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Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake via Lauribina Pass

Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake via Lauribina Pass

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

16 Nights 17 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5000 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Kanjin Gompa and observe cheese factory.
  • Ascend kyanjin Ri and Tserku Ri for magnificent views of the Tibet and Langtang mountains.
  • Feel the warmth of Sherpa and Tamang people in Helambu region.
  • Trek to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda and cross Lauribina pass (4,610m)
  • Affords splendid view of the stunning  peaks of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal .

Trek to the Langtang valley is one of the most preferred treks in the Langtang region.  And when a trip to Gosainkunda Lake is added to the trek, it becomes more interesting. Both adventure seeking people and religious devotees choose this trek. The trek offers strikingly enchanting views of mountains, glaciers, valleys and hills. The major highlight of this trek is Gosainkunda lake, which is the largest lake in the region with the surface of 34 acres and situated at the altitude of 4,380m/14,370ft. The lake flows down to form Trishuli river and remains frozen during the winter. The lake also has religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. Devotees consider the water from the lake as holy water and visit the place to take bath. During Janai Purnima festival in August, thousands of pilgrims visit this place from across the Nepal as well as India.

Apart from the religious significance, the Gosaikunda area is highly chosen by the trekkers because of its richness in natural beauty. Trekking through the region offers you a splendid view of mountains along with eye catching landscapes. Mostly the trek requires uphill climbing but the picturesque beauty around and the view from the top of the hills will make you forget the arduous walk.  In addition to Gosainkunda lake, there are other 108 lakes in the area, which is also another reason for increasing number of trekkers in this region. You will come across many icy lakes during the trip. People take dips in these lakes considering the water holy although the water is ice cold. Most of the lakes are also named after gods and goddesses. 

In the higher altitude, there are no vegetation and human settlement.  You will get a chance to play with ice and the eye catching a view of snow upon the dark mountain and rocks will leave you feeling mesmerized. The snow makes a kind of pattern upon the rocks and it is extremely appealing to watch.  

 

 

 

 

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Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we offer you pick up facility from the airport and manage your stay at the most comfortable hotel in the city. You get to meet the team of trekkers and together we prepare for the trek. At the evening we offer you lavish welcome dinner with authentic Nepali Cuisine.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We offer you a short trip to historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu valley: Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple. You can also do some souvenir shopping during the sightseeing. After sightseeing, we head back to the hotel and get our clothing and trekking equipment ready and prepare for the trek.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We start our journey from Kathmandu and head north. We take a break at Trishuli Bazar and again head toward Dhunche enjoying the view of green hills and dense forests around. We might get a chance to have a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, Annapurna and Manaslu if the weather is favourable. Finally, upon reaching Syabrubesi we take rest and spend the night there

