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Langtang-Gosainkunda Trek

16 Days

Overview

The Langtang-Gosainkunda region is a collection of Sherpa Valleys north of Kathmandu, close to the Tibetan border. The rough road now reaches as far as Dhunche, only a day’s drive from Kathmandu. Yet, despite this, Langtang remains a relatively less trekked area. Bill Tilman, a famous explorer and climbing partner of Eric Shipton,described Langtang as one of the world’s most beautiful valleys. We exit by passing the holy lake of Gosainkunda and crossing the Laurebina La (4100m). Here, you will have excellent view into Tibet and meet Hindu pilgrims before gradually dropping down the ridges and driving back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Depart from Kathmandu and drive to Dhunche, which is the starting point of the Langtang Valley trek. The drive takes approximately 7-8 hours, passing through scenic landscapes, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Dhunche is a small town located at an altitude of around 1,950 meters.

Begin your trek from Dhunche and ascend towards Thulo Syabru, a beautiful village perched on a ridge. The trail winds through dense forests, offering glimpses of the Langtang mountain range. The trek takes around 5-6 hours, and you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains upon reaching Thulo Syabru.

Leave Thulo Syabru and continue your trek towards Lama Hotel. The trail descends through a lush forested path, following the Langtang River. You'll pass through small settlements, suspension bridges, and rhododendron forests. After trekking for about 5-6 hours, you'll reach Lama Hotel, a cozy stopover for trekkers.

Today's trek takes you to Kyanjing Gompa, a significant monastery and the main settlement in the Langtang region. The trail gradually ascends, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks. After trekking for around 5-6 hours, you'll arrive at Kyanjing Gompa, situated at an altitude of approximately 3,870 meters.

Take a well-deserved rest day to explore the surroundings of Kyanjing Gompa. You can hike to Tserko Ri or Kyanjing Ri for panoramic mountain views, visit the local cheese factory, interact with the friendly Sherpa community, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the Himalayan setting.

Begin your descent as you trek back to Lama Hotel. The trail retraces your steps, and you'll pass through picturesque landscapes, dense forests, and charming villages. The trek takes approximately 5-6 hours, and you'll spend the night at Lama Hotel.

Continue your downward journey from Lama Hotel towards Thulo Syabru. As you descend, you'll witness the changing scenery and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings. After trekking for about 5-6 hours, you'll reach Thulo Syabru and settle into your accommodation.

Leave Thulo Syabru and trek towards Shin Gompa, a monastery located at an altitude of around 3,330 meters. The trail offers stunning views of the Langtang mountain range and passes through rhododendron forests. After trekking for approximately 4-5 hours, you'll reach Shin Gompa and spend the night there.

Today's trek takes you to the sacred Gosainkunda Lake, a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trail ascends steeply, and you'll pass several lakes and breathtaking landscapes. After trekking for about 5-6 hours, you'll arrive at Gosainkunda Lake, situated at an altitude of around 4,380 meters.

Take a rest day to explore the serene surroundings of Gosainkunda. You can circumambulate the lake, visit nearby smaller lakes, and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this sacred place.

Leave Gosainkunda and continue your trek towards Ghopte. The trail traverses through rugged terrain, including moraines and rocky paths. You'll pass by several small settlements and cross high mountain passes. After trekking for about 6-7 hours, you'll reach Ghopte and spend the night there.

Continue your trek from Ghopte towards Melamchi Gaon. The trail meanders through forests, offering glimpses of beautiful valleys and terraced fields. After trekking for around 5-6 hours, you'll arrive at Melamchi Gaon, a traditional village nestled amidst the mountains.

Depart from Melamchi Gaon and trek towards Tarkeghyang, a culturally rich Sherpa village. The trail descends through rhododendron forests and crosses streams. After trekking for approximately 5-6 hours, you'll reach Tarkeghyang, known for its monasteries, traditional architecture, and warm hospitality.

Leave Tarkeghyang and continue your trek towards Sermathang, another beautiful Sherpa village in the region. The trail offers stunning views of the Himalayas and traverses through charming settlements. After trekking for about 4-5 hours, you'll reach Sermathang and enjoy the tranquility of the village.

On the final day of your trek, you'll trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Buspark. The trail gradually descends, passing through terraced fields and forests. After trekking for around 3-4 hours, you'll reach Melamchi Buspark, where you'll board a vehicle for the drive back to Kathmandu.

Depart from Melamchi and drive back to Kathmandu, completing your trekking journey. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours, and you'll return to the bustling city of Kathmandu, where you can reflect on your adventure in the Langtang region.

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Langtang-Gosainkunda Trek