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Langtang & Gosaikund Lake (15 Days)

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Trip Facts
Group Size 2-16 persons Duration 15 Days
Max Altitude 7246 meters Difficulty Level C- Streneous
Places Kathmandu , Langtang Range , Chisapani
Activities Trekking
Area Gosainkund Lake , Langtang Region
Trip Style Adventurous , Trekking
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Trip Overview


On the ride to Langtang and Gosaikund Lake, Langtang Valley lies northwest of Kathmandu, overshadowed to the north by Langtang Lirung mountain, 7,246 m above sea level. The uniqueness of this trek is that the area is visited by far fewer trekkers compared to the Annapurna or Everest areas, given its proximity to Kathmandu. With stunning scenery, the route takes us through villages and forests to the top of the Langtang Valley, surrounded by mountain peaks and glaciers, and is rewarded with spectacular close-up views of the Langtang and Jugal Himals. There is a chance to climb either Kyanjin Ri at 4.350 m or Tsergo Ri at 4.984 m for even more incredible mountain views. Then we head south and trek to the Gosainkund Lakes, an important place for Hindu pilgrimage. Crossing the Laurebena Pass, we enter the unspoilt valley of Helambu, which we follow back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

Arrive in Kathmandu and will be transferred to Hotel in the early evening. Those not travelling with the group will meet us in the hotel this evening. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.

Day 2

Syabrubensi

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Activities:

Leaving the Kathmandu Valley we have a long drive ahead. We drive northwards to Trisuli Bazaar, and then join the military road which eventually drops to cross the Trisuli River. Passing the village of Dhunche, which lies just inside the boundary of the Langtang National Park, we reach Syabrubensi, a Sherpa village at 1,462m. We spend the night here.

Day 3

Lama Hotel

Places Visited:

Activities:

We begin our trek by following the Langtang Khola, a river we willl see much of over the next few days. At first the trail undulates steadily through forests of oak and rhododendron. After passing the Langtang Khola bridge we climb steeply up a winding path finally arriving at Lama Hotel, not far from the rushing waters of the Langtang Khola. We stay here tonight.(Walking time approx 7/8 hours.

Day 4

Langtang Village

Places Visited: Langtang Range

Activities:

Ascending through the forest, we will have glimpses of Langtang Lirung through the trees, before arriving at Ghora Tabela (3,048m). There was once a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now there are just a few tea houses, where we can stop for lunch. The trail continues to climb up the widening valley, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock here in the summer months. In spring the forests are ablaze with rhododendrons.Shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang (3,307m), headquarters of the LangtangNational Park there is a monastery, which we might be able to visit. In Langtang the houses are Tibetan style and are surrounded by fields of wheat, buckwheat and potatoes. Above the village yaks and other cattle graze. Walking time approx 6.5/7.5 hours.

Day 5

Kyanjin Gompa

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Activities:

As we continue our climb beyond the village, the valley opens out to reveal spectacular mountain views. To our left the impressive Langtang Lirung towers directly above us and ahead is the great snow-covered bulk of Ganchempo. At 3,849m we come to the tea houses at Kyanjin Gompa. We will arrive at our lodge by lunchtime and in the afternoon we can either head up a side valley to the foot of the Langtang and Kyimoshung glaciers, or climb onto some of the surrounding ridges for close up views of Langtang Lirung and the beautiful so called Fluted Peak. Walking time approx.3.5 hours.

Day 6

Exploring the Kyanjin Gompa

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Activities:

We spend a day at Kyanjin Gompa with a chance to explore the area. There are various optional day walks around here. The most popular walk is up to Kyanjin Ri (4,350m) and Kyimoshung Ri (4,620m). These two viewpoints above Kyanjin gompa offer some of the most stunning mountain views in Nepal. An impressive array of peaks surrounds us - Langtang Lirung and Kyimoshung whose huge glaciers tumble to the valley floor. Straddling the Tibetan border are Dorje Lhakpa,Ganchempo and a whole host of 6,000+m peaks whilst across the valley are Naya Kang and the Ganja La pass. For the very energetic there is the chance to climb Tsergo Ri (often written Cherko Ri) - at 4,984m. This is a full day's walk but worth it for the views from the top.( Walking time approx 8 to 10 hours) Another option is walk towards the Tibetan border and Langshisha, where we get wonderful views of the mountains bordering Tibet.

