The Langtang Region of Nepal has been regarded to be one of the most natural areas in Nepal, untouched by the waves of modernization and urbanization. Though it is situated near the capital, the Langtang region and its inhabitants have managed to uphold the age-old grace and natural beauty of the region, without letting it be ruined by modern day needs. The Gosainkunda trek is one such trek, taking us deep within the mystical Langtang valley to explore its raw, rugged nature.

Along the roaring Bhote Koshi, the trek to Gosainkunda is an adventure worth embarking upon. The trails when clear, offers the views of the exquisite looking snow-capped peaks of the Helambu region. Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Shishapangma and other Tibetan peaks offer a welcome sight and ease away the pain in the aching muscles during the trek.

The opportunity to mix in with the ethnic inhabitants of the Langtang region is in itself a glorious experience not to be missed. The trail takes us through Tibetan and Buddhist influenced regions, inhabited mostly by ethnic tribes. Exploring the religious affinity and the cultural variations of people residing in the region is another experience worth exploring.

The major attraction of the Gosainkunda Trek, as the name suggests, is the Gosainkunda. Gosainkunda is a Hindu pilgrimage site visited by thousands of internal tourists. 108 more associated lakes surround the Gosakinda Lake, which is frozen for half a year during winter.  The views from this region are worth capturing. The tough trek is suitable to be carried out by trekkers with little or no previous experience too. The itinerary is designed in a way that makes it possible for the body to adapt with the changing altitudes.

The wilderness and the raw natural beauty put forward by the Gosainkunda trek welcomes trekkers of all kinds. Explore this paradise of mystical natural beauty and you are surely set to come back for more.

  1. Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    Today, you arrive at the capital of the beautiful country of Nepal, Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel and will have the entire evening to stroll around and explore the heart of this throbbing city.

  2. Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    This day starts off with the preparation for the trek and the briefing associated with it. After breakfast, we will be sightseeing around the architectural masterpiece of Kathmandu. We visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square first, complete with exquisitely carved architectural designs. Another destination for today is the beautiful & historic Patan Durbar Square.

  3. Day Drive from Kathmandu to Timbu & trek to Shermanthang (2580m)

    The actual trekking starts from today. We embark on an early morning drive to Timbu. The drive in itself takes about 7 hours to complete. From here, it is a 3 hour, steep uphill walk to the Hyolmo village of Shermanthang. Approximately 7-hour of drive and 3-hour trek.

  4. Day Trek from Shermathang to Tarkheghyang (2770m)

    This is yet another day that offers the chance to explore the pilgrimage and culture of the tribes residing in the Langtang region of Nepal. We start off by transversing flat and downhill paths to reach Tarkheghyang through rhododendron forests. Gompas and monasteries adorn this beautiful village. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  5. Day Acclimatization at Tarkheghyang

    This day is set aside for acclimatization and for a one day hike to the Buddhist pilgrimage site of the Ama Yangri Peak (3500m). The top of the peak offers views of the exquisite mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal and Langtang.

  6. Day Trek from Tarkheghyang to Melamchi Gaon (2530m)

    The trail today starts off with a decent down to Nakote (1980m). From here, we reach the crystal clear stream of Melamchi. A steep ascent takes us to the Melamchi Gaon through a forest. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

  7. Day Trek from MelamchiGaon to Tharepati (3640m)

    The path from Melamchi Gaon to Tharepati starts off with a steep, downhill walk. The picturesque trek brings about the rapid change of scenery from rhododendron and oak forests to forests of fir. Tharepati offers clear views of the mountain peaks of the Helambu region. 6 hours of walk.

  8. Day Trek from Tharepati to Phedi (4100m)

    Today, the trek starts off with a descending path. We continue on an upwards path to Ghopte through jungles. We continue further upwards through bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach the village of Phedi. 6 hours of walk.

  9. Day Trek from Phedi to Gosainkunda (4380m)

    This day will take us through the highest point of the trek, the Laure Binayak Pass (4610m). The path is a steep uphill one, and the Laure Binayak Pass offers the exquisite views of the peaks line Yala, Cherpo and the lakes like Suryakunda. Dropping down to Gosainkunda, we come across several other lakes in the region. Approximately 6 hours trek. 

