Duration: 15 Days
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Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a journey combining two different destinations of the Langtang region. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek provides you with an opportunity to experience the diverse side of nature from lowland valleys to high altitude glaciers, deep gorges, yak pastures, and insight into Buddhist religious traditions. Situated in the northeast part of central Nepal, the trek includes hikes on the rugged terrains of mid-hills, high altitude climbs, glacial lakes, ancient ethnic villages, and lush green forests. Starting from the trail to Langtang Valley, taking you to one of the highest settlements of the region, Kaynajin Gompa, the trek also includes climbing the high hilltop Tsergo Ri above the elevation of 4500 m. After the Langtang valley, the trail switches its way to Gosaikunda, leading you to the sacred Gosainkunda lake, an alpine freshwater lake high up in the mountains at an elevation of 4,380m. The trek also holds significant cultural and religious essence, as the Langtang valley is close to the border of Tibet, where one can witness the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle up close. Gosaikunda Lake is one of the holy places for Hindus and Buddhist devotees around the world.
The 15-day long trek starts with a welcome dinner and cultural show in Kathmandu. The initial starting point of the trek is Syabrubesi from where the real trek on foot begins. Heading to Kaynjin Gompa first, you'll pass through Lama Hotel and Langtang valley. After the exploration of Kaynjin Gompa and climbing Tsergo Ri, you'll head toward Gosaikunda lake. The trail retraces its way back to Lama hotel and then switches its way to Thulo Syabru. From Thulo Syabru, you'll pass through Shin Gompa before making it to Gosaikunda lake. On your way back, you'll follow the trail through Chandanbari and then to Dhunche from where one day's drive leads you back to Kathmandu. Overall, the Langtang Gosaikunda trek is an ideal journey for people seeking an off-beaten path to the exhilarating Himalayas of Nepal with a perfect blend of nature and culture.
Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
Welcome to Nepal! This is your very first day in Nepal. Our representative will be there at the Tribhuvan International airport to welcome and greet you during your arrival time. You'll then be escorted to the hotel in Kathmandu. After completing the necessary check-in procedures, you're free to rest for the rest of the days at the hotel. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Things to look out for:
Meet and greet at the airport.
Freshen up and rest at the hotel.
It is a day to have some final preparations for the trek. You'll first be meeting your guide. You'll be guiding you for the next 2 weeks during the trek. You'll be briefed about all the details of the trek by your guide today. After the briefing session, you'll have a welcome dinner with our team where you can also enjoy the Nepali cultural show along with the traditional Nepali cuisine. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Meeting and briefing session with the guide.
Welcome dinner and cultural show.
Keep in mind:
During the meeting and briefing session, you should feel free to ask any kind of queries to your guide as it is the last day in the city before your trek officially begins.
It is your third day in Nepal & the official start of the Langtang Gosaikunda trek. The journey today with an early morning drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. The drive today takes you through the town Trisuli before moving towards Dunche. You can get scenic views of the Trishuli River, landscape, and several small settlements on the way today. After a total drive of around 6-7 hours, you'll finally arrive at Syabrubesi where you'll be spending the night. Overnight stay at Syaburbesi.
View of landscapes & rivers along the way.
Experience the thrilling off-road ride.
Keep in mind:
The drive starts pretty smooth, but after a few hours of drive, the off-road starts. There are a few ups and downs along the way which can be thrilling and scary at times. Also, Syabrubesi is the last town before you head to the Himalayas so make sure to buy anything you need here.
Today you'll head to Lama Hotel from Syabrubesi. The walk starts with the road trails until you reach the suspension bridge which leads to a jungle trail. You will then walk on the trail alongside Langtang Khola as you ascend and descend through rhododendron forests. Soon you'll reach a place called Bamboo. From Bamboo, you'll pass through several small settlements, small bridges & waterfalls until you reach Lama Hotel. After walking for around 5-6 hours, you'll finally arrive at the Lama hotel. Overnight stay at Lama hotel.
Witness the giant waterfalls & long suspension bridges.
Pass through several small settlements.
Walk on a densely forested trail & sneak a Peak of the mountains.
The walk today involves lots of uphill stairs which can get tiring at times but make sure to enjoy the trail through serene green forests.
From Lama Hotel, today you'll head to Langtang valley. The walk starts with an ascend above the Langtang Khola from where the trail becomes steeper. On the way, you'll get to witness the first view of Mt. Langtang Lirung rising up as you continue walking through forests & open fields. After a few hours of walking, you'll reach a place called Ghoda Tabela. Further, the trail takes you to a wide valley of yak pastures and Tamang villages with prayer wheels. Before arriving at the new Langtang valley, you'll pass the old Langtang valley which was destroyed during the 2015 earthquake. Overnight stay at Langtang valley.
Walk through forests and open fields.
Spectacular view of mount Langtang Lirung.
The walk today is less than the previous day and much more beautiful as you get closer to your destination. There are several picture-perfect locations on the way today where you can get some worthy pictures. As you move closer to the Langtang valley, the sight of the old Langtang valley can be devastating for you.
