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Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Circuit Trek

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A scenic trekking in Langtang, Gosainkunda and Chisapani circuit

Langtang is a region to the north of Kathmandu, bordering Tibet. It is protected as Langtang National Park and has many high peaks including Langtang Lirung 7,246 metres, which is seen from different parts of Kathmandu valley. About 6,000 people live inside the park, and many more depend on it for timber and firewood. The majority of the residents are Tamang. The park contains a wide variety of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine. This park is the heaven of Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, Rhesus monkeys, Red Pandas, and snow leopard and there are also stories of Yeti, abominable Snowman, sightings. The park also contains the sacred Gosainkunda lakes, Kyanjin Gonpa and Sing Gonpas.

This region is one of the most accessible areas for trekking since a five- hour drive to Dunche and in six-hour to Shyabrubesi, the starting points of various treks. From there, several itineraries are possible, from 8 days to 20 days, returning via Helambu. There are also small peaks for trekkers willing to test a climbing in Himalaya during their trek and major mountaineerings mountains.

To the east of Langtang Valley is Helambu, which is ideal for a short trek, is particularly lovely in winter. It provides a variety of trails. At the head of Helambu valleys is a ridge that separates Helambu from Langtang. Helambu is home of Hyolmo Sherpas, famous for the beauty and cleanliness of their houses. High peaks dominate the landscape.

The full moon day of August is a special day for people of the Langtang region and all Hindu devotees. During this day a sacred festival, Janai Purnima, is celebrated as Gosainkunda Lakes. Hundreds of Jankris (Shamans) gather, beating drums, twirling rhythmically in skirts, perspiration trickling under their peacock feather headdresses as they move from shrine to shrine. It is a chance to see a bit of Nepali Culture the casual visitors usually miss.

Trip Highlights

  • A popular short trekking areas of Nepal
  • Scenic landscape filled with alpine pastures, glaciers, peaks, lakes and old monasteries.
  • A luxurious alpine valley full birds and wild animals and rare plants
  • Explore the ethnic village of Tamang
  • Walk through rhododendron, bamboo and pine forest in to the national park area
  • Experience the hospitality and culture and Buddhis practices
  • Enjoy the endless spectacular view on entire trek
  • Visits the sacred Gosainkunda Lake

Trip Profile

The total length of the trip: 17 days from arrival to the day of departure • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / optionally visit UNESCO sites • Trek starting point: Shyabrubeshi • Trek ending point: Sundarijal • Transport mode: 4X4 Jeep/Landcruiser • Highest elevation achievement: 4,610 metres Gosainkund pass (east Laurabinaya-la). • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek • Meals: A menu to choose your own meal • Trip grade: Moderate walks with some experience of high altitude at Kyanjin and Gosainkunda area. • Best season to trek: from the end of February to the mid of December • People and Culture: Populated by Tamang community and Hyolmo Sherpas.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu or optionally take a tour around world heritage sites

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi 1,504m. A 6 hours’ drive

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,450m. A 5 hours trek

Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430 metres. A 6 hours trek.

Day 06: Trek to Kyangjin 3,830m. A 3 hours trek

Day 07: At Kyangjin for a hike to Tsergo-Ri 4,984m. or Kyangjin-Ri 4,773m

Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel. A 6 hours trek

Day 09:Trek to Thulo Syabru 2,120m. A 5 hours trek

Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa / Chandanbari 3,330m. A 5 hours trek.

Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund Lake 4,200n. A 5 hours trek

Day 12: Trek to Gopte 3,430 m via Gosainkund -la Pass 4,610m. A 5 hours trek

Day 13: Trek to Kutumsang 2,470m. A 5 hours trek

Day 14: Trek to Chisapani 2,165m. A 5 hours trek

Day 15: Trek to Sundarijal drive to Kathmandu. An hour trek and 4 hours’ drive

Day 16: Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, meet by Happy Feet Mountaineer’s staff and transfer to hotel. It takes about half an hour drive to get to the hotel in Thamel. Check-in at the hotel and after refreshed you will be meeting with other members for the trek and the representative of Happy Feet Mountaineers for the trip briefing. The rest of the time is free to rest. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu or optionally take a tour around world heritage sites

