Langtang Gosaikunda trek route in Nepal is a dream trek route, mostly to those who want to explore mid hills and high altitude lakes. This trek route is amazingly beautiful. There are thousands of internal and international tourists who trek to the holy Gosaikunda Lake every year.
Especially, the Hindus and Buddhist devotees visit the lake for holy purposes. Whereas, the others make a visit to witness the natural wonders. If you are a beginner, Langtang Gosaikunda trek can be a perfect trek for you to begin with. This trek, being a middle level in terms of difficulty, is fine for someone who has a good physique and a strong enthusiasm on trekking.
The Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary is 16 days long. The trek begins in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we will drive to Syabru Besi, a place in the Rasuwa district of Nepal. Making our way through the Langtang valley, Kyanjin Gompa, and the Lauribena pass, you will reach Gosaikunda lake.
On your way back to Kathmandu from there, you will follow the Chisapani Gosaikunda route. After reaching a place called Sundarijal, you will drive back to Kathmandu.
Walking along the Langtang Gosaikunda trail, we will be witnessing beautiful Tamang villages and amazing natural sceneries including forests, rivers, waterfalls, streams, Himalayas, and several lakes including Gosaikunda lake itself.
The trail is also popular for the Buddhist culture and beautiful monasteries like Shin Gompa. You will see the colorful prayer flags hanging as you walk through the beautiful villages and the Buddhist Shrines. Like in Everest base camp trek, you will see mani walls, big rocks painted with Buddhist mantras.
Langtang Gosaikunda awaits your arrival. If you have a holiday coming close, you should definitely begin planning for the trek. If you need any help from us, we are here. Feel free to contact us.
Highlights of Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking
- The Gosaikunda lake itself
- Crossing Lauri Bina pass
- The Tamang Heritage trail
- The incredible Langtang Valley
- Walking through Shivapuri National Park
- The sunrise view from Chisapani
Some Difficulties During Gosaikunda Lake Trek
The Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary is a beautiful one. It can be easy to a middle-level trek in terms of difficulty. This depends on who is trekking and on what time of the year. Let’s take an insight into some difficulties one can face during Langtang Gosaikunda trek.
- Altitude can be a problem for those coming from sea level. One should be cautious about altitude sickness. To prevent the risks and the sickness, walk slowly and make sure your body is properly hydrated.
- Langtang Gosaikunda trekking is a mid-hill trek. Most of the trail is forested. So, if you trek in monsoon, you are more prone to getting leech bites. Take table salt or insect repellants for that.
- At places, there are narrow trails. If you see a yak caravan coming, go to the safer side and wait for it to pass. There are chances that they push you off the cliff.
- Experienced trekkers forbid others to smell flowers on the trail. They say the flowers can be poisonous, while some locals even say that smelling flowers there can cause altitude sickness.
- The itinerary Langtang Gosaikunda 16 days might be too long for those who haven’t been on any treks before. Trekking can be a bit more difficult than you expect. So, you might feel exhausted in the middle of the trek.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Cost
The Langtang Gosainkunda trek cost can vary for different itineraries. Our 16 days Langtang Gosainkunda trek itinerary costs USD 925 per person. This amount includes permit fees, food, and accommodation during the trek, and many others. For further details, you can make an inquiry. We would love to answer your queries, Contact us unhesitatingly.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Map
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How do you get to Gosaikunda Lake in Langtang Let’s talk about the Langtang Gosaikunda trek map? The route map of Langtang Gosaikunda trek is what guides you to your destination.
Get a clear view of your destinations on the map. Furthermore, we will also provide you the other details like the number of driving hours, trekking duration, and the altitudes of your per-day destinations. Now, let’s see the Gosaikunda lake trek map more specifically
Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking Elevation Chart
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu and tranfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (2000 m).
Day 04: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2748 m).
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley (3500 m).
Day 06: Langtang Valley to Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m).
Day 07: Kyanjin to Lama Hotel (2784 m).
Day 08: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2000 m).
Day 09: Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3330 m).
Day 10: Sing Gompa to Lauribina Yak (3920 m).
Day 11: Lauribina Yak - Gosaikunda (4460 m).
Day 12: Gosaikunda to Gopte (3440 m).
Day 13: Gopte to Tharepati (3640 m).
Day 14: Tharepati to Gul Bhanjayang (2140 m).
