Langtang Valley Gosainkund trek leads you to scenic and picturesque country in complete wilderness, situated in Central Himalaya. Langtang Valley Gosainkund trek offers super views from Ganesh Himal (7,405 m) Langtang Lirung (7,234 m) 08th highest Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna I (8,091m) Annapurna South (7,219 m) towards west, Ghengu Liru or Langtang II (6,571m / 21,560ft), Kimshun (6,745m) Shalbachum (6,918 m) to the south, includes Naya-Kanga (5,846m) Gangchempo, Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond it extends towards Jugal Himal, terminating in Dorje Lakpa (6,980m). To the east the upper meadows of the Langtang end in a massive mountain wall, forming frontier with Tibet.
The complex topography and geography together with varied climatic patterns have enabled Langtang a unique spot in the Himalaya, with wide spectrum of vegetation type, include small areas of subtropical forest (below 1000 m), temperate oak and pine forests at mid-elevation, with alpine scrub and grasses giving way to bare rocks and snow. Oaks, chir pine, maple, fir, blue pine, hemlock, spruce and various species of rhododendron make up the main forest species.
Langtang Valley Gosainkund trek at present listed as third popular adventure destinations of Nepal after Annapurna & Everest region. This wonderful country provides a strong habitat to some of the rare Himalayan wildlife the snow leopard and Red Pandas with exotic bird life as well.
Our drive ends at Syabrubesi village to commence our adventure towards Langtang valley, Langtang and Rasuwa district home of the hill tribe “Tamang” originally migrated from across the border in Tibet in the past hundred centuries. Trek leads towards cooler region climbing high to enter the wide and beautiful Langtang valley after walking for days in the river gorge covered in beautiful alpine forest of pines and rhododendron trees with rare wildlife including Red Panda and various species of bird life.
Our next adventure leads towards holy Gosainkund Lake walking down and ups after Lama Hotel and Thulo (Upper) Syabrubesi and Singh Gompa heading higher up at Laurabina ridge with views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and as far to Annapurna range of mountains towards far west.
Finally ending the scenic and tough walking day in Gosainkund Lake at 4,381 m / 14,375ft high, a holy spot where Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim visits here for a dip in the icy lake with a belief that washes sin of a hundred lifetime the main pilgrimage hosted in the month of August as per Hindu Lunar calendar. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake where Trisuli River originates from this glacial ponds of Gosainkund. It is believed to have originated from digging the soil with Trishul (holy 3-pointed sword) by lord Shiva after he drank poison from samudramanthan (sea- churning) and desperately wanted cold water to drink to dilute the poison, quenching the overwhelming heat of the poison. The large rock in the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine and it is claimed channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan around Kathmandu valley.
From the moment on landing at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive you with a warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After refresh join the other group member for trip orientation and briefing by our guide / leader regarding trek, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trip preparations.
In Kathmandu morning sightseeing tour at places of interest, Kathmandu is steeped with historical and cultural monuments listed in World Heritage by UNESCO, all tour accompanied by expert cultural tour guide, after a great time back to hotel, afternoon free at leisure and trek preparations.
Starting Langtang & Gosainkund adventure with an overland drive towards interesting villages and towns and fabulous scenery of hills, farm terraces and snow capped peaks, after warm sub tropic area reaching cooler region at Langtang National Park in Dhunche 1,950 meters, a major town of Rasuwa district and Langtang area, inhabited with Tamang people.
From driving downhill for next 2 hours to our overnight stop at Syabrubesi the gateway to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and to Tibet border at Kyarong.
First day walk of this adventure leading to a bridge over Langtang Khola (river) later joins Trisuli River downstream. From here with uphill climb through scattered farm villages and terraces, and into a cool shade of forest reaching at Riverside a small settlement with few simple lodges, where the path from Upper or Thulo Syabru meets, after a rest or lunch break trek continues with a climb through beautiful forests of rhododendron, pines, bamboo tree lines, Langtang area is famous for rare and elusive Red Panda and other wildlife’s, after a good day’s walk reaching at Lama Hotel located in between forest surrounding and by the Langtang Khola with 5-6 simple lodges.
Morning walk heads higher up through the river gorge in the middle of enchanting woodlands of tall trees of pines, rhododendron and following the river upstream passing few houses and cattle herders shelters and then to more cooler place at Ghoretabela for lunch break in beautiful forest surrounding with few lodges around. From here another 2-3 hours of good walk and the leaving the tree lines behind reaching at Langtang village for overnight stop, the last village before Kyanjin. Here explore this interesting village of Tamang and Bhotias people of Tibetan origin with similar life style of Tibet religion and culture.
After a wonderful stop in this last village, while other up are temporary settlement of yak herders and lodge to serve the trekkers, moving on the winding up trail and then the gorge opens to a wide beautiful valley with awesome views of snow capped peaks that lines this Langtang valley, walking on encountering few prayer or mani walls and then reaching our first destination of this trip at Kyanjin Gomba for two nights in this lovely valley surrounded by many peaks around with Langtang Lirung glacier just close by from the lodges and a cheese processing factory established some 35 years ago with help of Swiss assistance.
A perfect spot for rest day to acclimatize at this high altitude before our next higher journey to Gosainkund and beyond, here many places for short hike and climb like to the hill top of Tsego and Kyanjin ri at over 4,000 meters top for better panorama of surrounding mountains.
