The region north of Kathmandu offers a multitude of trekking possibilities, all accessible without flights. The major areas are Langtang, Gosainkund and Helambu, which can be combined in many different ways to make treks lasting from seven to 16 days. Langtang treks offer an experience not found elsewhere. The trails are challenging with long, steep climbs and descents, often through deep forests or across glacial mountain views and interesting villages with well-established lodges.
Sacred Lakes of Gosainkunda
The Langtang area in Nepal is just north of Kathmandu, accessible either via a trek that originates at the edge of the valley, or from Dhunche, an eight hour drive from Kathmandu. This trek is a perfect introduction to the rich cultural heritage and the amazing treks that Nepal offers. One of the shortest treks possible and the only one that starts right in the edge of the Kathmandu Valley, this trek takes you through striking landscape as we trek on a north south ridge towards the Langtang Valley, the third most famous trekking destination in Nepal. Along the way, we pass simple villages of different ethnic groups with their rich culture. After a few days into the trek we cross altitudes in excess of 3400m and enter an alpine area with spectacular views.
Why Lake Gosainkunda?
One of Nepal’s most famous religious places of pilgrimage is Gosainkunda lake situated at an altitude of about 4312 m. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake is grand and picturesque. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here for pilgrimage resulting in an epic scene.
Peak views: Langtang (23771 ft.), Dorje Lakpa (22929 ft.), Loen Pogang (23238 ft.), Phurbi Ghyachu (21844 ft.). From Ghopte; Annapurna, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal.
Ethnic groups/tribes: Sherpa, Tamang, Brahmin, Chettri.
Day 01: Kathmandu/Sundarijal (1350m) /Chisopani(2141m)
Drive Kathmandu/Sundarijal (1 Hour). The reservoir at Sundarijal supplies most of Kathmandu’s drinking water. Commence with a steep incline on stone steps passing shops and huge pipelines as we steadily climb to arrive at the ridge. Walk along the ridge for another 20 minutes and then finally descend to Chisopani Danda on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, with magnificent views of the Northern Himalayas. Overnight in Chisopani
Day 02: Kutumsang (2492m)
From Chisopani, descend for about an hour on the other side of the valley to Pati Bhanjyang to find oneself in the middle of a densely populated Tamang Village. The higher we climb up the valley there are more noticeable changes in the settlements and human physiognomy. We now start to find a mixture of Tamang and Sherpa people living side by side. The trek to the Sherpa settlement of Kutumsang (2492m) is another climb for another 1.5 hours but it is a pleasant walk through forests. Overnight Kutumsang.
Day 03: Tharepati (3630m)
From Kutumsang, there is no further permanent settlements until Melamchi Gaon, but since we head on to Gosaikund we bypass the village and head on to Tharepati, the starting point for a tour of the Gosaikund Region, which consists of half derelict stables (goth) and several seasonal cabins for individual trekkers operated by Sherpa people providing basic accommodation and food. Overnight Tharepati.
Day 04: Phedi (3740m)
This is a very tough day on a trail that is very rough in parts. Ascend through forests and in and out of ravines to Gopte (3440m) for lunch. After lunch continue through bamboo forest to Phedi.
Day 05: Gosaikund (4312m)
Early start essential. The trail up to the Laurebina Pass (4609m) is not difficult, however it rises in altitude of more than a 1000 metres making walking slow with some difficulty in breathing because of low oxygen. After crossing over the pass, there is a breathtaking view of a portion of the Gosaikund Lakes (i.e. Surja Kund, Saraswati Kund and Bhairav Kund) and the panorama of the Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Mountain range. The Laurebina Pass, at the height of 4,609 meters, is at somewhat modest altitude for the Himalaya and presents no technical difficulties. Overnight Gosaikund.
Day 06: Sing Gompa (3350m)
Free to explore the surroundings and participate in the morning’s rituals. There are some caves which the pilgrims use as shelters during festivals. A huge white rock, engraved with a stylised trident, emerges dramatically from the centre of the lake. According to legend, when Divine Shiva threw his trident (Trishul) here, the glacier melted giving birth to the Trishuli River. After an early lunch, follow the ridge trail gently descending for about an hour then the path gently descends until passing the Bhairav Kund (4,150m) and then followed by Saraswati Kund (4,000m) below the trail. After leaving the last lake, we set out on a ridge and then it is a relatively easy walking till our arrival at the Sing Gompa Village Overnight Sing Gompa
Day 07: Dunche (1950m)
After breakfast, the trail descends on a path where one sees the destruction of this once wonderful forest by fire caused by lightning. The trees stand gnarled and burnt and one can only imagine the beauty of the glory days. The trail divides and we take the lower trail to Dunche. The descent is steep made much worse by the uneven steps and after about 4 hours, arrive at Dunche. Overnight at Dunche.
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu
This tour is a full service trek and includes all permits, transfers in public transport, trained English speaking guides and porters and their insurances, all accommodation and meals on the trek.
