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Langtang Gosainkunda Trek - 14 Days

Langtang Gosainkunda trek is open for trekkers after the massive earthquake. Langtang National Park is the nearest trekking region from Kathmandu for the spectacular and awesome views. The trek starts at Dhunche, reached after a 8/9-hour adventurous drive through the high hills on a narrow road and ends at Sundarijal near Kathmandu.

Government of Nepal established the Langtang National Park in 1976 with the aim of protecting unique flora and fauna of the region in an area of 1,710 sq. km. which extends over the parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchok districts. In 1998, an area of 420 sq. km in and around the park was declared as buffer zone.

Langtang Gosaikunda trek with an extension through the Shivapuri National Park is an ideal introduction to trekking in Nepal. The Langtang trail follows through the ethnic Tamang villages, lush green forests and the wide spread Kyanjing Valley (3,800m/12,467ft) surrounded by snowy peaks.

The valley also has an ancient Gompa and that’s is how the valley got its name which offers the 360 degree view of panoramic mountains. An ascend to Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,513ft) could be a great excursion from Kyanjing Gompa.

An extended trip to Yala Peak or Naya Kanga climbing, Baden-Powell Scout Peak expedition or crossing of Ganja La Pass (5,122m/16,805ft) is available from Kyanjin Gompa.

Brief Itinerary

DayRouteAltitudeDuration
01Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche2,030m/6,660ftDrive: 8-9 hours
02Trek Dhunche to Thulo Syabru Village2,210m/7,251ftTrek: 5-6 hours
03Trek Thulo Syabru Village to Lama Hotel2,410m/7,907ftTrek: 5-6 hours
04Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley3,330m/10,925ftTrek: 5-6 hours
05Trek Langtang Valley to Kyanjing Gompa3,800m/12,467ftTrek: 2-3 hours
06Exploration day at Kyanjin Gompa/Climb Tserko Ri5,033m/16,513ftTrek: 6-7 hours
07Return trek Kyanjing Gompa to Lama Hotel2,410m/7,907ftTrek: 6-7 hours
08Return trek Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village2,210m/7,251ftTrek: 4-5 hours
09Trek Thulo Syabru Village to Sing Gompa3,350m/10,991ftTrek: 5-6 hours
10Trek Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake4,380m/14,370ftTrek: 5-6 hours
11Trek to Tharepati crossing over the Lauri Binayak pass4,609m/15,122ftTrek: 6-7 hours
12Trek Tharepati to Kutumsang2,470m/8,104ftTrek: 4-5 hours
13Trek Kutumsang to Chisapani2,300m/7,546ftTrek: 4-5 hours
14Trek to Sundarijal, then a short drive back to hotel1,350m/4,430ftTrek: 3-4 hours

As we retrace the route back down to Thulo Syabru or Syaphru, we climb towards the Gosaikunda Lake (4,380m/14,370ft). The Lake also refers to as Frozen Lake. After crossing the adventurous Gosainkunda pass (4,609m/15,122ft), we trek down to Tharepati. Gosaikunda pass remains closed in February and March because of snow.

Trekking in Langtang region is not considered as strenuous due to the gradual ascent along the river valley but it demands some challenges too. Finally, the trek completes at Sundarijal, the famous watershed area and the biggest resources of Kathmandu’s drinking water supply. The Langtang trek can also be customized with Tamang Heritage trail.

Why Langtang Gosaikunda Trek?

Wildlife such as the red panda, monkeys by the trail. Stunning views of glaciers, lakes and mountains. Amazing photogenic sunsets. Visit the Yala Cheese Factory. Peak climbing, dense forests. Langtang is a culturally rich and diverse national park.

Biodiversity of Langtang National Park

The southern section of the park is covered by sub-tropical forest of Sal (Shorea robusta) while the upper section is gradually taken over by hill forest (2,000m-2,600m) with Chirpine, Rhododendron and Nepalese alder.

It is mainly covered by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock and larch between the ranges of 2,600 to 3,600 meters. The Nepalese larch (Larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer is available in the Langtang National Park.

The extensive alpine grassland meadows of Langtang region provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. The park is also a home of red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of bird life.

