Langtang-Gosainkunda Trek combines the Langtang valley trek with Gosainkunda, an alpine freshwater lake located in Langtang National Park at the height of 4,380 metres or 14,370 feet in Rasuwa district. Since the trails pass through the diverse landscapes, temperatures vary greatly due to the extreme difference in altitude.
The lake which has been designated a Ramsar site is also regarded as one of the most sacred lakes in Hindu mythology. Lauribina La pass (Surya Kunda) located in the outskirts of the lake is the highest point at the height of 4,600 metres (15,120 ft).
This 17–day trek has been designed for the travellers who prefer longer stay in the alpine region with diverse landscapes, exploring ancient monasteries, cultures, and traditions of native Hyolmo people. This package also covers the visit to the UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu, such as Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square.
In this trek, rhododendron woods, pine forests and shrub wilderness amid cliffs and hills with the fascinating backdrop of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, rivulets, brooks and over108 lakes are the factors to be enjoyed.Travellers often come across red panda, jackal, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, pika, ghooral, rhesus monkey, common langur, snow leopard among others. This trek equally proves enthusiastic for those who are interested in bird watching as tragopan, impeyan, pheasants (kalij) among many others can be spotted.
Langtang mountain range is comprised of 13 peaks, the highest being Langtang Lirung (7,234 m or 23,734 ft) , Surya Peak (5,145 metres or 16,880 feet) and others Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Loenpo Gang, Changbu, Yansa Tsenji, Kyunga Ri, Dogpache, Langshisha Ri, Gangchenpo, Morimoto, Tsogaka, Yala Peak.
Hotel / Accommodations
Three-night accommodations in a star hotel in Kathmandu and 13-night stay in the standard teahouse lodge with common hygienic latrines and bathrooms in mountains during the trek. You may have to share a bed with a companion during the mountainous trip. But if you need, $ 250 can fetch you single supplement for the whole trip in the mountains.
You will be served with breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu. All other meals will be provided to you by Mount Fishtail Adventure which includes welcome dinner. We provide you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the journey. When you are on the mountain, you will be served with local food stuff such as Dal Bhat (gram soup and rice), noodles, Tibetan bread made of buckwheat, spaghettis, soup, salad, hot drinks.
Best time to travel
Spring season (from March to May) and autumn season (from September to November) are the best time to travel in Langtang Valley trek. It offers magnificent views in these two seasons.
If you are an enthusiastic explorer of traditions and cultures, It is advised to travel to Gosainkunda around the end of July on Janai Poornima festival. Thousands of devotees, revelers and shamans flock the place to mark the festival.
The journey is also possible in other seasons despite having extremely cold weather, climate, and temperature in the winter season.
Points to consider
Depending on the time and situation concerning your safety and security your team leader may change the itinerary item.
During the monsoon the region it is likely to occur landslide triggered by the heavy rainfalls, so we advise you to stay on high alert apart from the safety measures our guides and team leaders take.
Take a note that the trekking is over two weeks and you will need to acclimatise or have experience of hiking in high altitude. The maximum height for this trek is at an altitude of 4,773 at Kyanjin Ri or 4,984 metres at Tserko Ri.
it is best to a preparation since walking in the high elevation may be a bit difficult.
For 11-day trek in the region see Langtang Valley Trekking
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 03:Kathmandu to Syaphru Besi (1,450 metres or 4,758 feet)
Day 04:Trek from Syaphru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2,480 metres or 8,137 feet)
Day 05:Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,541 metres or 11,617 feet)
Day 06:Trek from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,900 metres or 12,795 feet)
Day 07:Sunrise view from Kyanjin Ri (4,773 metres or 15,659 feet)/ Tserko Ri (4,984 metres 16,351 feet)
Day 08:Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,480 metres or 8,137 feet)
Day 09:Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Shyaphru (2,200 metres or 7,218 feet)
Day 10:Trek from Thulo Shyaphru to Sing Gompa (3,584 metres or 11,758 feet)
Day 11:Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4,381 metres or 14,373 feet)
Day 12:Cross Lauribina La Pass and trek to Ghopte (3,430 metres or 11,253 feet)
Day 13:Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaun (2,530 metres or 8,300 feet)
Day 14:Trek from Melamchi Gaun to Tarkeghyang (2,600 metres or 8,530 feet)
Day 15:Trek from Tarkeghyang to Sermanthang (2,690 metres or 8,826 feet)
Day 16:Trek from Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazar (870 metres or 2, 855 feet) and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 17:International Departure
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu We receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival in Kathmandu. 20 to 30 minutes drive from the airport brings you to the hotel in Thamel, an important hub for travellers. After taking rest, we invite you to a meeting to discuss plans and schedules over a welcome dinner in a restaurant with traditional dance and Nepali cuisines.
