Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres). Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size and has been designated a Ramsar site on 29 September 2007.

For many hundred’s of years, pilgrims worldwide have trekked to this region to pay religious respect at many of the 100 glacial fed lakes of Lord Shiva and other Deities. The lakes are situated at about 4400m. It is said that Lord Shiva, after drinking the poisons of the world, drove his three-pronged fork into the earth to drink pure water to quench his thirst or so the myth goes. The sceneries that surround the lake areas are simply amazing.

There is a large rock in the center of the lake, which is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. People often claim that they see Shiva lying in the water. Devotes gather here in hordes during the full moon night of August to take a holy dip in the lake.

This is a Pilgrimage trek that also has adventure mixed and takes you to the holy lakes of Gosainkunda. The hike also cuts across high passes with great mountain landscapes in view. It’s a perfect holiday for those seeking adventure amidst the gods of mythology in the beauty of Nepal. This trek will maybe make you a happier person as you venture out to meets the gods on the mountains of Nepal in the Lovely region of Langtang.

It brings the incredible experience of the culture of the ethnic tribe living in the region along with the joyful excitement of beholding breathtaking mountain peaks up close. While exploring Langtang Valley, Kyanging, Kyanging Ri, Laurebina La Pass, Gosaikunda, and several other places, you will be as high as 4,610 meters above the sea level with overnight stops mostly below 4,000 meters. The only place that you spend overnight above 4,000 meters is at Gosaikunda at the elevation of 4,380 meters above sea level.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompanied by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATM's, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour.

A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets. Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.

After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hours drive. You will witness lovely scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as the green landscape of hillock, rivers, and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards low land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. We descend to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay. 

Today our trail continues down the ridge until we come to the east that drops sharply off the ridge and through a dense forest. 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.

Towering walls close in and our paths will skirt precipitous drops, which fall into a silt-laden river below. Cross a bridge (1960m) over a tributary of the Langtang Khola and then climbs up from the river and in an hour, shortly after the trail levels off, we join the old Langtang trail from Sherpa Gaon and Syabrubesi. Another hour from this trail junction brings us to the Lama Hotel in the tiny village of Chon gong. Overnight at Tea house. 

We continue ascending from Lama Hotel and enjoy the mountain landscape with abundant waterfalls. As we reach the green meadows of Ghoda Tabela, we begin to see the white peaks of the Langtang range. Our trail continues to climb up the widening valley, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders. We pass a Buddhist monastery before reaching the Langtang village which was affected by the April 2015 earthquake. We continue on our trail to Mundu. Overnight in Mundu.

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyangjin Gompa, a principal monastery of the region. We pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. We also pass by the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. After the short trek, we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Buddhist shrine in Kyangjin Gompa and surrounding areas with the amazing views of the mountains.

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 the 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 make a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided trips, the surrounding areas of North having many smaller isolated valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.

We begin our trek after breakfast and retrace our steps to Lama Hotel. Most of the trekking today will be downhill as we pass through forests and beautiful Tamang villages. We also get to enjoy different view of the Himalayas that we had missed climbing up. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

We begin our trek with a climb up to 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. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.

Today will be a short walk but it is important to not reach Gosaikunda today because the steady gain in altitude will help us acclimatize better to the high altitude. After trekking for a while we pass by a chorten and a checkpoint. From the checkpoint, we move south and pass by Garta Village and Phulung Monastery before reaching Shin Gompa to spend the night.

Today we get to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We follow a ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes. The third lake, Gosaikunda (4380m), is of particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and is one of Nepal’s most sought after pilgrimage sites. 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. The large rock at the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. Overnight in Gosaikunda.

We move around the lake’s shore before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass (4610m). The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La (pass) and descends to the Melamchi valley. The trail is rough and crosses moraines, but is well marked with cairns. We pass through three more small lakes before reaching the pass. We climb a small hill and enjoy excellent views of the area. Our trail passes through Surya kunda before reaching Ghopte. Overnight in Ghopte.

