1. Visiting holy lakes like Gosaikunda, Bhairav Kunda, Surya Kunda etc.
2. Spotting Red Panda in the Langtang Valley.
3. Visiting Helambu region - home of the Hyolmo people.
4. Travel to Sin Gompa - a Buddhist monastery.
5. Beautiful mountain and star view from Chisapani.
Langtang and Gosaikunda circuit trek combines Langtang Valley trek and Gosaikunda Lake trek. We will first enjoy trekking in the Langtang Valley. After that, we will go past Lauribinayak hilltop and head for the Gosaikunda Lake. Gosaikunda lake is believed to have originated when Lord Shiva - bearing severe throat burnt after consuming celestial poison - carved open the ground by striking it with his Trident. Many devotees visit the lake during Janai Purnima, which falls around August.
The highlight of the first part of the trek is the travel to Tserko Ri and Kyanjin Gompa. The Langtang Valley part of the trek starts from Syabrubesi. We will trek to Lama hotel from Syabrubesi. Lama Hotel is a small tea-house. The paths of three major trek routes diverge from here - the Langtang Valley Trek, Tamang Heritage Trek and Gosaikunda circuit trek. We will travel back to Lama Hotel after conquering Tserko Ri and visiting Kyanjin Gompa. We will then head to Shin Gompa. The monastery is followed by the Lauribinyak hilltop, beyond which lies the Gosaikunda lake.
We will take holy dip at the lake and enjoy a beautiful night’s stay in Gosaikunda. From Gosaikunda, we will take an alternate route and come towards Chisapani. Chisapani lies at the outer rim of the Kathmandu valley. Chisapani is a mountain watching spot that also provides an amazing starry view of the night sky. We descend down to Sundarijal from Chisapani and then to Kathmandu.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Syabrubesi- Lama Hotel- Langtang Village- Tserko Ri- Lama Hotel- Gosaikunda- Laurebina- Chisapani- Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft). Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1,440 m/4,750 ft), 8-10 hours drive. Distance - 132 km.
Day 04: Syabru Besi – Lama Hotel (2,470 m/8,104 ft), 5-6 hours of trek. Distance - 10 Km.
Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang (3,430 m/11,253 ft), 5- 6 hours of walk. Distance - 10 km.
Day 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m/12,697 ft), 4-5 hours of walk. Distance - 5 km.
Day 07: Rest and acclimatization in Kyanjin or visit to Tserko Ri (5,000 m).
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel (2,470 m/8,150 ft), 3-4 hours of trek. Distance - 5 km.
Day 09: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru (2,230 m/7,350 ft), 5-6 hours of trek. Distance - 10 km.
Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3,330 m/10,925 ft), 4-5 hours of trek. Distance - 8 km.
Day 11: Shin Gompa – Laurebinayak (3,950 m/12,960 ft), 3-4 hours of trek. Distance - 4 km.
Day 12: Laurebinayak – Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m/14,454 ft), 3-4 hours of trek. Distance - 3 km.
Day 13: Gosaikunda Lake – Laurebina pass (4,610 m/15,213 ft) – Ghopte (3,440 m/11,286 ft), 6-8 hours of trek. Distance - 8 km.
Day 14: Ghopte – Kutumsang (2,450 m/8,085 ft), 7-8 hours of trek. Distance - 10 km.
Day 15: Kutumsang – Chisapani (2,160 m/7,125 ft), 5-6 hours of trek. Distance - 11 km.
Day 16: Chisapani – Sundarijal – Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft), 4-5 hours of trek and one hour drive. Trek distance - 10 km.
Day 17: Departure.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/ 4,264 ft
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up by our team at the airport and transferred to your hotel in a private vehicle.You will get some rest and freshen up at your hotel. We will welcome you with a complimentary traditional Nepali dinner in the evening. Dinner will be followed by live music and cultural show.