Day 2Sight-seeing After breakfast early in the morning, we set out visiting the UNESCO Wold Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley. We visit Famous Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath Stupa that lies on the north eastern part of Kathmandu valley. Ascending the Swayambhunath Temple, the monkey temple on the hill in the western skirt of Kathmandu is an opportunity to study the whole city in bird’s view. Kathmandu Durbar Square listed in the UNESCO WORLD Heritage Sites, built during Malla Dynasty exhibits the finest cuts of wood carvings and arts. You get an opportunity to explore the typical Newari culture and cuisines.
Day 3Kathmandu to Syaphru Besi (1,450 metres or 4,758 feet) In the morning, we take breakfast and head for Syaphru Besi by luxurious vehicle. During the 5-hour journey towards the north-west from Kathmandu Valley, we enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery along with the mountain range. Shortly, we take a break at Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district. We have lunch here. We enjoy the amazing views of country and farm lands. From here the vehicle lead us along the descending road crossing the Bhote Koshi River. Further, we cross Chilime Hydropower Project, and then we arrive in Syaphru Besi. We refresh in a hotel and explore the locality. We stay here overnight.
Day 4Trek from Syaphru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2,480 metres or 8,137 feet) From here, the trekking starts. In the morning, after having breakfast, we take path that goes up and down the hills. The easier path crosses several suspension bridges over Langtang Khola. We take lunch at a tea house in Pahare village before we continue the trail that passes through thick woods. After crossing a river, we ascend along the narrow path in the landslide area until we arrive at a place, Lama Hotel. The settlement here is peaceful. We stay here overnight.
Day 5Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang (3,541 metres or 11,617 feet) After taking breakfast, in the morning, we move through dense forest. We view Langtang Lirung as we advance through the valley. We can see the ruins of the antique village destroyed by the time factor as well as last year’s devastating earthquake, occurred on April 25. Recently, the efforts have been made to reconstruct the settlements. We explore in and around the Langtang village. Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Ghenge Liru are the mountains visible from the Langtang village.
Day 6Trek from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,900 metres or 12,795 feet) After breakfast, we set on the journey. The hills on left side of the path correspond with a river on the right side. The trail passes through water mills, Buddhist shrines, leading us to Kyanjin Gopma, the main monastery in the region. Herds of yak and horse can be seen grazing hither and thither in the charming fields and farms. Apparently, the place has the biggest yak cheese factory in the region.
Day 7Sunrise view from Kyanjin Ri (4,773 metres or 15,659 feet)/ Tserko Ri (4,984 metres 16,351 feet) In the early morning, we advance to gain access to one of the two peaks. Either the summit of Kyanjin Ri or Tserko Ri. Kyanjin Rin offers the enchanting view of Langtang village, Kyanjin Gompa and Langtang Mountain range. On the other hand, Tserko Ri offer the magnificent view of Langtang Lirung,Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Loenpo Gang, Changbu, Yansa Tsenji, Kyunga Ri, Dogpache, Langshisha Ri, Gangchenpo, Morimoto, Tsogaka, Yala Peak. It is to note that although Tserko Ri peak is a bit farther than Kyanjin ri, it is worth choosing this adventurous trip. On the summit, we enjoy the breathtaking moment of the sun rays feeding on the mountain before we come back to the hotel in Kyanjin Gompa. Second night at Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 8Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,480 metres or 8,137 feet) On the second morning in Kyanjin Gompa, we take breakfast before heading for Lama Hotel. We take the same course in reverse via Langtang village as we advance to the destination. Most of the time, we descend along the path frequently crossing several suspension bridges, forests, farms and villages.
Day 9Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Shyaphru (2,200 metres or 7,218 feet) After breakfast, we descend along the steep trail through dense forest and arrive at Langtang River. After crossing the river via suspension bridges, we pass by pahire, a landslide area and come across a water fall, and then we ascend along the trail through hardy clumping bamboo forest and other shrubs. We carry on ascending the steep trail until we arrive at Thulo Shyaphru, a beautiful Sherpa village. The place offers fantastic views of Himalayas. Here we stay overnight after we explore the locality.
