Langtang Gosaikunda Trek - Lauribina Pass

Trip Overview
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionGosaikunda Lake, Langtang National Park
  • Maximum Altitude4700 Meter
  • Best TimeSpring, Autumn

Highlights

  • Discover the majestic valley of glaciers, Langtang, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the picturesque Helambu region.
  • The path winds through verdant landscapes of rhododendron forests and picturesque mountain villages.
  • Be prepared to encounter an abundance of diverse and vibrant flora and fauna. From lush forests to pristine meadows, the natural landscape is teeming with life, offering a truly enriching and unforgettable experience. 
  • Engage in a cultural immersion experience by connecting with the indigenous community and understanding their rich heritage.
  • It is a journey back in time and explores the historical and spiritual significance of Kyanjin Gompa 3870 meters/12696ft and Sing Gompa 10,660 ft./3330 m. These ancient monasteries offer an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the region's rich cultural heritage.
  •  Journey to Tserko Ri 4,984m/16351 ft and behold the breathtaking beauty of a magnificent sunrise, accompanied by an unparalleled mountain panorama.
  • Relax and rejuvenate by the sacred waters of Gosaikunda Lake as you take in the breathtaking panoramic views. Indulge in the peace and tranquility of this holy site, which allows you to be captivated by the mesmerizing scenery. 
  • Pass through the majestic Lauribina Pass 4610 m (15,125 ft), a high alpine passage renowned for its breathtaking views and challenging terrain.

Are you searching for an adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and physical challenge? Look no further than the Langtang Gosaikunda Lauribina Passes Trek. This journey is the blend of the captivating allure of Mother Nature, the rich cultural tapestry, and a physically demanding yet gratifying challenge. The Langtang Gosaikunda Lauribina passes Trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to traverse the awe-inspiring Langtang National Park at 6,450 m (21,160 ft), a UNESCO World Heritage site and the revered Gosaikunda lake 4,380 m (14,370 ft), a sacred pilgrimage destination for Hindus. Indulge in the grandeur of the majestic mountains and the serene beauty of the holy lake while immersing yourself in the region's rich cultural heritage. This Trek is truly the epitome of an adventure encircling natural splendor, cultural richness, and physical endurance. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity and embark on a trek that will be etched in your memory forever.

Overview of Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass Trek

This Trek is an extraordinary excursion through the picturesque Langtang Region, featuring the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek and the demanding Lauribena Pass. Indulge in the visual splendor of the majestic peaks of Langtang Lirung 7,234 m (23,734 ft), Ganesh Himal 7,422 m (24,350 ft), Dorje Lakpa 6,966 m (22,854 ft), and 8,156 meters (26,759 ft) as you travel through the trail. This Trek provides the thrill of ascending the lofty heights of Lauribena Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,106 meters above sea level, and being rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. The awe-inspiring beauty of Gosaikunda Lake, a stunning turquoise gem nestled amidst the majestic Langtang range and the majestic Ganesh Himal, is the main highlight of this Trek. Located among the majestic peaks of the Himalayas lies a sacred alpine freshwater lake, which holds immense religious and cultural importance for Hindus. Situated at an elevation of 4,380 meters, this lake draws thousands of devoted pilgrims during the annual festival of Janai Purnima. The serene and picturesque surroundings of the lake, connected with its spiritual significance, make it a destination of great reverence and devotion. Likewise, You will witness the other revered bodies of water, including the Saraswati Kunda 4,380m (14,370 ft), the Surya Kunda 4,632 meters, and the majestic Bhairab Kunda 4,364 m/14317. This Trek is also a cultural journey as you immerse yourself in the vibrant heritage of the Sherpa and Tamang communities. Traverse through picturesque villages and be greeted by the warmth and generosity of the mountain dwellers. Gain a deeper understanding of their lifestyle and traditions as you delve into these remarkable people's unique customs and practices. A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you as you discover the rich culture of the Sherpa and Tamang communities. This Trek is an unforgettable Adventure as you explore the mesmerizing hidden valleys of Langtang and the sacred lake of Gosaikunda. Situated at a lofty elevation of 4,600 meters above sea level, this place has much to offer for its trekkers.

Langtang Region Before and After Earthquake

The Langtang Valley is home to a diverse population of ethnic groups that originally migrated from Tibet roughly six centuries ago. The Tamang, Sherpa, and Gurung communities form the majority of the inhabitants of this region. Moreover, Langtang National Park, in the area, boats a total population of 4,500 individuals who rely on the park for vital resources such as timber and firewood. The park contains a range of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine, providing a habitat for an array of flora and fauna. Likewise, an impressive 25% of the park is filled with forested land, trees variety, including deciduous oak and maple, as well as evergreens, such as pine, and a collection of different types of rhododendron.

