Nepal: 17d Langtang Gosain Kunda Trekking

  • Moderate
  • 4,300 M
  • 12 Days Tea House
  • 5 Days Hotel Days
  • 12 Days Trekking Days

Langtang Gosain Kunda Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful region of Langtang, its flora and fauna, waterfalls, deep gorges, and landscapes. 
  • Witness the stunning mountain views like Langtang Lirung, Gang Chenpo, Naya Kanga, Dorje Lakpa, Kimsung, and Yansa Tsenji. 
  • Visit the local cheese factory in Kyanji Gompa. 
  • Travel through the ancient Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages. 
  • Visit the sacred Gosain Kunda Lake situated at an elevation of 4,600 meters. 
  • Get the chance to explore the culture and tradition of the Tamang and Tibetan culture and taste their hospitality. 

17 days Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek Overview

Langtang and Helambu are the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. It is located centrally in Nepal north of Kathmandu. It offers a multitude of trekking destinations, all accessible without flights. 

The three major areas are Langtang, Gosainkund, and Helambu. And you can combine trekking in many different ways to make treks from seven to 16 days long. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. So it is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. 

Langtang Lirung (7246m) dominates the valley to the north. Mount Gang Chhenpo (6388m) and Naya Kangri (5846m) lie to the south. Similarly, Dorje Lakpa (6966m) protects the east end of the valley. The area was designated Nepal’s first Himalayan national park in 1971.

While on the Lantang Gosain Kunda Trekking, trekkers can enjoy some of the best sceneries. You will travel through the off-the-beaten paths while passing through the forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine. Furthermore, you get to pass through the Langtang National Park and the Shivapuri National Park. 

Our 17 Days Langtang Gosain Kunda Trekking is an awe-inspiring journey. Trekkers get the opportunity to explore two beautiful destinations of the Lantang region with this package. 

Best Time to Visit Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek

The weather and season play a crucial role in the Lantang Gosain Kunda Trekking’s best experience. Spring and autumn are the best seasons of trekking in Nepal. The best times for Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek are: 

September to December

During these months the monsoon season ends in Nepal. As a result, the weather is clear with excellent visibility. The dust is washed away by the rain and the air is crisp. The temperature is also warm ranging up to 20 degrees a day. Similarly, the temperature at night time can fall up to 5 degrees. 

As November begins, it starts to snow in the Langtang region. It will add to the challenge of the trek route. However, the sky is still clear and trekkers can enjoy the stunning snow-capped mountain views.  The temperature starts to get colder as December sweeps in. The nights can get cold and the temperature can drop as low as -5 degrees. 

February to May

Up until early February, the temperature is really cold. Similarly, there is heavy snowfall in the higher elevations. But by mid-February, the temperature slowly starts to rise and the snow begins to melt. The temperature at night and morning times remains cold. However, trekkers can enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped hills and mountains. 

The weather and temperature are especially favorable between March and April. The vegetation becomes lusciously green, and the rhododendron forests and the wildflowers in higher elevations are in full bloom. Up until May, it is the best time to visit the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. The monsoon season soon follows at the end of June. 

Do We Need a Guide For Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek?

The Government of Nepal has made it mandatory to hire a guide for Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. Solo travelers can travel to the route with a guide. Many trekkers may refer to trekking independently. However, there are many reasons for hiring a guide for Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek aside for navigation and safety purposes.  

The guides have local expertise and they provide deep insights into the region’s culture, tradition, and history. Similarly, they also act as a bridge for interacting with the locals. In remote areas, the locals may not be proficient in English. Hence, traveling with a guide can help trekkers overcome the language barrier and communicate properly. 

Another reason for traveling with guides is that they provide assistance and support. They are also trained to handle emergencies and provide first aid. Therefore, it is highly recommended for trekkers to hire an experienced and licensed guide for Langtang Gosain Kunda Trekking.   

Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek Route

The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. It’s a 6-hour drive that takes the trekkers to the northwestern hills of Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive where you can witness the mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and others. Likewise, the drive takes you through the deep land of Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, and Dhunche. 

From Syabbrubesi, the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River and follows the Langtang Khola. Similarly, you will travel through the sub-tropical forests of oak, maple, fir, blue pin, and rhododendrons. After a gentle ascend, you will reach Rimche and then to the Lama Hotel. 

