Langtang Gosainkunda Pass Trek is an amazing and short trek. It is in the relatively quiet area of the Langtang region.
It shortly takes a day’s journey to reach Langtang region. The trek starts from Syabrubesi. The Syabrubesi is an interesting village near the Bhotekoshi river. This area is less crowded and remote as compared to Annapurna and Everest region. Langtang-Gosainkunda is located close to the Tibetan border. This area is enclosed by a snow-capped mountain. It culminates at the peak of Langtang Himal. The lake melts and flows down to form the Trishuli River. It remains frozen for six months in winter, October to March. There are 108 lakes in this area. They are small to medium in size.
Langtang-Gosainkunda Pass Trek rewards you with the stunning, beautiful holy lakes of Gosaikunda. It is considered a holy lake by both Hindus and Buddhist. Many Hindu peoples and pilgrimage peregrinate to have a holy bath in the lakes during the August full moon. It is celebrated as a festival of Janai Purnima. The journey starts exploring Tamang heritage which is situated between the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The trek gives an opportunity to examine the culture of Tamang peoples. Trekkers can directly interact with local people and their traditions, lifestyle, and language.
The attracting part of Langtang Gosaikunda pass trek is an extensive view of snow-capped mountains, glacier and wildlife animals. The seasonal blooming floras, rhododendrons, alpine forest, and bamboo forest are seen on the way. This makes the trekking trail more beautiful and impressive. You may see the red panda and other different colorful birds along the way.
This classic trekking route in Langtang region is the habitat of many wildlife. The wildlife mainly inhabited in this area are a Himalayan black bear, the mountain goat-like Himalayan Tahr, rhesus monkey, and red pandas. Gosaikunda is really a remarkable place not only for foreigners but also for local people. Some physical fitness and adjustment are highly required for the trekking.
We will go down through the steeply terraced countryside to the Shivapuri National Park. It is just north of Kathmandu. The area is mainly settled by Tamang, Newar and Chhetri people and is a wonderful example of Nepal’s harmonious ethnic diversity.
Spring and Autumn are the favorable seasons for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. The weather is mostly clear which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants, and rare animals. Walking is also very much suitable due to its moderate temperature. Langtang is always comfortable to trek even in the winter season.
We suggest you be flexible with the situation to enjoy yourself. It is unique, silent, less crowded area and highly recommended trek. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking are glad to operate this trek for you to make it your lifetime experience.
Highlights of Gosaikunda Pass Trek
- It is a unique, silent, crowd-free and highly recommended trek.
- Trek offers to examine the stunning, Himalayas Views beautiful holy lakes of Gosaikunda.
- Explore Tibetan culture and Villages.
- Visit Sing Gompa and Tamang Villages.
Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking staff with a warm welcome and transfer to respective hotels with a briefing regarding Gosainkunda pass trek, hotels, lodge on the route with doing and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
- 6 to 7 hours.
- Guest House
This is the most popular route, especially when coming from the Langtang valley. The return to Kathmandu via the Gosainkunda ridge avoids everyone’s favorite road journey via Dhunche. It’s a tough climb to Syabru. From Rimche the path descends steeply and crosses the Langtang Khola to Bamboo and onto Pairo. Soon a side trail departs left for Syabru, zigzagging through bamboo and woodlands. It a relentless ascent into the bowl of the Chope Khola, before descending to a long bridge. around the terraces is Syabru(2200m), now known as Thulo Syabru (big Syabru). The gompa is open at 4 am- yuk-or 5 pm, we missed both slots, exhausted in the evening and too tired in the morning!
Dawn brings the usual early morning wake-up call- roosters and the chirping of birds-just another day in the Himalaya! The trail leaves Syabru and never seems to stop climbing, the forest through fields. Then Dhusagang (2660m), and finally into the shady forest to the lodges of Foprang Danda (3190m). It has great views over the Trisuli valley, across to Gatlang, Ganesh Himal and the Tamang area. A dank. forested trail, tricky after snow, continues up to Sing Gompa (3330m). The forest is rather denuded and mountain views are lost here. But don’t despair, the lodges are all good.
Sing Gompa –Cholangpati- Laurehina Yak Tranquil forest gives way to sensational airy ridge views. For those already acclimatized after Langtang, it’s perfectly possible to reach Gosainkunda, but here we describe it in two stages. Above sing, Gompa are the first views of Ganesh Himal for those who chose to slumber in bed and miss the Phulung side trip-lazy slobs! The trail switches to the north side of the ridge to reach Cholanpati, a delightful clearing with lodges. The steady climb continues to a welcoming Chorten, which conceals a cheeky Yab-Yum image of Samantabhadra in union with his consort-honestly, isn’t it a bit cold for that up here! Higher up is Laurebina (3910m), also called Laurebina Yak. It’s no hardship to overnight here if acclimatization is in doubt.
The superb ridge walk continues; it strongly breathtaking. There are said to be 108 lakes in the vicinity of Gosainkunda, so it’s a big job to visit them all. Gosainkund Lake is where Shiva came to cool his burning throat. Leaving Laurebina the trail climbs steadily across high meadows and old stone walls. En route is a white Chorten and another Shrone. Above here the trail becomes narrow, often exposed and tricky when icy. The first lake seen is Saraswati Kund. A fairly small and distant pool far below. The next lake of Bhairab Kund is a much larger, imposing affair, named after the terrifying god of destruction. Stone images of Saraswati and Ganesh are seen above this lake before reaching Gosainkund (4380m).
