Langtang and Gosainkunda Trek -18 days

Langtang and Gosainkunda Trek -18 days

Langtang National park is the closest area near Kathmandu that has alpine weather, high-mountain, Buddhist culture, monasteries at Kyanjin (3811m) and Singgompa, and snow glacier at Langsisa. The area is under National Park. It is located in the central Himalayan belt. The park covers both subtropical and alpine zone. About 1000 plants species, 160 birds and 30 mammals of different species have been identified in this region. Langtang valley is famous for its wild flower that blooms in spring and summer seasons.

It is located in the central Himalayan belt; it covers an area of approximately 1710 sq. km. It is the largest national park in Nepal. The park includes Langtang as well as Gosaikunda and covers both the subtropical and alpine zone. About 1000 plants species, 160 birds and 30 mammals have been identified in this region. Langtang valley is famous for its wild flowers that bloom during spring and summer. There are several lodges along the trail to Langtang.  Gosaikunda is one of the holiest of lake for the Hindus. Every year in the month of August thousands pilgrims visit this lake for a dip in the water. The saying goes that a dip in the water washes aways your sins. The high trail through Lauribina (3900m) and Sing Gompa descends to Gosaikunda lake situated at 4380m.  To enter Helambu you will cross Lauribina La (4610m high pass) usually covered with thick cloud and snow to Gopte (3400m) and next day climb to Thadepani (3630m) to get into Helambu.

Helambu is located about 72 km north east of Kathmandu. It is the closest area from Kathmandu with equally beautiful scenic grandeur and nice mountain weather. Here you get to see panoramic view of the magnificent mountain range, several Buddhist monasteries (gompas), enchanting landscape, diverse ethnic culture and good weather in autumn and spring season. Tamang and Sherpa of Helambu have their distinct language and tradition. People who live in upper section of Helambu (Melemchi and Tarkeghyang) are quite well off. Their gompas are nicely decorated.

From Betrawati, a small village on Trishuli River, the road gradually ascends to Dhunche and you travel on foot to Langtang National Park. The open valley at Langtang gradually unfolds as you ascend from Ghore Tabela through scattered Tamang villages. At Langtang you visit Buddhist monastery at Kyanjin Gompa (3811 m), cheese factory at Yala and, if time permit, explore glacier at Langsisa (4125 m).  The bus ride to Dhunche is about 8/9 hours from Kathmandu. The road is quite rough. At Dhunche you are already in the high Himalayan valleys where you can see yak and Bhotia culture. If you begin your trek from Dhunche you gradually climb the trail to Syabru (2134m). From Syabrubesi the trail leads to Ghoretabela (3048m) without passing through Syabru. The main trail extends further to Langtang (3506m). Visit Kyanjin gompa (3811m) and if possible Langshisa Kharka -4125m (pastureland). Retrace the trail back to Syabru and make gradual ascend through fir and rhododendron forests to a Buddhist monastery at Sing Gompa (3300m). You will make a steep hike up to the ridge and descend to Gosaikunda (4309 m) lake. The trail on the wide ridge provides spectacular views of Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himalaya range Gosaikunda lake is a sacred place in Hindu mythology that represent God Shiva. After the lake you will cross Laurebina pass at 4640 m and descend to a cave at Gopte. Instead of taking the trail through dense rhododendron forestsridge to Gul Bhanjyang and Pati Bhanjyang that descend to Sundarijal you walk to the main cultural hub of Helambu:  you ascend steep trail from Tharepati to Malemchigaon and continue to the Sherpa village of Tarkeghyang and Shermathang. Descend to Malemchi khola (river) and drive to Kathmandu from Melamchi by bus.

01. Arrive Kathmandu. Pick up at airport and transfer to hotel, Stay at Hotel on BB.

02. Travel to Syabrubenshi (2134m) 8/9 hours drive - Lodge/Tea house accommodation

About 30 minutes out of Kathmandu, you pass through the town of Kakani where there are great views of the Ganesh Himal is seen. Trisuli is a busy bazaar called Trisuli Bazaar. The river, which flows Southwest,is very popular with rafting.Drive further via Dhunche (1970m) which is an attractive village with large stone houses, you get an excellent views of Gheng (6581m) and Langtang Lirung (7246m) to the north and Ganesh (7460m) to the west.Drive along the road descend to trisuli River and to Thulo Bharkhu than steep up to ridge through the pine woods. From here you have fine views up the valley towards the Tibetan border - about 20km away. The trail out of Bharkhu climbs a steep slope to the top of a ridge (2300m) where there is a good area to take a break. This is good place for bird watching. You will entered the Langtang Valley now and you can see Ganesh Himal to the west, Tibet to the north, and Langtang Lirung in the east.You will also be able to see, on a ridge top below you, the lovely village of Syabru. The trail contours around the ridge at first before descending a short steep slope into Syabru (2134m).

