17 Days Gosainkunda Pass Langtang valley trekking

‘following the great pilgrimage trail to holy Gosainkunda glacial lakes’
Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 4610.00m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Trekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March-June and Sept-Dec

Highlights

  • An exciting adventure following the ancient pilgrimage trail to holy Gosainkunda.
  • Exploring traditional mountain villages enriched with age-old Buddhism cultures.
  • Walking into serene and beautiful forest of tall rhododendron, pines and fir trees.
  • Enjoy the grand vista of Central Himalayas of Langtang, Jugal and Ganesh Himal.
  • Crossing Gosainkunda pass to a pristine lake revered as holiest of all holy lakes.
  • Adventure to beautiful Langtang Valley at Kyanjin surrounded by high snow peaks

An advantage  of booking trip with Trekking Planner Nepal 

  •  All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
  •  First aid kit box
  •  Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags for porter, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  •  Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  •  Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

Gosainkunda Pass Langtang valley trekking is an exclusive adventure of a great combination, covering the most beautiful areas of the Langtang Himal range.

Trekking Planner has designed the Gosainkunda and Langtang Valley Trek starting from North East of Kathmandu Valley rim. Quite different from other trekking companies, allowing you to enjoy the best of Langtang valley Gosainkunda Pass Trek. Where walk leads in the close harmony of lovely local farm villages enriched with age-old heritage culture of Buddhism religion.

Enjoy the stunning sunrise and sunsets from the high ridge of Chisapani, in the backdrop of high Himalayan snow peaks. The adventure follows towards higher hills past nice traditional villages of Gul-Bhanjyang and Kutumsang and then enters into enchanting woods. The lovely forest is lined with tall pines, fir, and rhododendron trees, as the walk leads past smaller hamlets to high Tharepati.

A nice settlement located on a scenic ridge, facing the grand vista of the Jugal and Langtang Himal range. The walk continues leaving the Helambu region heading due west within a lush green forested path. 

Slowly the tree and lush vegetation disappear, as the climb starts with steep ups to Gosainkunda-La Pass, also called East Laurabinaya-La. Crossing the highest point of the adventure at above 4,610 m and 15,126 feet. From the top an easy walk down to the holy lakes of Gosainkunda, once a year a great festival is held.    

Thousands of devotees and pilgrims make their way up to Gosainkunda holy ponds for worship and prayers. As well having a dip in the sacred pond belief is that relinquish the sin of a hundred lifetime. The area is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, the one who created the lakes around Gosainkunda. In the early days believed that 108 ponds existed, at present, there are half a dozen, located around these holy sites.

From Gosainkund on the trail towards beautiful and scenic Langtang Valley, as walk leads down to Sing Gompa. The adventure continues through a lovely serene forest of pines and rhododendron reaching a nice traditional Tamang village at Thulo Syabru. After Thulo Syabru down to Langtang River covered in thick forest, following the main trail to Langtang village. Then reaching to our last final destination at Kyanjin Gompa, located in picturesque Langtang Valley.

Overlooking the spectacular scenery of surrounding towering giant peaks in the comfort of a nice lodge and warm hospitality.  

Enjoying a wonderful and most exciting time around holy Gosainkunda and Langtang Valley, adventure gradually comes to an end. Reaching the road-head at Syabrubesi village for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu. After a marvelous adventure and great experience on Gosainkunda Pass and Langtang Valley Trek.

Best Seasons season for Gosainkunda Pass Langtang valley trekking
The best seasons one can trek nearly all months of the year, except the monsoon wet and rainy times. However, it is also a time for the main pilgrimage to the festival of ‘Janai Purnima’. Besides for pilgrims, the best season is spring from March to May and autumn/fall from September to November months.

During spring the climate/weather is fine and clear for pleasant scenic walks facing grand views of dramatic scenery. Morning time is clear till late afternoon, however cold in the morning and night, chances of snowfall or light rain sometimes. This is the season when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron of more than 20 species, along with magnolia and primula.

The day is much bright from early morning till late afternoon due to longer sun-light hours. Autumn is another high and best time for Gosainkunda Pass and Langtang Valley trekking, days are mostly clear with blue sky, with sunny days especially from late morning till afternoon. However, days are shorter due to sunlight hours, much cold morning and night time, chances of snow-fall sometimes.  