We walk uphill and downhill on a trail that passes through dense forests. Walking on a trail through the forest will take us to Thare Pati Village. We climb a ridge above the village and continue our trek. The view from the ridge of the Nepalese hills and Soli Danda in particular is beautiful. We cross two suspension bridges before reaching Melamchigaon which is a beautiful village that houses a monastery. Overnight in Melamchigaon.

We pass a stupa and cross a small stream below Tarkeghyang. Our trail passes through forests that lead up to Ama Yangri which is the highest point of our trek today located at 3,800m. There is a stupa and Buddhist prayer flags at the top of the hill. Furthermore, we get stunning views of Mt. Shishapangma and the Langtang ranges.

The mountains are so close that we feel that we can almost touch them. As we descend we can often see yaks grazing in the bushes before entering a forest. We also walk on a trail made of broken stone before reaching Tarkeghyang which is a beautiful Sherpa village. Overnight in Tarkheghyang.

We begin our trek after breakfast. The trail is easy and passes through lush forests. We also pass by beautiful villages, chortens, a monastery and a mani wall before reaching Sermathang. It’s a beautiful Sherpa Village with incredible views of Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal and the Langtang ranges. On a clear day, we can even see Mt. Everest in the distance. Overnight in Sermanthang.

We trek through meadows, fields and beautiful villages to reach Melamchi Bazaar. From here we drive to Kathmandu and reminisce about our trip in the Langtang and Helambu regions. After reaching Kathmandu, we freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by WPP to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Leisure day at Kathmandu. You can ask your guide to take you on a sightseeing trip inside Kathmandu Valley. On this day you can go to the various museums around the valley including the Narayanhiti Museum which earlier used to be the residence of the last king of Nepal. You may also go to the hilltop of Nagarkot. After some sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the valley, you will have a farewell dinner and enjoy with your Nepali friends and guide. You might even make plans for extending your stay for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and more with your guide.

Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours earlier than your flight time with a hope to see you again. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

  • Airport – Hotel transfers in KTM
  • Hotel in KTM for 2 nights pre and two nights post trek (total 4 nights), including breakfast on a twin-sharing basis
  • City tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swyambhunath
  • Transportation, tour guide and entrance tickets during the city tour
  • Entrance Fee
  • Langtang National park entrance fees
  • Teahouse trekking accommodations including food
  •  Guides & porters during the trek.
  • Wongchhu Peak Promotion duffel bag and trekking map.
  •  Salary & insurance for all Nepali staff.
  •  Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks on trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • All personal expenses, including Nepal Visa (for country entrance)
  • Personal medical and evacuation insurance
  • All other additional charges for additional services ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, Shower, WIFI etc)
  • Tips for guides and porter 
  • Personal purchases.

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment

Quantity

Waterproof Hiking shoes

1 pair

Changing shoes / sandal

1 pair

Shocks

3 pairs

Warm trousers

2 piece

Warm pants

2 pairs

T – shirts

5 piece

Long underwear

1 pair

Sweater

1 piece

Warm fleece Jacket

1 piece

Baseball hat

1 piece

Warm hat

1 piece

Waterproof pant and jacket

1 pair

Good gloves for trek and climb

2 pair

Sleeping bag

1 piece

Personal back pack

1 piece

Duffel bag

1 Piece

Sun glass

1 piece

Sun block cream

1 piece

Head lamp / torch

 

Water  bottle -1 liter bottle

2 piece

Trekking poles

1 pair

Tooth brush and tooth paste

 

Extra  batteries for head lamp/ torch and camera

 

Extra film rolls/ memory cards (if digital camera )

 

Battery charger ( if digital camera)

 

Towel

1 piece

Lip guard

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Personal first aid kits

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Rain coat

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Destination: Nepal
Region: Langtang Helambu Region
Altitude: 4380 M
Season: Spring / Autumn
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Hotel & Lodge
Duration: 18 Days

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