• Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Langtang
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Teahouse
  •    Meals: Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  •    Maximum altitude: 4380 meter
  •    Group size: 1+
  •    Best Season: Mar-May / Sep-Nov

Langtang Trek to Gosainkunda Lake is the Himalayan trekking adventure that is the nearest from Kathmandu valley. The adventure goes to the Langtang region of the Himalaya to the north of Kathmandu valley. You will explore the beautiful Langtang valley and the Gosainkunda region during the trek.

Langtang Trek to Gosainkunda Lake is certainly one of the most beautiful trekking adventures in Nepal. A quiet mountain region with beautiful sceneries around is also popular for the cultural experience. The ethnic Tamang and Sherpa people of the region have unique cultural riches that you can experience while on the trek.

What you see during Langtang Trek to Gosainkunda Lake

In addition to being the nearest Himalayan trek from Kathmandu, it is also a beautiful cultural adventure. As soon as you start the trek from Syabrubesi, you will find wonderful natural and cultural riches of the region.

The trek first goes towards the Langtang valley taking you to Kyanjing Gompa. This trail will offer you an incredible cultural experience of the ethnic people living in the region. You will certainly enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains during the trek.

Later on, when you head towards Gosainkunda, you will come through an even more peaceful region. Gosainkunda is a holy pilgrimage for the Hindus in Nepal. Thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the lake every year. In addition to the pilgrims, there are trekkers enjoying the walking adventure in the region. Trekking to Gosainkunda is also a spiritual exploration amidst the wilderness of the mountains.

Although this trip combines Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda regions in a single trek, you can also trek only to the Langtang Valley. But if you want to experience a little longer trek and explore more of the region, this trek is certainly for you.

Reasons this trip becomes an Experience

Nepal Climbing Adventure always strives to offer an adventure traveling experience that you can cherish. While the Langtang Trek to Gosainkunda Lake is beautiful in its all essence, your experience of trekking there becomes even more beautiful with us.

By the time we take you to the base camp and bring you back, we take one step ahead to offer you a beautiful experience. We keep your safety and happiness is our top priority and you will experience the same during the trip.

Trekking with us to Langtang and Gosainkunda is traveling in safe hands.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Normally, your arrival in Kathmandu is the day one of this trip. We will come to pick you up at the airport as per your flight time and transfer you to the hotel. There are no activities today apart from a trip briefing meeting. The information about the meeting time will be available upon your arrival at the hotel.

You have time to relax and go for any last-minute preparation of the trip. Welcome to Kathmandu!

 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu

We have a full day in Kathmandu to explore the heritage sites in the valley. If we have not met for the meeting yesterday, we will meet today after breakfast. If we have met yesterday, we will continue on a full-day sightseeing tour.

Your entire afternoon will be busy going around different ancient and medieval heritage monuments in the Kathmandu valley. We will take you to Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath to explore the ancient and medieval magnificence of the valley.

The tour will show you a lot about the culture, spiritual practice, history, and lifestyle of people in the valley. You will have an awesome cultural tour day today. Our city tour guide will make it easier for you to understand what you are looking at to make your experience even better.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi

After a day to prepare for the trek and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, we leave Kathmandu to drive to Syabrubesi today. The drive will be of around seven hours through the beautiful highway and its surroundings. We will drive past several local towns and villages that will give us the idea and impression of life in the small towns and villages.

Syabrubesi is the place where we start the trek to Langtang and Gosainkunda. We will stay overnight today at a guesthouse and spend a relaxing evening around the town.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel

We begin the trekking adventure today at Syabrubesi and the walk takes us to Lama Hotel today to stay overnight. The first day of the Langtang Trek to Gosainkunda Lake offers us incredibly beautiful natural surroundings and local villages as we traverse the trail. After passing through several amazing places, we reach Lama Hotel eventually. This place is a popular overnight stop for the trekkers in the Langtang region. We spend our first overnight in the mountains of Langtang at Lama Hotel.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang

On the second day of the walk, we will head towards the Langtang valley and reach Langtang village to stay overnight. About five hours of the walk today will take us through beautiful surroundings that bring breathtaking views of the mountains. It is a beautiful day walk in nature that gives us a healing touch with a soothing gentle breeze and natural surroundings.

Once we reach Langtang village and check into a teahouse, we will wander around and learn about the place. This entire village was swept away by a landslide during the devastating earthquake in 2015. But the place is there now to serve trekkers again rising from the disaster.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa

The trek to today will take us to another beautiful place in the region – Kyanjin Gompa. This is a local ethnic village in the region that offers a wonderful cultural immersion. In addition, it also offers a breathtaking view of the mountains in the Langtang region.

