Gosaikunda Langtang Trek

Duration: 14 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 4360m

Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
  • Explore the Langtang National Park, home to hundreds of flora & faunas
  • Adventurous, less crowded trails
  • Beautiful villages and Tamang Community
  • Visit Kyanjin Gompa and Sing Gompa
  • Witness stunning views from Kyanjing Ri
  • Explore the holy Gosaikunda Lake
  • Stunning Himalayan mountains views and heavenly landscapes

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.

Adventurous trails

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.

Gosaikunda Lake

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.

Itinerary

The Langtang and Gosaikunda Lake trek is a 14 Days program. The 14-day itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, plus a day tour in Kathmandu is also included on it. The Itinerary is designed in such a way that is suitable for most trekkers, However, if the offered itinerary is not suitable for you and your time frame, Outfitter Himalaya is a local company that can offer you a customized program or if you prefer to arrange the accommodations pre or post the trek yourself and book the trekking part only from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

The 14 Days Gosaikunda-Langtang Trek goes to Langtang Valley till the Kyanjing village and trek to the holy Gosaikunda Lake. We also have an itinerary only for the Langtang Valley for 12 Days and a Longer itinerary with Lauribina Pass, which is called Langtang Circuit Trek for 16 Days.

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Your trek with us begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport team will do the pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. We introduce other core team members to you. It's a leisure day, so you can relax and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Thamel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

You cannot leave Kathmandu without visiting at least a few historical sites, so we have added a guided sightseeing tour this morning. Our tour guide meets you in your hotel lobby with a car and driver. Your first visit will be to the famous Monkey Temple.

The next couple of stops are Kathmandu Durbar Square and Boudhnath Stupa and We end the tour at Pashupatinath Temple. All these temples and monasteries present you the rich Nepali cultures.

We use the late afternoon to meet with the trek guide and do preparation for the trek. There'll be a short briefing about the trek. We pack our duffel bags and check all the permits.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

On this day, we drive to Syabrubesi, from where the trek begins. The drive between Kathmandu and Syabrbesi is long but offers tempting scenery of lush green hills, traced fields, rivers, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains.

It's an adventure drive that passes through Trishuli Bazaar. From here, the road gets bumpy up to Dhunche and descends to Syabrubesi.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1500

Our first day of the trek begins early in the morning. Crossing the Bhote Koshi, we follow the Langtang river and trek through lush forests. The trail goes along the terraced fields too.

Further, we pass by the landslide area and gradually ascend to Bamboo. The next stop is Rimche, located on the bank of the Langtang river, and we walk by many small settlement areas. The trail goes along birch and bamboo forests before we reach Lama Hotel.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2480

We continue walking alongside the Langtang river and begin ascending through dense forests. The trail offers a stunning glimpse of snow-capped mountains. As we walk following the narrow river valley, the route soon opens up at Ghoda Tabela.

Here, we take a small lunch break and cross the east side of the river. The trail ascends past prayer wheels and prayer flags to Langtang village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3430

The trail ascends through isolated villages and meadows. The views of the mountains are phenomenal on this day. Crossing many tributaries and glacial moraine, we finally reach Kyanjin Gompa to spend the night.

Here, we visit the ancient Kyanjin Gompa. The walk is short today, so we take plenty of rest and enjoy the mountain views from this village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3830

Our first acclimatization day of Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is in this village. We hike to Kyanjing Ri which offers a breathtaking panorama of Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak, Kang Guru, Ganesh Himal, Sishapangma, Dorje Lhakpa, etc.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4400

We trek down to Lama Hotel today, following the same trail. The trail descends through meadows and terraced fields to a lush forest of bamboo and rhododendron.

We will probably take a lunch break at Ghoda Tabela and pass by Langtang village. From here, the trail is forested to Lama Hotel.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3480

After having breakfast, we begin descending towards the Langtang Khola. The trail then crosses a beautiful waterfall and winds through rhododendron & bamboo forests.

We may come across langur monkeys and wild boars on the way. Likewise, the view of Ganesh Himal and other mountains is commendable too. Crossing a suspension bridge, we walk and reach Thulo Syabru.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2210

The trail once again ascends past the Langtang National Park's army checkpoint. After a half-hour walks uphill, we reach Daragang. From here onwards, the route is less steep and passes through lush forests of oak and hemlock.

If we are lucky, we might get to see a red panda on this part of the route. Further, we pass by Dhimsa and reach Sing Gompa.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3350

It's an uphill walk to the holy Gosaikunda Lake. Following a barren mountain trail and enjoying fantastic views of the Langtang & Ganesh Himal range, we reach Lauribinayak.

Further, the trail gradually climbed to the lake. We have to walk for two hours on a steep trail, passing by chortens and prayer flags. Before reaching Gosaikunda Lake, the trail passes by Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4380

We follow the same trail through Lauribinayak to Chandanbari and drop down to Dhunche. Here, we end our trek. On the way, we pass by lush pine forests and get to see charming landscapes.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1960

Today, we drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu. Driving through small villages and along terraced hills, we soon begin to see the bustle of Kathmandu.

We'll drop you at your hotel. As the rest of the day is free, you can do whatever you like

Later in the evening, we will meet you over farewell dinner and also celebrate the success of our trip.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek has ended, and it's time to fly back to your home. If you have some extra days on your hand in Nepal, you can join another adventurous trip with us.

Our airport team will take care of your check-out and intentional airport transfer.

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Gosaikunda Langtang Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu includes breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek with a cup of tea/coffee at breakfast
  • National park entry permits and TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation by Local bus from Kathmandu- Syaprubesi and Dhunche to Kathmandu
  • Ten nights’ accommodations in lodges/tea houses on the trek
  • A guide and porters
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for guide and crew
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, If necessary, (returned after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Entrance fees on Kathmandu tour
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Sweet things like chocolate
  • Tips for the guide and crew
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is the Gosaikunda Lake trek?

    Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking route is moderate to difficult. The trek begins with a gentle pace and gradually ascends to high altitude, following a steep, rugged uphill path. This is a good trek for someone with previous trekking experience and physical fitness. The trek includes long walking hours.

    It's a high-altitude remote trek. Therefore, you can expect altitude sickness if your body does not acclimate properly. Our Langtang Gosaikunda Trek itinerary has ample rest days to make sure you get all the time to adjust to the elevation. Likewise, the basic accommodation and lack of modern services might make the trek furthermore challenging for some trekkers.

  • To prepare for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking, you can go on short day hikes and do activities like swimming, cycling, jogging, etc, to increase your stamina. Practice walking for 5 to 6 hours with a 5kg backpack weight a few times. Similarly, visit your doctor and learn about altitude sickness.

    For packing, our team will provide you with the equipment list. You can buy most of the trekking clothes and other essentials in Kathmandu. Also, do carry your favorite snacks and bars during the trek.

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