THE SACRED PEAKS AND LAKES OF GOSAINKUND
- One of Nepal’s most beautiful valleys
- Experience traditional Buddhist culture
- Hike through pristine mountain forests
- Cross the Laurabina Pass (15,120 feet)
- Langtang is home to the elusive Red Panda
Situated in the Central Himalaya, Langtang is the closest national park to Kathmandu. The park boundary extends from 20 miles north of Kathmandu all the way to the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. Langtang National Park is home to some of the most diverse eco-systems in the Central Himalayas. These include small areas of subtropical forest to mid-elevation forests of temperate oak and pine to alpine scrub and grasses giving way to bare rocks and snow. Oaks, pine, maple, fir, blue pine, hemlock, spruce and various species of rhododendron make up the main forest species. These forested areas provide habitat for a wide range of animals including wild dog, Red Panda, pika, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar, rhesus monkey and common langur. About 45 villages are situated within the park boundaries, which have influenced the natural environment over the centuries.
The newest addition to our Lodge Trek Series enters the Langtang Valley and beautiful Gosainkund Lakes via the crossing of the Laurabina La pass at 15,120 feet. Langtang attracts far fewer trekkers than Nepal’s other main trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna. The valleys of Langtang were first explored by Bill Tilman, the well known Himalayan explorer and mountaineer, who described it as “one of the world’s most beautiful valleys”. From our lodge at Kyangin Gompa, we will explore the impressive glaciated upper valley surrounded by high Himalayan peaks. Langtang was declared a National Park in 1976, consists mostly of mountainous terrain and home to approximately 3,000 ethnically diverse people; the Tamangs, Yolmus and Bhotias, who originated from Tibet. The eastern upper meadows of the Langtang Valley abruptly end in a massive mountain wall, forming the frontier with Tibet.
The Langtang Valley Lodge Trek is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. Our Classic Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Nepali Guide and full support crew. In addition to the listed group dates, we are able to arrange this trek starting on any day of the week during the months of April, May and mid-September through November for groups of 1 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal and the Himalayas!
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi. 4,797 feet. 7 to 8 hour bus ride. Lodge.
Day 3: Trek to Riverside. 8,860 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 4: To Ghoretabela. 9,450 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 5: Langtang Village. 10,850 feet. 3 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Kyngin Gompa. 12,300 feet. 3 to 4 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 7: Optional exploration or rest day in Kyngin Gompa. Lodge.
Day 8: To Lama Hotel. 7,710 feet. 6 to 7 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Upper Syabru. 6,950 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa. 10,680 feet. 4 to 5 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 11: Gosainkund. 14,375 feet. 4 to 5 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 12: Ghopte Odar. 11,700 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek via the Laurabina La Pass at 15,120 feet. Lodge.
Day 13: To Kutumsang. 8,025 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek via Mange Goth. Lodge.
Day 14: To Gul Bhanjyang. 6,975 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 15: Chisopani Danda. 7,200 feet. 5 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Sundarijal (3 hour trek) and drive 1 hour back to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 17: Day in Kathmandu for a guided sightseeing tour and independent activities. Hotel.
Day 18: Transfer to the airport for your return flight.