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The Langtang Gosaikunda trek is to the north of the valley of Kathmanduand passes through lush forests, quaint villages, abundant wildlife and provides great views of the majestic Himalayas. We start the trip by driving to Syabrubesi and the next day start the hike passing through small Sherpa villages, crossing rivers to reach Lama Hotel. In the next few days as we climb gradually we get fantastic views of the Himalayan rages, pass and stay in quaint and beautiful village of Langtang to reach Kyanjin Gompa.  From here we have options of doing hikes around the surrounding hills including the hike to Tserko Ri. From there we get tremendous views of the Langtang Lirung (7,200m/) range. 
Next, we continue trekking in the beautiful Langtang Valley and reach Gosaikunda which is a revered place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. We cross over to Helambu region and enter into Tharepati via  Lauribina La pass (4610 m) and spend the last day at Kutumsang before driving back to Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day. 

Overnight: Hotel 

In the morning, travel through time as you explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit the temples and palaces of the Durbar Square with beautiful architecture, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple) and watch the Kathmandu Valley atop a hill. 

In the evening a short brief about the trek and allow time to purchase last minute essentials. 

Overnight: Hotel

Today we drive heading north on the windy road running following the Trisuli river to Syabru Besi the starting point of your trek.   The drive takes approximately 6 to 7 hours  covering approximately 120 kilometres,.

Upon arrival at Syabru Besi, we check in to the lodge for the night.

Rest of the day is free to explore.

Drive Duration: 6-7 Hours 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

Today’s trail starts meandering through the cool deciduous forests of oak and maple that cover the lower sections of the valley and climbs through massive stands of spruce, fir and blue pine. We cross through the village of Thulo Syabru and descend to the Langtang Kola. Slowly the trail climbs gently through the forest with the river (Langtang Khola) flowing beside us. We pass through the Sherpa Gaon /village from where we descend down a mountain path nearing the Langtang Khola and after passing the cattle pastures join the main trail from Syabru. Thereafter simply follow the Langtang Khola along a gentle climb to the settlement of Lama Hotel, a name given to this settlement after the first hotel “Lama Hotel” was established to cater to the individual trekking tourists.

Trek Duration:  5 ½ – 6 Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

After breakfast we continue to follow the Langtang Khola climbing steeply through hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron forest to the national park checkpoint at Ghora Tabela (2970m). At Ghoretabela (3010m) the trail leaves the forest and a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung (7246m) appears. Ghoretabela was once a Tibetan resettlement camp but is now an army post. There are few good lodges where we’ll stop for hot lunch.  

From Ghoretabela, cut through the cultivated fields which dot the landscape and after a short while, we start ascending and as we reach the top the forested zone ends. Now we follow a gently sloping path amid low shrubs to emerge to grassy fields. The village of Langtang appears with the outline of Ganchempo (6387m) behind it. Climb the gently rising grassy area and pass below a monastery to enter Langtang, a large Sherpa village, where the houses are enclosed by stone walls. 

Trek Duration: 5 ½ -6  Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

After breakfast set out through the village and after a short climb arrive at a Chorten. From this point there is an amazingly long Mani stone wall which is truly a memorable sight. Continue along a gently sloping path atop terraced hills and after passing two villages of Mudum and Sindum, the valley widens and becomes U – shaped. After crossing a wooden cantilever bridge over Langtang Khola, we reach a wider valley scattered with large boulders to a moraine. Here we gain the first views of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6781m) to the north. 

PM: You have the option to rest amidst the mountain scenery or climb the northern flank of Kyanji Ri.  From the peak you can watch the views of the Langtang Lirung (7,245m) and the Ganesh Himal in the west and the Ganjala Himal in the south and a view of the pass crossing which leads to Helambu

Trek Duration:  3- 3 ½ Hours approx. (Kanji Ri climb additional 3 ½ – 4   Hrs both ways)

Overnight at the Lodge. 

We spend the whole day exploring Tserko Ri which will also help us acclimatize to the high altitude. We begin early in the morning. The trail passes through yak pastures before ascending to Tserko Ri. The sunrise view from the top of Tserko Ri is extraordinary. We get back to Kyangjin Gompa by late afternoon and explore the beautiful monastery while enjoying views of the Himalayas, glaciers, birds and yaks.

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From Kyanjin Gompa enter a wide alluvial delta. Cut across the gently undulating surface and cross a stream to arrive at an airstrip. Pass the airstrip and climb the rocky terraced hills and arrive at the stone huts of Jathang. Beyond Jathang, descend to the river bed to see the terminal moraine of the Shalbachum Glacier pushing into the valley. 

