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Langtang and Gosainkund


This trek offers mountain rise soaring towards the sky, green
pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rocks and snow
capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies
and wild primulas. Tiny lakes of crystalline brightness and glaciated
mountain giants.
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Day 01 Drive Kathmandu - Dhunche (1966m)
After early breakfast transfer from hotel to bus station from where you will be driven to Trishuli accompanies with your guide and porter, for about 4 hours and from Trishuli it's a steady drive of about another 5 hours up to Dunche (1966m) and it's 110 km in total. Dunche is our overnight spot for today. From here we have excellent views of the high peaks. The most notable are Gheng (6581m), and Langtang Lirung (7246m) to the north and Ganesh peak (7460m) to the west.
Day 02 Dhunche - Syabru Bensi (1462m)
Crossing the Trishuli river (1680 m) as it drains away from the Gosainkund Lakes, we climb steeply through beautiful Chir and Blue pine forest. This is usually an excellent day for wildlife and birds. By the time we reach Syabru (2130m), the views the Langtang valley are magnificent and more and more of the snow peaks of Tibet became visible.
Day 03 Syabru Bensi - Lama hotel (2647m)
Descend to the Langtang river, cross and head upriver through an impressive gorge. For the rest of the day, there is almost no human habitation but the forests of rhododendron and prickly leafed oak, alive with bird life. Overnight stay at Gompa, just as the valley starts to widen again.
Day 04 Lama hotel - Kyangin Gompa (3049m)
The valley is now the typical glacier-worn-shaped valley, in contrast to the steep water-worn V-shaped valley, we passed through earlier. Keep our eyes open for the Himalayan Thar, a large mountain goat often seen on the higher slopes. Views of the valley and its soaring peaks are very impressive. We lunch near the Tibetan village of Langtang. After Lunch, we continue through the yak pastures under the great snow peaks to Kyangin Gompa (3049m).
Day 05 Kyangin Gompa (3049m)
Today is a rest and exploration day. From out campsite, the views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Langtang Ri (7239m), Lonpo Gang (7100m), and Dorji Lakpa (6989m) are magnificent. This is a day to rest and relax or if you wish, there are several worthwhile excursion up to the glaciers. A 2 hours climb to Yala, a small cheese factory provides spectacular views. The valley is in the midst of exceptionally rugged and beautiful mountain ranges, ringed with glaciers, snowfalls and huge moraines.
Day 06 Kyangin Gompa - Lama hotel (2647m)
We retrace our steps down-hill to Gompa. A very pleasant walk

Day 07 Gompa - Syabru (3001m)
We descend downhill to cross the Langtang river again. We have plenty of time to enjoy the large stands of Larch, the flowers and the valley views. After lunch, we climb steeply to Syabru and overnight stay.
Day 08 Syabru - Sing Gompa (3254m)
A day climbing through forests of fir and rhododendron. The only signs of human habitation are the occasional shepherd's huts. At the points where water is found. Overnight stay at Sing Gompa(3254m).
Day 09 Sing Gompa - Gosainkund (4361m)
A steep rugged trail but adequately compensated for by dramatic views: to the west-Himal Chuli (7893m), Manaslu (8156m), and Ganesh peak (7406m). And possibly even the Annapurna ranges. Towards the north, across the valley is Lngtang Lirung. We pass the few huts in high yak pastures of Laurebina (4609m), cross a small ridge and have our first views of the Holy Lakes. There are over a dozen lakes in the Gosainkund Basin, the main three being Saraswatikund, Bhairavkund and Gosainkund. According to the legend, Lord Shiva created Gosainkund when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing some poison. Overnight near Gosainkund (4361m).
Day 10 Gosainkund - Thare Pati (3597m)
We continue over rugged trails and pass several trains and pass several other smaller lakes to the Thare Pati Pass (4602m), then descend along a ridge to the tree line past beautiful waterfalls, through juniper and rhododendron forest and we descend to the huts to Thare Pati. This is a long but very interesting day to Thare Pati.
Day 11 Thare Pati - Tamang village (2142m)
We drop steadily all day through fir and rhododendron forests and then through prickly leafed oak forest. Stop at the Tamang village of Gul Bhangjyang (2130m) for overnight stay. This ridge walk provides excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley.
Day 12 Tamang village - Chisapani (2194m)
The day's walk consists of gentle 'ups & downs' generally following a ridge to camp just above Chisapani (2194m) with excellent panoramic views of the Himalaya from Ganesh to Everest.
Day 13 Chisapani - Sundarijal - Kathmandu
We climb to the small pass at Burlang Bhagjyang (2438m) and take our last look at the great line of snow peaks of the Himalayas before descending to the Kathmandu valley and Sundarijal (1457m) from where we drive about 45 minutes back to Kathmandu.
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