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Langtang Valley & Gosainkund Trek

Trip Route: Ktm-Dhunche-Syabru-Chandanbari-Gosainkund-Sing Gompa-Dhunche-Ktm
Max Altitude: Laurabina Bhanjyang 4,610m
Trip Duration: 10 days
Transportation: Van / Bus
Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
Langtang Valley & Gosainkund Trek

"in the central Himalayan location, amazing valleys & gorge, traditional culture & Buddhist religion, pristine forest, area of the red pandas, glacial sacred pond and in the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himalayan range"

Langtang valley is situated directly north of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region. This area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km. Mountainous terrain south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border. Within its boundaries are some 45 villages, with the main objective of the park is to preserve the regions by allowing the local to follow the traditional land use practices which are compatible with resource protection. The area offers a range of cultures with the main three ethnic peoples living in are the Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias who have originated from Tibet in the past 500 years till the mid 20th century. In a southern section of the park lies a small area of sub-tropical chestnut forest, along with unique Sal forest. The hill forests (2000-2,600m) across the southern slopes of the park consist of Chir Pine, Rhododendron, Nepalese Alder and Oak. Moving north and higher, the Montane zone (2,600-3000m) are mainly Mountain Oak, fading to Silver Fir,Hemlock and Larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3,6000m); throughout these zones, several species of Rhododendron trees form a twisted and colourful under story, continuing higher to tree line Birch and Fir forest are the last to survive. It is here at 3,600-4000m that Juniper and Rhododendrons shrubs slowly dissolve into the expansive alpine grassland meadows. Here the elusive snow leopard is still thought to comb the alpine heights for prey. The park is also well known for its populations of red panda, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, Himalayan thar, ghoral (mountain antelope) and more than 250 species of birds. Langtang at present is the third popular trekking area in Nepal after Annapurna and Everest region. This fabulous trek, a perfect combination of moderate and vigorous walk leading to the high alpine valley with the backdrop of high snow capped peaks, in the spring this place is alive with wild flowers. Become a pilgrim, and head to the shimmering lakes at Gosainkund. There you will find peace and serenity alongside the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. It is no wonder this area is sacred, affording views extending all the way to the Annapurna. Cross Laurabina Yak La Pass, (4,615 m), adjoining the Gosainkund and Helambu regions. At this higher altitude, the terrain will transform to arid alpine above tree line and the villages will become sparser. Descend on steep mountain trails high above the valley. Culturally, Langtang area is one of the most culturally wealthy regions in Nepal. Prominent to this region north of Kathmandu, are peoples of Tibetan origin on these Tamangs Heritage Trail.
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Outline Itinerary Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.via respective airlines. 
Day 02: Kathmandu -Dhunche 1,965m. approx 6-7 hours drive. 
Day 03:Trek to Upper Syabru 2,720m. 5-6 hours walk. 
Day 04: Trek to Singh Gompa / Chandanbari 3,250m 4-5 hours. 
Day 05: Trek to Gosainkund 4,380m. 6 hours walk. 
Day 06: Rest day at Gosainkund for local hike and acclimatization. 
Day 07: Trek to Sing Gompa 4-5 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dhunche. 5-6 hrs. 
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu. 
Day 10: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Service includes
  • Langtang National Park Fee,
  • Trekking Map of Langtang region
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
  • Join Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,.
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Transpotation by bus, car or by flight,
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • Trekking Equipments
  • All government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing
  • Airport pick up and drop with an escort
Service does not include
  • All meals in Kathmandu except farewell dinner and breakfast.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, fanta, mineral water, beer.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Rescue operation.
  • International airfare and tax (approximately $ 24).
  • Nepal tourist visa fee ( $ 25 for 15 days and $ 40 for 30 days multiple entry visa).
  • Tips for guide and porter.( They highly expect but not compulsory).
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.via respective airlines. 
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where one of our leader or a Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: Kathmandu -Dhunche 1,965m. approx 6-7 hours drive. 
An early morning drive after breakfast to Dhunche, the bus ride takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route is Trisuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone the road from here climbs uphill to cooler region leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, on arrival at the entrance of Dhunche 1,965m, the one and the only major town of the Langtang area and Rasuwa district. There's a Langtang National Park headquarter office where you're Trekking and Park permit are checked by the Royal Nepalese Army serving as Park warden also.

Day 03:Trek to Upper Syabru 2,720m. 5-6 hours walk.
The trek today follows the road for a while, then reaching a small settlement of Barkhu, leaving the road behind the trail leads uphill for an hour then the path comes to pleasant walk through the rain and bamboo forest, after leaving the forest and entering the farm fields, the climb starts uphill, passing through farm terraces till upper Syabru is reached, row of houses like a locomotive perched on a ridge. Syabru has a monastery near its helipad just few minutes up from the village.

