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Langtang with Gosaikund Lakes and Laurabina La Trekking

Nepal Nepal

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The Langtang Trek takes you into the fascinating Langtang Valley, as well as over the Laurabina Pass to the beautiful and sacred Gosaikund lakes.

The path leads through rhododendron and bamboo forests with a large number of wildlife, with hot springs and with majestic waterfalls that tumble over huge rocks into the valley. Magnificent views of the snow-capped white giants Langtang Lirung (7,200 m), a visit to the sacred lakes of Gosaikund and the crossing of the Laurabina Pass make this tour an unforgettable experience.
Langtang was first explored by Bill Tilman, the well-known Himalayan explorer and mountaineer who described the region as “one of the world’s most beautiful valleys”. The region stretches from the northern foothills of Kathmandu to the Tibetan border and attracts far fewer trekkers than the main trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna.

The Langtang valley opens up to an alpine plateau with fabulous views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. From the huts at Kyangin Gompa, you can explore the impressive glaciated valleys, which are surrounded by high Himalayan peaks. The trek leads through enchanted forests, home of the endangered red panda, the Himalayan black bear and the musk deer.

This varied and moderately difficult tour is ideal for beginners and experienced trekkers. Physical fitness and surefootedness are required.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – Introduction to the trip, equipment check and welcome dinner
Arrival in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel. In the afternoon we will explain the details of the trip with you, and in the evening you are invited to dinner with your guide. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for trekking
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide. This day can be designed flexibly according to your wishes. The most popular places and most impressive sights include Pashupatinath – a Hindu temple with cremation places, Swayambhunath – also known as the monkey temple -, Boudhanath Stupa, Durbar Square and Thamel – the tourist center of Kathmandu. You should return to the hotel in the late afternoon and pack for the trek the next morning. You can also leave a bag at the hotel with items you won’t need on the tour. The rest of the day can be used as free time . Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 3: Drive to Syabru Besi (1,420m) – 7 to 8 hours drive
We go to Syabru Besi by private vehicle. A nice drive through many villages where we can watch locals at work. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 4: Trek to Rimche (2,455m) – approx. 6 hours of hiking
We start the trekking tour from Syabru Besi, crossing the Bhote Khola over a suspension bridge. After another suspension bridge over Langtang Khola, the path leads us along the river to Kyanjin Gompa. There is a thick bamboo forest there and you may even spot groups of langur monkeys. The red panda also lives there, but as these animals are very shy you will rarely see them. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 5: Hike to Langtang (3,500 m) – approx. 5 hours hike
After breakfast we walk through the forest up the Langtang valley. Here you can see the snow-capped Himalayan peaks for the first time while you marvel at the Lantang Lirung. At Ghora Tabela the valley becomes flatter and wider and at about 3,500 m you are above the tree line. A few hours further you will see the old Buddhist gompa on the slope of the hill and shortly afterwards you will reach the village of Langtang. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 6: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,800 m) – approx. 4 hours
After Langtang village you will pass a series of long mani walls and have a wonderful view of the mountains of Naya Kanga, Dorji Lakpa and Urkinmang. Kyangjin Gompa is surrounded by mountains in all directions. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 7: Day trip to Chergo Ri (4,948m) – 7 to 8 hours of walking
Chergo Ri is well worth exploring on foot for the best mountain views. You can also walk up the valley to the glacier or just spend the day at Kyangjin Gompa. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 8: Hike to the Lama Hotel (2,400 m) – approx. 6 hours
Today it’s back to the Langtang Valley and the Lama Hotel (or Rimche). Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 9: Hike to Thula Syabru (2,100 m) – approx. 6 hours
We continue hiking in the Langtang valley, through bamboo forests until we reach the pretty village of Thula Syabru. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 10: Trek to Lauri Binayak (3,584m) 4-5 hours
Today we will first hike through thick pine and rhododendron forests before arriving in Durbin Danda. On the way we have an excellent view of the Tibetan mountains. We pass Shin Gompa or “Chandanbari”. The village is named after the monastery here. We circle the mountain slope through the forest and come to a path on a ridge, from which the route leads to alpine meadows where many animals graze in summer. On a clear day we can enjoy a beautiful view of the central Himalayan mountains from the western Annapurna massif to the eastern Langtang Mountains. We continue to Lauri Binayak, where we spend the night. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 11: Trek to Gosaikund Lakes (4,400m) – 5 hours hike
From Sing Gompa we have a few short climbs before we pass Chalang Pati. Then the path rises again and we cross the tree line at Ganesh Himal. We can admire the Langtang. On a clear day we can see Manaslu, the Annapurna peaks and Machapuchare. From here the terrain becomes more alpine. After a short ascent, the holy lake of Gosaikund lies in front of us. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 12: Crossing Laurabina La (4,610m) and hike to Tharepati (3,400m) – 5 hours hike
We cross the edge of Gosaikund and pass other smaller lakes. The Laurebina La (pass) lies at 4,610m and is decorated with many prayer flags. Here we have a very good view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu Himal and Langtang Lirung. From this pass there is a long descent to the Ghopte cave (3,430m). Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 13: Hike to Melamchi Gaon (2,530m) – 4 hours
From Tharepati the path leads east and meanders steeply down a gorge. The vegetation changes the further we descend. We walk through a forest with fir, oak and bamboo bushes until we reach the large Sherpa village of Melamchi Gaon with its barley, corn and potato fields. Prayer flags flutter at the front of the small gompa. Brightly painted walls and statues of Guru Rimpoche and his wife Sakyamuni adorn this beautiful gompa. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 14: Hike to Timbu (1,580 m) – approx. 5 hours hike and drive to Kathmandu approx. 3 to hour drive
From Melamchi Gaon we walk steeply downhill into the Melamchi river valley. This river is the main source of water for Kathmandu. Passing a small gompa we walk down the valley to Timbu, a village of the Tamangs (one of the many ethnic groups of Nepal). Here we will be picked up and driven back to Kathmandu. Depending on the road conditions, this will take approximately three to four hours. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 15: Farewell and flight back home
Free time until departure – Farewell and transfer to the airport for the return flight home, (B).