Personal insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, flights and bar bills are not included.
Cost: From US $635 per person, minimum 2 people
The price includes the trek only, but we highly recommend that you spend at least two nights in Kathmandu prior to this trek and a night after the trek. Any Additional tour extensions, overnights and airport transfers can be booked with us.
Tamang Heritage Trek
About 150 years ago, Nepal fought Tibet over salt, and one of the biggest areas where this war took place is in the Langtang Region of Nepal. The ‘Tamang Heritage Trail’ is the newly developed tourism product, off the beaten track, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs.
The people of this region are mostly Tibetans who came from Kerung in Tibet and settled in Nepal. In earlier days, the citizenship of Nepal would not be offered to real Tibetans, so they changed their ethnicity to Tamang. The cultural and traditions of these people are similar to Tibetans across the border.
This trekking destination is just a day long bus journey from the capital, Kathmandu. The 7-day trekking tour provides varieties of experience. Tamang rituals, Tibetan culture, festivals, traditional architecture, costumes, local Syabru dances make the exposure to this culture very unique. There is a view point at Goljung Pass, from where views of Langtang and Kerung in Tibet can be awe inspiring. Visitors will get an opportunity to observe Syabru, Mane and other local dances at Goljung and Gatlang villages. The villagers also sell exclusive handicraft items like traditional caps, mufflers and other items. Tourists can enjoy hot baths in the healing hot-water spring at Tatopani before reaching Nagthali, where the stay is a unique experience. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings at Thuman is an unforgettable experience. At Briddim one gets to experience the famous Tamang hospitality, where there is home stay facility in 24 houses.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
Day 2: Syabrubesi to Gatlang
Day 3: Gatlang to Tatopani
Day 4: Tatopani to Thuman
Day 5: Thuman to Briddim
Day 6: Briddim to Syabrubesi
Day 7: Syabrubesi to Kathmandu
Day 1: SYABRUBESI (1982m)
Early morning drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi by bus. The road continues to this beautiful village at the foot of the mountains where your journey begins. Overnight at a local lodge.
Day 2: GATLANG
We start after an early breakfast. After an hour and half of ascent from Syabrubesi we reach a view point from where we can see the fantastic views of Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range and the Goljang valley. Now we head down to Goljang valley for lunch which is an hour walking downhill from the view point. Gatlang the beautiful Tamang village is another 3 hrs walk from Goljang. Upon arrival the guests will be welcomed by Khada (white scarfs) and homemade local drink (rakshi) accompanied by the welcome song in local language. Overnight at the community lodge.
Day 3: TATOPANI
This would be the longest day of the entire trip and will take about 7 hours. The walk begins by descending to Thangbuchet (near Chilime village) by the Bhotekoshi River. Stop for the lunch here. The Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After lunch the trail will ascend and cross a suspension bridge. Ascent continues until you get to Tatopani which literally means ‘hot water’, you can cleanse yourself in natural hot springs with bathing areas in the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Dinner and overnight stay at local Tea Lodge.
Day 4: THUMAN
On your ascent today, stop for lunch at Brimdang village. After lunch the trek continues ascending to Nagthali Danda at 3300m. One can enjoy the view and spend time at the top accompanied by tea prepared by the care taker of the Gompa. Trek continues down to Thuman, a Tibetan influenced Tamang village with friendly people who love to sing and dance. Dinner and overnight at local Tea Lodge.
Day 5: BRIDDIM
The trail begins with flat trail in the beginning and descends to Timure en route to the old trade route to Tibet. Stop here for lunch. The border of Nepal and Tibet is just a 3 hour walk away from here. After lunch the trail continues to Briddim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang village. A homestay at Briddim is a unique experience. All accommodations, lodgings and food are offered at the individual houses on a rotational basis. Each host family provides clean bed, toilet and a family dining room. The visitor enjoys the evening with the host family, living with them, eating traditional foods and sleeping at their usual clean bed. Plain rice, Tibetan bread, Syakpa (Sherpa Stew), Potato, Tibetan tea and Briddim local brew are offered. The visitor can also observe the local indoor rituals and cultural practices with the host family and go on village walks to see the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people. Then the locals gather in the evening in their traditional costume, performing cultural songs and dances, welcoming the visitors. The host family guides the visitor, explaining the special features of the village, showing live craftsmanship, which the visitor gets the opportunity to buy first hand.
Day 6: SYABRUBESI
After breakfast, the trek descends down to Syabrubesi which is just 3hrs walk from Briddim. Lunch and rest of the day is free. Dinner and overnight at Syabrubesi.
Day 7: KATHMANDU
Early morning breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu (8-9hrs).
Please note: The stated price includes the trek only, additional overnights, tour extensions and airport transfers can be booked with us. We recommend at least two pre-trek days in Kathmandu for arrival and briefings and one day after the tour.
Cost: From US $555 per person, minimum 2 people
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