The Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda is the most easily accessible high mountain valley from Kathmandu. Langtang Gosainkunda Trek combines three major areas along the border of Tibet, Langtang, Helambu and Gosian Kund. There are no 8000m peaks in the Vicinity (unless you count Shisha Pangma across the border in Tibet) It makes up for in a base- to –peak rises that are as dramatic as anywhere. Langtang Gosainkunda Trek trek offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation.
In contrast with the Langtang and Gosainkunda Treks make straight for specific destinations. It gains elevation quickly and then leaves you to explore at your own pace. The holy lake of Gosainkunda is at 4,300m. The culture is not a big part of either except during Janai Purnima. A massive Hindu pilgrimage is held at Gosain Kund during the full moon of July – August. The lake is also sacred to Buddhists. Hindu legend has it that the lakes were formed when the God Siva plunged his trident (Trishul) into the ground in order to obtain water. The Trisuli River has its source in the lakes; thus the name.
Helambu valley is very popular for the beautiful culture of Helmu and Helmuly are very similar to Tamang and Sherpas. The area covers typical highland Sherpa and Tamang, villages along with beautiful Rhododendron forests. This region extends from the north to Taramarang to the Gosaikunda Lake and the lower Jugal Himal from the north. It lies in the north of Kathmandu through Trishuli Valley River.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek Two nights after trek.
Private Jeep Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Syabrubesi to Kathmandu.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.
Langtang National park permit is also required for this area.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.
Sightseeing entrance fee and guide fee.
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government texes and Service Charge.
Medical supplies (Frist aid kit).
Flights to and from Nepal.
Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land).
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason).
Tip for Guides and Porters.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by a member of Top of the World Treks and after a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about eight to nine hours by bus. We will travel through scenic foothills to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche. We will get to see a glimpse of Ganesh Himal mountain range after driving along the Trishuli river. It is a beautiful if not bumpy and windy road and in Nepal the bus journeys are always part of the adventure. We will stay in Syabru Besi overnight.
Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel Trekking time 5 -6 hours.
This morning we begin our trek and we follow the trail and cross the Bhote Koshi river and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960m) passing rugged paths. We will have our lunch at Bamboo and then we will trek will climb gently to Rimche (2,400m). We will then have another short walk to the Lama Hotel where we will spend the night. (2400m)
Lama Hotel to Langtang Trekking time 5 – 6 hours.
Today the route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks and other wildlife. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become closer the further we trek.We spend the night at Langtang (3430m).
Langtang to Kyanjing Trekking time 4 -5 hours.
It is shorter walk today, but this is good in order to help with the acclimatization. We will see many things today including a cheese factory! As we continue through this beautiful valley we will have specutalar views of the Langtang Lirung. This is the highest mountian in the Langtang range. (7290m) We will spend the night in Kyanjin Gompa (3840m)
Acclimatisation Day at Kyanjing
Today we will stay in Kyanjin Gompa in order to explore the area. We have two options dependng on the group and that they are either to walk up to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Tsergo Ri (5,033m) which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Kyanjing to Lama HotelTrekking time 5 -6 hours.
Today we will retrace our steps as we walk back down the valley to the Lama Hotel where we will stay overnight.
Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Trekking time 5 -6 hours.
Today we begin our walk with a gentle descend down to Landslide After this we have a steep climb up to Thulo Syabru. As we are trekking if you are really lucky you might see red pandas, monkeys and various species of birds. Thulo Syabru is a wonderful village from where you can enjoy the amazing views and soak in the the atmosphere and nature with splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7,110m) and Langtang Himal
Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa Trekking time 5 -6 hours.
The trails from Thulo Syabru to Foprang Danda (3,200m ) follows a steep path passing through Dursagang (2,660m) along with the views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, Hemlock and forests. After the steep ascent the path becomes more gradual before flattening out to arrive at Sing Gompa. Here there is another cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery. Sing Gompa provides panoramic views of the mountains and the valley.
Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Trekking time 4 – 5 hours.
The first part of the day involves climbing up to Laurebinayak. It is a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda, but we are rewarded with dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen. We will see a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, we will cross a small ridge and have our first views of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. (4300m) There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin - the three most important ones are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend Gosainkunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing poison that threatened to destroy the world.
Gosaikunda Phedi Trekking time 6 -7 hours.
The trail leaves Gosaikund and follows a rugged path and we past four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4,610m), this is the highest point of this trek. We can keep looking back at the spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, we will still have the now familiar views of the Langtang Lirung.
Phedi to Mangengoth Trekking time 4 – 5 hours.
Today we are going to Mangengoth (3420m) this involves a gradual descent and then a climb up to Tharepati a windy ridge at 3640m. From here we have amazing views of the Jugla range. After a rest here we will continue down to Manengoth where we will spend the night.
Mangengoth to Gul Bhanjyang Trekking time 4 – 5 hours.
We leave Mangengoth and we continue down the valley with the mountains in sight for much of the day. We arrive at Gul Bhanjyang (2130m) and here we spend the night.
Gul Banjyang to Chiso Pani Trekking time 4 – 5 hours.
We spend most of the day walking down through the valley to the village of Chispani and the mountain views you can get here justify spending the night here.
Chiso Pani to Kathmandu Trekking time 3 – 4 hours
We will finish our trekking today ending the walk down through the valley to Sundarijal where we will catch our bus back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu! We will go to the hotel and then a chance to rest and relax and some afternoon shopping if you wish.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not onlythe religion but the Nepali culture.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guide line. The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.
GENERAL CHECK – LIST
The following basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-T- shirt (2)
-Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear appropraite to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers / pants. (Preferably berathable fabric)
TREKKING CHECK LIST
In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravines.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Prussik loops .
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumer (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow – covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.
In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-Climbing Harness .
-2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Plaster/ Band- aids.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).
-Anti – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.