For many years, the Langtang region of Nepal stood as the third most popular trekking destination after the renowned Khumbu (Everest) region and the Annapurnas. However, in 2015, the area was tragically impacted by the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, leaving the Langtang valley buried under a mass of stones and mud resulting from landslides and avalanche breakdowns. Despite the extensive damage, the resilient spirit of the local community has persevered. After four years of rebuilding efforts, the Langtang region is again on the rise as a premier trekking destination in Nepal. The villages have been reconstructed, trekking trails have been meticulously maintained, and teahouses have been restored to their former glory, making the Langtang village a safe and inviting destination for trekkers. 

On April 25, 2015, the idyllic tranquility of Langtang was abruptly disrupted. The previous day, the community had come together to celebrate Ghawa, a respected Buddhist ritual marked by combined singing and dancing. Villagers and visitors alike had indulged in revelry until the early morning hours, leaving many to sleep on the fateful day of April 25. As some managed their daily duties, trekkers were either relishing the picturesque surroundings or preparing to embark on their next leg of the journey. Little did they know, the serene atmosphere would soon be shattered.

More than three years have passed since the fatal tragedy in the Langtang Region. Many foreign researchers have ventured into the area, conducting extensive studies and determining that it is once again safe for trekkers. As a result, individuals have resumed their treks to the Langtang Valley. The resilient villagers have built a new village 100 meters above the remnants of the previous one. Tea houses are also being reconstructed, and the trails have been restored to their former glory.

Despite the lingering pain that will forever remain ingrained in their memories, the locals have begun to regain their sense of hope and optimism. The Sherpas, Tamangs, and other communities residing in the area are working tirelessly to rebuild their villages.

However, the journey toward recovery has its challenges. The locals continue to struggle as portions of their cultivable land are littered with stones and boulders. Many have needed more resources to reconstruct their homes and other structures. The loss of half their families has forced them to start anew.

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
  • 1320m

An early morning drive from Kathmandu to SyabruBensi, the starting point of the trek. The industry takes around eight hours and passes through rural lowland villages where you can observe the procession of an ordinary day. Scenic views of mountains and stretches of rolling hills also accompany you. Overnight stay at a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hours
  • 1467m

The trek to Lama Hotel is mainly along the Langtang River. After crossing a suspension bridge, we pass a stream. The walk continues along with forests of Bamboo, Rhododendron, and other alpine trees. It’s an easy walk despite the wavy nature of the trail. Overnight stay at Lama Hotel.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 – 6 hours
  • 2470 m

After breakfast, we move on through a trail along with dense forests that ascends to GhoraTabela. Views of Langtang Ri and the Langtang Village are magnificent from here. As we move to the Langtang Village, prayer flags, Chortens, and water mills welcome us. Overnight stay at a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours,
  • 3430m

Leaving the village after breakfast, we move on through high pasture lands where yaks graze. Walking alongside the mani walls and across wooden bridges, You can feel the gain in elevation with the thinning air as we reach KyanjinGompa. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2 -3 hours
  • 3870m

It’s a day set for exploration. Besides exploring the periphery of the Gompa, a hike to ChorkariRi is scheduled for the daytime. ChorkariRi (5050m) provides an outstanding view of the mountain ranges and below hills and valleys. Overnight stay at the guest house.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5050m

We descend to the Lama hotel today. It’s an easy downhill walk, less strenuous due to the lowering of altitude. Mountain views accompany us through the journey, and we pass small settlements. Overnight stay at a guest house.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • 2470 m

The trail takes on ups and downs along with forests, hillsides, and terrace fields. First, we walk downhill to Pahare hotel, and then climb through a forest route and later through terrace farms to ThuloSyabru. ThuloSyabru is a scenic village with outstanding mountain views where we stay overnight in a guest house.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 -6 hours
  • 2210 m

Today’s walk passes through Dursagang and FoprangDanda, where scenic views of the beautiful landscape and panoramic mountain views. The massifs of Langtang, Ganesh, and Annapurna form a gigantic chain as we move further to Sing Gompa. Near the monastery, there is a cheese factory and a small settlement. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
The trail passes Rhododendron, oak, and fir forests as we move on through Dursagang and FoprangDanda. Views of Himalayan ranges that include Langtang, Ganesh, Annapurna, and some Tibetan peaks are panoramic at several p3580 m.oints. Finally, it’s a five-hour trek to Chandanbari, where you can explore the local Cheese factory and the Sing Gompa monastery nearby. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 - 6 hours
  • 3330 m.

From Sing Gompa, we move down to the nearby Chandanbari and take the easy trail to Lauri Binayak. A gradual steep from here leads us to Gosaikunda. The entrance is marked by Chortens and small Shiva temples. Outstanding views of Ganesh, Annapurna, and other Tibetan ranges can be observed. The holy lake of Gosaikunda lies just nearby along with two others. Mountains and lakes for a scenic view around the place. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 -6 hours
  • 4380 m

After an early breakfast, we begin our journey to the Laurebina pass (4600m), from where views of Manaslu, Ganesh, and LangtangLirung form a spectacular chain. Today’s walk is the longest in the entire trek. After a steep descent from the pass, we reach Phedi. The easy trail then takes us to Ghopte, where we stay overnight.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 -7 hours
  • 3530m.

