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Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Trek - 16 days

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    • An exciting adventure around both scenic areas of Langtang Himal range.

    • A cultural and scenic walks to picturesque Langtang Valley at Kyanjin Gompa.

    • Enchanting forest lined with tall rhododendron, oaks, pines and fir trees.

    • Adventure to holy Gosainkunda glacial lakes on the highest spot of the treks.

    • Explore the lovely Tamang villages adorned with age-old heritage cultures. 
‘enjoy the magnificent adventure on both scenic areas of Langtang Himal’
Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Trek is an adventure that takes you to the northern central Himalayas of the Langtang Himal range. As well close to massif Ganesh and Jugal Himal, and includes an array of peaks that borders Nepal and Tibet / China.
The whole trek little less than two weeks leads you to one of the most beautiful and scenic places. An exclusive moderate to adventurous country walks around the high terrains of the Langtang Himal region. Walking into a lovely cool forest of rhododendron and pines to the scenic wide valley of Langtang. 
 Where nice Kyanjin settlement is situated, amidst Mt. Langtang-Ri and Langtang Lirung the highest mountains within the Central Himalaya range.
The first part of the journey to Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Trek follows the moderate trails on leaving Syabrubesi. After an exciting drive from Kathmandu through several interesting areas and farm villages and towns to reach Syabrubesi. The adventure from Syabrubesi leads to high hills covered in a lovely forest of rhododendron and pines towards picturesque Langtang Valley.
A wonderful place to explore its scenic viewpoints and nice settlements of Kyanjin. A perfect spot and altitude for extra free days to support acclimatization before heading towards Gosainkunda holy lake. 
Spending two overnights at Kyanjin, enjoying a short hike to the best scenic high ridges of Kyanjin-Ri or Tserko-Ri. Overlooking the glorious panorama of surrounding giant peaks that surrounds the beautiful Langtang Valley and Kyanjin settlement.
The adventure continues completing the first highlights of the trek and visiting the scenic Langtang Valley. Heading down on the same path, and then our route diverts taking an alternative trail to Thulo Syabru village. 
A lovely and interesting village to observe the local native Tamang cultures of ancient tradition and cultures of Buddhism. From Thulo Syabru village a steep climb into dense woods to reach the high small village at Sing Gompa. 
The walk leads to higher terrains following a ridge facing magnificent views of Langtang Himal with Ganesh and Manaslu Himalayas. As far as towards Annapurna Himalaya in the far west direction, includes scenery of dramatic landscapes. Slowly the climb gets steeper upon reaching on top of Laurabinaya hill, and then down and up to Gosainkunda. 
Gosainkunda the holy pond revered as a sacred pilgrimage spot for all Hindu followers, a great religious festival is held annually. During the time of Janai Purnima of a full moon, an auspicious chosen day as per the Hindu Lunar calendar.
Thousands of devotees visit to pray and worship with a dip in the holy pond of Gosainkunda on Janai Purnima. Where Hindu men change the holy treads that bound them with certain restrictions of do’s and don’ts.
Located on a basin enclosed by towering rocky cliffs and high snow peaks, the highest point of our adventure. Gosainkunda believed that at one time existed 108 lakes, at present, there are only half a dozen. 
The mythology belief is that the lakes were created by Lord Shiva with his mighty weapon the Trident.
After completing all of our highlights of the adventure, return the journey downhill to Sing Gompa and then towards Dhunche. For the last overnight halt around the high cooler hills of Rasuwa and Langtang Himal region. The next morning on the road to Kathmandu, after a wonderful adventure and experience around Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Trek.  

Important Note

Trek Mode: On best available Tea-House / Lodge basis.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous.

Highest point: At Kyanjin 3,800 m / 12, 467 feet and Gosainkunda 4,380 m / 14,620 feet high. On overnight stops.

Area of Trek: Nepal North Central Himalaya around Langtang Himal range.

Trek duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days with drives both ways.

Total Trip: 15 Nights and 16 Days from main arrival to final departures.
The Best Seasons for Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Trekking:
Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda treks for all seasons, except for the wet months of monsoon; mid-June to August. The best favored seasons are spring and autumn/fall. The spring starts from March to May when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Normally the morning till mid-afternoon days are clear for views and scenic walks can get overcast late afternoon sometime. Can expect snowfalls, with cold morning and nighttime, and the mid-hills covered in the forest will be bright with wildflowers; in seasonal bloom. Especially the rhododendron of various colors from tall trees to a bush, which is the national flower of Nepal.