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus

We start the trek walking through the dense rhododendron forests. The trail is narrow and damp under the forest trees. The trail is within the Langtang National Park and rare species of flora and fauna can be spotted along the way. There are also exotic waterfalls along the way. Walking ahead, we then reach Langtang Khola (river) and cross the suspension bridge and again catch the uphill trail which will lead us to Lama Hotel. We stay overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek starts early in the morning with the walk through pine and rhododendron forests. We move ahead enjoying beautiful views around. There is an uphill trail until we reach Ghoda Tabela. From there we can have a glimpse of Langtang mountain range. Walking further ahead we pass through Buddhist monasteries. Finally, we reach Langtang village. The area is barren and rocky with no vegetation. We can see the earthquake affected area where the entire village was destroyed. There are newly built colourful houses and lodges around. We enjoy the view of mountains and hills all around. The valley is beautifully surrounded by the towering hills and peaks.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Langtang village and start our trek uphill and towards Kyangjin Gompa, the most famous monastery in the region. We can also see colourful prayer flags, prayer wheels and stones carved with Buddhist inscriptions and mantras along the way. We roam around and explore the area enjoying the Himalayan range around. We might as well walk through the village area and visit some cheese factories. The night will be spent at the lodge in the village.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is the acclimatization day to adjust our body to the rising altitude and take a good rest. We will go for a light trek to Tserko Ri early in the morning and take rest in the afternoon. We enjoy the sunrise from the top. There is also an option to get to the top of Kyangjin Ri from where the view is spellbinding. We will return to our lodge in Kyanjin village for the rest and we spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we head back to Lama Hotel following the same trail we traversed before. We take a downhill climbing passing through the villages. We move ahead leaving Kyanjing Gompa, Langtang village and Ghortabela behind. We continue our walk until reaching Lama Hotel. We will spend the night in a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our trek early walking through the trail alongside the northern side of Langtang river. The downhill trail will shortly take us to the suspension bridge and after crossing the bridge, we walk along the southern side of the river. We continue our walk until reaching a bridge and from there we catch the trail leading to Thulo Syabru. We move ahead passing Pairo and finally reach Thulo Syabru. We will spend the night at Thulo Syabru.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our day leaving Thulo Syabru and enjoying the splendid view of Langtang mountain, Ganesh Himal and many other snowy peaks. Then the trail will turn to steep ascend accompanied by lush green rhododendron and pine forest. Walking further ahead we will reach Foprang Danda in a short while. On our walk ahead we come across many Gompas like Phulung Gompa and Shin Gompa. We continue our walk until reaching Chandanbari. Upon reaching Chandanbari we take rest for a while and spend the time exploring the settlement area and monasteries. We might also visit the cheese factory. We will be spending the night in a lodge at Chandanbari.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today our destination is Gosaikunda- the major highlight of our trek. We start early by walking through the settlement areas and moving ahead towards Laurebina. We can enjoy a magnificent view of mountainous peaks on our way. From the Laurribina Pass, we can see the first beautiful lake. There are several other lakes around the area and the biggest lake is Gasainkunda lake. The lakes in the region are considered holy and people visit the place to take bath in the holy lakes. The lakes are of great religious significance and are also mentioned in Hindu scriptures. We will enjoy the sublime beauty of nature and explore the region further. The night will be spent at Gosainkunda.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek by walking through the rugged terrain of the mountainous region. We come across many lakes on our way ahead. We can have an appealing view of mountains surrounding the region. The trail then takes us to Lauribina Pass(4610m/15125ft), the highest altitude we reach on this trek. From there we move ahead towards Phedi crossing Gyaje. We then reach Dhupi Chaur. We can also see colourful Buddhist prayer flags hanging at different places during our trek. We finally reach Ghopte and prepare for our night stay in a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we head towards Melamchi Gaon from Ghopte. We move ahead through the uphill and downhill trail on our way. We also come across a cave during the walk. There are also lodges around the region and a camping ground before reaching Thadepati Pass. The pass is a junction to either trek towards Helambu or Melamchi Gaon. Leaving the trail to Helambu we move ahead towards Melamchi Gaon, a Sherpa village. We pass through Bolgang on our way. The dense rhododendron and oak forest add beauty to the place. There is also green pasture land lodge at Melamchi Gaon. We enjoy the view and spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Melamchi Gaon, we take the downhill trail towards Melamchi river. We cross the river and again walk through the forest area. There are many small streams and brooks along the trail. We then pass through Tarkado and head ahead Tarkeghyang. On the way, we can also visit Gekye Gompa. Tarkeghyang is a small and attractive Sherpa village that is rich in traditional Sherpa culture. We then come to a crossroad and follow the trail towards Gangyul. We come across Mani walls and Gompas on our journey. We finally reach Sermathang and prepare for our night stay at a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek early with a downhill walk starting from Sermathang and through the Sherpa villages, farmland and many temples and Gompas on our way. Moving ahead we come across Indrawati river. We cross the bridge and walk ahead. We come across the next and passing through the bridge we finally reach Melamchi Bazar. We will be spending the night in a lodge there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we head back to Kathmandu from Melamchu Pul. After around 4-5 hrs drive we will reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu we take rest and muse over our trek. At the evening we organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate the successful completion of the trek and prepare for final departure.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Syabrubesi and Melemchi-Kathmandu by public bus

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • 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

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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