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ID: 1560
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek 12 Days
Offered by Company : ID 419
Country : Nepal
Destinations : dhunche (Nepal), kathmandu (Nepal)
Duration : 10 – 12 day(s)
Minimum Price : $419 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $899 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Group
Group Size : 4 - 10 People(s)
Season : September to May
Trip Categories : Trekking Tour, Hiking Tour
 
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The Langtang - Gosainkunda trek offer an opportunity for the trekkers and adventurers 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 and less developed trekking in Nepal. Several great days of pleasant Langtang Gosainkunda trekking through dense forest and traditional ethnic settlements takes you to the holy Gosaikunda Lake and alpine yak pasture of Kyangin gompa, while the mountain views are genuinely inspiring. Over the years this Gosainkunda has become one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for Shamans, the traditional witch doctors, as well as many Hindu and Buddhist devotees.
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Day 01: Kathmandu arrival (1300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche drive (1950m / 8hrs)

Drive to Dhunche. Cross the ring road and along the Raniban, climb to Kakani from after good view Himalayas of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang before Rani pauwa where the most of the local buses stop for the tea break. Down to Trisuli via a flat piece of land of Batar stop for Dal bhat (550 m). Climb up to Dhunche via Kalikasthan.Pass through the National Park check post checking all own properties.

Day 04: Dhunche – Sing Gompa (3350m / 6hrs)

After an hour of warming-up and crossing the bridge on Trisuli river (1680m) that drains away from the Gosainkund lakes, the trail begins to climb very steeply beside a small stream for 20 minutes before leaving the stream and continuing up the steep mountainside. At the top of this ridge (1970m) there is a teahouse at the junction with a trail to Gosainkund and Syabru village but we take the trek up hill, then reaches a final ridge at 3260m. The small Buddhist monastery of Sing Gompa is about 100m along the trail to the left. This is the main attraction at Chandan Bari, elevation 3250m.

Day 05: Sing Gompa - GosainKund (4380m / 7hrs)

From Sing Gompa the trail continues climbing steadily through rhododendron forest with the Trisuli Khola far below. The trail crosses over to the Langtang side of the ridge you are climbing and stays in deep forest for a while, then emerges into a saddle at Chalang Pati (3380m). When you embark on the trail again, a signpost in Nepali alerts you that you are now entering the Gosainkund protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires, and grazing of goats is prohibited. Be sure to carry plenty of water today since there are only a few places along the ridge where water is available. There are good views of Langtang Lirung from the north side of the ridge, and looking west, you can see the Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Manaslu. It is even possible to see Tibet from here. When you cross to the south side of the ridge the trail becomes much narrower than it has been up to now, and you'll finally be able to see the first of the Gosainkund lakes, Saraswati Kund from here. After crossing a spur, the second lake in the chain, Bhairav Kund, comes into view. The trail climbs gently but continuously to a ridge and drops about 20m to the third and largest lake, the holy Gosainkund, at an elevation of 4380m, which is evident from the large stone Shiva linga and the four guesthouses around its shores. Hundreds of people come here to worship and bathe in this lake during the full moon festival each August.

Day 06: Gosainkund – Ghopte (3430m / 6 hrs)

Leaving Gosainkund, the trail skirts the shore of the lake before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass. As you climb this easy slope, you'll see four more lakes of smaller scales. You'll know you have reached the pass at 4610m when you see the many cairns that have been built over the years. 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 and Ghopte (3430m), where overhanging rocks form a cave that is used as a campsite by trekkers can see the lights of herders. This is a long and rough day of trekking.

Day 07: Ghopte - Tharepati (3490m / 5 hrs)

From Ghopte, the trail descends to more caves and enters a thick forest of rhododendrons. After crossing a stream, which is dry for part of the year, the trail will make a final ascent to Tharepati (3490m), a grouping of small stone huts used in the summer months by herders. After lunch, we'll take a moment to climb the hill to the east of the ridge for views of Dorje Lakpa, Shisha Pangama (8013m) and peaks all he way to Khumbu.

Day 08: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2470m / 6 hrs)

The day starts out with an easy 1-hr descent through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams before arriving at Magengoth at 3150m. This is a very remote area of high pastures and oak and rhododendron forests. For the first 3 hrs the trail descends gradually, but the second half of the day 's trek is a steep descent to Kutumsang (2470m), a small village on a windy ridge saddle. The Langtang National Park office here will probably check your park permit. The village has completely adapted itself to trekkers; almost every house in town is a hotel or shop.

Day 09: Kutumsang - Chisapani (2190m / 8hrs)

Keeping to the side of the saddle, the trail ascends to a grassy meadow where you can look over to a large chorten at Gul Bhanjyang. Cross a pass at 2620m followed by dropping down to the Tamang village at 2130m. This is a delightful, classic hill village with a pleasant main street. Continuing along a forested ridge to Thodang Betini, a long strung-out village at 2100m. Beyond Thodang, you'll come across a 2470m pass at the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge, where a steep, 200-m descent on a stone staircase will bring you to a few teashops at Chipling (2170m). The trail then makes a steep climb towards 2300m to Chisapani. The view of the Himalaya from Chisapani is spectacular enough to justify a night here.

Day 10: Chisapani - Kathmandu (1300m / 3hrs)

The sunrise on the Himalaya, from Annapurna to Everest, is particularly outstanding from this point. After passing through the village of Borlang Bhanjyang, you continue ascending most of the Shivapuri ridge through dense forest of pine, oak and rhododendron trees. Skirting down from 2440m, you can see the remnants of a Chaurabas village. The end of the trek comes to a halt at Sundarijal and we'll drive back (1hr) to the dust of Kathmandu.

Day 11: Kathmandu free day of your own.

This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 12: Final departure.

All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.
Notes
Price Includes:

• Welcome in Airport by garland
• Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
• Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
• sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
• Kathmandu /Dhunche /Chisapani / Kathmandu by local bus or private jeep
• Accommodation in tea house during trek
• Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
• 4 seasonal sleeping bags
• Langtang trekking map for group
• All necessary paper work & Permits
• All cost for a Langtang Ri staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
• Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staff
• National Park Fee
• TIMS
• First aids kit
• Travel & Rescue arrangement.
• All government taxes.
• Farewell dinner

Price Excludes:

• International Airfare
• Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
• Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
• Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
• Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
• Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
• Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
• Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
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