The Langtang Gosainkunda Lake (4380m) Trek takes you to alpine regions that will blow your mind! In a short trip from Kathmandu, you will find yourself in a pristine countryside in Nepal’s first designated national park (1976) trekking over suspension bridges alongside raging torrents in a region rich in Tamang culture.
Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek has everything you would expect to discover in the Himalayas. It is a relatively short trek that makes it enticing for travelers and is also a stones’ throw from Kathmandu which means less time on the road and more time dedicated to trekking. The Langtang region is quiet with fewer trekkers and more peace and quiet allowing you to enjoy the birds singing, monkeys frolicking in the treetops, and time to smell the scent of the numerous forests you walk through.
The trek starts from Syabru Besi Village that is close to the Bhotekoshi River that is the upper river course of the Sun Kosi River., The Langtang region is more pristine and unspoiled than Annapurna and Mt. Everest regions. Langtang and Gosainkunda is located close to the Tibetan border and is greatly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. One of the highest points is Langtang Himal where the ice and snow melts and flows down to create the Trishuli River. Gosainkunda Lake remains frozen for 6 months of the year from October to June.
The waters of Lake Gosainkunda are considered holy and of particular significance during the Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima festivals when thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. Gosainkunda is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (holy Trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison.
The journey explores the vast area between Langtang and Ganesh Himal and allows you to experience the unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Tamang people.
The Langtang National Park is 25% forest ranging from subtropical to alpine and includes deciduous oak and maple, pine, and rhododendron (in full bloom in spring). Expect to see various native animals, such as the Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, Assam macaque and red pandas It is rumored that the fabled Yeti has been seen here too!
Besides Gosainkunda Lake, there are fantastic views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and unique wildlife. The rhododendron forests, during spring, are ablaze with pink color. The trail passes through bamboo groves and alpine forests, and if luck has it you will also see the somewhat elusive red panda, or maybe the Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, and rhesus monkeys. The birdlife is also abundant in this region. A reasonable level of fitness is required on this trek due to climbing at higher altitudes.
The Gosainkunda Lake -Langtang trek can be done all year – even in winter!
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Langtang and Gosainkunda regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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I chose to travel to Nepal to trek the Himalayas without much earlier research, I remained in Thamel Park Hotel which was booked for me by the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team. Besides, Kiran was educated about the mountains and climbing choices and so on. This ended up being valid and I booked a 2-week Langtang Gosaikunda Lauribina Pass Trek on his suggestion. I had a couple of days before it began so additionally reserved a city voyage through KTM sanctuaries and day trek to Jamacho. Every one of my outings were incredible fun and I truly preferred every one of the aides gave. My guide Ram on Langtang was exceptionally experienced, took care of me and made me have a sense of security as an independent female explorer. On my arrival to the lodging I even reserved a fourth excursion with the organization to Chitwan which again was a ton of fun and efficient.
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