LANGTANG AND GOSAIKUNDA TREK - Alpinist Club

LANGTANG AND GOSAIKUNDA TREK

Group Size

5-15 peoples

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

Lodge, Hotel

arrival on

Kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

Easy

max. altitude

4380m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • The beautiful sacred lakes of Gosainkunda
  • The high mountain atmosphere in Kyanjin Gompa
  • A low-frequented trekking route
  • Progressive acclimatization

 

trip introduction

Langtang and Gosaikunda trek this dynamic trek allows an approach of Nepal. which is an off-beaten track and preserve. The trekking trail starts along with the following rice fields, oaks, pines, and rhododendrons forest. You will have amazing views of the snow-capped peaks of over 7000m including the Ganesh and Langtang Himal.  however, we descend to the sacred lakes of Gosaïnkund 4280m. it is a place of Hindu pilgrimage where we meet dozens of sadhus in August. who came on foot from all over the country and also from India. we will cross many different ethnicities’ villages before we reach high altitude areas

Beautiful trekking in the Langtang massif away from the classic circuits. Langtang lies between the manaslu and the Rolwaling Himal. Shishapangma (8,012m)  Tibet a peak is not far from this valley. the Langtang region north of Kathmandu offers several large mountain peaks. including Langtang Lirung (7,225 m) and Dorje Lhakpa (6990 m), the magnificent glacial pyramid at the bottom of the valley. for the optional, we ascent of Tsergo Ri peak (4984 m). climbing, Tsergo Ri is a superb belvedere point of the highest altitude.

LANGTANG VALLEY AND GOSAIKUNDA ROUTE AND ITINERARY

then, we continue to the holy Lake Gosainkunda. whose water is believed to have magical healing powers. Then we gain the seven sacred lakes of Gosainkund. According to the legend, A lake was created by Shiva in one fell sword. It is a Hindu pilgrimage site. Where we meet dozens of sadhus in august. who came from all over the country and also from India. 

which are the main attractions of trekking. therefore, Crossing the Laurebinayak Pass (4670m) offers us a fantastic Himalayan panorama: Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh (7429m). as well as visit many Tamang, Sherpas, and Newar villages. after crossing this high pass we continue the trek from Chisopani to Sundari Jal from where will take the bus back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Long private bus route to Thulo Syabru (2240m), a beautiful village hung on a ridge that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. From the village, the superb view of the Langtang Lirung (7225m) is emerging. Until Trisuli Bazar (540m) the road is not too bad but it can become then, especially after heavy rains. 

approximately 6-7 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 14,60 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Beginning of the trek. We cross the village of Shyabru, then terraced crops and a thick forest of oak, alder, and bamboo. We change banks by crossing the Langtang Khola River, by a wide suspension bridge. Some climbs and descents in landslides make this day not monotonous, despite the few visible dwellings in this wooded region. We cross the tumultuous Langtang Khola again before starting a steep climb up to Rimche, at 2,250 meters. The descent towards Changtang, called “Lama Hotel” (name of the first lodge built in this hamlet) is finally gentle.

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 24,70 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We gradually climb into the forest and a few openings between the trees let us contemplate the limpid blue river below. Then, around a clearing, the Langtang Lirung (7,246 m) appears, majestic. The trail crosses a suspension bridge then climbs in the middle of yak meadows to Ghora Tabela, a pastoral village mainly occupied by Tibetans. The trail climbs steadily within the valley widening as we progress. We come across several typically Tamang houses, as well as the first manis, the prayer walls. Arrival in Langtang, a village recognizable by its Tibetan-style houses with flat roofs, is imminent.

Important: the historic village of Langtang was totally destroyed during the 2015 earthquake following an avalanche (rock, snow, ice). The new village is rebuilding slightly higher up in the valley. The traces of the earthquake and the avalanche are unfortunately still very present.

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,410 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The trail winds through the largest village in the valley and joins a ridge dominated by a large square chorten and its long prayer wall. From there, access to a small moraine allows you to contemplate the Kyanjin gompa: the site is magnificent. Then little descent towards the lodges and the local cheese factory.