From view point hill overlooking at Langtang Himal, beyond which lies Tibet. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425m / 23,765ft) Kimshun (6,745m / 22,137ft) and Shalbachum (6,918m / 22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak.
Beyond it continues to the Jugal Himal, ending with Dorje Lakpa (6,980m / 22,929ft), extending further east on the upper meadows of the Langtang range ends in a huge and massive mountain wall, forming the border with Tibet.
Morning catching the last view of this wonderful surrounding and high snow capped mountains in amazing Langtang valley, then heading downhill for another adventure on route Kathmandu, walk leads on the same route till Lama Hotel after a long descend with few short ups in between the walks.
From Lama Hotel our journey leads to alternative route towards Upper Syabru also called as Thulo Syabru, morning walk a short downhill to Riverside and Bamboo area with small lodge, teahouses in the middles of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo forests, after short rest here walk continues leading uphill to the ridge of Upper Syabru passing few farm lands and a big landslide section and then to Thulo Syabru village where the traditional Tamang houses are linked together like a long locomotive with beautiful carved windows and doors, this village with 6-8 good lodges and a monastery above the village.
After this nice village walk leads to more climb through enchanting dense forest of lovely rhododendron, oaks and pine trees with views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal and as far towards west peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya, although a steep climb but interesting walking into this beautiful forest where more than 10 varieties of rhododendron species exists around this thick woodlands, passing summer pasture and shades of cattle herders and then on the pleasant winding trail to Singh Gomba / Chandanbari village with cheese factory and an old monastery at the top of the village.
Today, walk leads to our next destinations and one of the highlight of this great journey, morning walk leading to an uphill through beautiful alpine coniferous forest with views of Annapurna, Manaslu Mountains towards North West and of Langtang Himal range ahead north, walk passes few settlement with small lodges and huts at Laurabinaya where tree line stops with only few bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendrons.
Walk continues with a climb reaching the top notch of west Laurabinaya pass at 3,932 meters via Cholang Pati and Laurabinayak from here heading with short descend and then to holy Gosainkund area at first reaching Saraswati and Bhiarav kund and short climb to the main huge pond at Gosainkund for overnight stop, a fascinating place with ambiance environment surrounded by high Rocky Mountains, afternoon a short walk around the lake and to hill top for impressive views of mountains of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. This place regarded holy for hundreds of years where thousands of Hindu pilgrims, as well Buddhist and Shaman (Witch Doctors) visits here on festival held around “Jani Purnima” in the month of August as per the Hindu / Buddhist Lunar calendar
From holy Gosainkund morning walk follows the pond to east direction and then a climb to a rocky ridge and a basin with two more frozen small ponds of Suraya kund, and from here on the gradual section of the walk for an hour and then with a last final climb towards the high ridge pass of another east Laurabina-La at 4,609 meters or 15, 100 feet.
After catching the panoramic views of mountains and hills a long descend to the base of this pass to Phedi (bottom or base) with few lodge and teahouses serving travelers and trekkers using this way to Gosainkund. After a time here walk continues on the good trail and back into tree lines of lovely juniper, rhododendron and pines after few of steady walk reaching to the overnight stop in a small place of Ghopte Odar (over hanging cave) with small and simple lodges and teahouses.
After a great moment being on the highest spot of this trek around Gosainkund area, morning walk leads further east and to south directions reaching at Tharepati at 3,597 meters on route to Helambu, Gosainkund and Kathmandu, a small settlement located on a ridge with great views of snow capped mountains, rolling hills and valleys, after a lunch break here continue walk with a long descend through nice dense forest to Kutumsang village, a farm place with Sherpa, Hyalmo and Tamang people.
Morning walk leads to Gul Bhanjyang village on route Kathmandu, starting with a gradual winding path through farm and small forest area with more descend passing many small villages and farm fields with terraces and finally ending the day walk at Gul Bhanjyang village for overnight stop.
Today walk leads to more villages and awesome scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes with high Himalayan mountains, walk with short climb and then on the gentle trail for hours and then heading downhill to a nice Hindu village of Patbhanjyang located on a basin between hill ridge with tremendous views of green valley with rolling green hills, dramatic contrast with high snow capped peaks. From here another two hours walk with a short steep climb to Chisopani Danda for last overnight stop of this remarkable adventure. This beautiful spot with nice 5-6 lodges with overwhelming panorama of mountains with stunning sunrise views over chain of mountains from Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang Himal and towards Jugal Himalayan range.
After catching the striking views of sunrise over range of snow clad peaks, morning walk leads to a long downhill through enchanting forests and farm lands and Tamang villages and reaching at upper Sundarijal (beautiful water) as this place supplies pure drinking water to the urban areas of Kathmandu valley, from here another hour of downhill brings to the road head at Sundarijal town for a short drive back to Kathmandu from this town at North East of the valley rim, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels around Thamel area, with whole day free for individual activities.
Destination Holidays allows a spare or free day to relax and catch up with dairy, on this spare day one can book for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan all these cities listed in world heritage sites, some of the monuments has been damaged from recent 25th April / 12th May 2015 earthquakes.
Today, last day in Nepal with great memories and amazing experience trekking Langtang Valley & Gosainkund, our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.
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