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This moderately challenging trek takes you to spectacular Langtang valley and to the holy, alpine freshwater lake of Gosainkunda. – 17 days.

Trip Overview

This trip is somewhat challenging. You do not need any experience but, you need to be moderately fit. You will be trekking for about 6 to 8 hours each day in well-marked trails. You should enjoy walking at high altitudes. This trip suits for those who want to get trekking experience in Nepal for the first time. This trekking trail is very accessible from Kathmandu and serves as a quick route to enter the high mountains of Nepal. The upper valley of Langtang consists of glaciated peaks, while the lower slopes are forested and full of flora and fauna. You will find two villages -Langtang and Kyanjin – inhabited by Tamangs and Sherpas. Kyanjin is home to a small monastery and a cheese factory. From Kyanjin, you can get heavenly glimpses of the hills surrounding Langtang valley. You can get to this unspoilt, serene and challenging terrain within a distance of 2 days from the main road. If you want to explore this place some more, the trek will take you to Gosainkunda through the Laurabina pass (4,610 m). The route provides a superb experience of trekking as you will be passing through various high ridges. You get to see several villages and see how Sherpas live in these inhospitable regions.

trip facts

TRIP STARTS: KathmanduTRIP Ends: Kathmandu
duration:17 Daysgrade:Moderate- Challengingmax. altitude:4130
ACCOMODATION:Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)transportation:Private car or tourist bustrip type:FOT /TH/ GAP

Note: FOT: Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek TH: Tea House (Lodge) GAP: Guide, Accommodation & Porter)

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Kathmandu and hotel transfer
  • Day 2:
    Sightseeing tours - Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan
  • Day 3:
    Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (2,000 m)
  • Day 4:
    Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2,748,m)
  • Day 5:
    Langtang Village (3,500 m)
  • Day 6:
    Kyangjin (3,800 m)
  • Day 7:
    Rest day - Kyangjin (3,800 m)
  • Day 8:
    Lama Hotel (2,784 m)
  • Day 9:
    Thulo Syabru (2,130 m)
  • Day10:
    Sing Gompa (3,254 m)
  • Day11:
    Gosainkunda (4,336 m)
  • Day12:
    Gopte (3,359 m)
  • Day13:
    Mangan Kharka (3,285 m)
  • Day14:
    Gulphu Bhanjyang (2,125 m)
  • Day15:
    Chisopani (2,194 m)
  • Day16:
    Trek concludes at Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu (1,450 m)
  • Day17:
    Depart Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1:Arrival Kathmandu and hotel transfer

    When you arrive at Airport in Kathmandu, you will find one of our office representatives, holding a card with your name on it, ready to receive you. After an introduction, our representative will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. If you have plenty of time, you may ask our representative to suggest what you can do for the remaining part of the day. They will be happy to advise you.

  • Day 2:Sightseeing tours - Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan

    Kathmandu has a quite rich historical, cultural and religious significance. Within this vibrant city, you can see a mix of cultures, religions and lifestyle. We will provide you the time to see the famous destinations within this valley. You will be visiting three UNESCO heritage sites – Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal, while Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu Temple in Kathmandu. Patan Durbar Square is full of Hindu and Buddhist monuments and other Malla Era architectural wonders. The major attractions include Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Kumbeswor Temple and Mahaboudha Temple.

  • Day 3:Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (2,000 m)

    On the third day, we will be leaving Kathmandu to Syabru Besi.The drive will last about nine hours. After driving for about 30 kilometres, we will come to see pristine villages located on the banks of Trishuli River. From here, you will see picturesque views of Himalaya that includes Mt. Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Langtang peaks.

  • Day 4:Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2,748,m)

    This day we will pass through Syabru Besi road to reach Ghopcha Khola. On the way, you can see terraced fields, along with forests full of oaks, maple, alder and bamboos. This region is home to Langur monkeys, wild boars, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan black bears and red panda. Our trekking continues, as we cross a bridge and then a stream. Along the way, we will find many tea shops. At the height of about 2,000 m, we will be passing a steel suspension bridge, and cross to the north bank of Langtang Khola(river). The whole area is just stunning as you get to see cascading waterfalls in scrub oak forest background. We will climb some more until we reach Lama Hotel.

  • Day 5:Langtang Village (3,500 m)

    Our trek starts from Lama Hotel in the morning and we will be ascending above the Langtang Khola, the trail becomes steeper, but we will be rewarded with heavenly sights of Langtang Luring (7,246 m). We continue to trek past a log bridge, across Ghora Tabela meadows at a height of 3,000 m, passing several lodges, a police check post to a wide valley consisting of Yak Pastures. You will also get to see several Tamang villages with Buddhist prayer wheels and water mills. Then, we will arrive at Langtang Village at a height of 3,500 meters. Langtang Village serves as a headquarter for Langtang National Park, and is full of Tibetan styled houses and hotels. You will also see cultivated lands here. The major yields here are buck wheat, barley, wheat, potatoes and turnips.

