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HOLY GOSAINKUND TREKKING, LANGTANG VALLEY

gosainkunda trek route

A fabulous and scenic destination just north of Kathmandu at near 35 k.m. distance. Visit View Nepal Treks provides  extremely  moderate to adventurous walking journey around Central Himalaya on Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking (Gosainkunda trek route). Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking a perfect holiday of two week duration leading you to observe traditional mountain villages of Tamang ethnic tribe with interesting Buddhist religion and culture including ancient Bon practice of natural spirits.

Glamorous views of mountains on daily walks from Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), Kimshun (6,745m/22,137ft) and Shalbachum(6,918m / 22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga (5,846m) and Gangchempo, Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond it extends to the Jugal Himal, terminating in Dorje Lakpa, beside central Himalaya views include Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft), Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), 08th highest Mt. Manaslu at 8,163 m, and Ganesh Himal. Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking (Gosainkunda Trek route) begins after a long  drive to reach Rasuwa district around Langtang National Park, next  heading towards beautiful Langtang valley passing tremendous views of mountains. Our journey continues following eastern route to reach at holy Gosainkunda, a glacial pond a sacred lake for Hindu and Buddhists.  Pilgrims travels to take holy bath in this icy water. They believe that it relinquishes a sin of hundred life times.

We will  cross a high Laurabina East pass or Gosainkund-la to reach the northern ridges and hills of Kathmandu valley passing interesting farm villages and finally ending this marvelous Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking (Gosainkunda trek route) at North East of Kathmandu valley with a short drive back to Katmandu city area, after a wonderful time in the high central mountains with Visit View Nepal Treks.

Gosainkunda Trek Route

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460m – 07 hours journey.

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,470m – 06 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Langtang Village 3,430m – 06 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,870m- 04 hours.

Day 07: In Kyanjin Gompa rest day for acclimatization with short hike.

Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel – 06 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Thulo / Upper Syabru 2,250 m – 05 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Shing Gompa 3,330 m – 05 hours.

Day 11: Trek to Gosaikund 4,380 m – 05 hrs.

Day 12: Cross Laurabina-la 4,610 m trek to Gopte Odar 3,430 m – 06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Kutumsang 2,470 m – 06 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Thotung-Danda 2,470 m via Golphu-Bhanjyang 2,130 m – 06 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Chisapani 2,165 m -05 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Sundarijal 1,460m drive to Kathmandu.

Day 17: International departure.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

On arrival in Kathmandu at international airport, received by our Visit View Nepal guide and staff with warm welcome and then take to your respective hotels. Here our leader will brief you of the trip to Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking, including other related information and welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with folk culture programs.


Day 02: Sightseeing tour (Kathmandu Valley)

After breakfast and at given time our city guide will meet you for sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu valley steeped with world heritage sites, temples, monasteries, old king’s palaces after an interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkund trekking.


Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 06 hrs.

Morning travel by private vehicle over the scenic highway towards higher Nuwakot and Rasuwa areas of Langtang region, driving through Himalayan mid-hills, on reaching Dhunche town at 1,950 m as the air gets cooler. Dhunche headquarter town of Rasuwa district and the entrance of Langtang National Park.

From here on winding zig-zag downhill to Syabrubesi for overnight stop in a nice simple local lodge for overnight stop.


Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,430m - 06 hours.

Starting first day walk with a climb for few hours towards scattered farm areas and villages, walk continues near Riverside and Bamboo place with few teahouses and lodges. After a refreshing break, our walk continues into cool forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees entering a gorge following upper Trisuli River, fed from the glacier of Langtang peaks, then completing the day walk at Lama Hotel for overnight stop.


Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m - 06 hours.

After a pleasant overnight with the sound of the river flowing, morning walk starts heading uphill through a gorge of dense forest, then reaching a nice spot at Ghoretabla (horse stable), from here altitude gains slowly and air gets cooler.

After lunch break walk continues to Langtang village for overnight stop as the walk leads past woodland and then coming into a wider area at Langtang village, a nice moderate size village of Tamang and Bhotia’s tribe peoples. (This village and up to Kyanjin was completely destroyed by avalanche of 25th April and 12th May 2015 huge earthquakes).


Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,850m - 04 hours.

Today on the trail and first highlight of the adventure, as the morning trek leads to Kyanjin Gompa at Langtang valley, walk follows with short steep up as tree lines drops for short bushes of rhododendron, juniper and prickly Burberry bushes. Our walk slowly enters a wide beautiful glacial valley with views of high snowcapped mountains on both side of the valley, after a scenic and nice morning walk reaching at Kyanjin Gompa for overnight stop. Kyanjin located at picturesque Langtang valley with wide green meadows actually a summer pasture and grazing land for Yaks.

This lovely spot offers views of Langtang Lirung glacier and ice fall at close distance, Kyanjin named after a old Gompa (monastery) at present in near ruins perched on a rocky moraine ridge top, at Kyanjin visit Yak Cheese Factory established 30 years ago with the help and support of Swiss technical assistance.


Day 07: At Kyanjin Gompa rest and hike.

A perfect spot for acclimatization at Kyanjin, a necessary rest day before heading towards high areas to Gosainkund and above East Laurabina-la pass, here take a short hike on top of Tsergo Ri at 5,033m for better views. Climb to Tsergo Ri with quite steep slopes offering fantastic panorama of surrounding mountains.