Although not a high Himalayan pass, the crossing on the Laurebina La can still pose a risk to trekkers. Snow is often the worst offender. Reaching Phedi is a comfortable choice and go on to Ghopte –but be aware the section after Phedi is demanding, and dangerous in icy conditions, so plan accordingly. Leaving this holy place, the trail climbs to three gushing waterspouts. It is not that taxing as it climbs to the pass, winding around the Dudh Kund, Ganesh Kund, and Surya Kund lakes. A large cairn marks the often-windy Laurebina Pass (4610m). Don’t let those gloves fly off while taking photos! From the pass, the descent is long, rough underfoot and often steep. Unfortunately, the lodge at Phedi High Camp (4100m) is currently not functioning ager storm damage, Take care on the loose surfaces and rocky obstacles of the trail down to Phedi (3780m).
It’s a long, demanding day’s much to Ghopte, which is on full display from Phedi, No one actually finisher the trek at Tharepati, of course, but the continuing trails are described under the Helambu section. Leaving Phedi the trail soon heads under forbidding cliffs, through sweet juniper, stunted rhododendrons and beside sparklingly clear streams with waterfalls to inspire.
There is a basic hut before Ghopte (3439m). After a huge overhanging rock on the left, once used by porters and pilgrims before lodges were invented, the trail goes down to Mera Kharka (3566m). The trail climbs to Tharepati (3690m), also spelled Thadepati, with views over Helambu. From Tharepati most follow the Helambu ridgeline through Mangengoth, Kutumasng, Pati Bhanjyang, and Chisapani before descending to Sundarijal in the Kathmandu Valley. Those wishing to discover more should head to Melamchigaon and on to Trekeghyang. A bus now runs, generally every day, between Melamchigaon and Kathmandu for those who wish to petard the hills mote urgently. The descent from Tharepati to Melamchigaon is steep and unrelenting.
- 4 to 5 hours.
- Guest House
From Tharepati it’s a superb, relaxing walk along the wide trail and airy ridge with views to east and west. On a clear day, these could extend from Ganesh to Gauri Shankar. Once upon a time, Magenkot (3420m) was a herders’ shelter (goth); these days there are more trekkers than goats. Don.t expect goat stew though. If you do n’t want to lounge about here in the tranquil forest, head up to the col, south of central Mangengoth. On the map, this place is called Kyuola Bhanjyang (3480m). Look out for red pandas (we glimpsed one ) and meerkats.
The walk continues down the ridgeline to Kutumsang, a rather more punishing trek than hoped for. On the way, Sangugupte would be a good stopover for those heading up from Kutumasang. Below there is little but a bit descent through the woods, interrupted only by a tricky section, steep steps, mocking monkeys and an are post. There is a white stupa before Kutumasang (2470m). A smoky bus leaves in the morning for Kathmandu most days, traveling via Melamchi Bazar.
This is a surprisingly rigorous stage, so make the most of the panoramic views as a distraction. The trail climbs and descends briefly to an abandoned lodge called Dragon Lodge. The first sight of Gul Zhanjiang is not well received since there is a considerable ghoulish drop to its rusty tin-roofed houses. The narrow, old streets of Gul Bhanjyang (2130) hide two lodges but neither is in the modern set. The climb from the village passes a new gleaming white stupa. In lower Thodung (2160m) is delightful though Lama Lodge, It’s a pity that it is so good, as it overshadows the two other basic lodges.
This stage is often hot and humid; the conditions remind you why you came to Nepal-to get away from the cold of Europe, of course! The route passes though Chipling (2170m) and Lapche with panoramic views from Annapurna in the west to Chobo Bamare in the east. The route descends rather haphazardly to Thankune Bhanjyang (1900m), with a bus top for Kathmandu. Further on is Pati Bhanjyang (1830). A section of badly eroded trail follows and then the road and path made for trekkers’ custom to Chisapani (2165). The village is popular with Kathmanduites, starved of fresh air, out for a weekend. Sunset can be magical and dawn refreshing, with a wide panorama. It’s a fitting last night stop, but there is still Kathmandu to reach.
- 3 to 4 hours.
- 3-star Hotel
Tinged with a touch of melancholy at the conclusion of the trek, the dawn view will energize all. It could be that farewell view that cements the seeds for another Himalayan adventure. Shivapuri National Park has a newly constructed stone step path. Borlang Bhanjyang pass is the high point before the route descends joyfully through the superb forest, where birdsong of prevalent. The exotic forest guarantees a calming experience, but don’t get too dreamy of those beautifully crafted stone steps will catch you out! The settlement of Malkharka (1855m) goes on and on.. down. Much of the way is concrete, decorated with buffalo droppings. Holy waiting for the night’s barking, and rubbish, all watched over by a lot of inquisitive children. Below all this is Sundrajijal (1460m), from where lovely buses and all manner of oddball transport chug into Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Airport picks up and drop.
- Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche to Sundarijal to Kathmandu.
- Full board meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
- 2 Night hotel in Kathmandu with a BB plan.
- 1 professional license English speaking Mountain Guide and Porter.
- All applicable taxes Shivapuri Nagarjun National park permit and Langtang National park Permit fee.
- First aid medical kits.
- Mountain rescue and evacuation arrangenments.
- Sherpa expedition and trekking sleeping Bag, down jackets, duffel bag, and trekking maps.
- Sleeping bag and down jackets to be returned after the trek.
- After trek last night dinner with Nepalese local culture dance.
Price Doesn’t include
- Nepal visa fee and Airport taxes.
- Travel insurance
- Porter to carry language you can order when you booking.
- Bar and beverage bills, personal expenses, laundry telephone bills internet and hot shower, etc.
- Tips for field staff ( Guide and Porter).
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Good to Know
1. Trekking equipment
The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:
- Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
2. Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)
3. Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.