Local Culture and Religion-Gosainkunda Pass Langtang valley trek:
Starting from Chisapani and Sundarijal, an eastern rim of Kathmandu, the hills villages are mostly populated by Tamang Ethnic Tribes. At Patti Bhanjyang the first village from Chisapani onward is inhabited by Hindu tribes with Chettries and Bharamins. But more or less a country of Tamang to Gul Bhanjyang, where Kutumsang and Tharepati, with mixed tribes of people Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyalmo of Helambu. Tamang and other hills tribes follow Buddhism and a similar culture to Tibetans, as well the languages of Tibetan origin.

Although Gosainkunda is a place of Hindu worship to Lord Shiva, the rest of the areas around Rasuwa till Dhunche with 80 % Tamang people of Buddhism with interesting age-old heritage culture and custom.  

Gosainkunda Pass and Langtang valley Trekking Difficulties:
Gosainkund Pass Langtang Valley Trekking is not that difficult as one can imagine. The only tough and hard past is steep climb for hours crossing the high Gosainkunda pass. Before booking this trip, where all trekkers are aware of Himalayan rough terrain and high altitude. Taking slow and steady pace makes the walk much easier, the only tough challenge walking in deep snows. But hardly happens sometimes, where all safety precaution are undertaken by your guides.

Where Does the Gosainkunda Pass Langtang Valley Trekking Start? What Should I Expect?
The treks starts from Sundarijal, north-east of Kathmandu valley and ends at Syabrubesi village. Located around district of Rasuwa, around Langtang Himal region, includes drives both ways. 

Climate and Weather on Gosainkunda Pass & Langtang Trekking:
As per seasonal wise most days are clear and fine for views and pleasant walks. However can expect snow on higher areas and passes sometimes, but with sunny days almost every day in good seasons. In spring minimum temperatures of minus 0° and maximum of 20° Celsius not adding extra wind-chill factor. During autumn the sun reach in the late morning and sunsets by 5 p.m. making it much colder. Minimum temperatures of minimum from minus 5° to 10°  Celsius with maximum of 15° to 20° Celsius. Around high altitude above 3,000 m the sun light are very bright with strong UV. Where all trekkers needs enough sun-blocks, wearing sun-hats to block the sun with UV.


Electricity for recharge, water on the trek:
Electricity for recharging on treks are available in almost all lodges till Sing Gompa and Thulo Syabru has hydro power electricity. The other higher places where lodges have their own solar power, where one can use to recharge electronic items. The price for using the gadgets differs from one place to another, charging per item in hour basis.

Safe drinking water are available in all places on route, best to fill your own water bottle from the lodge. Provides boiled and filtered water, where one needs to pay extra as per liter.

Bottled water is also available, but can be much costly than having normal boiled and cooled drinking water. We do not encourage bottle water due to hazard of plastic bottle which creates extra garbage. Only buy if you are desperate or sick and not feeling at your best.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:    Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:    Full day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek and at leisure.
Day 03:    Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani 2, 194 m - 05 hrs.
Day 04:    Trek to Kutumsang 2, 470 m via Gul Bhanjyang -06 hrs.
Day 05:    Trek to Tharepati 3, 490 m -05 hrs.
Day 06:    Trek to Phedi 3, 630 m -06 hrs.
Day 07:    Trek to Gosainkunda 4, 336 m via Gosainkund pass 4,610 m / 15,126 feet-05 hrs.
Day 08:    Trek to Sing Gompa 3, 254 m -05 hrs.
Day 09:    Trek to Thulo Syabru village 2,210 m- 05 hrs.
Day 10:    Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 340 m -06 hrs.
Day 11:    Trek to Langtang Village 3, 330 m -06 hours.
Day 12:    Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3, 730 m - 04 hrs.
Day 13:    At Kyanjin Gompa rest day and local excursion.
Day 14:    Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 340 m - 06 hrs.
Day 15:    Trek to Syabrubesi village 1,520 m - 06 hours.
Day 16:    Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 17:    International departure for homewards bound.

Itinerary
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    On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport received by Trekking Planner staff and guide for short transfer to the Hotel, our guide will provide briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek / local lodge, do's and don’ts and other related information to make your time in Nepal enjoyable and worthwhile. After checking into your lovely rooms, evening a group dinner in a nice restaurants with Nepalese lively environment.

      A full day in Kathmandu, morning after breakfast our city guide will receives you for exciting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest. Kathmandu and adjoining cities steeped with religious and historical monuments, most of the beautiful places are listed in world heritage sites. After a great sightseeing tour afternoon free with time to prepare and get organized for Gosainkunda Trek.

