Langtang Gosaikunda trek is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu. It has unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. The trek provides an opportunity to explore the remote and spectacular valley of Langtang, with the high mountain lakes at Gosainkunda. The people in this region are mostly of Tamang and Tibetan origin, whose culture dates back to hundreds of years. Traditionally built stone houses, beautifully carved wooden porches, their craftsmanship and attire reflect their rich Himalayan heritage.
During Janai Purnima (full-moon festival in August), hundreds of Hindu and Buddhists pilgrims visit the area in about a one-week period. At this point in time Jhankris (Shaman priests) come from all over Nepal to dance in an induced trance to all night singing and drum beating. It takes about 45 minutes to circumambulate the lake.
The trail to Gosainkunda involves rapid ascent to about high elevation of 4,380 m. and therefore, it is best done after acclimatizing in Langtang, Helambu or Nagthali. Gosainkunda Lake has a black rock in the middle, said to be the head of Shiva. Legend reads that Shiva created this high altitude lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. There is a white rock under the water that is said to be the remnant of an ancient shrine of Shiva. It appears underground via a subterranean channel and surface in Khumbeshwar pool, next to the five storey Shiva Temple in Patan, more than 60km. away.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1320 m)Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (2581 m)We take early drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi via. Dhunche (1966 m.). We drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of our drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. Syabru Bensi is the starting point of our trek. It is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. Overnight stay at Syabru Bensi.
Day 03:Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2470 m.)Today we trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2470m.). The trail goes along the ridge of Syabru's main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) and then to Pairo (1810m.). From this point, the trail goes to Rimche (2400 m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and finally end at Lama Hotel. En route one can see red pandas, monkey and bear.
Day 04:Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430 m.)Having lunch at Lama Hotel, we trek to Langtang village (3430 m.) via Ghore Tabela (3000 m.) which takes about six hours. We would find some grazing grounds of Yak on the way. The local people bring their livestock for grazing in the high pastures during the summer months. We find a monastery before we reach Langtang Village. We pay our short visit to the monastery and arrive at our destination.
Day 05:Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa (3870 m.)It is our turn to trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870 m.). It takes about three hours to reach there. Our trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens further and the views become more extensive. Kyangjin Gompa is reached after crossing several small streams and moraines. We would visit the cheese factory at Kyangjin Gompa. We would enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990 m.), Langtang Ri (6370 m.), Langtang Lirung (7245 m.) and many more.
Day 06:Kyangjin Gompa We would acclimatize at Kyangjin Gompa and go for excursion to utilize our time. We would visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice falls and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350 m).
Day 07:Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2470 m.) Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. From Kyangjin, we retrace our route following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. Having lunch at Ghora Tabela, we trek steep descent to Lama Hotel.
Day 08:Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2260 m.)We trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2260 m.). The beginning of the trek is gently descending till Pairo and then goes steep up to Thulo Syabru. En route, one could see red pandas, monkey and various species of birds.
Day 09:Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3330 m.)It is our turn to trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3330 m.). Our trail from Thulo Syabru goes to Foprang Danda (3200m.) passing through Dursagang (2660 m.). We would be lucky enough to view Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain and forests of Oak, Hemlock and Firs. After a while, we reach Sing Gompa. We would find a well-managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery at Sing Gompa too.
Day 10:Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460 m.)Today we trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4460 m.) via Lauribinayak La (3920 m.). We would follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of Himal Chuli (7893 m.,) Manaslu (8156 m,) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m.). On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up gently behind. To the north, we would see Langtang Lirung. At Gosainkunda, we would see a dozen of lakes. Among them, the major three are Saraswatikund, Bharab Kunda and Gosainkunda. According to a legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed poison.
Day 11:GosainkundaWe would acclimatize at Gosainkunda and go for excursion at our leisure.
Day 12:Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa(3250 m.)We trek from Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa (3250 m.). Our trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa passing Lauribanayak. We would have magnificent mountain views along the trail. We would walk through the jungles while going to Singh Gompa.
Day 13:Sing Gompa to Dhunche (1950 m.)Today we trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche which takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests with marijuana plants up to suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. From this point, our path goes even through some human settlements and reaches Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district.
Day 14:Dhunche to Nagarkot (2175 m.)We drive back to Kathmandu from Dhunche. It is interesting to penetrate into the rural settlements on the way back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we go to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur (1838m.). We would observe beautiful sunset view from Nagarkot. Overnight in our hotel.
Day 15:Nagarkot to Kathmandu (1320 m.)We get up early in the morning to have stunning sunrise view. Having morning tea in the hotel, we go for sightseeing around Nagarkot. Breakfast would be served in the resort and then we drive back to Kathmandu. Lunch will be served on the way. In the afternoon, we go for shopping. Farewell dinner would be served in Bhojan Griha, a typical Nepali hotel. We would also be entertained with a cultural program. Overnight in our hotel
Day 16:Back home destination.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
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