Langtang & Gosaikunda Trek

Trip Overview

The Langtang Gosaikunda trek is to the north of the valley of Kathmanduand passes through lush forests, quaint villages, abundant wildlife and provides great views of the majestic Himalayas. We start the trip by driving to Syabrubesi and the next day start the hike passing through small Sherpa villages, crossing rivers to reach Lama Hotel. In the next few days as we climb gradually we get fantastic views of the Himalayan rages, pass and stay in quaint and beautiful village of Langtang to reach Kyanjin Gompa.  From here we have options of doing hikes around the surrounding hills including the hike to Tserko Ri. From there we get tremendous views of the Langtang Lirung (7,200m/) range. 
Next, we continue trekking in the beautiful Langtang Valley and reach Gosaikunda which is a revered place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. We cross over to Helambu region and enter into Tharepati via  Lauribina La pass (4610 m) and spend the last day at Kutumsang before driving back to Kathmandu


Day 1

Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day. 

Day 2

Am: Sightseeing (optional) PM: Trek Briefing/Last Minute Essentials Purchase
Overnight: Hotel
In the morning, travel through time as you explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit the temples and palaces of the Durbar Square with beautiful architecture, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple) and watch the Kathmandu Valley atop a hill. In the evening a short brief about the trek and allow time to purchase last minute essentials.

Day 3

Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Drive Duration: 6-7 Hours
Today we drive heading north on the windy road running following the Trisuli river to Syabru Besi the starting point of your trek. The drive takes approximately 6 to 7 hours covering approximately 120 kilometres. Upon arrival at Syabru Besi, we check in to the lodge for the night. Rest of the day is free to explore.

Day 4

Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
Overnight at the Lodge.     Trek Duration: 5 ½ – 6 Hours approx.
Today’s trail starts meandering through the cool deciduous forests of oak and maple that cover the lower sections of the valley and climbs through massive stands of spruce, fir and blue pine. We cross through the village of Thulo Syabru and descend to the Langtang Kola. Slowly the trail climbs gently through the forest with the river (Langtang Khola) flowing beside us. We pass through the Sherpa Gaon /village from where we descend down a mountain path nearing the Langtang Khola and after passing the cattle pastures join the main trail from Syabru. Thereafter simply follow the Langtang Khola along a gentle climb to the settlement of Lama Hotel, a name given to this settlement after the first hotel “Lama Hotel” was established to cater to the individual trekking tourists.

Day 5

Trek to Langtang Village (3,430m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Trek Duration: 5 ½ -6 Hours approx.
After breakfast we continue to follow the Langtang Khola climbing steeply through hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron forest to the national park checkpoint at Ghora Tabela (2970m). At Ghoretabela (3010m) the trail leaves the forest and a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung (7246m) appears. Ghoretabela was once a Tibetan resettlement camp but is now an army post. There are few good lodges where we’ll stop for hot lunch. From Ghoretabela, cut through the cultivated fields which dot the landscape and after a short while, we start ascending and as we reach the top the forested zone ends. Now we follow a gently sloping path amid low shrubs to emerge to grassy fields. The village of Langtang appears with the outline of Ganchempo (6387m) behind it. Climb the gently rising grassy area and pass below a monastery to enter Langtang, a large Sherpa village, where the houses are enclosed by stone walls.

Day 6

Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Trek Duration: 3- 3 ½ Hours approx. (Kanji Ri climb additional 3 ½ – 4 Hrs both ways)
After breakfast set out through the village and after a short climb arrive at a Chorten. From this point there is an amazingly long Mani stone wall which is truly a memorable sight. Continue along a gently sloping path atop terraced hills and after passing two villages of Mudum and Sindum, the valley widens and becomes U – shaped. After crossing a wooden cantilever bridge over Langtang Khola, we reach a wider valley scattered with large boulders to a moraine. Here we gain the first views of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6781m) to the north. PM: You have the option to rest amidst the mountain scenery or climb the northern flank of Kyanji Ri. From the peak you can watch the views of the Langtang Lirung (7,245m) and the Ganesh Himal in the west and the Ganjala Himal in the south and a view of the pass crossing which leads to Helambu