From Ghopte, we take a pleasant walk through small streams. The wavy trail through rolling hills passes pine and rhododendron forests and leads to Therapati, situated on the ridge of a scenic valley. We meet the Helambu trail here, which the trail can follow if we have several days to spare. Finally, we pass through forest areas to reach Mangenghoth and further to Kutumsang. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 -7 hours
  • 2470m

Today’s walk through the rolling hills begins with an ascent to a ridge, then down to GulBhanjyang, climb to Thodang, and descend to Cipling, where we rest and take our lunch. Again we fall to ThankuneBhanjyang and take an easy walk to PatiBhanjyang. A steep drop from here takes us to Chisapani. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 - 7 hours
  • 2215m

It’s a four-hour hike from Chisapani to Sundarijal. The walk is pleasant and scenic, primarily descending or plain. Through the Shivapuri National Park, we walk past forest areas through BorlangBhanjyang down to Mulkharka. Passing green forests and small valleys, we fall further to Sundarijal. This marks the end of the trek. A one-hour drive takes us back to Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Approx. 5-6hrs
  • 1320m

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with us and move towards the next destination.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1320m

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at the deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three-time daily food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  •  Bus Ticket to sayphrubesi, then Kathmandu from chisapani.
  • Langtang Natinal park permits & TIMS Permits.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • One map of Langtang Trekking for the group  

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).

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Essential Info

Accommodation in Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek

The Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek offers a wide range of accommodation options to cater to trekkers' diverse needs and preferences. From basic lodges to luxurious resorts, there is something for everyone. For those seeking a more budget-friendly option, a variety of local lodges and guesthouses are available along the trek route. These lodges typically offer basic amenities such as a bed and shared bathroom facilities, with prices starting at around $10 per night.

Various mid-range options are available for individuals seeking a more elevated level of comfort. These include guesthouses and lodges that provide a luxurious experience with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, ensuring privacy and seclusion. The cost for these options ranges from $20 to $40 per night, providing an affordable and comfortable option for travelers. 

Many elite resorts and lodges await trekkers seeking a luxury level of comfort. These establishments boast unparalleled amenities, including the luxury of private hot showers, the comfort of plush bedding, and the convenience of in-room dining service. Starting at a nightly rate of approximately $50, these options promise a luxurious experience.

While trekking, it is essential to note that some higher altitude locations may have only some modern amenities. However, we take great care in ensuring that our arrangements are safe and comfortable. We primarily arrange for clean and safe tea houses, local lodges, and homestays, and we welcome your input in personalizing your accommodation preferences.

If your itinerary includes camping or if you choose to experience it, we will carefully select the appropriate campsite in advance and take care of all necessary arrangements. We also provide all the required equipment, such as tents and cookware, so please consult our equipment lists for more information.

Drinking water in Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek

One of the best ways to ensure access to clean and safe drinking water during the Trek is to carry your water bottle. You can buy mineral water from en-route shops and tea houses/lodges, but it is important to note that some trek regions may not allow plastic bottles. In such cases, it is best to carry your water bottle and fill it with mineral/boiled/filtered water. You can also buy boiled water from tea houses and lodges you will be staying in.

It is important to note that you should avoid drinking water from taps, wells, and rivers in trek regions. The water may not be potable and can cause health issues. Similarly, we advise you not to drink caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, dairy products, and non-veg items. It would help if you avoided non-veg things because of meat hygiene concerns. Instead, eat plenty of fresh vegetables and lots of liquids.

The cost of drinking water during the Trek can vary depending on the region. Generally, you should pay around NPR 100-150 for a liter of mineral water. However, if you purchase boiled water, the cost can vary from NPR 50-100 per liter. Therefore, it is essential to budget for these costs when planning your Trek. Likewise, enhance your hiking experience by taking a LifeStraw bottle or other water purification system. Not only will it save you a significant amount of money, but it also plays a crucial role in reducing plastic pollution in the region.  

Be prepared to budget for the cost of drinking water during the Trek. With proper planning, you can ensure that you have access to clean and safe drinking water throughout the Trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the beautiful landscapes and stunning views that the Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass trek has to offer.

Ethnicity and Diversity of Langtang  Region

The Langtang region, situated in the northern expanse of Nepal, is a combination pot of divergent ethnicities and cultures. The rich tapestry of customs, traditions, and languages spoken by the inhabitants of this region is a testament to its cultural diversity. The Langtang region is home to many ethnic groups, including Tamangs, Sherpas, Bhutias, and Hyolmos, each infused with distinct customs and traditions.

