Langtang Gosainkunda Circuit Trek – 18 days

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Trekking Destination: Langtang Gosainkunda Circuit Trek
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 18 Days


The Langtang trail heads east through forests up the Langtang Valley as far as Kyanjin Gompa. Experience the spiritual lifestyle of the Buddhist people here. Their monastery is 700 years old. An early morning hike up Tserko Ri offers huge panoramic views of the High Himalaya along the Tibetan border; plus nearby Langtang Lirung and its glaciers.

Retrace your steps to Lama Hotel before branching southwards and up above the tree line to Thulo Syabru: with magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal to the northwest.Continue to Laurebina and then Gosaikunda, an important pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. Marvel at the sunrise over the glistening lakes.

The Gosaikunda trail then rises to the Laurebina La before gradually descending into the Helambu Valley: with terraced farmlands and rice paddies. Numerous Buddhist monasteries dot the countryside. Explore the villages of Kutumsang, Chisopani and Mulkharka. From Sundarijal, a short drive returns you to your Hotel in Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our  Himalayan Treks and Expedition Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our company play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town. 

2 Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world!  Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.

3 Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1,440m/4,750ft), 7-8 hrs, ~132km drive

The journey northwest from Kathmandu on the Northern Highway follows a torturous route over the middle hills through picturesque forest and farmland. Views of Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal and Kyirong to the north are possible from high ridges. At Devighat the road turns north into the Trisuli Valley and meets the river at Trisuli. A secondary road then winds up the river valley to Betrawati, before snaking over the hills to Dhunche; the largest village in the region. Continue down to the riverside village of Syabru Besi where the river (that cuts through the ranges from Tibet) is now named the Bhote Koshi. Overnight in Syabru Lodge 

4 Day 04: Syabru Besi – Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km

From Syabru Besi the trail follows the Langtang Khola which rises from the Langtang Glacier below Langtang Ri: on the finger of land that pushes north to the border with Tibet. After crossing a couple of suspension bridges it leads precipitously along and above the south bank of the stream, passing through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. These are home to a wide variety of wildlife: numerous birds, grey langurs, and red pandas, wild boars, Himalayan black bears. Overnight in Lama Hotel at Lodge. 

5 Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km

Today’s trail climbs a 1,000m/3,300ft, beginning easily at first, then more steeply as it climbs through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron, maple and hemlock. Tantalising views of the approaching Langtang Himal appear to the north. The trail then drops back to a picturesque tea house on the river, climbs a pass to the hotel-settlement of Ghora Tabela and then rises with the river, as it gradually enters the ancient, broad, U-shaped glacial valley carved by the Langtang, Shalbachum and Lirung Glaciers. 

The path then climbs the hillside; through forest and open terraced fields of buckwheat, barley and potatoes, to the villages of Thangshyap, Chamki and Ghumba (with an interesting gompa). Finally it rises, past water driven mills and prayer wheels, to the large village of Langtang: headquarters of the National Park. Impressive twin waterfalls drop from a cliff-cleft above this Tibetan village of flat-roofed stone and wooden homes. Cattle and yaks graze above the town. Langtang Lirung is directly north of the village. Local cheeses, breads and apple pie pamper to foreign tastes. Overnight  Langtang at Lodge.

6 Day 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa, (3,870m/12,697ft), 3-4 hrs, ~5km

Today is a short day: which should aid acclimatisation. Climb a ridge beyond the village to a Chorten and continue gently up passed a long mani wall to Mundu and Sindum. Then drop (passed an impressive boulder) back to the river before climbing to Yamphu: and a yak-wool shop. The trail then crosses the Laja Chu before rising up a moraine to a view point: with views of the dramatic icefall from the Langtang Lirung and Kinshung peaks as well as the monastery ahead. Surmount a final ridge and drop to the teahouse-village that has developed below the gompa. Consider afternoon walks to the cheese factory or to Kyanjin Gompa or to the Kyanjin Glacier to assist with acclimatisation. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa at Lodge.

7 Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa: rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration

Kyanjin Ri (4,850m/16,005ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,500ft) both offer excellent viewpoints of the area. After breakfast, walk up to Tsergo Ri for spectacular views to the north of the Langtang Range and in particular Langtang Lirung (7,227m/23,712ft), Kinshung (6,781m/22,248ft) and Yansa Tsenji (6,567m/21,546ft). Below is the impressive snout of the huge Langtang Lirung Glacier. To the west and south is: Dorie Lakpa (6,966m/22,855ft), Ganchenpo (6,387m/20,956ft), Dshabu Ri (5,202m/17,068ft) and Urking Kanggari (5,863m/19,565ft). Return to the guest house for lunch and then stroll around the Kyanjin Valley. Overnight in Kyanjin Lodge. 

8 Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,150ft), 3-4 hrs, ~5km

Retrace your steps, back down to the Lama Hotel, enjoying the views on this easier walk. Take it slowly to assist with acclimatisation. Overnight in Lama Hotel at Lodge.