Day 15: Gul Bhanjayang to Chisopani (2134 m).
Day 16: Chisopani to Sundarijal (1300 m) and Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On this day, you will be arriving at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. From there, we will transfer you to your hotel. Take some rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu
You will have a spare day in Kathmandu. On this day, you can do some shopping. If you have brought all the essential trekking gear will you already, you can do a sightseeing tour in the city.
There are many places that are popular for their natural as well as cultural beauty. You can visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and many other places. These are some of the UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi
Altitude Kathmandu: 1300 meters
Altitude Syabru Besi: 2000 meters
Drive Duration: 10 hours in public bus
Syabru Besi is 122 kilometers away from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you can take a public bus to Syabru Besi. Or, you can hire a private jeep. It will take you 7 hours to reach there in a jeep. Whereas, if you take a public bus, it might take you around 10 hours to get there.
The ride is exciting. The roads on cliff edges and the bumps on the roads, you can imagine how it would feel. For today, we will stay overnight at Syabru Besi.
Day 04: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel
Altitude Lama Hotel: 2748 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
We will start to trek. Syabrubesi is the entrance of Langtang national park. So, you can get the trek permit there if you do not have it. The village is also an entrance to the popular Tamang heritage trail Langtang.
Today, we will be covering a distance of 11.3 kilometers. We will cross the Bhote Koshi river over a suspension bridge. The trail is beautiful. On the way, we will meet the Langtang Khola. Walking across the river is pleasing.
The trail is sometimes flat, whereas, it gradually dips down sometimes. Following the Langtang river, we will walk past the villages in Mundu, Ghode Tabela, and Gumna Chowk. Now, we will reach the Lama hotel. Overnight there.
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang Valley
Altitude Langtang Valley: 3500 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Today, we will be trekking to the beautiful Langtang valley. The total distance from Lama Hotel to Langtang valley is around 14.8 kilometers. At first, there is a little ascend followed by a steep trail and jungles. You will see lots of trees like hemlock, oak, maple, and rhododendrons.
Walking further, you will begin to see Mount Langtang Lirung. We will continue further and walk through the green and wide meadows to Ghode Tabela. On our way, we will see some beautiful villages of Tamang people.
Continuing to trek, we will finally see the beautiful settlement with flat-roofed houses. At the valley, you’ll see stone walls surrounding the fields where they cultivate buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, vegetables, and barley.
Overnight in Langtang valley.
Day 06: Langtang Valley to Kyanjin Gompa
Altitude Kyanjin Gompa: 3870 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Langtang valley to Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most beautiful days on the Langtang Gosaikunda trek. Kyanjin Gompa is 6.8 kilometers from Langtang valley. The trail leads us through the flats, ascends, and descends. On the way, we will also see a lot of mani walls, colorful prayer flags, and chortens.
There is a beautiful stream near Mundu village. Trekking through the refreshing trails, we will reach Kyanjin Gompa. The monastery is incredibly beautiful. From there, we will also see the icefalls in Mt. Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel
Altitude Lama Hotel: 2784 meters
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Today, we will be covering quite more: 21.6 kilometers by walking. You are not new to the trail today, are you? We will be following back on the trek routes that we did earlier. On your way, enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. Walking along Langtang Khola will be the most beautiful part of trekking.
Finally, after reaching the Lama Hotel, we will stay overnight there.
Day 08: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru
Altitude Thulo Syabru: 2000 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Starting our day at Lama hotel, we will initially descend down to Pairo where you will meet a river. We will cross the river and the trail now climbs uphill towards Thulo Syabru. The trail is beautiful, peaceful, and scenic.
While trekking, you will walk through some beautiful Tamang villages. The houses, people, and their lifestyle there is unique. We will also see the eye-soothing views of the Langtang Himalayan range.
Walking through the pine and Junipers forest, there are chances that you see some birds and animals including the Red Pandas. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.
Day 09: Thulo Syabru to Shin Gompa
Altitude Shin Gompa: 3330 meters
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
From Thulo Syabru, the trail climbs up to Dimsa village in Langtang. The trail passes through Durdagang and then to Foprang Danda, 3200 meters. The trail traverse through the lush jungles of rhododendron, hemlock and Oak trees.
Also, we will see mesmerizing Himalayan views of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal. A short hike from Foprang Danda and we reach Shin Gompa. There is a local cheese factory that makes the place more popular for cheese.