The Tamangs are the largest ethnic group in the Langtang region and have a rich cultural heritage. They are known for their traditional customs, such as the Tamang Selo, a traditional dance performed during festivals and ceremonies. They also have their language, which is widely spoken in the region. In addition, the Tamangs are known for their strong sense of community, family values, and adherence to traditional customs.

The Langtang region is home to an ethnic group known as the Sherpas, renowned for their exceptional skills in mountaineering and trekking. They possess an unparalleled understanding of the rugged mountainous terrain and are highly sought after as guides for trekkers and climbers traversing treacherous mountain passes. The Sherpas have a rich cultural heritage, with traditional festivals such as Losar and Tihar celebrated with great passion and enthusiasm. Additionally, they are celebrated for their culinary delights, particularly their classic dishes such as momos and dal bhat.

The Bhutias, an ethnic community residing in the Langtang region, possess a unique cultural heritage that sets them apart. They are soaked in the rich tradition of Buddhism and are renowned for their vibrant traditional attire and intricate jewelry. In addition, their artistic repertoire includes traditional dances, such as the Chham, performed during festivals and ceremonial occasions.

The Hyolmos, a small ethnic group in the Langtang region, are known for their unique language and customs. They have a strong tradition of agriculture and are known for their delicious traditional foods. They also have a strong sense of community and family values and are known for their warm hospitality.
 

The Langtang region boasts a rich tapestry of linguistic diversity, with an overabundance of languages spoken by its inhabitants, such as Tamang, Sherpa, Bhutia, Hyolmo, and Nepali. This linguistic diversity reflects the ethnic groups that call the region their home. Therefore, being proficient in multiple languages is a highly valued asset in Langtang, as it enables individuals to interact with individuals from different ethnic groups seamlessly and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of their customs and traditions.

Langtang region is an incarnation of cultural diversity. The presence of multiple ethnicities and languages in the region is a witness to the complexity and richness of the local culture in this modern age. From the Tamangs and Sherpas to the Bhutias and Hyolmos, the customs and practices of these groups collectively imbue the region with a unique depth of genuinely awe-inspiring culture. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a curious explorer, the cultural heritage of the Langtang region is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

Diversity in flora and fauna Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek

This is a journey of unparalleled beauty and diversity. This beautiful Trek offers a glimpse into the rich flora and fauna of the region, providing an opportunity to witness a plethora of plant species in their natural habitat. Experience the wonder of nature as you traverse through this unique and picturesque landscape.

The lush forests and alpine meadows provide a habitat for a wide range of plant life, including rhododendrons, primroses, and junipers, to name a few. These plants add to the region's natural beauty and play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance.

As you ascend higher into the mountains, the flora changes, and you will come across different types of vegetation, such as lichens, mosses, and alpine flowers, which are specially adapted to survive in harsh conditions. The Trek also allows you to witness the changing colors of the leaves as you progress through the different seasons.

The Langtang National Park is a natural wonder, boasting an incredible diversity of ecosystems that range from tropical forests at 1000 meters to alpine scrub at 3000 meters to perennial ice at 5000 meters. This diversity makes Langtang a haven for pristine flora and fauna. Among the fauna, one can spot rare species such as the Musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer, Himalayan black bears, Ghorals, and the elusive Red Panda. Additionally, the local yaks grazing in pastures is a sight to behold.

Aside from the fauna, Langtang is also home to 14 unique vegetation types, 1000 species of plants, 250 species of birds, and 30 different mammals, making it a treasure trove of natural resources. While visiting the region, take advantage of the opportunity to taste and purchase pure yak cheese, churpis, and dairy deities made from yak milk, which are available at the local cheese factories scattered throughout the park.

 The vibrant colors of the foliage in the autumn months are exceptionally breathtaking.

The diversity of flora in the Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek matches the variety of the region's fauna. As you trek through the forests, you will encounter various animals, including the endangered red panda, the Himalayan black bear, and the elusive snow leopard. 

The region is also home to a wide range of bird species, including the Himalayan monal, the national bird of Nepal. The Trek also allows spotting different types of butterflies, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

Sustainable Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek

One of the critical aspects of this Trek is its focus on sustainable tourism. The local communities are actively involved in the management of the Trek, and all profits generated from the Trek are invested back into the local communities. This helps to support the local economy and promote sustainable development in the region.

The Trek is also designed to minimize its impact on the environment. For example, using local guides and porters helps reduce carbon emissions, and local lodges and homestays help support the local economy. Additionally, the trek organizers ensure that all waste is disposed of correctly and that trekkers are educated on minimizing their environmental impact.

Overall, the Sustainable Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek is a unique and unforgettable experience that offers a chance to explore some of Nepal's most beautiful landscapes while contributing to sustainable tourism practices. In addition, it is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas and to learn about the local culture, all while knowing that your presence is making a positive impact on the local communities and environment.