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Difficulty

Trekking itself requires a lot of stamina and enthusiasm. If you are going for multi-day trekking, you should prepare yourself physically few weeks prior of a trek. Regular jogging for 4-5 hours is really helpful for your prospective Langtang Gosainkunda trek.

Our Langtang Gosainkunda trek is fairly Medium-Hard level trip. The maximum elevation you will achieve will be 5,033 meters. You will ascend gradually for the first week then descend. Again you will ascend towards Gosaikunda Lake for the next couple of days.

So, the gradual ups are really helpful for your acclimatization. This trek is suitable for families and children also. People with general fitness can take this trip. We recommend to have a pair of trekking sticks so that you will stand balanced on your descend.

Best time for Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Trekking in the Langtang region is possible throughout the year in some areas, however the best times to trek considered are during spring and autumn. The spring season starts from the beginning of March to end of May and the autumn season starts from the beginning of September to end of November.

The winters are very cold and monsoon makes the summers wet. The days are sunny and warm but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. So, it is important to have proper mountain gears if you are trekking during winter. Full List of Equipment

Langtang trekking in late winter (Jan and Feb) is more difficult towards Gosainkunda Lake. The high passes remain closed because of the ice/snow blockade. April and early May is a good time to see the trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, adding a spectacular splash of color to the landscape.

Cost and Itinerary of Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang trek can be done on a budget or you may choose a luxury trekking in Langtang region. The cost depends on the varieties and courses of meals, standard of accommodations on the trek and mode of transportation before and after the trek.

Our printed offer is a full-board package tour including all permits, local guide and porter/s, three times meals a day, basic accommodation at the local teahouses and public bus transportation to and from Kathmandu. Private jeep transportation to Dhunche is available on request.

However, the option of accommodation in the Langtang region is basic only and may cost $4-$6 per night. Food is relatively more expensive because of its remoteness and can cost about $20-$25 per day. Hot water shower is available on request and may cost extra.

Our Langtang trek itinerary is extremely flexible to your best level of fitness. You may consult your leader should you wish to extend your trek with any side trips available. The trekking trails might have converted into motorable roads in some places. Your guide is an expert to make a right decision for alternative ways.

Update after the 2015 Earthquake

The devastating earthquake of 2015 caused massive tragedy in Langtang. A big avalanche came due to the earthquake that took the entire Langtang village. This trail is now back in operation though. Local villagers are waiting to welcome trekkers with the same smile. The people of Langtang still need your support and they expect nothing more than your visit.

  • Free from complications of a flight
  • Visit of Tibetan village in Langtang
  • Trekking to the foot of the glaciers – Kyanjin Gompa
  • Ascent of Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,513ft)
  • Spectacular views of Langtang Ri and Ganesh Himal
  • Visit of the pilgrimage site – Gosainkunda Lake
  • The adventurous Lauri Binayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft)
  • Mixed culture of Sherpa, Tamang and Lama societies
  • The great countrysides, terrace farming and beautiful landscapes
  • Impressive vegetation and flowers en-route

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (2,030m/6,660ft).

Today we drive for 118km (6-7 hours by Jeep and 8-9 hours by only local bus) from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We cross the ring road and along the Rani ban (forest), climb to Kakani from where we have good views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang before we reach Rani Pauwa where most of the local buses stop for a tea break. We then travel down to Trisuli via a flat piece of land which is where we stop for lunch (local food e.g. daal-bhat) at Battar Bazaar (540m/1,771ft). After lunch we continue our journey climbing up to Dhunche via Kalikasthan. We also pass through the National Park check post before Dhunche.

Day 2
Trek Dhunche to Thulo Syabru Village (2,210m/7,251ft).

We walk along the road to Thulo Bharkhu (1,860m/6,102ft) then a steep climb up to Brabal (2,190m/7,185ft) where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue our trek through the beautiful countryside of oaks and pine trees to our overnight stop at Thulo Syabru village. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 3
Trek Thulo Syabru Village to Lama Hotel (2,410m/7,907ft).

