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Trip Length: 14 days

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Maximum Elevation: 4,380m at Gosaikunda

Trek Style: Teahouse

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

Best Months: Mar-May & Sept-Nov


The Langtang Gosaikunda route offers a trek that includes the scenic valley of Langtang in the Himalayas, a national park, and a lake of great religious significance. Include stunning mountain views, alpine forests and culture of the local Tamang tribe to the list, and this trek is a must do. It may not be as well-known as otherroutes,but this trek promises wonderful experiences and delivers even more.

Langtang is a scenic valley in the Himalayan region of Nepal, sharing a border with Tibet in the north andboasting Langtang Lirung (7,246m) as the highest mountain peak in the region. Trekking in this location offers a stunning panorama of Ganesh and Annapurna Himalayan ranges, alpine forests, and peaceful landscapes. This area is also popular for its production of Yak cheese, a delicacy in Nepal, and a visit to a cheese factory can be a worthwhile addition to your trip. The trek includes Langtang National Park, the first national park in the Himalayan region of Nepal, and you may catch glimpses of Langurs (monkeys) and red pandas in the forests. The final leg of the trek is Gosaikunda Lake, a holy lake situated at 4,380m with great significance in Hindu mythology – it is considered to be the abode of the Hindu gods Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. Each year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the lake to purify their souls.

Note: All aspects of all treks are managed by a team of professionally trained guides.


A typical day begins with a cup of hot tea served in your room, followed by breakfast. Then we pack our bags and set off on the trail of the day. It involves trekking through forests and hills andenjoyingthe panoramic views of the mountain rangesalong the way. After walking for a few hours, we stop at a local village for lunch. The break usually lasts for an hour and is a good time to fuel our bodies and rest our tired feet. After lunch, we continue our trek for about three more hours enjoying beautiful scenery. We usually reach our destination before dark so there is still time to explore for those who wish to do so. The evening can be spent according to each person’s interests, butthe trekking team often gathers for card games, singing, and dancing, and all are welcomed to join the fun. After a long day’s walk and companionship, we end with much needed rest.

Summary of the itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation

Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,420m) 7-8 hrs drive

Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,340m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,480m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 6: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) 3-4 hrs walk

Day 7: Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa

Day 8: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,340m) 6-7 hrs walk

Day 9: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru village (1,900m) 5-6 hrs walk

Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,330m) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 11: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4,380m) 4-5 hrs walk

Day 12: Gosaikunda to Dhunche 7-8 hrs walk

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu

Our representatives will welcome you upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport and assist you to your hotel in Kathmandu. A welcome dinner is scheduled for the evening in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu Valley, with cultural and musical programs. You will be briefed about your upcoming trip and will enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trek preparation

After breakfast, you will soak in the cultural offerings of the colourful, active capital city. You can visit world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple(the most important pilgrimage site for Hindus in Nepal), Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath (Buddhist stupas) and Durbar Square (royal palace). There will be trekking preparation in the evening and this will be our last night in Kathmandu before we embark on our journey.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,420m) 7-8 hrs drive/bus ride.  

Breakfast starts the day and then we head out of the capital cityto join the northern highway. The journey will be an adventure of its own, with twists and turns, ascents and descents, through local villages and mountain sceneries. Dhunche, a popular town, is on the route. Highlights of the day include mountain views of the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Mt. Kerung of Tibet. We reach Syabrubesi after 7-8 hours and take refuge at a local teahouse for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,340m) 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast, our first day of walking begins. We start our trek by following the Langtang River. The trail ascends for about two hours through the forest, followed by a one-hour descentto Bamboo village (1,850m), where we take a break for some hot lunch. Afterwards, we follow the forest trailpath watching birdlife, wild animals, and even bee hives hanging on cliffs around us. We complete our final climb through the bamboo forest to reach our destination for the day, the Lama Hotel, where we stay overnight.

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,480m) 5-6 hrs walk

From Lama Hotel, the trail gradually climbs through rhododendron trees, pine forests, and spectacular views of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,246m). Wild animals and herbal plants can be spotted throughout the day. After about three hours, we reach Ghora Tabela and stop for lunch. From Ghora Tabela, we continue our steady climb for another three hours until we reach Langtangvillage (3,480m) where we stay for the night.

Day 6: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) 3-4 hrs walk

After breakfast we leave Langtang village and start a leisurely trek. After three or four hours, we reach Kyanjin Gompa, where we enjoy stunning views of Mt. Ganchempo and Langtang Lirung.In the evening, everyone is free to visit surrounding sites, such as the Yak cheese factory and a local monastery.

Day 7: Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa

After three days of walking, Day 7 is the day for well-deserved rest and relaxation. Each person is free to participate in local activities and explore surrounding areas, such as glacier walking or Cherku-ri (5,150m)and Langshisha Kharka, depending on interest and level of fitness.

Day 8: Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2,340m) 6-7 hrs walk

From Kyanjin Gompa, we return toour previous trail, descending downhill this time. The walk is pleasant as we travel through rhododendron forests to reach Lama Hotel, where we rest for the night. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal.

Day 9: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru village (1,900m) 5-6 hrs walk

On Day 9, our trail leads us once again through bamboo and rhododendron forests, where we may spot some animals such as wild boars. One of the highlights of the day is the close-up view of Ganesh Himal. Initially the route ventures downhill along the river bank, but the last couple of hours feature a steep climb to reach the village of Thulo Syabru.

Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa (3,330m) 4-5 hrs walk

About 4-5 hours of walking are scheduled for the day, through dense pine, oak and rhododendron forests. The trail is mostly uphill until Dursagang (2660m),but during the last couple of hours, the walk continues through Sing Gompa forestand is less steep. Once we cross the forest, open areas offer excellent views of the trail we left behind and the one ahead. Sing Gompa, our destination for the day, is popular for its Buddhist monastery and also for its Yak cheese factory.

Day 11: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4,380m) 4-5 hrs walk

On this day, we follow the trail to the holy lake of Gosaikunda and then continue a gradual climb to Lauribinayak (3920m), where we can see the panoramic Himalayan mountain rangesof Nepal and Tibet. Along the way, we witness culture and lifestyles of Hindu and Buddhist villages. The evening can be spent walking around the lake and surrounding areas.

Day 12: Gosaikunda to Dhunche 7 hrs walk

We prepare for this day’s 7-hour walk to Dhunche with a hearty breakfast. Then we walk downhill through forests and local villages until we arrive late afternoon at Dhunche, which is the headquarters of Rasuwa District. We stay there overnight in a lodge.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs by bus

On this day we drive to Kathmandu reversing the 6-7 hour route taken at the start of our journey.

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu.

Before driving to the airport, you will have free time to explore local sites and shop for last-minute souvenirs. Then our representatives will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport and wavegoodbye.