The trek to Kyanjin today takes us through places with beautiful natural surroundings. We will also enjoy the beauty of prayer flags and prayer walls as we trek up towards the destination for the day.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Kyanjin Exploration Day

We will have an early morning wake up today as we are hiking to Kyanjin Ri. The hike will take us to Kyanjin Ri and we can enjoy some unbelievable views of the mountains. We will descend to Kyanjin after the sunrise and spend the entire day exploring the village and its surroundings. A full day at Kyanjin will give us a chance to observe the cultural wonders there closely.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Kynajin Gompa – Lama Hotel

After exploring Kyanjin Gompa, we are now ready to make our way back to Lama Hotel today. The trek starts towards Gosainkunda now. We will tread the same trail back to Lama Hotel to stay overnight today.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru

From today onwards, we will start trekking towards Gosainkunda Lake. The walk for the day today will take us to Thulo Syabru to stay overnight. We will traverse the trail that descends and ascends through the mountains. Beautiful natural surroundings and the views of the mountains will make our day a wonderful walking experience. We reach Thulo Syabru eventually to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa

The walk today will take us to Shin Gompa as our overnight destination for the day. Although it is a short walk to the destination, it will bring us incredible views of the mountains and surroundings. Once we reach the destination, we will have enough time to explore and exploit the beauty of the surroundings.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Shin Gompa – Gosainkunda

Finally, we are on the day to walk to Gosainkunda. After a challenging walk up the mountain towards the lake, we will reach the peaceful and heavenly Gosainkunda Lake. Although the walk is challenging, we will forget all those challenging efforts once we reach the destination. It is a beautiful region with lakes and breathtaking surroundings. We will explore the lake and the surroundings and stay overnight here today.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Gosainkunda – Dhunche

It is the final day of the trek in the mountain today. We are traversing the trail all the way back to Dhunche to stay overnight. A long yet beautiful day walk will bring our trekking adventure to an end. We will enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings on the final day of the walk. Once we reach Dhunche, we will find a guesthouse and stay a relaxing overnight here.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Dhunche – Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu today. It will take us around seven hours to drive back to Kathmandu. We will drive along the same highway that we took earlier to Syabrubesi. Once we reach Kathmandu, we will take a leisurely stroll around and spend a relaxing time after trekking adventure in the mountains.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: Departure Day

The trip has come to an end today. We have to bid farewell for this time hoping to meet again for another adventure soon. We will drive you to the airport for your departure flight as scheduled. 

Meal: Breakfast

Cost Details

What is included?

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation and meals during the whole of the trek.
  • 3 nights in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • Government and local taxes
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide(4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), porters(2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, food, lodging and all equipment.
  • A comprehensive medical kit

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee(bring small denomination cash USD and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation apart from the schedule due to any reasons
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (USD200 each jeep)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for travel guides or porters

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - Trekking in Nepal

 

Are you a licensed trekking agency?

Yes, we are a licensed company to operate adventure tours in Nepal. We have been organizing tours, Treks, and Expeditions for our valued clients for over two decades. Our long journey and experience in the field have made us pioneer in the industry.  

 

Do the guides speak English and have first aid training?

All of our guides are experienced experts in their job and speak fluent English. Most of them are born in the areas they guide trekkers to and have several years of experience as trekking guides in the mountains. It's mandatory that they are trained in first aid and also carry a first aid kit with them during the trek.

 

How big are the groups?

We always do our best to team up a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventure travel experience, coupled with an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in the true spirit that comes with adventure. Our trek groups generally comprise of maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply.

 

Are permits included in the price of the trek?

Yes. All of the necessary permits for your trek are included in the price and will be arranged for you prior to your trek. For certain restricted regions (like Manaslu and Makalu), you'll need to have a full day in Kathmandu prior to your trek as your trek operator will need your passport for the permit registration. 

 

Do you arrange private treks?

Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe that best suits you for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). The costs for private trips are generally fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration, and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR A SINGLE WOMAN. If by any chance, none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you want to go solo. We assign local guides, porters, etc who you can trust your life with.

 

Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

On all our Camping treks, we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A-frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables, and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent; all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks there isn’t really a necessity to provide any equipment.  
 
But you are provided a duffel bag if you don’t have one and a down jacket if you haven’t flown in with your own. This is loaned to you and must be returned when the trek is done.   

 

How difficult are the treks?

Classifying the difficulty of a trek is like walking a thin red-line, as it depends on your fitness and experience hiking in the mountains. In the Himalaya, a trek's difficulty depends on the steepness of the trail, the general altitude, and the duration of the trek. Generally, the higher you go the more difficult the trek becomes. For most treks in the lower foothills (Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, and Pikey Peak), it's fairly moderate trekking, although some days will be more challenging than others. For higher-altitude treks (i.e. Everest Base Camp, Gokyo, Annapurna Circuit, and Nar Phu), the treks become more challenging as you get going over 5,000m passes with longer days. If you’re an avid walker and enjoy hiking, then there’s no better adventure than trekking.  

 

How long do we walk each day?

Much of our trekking ventures are classified into THREE different categories according to the level of difficulty. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 – 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Arduous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and activities that are not only physically challenging but also tax the mind. These trips are not for greenhorns.   

 

What is exactly 'teahouse' trekking?