The trek route to Langtang village starts with a gentle climb. However, the trail soon becomes steep and leads to a log bridge. Then, you need to ascend as the valley opens up into a classical U-shaped glacial. After crossing a stream and climbing past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels, you will reach Langtang. The houses in the village have Tibetan architecture with carved-driven windows. 

The trail to Kyanjing Gompa requires you to climb a ridge and cross several small streams. You will come across a monastery and dramatic icefall as you get closer to the Kyanjin Gompa village. The village has a famous Government-operated cheese factory. Similarly, you can witness panoramic mountain views of Lirung, Genjempol, Kyangjin Ri, Tsergo Ri, Ganja La, Langshisa Ri, Dorje Lhakpa, Naya Kang, and Yala Peak. 

From Kyanjing Gompa, it takes a 4 to 5-hour trek to reach the Kyanjing Ri. While en route, you will come across ice faces and glaciers of Langtang Lirung. Situated at an elevation of 4,350 meters, Kyanjing Ri is the highest point of the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. It provides panoramic views of the mountains of Tibet.

You will have to retrace your trail back to the Lama Hotel from Kyanjing Gompa. From there onwards, you will pass by old houses arranged along a high ridge, monasteries, and stupas as you reach ThuloSyabru. As you leave the village of ThuloSyabru, you will climb through gompa, school, and army post. The trail becomes steep and then goes through forests passing an old chorten before reaching Cholangpati. 

The trail from Cholangpati enters into the Gosain Kunda protected area. You will get a glimpse of Langtang Lirung from the north and Himchuli and Manaslu from the west. Likewise, you will cross high-altitude summer pastures and cross the ridge. The trail becomes narrower as you get closer to Gosain Kunda. When you finally reach the sacred Gosain Kunda, you will also see a large stone Shiva lingam. 

As you leave the Gosain Kunda, the trail alongside the lake ascends towards the Laurebina Pass. From then onwards, the trail begins to descend steeply at first and then gradually. You will trek through the forest of pine and rhododendrons, and cross several streams, and waterfalls before reaching Tharepati. 

The trail will continue to descend and pass through rhododendron forests as you trek to Kutumsang. Then, you will head towards Chispani viewing the snow-capped mountains. The trail will lead to Mulkharka and then to Shivapuri National Park. After reaching Sundarijal, you will drive to Kathmandu which is around an hour depending on the traffic. 

Difficulty During Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek Nepal

Several factors contribute to the difficulty during Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. The first factor is the trek distance and duration. The trail to Langtang Gosain Kunda has steep sections and requires you to ascend and descend on varied terrains. Similarly, you also need to cross several streams and some rocky and glacial parts. During the trek, you may have to walk up to 7 to 8 hours a day. 

The next difficulty is the high elevation. The highest point of the trek is Kyanjing Ri which sits at an elevation of 4,350 meters. As a result, you can experience acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness symptoms. Proper and immediate actions should be taken to cure the sickness. 

The trail is moderately challenging but it is physically and mentally demanding. The sudden change in weather and climate can also further add difficulty during the trek. Therefore, it is highly recommended that trekkers take physical training and exercises before embarking on the journey.  Similarly, do your research and consult with your trekking agency. Prepare yourself mentally and physically. Also, prepare proper equipment and gear for the journey.

Frequently Asked Question by Travelers

Which is the best time for Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek?

The spring and autumn are the two best seasons for Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. The favorable weather and stable temperature are perfect for trekking. Similarly, the clear skies provide an excellent view. There is a low chance of rainfall and the trails are well-defined during these two seasons. 

Can beginners do the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek?

Yes, beginners can do the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. The route is moderately difficult and beginners can undertake the trek with proper preparation. The highest altitude you will reach during the trek is 4,300 meters. Hence, there is also a low risk of altitude sickness. However, note that trekkers should be physically fit to undertake this long-duration trek. 

Do I need permits for the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek?

Yes, trekkers must take three different kinds of permits for the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek. You will require the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System), Langtang National Park Permit, and Shivapuri National Park Permit. The Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek package at the Himalayan Leaders includes all these three permits.  

What is the highest elevation point during the trek?

The highest elevation point during the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek is at Kyanjing Ri. It is situated at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) above sea level. There can be a risk of altitude sickness while climbing Kyanjing Ri. 

Do I need to hire a porter for the Langtang Gosain Kunda Trek?

It depends on the personal choice to hire a porter for the Lantang Gosain Kunda Trek. The route is moderately challenging but physically demanding. The duration of the trek is also relatively long so hiring a porter is highly suggested. You can trek comfortably and baggage-free if you hire a porter for your trek journey. 