The Buddhist Monastery at Sing Gompa is the main attraction of the place.
Day 10: Shin Gompa to Lauribina Yak
Altitude Lauribina Yak: 3920 meters
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
We will start after a warm breakfast in Shin Gompa. Be ready for a climb to Chalang Pati. After the climb is a beautiful viewpoint. You will see the mesmerizing views of Mt. Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan mountains.
Walking through the serene forests of rhododendron and pine, we will climb to Laurebina Yak. The trail is diverse in terms of wildlife and vegetation seen there. This place is mostly the habitat of the red pandas, also called a cat bear by Nepalese. Overnight at a lodge there.
Day 11: Lauribina Yak to Gosaikunda Lake
Altitude Gosaikunda Lake: 4460 meters
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Lauribina to Gosaikunda is a remarkable one. The name Laurebina has a meaning. Locals believe that one cannot conquer the climb unless one carries a stick. ‘Lauri’ means a stick and ‘Bina’ means without.
We will walk across a beautiful temple with a statue of Sakyamuni. The astounding views of Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda as seen from the trail are magical. We will climb gently to the Gosaikunda lake.
Day 12: Gosaikunda to Gopte
Altitude Gopte: 3440 meters
Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Early in the morning, we will walk around the lake experience the magic of the majestic lake. Then, we will have a nice breakfast. It’s quite a tough day today, many trekkers say.
The trail climbs sharply crossing the rugged moraines. We will see three small lakes as we walk. We will cross Lauri Bina pass at 4609 meters. The trail now dips down to a place called Phedi. We will walk through the rocky hills and pine forests to Gopte. Overnight in Gopte
Day 13: Gopte to Tharepati
Altitude Tharepati: 3640 meters
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
The trail isn’t so easy. We will start after breakfast in the morning. From Ghopte, we will descend down the trail. The trail isn’t regular. We will be doing several ascends and descends, some of which are tough. Be careful as you walk.
The last section on the trail is an ascend to the village in Tharepati. Overnight there in a lodge.
Day 14: Tharepati to Gul Bhanjayang
Altitude Gul Bhanjyang: 2140 meters
Trek Duration: 5 hours
The trails are mostly forested trails. Remember, you are walking in the Shivapuri National park. You might see some animals and birds as you walk. From Tharepati, we will walk through the jungles smelling the rawness and freshness of nature. We will reach Magen Goth at 3420 meters. Continuing further, we will reach Panghu.
We will see the amazing Himalayan views as we walk down through the green hills. Khutumsang is a major delight. After hours of walking, we will reach Gul Bhanjyang, a beautiful village. Overnight there.
Day 15: Gul Bhanjayang to Chisopani
Altitude Chisopani: 2134 meters
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Walking through greeneries and vegetation is the highlight of this day. We will walk through the forests and will ascend to Thodang Betini at 2260 meters. Gradually walking, we will reach Chipling from where the trail dips down to Pati Bhanjyang, 1860 meters.
A few hours from there and we will reach Chisopani. The place is popular for sunrise view. Overnight there.
Day 16: Chisopani to Sundarijal. Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude Sundarijal: 1300 meters
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Drive Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
After having breakfast in Chisapani, we will begin to trek. The trail passes through the dense forests in Shivapuri National Park. There are chances of spotting some animals and birds while you walk there. After walking for around four to five hours, we will reach Sundarijal.
From Sundarijal, we can get a direct local bus to Kathmandu. Or, we can take a private vehicle to Kathmandu. It’s only a one and a half hours’ drive.
You can contact us if you want to get further information about the trek to Langtang Gosaikunda. We would like to take you on the remarkable treks in Nepal. See you soon.
Trip Cost US$ 925 Per person
- Your arrival and departure from Airport –hotel -airport by private car.
- Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek, cup of tea coffee during the breakfast.
- Tea house Accommodations during the trek.
- Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. to be returned after the trip.
- All ground transportation by bus.
- Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
- A Guide, food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
- Monastery fees.
- Emergency evacuation service arrangement, if incase, pay by your travel insurance.
- Insurance of Guide.
- A trekking route map
- Trekking Permit. (National Park fee)
- TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
- First aid box with normal medicine, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
- Sweet things like chocolate and others
- Extra hotel night and activities in kathmandu.
- Your personal expenses.
- Porter carrier if you need.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at [email protected]