Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the combination of two wonderful treks in Langtang National Park. Established in 1976 as the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal, Langtang is one of the unspoiled national parks of Nepal which covers an area of 1,710 km2 with altitude variation starting at 1500m and ascending to the top of Mt. Langtang Lirung at 7246m.
Langtang National Park
Area: 1710 km2
Buffer Zone: 420 km2
Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is the nearest national park to the capital Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region at the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. The Langtang area is best known for its pristine forests, high-elevation meadows of wild sheep, Tibetan-like culture, and lovely mountain views. The name "Langtang" comes from the story of the ancient Buddhist lama who followed his lost yak into the valley; "Lang" means "yak" and "Tang" means "follow".
Langtang is one of Nepal's unspoiled national parks, covering an area of 1,710 km2 and ranging in altitude from 1500 m to the summit of Mt. Langtang Lirung at 7246 m. As a result, the park has immense ecological diversity, with small communities scattered along the valley walls. Established in 1976 as the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal, Langtang covers three districts: Rasuwa, Nuwakot, and Sindhupalchowk, with 26 VDCs. In 1998, the Langtang National Park Buffer Zone was established. Langtang has over 70 glaciers of varying sizes, the Langtang and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges, and high-altitude lakes including Gosainkunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda, and Dudhkunda.
The park lies at the pinnacle as the meeting point between Indo-Malayan and Paleo-Arctic realms, which are embellished with the important ecosystems of both realms as conservation priorities. Langtang represents a good spectrum of vegetation types along with an altitude range between 1000 m and 7245 m. Landscapes produced by the complex topography, geological settings, and altitude can be experienced by walking three days from the Bhotekoshi River to Langsisa. Being the nearest Himalayan Park from the capital city of Kathmandu, it is the third most popular trekking destination among all protected areas in Nepal. The park's rich vegetation is characterised by the Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park, and it is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000–2600 m) consisting of chirpine, rhododendrons, and Nepalese alder. The temperate zone (2600–3000 m) is covered mainly by oak forest, fading to old-growth forests of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower subalpine zone (3000–3600m). The Nepalese larch, the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in the park and in a few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones, different species of rhododendron and scrub form a colourful understory. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, sorbus, and twisted rhododendron are found near the tree line. All the 4000 m elevation, juniper, and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into the expansive alpine grassland meadows.
The park is also well known for its populations of red pandas, Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, wild dogs, ghorals, serows, and more than 250 species of birds.
Gosaikunda is situated at the altitude of 4380m to the north of Kathmandu on the Langtang trekking trail. A lake is one of the most divine pilgrimage trips in Nepal. The lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison. There is a large rock in the center of the lake, which is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. People often claim that they see Shiva lying in the water.
Langtang valley offers travelers a glimpse of the unique cultural heritage blended with ecological diversity. Along with tourism, butter and cheese production are major local economic activities. Beside Langtang village Ancient Buddhist monastery town, Kyanjin Gompa (3584m) is a spiritual site where dedicated Buddhist monks learn and perform their rituals, also a vibrant tourist destination to enjoy the warmth of the sun and natural beauty with different places to explore like walk near to glacier or hiking RI (top) of Kyanjin RI and Charku RI offers 360 views of mountains, walk near airport and weather station and riverside or day trip to Langsila. Kyanjin will refresh your memory and inspire you to enjoy life and be near mountains often to enjoy this beautiful gift of God to humankind.
Tentative travel Plan
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
On the day of your arrival, we will be there to pick you up from the airport and check you in to your hotel. After that, you can take a rest as you will probably be tired because of a long flight. If you arrive early, after taking some rest you can walk around the places near your hotel and freshen up or do some last-minute shopping for things that you will need or buy souvenirs.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
On the second day, we will rise early and have breakfast as well as the tour guide will brief you on your travel plans. Then we will begin our journey, we will first go to Swayambhu MahaChaitya. We will arrange all the required travel permits before we head to our main destination.
Day 3: Drive: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Today after breakfast, we leave Kathmandu Valley to Syabrubesi to start our Learning while traveling to field camp. Syabrubesi is around 120 KM away from Kathmandu. In approx, 6-7 hours we will reach Syabrubesi. The way to Syabrubesi is filled with greenery and hills, uphill and downhill, waterfalls, beautiful valleys, and mountain views. The local shops, locals in daily chores, terrace farms, and roaming animals, and the sound of rivers adds charms to our journey. On our way, we will stop for lunch and refreshments.
At Syabrubesi after the hotel check-in, we will explore Syabrubesi to know more about the indigenous Tamang community and their ways of life.
Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel
Today is an exciting day, today we will be walking with our backpacks to Langtang valley.
After crossing the Trisuli river we enter the Langtang valley trail by the side of Langtang Khola, we walk together through the forest with the sound of birds, the rustling of leaves and bushes, and the river Langtang.
At Dowan (Confluence of two rivers)we will have a cup of tea to rest and enjoy a small waterfall.
