Couple of hikers walk on the edge of the sacred lake of Gosaikunda

Couple of hikers walk on the edge of the sacred lake of Gosaikunda

LANGTANG GOSAIKUNDA HELAMBU TRAVERSE VIA LAUBERINA LA


Type: Trekking

17 Days

Group size: 1-10

 

The 108 lakes of Gosainkund lies in altitudes of 4,000 meters attract both Hinduism and Buddhism visiting the lake every year, especially In August full moon thousands of Hindu pilgrims make there way to the sacred lake of Gosainkunda to bathe away their sin in Janai Purnima festival and local Tamangs come to dance.

According to Hindu mythology, Shiva while helping other Gods he drank the poison so his throat turned blue, in order to cool off his burning throat he came to the Himalaya struck his trident (Trisul) against a rock from which three streams immediately burst forth, he had a memorable bathe, drake the icy water to got rid of pain, the waters meanwhile gathering themselves to form what is now the Gosaikund lake and headwaters of Trisuli river.

Accessing the lake from spectacular Langtang valley with south-east route is safer for gaining altitude then continue to Helambu by crossing the challenging but yet beautiful Lauberina La (Pass). The journey takes you through lush forests, scenic villages inhabited by Sherpa and Tamang people, frozen glaciers and lake then final reaching the pass. This region looks amazing during spring when rhododendrons are in bloom with Langtang and Ganesh Himal mountain soar into the sky.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

➡ Washes off your sins in sacred lakes of Gosainkunda at the elevation 4,380m.

➡ Challenging Lauberina La (4,610m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m)

➡ Outstanding view of snow capped Himalayas-Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and other peaks

➡ Beautiful flowers meadow valley of Langtang

➡ Unique cultures of the Tamangs, Sherpas

ITINERARY


Lantang Gosaikunda - Elevation Chart

Day 1 & 2: Kathmandu

Arrive in Tribuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel located in Thamel, a touristy area in Kathmandu. Spend the following day visiting UNESCO’s World Heritage site, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath Nepal's largest buddhist stupa.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (2,720m)

Drive to Syabru Bensi by jeep on a northern highway that twists and climbs over mountain ridges which offers beautiful views of the mountain and rice terrains within 7-8 hours. If the weather is clear we will have magnificent views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal.

Day 4: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2,480m)

Register trekking permit in police post then cross a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river which flowing down from Tibet. Continue the trail pleasantly following the Langtang River before passing the bridge where there is small waterfall then ascend through sub tropic forest toward Bamboo. Beyond Bamboo the trails traverse uphill to Rimche then end in Changtang famous known as Lama Hotel.

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430m)

Today hike take us through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks and rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. Catching the first glimpse of Langtang Lirung (7,244m) through the trees nearby the army checkpoint. Hike up through U-shaped glacier valley to the Tamang villages of Thangshyap, Gompa and finally to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park.

Day 6 & 7: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gumpa (3,870m)

Set out on a trail through tiny village toward Kyanjin Gompa where we will spend two nights for acclimatization. From here we can see joyful Buddhist monasteries, two famous government operated cheese factories. Exploring surrounding area with abundant panoramic mountains scenery over the Langtang Himalaya by climbing uphill to the glaciers of moraine for supper view of Langtang Lirung or ascending Kyanjin Ri (4,350m) view point while tougher option is hiking up to Tserko Ri (5,000m). Another alternatives option is hiking up Langshisa kharka for more spectacular mountains views.

Day 8: Kyanjin Gumpa to Lama Hotel (2,480m)

Retrace your steps along Langtang Khola back to Lama Hotel,  descend through forests and beautiful Tamang villages with amazing view of the Himalayas that we had missed on the way up. 

Day 9: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2,210m)

Continue following the banks of the Langtang Khola, descending through the pine and juniper forests to Bamboo then ascending to the beautiful Sherpa and Tamang village of Thulo Syabru where we can observe the miraculous vista of Langtang and Ganesh Himal and stay the night.


Day 10: Thulo Syabru to Chandanbari (Sing Gomba) (3,250m)

Set out on the trail passing the Gomba, school and army post then slightly ascent through beautiful forests and several mountains village before arriving Chandanbari (Also known as Sing Gompa) the place host local running cheese factories and Buddhist monastery. 


Day 11 & 12 : Chandanbari to Gosaikunda (4,380m)

Today's hikes offer fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang. Follow a ridge for the most part of the day and catch a glimpse of the first of the holy lakes of Gosaikunda (4,380m). The lake surrounded by mountains in almost all sides, it melts and sips down from the Trishuli river and remains frozen for six months during winter. Spend two nights at a lodge.


Day 13: Gosaikunda to Tharepati (3,510m) via Laurebina La (4,610m) 

The trail ascends towards the Lauberina La (4,610) passing three small lakes then descends alongside a stream through the alpine country and rocky trail then up to Tharepati from where Helambu region is visible.


Day 14: Tharepati to Kutumsang (2,470m)

Set out on the trail through the alpine countryside then enter forest before descending to Magen Goth. After the climbs to the Mere Danda Pass (3,510m) start our final descending through rhododendron forests towards Kutumsang.


Day 15: Kutumsang to Chisapani (2,215m)

Today's hikes passing through hill village of Gul Bhanjyang before descending to Thodang Betini. Ascending to the top of the ridge and descending above stone staircase then down through several villages, meadows and fields before reaching Chisapani. 

Day 16: Chisapani to Sundarijal (1460m) and Drive to Kathmandu

Ascend the final pass of Borlang Bhanjyang then descend steeply towards Mulkharka, continue to Sundarijal where jeep waiting to transfer you back to hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Farewell dinner with Nepalese food and traditional dancing.


Day 17: Kathmandu

Kathmandu is your to explore before departing.

 

MAP


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ACTIVITY LEVEL


Hard

On trekking we will be hiking 2–8 hours per day and some day ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 2,700m to a maximum of 5,000m. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize

Maximum Elevation

Tserko Ri at elevation of 5,000,

 

BEST SEASON


Autumn and Spring

Spring (Mar-May) with rhododendrons flowers blooming. Autumn (Sep-Nov) bring outstanding views.

Lower season

Monsoon (Jun-Aug) have rain but plants and flowers are at their growing peak, joining Hindu pilgrim on their journey to Gosainkund lake. Winter (Dec-Feb) less busy.

 

FEATURE MOMENT


On top of Lauberina La. Photo by MIN.T

On top of Lauberina La. Photo by MIN.T

TREKKING ESSENTIALS

 

TRAVEL PACKAGE


Domestic flight tickets and transportation described in itinerary

Accommodation Style

We will stay 3 nights in Comfortable Twin Deluxe Hotel in city and 13 nights Basic Twin Room in mountain lodges.

Food

Meals as described in itnerary

Trekking Staff

Professional English speaking guide has government licensed

Porters carrying a maximum of 15kg (Two guests share a porter) 

GROUP SIZE: 1-10

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