The next high season is autumn/fall, from September to November, most days are fine and crystal clear. One can enjoy pleasant walks along with glorious views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. Days are much shorter due to limited sunlight hours, cold afternoons, and nights till morning time. Can get snowfall sometimes, but with a bright starry night sky. 

Culture and Religion around Langtang Region:
The native of Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda around the district of Rasuwa is populated by the Tamang people. The indigenous tribes of the Central Himalayas follow Buddhism of Mahayana sect of Nyingma or Tibetan Buddhism. 

The Tamang also practice the Bon sect of pre-Buddhism an ancient cult. Worship of nature and mountain spirits of Shamanism custom of age-old heritage. The ancient tribe migrated from Inner Mongolia through Tibet to Nepal's high hills and mountains. With a history of more than 3,000 years back, the Tamang settled in the northern hills of Kathmandu and Mid-West / East Nepal. The word Ta for Horse and Mang is a rider, hence the name Tamang or Horse rider. As they were Calvary or soldiers riding on horses, some have changed the title to Lama as well. 

The Tamang celebrates various religious events and festivals, the main events are Saga Dawa, the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. As well Sonam Lo-Shar is the New Year as per the life cycles of animals and birds. Falls around January as per the Buddhist Lunar calendar. The Tamang are farmers raising and breeding live stocks but since the arrival of foreign visitors. At present, the local economy is dependent upon tourism, as one can experience on this trek to Langtang Valley. 

All villages and every house is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags and religious monuments.

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, after clearing the visa formalities, and claiming the baggage. Head towards departure exit, where our staff receives you for a short transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed join on the lobby with other members for Langtang Valley trek briefing, provided by our guide, leader. On briefing full information of the treks, and hotels in Kathmandu as well of local cultures with do’s and don’ts. Evening a lovely dinner introduction to Nepali foods with exciting cultural programs. 

Morning after breakfast, our city / cultural guide takes you on a tour visiting world heritage sites around Kathmandu city. Includes Old Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard, residence of Living Goddess the Kumari; and to Swayambhunath Stupa with more 2,600 years of history. Then head towards holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath a huge Buddhist Stupa. After an exciting and interesting tour back to hotel, preparation and packing for trekking.

Non-essential clothing and items not required for treks, can be stored in the Hotel or with Everest Adventure Tour.  

The drive to Syabrubesi, begins the drive early morning after a good breakfast for a long journey of about six hours or more. Depending upon the road condition, as well there is two route to reach up to Trisuli Bazaar en-route to Dhunche town and Syabrubesi. Taking the shortest way head down beyond Kathmandu valley reaching a small town of Galche. From here across the bridge, and then on good road following the Trisuli upstream to warmer areas of Trisuli Bazaar, the main town of Nuwakott district. Drive continues heading along the winding uphill entering the district of Rasuwa, where air gets cooler on reaching Dhunche the headquarters town of Rasuwa and Langtang region. As well the entry point of Langtang National Park, from Dhunche on the winding zig-zag downhill to Syabrubesi, once a small farm village. At present has become into a small town enjoy the overnight in the comfort of a nice lodge or guest house. 

Morning after first overnight in hill village of Langtang Himal area, populated by the Tamang community. The native of Langtang and Central Himalayas of Tibetan origin and similar practice of Buddhism religion. As you encounter on the trek to Langtang valley at Kyanjin Gompa. Morning starts crossing the Bhote Koshi River which flows from the glacial source of Tibetan mountains. 

The uphill walk reaching a ridge and coming across a small isolated place of 
River Side, having few small lodge and Tea-House. Probably stopping for lunch break as time permits, afternoon walk with slow climb into a dense tree lines.
After few hours of afternoon walks reaching to our overnight destination at 
Lama Hotel, situated on a nice clearing. Amidst thick forest and by the river side, and lush vegetation, enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge accommodation. 

After a pleasant overnight with the sound of a river flow, morning walk heads higher into dense forest. Lined with rhododendron, pine, and firs, includes bamboo thickets, which makes an ideal habitat for endangered and rare Red Panda. Few wildlife is often seen around this areas, the walk follows higher reaching a small spot at Ghoretabela. Possible lunch stop or further to Thyangsyap on the trail to Mundu village. Walk heads through forested path reaching a place of boulders of rocks and huge stones. This is where Langtang village existed before the huge earthquake of 2015. The villages was badly damaged and loss of many human life including some foreign trekkers. From this former devastated areas, a short walk further to reach our overnight halt at Mundu, a new settlement after Langtang village disappeared from the earthquakes.

