Langtang Valley  and Gosaikunda Trek

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  14 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  4
  •  Group Size:  10 Pax
  •  Price:  From $1200 PP., Single + $250
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse
  •  Diffculty:  Medium
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov
  •  Transport:  Private vehicle

Overview

Langtang Valley  & Gosaikunda Trek, this beautiful trekking region is the third most popular trekking area in Nepal after Annapurna and Everest region. This fascinating area located towards the north of Kathmandu at 60 km, offers a great combination of moderate and adventurous walks that lead to the high alpine valley in the close backdrop of high snow-capped peaks, in the spring season the forest of this area is alive with rhododendrons, magnolia, and other wild alpine flowers.

 

The main highlighted feature of this trek is the exotic 108 glacier lakes that are scattered around the Gosaikunda region along with surrounding the beautiful Himalayas.

 

We offer an excellent journey to Langtang Valley which includes magnificent landscapes in complete harmony with nature and in the laps of the high central Himalayan range of mountains. This adventure leads to fascinating green valleys & gorges while offering you the time to marvel the traditional culture & Buddhist religion and discover pristine forest. This is also the area of the elusive red pandas and trekking in the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himal & Jugal mountain range with beautiful Lake Gosaikunda.

Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of our representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Later in the evening, we will take you to a welcome dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Kathmandu offering typical Nepalese cuisine during which we will brief you about the trip.

    (1,300m/4,264 ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 2

    Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour through several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Part of the day will also be focused on finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will also be briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas on the following day.

    (Breakfast) (1,300m/4,264 ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 3

    Drive to Syabrubesi

    After morning breakfast we drive out in direction of the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages’ views and explorations. We will have Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we will descend down to Syabrubesi.

    (BLD) (1,550m/5,100ft) (7 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 4

    Trek to Lama Hotel

    This is our first day of trekking and it starts by following the Langtang Khola River before Passing through dense forests and Cross several suspension bridges. We also pass by tea houses. The trail goes up and down but it’s not that challenging.

    (BLD) (2,380m/7,830ft) (6 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 5

    Trek to Langtang village

    After taking morning tea, we will embark to our second day of the journey. Our trail continues along dense forests. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we will be leaving the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.

    (BLD) (3,430m/11,253ft) (6 - 7 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 6

    Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

    After taking morning tea and breakfast, we will head out of the village and pass on through yak pastures before passing by the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers scripted on it. The prayers written on the mani wall are supposed to be blown away by the wind. After that, we will Cross several wooden bridges. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air. Kanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa while enjoying the views of glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.

    Night in hotel basic accommodation.[BLD]

    (BLD) (3,870m/12,697ft) (2 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 7

    Visit to Tserko Ri and trek back to Lama Hotel

    In Early morning we will visit Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) for the sunrise views beside the mountains. After breakfast, we will proceed to Lama Hotel. Since, its mostly downhill, it is 4/ 5 hours walk from Kanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel. The trail goes all the way down hill through forest following the river. Pass through the ethnic Tamang settlements who follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans.

    (BLD) (5 - 6 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 8

    Trek to Upper Syabru

    The trek today follows the same route for an hour, then after the bridge the walk is pleasant through the rain and bamboo forest, after leaving the river down below, the climb starts uphill through the landslide area of rocks and boulders, passing through farm terraces till upper Syabru is reached; rows of houses that look like a locomotive train perched on a ridge. Syabru has a monastery near its helipad just a few minutes up from the village.

    (BLD) (2720m.) (5-6 hours) (Tea House )
  • Day 9

    Trek to Singh Gompa

    The walk from here follows the winding uphill trail above the Monastery, as the trek gains more height, superb views of Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna range in the far west can be seen as we reach higher ground. after a few refreshing stops in the teahouses en-route, our journey continues an hour uphill from the farmlands into the cool shade of alpine forest, once out of the thick forest, we come to a meadow with one or two teahouses, a lunch break can be had here depending on the availability of clean fresh water. From this spot, the walk is almost gradual with good walking through the pines and rhododendron forest with views of Dhunche town down below. On arriving at Singh gompa, the first few houses make up a cheese processing factory, & this is where we do our overnight camp near the serene Monastery.

    (BLD) (3250m) (5-6 Hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 10

    Trek to Gosainkunda Lake

    The trek today offers more spectacular views of an array of snow peak ranges that round of Lantang to the north and Ganesh-Himal range north west along with Manaslu and Annapurna range due west, the walk is gradually up in the beginning for an hour, as we enter the woodland of oaks, pines and rhododendron after being in the cool shade of the forest, we come to a clearing where one or two teahouses are located, after a brief stop here with exceptional views of the Langtang range, the trail continues uphill leaving the tree-lines and lush vegetation behind for dwarf rhododendron, juniper, and alpine shrub bushes. The walk climbs uphill passing through a few teahouses at Laurebina, with more views of the north western Himalayan range, after Laurebina, which means a place of walking sticks, which means during the auspicious times in and around August in the full moon as per the Nepali Lunar calendar, pilgrims come to pay homage and where a ritual bath at Gosainkund pond delivers a paradise for pilgrims to drink of its holy water for which the legend says it relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes and the Hindu pilgrims come here to change their holy threads, too.

    (BLD) (4,380m.) (6-7 Hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 11

    Trek Back to Sing

    Trek back to SHING GOMPA about 5 hour’s walk.

    (BLD) (3250m) (5 Hours) (Tea House)
  • Day 12

    Trek down hill to DHUNCHE

    Trek downhill to DHUNCHE about 4-5 hour’s walk.

    (BLD) (4-5 Hours) (Tea House)
  • 13 Days

    Drive Back to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, drive back to KATHMANDU about 7-8 hour’s drive on 4 wheels Bus/Jeep.

    (4WD) (BL) (1300m.) (7-8 Hours) (Hotel)
  • Day 14

    Departure Day

    We are saying good bye to the mountains as the journey in Nepal! If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Community Treks & Expedition (CTE) will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. [B]

     

    (Breakfast)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

What’s Included:
• Hotel in Kathmandu with 2 Stars Bed & Breakfast .For Two Night (On The Arrival day and After the Trekking).
• Your Meal (Breakfast-lunch-dinner) During the Trek ,
• One Experience Trekking guide & one porter for each person.
• All Land Transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
• All necessary paper works and Langtang National park Entry Permits.
• Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
• Insurance for Guide & Porters
• All accommodation During the Trek Available Lodge /Tea Houses.
• Airport -Hotel-Airport Transfer
• Farewell Dinner

What’s Not Included:
• Personal Equipment for Trekking/
• Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
• Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu .
• Emergency Rescue evacuation
• Tipping (Tips) For Guide& Porter
• All the Alcoholic and non Alcoholic Drinks Tea .
• Sweet things like chocolate and desert.

Tour Details

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

  • It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
  • Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

 

Culture:

 

  • Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
  • Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
  • Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
  • Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
  • Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
  • Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
  • A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
  • Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
  • Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
  • Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
  • Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
  • When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
  • Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
  • Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
  • If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
  • If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
  • Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
  • Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
  • Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
  • The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
  • Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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