Throughout the Trek, we use sustainable practices such as using eco-friendly camping gear, promoting local businesses, and encouraging trekkers to minimize their waste and carbon footprint. This Trek not only offers an opportunity to immerse in the natural beauty of the Himalayas but also to contribute to the preservation of these fragile ecosystems for future generations. Join us on the sustainable Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek, and experience the wonder of the Himalayas while positively impacting the environment.

Essential Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek Permits

Trekkers embarking on the Essential Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek will also be required to obtain permits. These permits are mandatory for all trekkers, regardless of nationality or experience level. The licenses are issued by the Department of Immigration and can be obtained through authorized trekking agencies or directly from the Department of Immigration.

  • TIMS Card

The Langtang National Park permit is required for trekking in the Langtang region, including the Gosainkunda trek. This permit is issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. The permit cost is $30 for foreigners and NPR 2000 for citizens of Nepal.

The permit is valid for seven days, and if you plan to extend your Trek, you will need to pay an additional fee. The permit also includes an entrance fee to the Langtang National Park, which is $10 for foreigners, and NPR 2000 for citizens of Nepal.

However, You will need an additional permit if you combine the Helambu trek with the Langtang Gosainkunda trek. The Helambu trekking permit is issued by the Department of Tourism in Kathmandu and costs $10 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for citizens of Nepal. This permit is valid for seven days and includes an entrance fee to the Helambu trekking area. The permit also includes a fee for the conservation of the natural resources and cultural heritage in the Helambu region.

In certain circumstances, obtaining a TIMS card may be optional for your journey in Nepal. These exceptions include individuals who are guests under the invitation of the Government of Nepal, expedition members with a permit to climb a mountain, individuals with restricted area permits from the Department of Immigration, authorities in diplomatic missions, those with a residential visa in Nepal, and visitors on a mission under Government departments. However, for those who do not fall under these conditions, obtaining a TIMS card is mandatory for trekking in Nepal. To receive the card, please ensure to bring a photocopy of your passport, as well as two passport-sized photographs. After completing the necessary application form, the TIMS card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or the TAAN office.

  • Entry Permit for Langtang National Park 

To embark on the breathtaking journey to Gosaikunda, one must first obtain a Langtang National Park entry permit. As Gosaikunda is situated within the boundaries of Langtang National Park, this permit serves as a gateway to the region. The permit can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Dhunche.

The permit cost for foreign nationals is $30, while for citizens of SAARC countries, the price is reduced to $15. In addition, children can get a certain concessional under the age of 10 and are not required to pay for the permit. Please note that these costs do not include the 13% VAT. We understand the importance of obtaining the necessary permits before launching on a trek. That is why we offer to assist in getting the Langtang National Park entry permit for Gosaikunda and permits for any other trekking destination in Nepal. 

Baggage and weight limit for porters in Langtang Gosainkunda trek

To guarantee the safety and comfort of our porters and trekkers, we have established a strict baggage and weight limit of 25 kg per porter. This includes the trekker's belongings and the porter's necessary equipment and supplies. Each porter will be responsible for carrying the trekking gear of two trekkers, with a maximum weight limit of 25 kilograms. To facilitate this, we provide each trekker with a durable duffel bag to store their belongings while they keep their valuables in a day pack that they carry themselves. Any excess luggage that is not needed during the Trek can be safely stored at the hotel in Kathmandu at no additional cost.

We understand that packing for a trek can be daunting, but it is crucial to adhere to this limit to ensure our porters' well-being and the Trek's smooth operation. Therefore, we kindly ask that all trekkers review their belongings and make necessary adjustments to adhere to this limit.

Additionally, we also urge our trekkers to pack smartly and thoughtfully. Prioritize essential items and leave behind any unnecessary items to reduce weight. This helps our porters and makes your journey more comfortable and enjoyable.

We kindly ask all trekkers to review their belongings and pack smartly and thoughtfully to adhere to this limit.

Transportation for the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek is a seamless and efficient experience designed to make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

On the first day of your Trek, you will arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and be greeted by our airport representative. A private tourist vehicle will then take you to your hotel, where you can rest or meet with us to discuss the detailed arrangements of the Trek.

The following day, you will embark on a 7-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the starting point of your Trek. You will trek to Lama Hotel, Langtang village, Kyangjin Gompa, Chorkari Ri, and Gosaikunda Lake while staying at comfortable guest houses.

As you make your way through the Trek, you will cross the Lauribina Pass and descend to Ghopte, Kutumsang, and Chisopani before finally reaching Sundari Jal on the last day of your Trek. A short drive by car will then take you back to Kathmandu, where your journey will close.

Our transportation arrangements are designed to ensure that you have a smooth and comfortable experience throughout your Trek, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake region.


Transportation  for Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek

Transportation for the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek is a seamless and efficient experience designed to make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

On the first day of your Trek, you will arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and be greeted by our airport representative. A private tourist vehicle will then take you to your hotel, where you can rest or meet with us to discuss the detailed arrangements of the Trek.

