Langtang Gosainkund Trek – 14 days
The Langtang Gosainkund Trek takes you through the Langtang valley, which is situated directly north of Kathmandu near the Tibetian border. It was also declared a National Park in 1976 and still remains the second largest National Park in Nepal, covering an area of 1710 sq.km.
The Langtang Valley is named after the massive Langtang Himal to the north, beyond which lies Tibet. Within the boundary of the park there are around 45 villages inhabited mostly by people belonging to Tamang ethnic group, and a few other indigenous Tibetian ethnicities. The residents living within the boundary of the national park still follow traditional land use practices that are very compatible with the natural ecology of the region.
At present, Langtang is also the third most popular trekking area in Nepal after the Annapurna and Everest region. The main peaks surrounding Langtang are Langtang Lirung (7,425m) Kimshun (6,745m) Ghengu Liru (Langtang II (6571m) and Shalbachum(6,918m) to the South. Chimsedang Lekh shapes an elevation of peaks which includes Gangchempo and Naya-Kanga. Beyond these peaks, it extends towards the Jugal Himal and ends at around Dorje Lakpa (6,980m/22,929ft).
You can observe stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan range in front of your eyes while trekking on this route. The accommodation facilities are owned and maintained by indigenous locals belonging to the Tamang ethnicity and people from other indigenous ethnicities. Depending upon the season, you can expect the climate to be anywhere between moderate to cold. The region has a rich culture, which have influenced the natural environment over the centuries.
Note: Accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be covered by the client themselves
After an early morning breakfast, we start our journey with a drive along the winding roads to Syabrubesi. Our drive mostly passes through the rural towns and small settlements. The biggest town en-route to our journey to Syabrubesi will be Trishuli Bazaar. After a few hours, we arrive at Dhunche (1950m). Dhunche is the only major bazaar of the Langtang region and Rasuwa district. The Langtang National Park headquarters also lies in this small lively town. From here, we drive further down for a couple of hours to reach our overnight destination at Syabrubesi.
After leaving Syabrubesi, the trek is quite pleasant with only a few uphills while most of the trails are gradual through remote villages and terraced fields. The trail slowly descends towards the path of Bamboo. We then enter a densely forested area in the gorge alongside the glacial river, Trishuli. The trail is gradual uphill through the shades of oak and rhododendron forest. After about 5 to 6 hours of walking, we reach Lama Hotel.
We depart for the Langtang Valley in the early morning. After the first 2-3 hours, we reach a beautiful village in the midst of rhododendron, pines, and hemlocks forest at Ghore-Tabela where we stop for lunch. After a pleasant lunch, we start our journey to Langtang. The trails are amazing as we walk through the shades of alpine woods. After an hour of walking and pass through a small stream, we leave the treelines behind to climb uphill. We slowly begin to feel the altitude in this hour-long uphill. Next, we walk along the gradual roads to reach the Langtang village. Upon arriving, we'll have plenty of time to explore the village and enjoy the glimpses of Langtang Himal towards the north.
After leaving Langtang village, the trail is fairly easy on a gradual road for about an hour. Then, the trail slowly leads to a steep uphill where we'll encounter prayer flags and mani walls. The valley soon opens up in a grand meadow as the trail leads further. The walk becomes pleasent until Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is mesmerizing village with towering peaks looming from every direction. There's also a small moastery located on top of the glacial moraine ridge.
A significant rest day at Kyanjin Gompa. After the early morning breakfast, we hike to the nearby viewpoint at Kyanjin Ri (4,700m) where we get to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. In the afternoon, we explore the beautiful village.
After a splendid rest day at Kyanjin Gompa, we retrace our route back to Lama-Hotel, a tiny village surrounded by forest at the riverbank of upper Trisuli.
After the first hour of the trek, we cross the bridge from where our trail passes through a bamboo forest. After leaving the rivers behind, the trail leads to a steep climb through rocks and boulders and along the way, we pass several farm terraces until arriving at Upper Syabru.
The trail begins with a winding uphill above the monastery. As the trail leads to a higher elevation, we get to enjoy the breathtaking views of Langtang, Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna range. As we go further uphill, we leave the farmlands behind to enter into a densely forested area. The walk is mostly gradual in the shades of rhododendron and pine trees. We can also see the glimpses of lively Dhunche down below. Next stop, we arrive at Sing Gompa.
After an early morning breakfast, we head towards one of the most religious Hindu pilgrims at Gosainkund. The trek offers an excellent view of the surrounding peaks. The first phase of the trek is fairly easier in the shades of rhododendron, oak and pine forests. The trail slowly leaves the treelines behind offering the splendid view of Langtang Himal. The path then leads to a gradual uphill as we edge close to Lauribina. Upon arriving at the top of Luribina, the trail descends for almost an hour passing through several ponds to reach the pristine Gosainkund.
We start our day with a gradual walk on a narrow path along the shore of the pond and then climbing slightly uphill to reach another pond Surjakund. After crossing over a small pass, we descend straight to Phedi. The path then leads towards the Helambu where the trails are moreover mixed with few graduals, uphills as well as downhills until Ghopte.
After leaving Ghopte Odar, the trail finally meets a fork that separates the path of Helambu and Kathmandu. The walk is mostly pleasant under the shades of the alpine forest until we reach an hour-long uphill to Tharepati. After this, the trail descends towards Mange Goth. Then, the trek leads to terraced fields and small settlements until we reach our overnight destination at Kutumsang.
After the breakfast, we head towards Gul Bhanjyang, which is relatively shorter in distance. We follow the winding paths along with few uphills and downhills through small settlements and farm terraces to reach Gul Bhanjyang. The village is quite lively located on the top of the ridge.
After the breakfast, we walk through several remote villages towards Pati Bhanjyang. Around 3 to 4 hours of an uphill trek from Pati Bhanjyang takes us to our overnight destination at Chisopani Danda.
The final day of the trek mostly passes downhill through the serene alpine forest towards Sundarijal. Upon arriving, we drive back to Kathmandu.