Day 02: Free day and trek preparation
Today is a free day. If you are willing then you can have a wonderful sightseeing experience in the Kathmandu valley. Major highlights include the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can shop for items necessary for trekking in the evening. Trek gears and supplies are easily found in the Thamel market. In the evening, our guides will prepare you for the upcoming trek with necessary information.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi
Altitude: 1,420 m/4,658 ft
Time: 8-9 hours/ Distance: 132 km
We will have an early breakfast and drive to Syabrubesi (1,420 m). The drive to Syabrubesi is 132 Km long and takes about 8-9 hours. We will be accompanied by the Trishuli river for most of our journey. We will stop at Trishuli Bazaar in Nuwakot district for lunch. Syabrubesi is a small Tamang village and is also known as the gateway to Langtang Valley. There are good lodges and guesthouses at Syabrubesi. We will spend our night in one of these.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel
Altitude: 2,470 m/8,104 ft
Time: 5-6 hours/ Distance: 10 Km
We will begin our trekking today. Our first destination is Lama Hotel. Lama Hotel is a small tea house that lies at the junction of three trekking trails in the Langtang region. The paths to Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikunda Trek and Tamang Heritage Trek separates from Lama hotel. The trek to Lama Hotel (2,470 m) takes about 5-6 hours. We will cross the raging Bhote Koshi river and the small Langtang creek on our journey. Most of the trekking trail passes through rhododendron and oak forests.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang Village
Altitude: 3,430 m/11,253 ft
Time: 5-6 hours/Distance: 10 km
We will trek to Langtang village today. Langtang is a beautiful village deep in the Langtang Valley. It was once a bustling center of commerce but has been badly destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. The village, at 3,430 m, is slowly regaining its past glory and provides for a wonderful night stay. The evening is highlighted by cultural show and experience of local Tamang culture. We will also enjoy the beautiful cuisine prepared by the locals.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Altitude: 3,870 m/12,697 ft
Time: 4-5 hours/Distance - 5 Km
Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m) is an important shrine of the Buddhists that lies in the upper stretches of the Langtang valley. We will leave Langtang village behind and head north through small creeks, waterfalls and highland meadows. Our way is full of smaller shrines and stupas. There is a large Mani wall on our way to Kyanjin Gompa, with prayers written on it. It is the largest Mani wall in Nepal. There is a cheese factory in Kyanjin that provide fresh supply of Himalayan cheese. We will rest in Kyanjin.
Day 07: Visit to Tserko Ri
Altitude: 5,000 m/16,404 ft
We have two options today. We can either trek up to Tserko Ri (5,000 m) or we can rest in Kyanjin. Tserko Ri visit is a not to miss opportunity for avid trekkers. It provides close by view of the snow clad mountains. We pass by beautiful grazing pastures like Langshisha Kharka on our way. If we do not trek up to Tserko Ri, then we can enjoy sightseeing around Kyanjin Gompa. You also have the option of trekking to Langshisha Kharka only.
Day 08: Trek back to Lama Hotel
Altitude: 2,470 m/8,150 ft
Time: 3-4 hours/ Distance: 5 km
We will descend down to Lama hotel today. On our way down to Lama hotel from Kyanjin Gompa, we will cover two day's worth of trek that we took on our way up. We can easily do so because the downhill trek is easy. This will conclude our Langtang valley part of the trek and we will start to move towards Gosaikunda from here. We will rest at Lama hotel after enjoying a fresh dose of wild honey collected by the locals at nearby cliffs.
Day 09: Trek to Thulo Syabru
Altitude: 2,230 m/7,350 ft
Time: 5-6 hours/ Distance: 10 km
We will head for Thulo Syabru village (2,230 m) today. Thulo Syabru village lies nearby the Rasuwa district headquarter Dhunche and is a prime spot for viewing Langtang mountain range and other Tibetan peaks. We will first climb up to Rimche village from Lama hotel. Our journey is downwards from Rimche, mostly following the trails of Langtang Khola (creek). We rest at Thulo Syabru overnight.