The following day, you will embark on a 7-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by local bus (If you want a private jeep, it will be an additional cost), the starting point of your Trek. You will trek to Lama Hotel, Langtang village, Kyangjin Gompa, Chorkari Ri, and Gosaikunda Lake while staying at comfortable guest houses.

As you make your way through the Trek, you will cross the Lauribina Pass and descend to Ghopte, Kutumsang, and Chisopani before finally reaching Sundari Jal on the last day of your Trek. A short drive by car will then take you back to Kathmandu, where your journey will close.

Our transportation arrangements are designed to ensure that you have a smooth and comfortable experience throughout your Trek, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the Langtang Gosaikunda Lake region.

Trekkers' safety and security

Trekking in the mountains can be dangerous and requires proper preparation, planning, and care.

To ensure our trekkers' safety and security, we take several measures to minimize risk and provide peace of mind. First and foremost, we only hire experienced and certified guides intimately familiar with the Trek's routes, terrain, and potential hazards. In addition, they are trained in emergency first aid and are equipped with satellite phones and other forms of communication to ensure that help is always just a phone call away.

In addition to our guides, we also provide trekkers with a detailed itinerary and information about the Trek, including what to expect regarding weather, altitude, and physical challenges. We recommend that trekkers come prepared with the proper gear and clothing, and we also provide a comprehensive gear list to help ensure that everyone is properly equipped.

Finally, we also provide support through a full-time porter, who will carry your heavy backpack, and a horseman, who will have your camping gear, food, and other supplies. This means that trekkers can focus on the journey and not worry about the weight of their gear, which can be a significant safety concern.

Safety and security are our top priorities, and we are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable trekking experience for all of our trekkers. With our experienced guides, detailed itineraries, and comprehensive support, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands as you explore the stunning Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass.

Guides and porters' safety and security

Trekking in the Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass is an incredible experience. Still, it's important to remember that the safety and security of our guides and porters are of the utmost importance. These dedicated individuals work tirelessly to ensure that our trekkers have a safe and enjoyable journey, and it's our responsibility to ensure that they are protected and taken care of as well.

To safeguard the well-being of our guides and porters, we prioritize comprehensive training and readiness. Our guides and porters undergo extensive instruction in safety protocols and emergency procedures, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively to potential hazards. Additionally, we ensure that our guides and porters are outfitted with all the necessary tools and gear, including appropriate attire, first aid kits, and communication devices, to maintain their safety and security while on their excursions.

Proper planning and communication are integral to ensuring safety and security on our treks. Our guides and porters are constantly communicating with our team, enabling us to stay apprised of any potential dangers or challenges that may arise. Additionally, they collaborate closely with local authorities and other trekking groups to ensure the well-being and security of all trekkers while on the trail.

Lastly, we prioritize the well-being of our guides and porters by providing them with adequate rest and nourishment. They work hard to ensure our trekkers have a great experience, but their health and safety are also important. Therefore, we ensure they have appropriate accommodation and food during the Trek and are provided with regular breaks to rest and recover.

In conclusion, the safety and security of our guides and porters are of the utmost importance. We take every necessary measure to ensure they are protected and cared for while on the trail. Through proper training, planning, communication, and care, we ensure that our guides and porters can provide the best possible service to our trekkers while also ensuring their safety.

International Travel Insurance

When embarking on a trek to the Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass, it is vital to consider the significance of obtaining international travel insurance. This type of insurance provides coverage for unexpected occurrences, such as accidents, sicknesses, and natural disasters, that may occur during your expedition.

There are various choices for international travel insurance for this Trek, each with distinct advantages and coverage options.

One option is the "Adventure Sports Coverage" insurance, specifically designed for travelers engaging in high-risk activities such as trekking and mountaineering. This insurance covers emergency medical expenses, evacuation, and repatriation. 

It offers equipment loss or damage coverage, trip cancellation, and even search and rescue services.

Another option is "Comprehensive Coverage" insurance, which offers travelers a wide range of protection. This insurance covers emergency medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, trip cancellation and interruption, loss or damage to personal belongings, and even accidental death and dismemberment. This option is ideal for those looking for a more comprehensive coverage plan.

Lastly, the "International Medical Coverage" insurance is an excellent option for those concerned about their medical needs during Trek. This insurance covers emergency medical expenses, evacuation, repatriation, prescription medications, and pre-existing medical conditions.

When planning your Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass trek, it is essential to consider international travel insurance as a necessary precaution. Various options are available, each with its coverage options and benefits. Be sure to carefully review and compare the different insurance plans before making your final decision.

Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek altitudes

The Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek takes you through a diverse range of altitudes, starting with a drive from Kathmandu at 1,400m / 4,393ft to Syabrubesi at 1,503m / 4,655ft. From there, you will embark on a journey that will take you to the highest peak at 4,610m / 15,115ft and the lowest at 1,400m / 4,393ft for your 1st day.

