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Langtang Gosainkunda and Chisapani Trekking

OVERVIEW

The Langtang valley is also called magical and mysterious land. This area, close to and visible from the Kathmandu valley, is amazing peaceful and ignoring the frenetic rush of city life.  The drive from Kathmandu, we follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west Himalchuli (7893m) Manaslu (8156m) and Ganesh Himal (7406m). On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. There are magnificent spectacular mountain views from Kyangjin Gompa and Tsergori peak and about a dozen of lake lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Shiva created Gosainkunda when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. As we descend from Gosainkunda through Lauribinak pass (4610m) is a board saddle between the Surya peak to the north and Chhyarkung Chuli to the south. Frost of red, white and pink flowered rhododendron continue refresh and delight the trekkers all the way to Sundarijal.

Highlights of the trekking

Great views, well maintained trails, plenty of wildlife, One of the best wildflower displays in Langtang, tranquil secred lake, Luribna La pass, Tharepati La pass, different community with majority of Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung people.

Itinerary of Langtang Gosainkunda and Chisapani Trekking

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

 Overnight in hotel on BB Basis

The drive from Kathmandu to our starting point at the foot of the Langtang Valley takes approx 8 hours.  The road follows with a spectacular views of village life of middle hill mountain. Climbing high over the ridges to escape the Kathmandu Valley and providing us with a superb panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region that we will soon become better acquainted with you. First section drive to Trisuli before quite dirt road to the National park and police checkpost on the edge of the bustling trading town of Dhunche (2030m) and second section gradually down to Syabru besi (1510m). Overnight in Syabrubesi.

The trail initially crosses the Bhote Kosi, flowing down from Tibet, literally a few kilometers away, and then gradually climbs up throuch the sub- tropical forests, teeming with bird- life, to join the trail from Syabru. We then follow the river, climbing through uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and may be catching a glimpse of langur monkeys roaming through the trees. We climb along a steep trail to Lama hotel.  Overnight in Lodge.

As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat- roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and Yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions.

A day to rest and explore the area.  Kyangjin Gompa is the most important and the largest Gompa in the Langtang valley. The building is not the large, but the location is picturesque. The Gompa follows the traditions of the Nyingma-pa sects and that means Guru Rimpoche, the founder of this oldest school, holds pride of place.

There are a number of trips/day hike that can be made from Kyagjin but most trekkers do Kyanjin Ri (4440m) or Tsergo Ri (5033m) or also some people do the long hike towards Langshisa Kharka. Walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m), directly behind the village for a breath – taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

From Kyangjin we tetrace our route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch we continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

We continue retracing our steps some of the way to Syabru Besi, but then branch left up a steep path through forest to suddenly emerge with a view of Syabru and its extensive area of millet terraces. An undulating path brings us to this fascinating village where each house is set above it neighbor, in a long line up the very crest of the ridge. It’s a great place to wander about, catching glimpses of Tamang life admiring the beautifully carved wooden windows or simply relaxing in the sun.

It is a steep climb through forests of oak, fir and rhododendron to the top of a ridge from Syabru. It is only a short descent to Sing Gompa. There is a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory here.

Today we climb a ridge to the main Gosainkund trail. There are good views across Langtang Himalaya range and there are dramatic views of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu to the west. Eventually, the trail descends from the ridge to the first of three lakes, Saraswati Kund. The second lake in the chain is named Bhairab Kund and the third, Gosainkund. This lake is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer. According to legend, this lake was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water, quenching his thirst after taking some poison to save the world.

The trail leaves Gosainkund and climbs through rugged country, past four more small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610m), the highest point of this trek. Keep looking back for spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of the Ganesh Himal, as well as the now familiar Langtang Lirung. We then descend steeply to camp near Gopte.

We continue descending along the ridge, through rhododendron and juniper forests to a stream before climbing to Tharepati, a group of herders’ huts at 3490m. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu.

A short climb to cross a ridge before following a pleasant trail through forest, with superb views across to Numbur, the Jugal Himal and many other snow-capped peaks. We climb to a pass at 2620m from Kutumsang, before descending to the Tamang village of Gulphu Bhanjyang. Having lunch in Gulphu Bhanjyang on a ridge with splendid views, stretching from the Annapurnas and Manaslu in the west to Numbur in the east, we gradually Patibhanjyang for the night after quite long walk.

After breakfast we climb 2 hour to Chisopani. After rest for a while we continue walk between the village and forest; our journey to Nagarkot 2210m above the sea-level. This spot provides an excellent view of the sunset and Mount Everest can be seen on a clear day. Overnight at Nagarkot.

Option: Also there is a good trekking trail from Chisapani to Kathmandu instead going to Nagarkot. Leaving Chisopani, the trail passes through meadows and cultivated fields and then climbs through oak and rhododendron forest to Burlang Bhanjyang. From here there are magnificent views, from Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the east. This ridge marks the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley. We now begin descending steeply through dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron to cross a dam and then follow a large water pipe which supplies much of the water for Kathmandu, soon we are down into Sundarijal where we pick up transport back to Kathmandu and the comforts of our hotel.

We’ll awake early to watch the spectacular dawn, the first rays of the sun firing the peaks a red slowly lighting up the Himalayas from KanchenJunga and Everest in the far east of Annapurna and Dhawalagiri in the West.

Drive down to Bhaktapur on the way to Kathmandu as the city also known is a museum of medieval art and architecture with many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. The city is shaped like a conch shell-one of the emblems of the god Vishnu and was founded by King Ananda Deva in A.D. 889. The city is 1,402 metres above sea level. Pottery and weaving are its major traditional industries. After sightseeing, drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in kathmand in a batique hotel in BB basis.

Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park. The cost would be extra for rafting and safari.

  • Trip Code:
  • Destination: Kyangjin Gompa/Gosainkunda lake /Lauribinak -La passes (4609m.)
  • Group Size: Min- 1
  • Season: spring/autumn
  • Max Altitude: 4609m.
  • Trip Starts/Ends: kathmandu/kathmandu
  • Transportation: Car/ plane
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Guest houses.
  • Trip Grade: moderate

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