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Langtang Gosaikunda Lake


The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek arranged by Go For Nepal will take us near the Nepal- Tibet border. The Gosainkunda Lake is located in the Lantang National Park. These places are the attractions of the Rasuwa District of Nepal. The Gosainkunda Lake holds much religious importance to the Hindus. The Lake is situated 43 kilometers away from Kathmandu.

During the month of August, large numbers of devotees visit Gosainkunda Lake. Followers of Hinduism believe that the Lake is an abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. The festival affiliated with Gosainkunda Lake is the Hindu festival- Janai Purnima.

Langtang is a setting of the Rhododendron forests and several snow-capped mountains.  Lantang Lirung is the major peak of Langtang whereas Yala Peak, Naya Kanga, Gangchhenpo and Dorje Lhakpa are the secondary ones.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with trek preparation and optional tour.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460m- 07 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,240m -06 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m – 05 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,850m – 04 hours.
Day 07: Rest day for local hike and to enjoy the views.
Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 470m -06 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Upper (Thulo) Syabru 2,118 -05 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa (Chandanbari) 3,254 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund 4,381m / 14,375 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Ghopte Odar 3,566m via Gosainkund pass or Laurabina-La 4,609 m.
Day 13: Trek to Thadepati 3,597 m – 04 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Malemchigaon 2,560 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Tarke Gyang 2,590 m – 04 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Sermathang 2,610 m – 04 hours.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Melamchi Bazaar – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 19: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Langtang & Helambu trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: In Kathmandu with trek preparation and optional tour.

    Today, allowing you much time to prepare for Langtang & Helambu trekking with an optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest with rest of the afternoon free for trek preparations and packing gear.

  3. Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,460 m), 7 hrs.

    Early morning an exciting scenic overland drive away from Kathmandu valley, as the drive leads towards North past Nuwakott town and village to reach Dhunche, a headquarter town of Rasuwa district where Langtang National park starts, Dhunche at the height of (1,900 m) high from here a long descend on winding road brings you at Tamang village in Syabrubesi village for overnight stop.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,240 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning with fresh country air, our walk starts on gradual path to cross a bridge over Bhote Kosi or upper Trisuli River, and then climb towards a ridge past scattered farm villages and terraces and then entering into cool alpine forest of tall rhododendron-hemlocks-oaks-magnolia and fir tree lines, the area is also famous for rare and endangered Red Panda, seldom seen along the walk on this river gorge to Lama Hotel for overnight stop, this place surrounded with beautiful forest near the raging river.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Langtang village (3,430 m), 5 hrs.

    From Lama Hotel onward for few days walking into a cool forested gorge with views of Langtang Lirung along the walk to reach at Ghoretabela in the midst of green woodland, after a pleasant rest walk continues with short ups into a forest to reach at Langtang village for an overnight stop. Langtang village was badly destroyed in 2015 earthquake, where the village life is slowly coming back to normal; here enjoy visiting Tamang farmer's houses with rich old culture interwoven with Buddhism religion and its unique surrounding.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,850 m), 4 hrs.

    After a fine morning having breakfast, enjoy walks as this day leads you to our highlight and final destination at Kyanjin Gompa within beautiful Langtang valley, walk starts with short uphill and then the gorge opens into a marvelous scenic valley, where tree lines disappears for short alpine bushes of azalea plants and juniper bushes with dramatic views of snow-covered peaks. Slowly morning scenic walk reaches our goal of the adventure at Kyanjin the highest spot of the trip at (3,850 m) high surrounded with mountain views. At Kyanjin for an overnight stop with time to catch the magnificent views and visit its small Cheese factory, established in support of Swiss technical assistance.

  7. Day 07: Rest day for local hike and to enjoy the views.

    A free day to marvel the surrounding beautiful views of landscapes and peaks, where you can take a morning hike to Tsego Ri or Kyanjin hill at the height of (4,700 m) high Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6,571 m/21,560 ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425 m/23,765 ft), Kim shu (6,745 m/22,137 ft) and Shalbachum (6,918 m/22,699 ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh a ridge of peaks includes Naya-Kanga (5,846 m) or Ganjala peak with Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. As it extends towards Jugal Himal, ending at Dorje Lakpa (6,980 m/22,929 ft) within east direction leads to upper meadows at the very end of Langtang valley forming a massive mountain wall and a frontier with Tibet.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel (2, 470 m), 6 hrs.

    After a marvelous and enjoyable time at Kyanjin within wonderful Langtang valley, our adventure completes with return trek towards Syabrubesi having overnight stop back at Lama Hotel.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Upper (Thulo) Syabru (2,118 m), 5 hrs.