The Second-day Trek starts with a climb from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel, gaining a maximum altitude of 2,470m / 8,103ft. The following day, you will trek to Langtang village, reaching a maximum height of 3,430m / 11,255ft. Then, the Trek continues to Kyanjin Gompa, where the highest altitude gain of the hike is achieved at 3,865m / 12,675ft.

After a rest day at Kyanjin Zomba, you will retrace your steps to Lama Hotel and Thulo Syabru, reaching a maximum altitude of 2,470m / 8,103ft. The final destination of the hike is Gosainkunda lake, where you will get a maximum height of 4,380m / 14,620ft.

The Trek then takes you over the Lauribina Pass at 4,610m / 15,115ft before descending to Ghopte, Kutumsang, Chisopani, and finally Sundarijal, where you will end the Trek at an altitude of 2,295m / 7,655ft. From there, you will drive back to Kathmandu at the height of 1,350m / 4,450ft, concluding your journey through the diverse altitudes of the Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek.

Trek difficulty and preparations 

The Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass Trek is a challenging and rewarding journey that requires significant preparation. The Trek involves traversing rugged terrain, climbing steep inclines, and navigating through high-altitude passes. Therefore, to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience, preparing correctly for the Trek's demands is essential.

To prepare for the Trek, building up your physical fitness and endurance is crucial. This can be achieved through regular exercise and outdoor activities, such as hiking, running, and cycling. Additionally, it is essential to acclimatize to high altitudes by gradually increasing your exposure to elevations above 2,500 meters/8202 ft. 

In terms of gear and equipment, investing in high-quality hiking boots, warm clothing, and a reliable sleeping bag is essential. In addition, a comprehensive first-aid kit and familiarity with basic first-aid techniques are also necessary.

Lastly, it is essential to be mentally prepared for the challenges that come with the Trek. This includes being comfortable with the uncertainty and unpredictability of the weather, dealing with altitude sickness, and adapting to the local communities' different cultures and customs.

Overall, the Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass Trek is a challenging but rewarding journey that requires significant preparation. By building up your physical fitness, acclimatizing to high altitudes, investing in the right gear and equipment, and being mentally prepared, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience.

Altitude sickness and prevention

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a condition that can occur when climbing to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet (2,440 meters). It occurs due to low air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes.

Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. In severe cases, it can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs and brain, which can be fatal.

The Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass trek takes you to elevations above 8,000 feet. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the potential for altitude sickness and take steps to prevent it.

According to the itinerary, on Day 2, the Trek takes you to an elevation of 2,470m / 8,103ft. At this altitude, the risk of altitude sickness is low. On Day 3, the Trek takes you to an elevation of 3,430m / 11,255ft. At this elevation, the risk of altitude sickness is moderate. Likewise, On Day 4, the Trek takes you to a height of 3,865m / 12,675ft, which poses a higher risk of altitude sickness than on day 3. On Day 9, the Trek takes you to an elevation of 4,380m / 14,620ft. At this altitude, the risk of altitude sickness is very high. On Day 10, the Trek takes you to an elevation of 4,610m / 15,115ft. At this altitude, the risk of altitude sickness is exceptionally high.

To prevent altitude sickness, allow your body time to acclimatize by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and sleeping at high altitudes before acclimatization. Consult with your trekking agency and guide before undertaking this Trek. If you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, it is important to descend to a lower altitude immediately.

Gears to pack for Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek

As you embark on the Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek, you must equip yourself with the essential gear to make your trekking experience as comfortable and secure as possible. Here is a list of essential items to pack for your Trek:

  1. A backpack that boasts durability and comfort, designed to hold all of your gear and necessities with a minimum capacity of 55 liters.
  2. High-quality hiking boots or shoes with a sturdy sole and good traction to ensure a safe and comfortable trek.
  3. Breathable and moisture-wicking clothing, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer layer, keeps you warm and dry in varying temperatures.
  4. A waterproof and windproof jacket and pants protect you from the elements.
  5. A warm hat, gloves, and a scarf to keep your head, hands, and neck warm.
  6. A reliable and durable camping tent and sleeping bag to provide shelter and warmth during your camping days.
  7. A headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries to light your way in the dark.
  8. A personal first aid kit with basic medical supplies, such as bandages, pain relievers, and blister treatment.
  9. A water filtration system or water purification tablets ensure access to clean drinking water.
  10. A camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking views and memories of your Trek.

By taking the time to pack these essential items, you will be well-prepared for your Langtang Gosaikunda lake Trek and able to enjoy the beauty and adventure of the journey entirely.

Weather, temperature, and best time

One of the most important factors to consider when planning this Trek is the weather, temperature, and best time to go.

  • Best Month and Climate: 

The weather in Langtang is generally quite unpredictable and can change rapidly. For example, during the monsoon season (June to September), the region is prone to heavy rainfall and landslides, making it challenging to Trek. Likewise, another best time for the Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass trek is from September to November and March to May. During these months, the weather is typically straightforward and dry, making it ideal for trekking.

