Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

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  • Duration16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 5033 m, Tsergo Ri
  • Group Size 2-20 People
  • Best Season March to May & September to November
Group Discount Prices
1 paxUS$945
2 - 6 paxUS$845
7 - 10 paxUS$795
11 - 15 paxUS$745
16 - 20 paxUS$695
  • Kyanjin Gompa and its famous cheeses
  • The Tamang and Tibetan culture and hospitality of the valley
  • Visiting the holy lake of Gosaikunda
  • Climbing to Gosaikunda La Pass (4610m)
  • beautiful scenery of the valley and glorious mountain views
  • The options to climb Kyanjin Ri or Tsergo Ri

The 16-day Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the perfect amalgamation of one of the easier and more beautiful treks in Nepal, with a final leg that takes trekkers on the scenic Gosaikunda trail.

The Langtang region was long one of Nepal’s most popular destinations on the trekking map until the area was dealt a terrible blow by the 2015 earthquake, and it has taken until very recently to recover, though the numbers of visitors remain down from past years. So not only do its former scenic charms still exist, but choosing to trek through the valley helps to economically restore the lives of the friendly Tamang people who populate the region.

As a teahouse trek alternative to Annapurna and Everest, the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a superb choice that rounds out the forested lowlands, alpine pastures, and yak herds of Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang Valley with the sacred jewel of Gosaikunda Lake and the Sherpa meadows of Helambu.

From Kathmandu, the normal approach is by the Trisuli River to Syabrubesi, the trailhead for the trek.

The route winds through dense rhododendron forest on either side of the river until it breaks from the tree line and heads into the alpine regions, across the glacial moraine, and on to the rebuilt village of Langtang. Further and higher into the valley’s inner sanctum are the yak pasturelands and dramatic setting for Kyanjin Gompa, a remote monastery famous for the production of yak cheese. Optional climbs to either Kyanjin Ri or Cherko Ri render panoramic views of the nearby mountains, including Langtang Lirung, which dominates the valley at a height of 7234 meters.

Returning to the trailhead, the Gosaikunda route heads off in a southeast direction and climbs steadily through terraced fields to scenic highlands, offering a stunning view of distant peaks such as Manaslu (8163m) and the Tibetan plateau to the north. The trail then leads on to Gosaikunda and the sacred lake of Gosaikunda, a serene mountain valley that adds even more to the magical outlook across the distant Himalayan peaks. In August, the area becomes a major pilgrimage sight for Hindus, who flock to the region during Janai Purnima to pay homage to a site held to have been Shiva’s temporary home.

The Langtang Valley with Gosaikunda Trek finally culminates with the climb to the pass of Laurabina La (4610m) and the outpost of Thadepati nearby with its dramatic views to the east, not least the sunrise that awaits those who stay the night there. The last stretch involves taking the trail to Chisapani and onwards to Sundarijal, which offers a satisfying conclusion to the journey.

The final choice is up to you, so why not contact us and let Nepal Trekking Experts help you make a trek through Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda a reality you’ll always treasure?

Additionally, you may choose Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and many other stunning packages.

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  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 Star Hotel

Greet and welcome at the airport then transfer to the Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 Star Hotel

Free day for trekking preparation and enjoying cultural diversity in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1503m/4931ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by bus. The town is the main confluence for numerous treks in the Langtang region and has a scenic setting by the banks of the Bhotekoshi.

  • Max. Altitude:2470m/8014ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The trek gets off to a serene start, crossing a rustic wooden bridge traversing the icy waters of the Bhotekoshi, a stream with lofty origins by the border with Tibet. The path leads away through dense woodland perched by the river, with abundant wildlife on the show as we gradually hike to Lama Hotel for our first night on the trail.

  • Max. Altitude:3430m/11253ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The valley's dominant peak, the majestic Langtang Lirung, keeps us company as we steadily hike through the steep-sided valley, with heavily forested sections of rhododendron, pines, and oaks giving way to the telling signs of the region's strong connection to Tibet via the numerous Mani walls, water-driven prayer wheels, and prayer flags marking our passage. Our time at Langtang Village is a somber one, as the signs are still all too evident of the tragic landslide from the devastating 2015 earthquake that completely destroyed the original village and took many lives. The new community has been more prudently placed, but a memorial at the site of the landslide reminds us of the painful event.

  • Max. Altitude:3870m/12697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

A short hike awaits us today as we work our way steadily higher through a changing landscape that leaves behind the verdant woodlands and opens out into a high-altitude region of yak pasturelands and rushing streams, with the towering mountains pressing in from both sides of the valley. Our early arrival at Kyanjin provides ample opportunity to explore the monastery and to sample the intriguing yak products of the local cheese factory there that was established with the help of the Swiss.

  • Max. Altitude:3870m/12697ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

At an altitude of over  5000 meters, Tserko Ri provides the perfect outlook for the valley and presents a decent challenge to climb, the effort is well worth the attempt as the view from the peak towards Langtang Lirung and other peaks in the area is breathtaking in its scope and beauty. We return in plenty of time to relax from the climb — and perhaps sample more of the cheese!

  • Max. Altitude:2470m/8104ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Today we return to Lama Hotel, though the hike back is an easy downhill walk that offers us a different perspective from the way in.

