Langtang Gosaikunda Trek allows you to venture into the pristine Himalayan terrain that lies close to the Tibetan border and lets you explore the Himalayan lifestyle accompanied by some splendid mountain views. It is a moderate-level trek suitable for those who are looking for a longer trekking trail to the Langtang region of Nepal. One can enjoy the mountain views, azure glacial lakes, and the unique lifestyle of the Tamang people in one shot.
Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek takes you to some less explored regions of Nepal that are untouched by any modernization and helps you get some insightful knowledge on the Tibetan Buddhist religion. The journey to Langtang Gosaikunda Trek starts with a drive to Syabrubensi. From Syabrubensi, we enter into the Langtang Conservation area and pass the forests and villages to Langtang Valley. In the valley, we visit Kyanjin Gompa and hike up to Kyanjin Ri for some astounding views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and other neighboring peaks.
From the Langtang Valley, we descend to Thulo Syabru and hike up to Gosaikunda via Shingompa. Gosaikunda is a beautiful lake that lies at an altitude of 4300 meters in the Langtang region. It is a lovely location to be in. The view of the serene emerald-colored lake is a meditation for all those who live a hectic routine life in the city areas. The lake is not only a stunning location to be at but a holy site as well. As per Hindu mythology, the lake was created by Lord Shiva with his trident when Lord Shiva drank a poison that was built in the process of making syrup for immortality. Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the world but couldn’t bear the burn hence piercing his trident on a mountain to create Gosaikunda Lake.
It is believed that a dip into the lake relieves a person from all the sins created by him/ her. Therefore, we can see many Hindu pilgrims visiting this place yearly. Langtang Gosaikunda Lake is a jovial walk along with the lush forests of oak, maple, and rhododendron. You pass various gompas, monasteries, and Tamang villages on the way. It’s an opportunity to interact with local people and learn about their day-to-day life, tradition, and culture. So, are you ready for this heavenly trip?
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance, if any, at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will inform you shortly about the plans ahead.
Today, we leave Kathmandu and head north toward Syabrubensi. It is around seven hours' drive from Kathmandu via bus/jeep. We take a vehicle and drive along a scenic route full of hills and lush countryside landscapes. On the way, we pass Dhunche and follow a trail that crosses the Trishuli River with a quick glance at Ganesh Himal. Further, we pass villages and farmland and head deep into the region until we reach Syabrubensi. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse in Syabrubensi. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we commence our trekking journey. We leave Ssyabrubensi and follow a trail that takes us to Bhotekoshi Khola and Langtang Khola. We cross suspension bridges over the river and start ascending to Bamboo. We pass the landslide area and climb up to Ramche, which lies at the bank of Langtang River. From Ramche, we take a trail that goes through forests and passes some stunning waterfalls on the way. If lucky, you may encounter some wild species within those forests. We continue through the trail until we reach Lama Hotel Tonight, at a guesthouse in Lama Hotel (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We leave Lama Hotel and ascend up along the trail that goes above the Langtang River. As we go up, the wonderful vistas of Langtang Lirung come into sight. As we climb up steep, we pass the meadows of Ghoda Tabela, which is actually a farm of horses and donkeys. We further continue to a checkpoint from where the trail starts getting more extensive, and we open up to a full pasture. We can see yak grazing and herders busy with their own stuff. We pass the Tamang settlements, water mills, and prayer wheels along the way to Langtang village. Langtang village is a beautiful village that lies in the shades of the magnificent Himalayas. We walk a little further to a small settlement famous as Mundu, which is just 30 minutes walk from the Langtang village. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Mundu (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
After breakfast in the guesthouse, we spend our day in Langtang. At first, we ascend to Sindum and then to Yamphu. We cross a bridge over the Laja Khola and climb up the moraine to get the first glimpse of Kyanjin Gompa along with dramatic views of the icefall that flows down from Langtang Lirung. The village is the last settlement area of the Langtang region. We explore the village and interact with people. We can feel the strong influence of the Tibetan Buddhist religion here. After exploring the village, we climb up to Kyanjin Ri for some spectacular views of the mountains in the Langtang region. In the evening, we drop down to Langtang village for an overnight stay. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Early in the morning, we pay our visit to Kynajinm Gompa. It is an ancient monastery in the Langtang region. After visiting the gompa, we walk towards a government-operated yak cheese factory nearby. Then we hike up to Chokari Ri, which is the highest point of our Langtang Valley trek. From the top of the Ri, we will be rewarded with some outstanding views of Langtang Himal and Dorje Lakpa. After spending some time on the Ri, we return back to Langtang village for the night. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we embark on our journey back. We take an easy trail downhill through the same path that we had taken earlier. It goes through the lush forests of oak, maple, and rhododendron to Lama Hotel. Even on the way back, we can enjoy some stunning views of the mountains in that region. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Lama Hotel (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
