Langtang Gosaikunda Trek – 14 Days

Accommodation  : We will be staying at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.
Meal                         : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common
International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.
Duration                 :  14 Days
Arrival                     :  In Kathmandu
Departure              :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to          :   March to May & Sep to Oct
Max. Altitude        :   8,481 m
Group Size             :   3-13 people
Transportation    :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

 

 

 

 

 

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Description

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is an interesting village which lies on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is sacred place for Hindus where thousands of Hindus make a holy people to pay respect to the god Shiva. It is situated at the height of 4380 metres from sea level, and melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River. The lake remains frozen for 6 months in winter october to june. In fact there are 108 total lakes, small to medium in this area and also the challenging Laurebina La/Gosaikund pass (4,610m) and descends drastically through the forestland of Helumbu valley to Sundarijal. if you prefer langtang gosaikund & Helambu valley trekking will be possible if you wish to visit the Opposite of the Kutumsang and sundari jal. This amazing adventure combines the diversity of spectacular views of the Himalayas with a vast number of exciting ethnic encounters. The highlights of Langtang Circuit trek are numerous however the main areas of interest are the rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls flowing over mammoth boulders, a chance to bathe in soothing hot springs, magnificent views of the snow covered white giant Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft), Visiting the holy lakes of Gosainkund. Langtang Gosainkunda Trek offers an opportunity for the trekkers to interact beautiful Tamang village, animals including Red Panda, Pika, Muntjac, Musk deer, Himalayan black Bear, Himalayan Thar and Ghoral, and other wild animals,  Spectacular mountain view of Langtang Lirung(7,200m), Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Mt. Gaurishankar (7134 m) Ganesh Himal(7422m), Langshisa Ri (6427m).

Trip Facts

Duration                 :    14Days
Arrival                    :    In Kathmandu
Departure               :    From Kathmandu
Accommodation    :   3 * Hotel in Kathmandu and guest house/tea house on entire your treks.
Meals                     :   Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals entire your trips
Best Time to go     :   March to May, September to November
Trekking                :   Guest house /Tea house
Max. Altitude         :   8,481m
Group Size             :   3-13 people
Transportation        :    Domestic Flight

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 :Greetings at Kathmandu Airport. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.

Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi(1610m) by Bus. 7 hours driving. O/N at guest house.

Day 03:Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama hotel (2480 m.) Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 04:Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3541 m.) Walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 05:Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2.30-3.30 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 06:Acclimatization / Exploration day in Kyanjin (3870m) O/N at guest house.
Day 07:Trekking back to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 6 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 08:Trek from Lama hotel to Thulo Syabru (2200 m.) Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 09:Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3580 m.) Walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 10:Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4381 m.). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 11:Cross over the Lauribina pass (4600 m.) descend to Ghopte (3420 m.) Walking 6:30 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 12:Trek from Ghopte to Kutumsang(2540m) Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 13:Trek from Kutumsang to Chisopani (2110m) Walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house.

Day 14:Trek from Chisopani to Sundari jal and drive by car to Kathmandu for half an hour. Walking 4 hours and driving for half an hour. O/N at Hotel

Day 15:Transfer to Tribhuwan international airport for your final departure.

 

Briefing Itinerary

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. A Global treks & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you ensure every details is in place or area. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.

Day 02 : Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1462m/4795ft) (6:30 hours)
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi by bus via Trisuli Bazar and Dhunche( popular town). You will witness nice scenery of White Mountains of Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks are visible from Kakani (along the route) and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers, village, while driving to Syapru bensi. Syabru bensi is an attractive village with large stone houses.

Day 03 : Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2510m/8232ft) Walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.
Today the trail goes following the raging Langtang stream and that we bit by bit ascent to Ghoda
From Syabrubensi we begin our trek by following the Langtang River, a river we will be following over the next few days, all the way to the head of the valley. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trails ascent ridge to Paira Lodge and after Paira Lodge, the trails, gradually ascent until to New Bridge and the trail climbs up to Rimche and after 40 minutes, we get then to Lama Hotel. This day, you might be feel wilderness and might get opportunity to see wild animals like monkeys, red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears etc.