        Morning a short drive of more than an hour from Kathmandu towards north-east of the valley rim to Sundarijal, a small farm town. Situated 8 km from the main city of Kathmandu, on reaching Sundarijal end of the drive for many days. 

        After getting organized first day trek starts with climb from the Sundarijal to Chisapani.  Walk into cool forest for an hour then reach around farm areas and rural villages of Mulkharka. From here on gradual path with few short climb to Burlang Bhanjyang at 2,438 m high, as walk leads through beautiful forest of oaks, pine and rhododendron trees. From the ridge top following gradual path brings to overnight stop at Chisapani, a small settlement with number of lodges.

        Chisapani, located on a high ridge above north of Kathmandu valley offers superb sunrise and sunset views over array of snow-capped peaks.

          After a pleasant overnight at Chisapani, early morning best time to catch views of stunning sunrise over Central and Mid-West Himalayan range of peaks. 

          Enjoying first breakfast in a country lodge, a short descend to nice village of Patti Bhanjyang. Walk continues with climb towards north, as route follows on a high ridge to the village of Chipling 2,165 m. From here climb leads to a forested and farm areas with grand scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes. 

          Then trail swings north-east with short downhill to Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang for possible lunch stop. Afternoon walk with steep climb towards higher ridge, facing grand views as the day slowly ends on reaching a nice village at Kutumsang for overnight halt. Kutumsang, situated within Helambu area populated by indigenous hill tribes Tamang, Hyalmo and Sherpa with strong Buddhism religion and culture. 

            From Kutumsang after a wonderful overnight stop, morning starts with climb into cool shade of tall rhododendron, magnolia, oaks and pine trees. As walk progress with steep up to Panghu Danda a ridge top, then reach a wide open grassy area at Mangeghot, a summer grazing area for local villagers’ cattle grazing field with few temporary huts and a Nepal Army camp.

            From here climb towards Tharepati for overnight halt, as well for lunch stop after checking into one of its simple local lodge. Afternoon free at leisure for short hike to the top of Tharepati at 3,490 m high provides excellent panorama of snow peaks. Includes views of Langtang, Jugal as far towards Ganesh and Manaslu Himal as well of Gosainkund Ridge our next day route to Laurabina-La. 

              After a wonderful overnight stop at Tharepati, morning starts with short descends heading north-west before climb towards Tadi Khola. Walk continues through dense rhododendron over boulders and beneath overhanging rock cave called Ghopte Odar, located on the middle of the trail with few teahouses to serve travelers. Having a refreshing break, few hours walk from Ghopte the trail climbs on the hillsides beneath several waterfalls. As walk leads into a mixed vegetation including juniper; spruce, and also deep beds of moss and hanging screens of lichens. Walk continues to a small place called Surche precariously perched on the ridge. 

              From Surche begin the ascent towards the base of Laurabina-La, as walk follows through numerous large gullies that may be snow covered. Eventually the trail gains a large hollow below the pass, where there is a rocky ravine and a good open space with few small huts serving as Teahouse and lodges.

              An overnight stop at Phedi, means the bottom of a hill or a pass, afternoon free at leisure for short walk around this dramatic area. 

                Today is the big day to reach our main highlight of the adventure, morning after breakfast steep climb of 2-3 hours takes you atop the highest point of the journey. Where route meanders uphill climbing all the way to Gosainkunda pass and Laurabina-La at above 4,609 m / 15,100 ft. 

                Sometimes the trail over the pass most likely be under snow, with the lakes nearby frozen. Seen from above as you descend to Gosainkunda you will understand why the lakes are indeed sacred. On a clear day it reflects the deep azure blue and turquoise of the sky. Care should be taken if there is lot of snow around. The path skirts the northern shore of the lakes to reach a cluster of shades and buildings built for the pilgrims. 

                On auspicious time month of mid-July and August, thousands of pilgrims from all across the country comes here to pay homage to holy Gosainkunda Pond and to the shrine of Shiva near its shore. Who they believe created the lakes by thrusting his trident into the mountainside. The streams that gushed forth formed the lakes from which Shiva then quenched a thirst caused by drinking poison. Pilgrims believe that to bathe in the lakes is a way of gaining merit and washing the sins of the hundreds life times.