Day 04: Trek to Singh Gompa / Chandanbari 3,250m 4-5 hours. 
The walk from here follows the winding uphill trail above the Monastery, as the trek gains more height, superb view of Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna range in the far west can be seen as we reach higher ground, after few refreshing stops in the teahouse enroute, our journey continues an hour uphill from the farmlands into the cool shade of alpine forest, once out of the thick forest, comes to a meadow with one or two teahouses, a lunch break can be had here depending upon the availability of clean fresh water. From this spot the walk is almost gradual with good walk through the pines and rhododendron forest with view of Dhunche town down below. On arriving at Singh Gompa, the first few houses are cheese processing factory, our overnight camp near the Monastery.

Day 05: Trek to Gosainkund 4,380m. 6 hours walk. 
The trek today offers more spectacular views of array of snow peak range of Langtang to the north and Ganesh-Himal range north west along with Manaslu and Annapurna range due west, the walk is gradual up in the beginning for an hour, as we enter the woodland of oaks, pines and rhododendron after being in the cool shade of the forest, comes to a clearing where one or two houses teahouses are located, after a brief stop here with excellent view of the Langtang range, the trail continues uphill leaving the tree lines and lush vegetation behind for dwarf rhododendron, juniper and alpine shrubs bushes.

The walk leads uphill passing through few teahouses at Laurabina, with more views of the north western Himalayan range, after Laurabina which means a place walking sticks, during the auspicious time in and around August in the full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar, the pilgrims comes to pay homage and where a ritual bath at Gosainkund pond delivers a pilgrims to paradise and drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes and the Hindu pilgrims comes here to change their holy thread also, on the way back here at the top of Laurabina pass 4,165. Most of the pilgrims leaves their walking sticks behind, needing no more as they head down, after a hard strenuous climb up. On reaching the top ridge, the trail descents for half an hour coming near the first two ponds, Saraswati and Bhairab kund after a pleasant walk a short climb brings us to our overnight camp at Gosainkund near the shore of this glacial pristine pond. Here you can see lots of traces left behind by the pilgrims.

Day 06: Rest day at Gosainkund for local hike and acclimatization. 
Another well deserved rest-day free from the hassle of packing, here at Gosainkund one can walk around the lake or go for a short hike to the top of the nearby hills for more magnificent panorama of the great central Himalaya and all the way to Manaslu and Annapurna range to the far west.

Day 07: Trek to Sing Gompa 4-5 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Gosainkund retrace the journey back to Sing Gomba or Chandanbhari the walk leads to a small climb up to Laurabina ridge then its all the way downhill to overnight camp at Sing Gomba.

Day 08: Trek to Dhunche. 5-6 hrs. 
The walk leads towards the down hill slopes most of the way through the serene forest of rhododendrons and pines trees and to farmlands on reaching the bottom coming to a river, from here another hour of good walk brings you at Dhunche for the overnight stop.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu. 
Morning after breakfast, the drive leads to a winding road passing through several villages of Kalikastan and Trisuli from Trisuli Bazaar 3-4 hours of good drive brings you at Kathmandu.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Langtang Valley & Gosainkund Trek Reviews

“Annapurna Circle, Langtang, Everest Base Camp and more with Adventure Discovery!!!” Stanislas Ledoux - France

Email: nesta1685@hotmail.com

It's been three years now since I started trekking in Nepal withStanAdventure Discovery! I've walked around 500 kms in Nepal Mountains with agency! It is a trustworthy company with a pretty good team at Kathmandu for the paperwork’s and in mountains with guides as well!

At their office (2nd floor in front of Pilgrims Book House in Thamel) Dipu and Rabi took in charge everything I needed to fill before leaving! They answered every answer every aspects from what you need to bring, mountains size and safety rules you should respect and so on! They're also guides and already know places you are heading to!

While trekking, Hari my guide was looking after me and always acted in a safe way! I always felt pretty safe. He could also tell me about what was around us like trees, birds. Etc He was adapting his skillfulness to mine and seemed to know every particular rock on the different trips we went together! I never got hurt by falling or anything else but I knew Harry had a healthy kit inside his backpack just in case. He also knows the best place to stay and rooms that had a great view all over in the Himalaya which always surprised me 
For all these reason I highly recommend to book your trek with them! They truly get involved in your journey o make it great! They love their country and make you loving it too!! .

Thanks you Adventure Discovery and see you again for another adventure!

By: Stanislas Ledoux - France

nesta1685@hotmail.com

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