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Gosainkunda trek lies in the Langtang national park and is very close in linear distance from Kathmandu valley. If the altitude did not kick in, you could make it to your final destination and back within 3 days via same trail. However, doing such is not recommended. We ventured to Gosainkunda immediately after the earthquake and several times after that to make sure of the trail and accommodation conditions.Despite several news of trails being completely dismantled and houses dropped down to ground zero, we made it successfully to the top and back, accommodating in teahouses and walking on the same trail.

We began from Syabrubesi to complete the loop and reached to Gosainkunda lake in 4 days. Right from the beginning of the trek i.e Dhunche and Syabrubesi we saw the sights of mass destruction; houses turned into rubble and lives shattered. However, we did not even have to camp even for a single night as we found basic teahouses in every stop area which offered fair beds with basic food options. Surprisingly, in each and every village you walk through you will be able to hear people breaking the stone or raising the walls of their homes or teahouses and are yet very positive towards their life. Gosainkunda trek not just was a trek for us but it was a source of energy for us to go through our life.

Varieties of birds greeted us as we made our way through the dense forests of Rhododendron followed by pine. We once spotted a different variety of monkeys and heard some wildlife make different sounds in the distance. We saw the mountain range of Ganesh, Langtang and Manaslu and witnessed the unaltered natural beauty despite the natural catastrophe.

Gosainkunda trek gets its name from one of the holiest lakes namely Gosainkunda, which rests at an altitude of 4380 meters. This lake is a holy site as per the Hindu scriptures and is believed to be created by the trident of Lord Shiva. This trek is flocked by local tourists on one very special occasion of the year and rest of the year it could be called an off the beaten trek. This trek offers beautiful terrain, culture, wildlife and the people are more than willing to welcome you in their homes. You will not just have an adventure of life but also will have a sense of accomplishing social responsibility by the end of the trek. Book this trek today!

trip overview

Trip Code: BT - 154 Total Duration: 10 days
Destination: Langtang Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Medium Group Size: 2 - 12
Max Elevation:

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Namaste and welcome to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Langtang valley trek at the time when people from the region are looking for your help! Except for the welcome dinner, there is no programme set aside on this day. Over the dinner we brief you about current situation in Langtang, introduce you to the guide and finally the culture and norms of the country. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meal plan D.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Sightseeing and last minute preparation

This day provides you ample opportunity to get acquainted with Nepal and its people and the best way to do so is a sightseeing trip to nearby heritage sites. Meanwhile, our backend officers will make the necessary permits, paperwork and arrange logistics. You will on the other hand see around 3 sights and finally return back to your hotel. In the evening you will take the time to sort your equipments and if you are missing something you will do last minute shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meal plan n/a.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Kathmandu - Dhunche (6 - 7 hrs drive) (1960 m)

Kathmandu to Dhunche on a car, bus or jeep is a very scenic trip. In the beginning you are on one of the most busiest highways until Naubise and from here you traverse on a more smaller and coiled road. The road mostly remains along the tributary of Trisuli and traverses through lush green forests and beautiful roadside settlements. Overnight in Dhunche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Dhunche - Thulo Syabru Village (5-6 hrs) (2200 m)

This will be your first day on the trail on foot on Gosainkunda trek. Today’s trek could be referred as a warm up hike and a to get acquainted with the days to come.The ascends and descend is not very demanding as you only climb 240 meters but only at times it becomes muscle aching steep. It's more of a jaw dropping scenery experiencing day as you will see multiple layers of hills and mountains at the either ends. Furthermore, you will as well see patches of villages which is different from what you had observed in the bustling capital city. With slow pace and through terraced hills this trek still takes around 5-6 hours. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Thulo Syabru Village - Sing Gompa (3210 m)