  10. Day In Goasainkunda

    This day is separated, to explore around Gosainkunda. We take around the Hindu pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda. Take in the views of the mystical Langtang region and dwell on the delightful views of peaks like the Dorje Lakpa and many others.

  11. Day Trek from Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa (3250m)

    Beautiful Himalayan range greets us and takes us through our path from Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa today. Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m) adorn our path for the day. We pass through forested ridges to finally reach the village of sing Gompa. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  12. Day Trek from Sing Gompa to Thulo Syabru (2100m)

    Today, we descend downwards through forested trails of rhododendron trees to the beautiful Tamang village of Thulo Syabru. Views of the mastiffs like Langtang Lirung and some Tibetan peaks make the views from this area worth capturing. You will also get a chance to mix in with the ethnic inhabitants there and have dinner with local families. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  13. Day Trek from Thulo Syabru to Syabrubensi(1460m)

    The walk from Thulo Syabru to Syarbubensi is a short, descending one. In about the duration of three hours, we will reach the settlement of Syabrubesi, equipped with all modern day facilities. After lunch, we will embark on a 15-minute walk to the natural hot springs. If time permits, we will also drive to Rasuwa Gadi, the border to China which takes an hour. Approximately 4 hours of trek.

  14. Day Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1300m)

    It's finally time to bid goodbye to the experiences of the past few days and return back to the capital. A 6-7 hour drive will take us back to Kathmandu. You can spend the afternoon on experiencing the nightlife of the capital. You can also rest around in the hotel room and relax after the adventurous experience. Approximately 6-7 hours of drive.

  15. Day Optional Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    Today, an optional sightseeing around Kathmandu will be organized for those interested. We will visit the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath with its richly ornamented pagoda house and sacred linga. Another must visit location is Boudhanath, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, named among the largest Stupas in South Asia. We will also visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which consists of countless temples and showpieces of architectural beauty.

  16. Day Departure from Kathmandu

    The trip ends today and after a never before experience in Nepal, it finally is time to bid goodbye. 

  • Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the raw and mystical Langtang region of Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.

    You have the rest of the day free to stroll around the streets of the throbbing capital city or or you can also opt to take a day off and rest. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and recharge for the adventure to follow.

    • Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
    • No meals included
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    This day is scheduled for sightseeing around the beautiful capital of Nepal. After a trek briefing by the tour leader, you will be equipped for the trek accordingly before we move on to visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with old temples and palaces. Kathmandu Durbar Square is where Kings of Nepal are crowned and solemnized. The major attractions of this architectural masterpiece include the beautiful Taleju Temple, Temple of Kumari the Kalbhairav as well as the Basantapur Durbar.

    You will be excited to visit the Patan Durbar Square next. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Lalitpur, the Patan durbar Square is an excellent specimen of Newari architecture, the major attractions of the trek are the Mul Chowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk, Sundari Chowk etc. Other attractions include the Krishna Mandir and the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna along with the scenes Ramayana and Mahabharata.

    • Breakfast included
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Timbu & trek to Shermanthang (2580m)

    The adventurous trek into the depths of the Helambu region of Nepal starts today. We start off with an early morning drive towards Timbu. The drive takes us through Bahunepati and Melamchi Bazaar. The 7-hour drive takes us to the village of Timbu after passage through the Jogin Danda. From here, it is an uphill walk to Sermathang.

    Sermanthang is a Hyolmo village which is adorned with glimpses of the Tibetan and Buddhist influence that the region possesses. Hyolmo tribes are influenced greatly by the Buddhist and Tibetan heritage. Sermanthang is home to a Buddha statue and a monastery which can be visited in the evening. Hyolmo people depend on animal husbandry and are welcoming inhabitants who will surely make us feel at home. Approximately 7-hour of drive and 3-hour trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Shermathang to Tarkheghyang (2770m)

    Today, we wake up to excellent sunrise views from our lodge. This day takes us through alternating flat and downhill path to reach the village of Tarkeghyang. The trail takes us through forests of rhododendron. We will firstly pass through the Sherpa village of Ghyangul and then through the Ghyang village. Tarkheghyang is an hour’s walk from the Ghyang village. The largest village in the Helambu region, this village is also home to the ethnic Hyolmo tribes. 