    Walk today follows on the same route for an hour, after crossing a bridge our route leads towards pleasant bamboo forest, on leaving the river down below, climb starts uphill into landslide sections of rocks and boulders and through farm terraces to reach at Upper Syabru also called Thulo Syabru means larger, the village with row of houses located on a ridge with a monastery.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa (Chandanbari) (3,254 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning walk continues with uphill above the monastery reaching higher with views of Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna range towards far west, after a few refreshing stops at teahouses on route, journey continues with an hour uphill from the farmlands and into cool alpine forest and then reaching at Sing Gompa for overnight stop near its old monastery.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund (4,381 m/14,375 ft), 5 hrs.

    Trek today offers more excellent views of snow peaks from Langtang to Ganesh-Himal with Manaslu and Annapurna Mountain range, morning starts with uphill climb for an hour into oaks, pines and rhododendron woodland, stopping to catch grand views as the walk leads to more climb on leaving the tree lines behind for dwarf rhododendron (azalea), juniper and alpine shrubs bushes. The trail continues passing few teahouses at Laurabina, a place where pilgrims leave their walking sticks on the way down after a holy visit at Gosainkunda (on auspicious time in August with a full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar). From here short downhill walk reaching Saraswati and Bhairavnath Kund, as our route reaches at Gosainkund with a short climb to our overnight stop, near serene holy and icy pond.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Ghopte Odar (3,566 m) via Gosainkund Pass or Laurabina-La (4,609 m).

    After a pleasant and enjoyable stop at holy Gosainkund, our return trek heading towards Helambu before Kathmandu, as the route leads east on a small trail by the pond, and then heading uphill between rocks and boulders, passing another small pond Surja Kund. From here on gradual winding path and then with steep up to reach our highest point of the adventure on top Gosainkund pass also known as East Laurabina La at (4,609 m) high, and then on downhill to reach at the base of the pass which is called Phedi (bottom) at (3,694 m) with few small teahouses, where one can stop for lunch or refresh. Our next step leads towards Helambu region as the walk continues towards east within green vegetations and tree lines of junipers, rhododendron and then slowly reaching at Ghopte (meaning overhanging rocks) for an overnight stop.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Thadepati (3,597 m), 4 hrs.

    Today a short walk of few hours to give you more time to enjoy the surrounding views with rest in the afternoon after a long walk of previous days, from this isolated spot walk around where trail meets Helambu and Kathmandu routes; as the this nice walk leads for an hour, and then with final climb for an hour to Thadepati at (3,597 m) high for lunch and overnight stop. Rest of the afternoon free for short hike and to catch up with your dairy in the backdrop of snow-covered peaks of Jugal-Langtang Himal range and Ganesh-Manaslu towards west.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Malemchigaon (2,560 m), 5 hrs.

    After a fabulous morning at Thadepati, the journey continues with a short climb to a ridge top, then on the downhill into a thick forest of rhododendron, hemlocks, firs and pines trees. Walk carries on through several Sheppard’s huts and temporary settlements and then finally reaching at Melemchi Khola a stream, crossing the river and then a slow climb to reach our overnight stop at Malemchigaon, a typical hill village of Buddhist religion populated by Hyalmo and Tamang tribes with interesting carved houses, as you can witness on its windows and doors with furniture decorated into Tibetan style carvings, after checking into a lodge free at leisure to explore this nice village.

  15. Day 15: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590 m), 4 hrs.

    From here on a downhill path into the forest of pines and rhododendron trees, after crossing a bridge with an uphill climb to reach at Helambu main village Tarke Gyang for an overnight stop. Here with time to visit an old Buddhist monastery within Tarke Gyang, Helambu famous for Buddhist culture and handicraft on woods with intricate Tibetan design and carving, famous for delicious green apple that grows around. Afternoon free to explore the lovely village and its old monastery dedicated to Goddess Ama Yangri, situated on top of the village.

  16. Day 16: Trek to Sermathang (2,610 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning after leaving this nice village walk downhill through cool forested path passing several nice looking monuments with Chhorten (Buddhist prayer monuments), to reach at Gangyul a small village, then following the path with marvelous views of rolling hills and peaks to reach at Shermathang for last overnight stop around Helambu area, this is another lovely Hyalmo village with time to visit it's another old interesting monastery.

  17. Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Melamchi Bazaar, 5 hrs.

    Today our last day of this marvelous adventure and within Helambu pristine surrounding, from this lovely village our walk concludes with a drive on long downhill to warmer areas at Melamche bazaar, from here on good wide road to Kathmandu passing the hill town of Dhulikhel and Banepa and finally reaching into the hustle and bustle of busy city life in Kathmandu.

  18. Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved as free day on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  19. Day 19: Transfer to International airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with an amazing experience on Langtang & Helambu Trekking.

What's included !

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star level hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Langtang National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Official expenses.

What's not included !

  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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