The Langtang Gosaikunda trek takes you in the spectacular Langtang National Park area, located north of Kathmandu and adjoining the border of Tibet to its north, which encompasses some of the world’s highest mountains, the stunning Gosaikunda Lake and unique local culture.
“…stunning lakes of Gosaikunda offer a breathtaking backdrop to the Langtang Himalayas”
Home to the Tamang people, this area is the third most popular area in Nepal for trekkers and offers wonderful opportunities for rich cultural experience and adventure. The natural and rich biodiversity of this area includes the endangered Snow Leopard and endangered Himalayan Red Panda along with numerous beautiful and rare species of birds.
The stunning lakes of Gosaikunda offer a breathtaking backdrop to the Langtang Himalayas and lessor known sights of this under appreciated region.
Day 0 – Arrival in Nepal
It is strongly advised that you arrive in Nepal at least 1 full day before the intended start date of your trek. This will give you the opportunity to allow for any jetlag and to obtain any additional items you may require in the numerous trekking and climbing supply shops in Kathmandu.
An airport pick up and hotel on arrival can be arranged easily for you if you wish and we will be on hand to assist you in picking up any items you need or want and to arrange tours of Kathmandu’s numerous cultural sites.
Day 1 – Drive from Kathmandu to Shyphru Besi - 1467m
From Kathmandu we take a bus for 8 hours on paved roads past Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district, to the town of Shyphru Besi, the starting point of our trek. The bus trip offers up some exciting and breathtaking sights of the mountains on one side of the road and steep inclines on the other. The district of Rasuwa is thickly populated by the local community of Tamangs, an ethnic group whose origin can be traced back to Tibet. Shyphru Besi is the perfect starting point from which to head off on our trek into the surrounding Tamang and Tibetan villages.
Day 2 - Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel – 2748m
After breakfast we will cross over to the bank of the Langtang Khola river and start out on the trail through a thick forest filled with oak, pine and bamboo trees. We may spot some wildlife such as the local monkeys, wild boar and if we are lucky the Himalayan black bear or the endangered red panda.
The route hugs the river bank for 2 hours before starting a gentle ascent until we reach Lama Hotel after about 5 hours. Lama Hotel is located on the bank of the Khola river so we fall asleep to sound of rushing water.
Day 3 - Lama Hotel to Langtang Village – 3500m
We leave Lama Hotel and continue to gain altitude while walking through wonderful mountain scenery with the flowing river nearby and surrounding waterfalls. As we reach the green meadows of Ghora Tabela the snowy white peaks of the Langtang range come into view.
After walking for about 3 hours we reach Langtang village, which is the headquarters of Langtang National Park. The village’s water-driven mills, flat-roofed Tibetan style houses and prayer wheels lend a quaint charm. Once settled at our guesthouse you can take some time to explore the village and the local yak cheese factory.
Day 4 - Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa – 3800m
Rising early we continue down Langtang valley through tiny ethnic Tibetan villages and past yaks and horses grazing in terraced fields until we reach Kyangjin Gompa after about 4 hours.
Situated on a small plain surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Langtang Range – Dorje Larpa (6990m), Langtang Ri (6370m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and Yala Peak (5520m), Kyangjin Gompa has a monastery, a government run cheese factory (built with Swiss assistance) and a few houses and lodges. Due to its high altitude Kyangjin Gompa is not occupied in winter, but during trekking season it provides a welcoming sight far into Langtang valley.
Day 5 - Rest Day / explore the area around Kyangjin Gompa or climb Tserko Ri – 5003m
Today you can either choose to rest and visit the nearby monastery and cheese factory or climb the nearby Tserko Ri.
Situated at 5033m, Tserko Ri is a steep climb from Kyangjin Gompa taking about 90 minutes each way. However, the spectacular mountain views available of the surrounding peaks and up and down the Langtang valley offer plentiful reward. This is the pinnacle of the Langtang trek and energy permitting the ascent of Tserko Ri should defiantly be undertaken so that you can take in Langtang’s snowcapped mountain range in all its glory.
Day 6 - Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel – 2748m
Today we retrace our steps back down the Langtang valley through the rhododendron filled fields and forests to Lama Hotel. The trail follows a general decent enabling us to gain a lot of ground quickly while at the same time allowing ample time for rest and lunch.
Following the Langtang Khola river we pass back through Langtang village to Ghora Tabela until finally descending to Lama Hotel.
Day 7 – Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabhru - 2260m
The trail leading up to Thulo Shyphru climbs steadily from Lama Hotel but on route you will come across some of the local white Langur monkeys running and playing among the trees as well as various local species of birds. Thulo Shyphru village is a remarkable cluster of homes perched atop a mountain with amazing views of Ganesh Himal (7710m), Langtang Himal and its ranges.
Here we enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the Himalayas before turning in for the night.
Day 8 – Thulo Syabhru to Sing Gompa - 3250m
The trail leading out of Thulo Syabhru ascends up a steep path through oak, hemlock, and fir forests and passes through village of Dursagang (2660m) with continuing amazing views of the Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and the mountains far into Tibet.
Coming to Sing Gompa we will take in a tour of the local yak cheese factory and Buddhist monastery and over dinner we can enjoy the panoramic views and wild nature.
Day 9 – Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda - 4360m
The initial gentle ascent out of Sing Gompa becomes steep as we approach Gosaikunda. However, the rugged trail offers dramatic views to the west with Himal Chuli (7893m), the Manaslu range (8156mm), the Ganesh Himal range (7406m) and far away Tibetan peaks. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda basin and on our trail, high up on the ridge (4100m) the first, Sarawasti Kunda appears below. The trail then continues along a rocky spur and a short distance ahead the much larger lake, Bhairabh Kund comes into view.