Route Facts

  • Duration: 17 days.
  • Best season: Sep-Dec & Feb – May.
  • Trekking grade: C+ (Strenuous ).
  • Altitude: 4,300 m.
  • Trek Starting Point: Shyabrubesil.
  • Ending Point: Dhunchel.
  • Culture: In this region, one can explore different communities with a majority of Gurung, Magar, and Poon.
  • Mode of Trekking: this trekking is Popular for Tea houses (lodge trek). But the trek operates either a tea house or a camping trek on request.
  • Himalayan Sights: Langtang Lirung (7246m) Yala peak (5,500m), Langshisha Ri (6310m.) Gang Chhenpo (6388m) Ganesh Himal Range, Manaslu, Hiunchuli.
  • Highlight: Three major regions offer the greatest diversity in both nature and culture with the least effort of any trek in Nepal. You can see the holy lake Gosain Kund.

Day to day schedule to Nepal: 17d Langtang Gosain Kunda Trekking

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,429 ft)

    Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.

    Overnight stay at 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Include welcome dinner (Nepali cuisine)

  • Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    After breakfast we will start for sightseeing tours around in Kathmandu valley, the sightseeing program is focused to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath.

    Overnight stay at 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Include meal Breakfast

  • Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,460m / 4,709ft)

    Drive Distance: 115km (71.4 mile)
    Drive Hour: 6 hours
    Maximum Hight: 1,460meter (4,709 feet)

    After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 6hr. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,480m / 8,136 ft)

    Trek distance: 10.8 km (6.7 mile)
    Trek Hour: 6/7 Hours
    Maximum Height: 2,480 meters (8,136 feet)

    The first day excitement trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River flowing down from Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. The trail goes through the sub tropical forest which is cover by oak and maple, massive spruce, fir and blue pine. We pass through the forests of oak and rhododendron. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche. And at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 5: Trek to Langtang village (3,500m / 11,483ft)

    Trek distance: 11.5 km (7.2 mile)
    Trek Hour: 5/6 Hours
    Maximum Height: 3,500 meters (11,483 feet)

    Today the trial starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper. The tantalizing glimpse of snow capped peaks start appearing along with fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m).The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat- roofed Tibetan style house and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village is worth exploring.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 6: Trek to Kyanjing Gompa (3,900m / 12,795ft)

    Trek distance: 6.5 km (4 mile)
    Trek Hour: 3/4 Hours
    Maximum Height: 3,900 meters (12,795 feet)

    The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten. After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are interesting also because of the famous Government operated Cheese factory. We have chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, it is remarkable of this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 7: Hiking in Kyanjing Ri (4,350m/14,271 feet) and back to Kyanjing Gompa (3,900m / 12,795ft)

    Trek distance: 1.65 km (1.01 mile)
    Trek Hour: 4/5 Hours
    Maximum Height: 4,350m (14,271 feet)

    Today we Hiking in Kyanjin Ri and explore the area. This day after breakfast, we visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung and hike to Kyanjin Ri (4350m). Hike back to Kyanjing to spend your night. This exploration provides
    breathtaking panoramic views of mountains of Tibet. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin Gompa.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 8: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,480m / 8,136ft)

    Trek distance: 18 km (11.2 mile)
    Trek Hour: 6/7 Hours
    Maximum Height: 2,480 meters (8,136 feet)

    Have your breakfast with observing surrounding genetic snowy capped mountains breathtaking view. We will follow the same trail back following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After having a lunch stop continue steep descend to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 9: Trek to ThuloSyabru (2,200 m / 7218 ft)

    Trek distance: 9 km (5.6 mile)
    Trek Hour: 6 Hours
    Maximum Height: 2,200 meters (7218 feet)

    After having breakfast, we will continue reviewing our route. The place is very attractive with old houses arranged along a high ridge overlooking the valley. On the way, you will enjoy seeing red pandas, monkeys and various species of birds. This place is the settlement of Tamangs and also famous as Tamang village. You will see the culture of Tamang along with various monasteries and stupas.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 10: Trek to Cholangpati (3500m / 11483ft)

    Trek distance: 9 km (5.6 mile)
    Trek Hour: 5/6 Hours
    Maximum Height: 3500 meters (11483 feet)