Cut across the grassy fields and climb the terminal moraines diagonally for a grand vista – Directly ahead in the wide mountain valley are Pemathang Karpo RI (6830m), Triangle and Pemathang ri. (6842m), to the right is Langshisa ri. Descend to Langshisa Kharka (4125m) for views of Kanshurum (6078m) and Urkinmang (6151m) at the far reaches of the Langshisa Glacier.

Trek Duration:  7 ½ – 8 ½   Hours approx. (for Tserko Ri) & 5 ½ – 6   Hours for Langshisha Kharka  

Overnight at the Lodge. 

Today we retrace our route along the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela (3020m). The trail is for the most part downhill, descending to Lama Hotel and our camp for the night.

Trek Duration:  6 ½ – 7 Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

After breakfast we start the ascend till we reach the Rimche Village. From here we descend to the banks of the Langtang Khola. We continue on an easy trail to Bamboo and begin ascending to Landslide Lodge. From here we continue our trek to Thulo Syabru. There are two trails as we cross another bridge. We follow the one that passes by Pahare hotel and a waterfall at 2210 m to reach Thulo Syabru.

Trek Duration:  6-6 ½ Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

After breakfast  we start the hike uphill to Phoprang Danda 3200 which provides spectacular   views of Ganesh Himal and its surrounding Himalayas. We start the descend from here and pass Garta Village and Phulung Monastery to arrive at Shin Gompa to spend the night.

Trek Duration:  4-4 ½ Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

In the morning we hike along the ridge and get glimpses of the holy lake along the way and  also get fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. We reach Laure Binayak and can stop here for a short break before going up a steep climb to reach a Buddhist shrine. An hours walk on a gradual undulation trail  we will be able to see  the lakes of Bhairav Kunda and Saraswati Kunda. 

A little uphill climb brings us to Gosainkunda. This holy lake carries a lot of value to the Hindu community. The lake is surrounded by mountains on almost all sides and has a great ensemble of nine other lakes to accompany it. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, hundreds of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath.

Trek Duration:  5 ½ -6 Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

The trail leaves Gosaikunda and climbs through rugged country, past four small lakes to the Laurebinayak La (4610meters), the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back at the spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to Ghopte. From here descend through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka. Climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Tharepati. 

Trek Duration:  6 ½  – 7 1/2  Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Lodge. 

Our trek for today is to the village of Kutumsang is mostly downhill and through a lush sub-tropical forest. The trek is refreshing and walking down in the ridge we can have a spectacular view of DorjeLakpa and Shisha Psangma (8027 m) mountains. Crossing Magin Goth in the way we will walk further to the Kutumsang village today. 

Trek Duration: 5 Hours approx. 

Overnight at the Hotel. 

After breakfast board the  waiting vehicle and drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5-5 ½  hours. 

Last minute shopping of souvenirs and transfer to TIA, Kathmandu for onward journey.
Watch the Himalayas pass by as you relive the memories spent only days ago in the heart of the mountains. Relish on the achievement of a lifetime experience. 

Best Period: Feb to May – Oct to Dec
Time Period: 14 Nights / 15 Days.
Trek Period: 11 Night / 12 Days
In Kathmandu: 03 Nights
Trek Type: Difficult
Highest Altitude: 4984 meters
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Syabru Besi
Trek End Point: Kutumsang
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek

National Park: Langtang National Park (1710 sq. km)
Mountains: Langtang Lirung (7234 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Langtang Ri (7205 m), Loenpo Gang (6979 m) etc.
Rivers: Langtang Khola, Bhote Kosi, Trishuli etc.
Villages: Syabrubesi, Syapra Gau, Langtang, Lama Hotel, Thare pati, Tarke Gyang, Kful, Thimbu etc
Tribes: Mostly Tamangs & Tibetans
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine.
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains.

NEPAL TREK INFORMATION

A simple way to under Tea house / Lodge is probably ‘a small hotel’. However this can sometimes be misleading, as they do not have high-end facilities like modern hotels in urban areas. The concept though is same as hotels in providing accommodations (rooms) and meals for guest staying in it.

So if one does a trek going from point A to B to C etc., and spending nights in these kind of lodges or teahouse is called a ‘Lodge Trek’ or ‘Tea House Trek’

The most popular regions for treks in Nepal are Annapurna, Everest Langtnag and Upper Mustang.  All these places have good quality lodges, well managed, variety of food to choose from the menus available and boast of Wi-Fi, bakeries etc.  