03. Ghoretabela (3048m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

Start trek through the cool forests of oak and maple that cover the lower sections of the valley and climbs through massive stands of spruce, fir and blue pine. Towering walls close in and your paths will skirt precipitous drops, which fall into a silt-laden river below. It is a classic transition from temperate lowland forest to high-altitude Himalayan valley. Descend through the village of Syabru and continue down the ridge until you come to a trail to the east that drops sharply off the ridge and through a dense forest. Cross a bridge (1960m) over a tributary of the Langtang Khola and then climb for a short distance. The trail continues level for a ways before descending, still in forest, to the Langtang Khola. The trail follows the south bank of the river through a deep gorge with no views of the mountains, crossing another tributary in about an hour. In another hour from this tributary, cross yet another bridge (2050m) to the north bank of the Langtang Khola. The trail begins climbing up from the river at this point and in an hour, shortly after the trail levels off, you join the old Langtang trail (2380m) from Sherpagaon and Syabrubensi. Another hour from this trail junction brings you to the Lama Hotel in the tiny village of Chongong (2400m). At this point you start to become aware of the firm control the government exercises over the parks - with results that are often good, but sometimes questionable. On one hand, there are strict controls on tree-felling, and the park has remained mercifully free from the satellite dishes that dominate some over-trekked parts of Nepal.

From the Lama Hotel the trail climbs steadily to Ghora Tabela with glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7246m) through the trees. At times the trail becomes very steep but only for short distances. Gradually the air becomes thinner and the climate colder. At Ghora Tabela (3048m) the trail leaves the forest and a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung appears. Ghora Tabela was once a Tibetan resettlement camp but is now an army post.

04. Langtang (3506m)-

Continue up the valley, leaving the forests behind, the trail ascends steadily up to Langtang village, passing below a monastery about 30 min beforehand. Langtang is an interesting Tibetan-style village with stone- walls enclosing houses and fields where you just might see your first yaks. The Langtang National Park headquarters is located here. After Langtang, you can see a community of typical flat-roofed Tibetan houses and the valley flattens and broadens into open pasture. This is perfect for raising yaks, and you will see these imposing beasts everywhere.

05. Kyanjin Gompa (3811m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

The valley is U-shaped was carved by a glacier. Below Langtang, the valley has the characteristic V-shape of a river-carved valley. Leaving Langtang, you ascend gradually to a chorten (a small Tibetan Buddhist stupa) behind which is a very long mani wall. The trail passes two small villages and the village widens. You cross several streams and a moraine before arriving at Kyanjin Gompa (3800m). Between Langtang and Kyanjin Gompa, the views just get better and better where you will see Yansa Tsenji (6580m) and Kimshun (6750m) to the north and the Langtang Himal to the northwest. Take a good rest and allow your body to acclimatise with the high altitude as much as possible to be fully-prepared for more ascending during the next day.

06. Langshisa Kharka (4125m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

Trek further up the valley provides more spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Ganchenpo (6400m), Langshisa Ri (6320m), Dorje Lakpa (6700m), Lenpo Gang (7100m), and Urkinmang (6170m). About 4 hour walk to the east of Kyanjin Gompa from the village is 5000m Tsergo Ri. If you start early in the morning and are well-acclimatised, you should be able to climb this peak and return to Kyanjin Gompa same day. The reward for climbing to the prayer flags on its summit is a magnificent view of the 7246m Langtang Lirung, the mountain that dominates the valley. There.

07. Lama hotel (2480m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

You will be acclimatized already so descending would not be problem, you should be able to reach the Lama Hotel in a day walk (approx. 6hrs) from Kyanjin Gompa.

08. Syabru (3906m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

It takes from Lama Hotel to Syabru approx 6 hours descending walk. Keep retracing your steps.