From Kyanjin hills and Tsergo-ri top super views of Chimsedang Lekh, and Kangjal Himal with ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, Naya Kanga 5,844m. stunning views of the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo 6,387m, Dorje Lakpa 6,990 m, Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,830m, Langtang Lirung 7,245m and across the northern boundary in Tibet rises the huge massive Shishapangma 8,046 m the last worlds 14th highest mountain located wholly in Tibet.


Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant and exciting overnight and rest day at Kyanjin and beautiful Langtang valley, morning walk leading to a long descend to Lama Hotel passing via Langtang village and Ghoretabla following Langtang Khola and back at Lama Hotel for overnight stop.


Day 09: Trek to Thulo / Upper Syabru 2,211m - 05 hrs.

From Lama Hotel, morning walk follows downhill to Bamboo a small place with few teahouses serving as lodge. After a nice short rest continue walk past farm terraces of millets, corns and wheat’s (depending upon season for crops), on leaving farm area with uphill to Upper or Thulo Syabru for overnight stop, an interesting Tamang village, where houses are linked together on a row with an old monastery above the village.


Day 10: Trek to Shing Gompa 3,330m - 05 hours.

Today a short scenic walk heading higher area as the walk leads into deep forest of rhododendron, pines, and hemlocks trees with excellent views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu Mountains with Langtang Lirung, after hours of climb reaching a level path.

A pleasant walk leads to Shing Gompa for overnight stop, this village also called Chandanbari with nice lodges and a small cheese factory with old monastery on top of the village.


Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund 4,460 m - 05 hrs.

From here heading to our second part of the adventure at Gosainkund and beyond to Kathmandu, walk continues with slow climb into alpine woodland reaching higher towards Lauri Binayak West pass at 3,932 m / 12,900 ft, after walking through Laurebina and Cholang Pati.

After a nice walk along with grand views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung reaching at holy Gosaikund for overnight stop. The story and belief of Gosainkund as per ancient Hindu, a vicarage of Lord Shiva (one of three Hindu main gods) believes that this pristine small lake and pond was made by digging with a Trisul (a holy Trident) weapon of Lord Shiva and formed a pond to dilute the poison that he took to save the world. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from India and Nepal visits Gosainkund on full moon day, every year in the month of August, on auspicious time of ‘Janai Purnima’ festival which is held around holy places of Nepal and India, where Hindu change their holy threads.


Day 12: Trek to Gopte 3,430 m over Laurabina East pass at 4,610 m - 07 hrs.

After an exciting and interesting stop at holy Gosainkund, today a tough day of this adventure, as the walk leads to a climb over East Laurabina or Gosainkund pass to cross 4,610 m / 15,122 ft, on the highest spot of this adventure.

From the top ridge a long descend to Phedi (bottom) at 3,730 m, and then continue walk with few short ups and downs to Gopte Odar for overnight stop near Helambu area and on route to Kathmandu. This is a small place located in the middle of juniper, rhododendron and pines forest.


Day 13: Trek to Kutumsang 2,470m via Mange-Ghot 3,420 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads into forest with short climb reaching a high ridge at Thadepati of 3,690 meters high spot, where Helambu and Kathmandu trail joins at this point. This high point offers fantastic views of snow-peaks and of rolling hills and valley, this scenic place with about 5-6 lodges and teahouses.

After a nice stop enjoying views walk downhill Kutumsang village for overnight stop, a lovely village of Hyalmo people very similar to Tamang and Sherpa tribe with same culture and religion..


Day 14: Trek to Thotung-Danda 2,470 m via Golphu-Bhanjyang 2,130 m - 06 hrs.

After Kutumsang village, morning walk on winding uphill trail through farm fields and terraces passing farm villages with ups and down-hills path with views of beautiful landscapes and mountain range of Ganesh-Langtang to Jugal Himal, then this nice walk ends a Thotung –Danda ridge top with few good lodges after walking past last village of Golphu-Bhanjyang.


Day 15: Trek to Chisapani 2,165 m -05 hrs.

From this nice scenic hill our walk leads closer to Kathmandu valley high ridges of Chisapani, morning starts with short downhill through farmlands and villages into forest to reach a nice neat village of Patibanjayang, from here climb for an hour to Chisapani for last overnight stop on the high hills of Langtang area.

Chisapani village with nice good lodges, located on a ridge around beautiful surrounding which is the closest hill of Kathmandu valley on route to Langtang, Helambu and Nagarkot, offering stunning sunrise and sunset views over array of peaks.


Day 16: Trek to Sundarijal 1,460m an hour drive back to Kathmandu.

Morning after catching stunning sunrise over range of mountains, our last day walk of the adventure leads downhill into cool serene forest and farmlands, passing through farm villages around Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang with views of Kathmandu Valley.

Walk continues with more downhill to end at Sundarijal (meaning beautiful water) a pleasant and peaceful spot with forest surrounding and fresh water streams. On reaching at Sundarijal after completing our wonderful adventurous walk, from here a short drive leads back to Kathmandu, after a fabulous time Langtang Valley & Gosainkund Trekking. Back at the hotel with free afternoon for individual activities and shopping.


Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.

Your last day in this amazing country Nepal full of adventure and various rich cultures, after a wonderful time around Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkunda trekking with excellent guidance of Visit View Nepal Treks, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for final departure to your home countries or to other respective destination.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Langtang Conservation Area Fees.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow