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Langtang Gosainkund

 
 

The Langtang Himal and the Jugal Himal are renowned for their picturesque and distinctive peaks. The valley between them is one of the world’s most beautiful.

 

This narrow valley lies just north of Kathmandu and was designated Nepal’s first National park in 1971. Trekking here offers the opportunity to explore Tamang villages, to climb small peaks and to see glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Much of the route is through semi-tropical forests where moss covers the ground and lush fern and orchids cling to tree trunks. During the full moon in August, the sacred lake of Gosainkund is the goal of thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.

 

Where are you going?

Days 1: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Syabrubenshi about 8 hours and stay overnight.

Days 3-4: A serious ascent over the Nourdhara ridge is rewarded with views of Langtang II (6571), continuing through cedar, pine and rhododendron forests descend towards Syabru. This is a pleasant village set above corn and millet fields. Approaching the Langtang Khola, the route passes along terraced hillsides and through thick forests – first oak, maple and alder then bamboo – abounding with bird life and langur monkeys. Less often seen are lesser panda and Himalayan black bear.

Days 5-7: Climbing through dense forest, the ground is covered with moss; trees have ferns and epiphytic orchids clinging to them. From within this semi-tropical jungle glimpses of the glittering white Langtang Lirung make a startling contrast. Emerging from the forests the trail, often lined by mani walls, crosses wide meadows and yak pasture with Yala and Ganchempo Peaks above. A wooden bridge leads across the Lirung glacier onto the rocky moraine. In Kyanjin Gompa, the highest village, is the gompa from which the village was named as well as a cheese factory. This was started by the Swiss in 1955 and now produces thousands of kilos of cheese, all hauled by porters to Kathmandu. A day here can be spent relaxing and enjoying the scenery or climbing a small peak (4200m) from where you can enjoy a view of the entire Langtang Lirung embracing the glacier.

Days 8-10: Descending back down the Langtang Khola we will spend a night at Langtang village. This is a settlement of flat-topped Tibetan-style houses surrounded by enclosed fields of potatoes, buckwheat, wheat and barley. Whilst retracing our steps past water-driven mills and prayer wheels to Syabru Khola. At Sing Gompa there is a small cheese factory as well as the neglected gompa with its 1000-armed Avalokitesvara statue.

Day 11: Emerging from the forests of moss and fern, there will be views of Langtang Lirung (7225) and Ganesh Himal (7429). This area marks the transition from the moist mountain forests to the north and the dry scrub of the southern slopes. Climbing to over 4000m you will reach the lakes. Gosainkund is the third lake (4380) where there is a shrine housing a revered lingam symbolizing Shiva. According to legend Shiva released the waters of the holy lakes with his trident, and the black rock in the center of the lake is said to be his head.

Days 12-13: Walk past more small lakes as you head for the prayer flags atop the Laurebina Pass (4610). The descent is through Kharka to the summer village of Tharepati. From the chorten on the ridge above the village there are fine views of the Jugla Himal, Rolwaling Himal and back across the Laurebina Pass. Rhododendron forests and terraced hillsides mark the trail to Chisopani.

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 15: Depart

 

Note

Please note that the published itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd and your guide.

 

Itinerary

Day

Altitude

Time

1

Arrive Kathmandu

1300m

2

Drive KTM-Syabru benshi

1937m

8 hrs

3

Lama Hotel

2380m

5 hrs

4

Ghoda Tabela

3003m

3½ hrs

5

Kyanging Gompa

3700m

5½ hrs

6

Langtang

3500m

3 hrs

7

Lama Hotel

2380m

5 hrs

8

Syabru

2087m

6 hrs

9

Sing Gompa

3254m

5 hrs

10

Gosainkund

4300m

5 hrs

11

Tharepati

3600m

8 hrs

12

Gul Bhanjyang

2130m

6 hrs

13

Chisapani

2194m

6 hrs

14

drive Kathmandu

1300m

5 hrs

15

Depart

Trek Grade: 4
Duration: 17 Days
Trek style: Tea House Trek
Best time to go: March - June / September-November
Your interested date:
Flight Cost: USD 242.00
Tour cost: USD

Cost of trek: USD

1 PAX

980

2 PAX

606

3 PAX

648

4 PAX

549

5 PAX

570

6 PAX

517

Best time to go: March - June / September - November

 

The Trekking Day

Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting.

Obviously each day is different depending on terrain, distance to be covered, trail conditions and the pace of the group. However, as a guide, most days begin with breakfast at 7am. You will then need to pack up your duffle bags before breakfast, as porters will set off early. Most days you will be on the trail by 8am to take advantage of the cool morning. Stop for a leisurely lunch around noon. This is generally about 2 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore the village or relax. The afternoon walk is shorter and you usually arrive around 4pm leaving time for excursions to nearby sites, exploration of the village or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm after which relax by the fire.

 

What you carry

Your dufflebag is restricted to 15kgs. The duffle bag is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

 

Food

No meals are included.

In Kathmandu restaurants of every style and price-range abound.

On the trek meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus. Meals are generally simple, but filling, but you may wish to stock up on ‘trail munchies’ before leaving Kathmandu.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities.

Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Showers are available in some places for a small charge.

 

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples, remember they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek-related topics.

Porters transport your dufflebags – one porter for every two trekkers.

 

Trek Grading

It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots.

Helambu is a Grade 2 trek involving altitudes of around 3000m and days of 4-6 hours walking.

 

What is Included

  • Accommodation Kathmandu - twin share

  • Accommodation on trek. Twin or multi share.

  • All domestic transport as listed in itinerary

  • All National Park entrance fees

  • All Trekking Permits and fees

  • Porters to carry personal gear 2 porters

  • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek

  • Duffle Bag for your gear

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Trek guide

  • Comprehensive medical kit

What is not Included

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry

  • Meals

  • International flights and departure taxes

  • Visa and passport fees

  • Travel insurance

  • Emergency evacuation

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd

Money

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest USD5-7 per meal in Kathmandu and USD 10 per day whilst trekking (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu, as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.

 

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can we suggest the following: USD2 per day for groups of 8+, USD3 per day for smaller groups - this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

 

Insurance

It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

 

Altitude

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.

 

Climate

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

 

Visas and Permits

Single entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders. The visa is valid for 60 days and costs USD30. One photo is required. The visa may then be extended up to 90 days.

Trekking permits are not required for this trek. The required National Park permit be obtained on your behalf by Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd when you arrive. Full name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth and 1 photograph are needed for the application.

 

Packing for your Trek

Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd supply a duffle bag to transport your gear during the trip.

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Rain jacket or poncho

  • Water bottle - minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best.

  • Walking boots - lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.

  • Socks: thick wool/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combinations.

  • Running shoes or sandals for evening

  • Lightweight wool sweater

  • Fleece jacket

  • T-shirts - 2 or 3

  • Shirt - longsleeved

  • Pants: lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)

  • Hats - beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights / peaked ‘French Legionnaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day

  • Gloves - wool or fleece

  • Scarf

  • Underwear

  • Thermal Underwear

  • Swimsuit

  • Sarong - a multitude of uses

  • Sunglasses

  • Bag liners - large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.

  • Sewing kit

  • Money belt

  • Toiletries

  • Towel

  • Torch / flashlight - headlamp style is ideal

  • Lighter - for burning toilet paper and rubbish

  • Swiss Army Knife

  • First Aid Kit

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