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.
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.
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.
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.
We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide holding full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.
Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets this prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb.
People with severe cases and situations of HACE and HAPE where the victim should be brought down to safe and secure places with medical team or doctors to attend, the fastest means is emergency evacuation by any means of immediate and fast transportation where available.
Around Nepal Himalaya the quickest emergency evacuation utilizing Helicopter services to bring the victims back to Kathmandu and for further treatments.
For emergency evacuation where trekkers should be well insured with a good Insurance policy that covers all medical side and the use of Helicopter or other means of transportation.
But on Gosiankund Trek less chance of getting the above high altitude symptoms, where heights gains slowly and not much of a problem of altitude sickness, except for steep ups and downhill walks.
SIMS cards available on showing your passport copies with small charges as per your time in Nepal.
Tipping is highly expected by crew members of trekking and on expeditions as traditions since tourism came in Himalayan countries.
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.
After going through the Gosainkunda Trek text as described, interested person can directly book with Trekking Planner. Contact us for further details and information related to this trek, then we will send you our bank details where you can transfer advance payment as mentioned in our terms and condition.
The weather is fine in most part of Nepal, however Himalayan weather sometimes are unpredictable, and depends upon the season which is mentioned on the itinerary above.
Age no bar in all our trekking destinations, we have space for all ages from children from 10 to 70 years old person, as long one is physically, medically and mentally fit. In treks which involves high passes of over 5,000 meters then we consider the age groups as per the grading systems.
Most of the trekking areas at present has good lodge facilities, neat and cozy lodges are found on this trekking routes, excellent cooked food as per the choice of menu. From local Nepalese famous Dal-Bhat (boiled or steamed rice, with lentil soup of variation, mild vegetable curry and pickles), includes Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan meals and etc. Larger villages and towns serves comprehensive list of foods in almost all good lodges , only some places like Phedi and Gosainkunda with limited choice of food menu with simple, basic neat and clean accommodation. Most rooms are twin sharing with common bath and toilets, but at Chisapani, Kutumsang, and at Syabrubesi lodge and hotels are of tourist standard and much better.
As our guide are fully prepared for this kind of situation, we carry medical kit and the guides have gone through yearly medical training, in serious case which needs to be evacuated by any means of transports like helicopter the safe and quickest way(for this reason one should have strong travel/ medical insurance to cover extra expenses) we will contact our helicopter companies to uplift and evacuate and then bring back to nearest hospital for medical care in Kathmandu depending upon circumstances.
Depending upon the area of trekking routes as Nepal is a country of high hills and downhill, so on normal trek there are many ups and downs with few gradual trails, on this trek you will encounter many traditional villages enriched with impressive culture of both Hindu and Buddhist religions with temples and monasteries. Can witness Buddhist prayer monuments, stupa along the walks and villagers are friendly and greets you with cheerful smiles.
Forested areas in mid hills are lovely with rhododendron and other alpine trees with birds chirping and might see some wildlife in some places along the route of trekking. ost trekkers are well prepared for this kind of terrain, the only hardest and tough day is crossing over Gosainkunda or Laurabina-La Pass, a steep climb with long descend. A tiring day for just one day, rest of the walk is moderate of average 4 to 6 hours, the longest day walks from Chisapani to Kutumsang and Tharepati to Phedi of more than 6 -7 hours.
Most villages and lodges hydroelectricity power are available, only at Phedi, Tharepati and Gosainkund have solar power, which you can charge your electronic gadgets on paying a fee for charging each items, as per the lodge rules.
Most large main villages do have Wi Fi available, till Kutumsang and at Sing Gompa as well in Dhunche on the last overnight stop of the trek.
When you book with Trekking Planner all accommodation and meals are included, the only extra expenses is personal, how you spend it like for drinking water, soft drinks or snacks as well for hot shower, which is at extra cost. Including your interest on buying souvenirs. One can carry local currencies equivalent to
US$ 100 to 200, it should be in smaller bills as in villages it is hard to change bigger bills. You can exchange the money while you are in Kathmandu, or at Dhunche end of the trek. As there are no banks and ATM, on this trek maybe it will happen in near future like at Kutumsang. Sometimes the lodge owner might exchange the money if necessary.
Gosainkunda pass and Langtang Trek is not difficult, but it involves steep climb for some hours, which is natural on Himalayan landscapes with much ups and downhill. Where most trekkers are well prepared for this kind of terrain, the only hardest and tough day is crossing over Gosainkunda or Laurabina-La Pass, a steep climb with long descend. A tiring day for just one day, rest of the walk is moderate of average 4 to 6 hours, the longest day walks from Chisapani to Kutumsang and Tharepati to Phedi of more than 6 -7 hours.