Then after we began to climb gently to reach the top of the hill to have a beautiful view of the surrounding. One the way we might come across locals traveling to villages and back to Syabrubesi.
After a short climb, the trail becomes easy, giving time to reflect and think about beautiful nature, our mission of knowledge, and life away from a busy schedule.
At bamboo, we will stop for lunch. While our lunch gets cooked we will enjoy moments in the riverside and also explore local handicrafts and life. Bamboos area is the prime habitat of exclusive red panda and mountain bears.
After lunch, we will cross the suspension bridge to climb high up the hill to reach Rimche.
From Rimche, the downhill walk will reach Lama Hotel.
At Lama Hotel, after some rest, we walk around nature, visit the riverside, and the lifestyle of the people living there.
Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang
Another day, another adventure, After breakfast, we will cross over to the other side of the hill to reach the riverside. The forest trail is easy which gives us time to understand the changing geography, tree patterns, birds, and surroundings. The landscape slowly changes to a mountain … In this trail at one point, we will suddenly see Langtang Lirung framed in a tree branch.
At Riverside, the narrow valley starts opening up to more mountain landscapes. This area is famous for wild animals. From the riverside, the trail once again climbs up to reach Godha Tabela ( Horse castle). From Godha Tabela, we will have a wide view of Langtang valley, the mountains, the waterfalls, and the fir forest.
Godha Tabela is also the starting point of the mountain landscape. Here you can see the different trails we walked a couple of hours ago.
We will pass through a few small villages along the way such as Thyangsep and finally, we will reach Langtang Valley. An important note to know is that Langtang Valley that we go to now is the new Langtang Valley that was shifted after the 2015 earthquake destroyed the old valley which caused a great loss of human lives as well as the whole settlement. So on the way to the new Langtang Valley, you have to walk through the trail where the old valley used to be and see the one remaining house that remains standing to this day. Once you arrive at the Langtang Valley you can use your free time to take a rest or go exploring as you experience local Tamang culture.
Day 6: Langtang to Kyanjin Gumba
Today we will begin our journey to Kyanjin Gumba. The walk to Kyanjin is the easiest out of all the previous days. By the time you reach Mundu, we get surrounded by tall peaks of Mountains all around you. We will reach Kyanjin Gumba just in time for lunch. We will explore the historic Kyanjin area.
On the way, we will come across many Chortens, Stupas’ dedicated loved ones. The mantras carved in stones combine well with the panoramic surrounding. Those mantras are for the safe from natural calamities and sound and healthy life.
The weather is cold and windy as evening time comes, which will be a great time to stay inside and enjoy the view from your hotel with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Day 7: kyanjin Gumba (Day hike to Kyanjin Ri)
In the morning, we will climb Kyanjin Ri. At 4750 M above sea level, we will stand tall next to Langtang Lirung, witness the longest Glacier.
In the afternoon we will visit Kyanjin Gumba. We will meet Lama and interact about the culture and history of the Kyanjin area and Tibetan Buddhism. We will explore why they put the dead in the cave.
We will visit the cheese factory, know the culture of transhumanism
Day 8: kyanjin Gumba to Lama Hotel
On this day we will leave Kyanjin Gumba and walk back to Lama Hotel. This time we have a different view with folding hills on the horizon. More time to explore culture and nature.
Day 9: Lama Hotel to ThuloSyabru village (2540 m)
We will start our day with the majestic landscape view breakfast we start our uphill to reach the ridge at Phoprang Danda (3190 m). This place is popular for panoramic Mountain View. Walking through sub-tropical forest we will reach Chandan Bari. Chandan Bari – lauribina forest area around from Bamboo is sanctuary for Red Panda.
Day 10: ThuloSyabru village (2540 m) to Chandan Bari ( Sigh Gompa)
After breakfast, we will start ascend towards one of the holiest lakes in Nepal. The trail winds uphill after crossing stream with combination of continuous uphill and beautiful surrounding. More we climb up more beautiful it gets.
Chandan Bari as name is famous destionation where the holy Chandan grows. This place is famous for fresh Cheese known as Yak Cheese.
Day 11: Chandan bari- Gosaikunda Lake
From Chandan Bari For hour we will walk through ever green rain forest, then trails crosses over to mountain environment with changes in tree cover from tall forest to fir and small scrubs. After Lauribina( without stick) uphill we will reach Buddha temple, from here we could see Dhunche far below.
From this point we will decent towards our destination Gosaikunda Lake
Day 12: Gosaikunda- Tharepati
In the morning we will enjoy this spiritual and mesmerizing lake. From here we can either return back same way or continue journey uphill to witness more beautiful high altitude Lakes, mountain views and horizon. On our way we will witness waterfalls all around, green surrounding.
After crossing Surya Kunda (Lake) we will cross Lauribina pass for long downhill towards Kathmandu
Day 13: Tharepati- Kathmandu
We continue our journey towards Kathmandu passing through small villages, uphill and downhill.
After Lunch we will catch Jeep to ride back to Kathmandu to soak in fresh pool.
Day 14: Kathmandu
Day 15: Onward