Day 7

Lama hotel

Places Visited:

Activities:

We leave Kyanjin and retrace our route westwards, following the Langtang Khola down through Langtang village to Ghora Tabela, and on towards Lama Hotel, a small collection of lodges in the forest.Walking time approx. 6 hours.

Day 8

Thulo Syabru

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Activities:

We continue down the valley. After crossing the Langtang Khola Bridge our trail undulates through the forest and finally climbs steeply up to Syabru (2,285m).Walking time approx. 7/8 hour.

Day 9

Sing Gompa

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Activities:

We begin with a long steep climb out of Syabru, passing through scrub forest and the occasional settlement among the fields, and then through magnificent rhododendron thickets, until we reach the top of the ridge and the small monastery at Sing Gompa. Walking time 4.5 hours.

Day 10

Gosainkund Lake

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Activities:

Climbing a little less steeply this morning we follow the ridge for most of the day. We will have fantastic panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to the west and Langtang Himal to the north-east. After crossing to the south side of the ridge,we descend and catch sight of the first of the holy lakes. The third lake, Gosainkund, at 4,380m, is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. It is said to have been created when the god Shiva, suffering from thirst due to a poison, thrust his trident into the mountainside, whereupon three streams burst forth and ran together to form the lake. We stay close to a shrine by the lake, where there are a few pilgrim shelters. As the sun sets the reflection on the lake is incredible as the lake becomes one shimmering mass of gold. It is a truly magnificent sight. Walking time approx.6/7 hours.

Day 11

Laurebena Pass

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Activities:

The trail climbs gradually through bare and rugged terrain, passing four smaller lakes before we reach the summit of the Laurebena Pass at 4,610m. There are magnificent views to the north and west, and as we descend there are superb panoramic vistas over the Nepal midlands. After descending we continue along a delightful trail through rhododendron forest, with splendid views to the south. Walking time approx. 7/8 hours.

Day 12

Descending the Helambu Valley

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Activities:

Two relatively long days follow taking us through the unspoilt and culturally interesting Helambu valley. The villages of Helambu are inhabited by Sherpas whose language, culture and dress are very different from the Solu Khumbu Sherpas. We descend a short way and then climb to Tharepati where we have magnificent views looking back. We descend and continue walking on an undulating path through thick rhododendron forest before descending steeply into open landscape. Further on are forests of giant Himalayan oak, with very few branches due to the local custom of cutting branches for animal fodder. There are fine views back to the Langtang and Jugal Himals, and if it is clear other ranges can also be seen. We pass through the well maintained villages of Gul Bhanjyang (2,142m.)and Pati Bhanjyang. A fairly steep climb brings us to open pastures, more forest and then the summit of the ridge, from which there is a magnificent view of the Himalaya from the Annapurnas in the west to the peaks of the lower Everest region in the east. We spend one night at Kutumsang and the the last night on trek at Chisopani. Walking time approx 7-7.5 hours on both days.

Day 13

last night on trek at Chisopani

Places Visited: Chisapani

Activities:

Day 14

Drive To Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

A short walk brings us to the road, from where we pick up our transport for the short drive to our hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving, is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambhunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. The leader usually organizes a meal in one of Kathmandu's many restaurants for the whole group this evening. Walking time approx 4 hours.

Day 15

Depart Kathamndu

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

depart transfer to the airport.

Cost Includes
  • International airport arrival and departutre transfers

  • Leader/ asst.guide and porter insurance/food/lodge charge.

  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary

  • Government license holder experinced English speaking Nepali Guide

  • First aid Kit

  • Two nights'Kathmandu hotel accommodation at 3-star hotel on bed twin (double room) sharing and breakfast basis

  • Twelve nights’ tea house/lodge on B&B twin (double room) sharing .

  • Langtang National Park permit fee

  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS)

Cost Excludes
  • All the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and on trek days.

  • Personal medical insurance.

  • Personal trekking gear.

  • Alcoholic Beverages.

  • Telephone calls

  • International air ticket and airport tax.

  • Nepal Visa Fee.

  • Personal Nature Expenses

  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

  • The services not mentioned in “cost Includes

Trip Highlights

Magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains

High Passes

Visiting Holy glacier lake(Gosainkunda Lake).


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