• Duration16 Days
  • Diffculty-LevelModerate
  • Max. Altitude4,380 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn

Overview

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is the extended version of the Langtang Valley Trek that further ascends to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m) and makes the journey a little more adventurous and challenging. Located in the north of Kathmandu Valley, the Langtang region is one of the most beautiful and famous trekking regions in Nepal. The region boasts less-crowded trekking trails, verdant forests, green pastures, abundant flora and fauna, rich Tibetan culture, and breath-taking landscapes. 

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek route has quick access from Kathmandu. You can reach the starting point of the trek within a few hours of driving from Kathmandu. The trail moves along the Bhote Koshi river and climbs to Langtang valley to the Gosaikunda lake. You will be trekking through dense forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper, and many others, crossing thrilling suspension bridges and many quaint mountain villages inhabited by Tamangs & Sherpas.

The Tamangs here are believed to be the descendants of Tibetans. Most of their culture, tradition, and practices are similar to Tibetans. During the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, you will also come across ancient monasteries, prayer wheels, mani walls, and colorful prayer flags. Kyanjin Gompa (3,830 m) and Shin Gompa (3,300 m) are the two main gompas you will visit on the route. Likewise, the Gosaikunda Lake adds more value to the religious aspect of Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking. 

You will get to see spectacular views of snow-clustered mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Langtang Lirung (7,245 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Shishapangma (8,013 m), and many others through the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. However, the views from Tserko Ri and Laurebina Pass are exceptional. As most of the trail goes through the Langtang National Park, you may also see wildlife like mountain goats, langur monkeys, yaks, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, musk deer, leopard, red panda, and a range of birds on the way.

Our Langtang Gosaikunda Trek itinerary has a constant increase in elevation with adequate rest days. If you want to do the Gosaikunda trek 3 days or a tailor-made Langtang Gosaikunda Trek route, then get in touch with us anytime.  

For more information regarding Langtang Gosaikunda Trek cost or Gosaikunda trek cost for Nepali, you can talk to our representatives any time here

Read the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek blog for more information regarding the trek. Also, check out our other famous trekking packages- Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Upper Mustang Trek.

 

You'll see and experience

  • Guided sightseeing of monuments in Kathmandu
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek 
  • The trail winds through the Langtang National Park, where you will get to see diverse flora and a range of wildlife and birds 
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges, waterfalls, and trek through dense forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper
  • Spend nights in picturesque mountain villages and spend time with locals
  • Visit ancient Kyanjin Gompa and Shin Gompa
  • Visit cheese factory in Kyanjin gompa
  • Cross Laurebina Pass
  • Explore the holy Gosainkunda Lake
  • Witness gorgeous landscapes and breath-taking panoramas of Himalayan mountains through the trek

Itinerary & Map

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  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome dinner
  • Altitude:1,300 m

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, we have not planned anything. You can take your time to check in and rest. One of our team members will pick you from the airport and take you to the designated hotel. Spend the evening strolling on the vibrant streets of Thamel and meet the rest of the team members at welcome dinner.

 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast only

Before we begin preparation for the trek, you will go on a quick guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Our English-speaking guide will introduce you to the monuments and explain to you about its history. Later in the day, you meet with the trek guide and join a short briefing session regarding the trek. Do the final packing and get ready for an adventurous journey.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,550 m

The drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi begins early in the morning. Following a scenic route, you will come out of Kathmandu valley to the foot of Langtang valley. You can see superb views of snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Mt Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal on the way. 

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,380 m

Syabrubesi is the entrance of Langtang National Park. You will register your permits here before moving towards Lama Hotel. The trail follows the famous Tamang Heritage Trekking route. Crossing Bhote Koshi river on a long thrilling suspension bridge, you will continue ascending. Later, the trail passes by Langtang Khola to Lama Hotel.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,430 m

Enjoying the stunning views of Langtang Lirung, you will climb out of the forest at Ghora Tabela. It is a Nepalese Army Post. The trail gradually ascends, and the valley widens. On the way, you can see yaks and other animals grazing in the meadows in summer. Passing by Mundu, you reach the picturesque Langtang village.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,830 m

Today, it is going to be a short trek to Kyanjin Gompa. Leaving dense forests behind, the trail follows yak pastures and rushing streams. The giant mountains on both sides of the valley offer stunning views. Kyanjin Gompa is an ancient monastery. Later in the day, you will visit a local cheese factory to explore and taste delicious cheese.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:4,984 m

It is a rest day in Kyanjin Gompa. You will go on a hike to Tserko Ri, a viewpoint that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. The trail is steep and difficult. Also, explore the village and spend time with locals.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,380 m

Following the same trail back, you will descend to Lama Hotel. The trail goes along the Langtang river back to Langtang village. Further, pass by Ghora Tabela and drop down through lush forests to Lama Hotel.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,230 m

From Lama Hotel, you will descend to Pairo, where you can see a river. Crossing the river, the trail ascends towards Thulo Syabru. You will walk through lush forests of pine and juniper. If you are lucky, you may get to see rare birds and animals like the red pandas. The route offers excellent scenery.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,300 m

After having breakfast, climb to Dimsa village. From here, the trail goes through Durdagang and Foprang Danda (3,200 m). Trekking through lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and hemlock, you will reach Shin Gompa for the night stay.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:4,380 m

The trail today leads to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m). You will ascend to the Laurebina pass and continue trekking through meadows. Pass by many stone walls and a couple of small lakes on the way. Gosaikunda is one of the holy lakes for Hindus and Buddhists. As per legend, this lake is believed to be created after Lord Shiva came here to soothe his burning throat after swallowing the poison that threatened the world. The views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and others are spectacular.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,300 m

The trail retraces its steps back to Shin Gompa. You will walk through verdant forests, enjoying scenic landscapes.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,030 m

The trail from Shin Gompa descends gradually for around 5 hours. You will pass by small settlement areas and lush forests. Further, walking along the side of the mountains, enjoying stunning views, you will descend to Dhunche to spend the night.