In the afternoon, the possibility of making an excursion to Kyanjin Ri (4773 m) which offers a remarkable point of view: Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Yala Peak (5050 m), Langshisha Ri (6560 m), massif from Urkeinmang Himal (6143 m), among many other peaks. If you do not wish to make this excursion, you can go up the wide Langtang valley, which rises very gently, towards the summer pastures of the yaks.

Approximately 5 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,860 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Day dedicated to the discovery of the upper Langtang valley. The Tsergo Ri, from which the wide circular view stands out as a belvedere, offers a grandiose panorama: Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Naya Kanga (5846 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Langshisa Ri (6427 m), Ganchenpo (6378 m) and, in the distance, the summit of Shishapangma (8013 m). The outward journey and return is a great day of effort. The terrain does not present any particular difficulties other than the altitude. The end of the course, among large boulders, is demanding.

Approximately 7 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,860 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Return to Lama Hotel on the same route as the climb. A recent alternative path allows us to switch to the left bank of the Langtang Khola and hike through a beautiful softwood forest before crossing the river again and joining Lama Hotel. 

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 24,70 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Descent by the outward path following the Langtang Khola, until taking a small path on our left. The path is a little rough in the middle of the ferns. We come out on a sumptuous belvedere. Sometime later, we arrive at a ledge and see the village of Thulo Shyabru. Hanging from a ridge with its white chorten at the entrance to the village, it is a beautiful belvedere on the foothills of Tibet. At nightfall, the changing colors of the trees, hills, and snow-capped peaks of the distance leave pleasant memories and delight photographers.

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,250 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The path leaves us little choice: we have to climb a steep climb in switchbacks on the hill overlooking Shyabru. We progress most of the time undercover, in a humid forest where a few monkeys jump from one tree to another, before arriving at Dursagang (2550 m). The slope softens, then the last effort allows us to reach the top of the ridge at 3,360 meters, on a balcony offering a wide view of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu massifs. We arrive at Sing Gompa, a charming village with its small cheese factory and its monastery by the way.

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The trail climbs steeply to the top of a ridge, up to Laurebina Yak (3930 m). The landscape unveils itself, majestic: Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung. The climb continues, passes a spur at 4,400 meters, and plunges towards the largest lake, dedicated to Shiva, a place of pilgrimage in August for thousands of Hindus.

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,380 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After Gosainkund, we drive along the shore of the lake before climbing the Lauterina pass (4610m). After an hour’s walk, we discover the shepherds’ stone huts that follow these paths. We cross many streams on this side and pass two magnificent waterfalls. After having passed one last hut, we go up on a new ridge until arriving at Ghopte. Here, the overhanging rocks form a cave used as a bivouac by the hikers, we see from here the lights of the shepherds. From Ghopte, the trail passes through many caves and a thick pine and rhododendron forest. We continue with the crossing of a river that is dry most of the year and provides our last efforts for Tharepati pass (3490m), surrounded by small stone huts used by shepherds in summer. 

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The trail rises in the direction of Tharepati on a ridge (3490 m). We see the Dorje Lhakpa, the Shishapangma, and up to the Khumbu! The descent on the other side is beautiful, through forests and pastures. A few more roller coasters, then a steep descent, and we arrive at Magen Goth (3220 m), an area of ​​mountain pastures with numerous shepherds’ shelters. Another climb to the ridge of Panghu Danda (3345 m). From there, by a steep descent, we reach the village of Kutumsang, located on a ledge.

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,470 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

With a morning awakening, we can admire the dawn rise between the snow-capped mountains. After breakfast, we will continue our adventure to the summit of Chisapani (2194m). This summit is also a superb point of view to discover dawn or dusk. 

Approximately 6 hours of  walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,194 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Chisapani is one of the best places in the world to marvel at the panorama of the Himalayas, to discover both at sunset and at sunrise. We meet local people, Tamangs, and continue our trek to Mulkharka village and Shivapuri National Park. We take the car to Sundarijal to go to Kathmandu. 

Approximately  1 hour of  drive
Final altitude: approximately 1,350m
Meals: breakfast – lunch
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 15 minutes  hours of  driving to the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast

Best Time to Visit

AUTUMN
During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER
Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitudes passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. If the weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING
From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER
In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. I

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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    15 days
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