Langtang Gosainkunda trek combines moderate and rigorous walking, this fascinating trek to high alpine valleys and glacial lakes. This equally rewards you with captivating views of majestic snow-capped peaks to cheer you up all the while. You can experience the natural and cultural assets of Langtang Valley as well as trek to the alpine Gosainkunda Lake. Langtang Valley is famous for Sherpa and Tamang ethnic communities that have been able to keep their socio-cultural aspects intact since time immemorial.
Langtang Valley and Gosiankunda Lake are both situated in the Central Himalayan Region of Nepal immediately north of Kathmandu Valley. Both the attractions of this trek are the important parts of Langtang National Park, the second largest Himalayan conservation area in Nepal. The park serves a perfect natural habitat for several rare species of animals, birds and flowering plants. You can have glimpses of red panda, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan tahr, ghoral, and some 250 species of birds in the park.
The culturally diverse Langtang region is predominated by three indigenous ethnicities, namely Tamang, Hyolmu and Bhotia. They are of Tibetan origins and followers of Buddhism, said to have entered Nepal between early 1500’s and mid 1900’s. During this trip, you can expect a closer look and a deeper insight into the day-to-day life of these humble montage dwellers. The picturesque and pristine Gosainkunda Lake, is a highly revered site for both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. Around 108 glacial pools of different shapes and sizess make the Langtang – Gosainkunda trek even more worthwhile.
The highest place to reach during this holy trip is Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) which is popular for ancient monastery and cheese factory. During acclimatization day around Kyanjin Gompa, you can make side trips to a glacial lake, the Langtang Lirung Glacier and Kyanjin Ri. Kyanjin Ri (4,600m) is the vantage point of the entire Langtang region trekking that shows you the snowy peaks, icefalls and glaciers. From the top, you can have the 360-degree panoramic view of Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Langtang Yubra Peak (6,035m) and Changbu Himal.
If you make Langtang trek in spring, you can witness the stunning vistas of the Langtang National Park decorated with colourful flowers. The flowering plants beautify the park just like a bride on her wedding day. Similarly, Gosainkunda Lake trekking in mid-August, you can find thousands of Hindu pilgrims thronging towards the lake. The pilgrims from India and Nepal make a holy trip to Gosainkunda Lake to take a sacred dip into the water of the lake. It is believed that a holy bath during Janai Purnima Festival cleanses all the sins you have committed knowingly or unknowingly.
Summing up, Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake trek rewards you with natural, cultural and spiritual wonders that are there for hardcore explorers. Orbit Alpine Adventure offers you a 14-days’ itinerary of Langtang Valley Gosainkunda trek to make your Nepal tour more memorable. You can customize this trek with Ganesh Himal trek (also Ruby Valley trek), Manaslu region trekking, Panch Pokhari trekking, etc. For the tailor-made trekking package, you can contact our agency via different media available.
1. Where is Langtang Gosiankunda trek?
Langtang Gosainkunda trek takes you around the closest trekking region from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is one of the important sections of the Great Himalayan Trail (1,700km) extending from east to west. It is situated in the first Himalayan conservation area and the second largest national park of Nepal. Langtang National Park is a haven for around 2000 flowering plants, diverse birds and animals. It is close to Kerung, the gateway to the Holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra located in the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
2. How far is Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trek?
Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trek starts from Syabrubesi, Rasuwa that lies about 122 kilometres away from Kathmandu. You can reach there in about seven hours by driving in a private jeep or a deluxe coach. To complete this epic trek, you need at least a week’s time from Kathmandu. We organize helicopter tour to Langtang region that takes only an hour to get the aerial view of the snowcapped peaks, wonderful landscapes and high altitude human settlements.
3. Can I do Langtang Gosainkunda trek solo?
Yes, you can do Langtang Gosainkunda trek solo because there is not any restricted area. But we highly recommend you to hire a professional trekking guide and a porter to get help from them in case of emergency. There are many cases when the solo traveller to Langtang region have gone missing due to missing of the right trail. They die of falling from the ridge when they fail to find the right track. The trekking guide finds the right trail as well as helps you in time of altitude sickness.
4. Can I get altitude sickness during Langtang Valley Gosainkunda Lake trek?
As soon as you reach the height more than 2,500m, there is always chance for altitude sickness. You spend most of the days in the places higher than the normal elevation. To avoid it, you should walk slowly; have enough food and drinking water as well as pack some medicines like Diamox Oral. You should follow the instructions of the trekking guide and as soon as you feel difficulty, you should share with him.