Best time for Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
The best time for your Langtang Gosaikunda trek depends on the purpose of your trek. The best seasons for tourists are regarded as the springtime ( March to May) and the autumn time ( September to early December). The weather is generally stable and offers clear views of the mountains and the best of the natural beauty. Thus is regarded as the best time to trek.
This trek is possible throughout the year but during the off seasons- winter and summer- the trails are challenging that spring and autumn. You will have to prepare for unstable weather conditions and therefore your trek might not go as per your Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary. The slippery road during the summer and the cold temperature during the winter makes it difficult.
Here is a little description of the two favorable timings for trekking :
View from Lauribinayak
Spring is regarded as a perfect time for pictures for the Langtang Gosaikunda trek. It offers you the best of the natural beauty; lush forests and unique flora and fauna. This is also a time for the blooming of rhododendron and the whole environment will be very bright. You might also spot Danphe(Lophophorus) and Red Pandas during your trek. The temperature is also very favorable and the weather is not very notorious and your Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary will most likely be the same. The tea houses will be well prepared for the incoming tourist during the season.
Autumn is famous for people who usually aim to go to Gosaikunda for pilgrims. The full moon of August is regarded as a holy time for Hindus and Buddhists. This makes the whole environment of the place very lively. The weather is also warm and the trails are dry and comparatively easier. This time is also famous for clear views of the mountains and night sky.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Food and Accommodation
The accommodation you will get during your whole trek ranges from basic to standard. The services change with people’s density and altitude. As you proceed towards higher altitude, you will only get very basic accommodation. There are no hotels or other luxurious places at any place during your trek and the best accommodation you will get will feel very basic as it is a very rural place.
The lower altitude places have good accommodation compared to the higher altitude places. You will get good twin bedded rooms, queen bedrooms, and attached bathroom. There is usually a facility of very slow wifi and a moderate variety of food. Not all rooms have all the amenities and you will, therefore, have to pay more for rooms with more facilities. The toilets in the lower altitudes are western-style toilets but as you ascend there is more probability of finding a squat type toilet. It is always a good idea to carry toilet paper on your own as most of the places do not offer toilet papers.
Almost all the tea houses have a hot water facility for showering. You might have to pay extra but it costs around $2 per person, which is a reasonable price given the effort required to heat it. The cold water is always free.
The rooms will decrease its facilities and so will the variety of food changes as you ascend to higher altitudes. The only available good food will be Nepali Daal Bhaat and other local foods. There might be a few places that offer western food but you will have to pay more. It is advised that you eat Daal chaat as it is very filling and a balanced diet.
While going during the peak seasons, you will have to book ahead according to your Langtang Gosainkunda trek itinerary or they might run out of accommodations.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Difficulty
Lauribina La pass
The most important question before any trek is, ‘’ How difficult is it?’’ Answering this question, we would say that this trek is moderately difficult and requires about 2 weeks to complete it. It does not demand any previous practice but requires good stamina and strong mental power. The difficulty depends on the route you take, but the common route is moderate with a few steep uphills and downhills.
This is a perfect trek for beginners with no experience as it is not very demanding. Only a few places during your Langtang Gosaikunda trek, you will find some difficult slopes and paths. The majority of your Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary includes easy walks with enticing views.
The most common health difficulty you might witness is altitude sickness. We advise taking the medication before ascending to ease your trekking experience as the symptoms might be very harsh.
If you want to reduce your trek’s difficulty, make sure to carry proper gears, comfortable shoes, and necessary medications. The time you select to trek also affects the difficulty during your trek. Make sure to select pre-monsoon or post-monsoon season if you want to avoid climatic difficulties.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Itinerary
Langtang Gosaikunda trek map
Langtang Gosainkunda trek itinerary depends on the route you prefer and can be customized to meet your demands. This itinerary usually takes about two weeks to complete. You will have to walk every day and be mentally prepared to do so as there will be no other option. The basic day to day itinerary is listed below.
Day 1 - Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
Flying to Kathmandu will be the first step towards your exciting Langtang Gosaikunda trek. You will be our guest as soon as you and then. One of our representatives will pick you up from the Tribhuvan international airport and transfer you to your hotel. The distance you have to travel depends on where you are staying.
For this first day, there are no events scheduled. You will have the day to relax, roam around the valley or prepare for your most awaited trek. You can meet us for a short briefing about your trek and meet the people who will accompany you.
Day 2 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
The next day is scheduled by us to take you around the beautiful Kathmandu cities. We will cover the most important destinations in the valley. You can customize your day according to your wishes too but for that, you will have to pre-inform us.
For a usual day around the valley, we take you to all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a proper guide and then leave you at the Thames for a few hours. You can buy or rent knock off or original gears, buy souvenirs and other local products. There are a lot of restaurants in this area offering a wide range of delicacies. You can find almost anything you need here.
Day 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru bensi
For the third day of your Langtang Gosaikunda trek, we will drive unto Syabru bensi from Kathmandu. We will be driving to the north-west for about 8 hours until we reach Syabru bensi. You will get to witness explicit views of the mountains at various places during the drive.
