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 Gosaikunda trek is one such trek, taking us deep within the mystical Langtang valley to explore its raw, rugged nature.

Along the roaring BhoteKoshi, the trek to Langtang valley and Gosaikunda is an adventure worth embarking upon. The trails when clear, offers the views of the exquisite looking snow-capped peaks of the Helambu region. LangtangLirung, DorjeLakpa, 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 buddhi 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 Gosaikunda Trek, as the name suggests, is the Gosaikunda. Gosaikunda is a Hindu pilgrimage site visited by thousands of internal tourists. 108 more associated lakes surround the GosakindaLake, 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 Gosaikunda trek welcomes trekkers of all kinds. Explore this paradise of mystical natural beauty and you are surely set to come back for more.

Itinerary

  • 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.

  • Day Kathmandu to Syabrubensi

    Syabrubensi is the initial point for trekking Langtang Valley. It takes around 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi to cover 117km. After we drive further from Trishuli Bazar we get to experience rough country road. On the way we get to experience landslides area and steep hills and mountains views. Syafrubesi is place with lodges and hotels. We will stay for a night in any one of them.

  • Day Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel (2480m)

    It is the first day of hiking. Syabrubensi is the entrance of Langtang National Park and Tamang heritage trek. A short ascend will take you to Lama Hotel. The trail lead through the suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi and ascends to Thulo Syabru. Later trail lead us to Lama Hotel where we will stay overnight. Approximately 5-6 hours walk.

  • Day Trek to Mundu via Langtang Village (3430m)

    Today trail takes us through rhododendron and pine forests, waterfalls and scenic paths.A short ascend uphill of 6 hours walk will lead us to Langtang Valley. The valley offer breath taking view of Langtang Lirung.

    This is the home to wildlife also as we are in Langtang National Park. The langtang village was badly damaged in 2015 earthquake however Tamang people have now rebuilt and the area are open for the trekkers. Approximately 6-7 hours walk.

  • Day Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa (3850m)

    After breakfast, we will start our trail to Kyanjin Gompa, a monastery of the region. We pass by water mills, chortens, with scared mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. After the short trek, we spend the rest of the afternoon exploring in Kyanjin Gompa and surrounding areas with the amazing views of the mountains. Approximately 3-5 hours walk.

  • Day Acclimatization: explore Tserko Ri (5000m)

    Early morning after breakfast we will ascend to Tserko Ri, it takes around 5 hours walk to get to the summit to see the fantastic views. Here you can see Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Yala Peak and Naya Khang. We spend exploring Tserko Ri whole day which helps for acclimatization. Here we can enjoy in the majestic mountain before the decent back to Kyajin Gompa.

  • Day Kyajin Gompa to Lama Hotel

    After breakfast we begin our trek and and go back to Lama Hotel. The trekking will be downhill as we pass through Tamang villages and forests.

  • Day Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru

    From Lama Hotel we decend down to Pairo, where we will meet river. We cross the river and climb uphill towards Thulo Sybru. While trekking you will walk through beautiful Tamang villages and we also see a breath taking view of Langtang Himalayan range. You will walk through pine and junipers forest and there are chances of seeing some birds and animals red including red pandas. Approximately 5 hours walk.

  • Day Thulo Syabru to Lauribina (3900m)

    From Thulo Sybru the trail climb up to Dhimsa village in Langtang. During the trail we pass through Durdagang and then to Foprang Danda. The trail passes through lush jungles of rhododendron , hemlock and oak trees.

    We will see mesmerizing view of Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal. After a short hike from Foprang Danda and we reach Shin Gompa. After 2-3 hours walk we will reach to Lauribina, after the climb there is a beautiful viewpoint at lauribina. You will see mesmerizing view of Langtang range, Ganesh himal and Tibetan mountains. Approximately 6-7 hours.

  • Day Trek from Lauribina to Gosaikunda (4380m) & return to Shin Gompa

    From Lauribina another part of the journey begins. The path are straight up hill narrow path. During the journery to Gosaikunda you will encounter with Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda before Gosaikunda. Gosaikunda is gorgeous lake with Hindu legends. There is also small shrine of Lord Shiva.

    The high altitude Gosaikunda Lake is important during festival time. Many people go to religious places of prilgrimage in Gosaikunda Lake, to remove their sin. Hundreds of prilgrims and shamans make the pilgrimage to take ritual in the icy waters. Water from this lake is believed to flow 60 km southwest to the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan, thereby this is also one of the popular venue for this festival. We decend back to Shin Gompa. Overnight at guest house. Approximately 6-7 hours walk.

  • Day Shin Gompa to Dhunche & drive back to Kathmandu

    It’s your last day of trek. Early in the morning after breakfast you will descend downhill through villages and forest of Dhunche and drive back to Kathmandu. Approximately 6 hours drive.

  • Day Optional sightseeing in 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.

  • Day Depart transfer

    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.

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & Meals

    • Pre and post trek 3 star hotel accommodation (2 nights) at Hotel Le Himalaya in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
    • 11 nights accommodation in the local teahouses/lodges on twin sharing basis during the trek
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (3 meals a day) with afternoon tea & biscuits will be provided during the trek period.
    • Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.
    • Single suppelment hotel rooms are available in Kathmandu only.
  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 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

    Exclusions

    • 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
  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Pokhara or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.
  • Altitude Sickness & Trekking Policies

    For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.

    There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.

    If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.

    If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

  • Rentals & Extra Costs

    Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:

    • Renting trekking equipment (if necessary, not mandatory)
    • Thick down jacket = $15
    • Sleeping bag = $20
    • Hot Showers only while trekking = $4 to $6
    • Nepal visa
    • Donations (not mandatory)
    • Extra hotel nights (depends on weather, flight cancellations and vacation extension)
    • Wi-Fi only while trekking = $3 to $5 an hour
    • Charging electrical devices only while trekking = $1 to $3 an hour
    • Foods and drinks other than included in the package
    • Personal shopping
    • Drinking water while trekking (about $3 per bottle)
    • Tips for the porters and guides which is 10% of the price of your trek (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • Helicopter ride if case of sudden injuries or altitude sickness

    The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.

    So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.

  • Hotel & Room Bookings

    The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.

     

    In Kathmandu

    Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.

     

    While trekking

    We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.

     

    Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.

Date & Prices

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Apr 01, 2020 - Apr 13,2020 Available - Guaranteed Departure US$ 945 Book Now

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Is this trip physically demanding?

The Langtang & Gosainkunda 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.

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