From Lama Hotel, we descend down via the lush countryside landscape and pass various settlement areas, farmlands, and forests on the way to Thulo Syabru. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse in Thulo Syabru. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
From Thulo Syabru, the trail ascends and gets a bit wider to the village of Dimsa. From here, the trail is less steep and goes through dense forests of oak, hemlock, and rhododendron with wonderful views of Langtang Himal and Langtang Valley on sight. Further, we continue through the trail until we reach Shin Gompa. Shin Gompa is accessible for the cheese produced there. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse in Shin Gompa. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Leaving Shin Gompa, we ascend up steeply towards Laurebinayak. From the top of Lauribinayak, we will be blessed with some astounding views of mountains and the entire Langtang region. We follow a rugged trail and climb up steep with outstanding views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and other Tibetan peaks on sight. As we cross a small ridge after the pastures of Laurebinayak, we get a first glimpse of Gosaikunda Lake. There are many lakes in the periphery, amongst which Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, and Gosaikunda are the three main lakes. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse in Gosaikunda. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Early in the morning, we explore the periphery of Gosaikunda Lake. After breakfast, we move forward with our trekking journey. We climb up through a rugged trail and pass small lakes to Laurebinayak La. It is the highest point of our trekking journey. Enjoying the excellent views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Mt. Manaslu from the pass, we descend to Ghoptse for an overnight stay. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we leave Ghopte and descend down through a forested area to a Kharka. From here, we climb up to the village of Tharepati. A further climb up to the ridge above the village gives some incredible views of Jugal Himal. We walk past the village and descend down to the Melamchi Khola. We again follow the trail ad climb up to the village of Melamchigaon. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Melamchigaon (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
From Melamchigaon, we continue our walk to Tarkegyang today. It takes around six hours to walk in a lush and pristine environment. At first, our trail descends down to the stream of Melamchi. We cross a bridge over the creek and ascend up along the Sherpa settlements areas on the route. We continue ascending up until we reach the village of Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful village inhabited by the people of the Sherpa community. The village consists of some large and old monasteries. The village is also famous as Helambu, as it used to be a settlement area for the people of the Helmu caste. Walkthrough this village is an opportunity to interact with locals and get some insightful knowledge of their unique culture, custom, and tradition. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Tarkeghyang (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Leaving Tarkeghyang, we head towards another village of Shermathang. It is another charming village in that area inhabited by people of the Sherpa community. Like Tarkeghyang, it also consists of many old and big monasteries. From Tarkeghyang, we take an easy trail that goes through flat land and forested area to Shermathang. It’s around four hour's walk, and we cross many small streams on the way to Shermathang. Upon arrival, we can explore the village for a while. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Shermathang (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
A short and easy walk down from Shermathang brings you to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. From here, we catch a vehicle that will bring us back to the capital city of Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel room in Kathmandu. You can spend the remaining time on your own. Tonight, at a hotel in Kathmandu (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch).
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast).
Amazing Langtang Trek
I did a trip-of-a-lifetime trek to the Langtang Valley in Nepal which was spectacular. Deepak was a great guide; finding all the best guest houses to stay, the best food, and walking at the right pace. He was also good company to talk to which is important on a multi-day trek.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone to go to Nepal; such a beautiful country and people!