The temperature in Langtang varies depending on the altitude. At lower elevations, the temperature can be warm during the day and cool at night. As you ascend higher, the temperature drops significantly, and it can get quite cold, especially at night. Therefore, it is essential to bring warm clothing, including a down jacket, gloves, a hat, and a good pair of hiking boots to protect your feet from cold and wet conditions.

  • Temperature

The temperature on the Trek varies depending on the altitude and time of year. During the day, the temperature can range from a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius in the lower elevations to a chilly 10 degrees Celsius at higher altitudes. As the sun sets and the night approaches, the temperature can drop even further, with temperatures dropping to as low as -10 degrees Celsius at the highest points of the Trek. One of the Trek's highlights is the Goisaikunda pass, an exhilarating climb to an altitude of 4,380 meters. Here, the temperature can be pretty harsh, with strong winds and freezing temperatures. However, the views from the top are genuinely awe-inspiring, making an effort well worth it.

  • Wind Speed and Rainfall chances

You will be greeted with a mix of winds and rainfall, each adding charm to the Trek. Wind speeds vary throughout the Trek, with the lower elevations experiencing milder winds and the higher elevations experiencing stronger gusts. As you ascend through the Langtang Valley and approach the Goisaikunda pass, you will feel the wind pick up, adding an extra layer of challenge to your journey. However, the wind also serves as a refreshing break from the heat and provides a natural cooling system as you trek through the beautiful landscapes.

Rainfall is also expected on this Trek, with the chances increasing as you approach the Lauribina pass. The rain can range from light showers to heavy downpours, and it is essential to come prepared with proper rain gear. The rain can make the Trek more challenging, but it also adds to the beauty of the landscapes, making for a truly unique and memorable experience.

Tipping for guides and Porters

When embarking on a trek in the Langtang Goisaikunda Lauribina pass region, it is essential to remember that your guide and porters play a crucial role in ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience. As such, it is customary to offer a tip as a gesture of gratitude for their hard work and dedication.

For a two-week trek, it is advised to tip your guide USD 100 and each porter USD 70. However, for longer treks or those that involve high altitude passes such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Manaslu Circuit, it is recommended to tip your guide USD 150 or above and each porter USD 90. If you are climbing a peak in Nepal, it is recommended to tip your climbing guide USD 200-250.

In addition to cash, you can also leave behind pieces of gear that you no longer need. This can be an incredibly thoughtful gesture as the work of guides and porters often requires them to be on the trails daily, and sound equipment can make a big difference.

Tipping is a small but meaningful way to show appreciation for your guide and porters' hard work and dedication. The above-recommended amounts are guidelines; you can tip as you see fit.

FAQs

  • Q1. Is Gosaikunda trek difficult?

    The Gosaikunda trek is a moderate and rather simple hike. Therefore, regardless of your prior hiking experience, you can sign up. The trails can occasionally get steeper and more difficult, but for the most part they have a low angle of ascent and are simple to ascend.

  • The intermediate Langtang hike does not necessitate previous hiking experience or physical preparation. But you must be emotionally and physically ready for any difficulties and delays encountered along the way. You can start by working out before your walk if you want to make it easier.

  • Gosaikunda is located in Rasuwa's Langtang National Park at a height of 4,380 meters above sea level.

  • In essence, yes, you can hike the Langtang without a guide. The level of this trip, according to a local guide, ranges from Easy to Moderate. Therefore, it is feasible without a manual. But for security, we advise hiring a guide.

  • Gosaikunda Lake freezes for six months from October to June throughout the winter before melting and flowing into the Trishuli River. There are 108 lakes total, both large and small, in this region. Lauribina La, which is the most difficult, is located at a height of 4,610 meters.

  • The Nepali government blocked the route after the devastating earthquake in 2015, but it has now undergone a thorough makeover and been reopened for trekking. Additionally, it is now considerably safer for trekking.

  • You must have a Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card, which the Tourism Board must provide. At the Langtang Gateway entry point, TIMS card must be displayed.

  • The typical daily walk time is 5-6 hours. So, mentally prepare and physically ready to complete the Lang tang Trek.

  • Because you will be taking a direct route from Cholangpati to Gosaikunda, the journey requires excellent training for high altitude trekking or prior trekking experience over 3000 meters sea level. The Gosainkunda and Laurebina la pass trek is appropriate for experienced trekkers/hikers who are physically and mentally prepared to walk for 4 to 5 hours per day while carrying a lightweight day pack.

  • Almost all of the tail's shops and tea cafes sell bottled water. Despite this service, we advise guests not to drink bottled water because it contributes to environmental degradation. Instead, you can acquire boiling water from the hotel/lodge where you are staying, or you could bring water purifying chlorine pills with you to purify the accessible tap/spring.

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