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Lay your eyes on the exquisite Langtang peaks, as you hike through forested paths, over ridges and across glacial moraines, heading towards the valley of 108 lakes, with Gosainkunda as the most sacred of all. What’s more, you will also witness the hospitality of the cheerful Tamang tribe dominant in this Langtang region.
Langtang resides north of Kathmandu, populated majorly by the ethnic groups known as Tamangs. Their culture and language is quite similar to the Tibetans and they are very helpful in nature.
This trek offers an opportunity for the adventurers and trekkers to discover the Himalayan passes, diverse ethno-culture and pristine valley. Though this trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu, it still remains relatively intact and less developed trekking in Nepal. About 7-9 days of pleasing Langtang-Gosainkunda trekking through traditional ethnic settlements and dense forest takes you the holy Gosainkunda Lake and Yak pasture of Kyangjin Gompa. Gosainkunda has become one of the holy pilgrimage sites for traditional witch doctors, Shamans, as well as many Buddhist and Hindu devotees.
You can visit the beautiful Langtang National Park and trek to the end of the valley to view the magnificent mountain views. The views of snowy mountain peaks are genuinely inspiring from this place. Travelling through Trishuli river and Dhunche to Syabrubesi, you can swing east into Langtang valley and travel up along a gorge like lower section of this valley by crossing the river. Passing through rhododendron and oak forests and even crossing Laurebinayak Pass which offer the excellent view into Tibet is really breathtaking.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/Check into Hotel (O/N)
Catch an international flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport, and then show you to your hotel room. The rest of the day is reserved for your rest.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Shopping (O/N)
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is famous for the Durbar Square site, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath and such other monuments expressing the excellence of the Nepalese art and culture. There are so many places to visit in Kathmandu alone that one day is not quite enough. All the same, our guide will have you tour through the best part of Kathmandu in a single day.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (O/N)
Enjoy the bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, traversing through a scenic landscape. In fact, you will even lay your eyes on the famous peaks of the Langtang region, notably the Ganesh Himal, Annapurna range and Manaslu, on this 7 to 8 hours long drive.
Day 04: Syabrubesi-Lama Hotel (O/N)
No more rides from now onwards. From this moment, we have hit the Langtang-Gosainkunda trail, and our destination of the day is the Lama Hotel dwelling beyond the Langtang Khola. It would take about 6 hours as we hike our way through Doman (1685m), and then across the Landslide Lodge (1810m), past the Bamboo and then across the suspension bridge over Langtang Khola, which opens up to Rimche (2400m) and then finally to Lama Hotel.
And, by the way, we will be passing thick forests of oak, rhododendron flowers and bamboos on our route, where you may catch sight of the famous red panda, black bear, langurs (a kind of a monkey) and such exotic wildlife.
Day 05: Lama Hotel-Langtang Valley (O/N)
Climb up for just a couple of hours, and you will reach Ghora Tabela (2970m). At this point, your National Park entry card will be checked, and you will resume your hike walking through a path adorned with Tibetan prayer flags and prayer wheels. In no time, you will hit the soil of Langtang valley (3430m), headquarter of the Langtang National Park. If there are any plant-lovers among you, then let me inform you that Langtang valley is the treasure trove of unique alpine plants. Rest here for the night.
Day 06: Langtang Valley-Kyangjin Gompa (O/N)
Make way across yak pastures and climb through a glacial moraine, with Mani walls and chortens (Buddhist shrines) upon the way. You will soon reach a wooden bridge, beyond which is the famous Kyangjin Gompa (3740m). It’s an awesome place, with an ancient monastery, a scenic landscape around it and a delicious cheese factory. So, ready your camera and say cheese!
