LANGTANG GOSAINKUNDA TREK
The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek route offers an opportunity to explore Tamang villages, climb small peaks and enjoy glaciers comfortably at a low elevation. The route mostly covers the semi-tropical forests of moss covering the ground and, lush fern and orchids cling to the tree trunks. At August, during the full moon, the sacred lake of Gosainkunda is the goal of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
Day 1 DRIVE KATHMANDU – SHYABRU BESI (144km) / 1400m / 9 hrs
We start our trip from Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi which is 9 hours drive away. Soon after 30 Km’s drive, we reach at pristine villages on the banks of the Trishuli River. We can enjoy the pleasing peaks of the Langtang region including the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
Day 2 TREK SHYABRU BESI – LAMA HOTEL (2380m, 6 HRS)
Ongoing with our Langtang Gosainkunda Trek we come across Langtang Khola, traced fields and dense forest of varied plants like oaks, maple, alder, bamboo and many more to reach a stream and a bridge to be crossed. On way, we may have opportunity to see yellow-throated marten, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear. Further ahead of several bhattis (tea shop), we ascend steeply towards a bridge at 2000 meters to be crossed. The trail further continues and crosses to the north bank of the Langtang Khola. Along the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and opens to scrub oak forest we climb gradually, cross the Langtang River and reach Lama Hotel.
Day 3 LAMA HOTEL TO LANGTANG VILLAGE (3500m, 6 HRS)
The trail ascending above the Langtang Khola from Lama Hotel continues being sharper as we move ahead. The exotic view of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 meters can be viewed from here.
The trail further continues to a long bridge and passes through lush meadows of Ghoda Tabela at 3000m along with the police check post and several lodges to reach a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. Flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes wheat, turnips, barley etc can be seen when we moved to Langtang village.
Day 4 LANGTANG VILLAGE – KYAGJIN GOMPA (3700m, 3 hrs)
We now skirt through a rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. The trail leads to Kyangin Gompa passing through a wooden cantilever bridge, climbing moraine, wide valley and finally ascending the mountain passes. We can find a small monastery and government-operated cheese factory.
Day 5 KYAGJIN GOMPA
We can take a rest for the day and explore interesting places like monastery, cheese factory along with a climb at kyanjin Ri located at 4350m to witness mystic view or snow-capped mountains scattered around. Also, we can see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers in short walking distance.
Day 6 TREK KYANGING GOMPA – LAMA HOTEL (2380m, 7 hrs)
Today, we route back to Lama Hotel following Langtang Khola to Langtang village and to Ghora Tabela where we stop shortly for lunch. Again we continue along the steep descent trail to Lama Hotel.
Day 7 TREK LAMA HOTEL – SHYABRU VILLAGE (2087m, 6 hrs)
From Lama Hotel, we head back to Shyabru Village. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community.
Day 8 SING GOMPA (3254m, 5 hrs) TREK SHYABRU VILLAGE
Then after we move on to the forest of oak, firs and rhododendrons and gains a ridge. Staying fairly level in the forest we cross the ridge top towards the head of the valley. The trail ascends at each junction crosses another forested ridge continuing the same to the second valley. Finally, we are at the final ridge at the altitude of 3650m. The Sing Gompa is about 100 meter along the trail to the trail to the left. We find a small cheese factory and a neglected Gompa with its 1000-armed Avalokitesvara statue.
Day 9 SING GOMPA – GOSAIN KUND (THE SACRED LAKE) (4300m, 6 hrs)
Gosainkunda, according to Hindu religion, the high altitude lake was created by Lord Shiva. From Sing Gompa, an ascending ridge connects to the trail towards Gosainkunda(Holy Shiva’s Lake). The trail climbs sharply at the edge in points and riches at the top. We, then find rich moist mountain forests on the northern slopes and dry scrub vegetation to the south. As we climb the ascending trail the excellent views of Langtang Valley and Langtang Lirung can be observed and mystic views of Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu to the west. The trail then towards Gosainkunda. Before, we come across two more lakes Saraswati Kunda and then Bhairab Kunda. The third lake, Gosainkunda, is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer.
Day 10 GOSAINKUND – THAREPATI (3600m, 8 hrs)
The rugged trail continues passing several small lakes to the Laurebina Pass (4610m) allowing us to enjoy beautiful and clear view of Jugal Himal and Rolwaling. Further trail descends to the tree line along with the ridge. Finally, we reach Rharepati for an overnight stay after passing through Juniper, Rhododendron forest and beautiful waterfalls.
Day 11 THAREPATI – KUTUMSANG (2470m, 7 hrs)
Moving towards Kutumsang we steadily drop through Fir and Rhododendron forest and prickly leafed oak forest. The trail provides beautiful views of the mountains and Helambu valley.
Day 12 KUTUMSANG – CHISAPANI (2165m, 6 hrs)
We make an easy undulating trail to Chisapani. cross a pass at 2470m and descending to a large Tamang village called Pati Bhanjyang. The rising trail of about 2 hours we arrive at Chisopani and a temple in chisopani danda is just a short distance above. The vista of mountains from the Chisopani Danda spreads from south of Everest to the Manaslu range.
Day 13 SUNDARIJAL – KATHMANDU (1300m, 5 hrs)
After 45 minutes drive to Kathmandu, we trek to Sundarijal. The route from Chisopani passes through meadows and cultivated fields and climbing through oak and rhododendron forest. Now, we reach at Burlang Bhanjyang from where magnificent views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Numbur are visible respectively from west to east. Marking the northern rim of Kathmandu valley we enter to the Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve. The undulating trail through the reserve leads us to the Mulkharka. The trail continues on endless stairs towards Sundarijal and exit from the reserve. From Sundarijal we take drive to Kathmandu.
• Basic lodge accommodation on trek • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) • All domestic transport as listed in itinerary by local bus • Langtang National Park entrance fees • Trekking permit (TIMS) • Porter to carry personal gear • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek per person • English speaking trekking guide • Comprehensive medical kit
• Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary. • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head • Cost for Insurance. • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly. • Payment for service provided on a personal request. • Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
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