DAYS LANGTANG VALLEY & GOSAINKUNDA LAKE TREK
- DAY 01:
- We drive from Kathmandu to Trishuli via Kakani, an
excellent spot to view Mountain range, for about 4 hours and from Trishuli
it's a steady drive of about another 4 hours up to Dunche (1970m) and it's
110 km in total. Dunche is our campsite 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:
- 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 Syabur (2130m), out camp site, the views the Langtang
valley are magnificent and more and more of the snow peaks of Tibet became
- DAY 03:
- We descend to the Langtang river (1890m), 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 birdlife. We camp at Gomna (1804M), just as the
valley starts to widen again.
- DAY 04:
- 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 vary 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 (3800m) and camp.
- DAY 05:
- 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
- DAY 06:
- We retrace our steps downhill to Gomna. A very
- DAY 07:
- 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 ton Syabru and
- DAY 08:
- 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. We camp near the
deserted Sing Gompa(3254m).
- DAY 09:
- 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 (3901m), 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, Gosainkund was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with
his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing some
poison. Camp at Gosainkund (4300m).
- DAY 10:
- 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 treeline past beautiful waterfalls,
through juniper and rhododendron forest,n we descend to the huts to Thare
Pati. This is a long but very interesting day and we camp at Thare Pati.
- DAY 11:
- We drop steadily all day through fir and rhododendron
forests and then through prickly leafed oak forest. We camp at the Tamang
village of Gul Bhangjyang (2130 m). This ridgewalk provides excellent views
of the mountains and the Helambu valley.
- DAY 12:
- The day's walk consists of gentle 'ups & downs'
generally following a ridge to camp just above Chisopani (2194m) with
excellent panoramic views of the Himalaya from Ganesh to Everest.
- DAY 13:
- We climb to the small pass at Burlang Bhagjyang
(2438m) and take our last look at the great line of snow peaks of the
Himalaya before descending to the Kathmandu valley and Sundarijal (1457m)
from where we drive back to Kathmandu.
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