9 Day 09: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru (2,230m/7,350ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km

Continue to retrace your steps, stopping for lunch at Pairo. Then ascend: with great northeast views of the Ganesh Himal before dropping to cross to the south side of the river above Bamboo and continue up to a ‘T’ junction: (straight on for Syabrubesi). Turn south (left) and trek upwards to U Kyang and on to the large village of Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru at Lodge.

10 Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3,330m/10,925ft), 4-5 hrs, ~8km

Today’s trail involves another 1,000m/3,300ft ascent with splendid views of the Ganesh Himal to the northeast plus the Langtang Range and Valley to the north. A broad path zigzags up the hill from the village through potato fields. Follow the routes that lead to Dursagang and then climb up through oak and hemlock forests followed by rhododendron forest and open pastures to summit on a ridge at Phoprang Danda. A large trail to Shin Gompa follows the top of the ridge through old forest, then up to a higher ridge of spruce forest: and a final climb to a third ridge and the village of Chandan Bari – and Shin Gompa. The Gompa runs a cheese factory; opened initially under the auspices of a Swiss company. Both are worth a visit. Overnight in Shin Gompa at Lodge.

11 Day 11: Shin Gompa – Laurebina Yak (3,950m/12,960ft), 3-4 hrs, ~4km

The trail ascends smoothly through rhododendron forest with continuing views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals and the tranquil Langtang valley. The northern slopes of today’s route have been declared a sanctuary: dedicated to the preservation of the endangered red panda: which the Nepali call a ‘cat bear.’ 

The tree line of the north facing forests is now replaced, by the scrub vegetation of the southern slopes as the path rises higher; to a perfect tea spot at Cholang Pati. The trail continues to climb to Laurebina Yak with wider ranging and more breathtaking scenery that now includes views, from west to east, of the distant Annapurnas, the Manaslu (8,156m/26,760ft) range, the full Langtang Range and also mountains visible beyond the border into Tibet. This is a perfect place to relax – and enjoy magnificent sunset/sunrise photographic possibilities. Overnight in Laurebina Yak at Lodge. 

12 Day 12: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikunda (4,380m/14,454ft), 3-4 hrs, ~3km

After a tranquil early morning photo shoot, the trail climbs to a ridge and on up, past waterfalls from the small Saraswati Kund (Lake, 4,100m/13,530ft). It then follows an exposed route, high above the Trisuli Valley to the west, to a spur and views of the second, Bhairav Kund. Beyond, Gosaikunda lies on the north-western shore of the largest lake. There are good viewpoints on a ridge behind the village. Several semi-frozen lakes lie to the south. Afternoon exploration. Overnight in Gosaikunda at Lodge 

13 Day 13: Gosaikunda – Laurebina La (4,610m/15,213ft) – Gopte (3,440m/11,286ft), 6-8 hrs, ~8km

Ahead is the Laurebina La which needs about 1½ hrs to summit along a trail that passes four more lakes. Summit views over Sura (Sun) Kund and the surrounding countryside are splendid. The trail then descends beside a stream to a rustic high camp “lodge” before dropping down the centre of the valley to Phedi. Below Phedi, the trail becomes rocky and climbs up and down several ridges, dropping eventually into rhododendron and pine forest beneath the cliffs of the Thare Danda. It negotiates several ravines before reaching Gopte which lies on a ridge. Overnight in Gopte at Lodge. 

14 Day 14: Gopte – Tharepati (3,640m/12,012ft), 2-3 hrs, ~8km

Today is a short walk. The trail continues to negotiate rocky ravines and crosses old boulder strewn moraine beds before ascending to a high, windy, ridge and the village of Tharepati. Magnificent (distant!) views to the northeast include Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar and ranges into Tibet. Overnight in Tharepati at Lodge. 

15 Day 15: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2,450m/8,085ft), 4-5 hrs, ~10km

The trail drops 1,200m/3,900ft today over a succession of ridges. At first it descends steeply through dense pine forest towards distant Mangengoth. It then climbs the Mera Danda from where some of the last good views of the Langtang peaks appear to the north. Another valley crossing leads to Yuldu Bhanjyang for the last peak views. The trail then passes a waterfall and ridges down through fir and rhododendron forest and farmland to Kutumsang.  Explore the village. Overnight in Kutumsang at Lodge.

16 Day 16: Kutumsang – Chisopani (2,160m/7,125ft), 5-6 hrs, ~11km

At first the trail climbs past granite cliffs and on to the Tamang village of Golphu on a ridge. It then continues its general upward trend to Thotong and Lapcha Danda. There are great views of the softer Helambu District to the south from high ridges. From here the trail drops through fields and new forest to the large village of Chipling. It then undulates over two lower ridges before climbing gently to Chisopani from where there are good, distant mountain views. Overnight in Chisopani at Lodge.   

17 Day 17: Chisopani – Sundarijal – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 4-5 hrs, ~10 , 1 hr, ~20km bus ride

Chisopani lies at the northern border of the Shivapuri National Park; which is also the main water catchment area for Kathmandu. The trail passes through dense forests, rising gently to the Borlang Bhanjyang before undulating to Mulkharka and then dropping to Sundarijal on the southern border of the park. From here a jeep will return you to Kathmandu and your hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast. 

18 Day 18: Final departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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