Teahouse trekking refers to staying at a small local lodge or mountain hut each night of your trek. The lodges are basic but pretty cozy; enough to shelter you from the bitter mountain winds. They consist of 5-10 rooms with a common area used for eating and hanging out. Most treks in Nepal are teahouse treks where the lodges are run by members of the local community. Bunking out at these teahouses in some of the harshest territories on earth will give you a true sense of what life is in the wild.

 

What do we mean by FOT trek?

On FOT or a ‘Fully Organized Trek’, all meals and sleeping arrangements will be fully organized by the support crew. FOTs are also known as CAMPING TREKS. On camping treks, you will be sleeping in tents. A trekking crew consists of one sirdar, one cook, and kitchen crew, Sherpa assistants, and porters depending on the size of the group. Under the leadership of the Sirdar (local trek leader), the crew consists of several Sherpa assistants who will ensure you don't take the wrong path, a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well-fed with delicious and nutritious meals, and the porters to transport all the gear from camp to camp.  
 
Our main aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The ratio of both Sherpa guides and kitchen crew to group members is generally 1:4 and the ratio of porters to group members is around 3:1 at the beginning of the trek, but this decreases as food is eaten and loads become smaller. For bathroom facilities, we carry a toilet tent. Your camping staff dig a deep hole in the ground for excrement and cover the hole with soil after nature’s call is done. Camping treks are more expensive than teahouse treks. These treks are generally operated in remote restricted alpine zones that go above the tree-lines. Camping treks can also be used as options for teahouse treks throughout the Himalaya to enjoy the true spirit of adventure!

 

What is security like during trekking?

Security for our clients is always a foremost priority for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping treks’ please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach the campsite. At night, all bags and belongings are kept in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on a rotation basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a ‘Tea house or GAP trek’ arrangement, you will be sleeping in local teahouses. You need to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

 

What happens if I fall ill during the trek?

If by chance you fall ill during your trek, the first course of action depends on what's wrong with you. If it's altitude sickness, moving to lower altitudes and taking altitude medication will solve most cases; if it's quite severe, your guide will arrange for emergency evacuation by helicopter (be sure that emergency helicopter rescue is covered in your travel insurance). If you have a stomach sickness, bug, or any other types of food or water-related illnesses, your guide will have medication on hand for the most common illnesses.

 

What type of food is served during a trek?

On CAMPING TREKs we provide three delicious, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a tasty mix of local and western dishes. Your day starts with a king-size breakfast consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli, and cereals followed by omelet, fried, or scrambled eggs with ‘chapattis’ [rounded bread made from wheat] or multigrain-bread. Also included are seasonal fresh fruits.  Lunch is generally a selection of organic salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta, and traditional bread. Dinner is a truly hearty 3-course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, and rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert [which may include a finger-licking crusty apple pie]. 
 
Ironically, some of the best apple pies in the country are found on these mountains and not in Thamel, Asia’s hub for backpackers; as many tourists would assume. Tea and coffee are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh organic produce as possible available at some of the villages we hike through and special diets are regularly catered for. The trek leaders maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. 
 
All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. We only serve Boiled water for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. On Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner, tea or coffee is also included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and soupy noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodges and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat it with water purification pills. Although it's held that gluttony is a sin, nevertheless, we ensure our trekking guests are well fed in as much as they can digest to cope with the arduous trails and the tough elevations.    

 

Do I need to carry my own gear?

You'll carry your daily essentials (sunblock, water, hat, light jacket, and camera) but your porter will carry the bulk of your gear, such as extra clothing and overnight basics. Porters are especially helpful for longer treks where you'll be carrying more gear. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you may opt just to have a guide if you're comfortable carrying your own gear, but hiring a porter is a great way to support the local economy and is quite affordable. It's also the safest thing to do when you’re hiking on the biggest and most rugged mountains on planet earth.

 

How much could porters carry?

Porters typically carry up to 30 kgs max. (To ensure they're not overloaded). For fragile items, such as cameras, it's still best to carry these items yourself. If you have more than 15 kg., please carry the extra weight in your day pack. In the commercial trade, when transporting goods and supplies up into the high mountains, some porters carry up to 100 kgs and get paid less than a fair wage provided by some so-called responsible trekking companies. However, doing things like this weighs on the conscience and we totally avoid such unfair situations. 
 
We know the risk that comes with neglecting our porters and follow all mandatory guidelines as stipulated by the IPPG international porters association.

 

What is the overnight accommodation like?

In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that ranges from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are taking a camping trip then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are pretty basic but cozy enough to protect you from the harsh elements. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the teahouses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually, during busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to bunk out in a dormitory. But then this is what adventure is all about.

 

Can we change the itinerary?

Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your senior guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions in the world, where many unforeseen circumstances may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

 

Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

Tips are always appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Guiding on some of the riskiest trails on earth is a tough job and your crew always makes sure they lead from the front. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips. The hat is passed around and the whole group contributes. Most trekkers happily provide tips with big hearts. The choice is yours if you feel they’ve been worth it.
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