Keeping to the ridge we drop down alongside the largest lake, Gosainkund, where you should keep an eye out for the fabled black rock at the centre of the lake, said to be the head of Shiva (Hindu God).
Our guesthouse is close by and as we settle down for the evening the moon’s reflection off the lake’s surface and nearby snowcapped mountains provide an awe inspiring view.
Day 10 – Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa - 3250m
Our main excursions over, today we descend back down the trial passing Lauribanayak with magnificent mountain views and forests along the way.
Day 11 –Sing Gompa to Dunche
The first part of the trail descends through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests thick with marijuana plants to a cross suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. The path then stretches over a flat level before brining us back down into the town of Dunche where we overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12 –Dunche to Kathmandu
After breakfast we will leave Langtang and the Tamang people behind for now as we catch a return bus to Kathmandu, where you will transfer to your hotel or guesthouse.
Langtang National Park
Lantang National Park is located 5-8 hours north of the Kathmandu valley and encompasses some of the worlds highest mountains, including Lantang (7227m) and the majestic Gosainkunda lake (4380m). Trekking days are normally 6-7 hours long and range from a mid to high level of difficulty, depending on that day’s terrain and altitude.
Level of Difficulty
The highest point on this trek is 3780m (4770m if you climb Kyangjin Ri) and while it ultimately depends on the participant’s level of fitness and determination, the trekking can become strenuous at some points as we gain elevation. However, anybody with some reasonable level of physical and mental fitness can enjoy this trek.
Travel to and from Trek
The bus to Langtang takes about 8 hours and follows the road that winds its way up north of Kathmandu to the Tibetan border. You can choose to rent a private jeep for an additional cost instead, which can cut the travel time to 5 hours.
Food and accommodation
Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared meals. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag as, during the high season, bedding can be in short supply and it can get very cold at the higher altitudes.
Best time to Trek?
March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.
June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.
September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.
The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.
Safety on the trail and Acclimatisation
Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness, that may come up.
Altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be life threatening and can occur at any point above 3000m. Our trip itinerary has been designed specifically to allow you to have enough time to acclimatise to the altitude as our height increases. Our guides are very experienced and will act in accordance with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. The easiest and best remedy for AMS is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel unwell. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.
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Trek Cost: $1100 / person
This is based on a twin sharing basis for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people.
- An experienced, English-speaking trek leader/guide
- Porter service and support staff for above 4 person
- TIMS trekking permit and national park fees
- Tourist bus transportation: Kathmandu – Langtang – Kathmandu
- Staffs food, wages, accommodation and insurance coverage
- 3 meals a day and accommodation in local lodges along the trail
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Hotel in Kathmandu
- Airport transportation, visa, international or international flights, airport tax
- Bottled and hard drinks
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Your travel insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Costs incurred due to any unforeseen events
- Emergency evacuation and rerouting
Gosaikunda Lakes Trek: An incredible Journey
I was lucky enough to venture through the beautiful Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lakes Trek for a 12 day trip up to the spectacular Kenchin Ri Peak, then a walk to the sacred Gosikunda Lakes for holy water and luck.
It was simply amazing - I was unprepared for the beauty to be seen along the trek. The hundreds of pictures I took just don’t do it justice: you have to see it for yourself, feel the changes in the weather, incline and scenery, enjoy the panoramic views, serine rivers, rugged mountains, small villages, gorgeous forests, my first view of a glacier and, of course, some mischievous monkeys.
It was my first long trek and was full of beauty, banter and Buddhist prayer flags.
As far as difficulty, it was perfect for me - from some steps that seemed unrelenting, to an area where I could run and try to catch up with the amazing porters, then stop in a guest house for a rest and tea.
Among all the beauty and hardship what made the trek was the company. We had so many laughs, we sang, told jokes and stories, had talks about life and the great nomadic human tradition of talking while trying to beat the mountains before you.
For all the hard bits there was our guide Bijay (a true character, one of the funniest men I’ve ever met) got us through with optimism and humour .He had done the trek many times and you can tell the man loves his work .A great guide with all the information you could want, especially about the local wildlife.And then there were the young men from Umbrella, Pathrus and Rabindra, so kind and helpful. It was remarkable to see them in their element, especially Rabindra who has roots in Langtang. They made the journey great. Doing this with the Umbrella Foundation gives these boys the opportunity to follow their dreams and helps them and their family’s so much. This was an unbelievable journey for me and I’d advise anyone to just go DO IT .You won’t regret it!
Gosaikunda Lakes Trek: I was blown away by the awesome landscape
I was lucky enough to take part in Umbrella's group Charity Trek 2013 on the Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lakes Trek. Despite having visited the area many times before, I was still blown away by the awesome landscape as we trekked deeper and deeper into the Langtang range. Despite rain and burning calf muscles, we had so many laughs along the way with our guide Bijay - a keen birdwatcher who shared lots of local knowledge with us along the route.
Having 2 assistant guides with us from Umbrella was really special as I saw them step into their roles with ease - helping with bags, organising accommodation and meals, making special arrangements for us and all the time having fun - they were testament to the good work Umbrella does in supporting children to become responsible, confident and positive young adults! One of the boys, Rabindra, is a local to the area and was an amazing source of local knowledge - telling us about medicinal plants and picking rhododendron flowers for us to taste along the trail!
After summiting the stunning Kyanjin Ri peak in Langtang, we trekked to Gosaikunda lakes - an incredibly scenic place to see that I would highly recommend adding on to the traditional route. All in all, I had an incredible 11 days experience with plenty of laughing, 'Lord-of-the-Rings' re enactments, jaw-dropping scenery and great company. I'm already looking forward to my next trek with Umbrella Trekking!