    Tarkheghyang village is situated in the middle of a forest and is in an area high above the river. This village is adorned by Gompas and monasteries which are worth exploring. People here live mostly through animal husbandry and generally move to India for business opportunities during the winter season. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Acclimatization at Tarkheghyang

    We will use this day to acclimatize to the altitude and hike up to the famous Ama Yangri peak (3500m). Ama Yangri is considered to be the protector of the entire Hyolmo valley. Ama Yangri is considered to be a Dakini who became a goddess protector of Helambu by the help of her compassion.  On the month of Chaitra (March or April), there is a big festival held in the honor of Ama Yangri.

    The top of the Ama Yangri peak consists of a Chhorten of the Goddess Ama Yangri. There are age-old caves on the way to the top of the peak. The top is not just a spot for pilgrimage significance but is also home to views of the exquisite mountain peaks. Mesmerizing views of the snowcapped mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal and Langtang makes the trip to the top even more interesting.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Tarkheghyang to Melamchi Gaon (2530m)

    We start off today with a steep downhill walk. The trail comes to an end by reaching the roaring MelamchiKhola down the valley. The crystal clear stream of Melamchi is crossed before we continue to our destination further upwards. The trail from this point onwards is a steep uphill climb through a forest to the Melamchi Gaon.

    The undulating path of the day comes to an end with the village which is equipped with modern day facilities and yet retains its raw and natural beauty. Mani walls and colored flags adorn the region. Tibetan influence can be clearly seen in the dressing sense and the houses in this village. Melamchi Gaon is home to a huge number of houses and an old school. Animal husbandry is the major profession of Hyolmo tribes residing in the region. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from MelamchiGaon to Tharepati (3640m)

    This day takes us through rough and steep uphill trials. There are no teahouses along the way, and we will be carrying packed lunch to last throughout the day. This day showcases the real, raw, wild nature of Nepal as the scenery rapidly changes from forests of rhododendron to that of fir and oak. We will make our way through bushes of bamboo to reach the village of Tharepati.

    The path today can be called as one of the best ridges walks among all trials in Nepal. Sparsely forested areas, alternated by little greenery, takes us to the village of Tharepati. On a clear day, the trial showcases the mind-boggling views of the magnificent peaks of Langtang and Gosainkunda shining at us in full glory. Tharepati itself is a viewpoint of sorts, offering views of the magnificent Tibetan peaks, Gyangchampo, Shishapangma and the entire Dorjee Lakpa range glistening before us. This village is famous for a verity of flowers, mostly orchids. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Tharepati to Phedi (4100m)

    The trek today takes us to the base point of the trek to Gosainkunda. The trail is a descending one at first. We pass through rhododendron jungles, which paint the entire region red in spring. Bamboo forests alternate with rhododendron forests and guide our way downwards to the village of Ghopte. From here, it is an uphill walk to reach Phedi. The scenery changes as we now pass through trees of pine. The steep uphill walk takes us to the base for the next day at Phedi. This day is devoid of views of mountain peaks. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Phedi to Gosainkunda (4380m)

    This is a challenging yet an extremely adventures day. A mixed trail, alternated by steep uphill climb makes the day exhausting yet a memorable one. This is also the day that we reach the highest point of our trek. The trek starts off with a steep uphill walk of about 5 hours, to finally reach the Laurebinayak Pass (4610 m). This pass offers never before view of the entire mountain ranges of the Helambu region.

    From atop the pass, the azure blue waters of several lakes down below including the likes of Gosainkunda, Bhairabkundaetc are seen. Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and the entire Dorjee Lakpa range make the views worth capturing. The views of the glistening, snow-capped mountain peaks push us along a descending path to Gosainkunda. Many lakes are present along the way to Gosainkunda. Suryakunda, Bhairabkunda are the lakes in the region to name a few. Yala Peak, Cherpo Peak etc shine down at us as we reach the famous pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda. Approximately 6 hours trek. 

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day In Goasainkunda

    Gosainkunda is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site, visited yearly by thousands of internal tourists. The population of internal tourists is more, in the months of August- September. This day is separated to explore the mystical beauty of the azure blue lakes in the Langtang region.