Day 10: Trek to Shin Gompa
Altitude: 3,300 m/10,925 ft
Time: 4-5 hours/ Distance: 8 km
We will travel to Shin Gompa (3,330 m) today. The road to Shin Gompa passes through beautiful villages like Gardagaon, Phulung Ghyang and Chandanbari. Chandanbari is home to one of the oldest cheese factories in Nepal. We will enjoy some fresh Himalayan Yak Cheese here. We will reach Shin Gompa in the evening. Shin Gompa provides panoramic view of the mountains. We will enjoy the mountain view next morning.
Day 11: Visit to Laurebinayak
Altitude: 3,950 m/12,960 ft
Time: 3-4 hours/ Distance: 4 km
Shin Gompa - Lauribinayak trek is slightly shorter. The short trek today is to provide balance for the steep climb that we will be making. We will first climb gently through dense green forests up to Cholangpati, where we will stop for tea. From Cholangpati, our path is a lot steeper until we reach Lauribinayak. Lauribinayak hilltop (3,940 m) provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu and Gaurishankar mountains.
Day 12: Trek to Gosaikunda Lake
Altitude: 4,380 m/14,454 ft
Time: 3-4 hours/ Distance: 3 Km
We will trek to the majestic Gosaikunda lake today. The lake lies at the height of 4,380 m. It is a clear blue lake of mountain melt. The lake attracts visitors all round the year because of its natural beauty and religious importance. It is believed by the Hindus that Lord Shiva created the lake by striking the ground with his trident. It is told that he did so in want of water after burning his throat severely after consuming celestial poison. If you are willing then you can also enjoy a dip at this Holy lake.
Day 13: Trek to Ghopte
Altitude: 3,440 m/11,286 ft
Time: 6-8 hours/ Distance: 8 Km
Laurebina pass (4,610 m) is the highest altitude place of our trek. It is also known as Gosaikunda pass and provides a stunning view of lake Gosaikunda on one side and the upcoming trekking trails on the other. The mountains on the north are at a close by range from Laurebina pass. We will descend gradually from here and reach the beautiful Ghopte village (3,440 m), where we will rest for the night.
Day 14: Trek to Kutumsang
Altitude: 2,450 m/8,085 ft
Time: 7-8 hours/ Distance: 10 km
We will trek to the village of Kutumsang today. We will mostly go downhill from Ghopte until we reach Kutumsang. Kutumsang is a large village settled primarily by the Tamang people. The beautiful village of Thadepati lies on our way and it is one of the best place to view the mountains in the region. We will enjoy the wonderful experience of the Tamang lifestyle in Kutumsang tonight. The local homestays provides us a wonderful opportunity to know about Tamang culture and way of life.
Day 15: Trek to Chisapani
Altitude: 2,160 m/7,125 ft
Time: 5-6 hours/ Distance: 11 km
We will trek to Chisapani today. Chisapani lies on the outer edge of the Kathmandu valley and provides a panoramic view of the mountains - stretching from Annapurna range in the west to Mahalangur range in the east. The nights are wonderful in Chisapani as you will get a heavenly view of the starry sky. Chisapani translates to cold water in Nepali. The place and surrounding area is source of much of water that flows in to the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 16: Trek to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu
Time: 5-6 hours/ Distance: 10 km
We will be going down to Sundarijal from Chisapani today. Sundarijal translates to beautiful water in Nepali. Sundarijal is a wet region that is abound in waterfalls and creeks. There is a large water collection center in Sundarijal, which collects the water from the Bagmati river and waterfalls and processes it for further supply to Kathmandu Valley. Sundarijal lies on the northern part of Kathmandu and we will end our trek here. We will board a vehicle waiting for us at Sundarijal and head to our hotel.
Day 17: Departure
You will head back to your destination today. We will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport after a small traditional ceremony marking your departure. You will board your flight back home from the airport. You also have the option to extend your trip by taking part in other treks.
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle including before and after the trek
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with complimentary breakfast
- All ground transportation by private vehicle in city and Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by Local bus (optional private jeep)
- Private transport from Sundarijal to Kathmandu
- All required trekking permits and necessary paper works
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup of hot drinks a day]
- Accommodation in lodge/guest houses during the trek
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, hot shower, telephone bills, laundry
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tips / Gratitude for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.