Explore the "Valley of Glaciers", the Langtang valley, with Langtang Gosaikunda Trek that offers the natural and scenic diversity along with the cultural richness of the inhabiting Tamang and Sherpa community in the Langtang region. Home to the shy Red Panda, Langtang Valley offers the colorful rhododendron, oak and pine forests, yaks, floral and faunal diversities of the Langtang National Park, cheese factory with handmade produce, glittering and holy lakes, glaciers and rivers, hot springs, view of the magnificent mountains including the Langtang II peak (7246m) and Ganesh Himal (7600m), waterfalls and the Gosaikunda Lake, revered equally by the Hindus and Buddhists. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek takes you through the mist covered trails looked over by the majestic mountains, beautiful landscapes, ancient and mystic Buddhist monasteries and the villages with well-preserved cultural legacy. This trek offers you the blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, strong Hindu faith and peacefulness of Buddhism.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek starts from the Kathmandu valley with the exploration of the cultural and architectural masterpieces featured in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The actual trek begins from Syaprubesi village at the bank of Bhote Koshi River, after a drive from Kathmandu through the beautiful hilly landscape along the way and past the settlement at Dhunche. Moving further the trail, we navigate along the Langtang River and through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests to reach the higher altitudes of the valley. Through the Lama Hotel and the beautiful Langtang village, we reach to the ancient Kyanjin Gompa, an ancient monastery dating back to around 1300 AD that displays ancient Buddhist practices and rituals. We shall ascend the Kyanjin Ri and/or explore the rugged yet beautiful Langtang glacier, depending upon the circumstances. We backtrack through the Syabru village and past the grazing yak around the Sing Gompa to reach the holy lakes of Gosaikunda, the highlight of Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. The lake is said to be formed when Lord Shiva pierced a glacier with his Trident and it is believed that this holy water surfaces in Kumbeshwar pool next to the five-storied Shiva Temple in Patan through the underground tunnel. After exploring the other major lakes of Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda, we traverse through Ghopte to reach Lauribina pass that provides with the view of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Lirung. Our trek advances through Kutumsang, Chisapani, and Sundarijal and we shall call it a day in Kathmandu.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a moderately strenuous trek where you are likely to walk on rough terrains and for around 6-7 hours a day with thin air on some points of the trail. With autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May) as the best season for this trekking trail, this trekking trail helps get an insider's view of the local cultural reflection along with the diverse landscape and wildlife.