    Leaving behind the pleasant village of Syabru, climb passes through the gompa, school and army post, and switchback up the steep hill above the village. There are a few houses and potato fields’ steep trail and pleasant teashops in the settlement of Dursagang. The trail continues less steeply, now mostly in forests, passes an old chorten to the top of the ridge at
    Phoparng Danda (3190m). Also you can watch the langur monkeys playing in the forest. The path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat level to the Sing Gompa. The local well managed cheese factory and a Buddhist Monasteries can be the visiting places which provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature. From Here we trek up to Cholangpati about 1 hrs.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 11: Trek to Gosainkunda (4381m / 14373ft)

    Trek distance: 5.3 km (3.3 mile)
    Trek Hour: 3/4 Hours
    Maximum Height: 4381 meters (14373 feet)

    From Cholangpati, the trail entering the Gosainkunda protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires, and grazing of goats is prohibited. There are good views of Langtang Lirung from the north side of the ridge, and looking west, you can see the Himachuli, and Manaslu. You cross high altitude summer pastures for sheep and goats before going back to the south side of the ridge overlooking the TrisuliKhola. When you cross to the south side of the ridge the trail becomes much narrower than it has been up to now, and finally you will be able to see the first of the largest lake, the holy Gosainkunda, which is evident from the large stone Shiva lingam and the guest houses around its shores.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 12: Cross over the Laurebina pass (4600m / 15092ft) trek to Tharepati (3690m / 12106ft)

    Trek distance: 14.2 km (8.8 mile)
    Trek Hour: 7/8 Hours
    Maximum Height: 4600 meters (15092 feet)

    Morning explore around Gosainkunda lake and after having breakfast we leaving Gosainkunda, the trail skirts the shore of the lake before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass 4610m. The trail now descends, steeply at first but becoming more gradual, to the southeast on a rocky path. In about an hour you’ll come to some roofless stone herders’ huts, and from here the trail descends another ridge, crossing several streams and passing two waterfalls. After passing another stone hut, you climb to another ridge Ghopte. From Ghopte, the trail descends and enters a thick forest of Pine and rhododendrons. After crossing a stream, which is dry for part of the year, the trail will make a final ascent to Tharepati (3690m), a grouping of small stone huts used in the summer months by herders.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 13: Trek to Kutumsang (2470m / 8103ft)

    Trek distance: 14.8 km (9.2 mile)
    Trek Hour: 6/7 Hours
    Maximum Height: 2470 meters (8103 feet)

    You have to trek descending all the way and can have panoramic view of Mountains including Annapurna, Masalsu. If you are trekking in spring season, you will see the forest covered with Rododendron.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 14: Trek to Chisapani (2165m / 7103ft)

    Trek distance: 22 km (13.6 mile)
    Trek Hour: 5/6 Hours
    Maximum Height: 2165meters (7103 feet)

    From Kutumsang, in early morning we can see the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. After breakfast, we start our trek to Chisopani (2165m). It takes about six hours to reach. Chisapani is another
    view point of sunrise and sunset. Besides, we would explore tribal culture and mountain lifestyle.

    Overnight stay at Lodge
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

  • Day 15: Trek to Shundarijal (1,350m / 4,429 ft) and drive to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,429 ft)

    Trek distance: 10.3 km (6.4 mile)
    Trek Hour: 3/4 Hours
    Drive Hours: 40 Minutes
    Maximum Height: 1350 meters (4,429 feet)

    Chisopani is one of the best places from where one can enjoy the super views of Himalayas, wonderful, Hills & sunrise/sunset views can be seen. You will see the Tamang Habitants and will follow the trail across the Mulkharka and Shivapuri National Park. Then drive Sundarijal to Kathmandu takes approximately an hour depending upon the traffic.

    Overnight stay at Hotel
    Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

  • Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,429 ft)

    Maximum Height: 1350 meters (4,429 feet)

    This day, after having breakfast you are free to explore Kathmandu valley and thamel bazzer on your own. As this is last day of your trip enjoy the day and do some shopping, buy souvenir for your family and friends.

    Overnight stay at Hotel
    Included standard meals (Breakfast)

  • Day 17: Departure

    This day, after breakfast enjoy the leisure time and thereafter transfer to the international airport 3 hours before as per your flight schedule.

    Included standard meals (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • 3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
  • Government licensed guide with privet transport during sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Accommodation in hotel and lodge
  • Langtang conservation fee and trekking permit (TIMS)

What is excluded?

  • Travel insurance incl. Repatriation by helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

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Best Season
Sep - Dec & Feb - May

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