09. Sing Gompa (3254m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

Leaving Syabru, climb past the gompa, school and army post, and switchback up the steep hill above the village. There are a few houses pleasant teashops in the settlement of Dursagang at 2550m. The trail continues less steeply, now mostly in forests, past an old chorten to the top of the ridge and tea shops at 3000m. After the forest, the trail climbs up a bit more before reaching the top of the ridge. There is a view of Dhunche far below in the valley. The trail continues across the head of a second valley, then reaches a final ridge at 3260m. The small Buddhist monastery of Sing Gompa is about 100m along the trail to the left. This is the main attraction at Chandan Bari, elevation 3250m. As we will be crossing a 4610m pass, it is important that we spend here the rest of the day for acclimatizing.

10. Cross pass and to Gosaikunda (4309m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

From Sing Gompa the trail continues climbing steadily through rhododendron forest. The trail crosses over to the Langtang side of the ridge you are climbing and stays in deep forest for a while, then emerges onto a saddle at Cholang Pati (3380m). Entering to the Gosainkund that is protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires, and grazing of goats is prohibited. There are good views of Langtang Lirung from the north side of the ridge, and looking west, you can see the Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Manaslu. It is possible to see Tibet from here. You cross high altitude summer pastures for sheep and goats. Crossing to the south side of the ridge the trail becomes narrower, the first glimpse of Gosainkund lakes is seen from here. After crossing a spur, the second lake in the chain, Bhairav Kund, comes into view. The trail climbs gently but continuously to a ridge and drops about 20m to the third and largest lake, the holy Gosainkund, at an elevation of 4380m. Hundreds of people come here to worship and bathe in this lake during the full moon festival each year in August.

11. Gopte (3430m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

The trail climbs to the shore of the lake before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass. Continue trekking you will see four other lakes of smaller scales. Reached the pass at 4610m , the trail now descends, steeply at first but becoming more gradual, to the southeast on a rocky path. In about an hour comes some roofless stone herders huts, and from here the trail descends another ridge, crossing several streams and passing two waterfalls. After passing another stone hut, the trail climbs to another ridge and reach to Ghopte (3430m).

12. Kutumsang (2460m)- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

From Ghopte, the trail descends and enters a thick forest of Pine and rhododendrons. After crossing a stream the trail makes an ascent to Tharepati (3490m), where you can see small stone huts used in the summer by herders. The trail descent through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams before arriving at Magengoth at 3150m. This is a very remote area of high pastures and oak and rhododendron forests. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. If you are going to see any wildlife at all other than birds, this is probably the most likely area. Descends gradually to Khutumsang (2470m), a small village on a windy ridge saddle. The Langtang National Park office here will probably check your park permit. The village has completely adapted itself to trekkers; almost every house in town is a hotel or shop.

13. Tarkeghyang - Lodge/Tea house accommodation

A hard climb leads to the ridgeline of Tharepati. Afterwards we steeply descend through primary rhododendrons. In spring the area is a mass of red flowers, doted with white and pink. Melamchigaon is a picturesque Sherpa village and you will surely have long chats with its warm and welcoming villagers. We plunge into the valley and loose 700 m of altitude before scrambling up the equivalent to Tarke Gyang.

14. Shermathang - Lodge/Tea house accommodation

The ridge walk to Gangjwal offers nice views on the Melamchi valley downhill. We continue at hillside, with wide views in all directions with the southern foothills of Nepal fading towards the plains of India. The trail starts now to descend into the valley.

15. Malemchi.- Lodge/Tea house accommodation

Then bus towards Katmandu. The second leg of this journey is a knee-wobbling time as altitude is rapidly lost descending to the Melamchi Kola river.

16. Drive to Kathmandu, tranfer to hotel

Drive to Katmandu by Public bus, transfer to hotel, stay at Hotel on BB.

17. In Kathmandu- free day for shopping/rest

18. Transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu

Cost: US$ 1390 per person

Cost includes:

01. All meals and accommodation in lodge during the trek

02. Service of trek guide and Sharpa assistant for the bigger group size 6+

03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)

04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters

05. National park entrance permit and trek permit

06. Arrival and departure transfers

07. Public transportation from trek start and trek end point to Kathmandu

08. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB

Cost does not include:

01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag (US$ 50 per person)

02. Personal accident and health insurance

03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense

04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips.

05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned.

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  • Price : USD 1390
  • Destinations : Langtang and Helambu
  • Max Elevation : 4309 m.
  • Weather : Spring and Autumn are good time to visit this area
  • Trip Duration : 18 days
  • Trip Grade : Streneous
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