Right after Thulo Syabru you cross a suspension bridge and begin walking on the trail that traverses through a very dense forest of Rhododendron and pine. Often people in Thulo Syabru will tell you stories of how villagers randomly spot leopards and musk deer. Keep your eyes open because you never know if you would be able to spot not only these animals but also elusive red pandas. Buckle up, as you will mostly walk uphill in himalayan terrain. The trail firstly leads to Forpand Danda and furthermore to Dursagang. The prior destination lies at 3200 meters and the later at 2660 meters, so there will be a lot of walking down to the foot of the hill before ascending to the top. The mountains become closer and clearer as you move closer to your destination of the day. Towards the end of the day today you will walk through the forest of Oak, Hemlock and Firs. Overnight in Sing Gompa, which is also known by the name of Chandanbari.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Sing Gompa - Gosainkunda (4380 m)

Immediately out of Chandanbari or Sing Gompa, you will embark on the trail left behind a day before. Sighting of langur monkey is common if you do not scare them off with any sudden noise. The trail ascends gently on the first half to a pass namely Lauri Binayak La.The views from here of West Himal Chuli , Manaslu (8156 m), Ganesh Range, Langtang Lirung and the mountains in Tibet will make you feel like you have already reached the zenith of your trek. However, the trail from here becomes more steeper and on rugged terrain. The landscape from beyond the pass becomes barren. At  a point, you will reach yak pastures and slowly these pastures open up to dozens of small lakes. These lakes are part of Gosainkunda basin. Overnight in Gosainkunda.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Gosainkunda - Ghopte (3440 m)

Although mostly downhill but it is going to be a very arduous and a long downhill with couple of uphill. Immediately out of Gosainkunda, you start descending towards Lauri Binayak Phedi.The trail very quickly turns greener and better from more barren rocky surface. From phedi to Ghopte is a lot of ups and downs and few very challenging and after such a long way up to the lake. The final part of the trek, which is climbing to Ghopte, is the most difficult trek. The trail is uphill and is pretty steep and as challenging as the trails you have traversed through on your way up. Keep your eyes open for the national bird Lophophorus on the primary part of today’s trek. Overnight in Ghopte.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Ghopte - Kutumsang (2621 m)

Immediately out of ghopte, the trail is steep and is uphill. Be extra cautious as the trail on the first phase is rocky and stepping on a loose rock may cause fetal accident. In this trail section you will see a huge rock which is impossible to miss. The trail leads to the hamlet of Tharepati, which is a good place to stop for a cup of tea or even lunch. From here on, either the trail is more horizontal and mostly downhill all the way to Kutumsang. This will be the last village in Langtang national park that you will accommodate in. Overnight in Kutumsang.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Kutumsang - Chisapani (2194 m)

From Kutumsang the trail once again starts to ascend. The trail climbs up to an elevation of 2570 meters of Jogin Danda and the pass. From the top of this hill you will steeply descend down through terrace slopes, all the way to Gul Bhanjyang at 2140 meters. From Gul Bhanjyang, where there are couple of tea houses, the trail once again ascends to another hill top of Thotong Danda (2500 meters). From here you will meet an offroad track and walk mostly on it until Chipling and then descend all the way to Pati Bhanjyang. This is still a beautiful rural setting with endless hills at all side but no more mountain views. It is just around 1 to 1 and half hours uphill to Chisopani, from where you get stretched view of the Himalayas in the region. Overnight in Chisapani.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Chisopani - Kathmandu via Sundarijal  

Immediately outside Chisopani is the Nagarjun Shivapuri National park entry gate and you will have to buy an entry ticket to it. You will mostly traverse through single track trails and forest of national park. You will see and cross couple of hamlets and do small ascends until you reach the reservoir of Sundarijal from where metal pipes carry water supply to Kathmandu city. Walk downhill along the pipes and shortly you will hit a point from where you will take a vehicle back to Kathmandu city. Once in the city, we will transfer you to your accommodation and hence Gosainkunda trek will officially come to an end.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 2 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch or  any one item from the menu.)

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