Langtang and Gosaikunda Trek combine two of the best destinations in the Langtang region, a visit to the Langtang village and the holy Gosaikunda Lake. The 14 days tour takes you to the third most popular trekking region in Nepal, which is closest to Kathmandu.
The tour offers panoramic views of the soaring Langtang Lirung (7,245m/23,769ft), Naya Kang (5,846m/19,179ft), Yala Peak (5,500m/18,044ft), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m/22,854ft) and more. The trail passes the Langtang National Park with lush alpine vegetation, yak pastures, moraines, and glaciers. The biggest highlights of the trek are interacting with the Tamang community locals in Langtang Village and witnessing the awe-inspiring Gosaikunda Lake at an altitude of 4,380m/ 14370ft.
The trek starts after a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Walking beside Langtang river, the trail progresses to Lama Hotel then to the Langtang Village. After exploring the village, the next stop is Kyanjin Gompa valley, where you hike up to Tserko Ri viewpoint on the acclimatization day. From Kyanjin, head back to Lama Hotel, then to Thulo Syabru to begin the trek to Sing Gompa, then to Gosaikunda Lake. After enjoying a day near the Lake, trek back to Dhunche, then drive to Kathmandu to conclude the trek.
Langtang and Gosaikunda is a moderate-level trek that is ideal for both physically fit novice and pro trekkers. As the altitude reaches a maximum of 5000m, proper acclimatization must be taken to ensure a smooth experience.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)|
|Day 2||Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Trek Preparation|
|Day 3||Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft, 6 to 7 hours, 122 km)|
|Day 4||Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,480m/8,136ft, 5 to 6 hours)|
|Day 5||Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village (3,430m/11,253ft, 6 to 7 hours)|
|Day 6||Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft, 3 to 4 hours)|
|Day 7||Acclimatization Day- Explore Tserko Ri (5,000m/16404ft, 7 to 8 hours)|
|Day 8||Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,480m/8,136ft, 6 to 7 hours)|
|Day 9||Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,250m/7381ft, 5 to 6 hours)|
|Day 10||Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,250m/10,660ft, 4 to 5 hours)|
|Day 11||Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4,380m/14,370ft, 5 to 6 hours)|
|Day 12||Trek from Gosaikunda to Dhunche (1,900m/6,232ft, 7 to 8 hours)|
|Day 13||Drive from Dhunche (1900m/6232ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft, 5 to 6 hours, 115 km)|
|Day 14||Final Departure from Nepal|
After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representatives from Third Rock Adventures. We will transfer you to the hotel located in Thamel, just 5 km away from the airport from the terminal.
After rest, you can head out to the lively streets to witness the lifestyle and enjoy some authentic Nepali cuisine at night.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
It is a perfect day to explore the ancient and culturally rich city of Kathmandu. In the morning, the guide will assist in getting all the documents ready to be shown to the respective authority. You can also head to a retail store to buy or hire trekking gear and clothing.
Later in the afternoon, we will explore the UNESCO world heritage sites. We will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square located in Freak Street/Basantapur. You can explore the narrow and busy streets with temples and shrines. Also, check out the reminiscence of the past Shah kings of Kathmandu lifestyle in the Hanumandhoka Museum.
We will drive you to the western hills of the city to visit Swayambhunath Stupa, also called The Monkey Temple. Alternatively, you can visit the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest dome stupas in Nepal, located on the city's northern outskirts.
After returning, pack up your bags and prepare for the next day's adventure.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
On this day, you will begin the adventure by driving from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. You will be taking the Trishuli Dhunche Highway and the Pasang Lhamu Highway. On the way, witness the terraced farms, huts, brick houses, and Trishuli river basin.
Before arriving at Syabrubesi, we moved upwards to Dhunche with decent houses. At Syabrubesi, make your stop at a tea house and enjoy the warm welcome from the locals.
Overnight stay in Syabrubesi.
The Langtang and Gosaikunda trek officially starts on this day, as you wake up early in the morning with your trekking gears and begin the walk. You will follow the Bhote Koshi river as you take a gradual descent, then walk through a rugged route towards Bamboo. Passing Langtang Khola along with rhododendron and conifer-clad forest, trek further towards Rimche.
You will have entered Langtang National Park premises, where the trail is mostly silent, and you can witness unique birds and animals. Eventually, you will reach Lama Hotel.
Overnight stay in Lama Hotel.
Early morning, take an upward hike towards dense forest further ahead of Lama Hotel. The forest opens up into a plain landscape where you can take a rest. Along the way to Ghode Tabela (Horse Stable), you can witness the views of Langtang Lirung in the backdrop.
Proceed your hike towards Tamang villages with temporary shelters made by the yak herders. After a distance, you will reach Langtang village, reconstructed after the fatal earthquake in 2015. You can also witness some of the earlier ruins of the village. After taking a rest in Langtang village, you will walk past Mani Wall memorials until Mundu.
Overnight stay in Mundu.
You will be trekking from the Mundu valley towards the popular Kyanjin Gompa on this day. You will pass mani walls sacred rocks with ancient Buddhist scriptures. The Langtang range of mountains is visible along the route. Along the way, there are scattered Tamang settlements.
Eventually, after a slightly challenging climb, you will reach Kyanjin Gompa.
The valley has brick-laid houses scattered across the plains, with numerous tea houses serving hot meals in the cold weather.
Make sure to stock up on some Himalayan yak cheese from the local cheese factory. Also, hike to the nearby Gompa, after which this valley is named. It is located in the foothills of Langtang Lirung, considered to be built in the 6th century.
Overnight stay in Kyanjin Gompa.
You can leave your heavy backpack in the tea house and take a hike to the Tserko Ri viewpoint on this day. Walk across the rugged trail uphill towards the viewpoint. As the elevation has increased rapidly, your body needs to adjust to it, which is why we have a spare day for rest and acclimatization.
From there, you can witness views of Langtang Lirung, Naya Kang, Yubra Himal and Yala peaks. It is a perfect spot to witness the Langtang Lirung glacier and icefalls in the Changbu and Yubra peaks. The winds get stronger during the late afternoon so make sure that you head back to Kyanjin Gompa in time.
Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
After exploring Tserko Ri and Kyanjin Gompa, we will head back to Lama Hotel on this day. You will yet again be passing through lush forests while enjoying the views of the mountains. On the way, pass by the Langtang village where you can bid farewell to the ethnic Tamang communities who have settled centuries ago after migrating from Tibet. From there, head on to Ghodetabela and Gumanechok before reaching Lama Hotel. Enjoy warm butter tea and an authentic meal with a well-deserved rest.
Overnight stay in Lama Hotel.
Today, from Lama Hotel, our next stop is Thulo Syabru which begins with a gentle ascend before climbing upwards. Through the thick forest, you can witness the views of mountains. You might even witness the Langur monkeys jumping around trees. You might even spot the rare Red Panda chewing bamboos if you are extremely lucky.
Through terraced fields in the descending trail, you will reach Thulo Syabru, located on a ridge top. You can witness views of the snow-covered Ganesh and Langtang Himal from the spot.
Overnight in Thulo Syabru.
After having breakfast, take to the nearest monastery to explore and offer your prayers to the gods. It is a short day's trek towards Sing Gompa. You will pass a winding trail amidst lush forest while enjoying distant views of Manaslu and close views of Langtang. You will meet the Tamang community in the nearby villages. Witness their lifestyle, culture, heritage, and clothing.
Eventually, you will reach Sing Gompa, where you can head to a homestay and enjoy some tea. You can visit the local cheese factory to enjoy local yak cheese.
Overnight stay in Sing Gompa.
On this day, you will head to the holy Lake, Gosaikunda. The elevation will eventually rise as you head towards Lauribinayak. On the top of the ridge, you can witness the amazing views of Langtang and also the high pastures. Further ahead, you will witness other lakes like Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda.
Gosaikunda Lake is located in between with the hills on either side. It is often frozen in the winter season.
It is one of the best experiences of the trek so far as the Lake is huge and amazing. It is a sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site with a black rock in between said to be the shrine of Lord Shiva. As per the belief, Shiva struck his Trishul to obtain water and quench his thirst after consuming poison.
There are only a handful of tea houses in the area, and the resources are pretty scarce.
Overnight stay in Gosaikunda.
After having a local breakfast, you will say goodbye to the beautiful lakes and head to Dhunche, which is the final leg of the trek. Hike down in the same trail, passing rhododendron trees. At Dhunche, head to a teahouse after the long trek to enjoy a warm meal while celebrating with the locals and your team.
Overnight in Dhunche
After morning breakfast, bid farewell to the Langtang region and drive back to Kathmandu. Check into your hotel upon reaching the city for some well-deserved rest.
In the evening, head out for some souvenir shopping or even enjoy yourself at a pub or club.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
On your final day in Kathmandu, Nepal, after breakfast, our representatives will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the final departure. If you want to extend your tour to the Helambu Langtang region or Everest, Annapurna region, feel free to let us know to manage the tour accordingly.