Gosaikunda Langtang Trek Overview
Explore the beautiful Langtang village and the stunning Gosaikunda Lake. Trek in the Langtang region and see the rural lifestyle of the locals. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a very immersive journey with lots of adventure and cultural experience.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking is guesthouse trekking. Located north of Kathmandu, the Langtang region boasts spectacular natural beauty. What makes Gosaikunda Lake Trek one of the best treks in the Himalayas is the quick accessibility of the starting point of the trail from Kathmandu. An 8-hour drive on a well-made road leads you to Syabrubesi, from where you begin trekking.
Trekking through lush forests, you gradually ascend to alpine meadows and make it to Kyanjin Gompa (3,860m). It's an ancient monastery. Before you leave this place, you'll hike to Kyanjing Ri, following a steep, rocky uphill route. Kyanjing Ri is a viewpoint that offers a sensational mountain panorama. The next part of the Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking ascends to Thulo Syabru (2,120 m) from Lama Hotel (2,560 m) and continues to sacred Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m) via Sing Gompa (3,250 m).
To extend the trek, you can combine Helambu valley by taking the full circuit trek of Langtang that further involves crossing Lauribinayak pass and exploring the undiscovered gorgeous routes of the Helambu region.
Get to see the blend of Hinduism and Buddhism on this trek. The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is all about going slow and enjoying nature. The locals along the trekking route are kind and welcoming. You meet with Tamangs and Sherpas. Tamangs, especially in this region are descendants of Tibetans. So, their culture and practices are somewhat alike.
Trek to Gosaikunda lake with the natives and learn a lot about the unique mountain lifestyle. Come across gorgeous waterfalls, rivers, meadows, alpine lakes, and several species of birds, and witness huge glaciers. It's a fantastic trek with all the adventurous elements. Book Langtang Gosaikunda Trek 2022/2023 anytime with us.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a great alternative to the famous Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek. Unlike the Langtang valley trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking is rather adventurous and demanding. It's a two weeks trek in the Langtang National Park that explores the beautiful Langtang valley and the holy Gosaikunda Lake.
Major attractions of Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking
Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Syabrubesi is the starting point of Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek. Located north of Kathmandu, it takes 7 to 8 hours of drive to reach Syabrubesi. You'll drive early in the morning, and leave the bustle of Kathmandu and drive following lush green hills & terraced fields.
Passing by small rural areas, the route soon begins to unfold snow-capped mountains. It's a comfortable and scenic drive. The last part of the drive may get a little bumpy.
Langtang National Park
Langtang National Park was established in 1976. It is the first Himalayan national park in Nepal that goes above 6,450 meters. This national park has 18 ecosystems and 14 vegetation types, ranging from upper tropical forests below 1,000 meters to alpine scrub and perennial ice.
The trail ascends through lush forests of rhododendron, Chirpine, oak, and fir. Home to wildlife like snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, black beer, etc, and numerous species of birds, the trekking route is quite wild. The chances of coming across these rare animals are very low. Still, the mere possibility makes the journey exciting.
The wilderness of the Langtang region and the continuous ascends & descends through different climatic zones make the trek very adventurous. From cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, and lush forests to green pastures, frozen lakes, and glaciers, you get to have close-up views of all these natural wonders.
The trail winds through settlement areas and challenges you to live a simple mountain lifestyle. And the non-stop views of the towering mountains and remoteness of the region will quench your adventure thirst.
Beautiful villages and Tamang Community
Langtang region is known for its beautiful villages like Lama Hotel, Langtang village, Kyanjin Gompa, etc. All of these villages offer fabulous scenery. These villages are small and resided by very humble people. Most of the locals are either Sherpas or Tamangs.
Tamangs are one of the indigenous communities with a rich ancient cultural heritage. They are the direct descendants of Tibetans and follow Tibetan Buddhism. Even though Tamangs have their dialect and practices, you'll see a lot of similarities with Tibetans.
Kyanjin Gompa and Sing Gompa
Kyanjin Gompa (3,860 m) is a Buddhist monastery believed to be built 280 to 300 years ago. During your stay in Kyanjin Gompa, you explore the monastery and its nearby areas. There's a yak cheese factory and lots of amazing short hikes around the monastery. At 32,50 meters, Sing Gompa is another old monastery we visit during the trek.
Apart from these two monasteries, we'll come across many other small stupas and chortens along the trail. Likewise, there are prayer wheels, mani walls, and prayer flags too all around the trail.
Situated at 4380 meters, Gosaikunda Lake is an alpine freshwater lake and a pilgrimage site. This lake has huge religious values and is visited by hundreds of pilgrims every year. According to Hindu mythology, Gosaikunda lake is home to the god Shiva and his wife Gauri.
There's a temple at one end of the shore of the lake. Pilgrims believe diving into the lake will wash off their sins and open the gates to heaven when they die. There are many other intriguing myths and stories that you'll hear from your guide during the trek.
Stunning mountains views and heavenly landscapes
You get to see mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Yala Peak (5,500 m), Shishapangma (8,027 m), Kang Guru (6,981 m), etc on Gosaikunda Lake trekking. The landscape changes with the increase in elevation. The trail also offers stunning views of glaciers and lakes. You also witness gorgeous sunrises and sunsets throughout the trek.