It is one of the easiest walking days today of the trek. You'll head toward Kyanjin Gompa which is the last settlement in the region. Kyanjin gumba is also an important monastery in the region. You'll pass through several prayer wheels, Mani walls, open fields as you walk on a trail alongside the river. After the short trek of 3-4 hours, you'll arrive at Kyanjin gumba surrounded by mountains all around. After having lunch, you can explore the surroundings of the village, interact with the locals and learn about the traditional culture and traditions. Overnight stay at Kyanjin Gompa.
Short and scenic walk to Kyanjin Gompa.
View of mountains on the way.
Exploring the Kyanjin Gompa and surroundings.
After arriving in Kyanjin Gompa, you can also choose to go for a hike to Kyanjin Ri if you want some more walking. The round trip to Kyanjin Ri takes around 4-5 hours.
This day can be considered the highlight of the trek as you'll be heading to the highest point of the trek today. You'll begin your trek early in the morning and start the walk by crossing the Kyanjin gompa village. Leaving the settlements behind soon you'll reach yak pastures before ascending to Tsergo Ri. The climb to the top is challenging and strenuous as it is mostly uphill. But once you reach the top, you get to enjoy the magnificent views of Yala Peak (5,520m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), and Naya Khang (5,844m), etc. You can enjoy your packed lunch as you admire the majestic mountains right in front of your eyes. After spending some time at the top, you’ll descend back to Kyanjin Gompa for an overnight stay.
Majestic views of Yala Peak (5,520m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), and Naya Khang (5,844m), etc.
Uphill challenging walks.
Keep in Mind:
Along with the highlight of the trek, today can be regarded as the most challenging day as well. Remember to take in every moment as you head up closer to the mountains. Also, don’t hesitate to let your guide know if you’re having any trouble walking.
Today, you'll descend to Lama hotel from Kyanjin gompa following the same route you took to ascend. The walk begins alongside Langtang Khola as you pass several villages like; Mundu village, Ghoda Tabela & Langtang valley respectively. After total walking of around 5-6 hours, you'll arrive at the Lama hotel. Overnight stay at Lama hotel.
The trail switches its way to the Gosaikunda lake route from today as you head to Thulo Syabru from the Lama hotel. From Lama Hotel you'll start the walk taking the way to Pairo and begin the steep ascent. Moving further, you head towards the Tamang village of Thulo Syabru. After walking for 5-6 hours, you'll make it to Thulo Syabru. Overnight stay at Thulo Syabru.
Steep ascent to Thulo Syabru.
The trail today takes you to the Gosaikunda route switching from the Langtang valley route. It is an easy walk of 5-6 hours.
You'll continue your trek as you move forward to Shin Gompa today. The walk starts with a steep ascent through forests leading you to Foprang Danda. From here, the trail gets easier as you make your way to Singa Gompa. The view and surroundings of the Gompa are picturesque and scenic. After walking for around 5-6 hours, you'll arrive at Shin Gompa. Once you arrive, you can explore several monasteries in the area. Overnight stay at Shin Gompa.
The forested trail along the way.
Explore several ancient monasteries.
This is another very special day as you head toward majestic Gosaikunda lake. You'll start the walk with a climb through dense woodland leading to Cholangpati. Moving further, the trail then takes you toward Lauribinak from where you can get magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Lantang Himal, Manaslu, and the distant Annapurnas. After a few hours of walking, you'll switch the way from the tree line to open fields leading to the sacred pools of water at Gosaikunda. There are two more pristine lakes after Gosaikunda that you can explore known as Saraswaitkunda, Bhairabkunda. After exploring the surroundings of the lake, you'll head to a tea house near the lake. Overnight stay at a tea-house around the lake.
Magnificent views of mountains.
Explore the sacred Gosaikunda lake.
The surroundings of the lake area are believed to have been the temporary home of Lord Shiva which holds great importance to both Hindu and Buddhist religions.
Today, you'll descend to Chandanbari from Gosaikunda. Most of the trail today includes a downhill walk. You can enjoy the view of mountains and lakes for one last time before you head to lower elevation. After walking for 5-6 hours, you'll arrive at Chandanbari where you'll be spending the night. Overnight stay at Chandanbari.
This is the final walking day of your trek before heading back to the city. The walk today is relatively long compared to previous days but not that challenging. You'll pass through several small settlements and forests along the way as you trace your step to Dhunche. Finally, after a long walk of 4-5 hours, you'll make it to Dhunche. Overnight stay at Dhunche.
The day today starts with an early morning drive back to Kathmandu from Dhunche. It is the same trail you took on the first day of your trek. You can get scenic views of hills, rivers, and settlements during the drive. After 6-7 hours of drive, you'll arrive at Kathmandu. Once you arrive at your hotel, you can choose to take a rest or go around exploring the city. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Your trip has come to an end and finally today you'll be going back home. Our representative will be there to drop you off at the airport and bid you goodbye during your departure time.
All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
Kathmandu city tours, including tour guide, and private transportation
3 standard meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
Kathmandu-Sabrubeshi by Jeep and Dhunche to Kathmandu by Local bus
Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Langtang trip
Porter services during the Langtang Trek (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
Required Langtang Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
First aid medicine kit
Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
Government taxes & office service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Alcoholic drinks and beverages
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.