A lovely areas with views of snowy peaks in the distance, and out of forest and tall tree lines.

Today a short morning walk to our main destination and highlight to Kyanjin, located in the heart of Langtang Valley. Morning on leaving Mundu settlement in the comfort of nice cozy lodge, walk follows towards east.

A slow short steep climb facing glorious panorama of giant snow peaks, as you enter the scenic Langtang Valley. After a lovely morning walks of some hours reaching Kyanjin Gompa, a wonderful place for overnight halt for two nights.

Enjoy the day, after a good lunch in the lodge restaurant, marveling the beautiful views of surrounding snow peaks. Explore around the lovely settlement of Kyanjin and the highest overnight stop of the adventure.

A full day on this beautiful spot at Kyanjin, best good short hike to the top of
high Kyanjin-Ri at 4,850 m / 15, 912 feet. Rewards spectacular panoramic views of surrounding towering peaks of Langtang and Jugal Himal range.

Few other places like Tserko-Ri which takes nearly whole day hike both ways and quite tiring walks. Rest of the day stroll around the Kyanjin and visit the local Gompa / monastery of religious and cultural interest.

From Kyanjin after a wonderful moment, today will be one of the longest walks of the journey. Leaving Kyanjin and the scenic Langtang Valley, on long downhill through Mundu and Ghoretabela and back into tree lines.  Following the same exciting route to Lama Hotel for overnight stop.

Morning from Lama Hotel leaving the main trail, heading towards our next final destinations towards Gosainkunda. The walk follows on the same earlier trail to 
River side, and then head for the climb. The uphill continues for few hours reaching on top of a high ridge, where Thulo Syabru located. An interesting Tamang village with rows of houses like a locomotive, enjoy the comfort of a nice simple lodge.

On leaving Thulo or Upper Syabru village, morning walks follows north above the village and the monastery. A steep climb through dense cool forest past few small settlements with Tea-Houses, facing views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

As climb continues for an hour or more reaching a flat field around the summer pasture areas. Then the walk gets better on gradual winding path within beautiful forest all the way to Sing Gompa. A nice moderate size village on the junction of Gosainkunda, Dhunche and Thulo Syabru routes. Check into a nice lodge with time to visit its small cheese factory and the monastery. Situated on top of the village a nice old monastery of great religious and cultural interest.  

A great day today to reach the last main highlights of the adventure to Gosainkunda. After a good breakfast, climb for a short while facing great magnificent views of Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas.

The walk leads on gradual path to enter a lovely forest with views of whole Langtang Himal range towards north. Then leaving the lush green vegetation and forested areas reaching a wide open exposed ridge. From this point climb stats to steep haul past few smaller settlements with Tea-Houses and lodge.
After few hours of steep up reaching on top of Laurabinaya ridge top, offers spectacular scenery of surrounding landscapes. Facing tremendous views of snow-clad peaks towards north-west and east direction.

From the scenic top, down towards Bhairab and Saraswati Kund / lakes with short climb to Gosainkunda. An amazing and exciting place, one of the holiest of all holy spot for pilgrimage around the whole Himalayan region. The lake regarded as sacred by the Hindu followers, the place with a small temple of Lord Shiva.
Where few simple lodges are situated above the lake shore line, the lake placed on bowl like basin. Surrounded by towering rocky cliffs and snow peaks, certainly one can feel the aura of mountain spirits.  

Enjoy the morning views from Gosainkunda holy site, a short descend back on the same trail. Reaching back into tree lines and lush green vegetation as downhill continues to Sing Gompa for overnight stop.

Morning with stunning panorama of snow mountain range, enjoy the last day treks following the downhill path. A lovely walk through dense forest of tall rhododendron, oaks, pines and fir trees. As walk continues downhill reaching at the base of a hill close to a river, cross over a bridge. From this small settlement by the river, walk on gradual trail with short ups to a large Dhunche town.
The headquarters of Rasuwa district, enjoy the comfort in a nice hotels and lodge for last overnight; around the high hill of Langtang Himal.

Morning an interesting overland journey heading downhill from Dhunche town. The drive leads on winding down to reach Trisuli Bazaar, and then on good road to Kathmandu. After an exciting drive through farm towns and villages, on reaching the city area transfer to your hotels.