You will spend the night in a teahouse here and relax for the trek that starts tomorrow. The maximum altitude you will be gaining on this day is 1550 m.
Day 4 - Trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel
On the fourth day of your trip, you will finally start the walking part. You will leave Syabru bensi soon after breakfast for a long day of walking. We will cross the Bhotekoshi river, visit Gompa Of Guru and ascend to subtropical forest. You will get to witness the wilderness of Nepal and a lot of rare flora and fauna if lucky. From there you will ascend to Rinche and reach Lama hotel to spend the night there.
You will have to walk for about 7 to 8 hours to reach Lama Hotel at an altitude of 2450 m.
Day 5 - Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village
Today’s hike will have a bit more uphills than yesterday. You will be walking for about 4 to 5 hours through forests above Langtang Khola. On your trekking route to Langtang Village, you will also catch glimpses of the Langtang peak and Lurung Peak. You will pass through meadows, U shaped glacials, helipad, yak pastures, Tamang villages and through the prayer wheels to the Langtang Village. This place is at an altitude of 3450m with a beautiful Tibetan settlement.
Day 6 - Trek from Langtang Village to Kyajin Gompa
The goal for the sixth day is to reach an altitude of 3870 m. The walking time for the day is very short but the hike is comparatively difficult because of the high altitude. You will feel tired and breathless easier. It is also good for your adaptation to ascend slowly. We will, therefore, walk for about 3 hours through Mundu Village, streams and to Kyajin Gompa.
Day 7 - Explore Kyajin Gompa
Today is a day separated for you to acclimatize to the altitude there and rest. You will get to explore the Kyanjin Gompa area today and also reach the highest point of our trek today. There is a famous monastery and a must-visit the cheese factory in the area for you to explore.
As we explore this place, we will also walk up to the glaciers of Langtang valley and at various panoramic viewpoints on the way. We will spend the night in Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 8 - Trek from Kyajin Gompa to Lama Hotel
You will leave early after breakfast and walk back to Lama Hotel to spend the night here. You will be heading towards Gosaikunda Lake. You will have to walk for about 6 hours while observing majestic mountains, green forests, streams, and other breathtaking natural beauties. You will view fantastic views of the snow-capped beauties on your downhill trails and cover-up for everything you missed while going up.
Day 9 - Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru Bensi
On the ninth day of your Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary, it is aimed to reach Thulo Syabru bensi after walking for about 6 hours. The trail begins alongside a river and takes you through pines forests. You might get to witness red pandas, boars, and other flora and fauna. Once you reach Thulo Syabru bensi, along with breath-taking views of the mountains, you can witness beautiful Tamang culture and tradition. The ethnic practices are very well preserved in this village.
Day 10 - Trek from Thulo Syabru Bensi to Lauribinayak
After about 6 hours walk from Thulo Syabri bensi, you will reach Lauribinayak to spend the night there. This place is at an altitude of 3910m. There are a few slippers and steep trails for today but our well-trained guides will help you throughout.
Make sure to not miss the sunset from Lauribinayak and explore the monastery there.
Day 11 - Trek from Lauribinayak to Gosaikunda
We will leave Lauribinayak and follow a trail that ascends above the treeline. After walking for some time you will start to witness about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda basin. Some of the famous lakes you will get to visit are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. All of these lakes have great importance in Hindu culture as Lord Shiva created these lakes to quench his thirst.
You will reach an altitude of 4450m when you reach Gosaikunda Lake.
Day 12 - Trek from Gosaikunda to Lauri Bina pass and Ghopte
The twelfth day of Langtang Gosaikunda trek itinerary is a tough day according to trekkers. We will have to walk for about 7 hours at high altitudes. The destination we have to reach for spending the night is Ghopte. To get here you will take a trail that takes you through a few other lakes and Lauri Bina pass at 4609 meters. The trail then descends towards the pine forests of Ghost.
Day 13 - Trek from Ghost to Kutumsang
Today you will have to walk for about 6 hours and Kutumusang. The time required to reach Kutumusng is about 6 hours on average. Although the trail is downhill, the trail is difficult. The difficulty in the trail comes from it not being regular.
Day 14 - Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani
The trail for today is easy. You will have to walk for about 6 hours through greeneries and vegetation. It is considered an easy day as the trail is fairly uniform and is at a lower altitude.
Chisapani will offer good accommodation as compared to the tea houses above and have a wide range of facilities available. Make sure to watch the sunrise from Chisapani.
Day 15 - Trek from Chisapani to Sundarijal and drive back to Kathmandu
After having breakfast in Chisapani, you will begin your hike towards Shivapuri National Park. The trail passes through forests and there is a chance of spotting various animals and birds. After about four hours of walking, you will reach Sundarijal and drive for about 2 hours to reach Kathmandu valley.
To celebrate your success in completing the Langtang Gosaikunda trek, we offer a complimentary farewell dinner with our team.
Day 16 - Drive to Tribhuvan International Airport for departure
Congratulations on completing the Langtang Gosaikunda trek. You can depart with a lifetime experience and tons of stories to your home. We will drive you from your hotel to the airport.
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