to Boudhanath stupa, Boudanath stupa is the largest buddhist stupa in Nepal. Circumambulate along with the pilgrims and visit the monasteries around. After lunch we will drive to visit the Pashupatinath temple, the holiest hindu temple in Nepal. Later in the evening, we will have a short discussion regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Day 3:

Drive to Syabrubesi-Trek to Bamboo

Today, we will depart early from Kathmandu and travel up a winding mountain road. Along the way, we will be able to see the stunning landscapes of Nepal. We will pass through villages such as Trishuli and Dhunche before reaching the Langtang National Park. Once we arrive at the park, we will get out of the vehicle and begin our hike towards Bamboo village. We will follow a trail that takes us across the Bhote Koshi River and along the Langtang River. As we hike uphill through peaceful forests of oak and rhododendron, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. After about three hours of hike, we will finally arrive at Bamboo village. Overnight in Bamboo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1960m
Duration Duration: Drive 5-6hrs/Trek 3hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 4:

Trek to Thangshyap

We will set off from Bamboo, trekking uphill towards Rimche, enjoying the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Langtang Valley. The journey is an ever-ascending path, past the picturesque pasturelands of Ghoda Tabela with meadows full of grazing yaks until we eventually reach Thangshyap. Overnight in Thangshyap.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3140m
Duration Duration: 4-5hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 5:

Trek to Kynajin Gompa

We leave Thangshyap and hike past small villages, meadows, and yak herder camps with water mills, prayer wheels, and chortens, and across streams and wooden bridges. Our journey will culminate at Kyanjin Gompa, a beautiful village with unparalleled views of Ganchenpo, Langtang Lirung, Langsisa, Dorje Lhakpa, Yala Peak, and other summits. After lunch, we will hike to the Kayanjin Ri viewpoint to to enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Langtang Valley and the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3870m at Kyanjin Gompa/4700m at Kyanjin Ri
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 6:

Excursion to Tserko Ri-Trek to Langtang village

We will begin our journey early in the morning, before the sun rises. After a short, flat section, we will encounter a steep climb to reach the summit. From there, we will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, Yala Peak, and the Langtang Valley. After spending some time appreciating the beauty of nature, we will return to Kyanjin Gompa for lunch. In the evening, we will follow the winding path to reach Langtang Village, where we can rest and relax for the night. Overnight in Langtang Village.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 5033m at Tserko Ri
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 7:

Trek to Riverside

Today, we will retrace our steps back to riverside past Thangshyap and Lama Hotel. The trail goes through forests and villages with spectacular views of the snow-covered peaks along the way. Since most of the trail is downhill, it won’t take us too long to reach Riverside. Overnight in riverside.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Duration Duration: Trek 4-5hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 8:

Trek to Thulo Syabru

Today we begin with a gentle descent down to the river banks of Langtang Khola through beautiful pine and Juniper forests and ascend to Thulo Syabru. Thulo Syabru is a lovely village that has preserved the ethnic custom, culture, and traditions of the Tamang people. Enjoy the magnificent view of nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and other peaks. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2260m
Duration Duration: 6hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea house
Day 9:

Trek to Sing Gompa

Leaving Thulo Syabru, we ascend steep uphill through forests of oak, hemlock, and rhododendron across pasture lands to the ridge at Phoprang. And from here, the trail goes across a narrow hilltop to Sing Gompa, with its picturesque setting and impressive views. Overnight in Sing Gompa.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3330m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 10:

Trek to Gosainkunda

The trail ascends gently up on a desolated mountain trail with good views of the west Himalchuli, Langtang Himal, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, and other peaks. After a few hours of climb we arrive at Lauribina Pass. After a short break at Lauribina Pass, we continue our journey and reach a small ridge, from where we shall have the first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda basin: Saraswatikunda, Bhairavkunda, and Gosainkunda are the prominent ones. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this site during the Janai Purnima festival in August. Overnight in Gosainkunda.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4380m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 11:

Trek to Sing Gompa

Early morning, we will explore Gosainkunda, visit Bhairavkunda, and Saraswatikunda, and then retrace our steps to Sing Gompa. The trail ascends until the ridge and descends to Sing Gompa across the Lauribana La Pass. Overnight in Sing Gompa.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3330m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Village Lodge/Tea House
Day 12:

Trek to Dhunche-Drive to Kathmandu

The trail descends through pine, rhododendron, and bamboo forest to reach Deurali. From Deurali, the trail further descends through dense forest. We will arrive at Dhunche by lunch, after lunch we will drive to Kathmandu in a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Duration Duration: Trek 2-3hrs/Drive 5-6hrs
Day 13:

Free day in Kathmandu

We have set aside this day as a free day. You may spend the day as per your choice, you may go for souvenir shopping for your family and friends. Alternatively, you can request for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and explore the rich culture and history of the city. Overnight in Kathmandu

MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 14:

Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

MEALS:
Breakfast

Guides

Hemraj is very experienced trip guide who has travelled across this area for over 5 years. He is also humble and kind to other person. He will be the best fit for you.

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Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges during the trek
Meals Meals Only breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals during the trek along with tea/coffee.
Route Route Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Bamboo-Thangshyap-Kyanjin Gompa-Langtang Village-Riverside-Thulo Syabru-Sing Gompa-Gosainkunda-Sing Gomap-Dhunche-Kahtmandu
Max Group Size Max Group Size 2-5
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during spring and autumn
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months February, September

Lean Months Lean Months January, June, July, August, December

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