 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,300 m

After having breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu today. The drive will be 6 - 7 hours long. You can see the Langtang range and Jugal Himal range along the way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, head to the hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing.

 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & farewell dinner

It is a leisure day in Kathmandu. You can spend the day as per your wish. We recommend going window shopping and exploring the local market. If you want, you can also join short cooking or pottery class. There are so many things to do around Kathmandu. In the evening, meet the team members over farewell dinner.

 

  • Meals:Breakfast only

Your trip with us has come to an end. It is the last day for you in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will assist you with check-out and drop you at the airport as per your flight departure time.

 

Cost Details

Includes
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guesthuose accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
  • An achievement certificate and company souvenir
Excludes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) 10% of You Pay and driver(s)

Departure Dates

If you do not want to join our fixed departure, then you can also tailor-make Langtang Gosaikunda Trek as per your needs. Contact us anytime for a private trek in the Langtang region. 

 

Additional Info

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek terrain & difficulty 

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is more difficult than the classic Langtang Valley Trek. The route we will be following during the trek has a fair share of steep ascends and descends. You will be crossing landslide-prone areas and walking on rugged paths. Likewise, you have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day, which demands strong stamina and physical fitness. 

The trek takes you above 4,000 meters. With the increase in elevation, the air will get thin, and the walk becomes naturally exhausting. Moreover, the remoteness of the region may create extra difficulties for trekkers who cannot adjust to the mountain lifestyle. 

You also have to be careful of altitude sickness that often happens on high-altitude ventures. Even though our Langtang Gosaikunda Trek itinerary has ample acclimatization days, you still have to be careful of a few things to avoid altitude sickness. 

You can read more about altitude sickness, its symptoms, and preventive measures here.


Langtang Gosaikunda Trek permit

The Langtang Gosaikunda trek goes through the Langtang National Park. You have to take the Langtang National Park entry permit, along with the local area permit to go on this trek. You can get a Langtang National Park entry permit from Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, or at the entry point in Dhunche.

Langtang National Park entry permit cost for SAARC countries (per person): NPR 1,500 + 13% VAT; totaling NRP 1,695, approximately USD 17

Langtang National Park entry permit cost for other countries (per person): NPR 3,000 + 13% VAT; totaling NRP 3,390, approximately USD 34


*Note: Kids below age ten do not need any permit to trek in the Langtang region


Best time to go on Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Spring- March to April and autumn- October to November is the best time of the year to go on Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking. These two seasons have the most stable weather and moderate climate, which is perfect for trekking in the Himalayas. The temperature ranges between 10°C-15°C (50°F-59°F). You may feel cold at night and in the morning. 

The views are clear and fantastic in these months. Likewise, spring welcomes hundreds of flowers, whereas autumn marks the beginning of the biggest festivals in Nepal. 


Food & Accommodation during Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

The accommodation during the Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking will be a guesthouse or teahouse. You will get a comfortable bed to spend the night. The rooms are basic with twin-sharing beds. If you need a single room then do let us know in advance. 

We offer three meals a day during the trek. The meals will consist of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can get toast, eggs, porridge, pancakes, soup, oats, sandwiches, etc. Similarly, for lunch & dinner, there will be rice, curries, noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, momo, pizza, steak, Tibetan bread, thukpa, veggies, mashed potatoes, etc 


Tips to make the journey smooth

  • Always double-check the gears and clothing before the beginning of the trek
  • Carry extra batteries or a solar charger with you to keep using your electronic devices
  • Withdraw enough cash to use on the trail as there may not be any ATMs
  • Pack your favorite snacks and bars for the trail
  • Do not fully rely on buying snacks on the trail to eat. It can get expensive
  • Drink enough water and avoid smoking/alcoholic drinks to stay away from altitude sickness
  • Get a Nepali SIM card to use cellular data on the route. You may not get WiFi everywhere
  • Carry a reusable water bottle. It will not only save you lots of money but also preserve the environment. You can also get water purification tablets
  • If you get confused about tipping, then follow this advice- USD 100 to guide & porter, USD 5 to tour guide, and USD 2 to driver (by each member of the group)
  • Respect locals and their culture

FAQs

  • Q1. How long is the Gosaikunda Trek?

    As per our itinerary, Gosaikunda Trek is 16 days long. This itinerary has a constant pace and ample rest days. You can also do this trek in a short time. Get in touch with us here to custom create a Gosaikunda trek itinerary as per your wish.

     

  • Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake. This lake is located in the Langtang National Park in Nepal at an elevation of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa district.

     

  • Gosaikunda lake is situated at 4,380 meters. The lake is 25,5 m in depth.

     

  • Gosaikunda is famous for its stunning lake and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains. The trail to this lake is gentle and adventurous, goes through verdant forests and picturesque villages, which attracts many trekkers. Moreover, Gosaikunda lake has also significant religious values.

     

  • Gosaikunda Lake is one of the holy lakes in Nepal that has great importance to Hindus and Buddhists. Thousands of people visit this lake every year to take bath in the holy lake and receive blessings from the deities.

     

  • From Kathmandu, you have to drive to Syabrubesi that takes around 6 to 7 hours. Syabrubesi onwards, you have to walk up to Gosaikunda Lake, which takes around 3 to 7 days depending upon the itinerary you are following. You can also take a heli ride to Gosaikunda.

     

  • Langtang trek is a moderate trek. Anyone with good physical fitness can do this trek. If you are planning to extend the trek to Gosaikunda Lake, then you have to be more careful because the trail gets challenging.

     

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