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for the preparation of the trek. Please let the Happy Feet Mountaineers representative know if you want to join the sightseeing tour around the ancient and historical cities in Kathmandu valley as well as the famous Hindu temple and Buddhist stupa, which are listed in world heritage sites by UNESCO.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi 1,504m. A 6 hours’ drive

Breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu and drive to Syabrubensi. The overland journey via small towns and villages overlooking the magnificent mountains, green hills and valleys, the jungle and farmland, rivers and rivulets is a lifetime experience. You will also be driving through Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa District and main entrance of Langtang National Park. From Dhunche to Syabrubensi is an hour downhill driving, through several small villages and gorges. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,450m. A 5 hours trek

The walk of the first-day starts from Syabrubesi village. We cross a suspension bridge over the Langtang River and then climb up some farming areas and enter into a green forest, full of monkeys, following the Langtang River. The entire day is enjoyable walking day with lovely views of the valley and Langtang river. The trail reaches to a junction, at Pairo (Landslide), to Langtang and Gosainkunda. From here we follow the path to Langtang passing by several tea-house at Pairo, Bamboo and Riverside. The trail is lovely through a dense forest, full of wilderness, with sheer cliff-hanging many huge wild beehives. Cross a steel bridge and follow the north-western bank of the river, very interesting to see the mighty water rumbling against the rock and the river birds singing on the slippery river rocks! Enjoying all the wonder of nature, we reach to Lama Hotel, our second overnight stop, a lovely spot within a forest clearing.

Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430 metres. A 6 hours trek.

The morning walk follows by the bank of Langtang river heading upstream into the deep forest into a gorge, as the trail continues we reach to Ghoda-Tabla, at 3000 metres, a lovely open place for the lunch stop. This place was once used for Tibetan resettlement project; it takes further 2 hours to arrive Langtang village. Afternoon we walk another 2 hours to reach at Langtang village. The trail is scenic with a gradual going up. Tantalizing glimpses of mount Langtang Lirung of 7,246 metres is seen from many points all the way along. The Langtang village has been swept away by the avalanche created by the earthquake of 2015, so the village is with numerous new house. In the past homes of Langtang and neighbouring communities use to have Tibetan-style flat roofs and surrounded by stone walls. And the villagers use to keep herds of Yaks and cattle here and in pastures above the village.

Day 06: Trek to Kyangjin 3,830m. A 3 hours trek

Today is a short walk to reach at Kyangjin our ultimate and significant destination of the journey. Morning walk starts with a short gradual climb to reach a ridge through a small and lovely open area with mani walls. As we walk up, we arrive at a wide scenic Langtang valley enclosed by an array of peaks then reaching at Kyanjin for two overnight stops.

Day 07: At Kyangjin for a hike to Tsergo-Ri 4,984m. or Kyangjin-Ri 4,773m

An exciting day to enjoy a scenic walk around its beautiful surroundings. Optionally one can take a hike to Tsergo-Ri or the nearest lookout the Kyangjin-Ri. There are some of the best panoramas with Langtang Himal, Ghengu Liru (Langtang II - 6571m), Langtang Lirung (7,425m) Kimshun (6,745m), Shalbachum (6,918m) towards views of Chimsedang Himal which forms a ridge with Naya-Kanga or Ganjala peak at 5,846m includes Gangchempo and Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. Magnificent views that extend towards the east with Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa (6,980m), which makes a massive border wall of mountains between Nepal and Tibet.

Day 08: Trek to Lama Hotel. A 6 hours trek

After a marvellous time around scenic, beautiful Langtang Valley at Kyanjin, the walk leads back to the same route following a downhill path to Lama Hotel, the distance which we made in two days. The views are beautifully quite different, an excellent opportunity to experience its every aspect.

Day 09:Trek to Thulo Syabru 2,120m. A 5 hours trek

In the morning our trek starts on the same way back for a few hours to reach River Side, with several tea-houses. Crossing a bridge then traverse over the hill to reach Thulo Syabru village beautifully set on a sharp hill ridge. We will have some time in the afternoon to explore around Tamang village with its impressive settlement with a monaster

Day 10: Trek to Sing Gompa / Chandanbari 3,330m. A 5 hours trek.

