An exploration to the Nepal’s best-kept secret Langtang’s wonders of Gosainkunda Lake, Laurebina pass along with the diverse ethno-culture on the backdrop of Himalayas.
The Langtang – Gosainkunda trek offers an opportunity to follow in Bill Tillman’s wake and rediscover the Himalayan passes, pristine valley and diverse ethno- culture he found in 1949. Though easily accessible from Kathamandu, it remains relatively unspoiled. Several great days of pleasant Langtang Gosainkund trekking through dense forest and traditional ethnic settlements takes you to the holy Gosaikunda Lake and alpine yak pasture of Kyangin gompa. Over the years, Gosainkunda has become one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for Shamans, the traditional witch doctors, as well as many Hindu and Buddhist devotees. A cross over the Laurebina Pass at an altitude of 4620 meter with an excellent view into Tibet is simply breathtaking.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi.
The trek begins with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi. After 6-7 hours, we reach Syabru Besi at an elevation of 1550 meters. It is also the official starting point for Langtang region treks.
Day 02: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380 m)
We pass through oak and rhododendron forests on uneven path till we reach Langtang Khola. After crossing the river, we make a steep climb that leads us to Lama Hotel.
Day 03: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3500 m)
From Lama Hotel, we make an ascent while enjoying the mountain views and the waterfalls. Langtang range slowly comes into view. We make a gradual climb as we walk past yaks grazing in the fields. Finally, we reach the traditional village of Langtang with the majestic mountain views.
Day 04: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3800 m)
This day the trek is short and easy and helps with acclimatization as we cross the elevation of 3000 meters. We pass through Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, and holy rocks with carvings on the trail. We hike to the cheese factories where we can partake of mouthwatering local produce. We also explore the Kyangjin Gompa that has religious value to the Buddhists. We explore other sites of the valley in the lap of Langtang Lirung.
Day 05: Kyanjin to Lama Hotel
We trace our steps back to Lama Hotel after breakfast. It comprises mostly of descents as we enjoy the Himalayan vistas.
Day 06: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru.
This day’s trek begins with an ascent to Rimche followed by a descent to Langtang Khola. We follow an easy path to Bamboo and then climb up to Langtang lodge. From here, we cross a bridge and then pass a waterfall to reach Thulo Syabru in a while.
Day 07: Thulo Syabru to Shin Gompa (3330 m)
We make a short, slow, and steady climb to acclimatize properly to the higher elevation in the next few days. After a while, we reach a chorten and then a checkpoint. We move to the south and pass through Garta village and Phulung monastery to finally reach Shin Gompa. We spend the night at an elevation of 3330 meters.
Day 08: Shin Gompa to Lauribina Yak.
From Shin Gompa, we head northeast, make an ascent and then cross to the other side of the ridge. We keep climbing as we pass through the hamlet of Chalang Pati and continue on the trail. We keep climbing for another few hundred meters until we finally reach Lauribina Yak. We get astounding views of majestic peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, and Fishtail.
Day 09: Lauribina Yak – Gosaikunda.
We take a detour to Lauribina yak and return to Shin Gompa and start towards our destination. The trail is fun and easy with panoramic views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh, and Langtang. We pass a ridge till we see one of the holy lakes. Gosaikunda is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Nepal due to its religious importance to the people. With a large rock in the middle of the lake that is worshiped as the shrine of Shiva, hundreds of devotees visit the lake every year during the festival of Janai Purnima.
Day 10: Gosaikunda to Ghopte.
From Gosaikunda, we walk along the lake shore and then ascend towards Lauribina pass. The path is rough as we cross moraines and three more lakes before reaching the pass. Then, we climb up a hill and go pass Surya Kunda to finally reach Ghopte.
Day 11: Ghopte to Tharepati(3640 m)
We make a short climb on this day. Our trail passes through dense forests as we walk uphill and then downhill till we reach Tharepati village.
Day 12: Tharepati to Gul Bhanjyang.
From Tharepati, we walk on uneven trails passing across streams and forests. We ascend and cross a pass at 3510 meters. After enjoying the views of Langtang and Gosaikunda peaks at Yurin danda, we make a steep descent through rhododendron forests to finally reach Gul Bhanjyang.
Day 13: Gul Bhanjyang to Chisopani.
We wander through forests to reach the ridge of Jhogin danda. A steep 200 m descend from here takes us to the village of Chipling. We go down steep switchbacks to reach the village of Pati Bhanjyang. From here, we cross meadows and fields on a leveled path to finally reach Chisopani.
Day 14: Chisopani to Kathmandu.
From Chisapani, we make a gentle ascent through rhododendron and oak forests to reach Borlang Bhanjyang. Then, we descend down to Mulkharka, a Tamang settlement with excellent views of Kathmandu valley. From here, we descend for a while to reach Sundarijal, then we drive to Kathmandu via bus or car.
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