                  A well worth moment being on spiritual holy spot at Gosainkunda, from here onward an easy walk downhill with few short ups to encounter on the way to Sing Gompa. Morning starts with slow descend then on pleasant path close to Saraswati and Bhairab kund, a short climb to West Laraubinaya ridge top, as walk follows downhill path facing stunning views of the snow-capped mountain range from Langtang-Ganesh-Manaslu and all the way to Annapurna in the far western horizon. After few hours of descend then on winding trail and back into forest with grand views of snow-mountain range to reach a small nice village at Sing Gompa for an overnight stop. Sing Gompa, also called Chandanbari a lovely place with few good lodges to stay, houses an old monastery atop the village.

                    From Sing Gompa, a pleasant morning walk facing grand views of Mid-West and Central Himalayan peaks. Walk leads into beautiful forest, and then downhill through dense tree lines of rhododendron and pine trees. Then reaching Thulo Syabru a lovely Tamang village, placed atop a high ridge with an old monastery.

                    Enjoy the afternoon exploring the village adorned with ancient heritage of Buddhist culture and custom.

                      Enjoy the morning glorious views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal with surrounding beautiful landscapes. Start the walk on easy downhill to a place called Bamboo a small settlement with small tea-houses and shops. Walk leads to cross over Langtang River and entering into thick forested trail. A slow climb on winding path to Lama Hotel for an overnight stop, an isolated place with number of lodges amidst forest surroundings.

                        Start the morning walk on gradual up into dense tree lines following the river upstream to Ghode Tabla. A nice spot in the middle of a forest, stopping for possible lunch break. Afternoon on pleasant trail through dense woods and then reaching an open area at Langtang village.

                        A nice Tamang village (which was destroyed during the earthquake of 2015 but slowly coming back to normal life), here with time to wander around this nice traditional village of great interest.

                          From Langtang village a short climb, and then on nice gradual winging trail for few hours following mani-prayer wall. The walk leads further east as the gorge opens up into a wide beautiful valley facing views of snow peaks.

                          After hours of gentle good walk overlooking views of Snow Mountains, and then reaching Kyanjin Gompa for overnight stop. A scenic spot surrounded by amazing views of Langtang Lirung above 7,000 m. Close within icefall surrounded by a ridge formed by glacial moraine of rocks and boulders. 

                            A rest day at Kyanjin, options for day hike to Tsego-Ri or Kyanjin Ri at 4,700 m / 15,420 feet. Adding more heights to the adventure, offers stunning panorama of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal (7,405 m). Includes views of Langtang Lirung (7,234 m) and Ghengu Liru (Langtang II (6,571 m), Kim shun (6,745 m) and Shalbachum (6,918 m), Chimsedang. The panorama extents south towards Naya-Kanga or Ganja Chuli (5,846 m) with Gangchenpo and Tillman’s beautiful Fluted Peak. Including, Jugal Himal the views ends overlooking eastern horizon at Dorje Lakpa (6,980 m).

                              After a wonderful time at Kyanjin, retrace the journey back on same route to Lama-Hotel a small settlement in the midst of the forest at the bank of upper Trisuli River.

                                Morning for some hours on the same trail, reaching a Riverside our route diverts from Thulo Syabru direction. Heading downhill to a bridge, and then a pleasant of last day walking to Syabru village for final overnight stop around Langtang areas.

                                    The last day in Nepal within the land of world’s highest peaks, as per your international flight time for onwards journey homeward bound. 

                                    Trekking Planner staff and guide will transfer you to the airport for flight to your next port of call, after a great marvelous experience on Gosainkunda Pass & Langtang Valley Trek. 

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                                    Inclusions
                                    What's Included
                                    •     All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
                                    •     Welcome/ farewell dinner dinner in an authentic restaurant
                                    •     Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at three star hotel in Kathmandu
                                    •     Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with privet vehicle. (Entrance fees extra)
                                    •     Kathmandu to Syabrubensi and Dhunche to Kathmandu by local bus (if you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost)
                                    •     Langtang National Park entrance fee and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS card)
                                    •     A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance
                                    •     02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment
                                    •     We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size
                                    •     Twin/Double shearing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
                                    •     Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                    •     Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert after dinner during the trek    
                                    •     First, add kid box
                                    •     Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                                    •     The arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                                    •     Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekking(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible
                                    •     All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary
                                    What's Excluded
                                    •     Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
                                    •     All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                    •     Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu
                                    •     Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                                    •     In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
                                    •     Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
                                    •     The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                                    •     Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
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