Around the areas that have lesser trekkers like, Makalu Barun, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga etc. the tea house/ lodge are very basic in comparison. 

Basically good lodges have developed where foot traffic is the most and Annapurna, Everest and Langtang receive the most trekkers in Nepal. 

The rooms are very basic in most places. In some very popular areas like Annapurna and Everest high-end rooms with attach bath and flush toilet and ruining hot/ cold water have come out in the recent years. However these kinds of lodges are very few and not available in all places on the trek route. 

Basic room’s sizes are on an average of 8 feet by 8 to 10 feet. They have twin cots with mattress and pillows. Most lodges provide blankets, however for hygienic regions it’s advisable to carry a good sleeping bag of your own.  The walls are pretty thin and noises carry. Earplugs are recommended to be carried. 

In more remote areas one may only get dormitories for accommodations and dinning and sleeping arrangements may be in the same common area.

Most lodges have several common toilets inside the lodge. The number depends on how big the lodge is. On an average a lodge having 15 /18 rooms may have 3 /4 common toilets. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. Please bring you own Toilet paper. Drums with water and a mug are the ways to flush!

In Annapurna and Everest region we try and provide rooms with attach bath 

where available. However, do note that there are only a handful of places where this kind of facility is available. 

Menu in most places especially the more popular trekking routes have extensive looking menus ranging from local, Tibetan to western delicacies.  Items like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetables and lentils), pizzas, pastas, momos (dumplings), noodles, soup, fried rice etc., are amongst the common ones in all menus. 

Our recommendation is to avoid meat, as in most places porter carry the meat to lodges without any hygienic way to keep the meat fresh on the way. It takes at least few days to reach the lodges. Even the canned meat items are not recommended, as one has no way to check the expiry date etc. 

Recommended food items are the local ones like Dal Bhat, Momos (Dumplings), noodles etc, as they are freshly made in comparison to other food items. Please remember the cooks in the lodges are ‘not chefs’, very few are trained professionally as most have learned through looking at other cooks cooking in the same lodges or similar ones in the area. Basically sticking to local food is best as they are hygienic and fresh. 

For breakfast pancakes, porridge, toast (not available everywhere), eggs etc. are available in all lodges. 

There is a common dining area with fireplaces in all lodges. This is not only a place to eat but also a good place to unwind, interact with fellow trekkers, read a book, play board games or cards and relax.

Everyday our guide will help you and provide information on what choices to make in which places / lodges for food. 

One can get boiled water or bottled mineral water or filtered water in the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang region. On an average a liter of water will cost US $ 1.50 to US $ 4.00 per liter. As one gains altitude on trek or goes further from the urban areas the higher the cost of drinking water. 

Hot or Cold showers are available everywhere in the Lodges.  In some lodges, especially as we go higher in altitude instead of showers a bucket of hot water may be the option.  

A hot shower cost on an average of US $ 3.00 to US $ 5.50 per shower. The higher we go the more expensive the bath.

We recommend not to take too may baths on treks specially if one is going to high altitude treks. The reason being the temperature drops rapidly as the sunsets and getting the body temperature back to normal after shower at high altitude becomes difficult. This increases the chances of catching cold and walking with cold at high altitude with thin cold air is not a pleasant experience.  So please try and avoid taking showers as much as possible.

Electricity hasn’t reached all places in Nepal. So electricity is limited to certain areas of the trek. On an average one has electricity till about 3500 meters in altitude.  As we gain altitude solar system has been set up in all lodges. 

Rooms have lights only till places where electricity has reached. So where electricity has not reached there are no room lights. Dining hall, toilets and all common areas have electricity through the night even if it is being supplied through solar system. 

Charging camera batteries, mobile phones can be done at the dining hall upon informing the management. They charge on an average of US $ 2.00 to US $ 6.5 for getting the batteries fully charged. The higher we go the more expensive to charge. 

We recommended that you put your batteries in your sleeping bags at night to keep it warm as in cold the batteries drains energy very fast. 

Annapurna and Everest regions have lodges that provide Wi-Fi. A cost of US $ 5.00 to $ 12.00 depending on what data package they have is charged on per hour or per day basis. 

Other trek areas have not developed this facility. 

Annapurna and Everest region has good mobile connectivity. Other areas don’t have much coverage but the mobile network connection is growing.  Please enquire via mail about the mobile phone coverages on trek routes for details. 

One can get a mobile phone sim card on arrival at the airport. Passport photocopies with passport size photo (one) is required.