From Thulo Syabru climb up terraced fields and scattered hamlets within the cool shade of lovely coniferous forest with rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir tree. Our walk leads up to cattle herder’s shelters and grazing field. The walk continues on the pleasant trail after a gradual climb to reach Singompa, which is also known as Chandanbari, a place with sandalwood trees. Here we will visit a cheese production centre and a monastery.

Day 11: Trek to Gosainkund Lake 4,200n. A 5 hours trek

From Singompa / Chandanbari village, morning walk leads up to Gosainkunda Lake with views of Langtang, Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna range in the west, as the trail leads up through a thinning rhododendron forest. The further we gain the elevation up we leave tall trees for dwarf rhododendron and juniper bush, the trail leads to Cholangpati and Laurabinaya opening full panorama to all directions. On the way up, there are two sacred lakes named Saraswati-Kund (Saraswati pond) and Bhairab-Kund. Eventually, we reach to the most sacred lake the Gosainkunda at 4380 metres, where we stay overnight in a loge.

Day 12: Trek to Gopte 3,430 m via Gosainkund -la Pass 4,610m. A 5 hours trek

Spending a precious overnight at the holy lake Gosainkunda, our morning walk follows via lakeshore and climb up through rocks and boulders. As we walk up, we see other small ponds and reach on top of Gosainkund pass or East Laurabinaya La at 4610 metres, the highest point of this epic journey. From this pass, there is a long descend to reach at Phedi (foothill) a place with some teahouses. After a refreshing break, a Happy Feet walk continues heading east towards the Helambu area and then back to green tree lines to reach our overnight stop in a small place called Ghopte Bir (overhanging cliff). Just a few hundred metres to the south-west of this place is the infamous Ghopte Bir where, on 31 July 1992, a Thai Aircraft crashed on the sheer cliff of Ghopte, taking the life of its 99 passengers and 14 crew members on board.

Day 13: Trek to Kutumsang 2,470m. A 5 hours trek

Morning walk leads to the junction where the way to Helambu and Kathmandu route meets, from here we walk into the forest with short ups and down for an hour and climb on top of Thadepatti hill overlooking views of the high mountain ranges. After a short photographing break, walk downhill via farming fields to reach overnight stop at Kutumsang, an attractive farming village with mixed tribes of Sherpa, Yalmo and Tamang people.

Day 14: Trek to Chisapani 2,165m. A 5 hours trek

Morning walk to Chisapani leads on a winding path with few ups and down heading through farming villages to reach Gul-Bhanjyang. After a refreshing break, the walks continue on a pleasant trail to reach Pati Bhanjyang village and further a short steep climb to at Chisapani. Chispani (cold water) is a scenic place offering excellent views of sunrise and sunsets over an array of peaks from Jugal Himal range in the north with Ganesh Himal-Manaslu and Annapurna range in the far west.

Day 15: Trek to Sundarijal drive to Kathmandu. An hour trek and 4 hours’ drive

This day is the last day of the trekking. After catching the sunrise view from Chisapani, start heading down through the cool forest shade and farmlands with the views of Kathmandu valley to Sundarijal, a beautiful place within forest and streams. Sundarijal is the drinking water reservoir for Kathmandu valley. End the trek and drive to Kathmandu. Arrive at your hotel and get checked into the rooms. The evening is free for rest and individual activities.

Day 16: Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu or optionally take a tour around world heritage sites.

Day 17: Departure

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
1 Person 1930$ 2100$
2 - 3 Persons 1430$ 1558$
4 - 5 Persons 1318$ 1438$
6 - 7 Persons 1260$ 1380$
8- 10 Persons 1207$ 1327$
Single room supplement 180$ 300$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
KATHMANDU Marshyangdi or similar Hotel Shanke or Malla
DURING TREK Teahouse (Lodge) Teahouse (Lodge)

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
  • 4-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • Kathmandu to Shyabrubeshi transportation by a 4x4 Jeep/Landcruiser.
  • A guide, a Sherpa helper for groups of above 6 persons in group, and one porter between every two members for the entire trekking period. Insurance and expenses of all local staff.
  • TIMS and Langtang National Park entry permits.
  • Trekking period accommodation in teahouse (lodes) on full board basis – open menu.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member. A pair of a trekking pole to each member. A trekking map and duffel bag
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call).
  • Small medical kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • Sundarijal to Kathmandu transportation.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the end of February to the mid of December.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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