Day 10Trek from Thulo Shyaphru to Sing Gompa (3,584 metres or 11,758 feet) In the morning, after breaking fast, we continue the journey. We follow the trail through the forests on the ascent of Phulung hill (3,192 metres). Here, we pass several tiny settlements descend for a short and again ascend along the path. We find Phulung Gompa before we arrive at Sing Gompa, a place of monastery, Sherpa villages, and cheese factories. We visit the monastery, interact with locals, and explore the locality. Overnight stay at Sing Gompa.
Day 11Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4,381 metres or 14,373 feet) After breakfast, we prepare for long journey on this day. We follow the trail destined for Gosainkunda. As we move on, we reach Chandanbari, a village famous for cheese production and crops farming, such as oat, wheat, buckwheat etc. At the height of 3,571 metre, we witness the magnificent view of Mount Langtang Lirung. We enjoy the breath taking moments at Lauribina, a small settlement and take lunch here. Further, we gain access to the summit of Chyolung Pati Hill (4,165 metres). From here we follow the path which slightly ascends. As we move further, we witness the water flowing away from Gosainkunda Lake that forms gorgeous waterfall and river called Trishuli. We explore the locality in and around Gosainkunda Lake. We enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains surrounding us from all sides. Overnight stay in Gosainkunda.
Day 12Cross Lauribina La Pass and trek to Ghopte (3,430 metres or 11,253 feet) After breakfast, we get ready to cross Lauribina La Pass (4,600 metres or 15,120 feet) the highest point of the entire trek. We get opportunity to view another beautiful lake Surya kunda. Further, as we move ahead we get the magnificent view of Surya peak (5,145 metres) including other mountains mentioned above as we arrive on the summit of Lauribina La Pass. Here, the surrounding gives the glimpse of Tibet especially with the colourful prayer flags, Buddhist shrines. After enjoying the panorama for time being, we descend along the steep trail to Phedi. We follow narrow path on the rocky hills until we arrive at Ghopte, which derived its name from a hill. Here we stay overnight.
Day 13Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi Gaun (2,530 metres or 8,300 feet) After breakfast, we make ascent on rocky hills until we arrive at Thadepati (3,690 metres). Here we take a break for tea. The path divides into two ways. The right path leads to Kathmandu via Chisapani, Sundarijal, in the vicinity of Shivapuri National Park. Here, we follow the left path that leads us to Melamchi Gaun. We descend along the trail that passes through dense Rhododendron forest and waterfalls until we arrive at Melamchi Gaun, a Sherpa village with monasteries, farmlands. Here, we explore the locality as we stay here overnight.
Day 14Trek from Melamchi Gaun to Tarkeghyang (2,600 metres or 8,530 feet) After breakfast, we follow the trail down the Melamchi River through the forest, cross it and advance on the ascent before we reach a village called Tarkeghyang. Since this is the biggest village of Helmu People and has the oldest and the biggest monastery in the region, the settlement is also called Helambu. We view the mountains as we explore the village in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Tarkeghyang.
Day 15Trek from Tarkeghyang to Sermanthang (2,690 metres or 8,826 feet) After breakfast, we follow the fairly easy trail as it does not intercept to the higher altitude on this day. The path offers the great view of mountains that meanders along the boundary of a valley called Parachin on the edge of a Sherpa village. We continue hiking along the trail until we arrive at Sermanthang. We stay here overnight.
Day 16Trek from Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazar (870 metres or 2, 855 feet) and drive back to Kathmandu In the morning after breakfast, we trek along the path with relatively same altitude. The easy path leads us to Melamchi Bazar after. The surrounding offers the marvellous views of green hills with chestnut, fern plants, and rhododendron. We halt at the Melamchi Bazar, a settlement with small market, home for sherpas, Tamangs, Brahmins and Kshertris. A private vehicle picks us up from here and drive to Kathmandu. On the way, we halt at Dhulikhel, a settlement along the Araniko Highway. From here, we enjoy the spectacular view of countryside, farms and fields. We continue drive to Kathmandu and check in hotel. We take rest and prepare for the farewell dinner arranged by Mount fishtail Adventure.
Day 17International Departure Mount Fishtail Adventure arranges to send you to the airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight time.