    Views of the glistening lakes and the mountain peaks above us prove why Nepal is considered to be one of the major tourist attractions in the world. The oligotrophic lake of Gosainkunda remains frozen for six months in winter. Along with its associated lakes, the Gosainkunda sips down to form the Trishuli River. A total of 108 lakes are present in the area, ranging from small to medium in size. Dwell on the delightful views of the mountain peaks and explore the mystique of the Gosainkunda area before calling it a day.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa (3250m)

    This is yet another day that helps us mix in and explore the cultural and religious significance of the Helambu region of Nepal. We climb on to the Laurebinayak and drop down through the steep downhill path to reach the Sing Gompa today. Beautiful Himalayan range greets us and pushes us forward on our way. The exquisite views of the LangtangLirung (7227 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m) and even the Annapurna range on a clear day, is unparalleled to any.

    Along the path, we pass through forested ridges. We pass through Chogompati which is known for the presence of red pandas. Sing Gompa is home to the famous Sing Gompa. Also home to a famous cheese factory, this settlement is also home to the Chandan Bari, filled with trees of Sandalwood. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Sing Gompa to Thulo Syabru (2100m)

    Thulo Syabru is the only Tamang village of Rasuwa and the destination for today. We descend downward mainly through forest trials today. Rhododendrons can be seen in full bloom during the spring season and the trees paint the entire region red with the blooming flowers.

    ThuloSyabru is home to views of the mesmerizing mastiffs like LangtangLirung. On a clear day, you can also see the views of the beautiful Tibetan peaks around us. We get a chance to mix in with the welcoming ethnic inhabitants of this region today. We will have food with the Tamang families and share our experiences of the trek we have completed so far. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Trek from Thulo Syabru to Syabrubensi(1460m)

    The destination for today is the settlement of Syabrubesi which brings an end to this wonderful trek. Syabrubensi is where the BhoteKoshi and the Trishuli rivers meet. The walk from ThuloSyabru to Syabrubesi is a short one. We start off with a downhill path through rhododendron forests for about three hours to reach Syabrubesi.

    Syabrubensi, the major starting point of most treks of the Langtang region, is a prosperous village full with modern day facilities. After some rest, we will embark on a 15-minute walk to the natural hot springs situated in Syabrubesi. After washing away the pain in our aching muscles, we will get a chance to drive to the Rasuwa Gadi. Rasuwa Gadi, situated on a one hour drive from Syabrubensi, is the border point from Nepal to China and the entire region is often accompanied by chilly winds. Approximately 4 hours of trek.

    • Overnight at local teahouse
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
  • Day Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1300m)

    It is now time to bid farewell to the raw, untouched Langtang valley and return back to the throbbing capital. Leaving the glory of silence and wild nature behind, we embark on a drive back to Kathmandu. we reach the capital after a 6 to 7-hour drive through the banks of the Trishuli River.

    On the afternoon, you will have time to yourself. Depending upon your interest, you can either relax in the premises of the hotel or go out to explore the capital city. Approximately 6-7 hours of drive.

    • Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
    • Breakfast & lunch included
  • Day Optional Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital or you can also opt to take a day off and rest.

    The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy BagmatiRiver beside the temple.

    Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.

    In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.

    • Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
    • Breakfast included
  • Day Departure from Kathmandu

    The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accomodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu        .
    • Accommodation in the local teahouses during the trek period
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek period
    • Only breakfast in Kathmandu
  • What's included

    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Langtang National Park fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges
  • What's not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars

Date & Prices

Date Trip Status  
Oct 08, 2018 - Oct 23,2018 Available & Guranteed Book Now
Nov 05, 2018 - Nov 20,2018 Available & Guranteed Book Now

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Frequently asked questions about this trip

Is this trip physically demanding?

The Gosainkunda & helambu trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the Annapurna region and is considered a moderate one. It is required that you have a good hiking experience before embarking on the journey. The trek passes through different types of terrains, and the roads change quite often. Muddy road, rock steps, and steep ascents and descents are extremely common. It is crucial that you know how to place your footing in the most precipitous of areas, prone to loose rocks and transverse with creeks. As altitude gains, the trek becomes harder. It is recommended hence that you give resting as much importance as walking.  There are risks associated with Altitude Sickness one your cross the 3000m mark. However, with proper acclimatization, you can complete the trip with almost no altitude sickness at all.