We reserve the right to make program changes due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.

F = Breakfast | M = Lunch | A = Dinner

Our trips start every Saturday:

German guided tour
English guided tour

Duration: 15 days
Costs: € 1.490 per person
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 160 for single room supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer (by private vehicle)
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All meals on trek (B|L|D)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Guide and porters
  • 12 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • Quality service and trek equipment
  • Oxymeter

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Tips

Visa
Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 125 (stay of up to 90 days).
The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.

These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Insurance
Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified.
The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey.
We have requested ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at www.reiseversicherung.de.

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.

It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERGO or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet/Manaslu ***+
Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake Side Retreat ***
Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar **
Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal ***
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travelers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet).
In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Tara Air, Yeti Air, Summit Air, Sita Air or Buddha Air.

Tour program
The travel program for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. It can happen, however, that roads are closed without advance notice or are impassable, that there are waiting times of several hours because of traffic congestion or fuel shortages and that specific tourist attractions are closed for various reasons. Other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, the health of participants or unfavorable conditions while trekking may also make the implementation of the travel program more difficult or at worst make it impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will make every effort to achieve every aspect of the program to your satisfaction. As a result the inconvenience can normally be kept to a reasonable level. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this juncture that for the above reasons program changes are possible at any time and cannot be influenced by the organizers. The resulting costs are borne by the traveler. We ask for your understanding.


Trip Details

  • Duration: 15 days
  • Holiday Type: Lodge Trek
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Mar/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Max Altitude: Laurebina Pass 4.610m
  • Group size: Min. 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 1.490,00 
  • Single room supplement: 160,00 €
    only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available