Day 7

Acclimatization- Explore Tserko Ri (4984m) Or Langshisa Kharka (4080 m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Trek Duration: 7 ½ – 8 ½ Hours approx. (for Tserko Ri) & 5 ½ – 6 Hours for Langshisha Kharka
We spend the whole day exploring Tserko Ri which will also help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We begin early in the morning. The trail passes through yak pastures before ascending to Tserko Ri. The sunrise view from the top of Tserko Ri is extraordinary. We get back to Kyangjin Gompa by late afternoon and explore the beautiful monastery while enjoying views of the Himalayas, glaciers, birds and yaks. OR From Kyanjin Gompa enter a wide alluvial delta. Cut across the gently undulating surface and cross a stream to arrive at an airstrip. Pass the airstrip and climb the rocky terraced hills and arrive at the stone huts of Jathang. Beyond Jathang, descend to the river bed to see the terminal moraine of the Shalbachum Glacier pushing into the valley. Cut across the grassy fields and climb the terminal moraines diagonally for a grand vista – Directly ahead in the wide mountain valley are Pemathang Karpo RI (6830m), Triangle and Pemathang ri. (6842m), to the right is Langshisa ri. Descend to Langshisa Kharka (4125m) for views of Kanshurum (6078m) and Urkinmang (6151m) at the far reaches of the Langshisa Glacier.

Day 8

Trek back to Lama Hotel
Overnight at the Lodge.     Trek Duration: 6 ½ – 7 Hours approx.
Today we retrace our route along the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela (3020m). The trail is for the most part downhill, descending to Lama Hotel and our camp for the night.

Day 9

Trek to Thulo Syabru (2200 m)
Overnight at the Lodge.       Trek Duration:  6-6 ½ Hours approx. 
After breakfast we start the ascend till we reach the Rimche Village. From here we descend to the banks of the Langtang Khola. We continue on an easy trail to Bamboo and begin ascending to Landslide Lodge. From here we continue our trek to Thulo Syabru. There are two trails as we cross another bridge. We follow the one that passes by Pahare hotel and a waterfall at 2210 m to reach Thulo Syabru.

Day 10

Trek to Shin Gompa (3584 m )
Overnight 0at the Lodge.     Trek Duration:  4-4 ½ Hours approx. 
After breakfast  we start the hike uphill to Phoprang Danda 3200 which provides spectacular views of Ganesh Himal and its surrounding Himalayas. We start the descend from here and pass Garta Village and Phulung Monastery to arrive at Shin Gompa to spend the night.

Day 11

Trek to Gosaikunda (4381 m)
Overnight at the Lodge.      Trek Duration:  5 ½ -6 Hours approx. 
In the morning we hike along the ridge and get glimpses of the holy lake along the way and  also get fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We reach Laure Binayak and can stop here for a short break before going up a steep climb to reach a Buddhist shrine. An hours walk on a gradual undulation trail  we will be able to see  the lakes of Bhairav Kunda and Saraswati Kunda.  A little uphill climb brings us to Gosainkunda. This holy lake carries a lot of value to the Hindu community. The lake is surrounded by mountains on almost all sides and has a great ensemble of nine other lakes to accompany it. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, hundreds of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath.

Day 12

Trek to Tharepati via Lauribina La pass (4610 m)
Overnight at the Lodge.     Trek Duration:  6 ½  – 7 1/2  Hours approx. 
The trail leaves Gosaikunda and climbs through rugged country, past four small lakes to the Laurebinayak La (4610meters), the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back at the spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to Ghopte. From here descend through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka. Climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Tharepati. 

Day 13

Trek to Kutumsang (2471 m)
Overnight at the Hotel.      Trek Duration: 5 Hours approx.
Our trek for today is to the village of Kutumsang is mostly downhill and through a lush sub-tropical forest. The trek is refreshing and walking down in the ridge we can have a spectacular view of DorjeLakpa and Shisha Psangma (8027 m) mountains. Crossing Magin Goth in the way we will walk further to the Kutumsang village today.

Day 14

Drive back to Kathmandu
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast board the  waiting vehicle and drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5-5 ½  hours. 

Day 15

Last minute shopping of souvenirs and transfer to TIA, Kathmandu for onward journey. Watch the Himalayas pass by as you relive the memories spent only days ago in the heart of the mountains. Relish on the achievement of a lifetime experience.

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb to May – Oct to Dec

Time Period: 14 Nights / 15 Days.

Trek Period: 11 Night / 12 Days

In Kathmandu: 03 Nights

Trek Type: Difficult

Highest Altitude: 4984 meters

Warning: Altitude Sickness

Trek Start Point: Syabru Besi

Trek End Point: Kutumsang

Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek


National Park: Langtang National Park (1710 sq. km)

Mountains: Langtang Lirung (7234 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Langtang Ri (7205 m), Loenpo Gang (6979 m) etc.

Rivers: Langtang Khola, Bhote Kosi, Trishuli etc.

Villages: Syabrubesi, Syapra Gau, Langtang, Lama Hotel, Thare pati, Tarke Gyang, Kful, Thimbu etc. 

Tribes: Mostly Tamangs & Tibetans

Forest: Of Rhododendron and Pine. 

Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

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