Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

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Straight north from Kathmandu is the Langtang- Helambu region which enjoys snow-covered peaks, a mild climate, and friendly hospitable inhabitants which makes it the ideal trek almost year round. The 1,710 SQ km Langtang National Park hosts a variety of natural splendours, from lush valleys alive with langur monkeys to the towering fir and rhododendron forests bursting with spring colour. The 7,246 meter Langtang Lirung to the north, Gang Chhenpo (6,388 meters) to the south and Dorje Lhakpa (6,975 meters) to the east dominates the beautiful Langtang valley.

Helambu, the mid-elevation region to the Park’s south, is a study centre of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama and Tamang people maintain a rich cultural heritage, evident in ornately carved wooden windows, lively dance festivals, and skilled weaving traditions. Trekkers can enjoy these sights on any of the three main trekking routes. Hiking times and overnight stops are planned for a moderate hiking pace, and proper acclimatization to altitude. Treks range in difficulty from moderate to challenging. All trail heads are accessible by bus or private transports from Kathmandu.

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  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 
    Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu. 
    Half day visit of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. PM: Free, preparation for the trekking. O/N hotel.
  • Day 03: Kathmandu - Dhunche 
    7 hours drive and after your Breakfast 7-� start from Kathmandu and 7 hours drive to Dhunche (2150m.) And overnight in the camp or lodge. Driving from Kathmandu same way when we had been to Syabrubeshi up to Dhunche this road is still in same condition many zigzag and several landslides we will have to pass by veichles.
  • Day 04: Dhunche - Bharku - Syabrubesi 
    From Dhunche there is a decent to the Trisuli river which is reached within half an hour. From the river bed there is a steep climb to Dovan. Right from here a track to Gosainkunda leaves the main trail to Rasuwa Ghari and the Langtang valley. From Dovan there is a gentle climb to 6,400 feet and Bharku village is reached. From Bharku, traversing up and down after crossing a suspension bridge over the Langtang river, the village of Syabrubensi is reached. O/N in Syabrybesi.
  • Day 05: Syabrubesi - Khanjung - Syarpagaon 
    After a trek of about one hour from Syabrubensi the small village of Wangal is reached. From here a trail branches off straight eastwards to Rasuwa Ghari. From Wangal there is a steep climb to Khanjung village. In the village there is a good camping site. From there, after 1/2 hr climb a small village is reached, known as Surka. The climb is steep for an hour through thick forest and from there the trail continues straight but not steep. From here, after a gentle descent for nearly 3 hrs, Syarpagoan (8200 ft. ) is reached . O/N in Syarpagaon.
  • Day 06: Syarpagaon - Lama Hotel - Langtang Valley 
    From Syarpagoan, the trail then traverses up and down through the forest and Ghoratabela (9800ft. ) is reached within 5 hrs. From there, again a short climb for 1/2 hrs will bring you to a pass to the right of where the Langtang valley begins. O/N in Langtang Valley.
  • Day 07: Langtang Valley - Kyangjing Gompa 
    From the pass, after trekking for nearly 3 hrs, Langtang village (11200 ft.) is reached. From Langtang there is a gentle ascent for 4 hrs to Kyangjing Gompa. O/N in Kyangjing Gompa.
  • Day 08: Kyangjing Gompa - Ghora Tabala 
    After visiting Kyangjing Monastery, an excellent look-out can be reached by climbing the slopes immediately behind the Kyangjing Gompa. A visit to Yala Cheese factory (15,800 ft.) and the small lake at 16,000 ft. beyond Yala is worthwhile. Then back to Langtang via same route. O/N in Ghora Tabala.
  • Day 09: Ghora Tabala - Syabrugaon 
    Breakfast served in the morning. After breakfast trek back through same way to Syabrugaon. O/N in Syabrugaon.
  • Day 10: Syabrugaon - Sing Gompa 
    Today we climb through forests of Fir and Rhododendron. The only sign of human habitation are the occasional shepherds' huts at the water points. We camp near the deserted Sing Gompa. O/N in Sing Gompa.
  • Day 11: Sing Gompa - Gosainkunda  
    A steep, rugged trail but adequately compensated for by dramatic views; to the west Himal Chuli (7893m.), Manaslu (8156m.), and Ganesh Himal (7406m.) and possibly even the Annapurna range. To the north across the valley is Langtang Lirug. We pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina, cross a small ridge and have our first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikund Bhariab Kunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed some poison.
  • Day 12: Gosainkunda - Thare Pati 
    We continue over rugged trails and pass several other smaller lakes to the Thare Pati pass (4602m.), then we descend along a ridge to the tree-line. Past beautiful waterfalls, through Juniper and Rhododendron forests. We descend to the huts of Thare Pati (8 hrs).
  • Day 13: Thare Pati - Gul Bhanyjang 
    We drop steadily all day through Fir and Rhododendron forests and then through prickly-leaved Oak forests. We camp at the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. This ridge walk provides excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley.
  • Day14: Gul Bhanyjang - Chisopani 
    Today's walk consists of gentle ups and downs following a ridge to camp just above Chisopai with excellent views of the Himalayan range from Manaslu to Everest.
  • Day 15: Chisopani - Kathmandu 
    Climb to the small pass at Burlang Bhanjyang and take a last look at the great line of the snow peaks of the Himalaya before descending to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu from Sundarijal.
  • Day 16: Departure

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