  • Max. Altitude:2230m/7316ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

From Lama Hotel, we take the path to Pairo and start the steep ascent towards the Tamang village of Thulo Syabru and its scenic setting atop a ridge.

  • Max. Altitude:3300m/10827ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

A steep, chorten-lined trail takes us up through dense forests of oak and rhododendron to Foprang Danda, and then eases up as we make our way steadily to Sing Gompa and its picturesque setting and impressive views. With enough time at our disposal, we can visit the monastery and sit back to relax for the rest of the afternoon.

  • Max. Altitude:4380m/14370ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

A day of superlatives as we climb through dense woodland to Cholangpati, then take a steep trail towards Lauribinak and its glorious views of Ganesh Himal, Lantang Himal, Manaslu, and the distant Annapurnas. Alpine scenery comes into focus as we break free of the tree line and make our way to the sacred pools of water at Gosaikunda, chief among which are the three pristine lakes known as Saraswaitkunda, Bhairabkunda, and the holiest of all, Gosaikunda itself. In Hindu belief, the area is believed to have been the temporary home of Lord Shiva himself and is thus considered a prime area of focus for pilgrims who make the long journey to the pools in August each year.

  • Max. Altitude:3530m/11581ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

A day of achievement as we crest Laurebina Pass, pause amidst the colorful prayer flags to celebrate the moment and take in the mountain panorama, then make our way down the steep and scenic trail to Phedi and on to Gopte for the night.

  • Max. Altitude:2470m/8104ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Our path today leads us through a rolling forested landscape decked in rhododendron and pine, with the sound of numerous streams scything through the woodland giving us a pleasant soundtrack to our easy journey. Our day's highlight is the visit to Thadepati and its picturesque outlook atop a ridge, after which we descend through more dense woodland to Maghingoth, where we take lunch. A pleasant hike takes us steadily downhill and across a series of stream crossings, with rhododendron and pine forests enveloping us as we make our way through the moist temperate forests of the lower valley to the village of Kutumsang.

  • Max. Altitude:2215m/7267ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The day begins along a steadily ascending trail through the emerald green hills of the Helambu region until we reach the ridgeline over Gul Bhanjyang. From there, we hike to Thodang and Chipling and then descend into more rhododendron and oak forests to Chisapani, a hill station famed for its sunrise views towards the snow-capped mountains in the west.

  • Max. Altitude:1400/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Our last day of hiking takes us through more dense woodlands and an easy stroll through the peaceful Mulkharka valley. Our descent through the valley provides us with wonderful views of the entire Kathmandu valley as we steadily make our way down to our final destination of Sundarijal. From there, a short bus ride takes us back to Kathmandu, where we can relax and celebrate the end of a highly rewarding trek.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complementary airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Complementary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu with breakfast included (twin share basis)
    • All necessary trekking permits, TIMS cards, etc.
    • All accommodations during the trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Fresh fruit each day if and when available.
    • Complementary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, sleeping bag
    • A government-registered and first-aid-trained professional local guide who speaks English
    • First-aid kit
    • Road transport to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu
    • Road transport to Kathmandu from Sundarijal
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • Rescue arrangements, if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax, or VAT
    • Certificate of Achievement
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal insurance, personal expenses, loss of property, theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc.
    • Tips for staff
    Dates & Availability
    Start:SaturdayApr 01, 2023
    End:SundayApr 16, 2023
    Start:SaturdayApr 15, 2023
    End:SundayApr 30, 2023
    Start:TuesdayApr 25, 2023
    End:WednesdayMay 10, 2023


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    Useful Information

    Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children

    Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs

    For your safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.

    In landslides zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible

    Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended

    Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day

    Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide

    Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

    6Travelers' Reviews
    • TripAdvisor
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      An experience like no other

      I choose to do the Langtang Gosiaikunda Trek from mid-August to the end of August. This time is not known as the peak season due to the rains, and that led me to be quite apprehensive about the trek. However, I decided to find an agency where I could get a guide and I could not be happier having chosen Nepal Trekking Experts. Rajesh was truly welcoming, he helped me with the logistics of the trek, which can be quite a hassle when it is your first time in Nepal. This enabled me to simply just focus of the incredible landscapes and experience you have when being in Nepal. Rajesh was an honest host and I truly appreciated that. Binod was my guide for the trek. It was rather incredible seeing how knowledgable the guides are about the surrounding landscapes and mountains ( which I happen to be very fond of). He took exceptional care of me and always called me his 'bahini' meaning little sister - which only goes to show the familial hospitality you'll receive by choosing this incredible team. I have no doubt that which ever trek you choose, you'll be in knowledgable and safe hands with Nepal trekking experts. Happy trekking!

      KrissySep 22, 2022Kenya
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      Amazing trek and amazing service

      I highly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts. They go above and beyond in customer service and will even help book flights, hotels, etc. The professionalism and customer service is above and beyond and they make you feel like family. Your happiness and safety are number one while trekking and while travelling in Nepal. I will definitely recommend them to family and friends and will book with them when I come back to beautiful Nepal.

      Maria PolitanoApr 03, 2022Canada
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