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Langtang Gosaikunda Trek - 12 Days

Langtang and gosaikunda

Explore the Himalayan destination near medieval Kathmandu and the sacred Gosaikund Lake at an altitude of 4,600 meters.

Highlights

Visit Langtang, a glacial valley
Explore the stone-powered mills and suspension bridges
Enjoy the beautiful Lirung and Kim Sung glaciers
Taste Kanjin Gompa and cheese factory cheese
Ancient Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, and chorten
The sacred Gosaikund Lake at an altitude of 4,600 meters

Your journey to Langtang Gosaikunda Trek formally commences as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A drive to syabrubesi takes you closer to the trails. The drive is filled with bountiful sceneries of hillsides and gorgeous landscapes. After an 8 to 9 hrs drive to Lama Hotel, the trek takes off and heads to Langtang valley. Immediately into the company of lush forests, the trek follows the Langtang Kyanjin gompa.

It is 130 km far from the north of Kathmandu valley. It is the nearest trekking destination from the Kathmandu valley, close to the border with Tibet. It is the ancient trade route through the mountain between Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal to Kerong in Tibet. It is also called the valley of glacier trek. Visiting the area is an opportunity to explore the natural beauty, local Tibetan villages, Buddhist monasteries, lifestyle, the culture of the Tamang ethnicity, and Flora and fauna.

After our way back from Langtang valley we will reach high-altitude lakes like Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda, Parvati Kunda, etc. These lakes are very famous in the Hindu religion in Buddhist areas. Every year in august many Hindu pilgrims from all around Nepal and India visit there. It is also called a frozen lake trek. Along with the trekking, we will reach close to 5ooom height and see Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Tibetan border Himal, and Annapurna range.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi (2238m) 8/9 hrs
Day 03: Terk to Lama Hotel (3030m) 5/6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Langtang Village (3230m) 5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Kanjin Gompa (3830m) 4/30 hrs
Day 06: Up to Kanjin Ri (4700m) and back to Lama Hotel (3030m) 6/7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2250m) 5/6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m) 4/5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Gosaikund (4380m) 5/30 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Dhunche (1,765 m) 6/7 hrs
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m) 7/8 hrs
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu

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Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/
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Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Drive to syabrubesi (2238m) 8/9 hrs

From Kathmandu, we take a 8/9 – hour scenic drive to Syabru Besi, a little trading town for the Langtang area. After driving for 30 km, we approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get to view the enthralling panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and peaks of the Langtang region. Overnight at your lodge

Day 3
Trek to Lama Hotel (3030m) 5/6 hrs

Today we will pass the first part of the trail through Bhotekoshi via the Langtang river. The trail is a gradual ascent through landslide areas to the bamboo. Then, we trek slowly to Rimche (2400m) via Bans (1960m) at Banka on the Langtang river. If you are lucky we can see red pandas, playful monkeys and bears.

Day 4
Trek to Langtang Village (3230m) 5 hrs

After our breakfast today, we continue to climb between the trees with occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung. At about 3000 meters, the road leaves the forest. While walking here we get to see playful white monkeys frolicking and hear the melodious chirping of local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their cattle to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. Shortly before reaching Langtang village, the headquarters of Langtang National Park, there is a monastery. The houses in Langtang and its neighboring villages are Tibetan style with flat roofs, surrounded by stone walls surrounded by wheat, potato, wheat, turnip, and barley fields.

Day 5
Trek to Kyanjin gompa (3830m) 4/30 hrs

Today’s route gradually passes through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages from Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and climb a moraine into a wide valley. Finally, climbing up the hill we reach the Kajing Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government cheese factory here. We can sample some fresh cheese here. Overnight at the lodge

Day 6
Hike to kyanjin Ri (4700m) and back to Lama Hotel (3030m) 6/7 hrs

From Kanjin we go back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we pass Langtang River to Langtang Village and Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and then continue down the steep waterfall to Lama Hotel to bunk out for the night.

Day 7
Trek to Thulo syabru (2250m) 5/6 hrs

Our trek takes us to Thulo Syabru village on the way to Gosaikund. The day starts with an uphill trek to a beautiful village and then to the Langtang River. The extension of the trail today includes some of the best experiences of the region’s cultural heritage and, of course, the natural beauty should not be missed.

Day 8
Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m) 4/5 hrs

It is a short day of walk to Shin Gompa today. We are taking it easy today to acclimatize with the high altitude climate. Rushing to Gosainkunda in a single day from Thulo Syabru will be a little difficult at this elevation so we are trekking only up to Shin Gompa today. We trek past Garta village and head towards the destination today. We spend the day exploring around Shin Gompa.

Day 9
Trek to Gosaikund (4380m) 5/30 hrs

Our trek today is to Gosaikund. The trail today passes through such wonderful places that offer spectacular views of the mountain ranges. We finally reach Gosaikund, the holy lake of the Hindus. Among the other nine lakes, the third lake is considered the most sacred. This place is an important Hindu pilgrimage site surrounded by stunning mountains. Once we are there, we explore and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

Day 10
Trek back to Dhunche (1,765m) 6/7 hrs

Today is the last day of our trek. We are trekking on our way back to Dhunche for overnight stay. This is a huge drop in elevation, about 2,700 meters. It’s a long day of descent with a trail that includes elevation gain, climbs and descents. The long-term exploration of Langtang Valley and Gosaikund region has ended today after reaching Dhunche, the headquarter of Rasuwa.

Day 11
Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m) 7/8 hrs

The return journey from Dhunche to Kathmandu is an easy seven-hour journey through scenic highways and typical countryside. We check into our hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax and reflect on the wonderful trip. Overnight at our hotel

Day 12
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 2 nights standard hotels and 9 nights teahouse/lodges
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers throughout the trek
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if required' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
Difficulty

Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Group Size

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.
If you want to travel something that is not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, when you want it.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Track:
(Langtang Gosaikunda area) Large logistics accommodation is not required for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have adequate warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone. The bathrooms are often shared and in many places, the toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food:
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to send your message to your staff. For a gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast, as your options for breakfast will be limited.

On Trek: Drinking Water
Staying hydrated is important during any physical activity but especially at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3 liters per person per day.
We urge you not to buy bottled water on the trek as it contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal.
Teahouses sell almost boiled water. Nepali Rs.150-300 per liter but (cost increases when traveling) which does not require treatment. It’s also perfect for bedtime refills as it can double as a hot water bottle.
Alternatively, all teahouses will provide free cold water on request. Although it is not good to drink without treatment, it is important to note that we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle and use an effective form of water treatment.

A normal day on the trek

Daily wake-up calls will be from 6.00 to 7.00 in the morning while on track. The time of getting up and the time of breakfast will be fixed one night before the briefing time. The schedule of each day will depend entirely on the length of your walk for that day.

After breakfast, we take day’s walk. So before breakfast, you need to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are eating breakfast. After a 3-4 hour walk, we stop for mid-day lunch. The afternoon walk is usually short and we usually arrive on time for our afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the village, washing clothes or relaxing with a good book. And after dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and retrieving the day’s adventures, before going to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. .All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
From $1,050.00
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Trip Facts

  • 11N/12 Days
  • Moderate (Challenging)
  • 4380m/5145m
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Private Vehicle
  • Lodges During Trek
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