Day 04 : Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3541 m.) Walking 6 hours, O/N at guest house.
Today the trail goes following the raging Langtang stream and that we bit by bit ascent to Ghoda Tabela (3030m) through the Bamboo and Oak forest. The tantalizing glimpse of snow capped peaks start appearing along with fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m).The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the trail across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat- roofed Tibetan style house and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village is worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.

Day 5: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2.30-3.30 hours, O/N at guest house.

The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten. It then climbs gradually past an impressive mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are interesting also because of the famous Government operated Cheese factory. We have chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, it is remarkable of this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).

Day 6: Acclimatization / Exploration day in Kyanjin (3870m) O/N at guest house.
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking .We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to do a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided trips, the surroundings areas of North having many smaller uninhabited valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.

Day 7: Trekking back to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 6 hours, O/N at guest house.

Have your breakfast with observing surrounding genetic snowy capped mountains breathtaking view. We will follow the same trail back following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After having a lunch stop continue steep descend to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.

Day 08: Lama Hotel to Thulo Sybru Village (2210m7248ft)
From Lama Hotel the trail descends till Paira Lodge. Then the trail ascent through the forest after crossing the river, climbing to Syabru Village.

Day 09: Sybru Village to Sing Gompa (3210m/10528ft)
Passing Schools and gompas the trail ascent through the forest of hemlock and oak until trail Dursagang (2660m). Then the trail gradually ascent through forest Sing Gompa. Sing Gompa is popular for Yak cheese factory and Buddhist monastery.

Day 10: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4380m14366ft)
The trail climbs gradually up to Lauirbina Yak (3920m). From Lauirbina Yak, you can see panoramic mountain views of Nepal and Tibet Himalayan range. Then continue trek up to a small temple with a statue of Sakyamuni and further climbing you can see good views of Saraswati kunda and Bhairav Kunda and reach to Gosaikund.

Day 11: Gosaikunda to Gopte (3440m/11283f)
The trail leads to the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake and passing three more small lakes; you will reach Laurebina pass (4610m15120ft). The trail descends to Phedi (3740m). We continue trek to Ghopte with following up and down trail.

Day 12: Ghopte to Kutung sang(2621m/8596ft)
From Ghopte, the trail ascent from and again trail ascent to Tharepati. The trail descends through fir and rhododendron forest observing the beautiful mountain views of Mt. Dorje Lakpa range on its way to Khutumsang (2450m).

Day 13: Kutung sang to Chisopani(2194m/7196ft)
The trail descends to the delightful hill village of Gul Bhanjyang. And again trail ascent until Thodang Betini and we continue trek down to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m) and exploring a Brahman and Chhetri village. Then the trail proceeds to Chisopani.

Day 14: Chisopani to Kathmandu via Sundari jal.
The route goes forward through the forest of oak and rhododendron, and brings you to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m). After we trek down to Mulkharka (1800m) from where you can see spectacular view of Kathmandu valley. Descending through the forest to Sundarijal. And we drive back to Kathmandu by car. O/N at Hotel,

Day 15: Transfer to Tribhuwan international airport for your final departure.

Global  treks & Expedition Team say good bye and take you to the airport to catch your flight back to your home.

Included Cost

•    Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
•    Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
•    Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
•    All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
•    Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
•    Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide.
•    The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
•    Langtang  National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
•    Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff..
•    Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Global Treks. (which need to be returned after finish the trek).
•    Transportation Kathmandu to sabrubeshi to kathmandu.
•    Surface transfer  from  Airport and to Kathmandu hotel.
•    Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
•    Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on before your departure at your final destination. (On Day 15th).
•    All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
•    Official expenses.

Excluded Cost

•    Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
•    Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
•    International airfare and airport departure tax .
•    Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
•    Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
•    Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
•    Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
•    Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Equipment Description

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people .

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Buprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

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