After breakfast we descend down along the village and cross the bridge then climb the other side. We then descend down to the landslide and have a slow climb along the Langtang River all the way to the Lama Hotel where we have our overnight stay. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 4
Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley (3,330m/10,925ft).

Today our trek takes us through oaks, hemlock and bamboo where if we are lucky we will see a variety of birds. We ascend along the Langtang Khola (River) passing Ghoratabela (2,992m/9,816ft) where we can see views of the Langtang Himal just above us. Langtang is a large village where people live all year round cultivating potatoes, buckwheat, barley and vegetables. There is a village monastery which can be visited at anytime as the headman has a key to the monastery. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 5
Trek Langtang Valley to Kyanjing Gompa (3,800m/12,467ft).

This is a short beautiful alpine trek along the meadows which have grazing yaks, sheep and mountain goats. The village has the Yala Cheese Factory and an ancient monastery which can be visited at any time. Trekking time 2-3 hours.

Day 6
Exploration day at Kyanjin Gompa/Climb Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,513ft).

Today we have an excursion to see the glacier and climb Tserko Ri, this is comparatively a small, rocky peak while not being a mountain of any real prominence, it is conveniently easy to climb and from its summit magnificent views can be had. This is also an excellent lookout which can be reached by climbing the slopes immediately behind Kyanjin where we will see the majestic Langtang Lirung (7,246m/23,774ft) rising above the glaciers. A visit to the Yala Cheese Factory completes the day.

Day 7
Return trek Kyanjing Gompa to Lama Hotel.

After breakfast, we descend down the same trail as we climbed on day 4 and 5 and stay at Lama Hotel. Trekking time 6-7 hours.

Day 8
Return trek Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Village.

Trek back through the same route we travelled on day 3.

Day 9
Trek Thulo Syabru Village to Sing Gompa (3,350m/10,991ft).

Today's trek is mostly uphill and has panoramic Himalayan views. There is an old Cheese Factory at Sing Gompa. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 10
Trek Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m/14,370ft).

Today we have a steep climb and comparatively harder than the previous days as we need to climb for more than 1000 meters (3,281ft) to reach Gosainkunda Lake. The Gosainkunda Lake is sacred to the Hindu people and visited hugely in August-September during the special festival called 'Janaipoornima'. They have a strong belief that taking a dip into the lake will wash all sin from their body. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 11
Trek Gosainkunda Lake to Tharepati (3,510m/11,516ft) crossing over the pass (4,609m/15,122ft).

Today we cross over the Gosainkunda or Lauribinayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft) and continue through Ghopte (3,430m/11,253ft) where we stop for lunch. We find the trek more zigzags with ups and downs to reach Tharepati/Thadepati. At Tharepati, the air is felt relatively thicker. Trekking time 6-7 hours.

Day 12
Trek Tharepati to Kutumsang (2,470m/8,104ft).

We descend downhill through the forest with only one small ridge to cross en-route. Kutumsang is a beautiful ethnic village. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 13
Trek Kutumsang to Chisapani/Chisopani (2,300m/7,546ft).

Today we trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani/Chisopani literally means cold water where the Himalayan view is breathtaking. Chisapani is another beautiful village located on the ridge. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 14
Trek Chisapani to Sundarijal (1,350m/4,430ft) and drive back to Kathmandu.

The trail descends through oak and rhododendron forests with some pine at lower altitude and a medieval looking reservoir, the dam and waterworks. This is one of Kathmandu's drinking water supplies. We trek for 3-4 hours today. From Sundarijal, we take a taxi to Kathmandu (12km) and relax for the rest of the day.

Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival/departure transfers from/to International Airport and Hotel
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights
  • Langtang and Shivapuri National Park permits and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Three times meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge
  • Accommodations at local teahouse/lodge in the mountains
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide
  • A porter shared between two trekkers
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Kathmandu-Dhunche and Sundarijal-Kathmandu overland transfers by public bus
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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Price From USD 950 USD $ 780/person
780
Total $ 780 USD

Trip Facts

  • Drive in KTM-Dhunche, Drive out Sundarijal-KTM
  • 5,033 meters
  • Medium-Hard

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