  • Day 6:Kyangjin (3,800 m)

    We will leave Langtang early in the morning and head to our destination for this day – Kyangjin. On our way, lie yak pastures and villages of Muna and Singdun, as our trek continues, and takes us across a wooden cantilever bridge, over a moraine to the broad valley. We will continue to ascend until we arrive at Kyangjin Gompa. You can see a government set up cheese factory and a small monastery here.

  • Day 7:Rest day - Kyangjin (3,800 m)

    We will be resting this day at Kyangjin since it is essential for acclimatisation. We will be exploring the village thoroughly. To catch glimpses of snow-capped mountains, we will be climbing Kyangjin Ri hill. We will also walk over the moraine to view the astonishing glaciers and mountain ridges.

  • Day 8:Lama Hotel (2,784 m)

    We will be taking our route back to Lama Hotel, this day. We will be following Langtang Khola as a guide, to reach Ghora Tabela. Then, we will descend through a steep trail and reach Lama Hotel.

  • Day 9:Thulo Syabru (2,130 m)

    From Lama Hotel we will descend to Thulo Syabru this day. If you are interested, you can experience and better understand Tamang culture and custom in Thulo Syabru. You can also utilise this day to bask in the sun and look at the Himalayan Ranges.

  • Day10:Sing Gompa (3,254 m)

    Our primary destination on this day is Sing Gompa. The route climbs upwards through rhododendrons, oaks and firs forest cutting across the ridge top and crossing towards the head of the valley. The trail climbs further reaching the final ridge at 3,650 meters. We will take the left of our trail and walk for about 100 meters until we reach Sing Gompa. This Gompa is the most notable place in Chandan bari, where there are many hotels and – a cheese factory.

  • Day11:Gosainkunda (4,336 m)

    We leave the Gompa behind and continue to climb a ridge to head to Gosainkunda trail. The trail ascends abruptly along the ridge and at times just on top of it. If you see thoroughly, you will see that the southern slope is dry and contains few scrubs here and there but the northern slope consists of rich and moist forests. While you are on the trails, dramatic views of Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal greet you. The trail then descends, and you will get to the Saraswati Kund, a lake. Two other lakes Bhairab Kunda and Gosaikunda follow. Gosainkunda is a pious lake and people come here for pilgrimage during the summer months. Hindu mythology says that Lord Shiva himself created this Kunda.

  • Day12:Gopte (3,359 m)

    Next, our trek continues on the northern side of Gosaikunda lake and we ascend gradually to Laurebina Le Pass at 4,610 m. The path is quite rough but it is well marked and across valley’s ridge lies step trails which descend to the valley. If you look above, you can view the giant cliffs that makeup Thare Danda, beyond it lies Gopte, our destination for this day.

  • Day13:Mangan Kharka (3,285 m)

    Our descend continues passing through juniper and rhododendron forest and the herders’ huts, then we will climb up to reach Tharepati at 3,490 m. Our trek then starts to descend again through the forest and from our path we can see Helambu valley, the Jugal Himal and Numbur of Solukhumbu. We will reach Mangan Kharka by the end of the day.

  • Day14:Gulphu Bhanjyang (2,125 m)

    This day we will start trekking from Mangan Kharka to reach Gulphu Bhanjyang. The trail is easy, and you get to see great views of Jugal and Numbur Himal along with other mountain peaks. On our way lies the Kutumsang pass at 2,620 m, after passing it we descend to Gulphu Bhanjyang – a mixed village where Tamangs and Gurungs live. This place is famous for its location because from here we can see magnificent views of Numbur Himal in the east and, Manaslu and Annapurna in the west.

  • Day15:Chisopani (2,194 m)

    After passing Gulphu Bhanjyang, our path takes us through a pass at 2,470 m, and it descends to a Tamang village called Pati Bhanjyang. We will continue forwards and reach Chisopani in about two hours. From Chisopani, we head to a high Knoll called Chisopani Danda, in which temple can is seen. We will also be able to view beautiful snow-capped mountains from here.

  • Day16:Trek concludes at Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu (1,450 m)

    As we continue our trek from Chisopani, we will be passing the cultivated fields and meadows first, then the oak and rhododendron forest to reach Burlang Bhanjyang. The ridge that we will be moving marks northern rim of Kathmandu Valley. You will now be entering Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve, to Mulkharka from where you can see Kathmandu. We descend from Mulkharka using the stairs exiting Shivapuri Reserve to Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we will take a drive to Kathmandu.

  • Day17:Depart Kathmandu

    This day will be your final day in Kathmandu, after breakfast, we will be taking you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell. We hope by then, you will have had a pleasant and joyful trip with us. If you like you can join our other tours, we will be happy to suggest.

Includes & Excludes

includes

  • English speaking local expert guide, porters
  • National park fees
  • All meals during the trek (except for GAP trek).
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
  • Accommodation during the trek (tent on a camping trek, lodge on GAP and lodge trek).
  • Three nights’ accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System fees
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Kathmandu – trek start/end point – Kathmandu private transfers.

excludes

  • Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40 per person
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Any flight & departure tax.
  • Meals during GAP trek, hot shower
  • Lunch & dinner during a stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason, table.
  • Drinks, snacks while walking
  • Your insurance.
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