Day 07: Hiking upto Chorkari Ri, Return back Kyangjin Gompa (O/N)
This is sort of an exploration-cum-acclimatization day. We can hike to the nearby hills, especially to the Chorkari Ri/Tsergo Ri (at an altitude of 5050m), from the top of which we can witness the amazing panorama of the great Langtang peaks, especially that of the Langtang Lirung (behold the dramatic sight of ice chunks flowing off its peak), Gyanghempo, Langshisha Ri, Yansha Tenji and Nayakang. Lay around for a while to capture the exotic sunset, and then you can move back to your lodge at Kyangjin Gompa.
Day 08: Kyangjin Gompa-Lama Hotel (O/N)
Retrace your step back to Lama Hotel, traversing once again across the Langtang village and Ghora Tabela (lunch here). It will be an easy trek downhill and, in about 6 or 7 hours, you will be back at your lodge in Lama Hotel.
Day 09: Lama Hotel-Thulo Syabru (O/N)
From Lama Hotel, we will now backpedal through the familiar forests and arrive at Bamboo, A quick lunch here and we will be climbing downhill until we stumble upon two trails, one going all the way back to Syabrubesi and the other heading towards Thulo Syabru (the Gosainkunda trail). We hit on the latter trail, making way to the prosperous Tamang village of Thulo Syabru (2250m). Discover the cultures and lifestyle of the cheerful Tamang people as you spend the night in Thulo Syabru village.
Day 10: Thulo Syabru-Sing Gompa (O/N)
Make way through a thick forest of firs, oaks and hemlocks; the path will eventually take you to the top of a ridge at the Foprang Danda (excellent view of Langtang range and Ganesh Himal). In a while, the path will unfold at the neighborhood of Sing Gompa (the place is actually called Chandanbari but the fame of the monastery, Sing Gompa, precedes it), where there’s yet another delicious cheese factory for you to get some healthy fats on.
Day 11: Sing Gompa- Laurebinayak -Gosainkunda (O/N)
The incredible sight of Mt Manaslu (8256m), Ganesh Himal (7406m) and Himal Chuli (7893m) will accompany us as we hike through a rugged and steep trail heading towards the small town of Laurebinayak (3920m). We take a quick peek at Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda, and hurry over to the holy lake of Gosainkunda (4380m), where thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to bath in the sacred water during the August festival. By the way, besides the three important lakes mentioned above, this region has around 108 lakes in total.
Day 12: Cross Gosainkunda Pass on the way to Ghopte (O/N)
Today we enter the Helambu region (known for their ethnically rich Sherpa settlements and scenic Himalayan landscapes) through the Gosainkunda Pass (4610m). Traversing down three lovely lakes, across a moraine, we will arrive at Laurebina La (4610m), and then we descend down to Bhera Goth (4240), then to Phedi (3740m) and Dipichaur (3630m). Just one more descent, and you will reach Ghopte.
Day 13: Ghopte-Kutumsang (O/N)
The trail across the moraine is filled with ups and downs but you will eventually climb over to Thadepati (3690m), from which point two trails unfold. We ignore the one pointing to Melamchi Gaun, and take the other trail leading towards Kutumsang, traversing down a forest (blooming with rhododendrons and firs) and stopping for lunch at Magen Goth (3420m).
Day 14: Kutumsang-Chisopani (O/N)
It’s gonna be all downhill today. We start with a descent down to the charming hamlet of Gul Bhanjyang and hike through the forested ridge towards Chipling. The next descent, a steep one, will land us on the Brahman-Chettri settlement of Pati Bhanjyang. A little further ahead is Chisopani (translates to “cold water” in English). Overnight at Chisopani (2134m), and make sure you catch the exotic sunset over the Himalayas.
Day 15: Chisopani-Sundarijal, Drive back to Kathmandu (O/N)
This will be our last hike of the langtang Gosainkunda trail. We will be marching through the jungle of Shivapuri National park, climbing up the Borlan Bhanjyang, descending to Mulkharkha, and walk through the pleasant path of Sundarijal. Next we catch a bus, and then enjoy the ride back to Kathmandu, where your international flight awaits you. Namaste!