Enjoy the free leisure day for individual activities or with shopping spree for souvenirs’ of Nepal. Interested people can request for another exciting tour of Patan and Bhaktapur cities, well worth a visit and not to be missed while having time in Kathmandu with last free day.

Final day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight for homeward bound or next port of call. Transfer to Kathmandu, Nepal international airport bidding farewell to your guide and staff, after a marvelous and enjoyable adventure to Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda trek.

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    • All Arrival and Departure Transfer from airport to hotel and vice-versa, vehicles according to group size.  
    • Three Star hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis only.
    • Transportation on start of trekking and after trek to and from Kathmandu.

    • Full board trekking includes twin sharing accommodation on best available 
local lodges, includes Breakfast, lunch, dinner with afternoon tea / snacks.

    • Service of guide, trekking staff as per size of a group with porters.

    • Wages, meals, medical allowance of guides, trekking staff and porters.

    • Applicable Trekking Permits TIMS (Trekking Information Management 
Systems). Includes Langtang National Park entrance Fees.

    • Comprehensive Medical Kit carried by our guide if required for minor 
wounds and sickness.

    • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary.

    • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa, Personal Medical & Travel Insurance.

    • Expenses of personal nature, meals in Kathmandu and gratitude or tipping for trekking staff, drivers, porters and guide, including extra snacks and refreshments.

    • Personal trekking gear, including sleeping bags and down jackets (if it is not
 included on the trip cost).

    • Emergency Evacuation if required by any means of transportation, including
 Helicopter Service.

    • Personal medical kit, as advised by you doctors.

    • Early return from the trek due to personal domestic or medical reasons, no refund will be entertained on breaking the journey.


Frequently Asked Questions

A moderate adventure as well an adventurous treks, where all age group can enjoy the walk to Langtang Valley. The altitude does not make a difference, the only tough is climb uphill on first day to Lama Hotel. Including hike up to Kyanjin-Ri. As well on route to Gosainkund the last phase of the treks, involves high altitude. Taking slow and steady with enough short rest can overcome the steep and hard sections of the climb. Eventually walk involves much downhill on return journey to the end of trek. 

Minimum 14 to maximum of 70 years of age can join. But for young teen trekkers should be accompanied by parents or guardians. All should be in normal physical shape and good health, if someone has any medical history can take advice from your doctors before signing for the treks.

Trekkers will be surprised to find good food menu of varieties, from Tibetan, Nepali, Indian and Chinese to Continental. Includes long list of snacks and drinks for the customer delights in most lodges on treks. 

The lodge accommodation are nice and lovely according to the choices of the trekkers. From budget to standard accommodation at Kyanjin and Syabrubesi, but most settlements offers non-attached bath and toilets. All the lodges are simple and clean with nice rooms with large and warm dining with common toilets and bathrooms. At Thulo Syabru and Gosainkund the lodge accommodation is basic with simple rooms, and the foods with limited varieties. However all can enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and expect the unexpected. Which makes the adventure more fun and delightful.

Langtang Valley is one of the most visited trekking destinations listed as 3rd popular areas for moderate treks of a week. Langtang Valley is most favored Himalayan destination, due to its moderate walking trails. As well easy accessibility and nearest mountainous region from the capital Kathmandu city.

As for Gosainkunda which is a holy site, it is more popular among Hindu followers, as well as for other nationality and religions. This combination is seldom visited by most trekkers in the last few decades. 

All lodges have hydro-power to run electricity, or by solar power, where trekkers can charge their electronic items and gadgets. A fee is charged per hour for each items, as for internet and Wi-Fi, have connection. Depending upon the areas in deep gorge and valley, as well weather wise, can be disturbing with bad receptions. The best place is Syabrubesi and Kyanjin, as well as Sing Gompa around other places do works well with local SIM. Which can be bought in Kathmandu at reasonable cost.

Spring season from March to May. The whole areas on route Langtang Valley and around Sing Gompa areas. As well on the way down to Dhunche town, the forest will be bright and lively with wildflowers in seasonal bloom. The surrounding forest of Langtang area looks magical as natural wild garden. Trekkers can observe the wildflowers of all colors and different species. Especially the rhododendron flowers of great variation from tall trees to short bush.

Truly an enchanting place to experience during the spring time of March to May when the hills are alive and bright with wildflowers.

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