The Langtang Gosaikunda trek is a popular trek, situated in the shadow of the spectacular Langtang Range bordering with Tibet of China. The Langtang valley has unique Tamang heritage, alpine forests and high mountains. This trail has Gosaikunda (a sacred pond) with its great cultural and religious value. The Gosaikunda area has been delineated as a religious site. Hindu mythology attributes Gosaikunda as the home of the Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri. Gosaikunda, also known as frozen lake, is situated at an elevation of 4,380 meter in Rasuwa district of Nepal. Langtang National Park is the first national park of Nepal and most of the area of the national park is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7245m), the highest peak of the area. The trek offers breathtaking views in a short time compared to any other drive-to trek in Nepal. Langtang area has beautiful and traditional Tamang villages. Basically, the Tamang ethnic group came from Tibet and started practicing a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism. They are also famous for their craftsmanship, unique dress and architecture.
It is believed that the lake is formed by digging of the holy Trishul (trident) of lord Shiva as after he drank the ‘Kalakuta’ poison from ‘Samudramanthan’ and desperately wanted cold water to quench the overwhelming heat of the poison. Gosaikunda is Hindu pilgrimage site from where the frozen lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River. Langtang area was almost damaged by the 2015 devastating earthquake and it took long time to rebuild the damaged structures. Now, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the damaged structures and community is underway. Many people have returned to their villages and started leading normal life. Tourism has been limping back to normalcy in Lantang area.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m), reception in Kathmandu Airport and transportation to Hotel-O/N in Hotel with BB
Day 2: Sightseeing
Visitors can visit various historical and cultural places in Kathmandu valley including Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Buddhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, among others.
Day 3:Drive to Syabrubesi
After breakfast, trekkers will take a 4WD jeep to to Syabrubesi for five hours, On the way, trekkers pass through many small villages with fascinating and panoramic view of nature. Trekkers reach Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district. Then, the trekkers drive to Syabrubesi which is the final destination of the day. O/N in a hotel in Syabrubesi.
Day 4:Trek to Lama Hotel
After having breakfast, trekkers cross through a suspension bridge and head precipitously along a stream, is a beautiful hike through Nepal’s lush, forested middle hills, filled with Langur monkeys, fruit trees, local water mills, buffaloes, cows, goats and traditional Tamang villages. Then, they reach Lama Hotel for night stay.
Day 5:Trek to Langtang
After having breakfast, trekkers pass through a dense forest through Langtang Valley. Then, they cross a bridge and heads up with a winding path along with spectacular view of the nature. The trekkers pass vestiges of Tibetan Buddhism along rhododendron and evergreen forests before they reach Langtang village, which is the largest village in Rasuwa.
Day 6:Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
After the breakfast, trekkers pass Langtang village and they can see Tamangs Yaks grazing in the fields. Continuing along the trail, they trek by Nepal’s largest Mani wall, ancient stones with Buddhist inscriptions carved to the gods. Kanjin Gompa, backed by high Himalayan peaks and very close to the border of Tibet. This place is famous for cheese and curd.
Day 7:Explore Kanjin Gompa
Trekkers can hike out of Kyanjin Gompa, all with wonderful views of the tumbling icefalls. They can get chances to look for the indigenous birds and wildlife such as the Himalaya thar. Kyanjin Ri (4,800m/15,748ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) are some good viewpoints in the area that trekkers can climb. They can visit Tserko Ri (5000m) for spectacular view of the langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier.
Day 8:Trek to Lama Hotel
After breakfast, the trekkers will go downhill and can see fantastic views of towering mountains that they had missed on the way up.
Day 9:Trek to Thulo Syabru
After breakfast, the trekkers trail decent to river, cross the river and ascend to Thulo Syabru. They can see the fascinating view of Langtang Himal. On the way, they will pass through pine and Junipers forests.
Day 10:Trek to Shin Gumba
After breakfast, trekkers take the broad trail climbing up to Dimsa village and the trial will be less steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and oak forests to Shin Gumba. On the way, trekkers will see fantastic views of Langtang Himal and Langtang valley.
Day 11:Trek to Gosaikunda
After breakfast, the trekkers ascend smoothly through rhododendron covered point to the top of the rim and through a forested area. The area in-between Shin Gomba and Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that Nepalis call it cat bear. Trekkers return to the ridge path and climb a wider route through alpine country to arrive at Gosaikunda.
Day 12:Trek to Gopte
Trekkers climb up rough and crosses moraines. Passing three more small lakes, the trail ascends and crosses Laurebina La (4,609m/15,121ft) after the pass, the path down to Phedi and trekkers continue to walk up and down throughout, crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees.
Day 13:Trek to Malemchi gaon
After breakfast, trekkers will slide down through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at Kharka that is surrounded by rhododendron forests. Then, they climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Thare Pati. Climbing the ridge directly above the village will give trekkers a marvelous view of Jugal area.
Day 14:Trek to Tarke Gyang
After breakfast, the trekkers will enter a cultural destination– Helambu Region, walk up to Tarke Gyang where they can enjoy Sherpa culture with traditional village and monasteries. The stone houses are close to them with narrow alleyways separating them.
Day 15:Trek to Sermathang
Trekkers will cross a small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley and ends between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.
Day 16:Trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar – Drive back to Kathmandu
Trekkers will take a short trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu.
Visitors/trekkers can fly back to their country or can extend their Nepal trip exploring worth-seeing places which are in abundance in Nepal.