Langtang Gosaikunda Chisapani Trek is the awesome trekking route in the off beaten route of Nepal. This trip is the whole package of unlimited fun and adventure. Through this trip, the trekkers get the opportunity to travel through pristine forests to the village of Ghoda Tabela, where the valley of Langtang opens. Langtang accommodates Himalayan river plain, which provides beautiful camping sites, spectacular peaks and wide glaciers. The trekkers, if like to explore glacier filled side canyons can hike to the back of the valley. The major attraction of this trek is the exotic 108 glacier lakes. This trek starts from Dhunche Village or Syabru Besi both from the Langtang side. Alternatively, trekkers may also begin from Sundarijal, which lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Many trekkers choose to stay at Laurebinayak which also provides excellent sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The chief inheritances of this region are Tamang and Sherpa, the origin of Tibetan, whose religion, culture, languages, and dress are similar to the Tibetan people. Gosaikunda is visited every year by thousands of visitors during the full- moon time in May and August. Just 140 km north of Kathmandu.
Gosaikunda is one of the most valued and famous treks in the Langtang region. combines the remote and spectacular valley of Langtang, with the high mountains, glaciers and lakes at Gosaikunda. Langtang valley trekking is full of wonder due to fascinating local history, culture and lifestyle, glaciers and mountains, and flora and fauna. Gosaikunda lake, the major highlight of the trip is holy and spiritual to both Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is at an altitude of 4,380m (14370 ft.) in the north of Kathmandu.
The craftsmanship, clothing, traditionally built stone houses and the beautiful wooden carved goes back to the reflection of hundreds of years. The spectacular scenery of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), Naya Kangri (5,846m) and Dorje Lakpa (6,966m) are worth able for the nature seekers and mountains lovers on one hand and on the other 1000 species of flora and many wild animals such as Tigers, wild boar, red panda, pica, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar (wild goat), rhesus monkey, common langur, snow leopard , hawks, hoopoe, cuckoos, barbets, owls, nightjars, laughing thrushes, blackcapped sabias, Red-billed and parakeets etc. more than 250 species of birds are main attraction for the Langtang Gosaikunda Chisapani Trek.
The start of the trek begins with the 8 hours drive from Kathmandu valley to Syabrubesi. The Syabrubesi is the starting point of the trek. On the way, the trekkers can get the lovely views of the Trishuli rivers and its surrounding landscapes as well as local villages and hills. After reaching here trekkers can stay overnight and explore the Syabrubesi village. It lies on the altitude of about 1460 metres from sea level.
The trekking from this point starts with an uphill hike through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. There is about an hour climb through the steep hill to reach an interesting and amazing place called Bamboo. It is the place where trekkers take rest and have lunch to regenerate their body energy. The trail continues upwards through the bamboo forest to reach the final destination for today’s Lama Hotel which is the quiet famous area of this place.
The Langtang village lies at the altitude of about 3430 metres from sea level. The trails start with the rhododendron and pine forests along with the scenic paths of waterfalls and landscapes. Nature will make you feel intrigued as you enter the interesting wide valley of Langtang. This is the home to the famous Langtang National Park which is the habitat to many wild lives. The trekkers stop at the famous GhodaTabela for lunch before heading towards the Langtang village and up the Langtang Valley to Mundu.
The trek to the Kyanjin Gompa is relatively shorter than other trekking days. The trail passes through the watermills, chorten (Buddhist Shrines) and prayer wheels on the way to Kyanjin Gompa. The Kyanjin Gompa lies at the altitude of 3870 metres from the sea level. This route also acts as an acclimatization day before climbing Tserko Ri in the morning. The trekkers can explore the gompa and surrounding area and take in the mountain views in the afternoon.
The trekking approximately takes about 5- 6 hours to reach the summit of Tserko Ri. From here you can see the majestic and amazing views of Yala Peak 5520m, Langtang Ri 7205m, Langtang Lirung 7227m and Naya Khang 5844m. Here you can enjoy your packed lunch while enjoying the majestic views of the mountains and landscapes. After this, trekkers descend back to the Kyanjin Gompa where they will again spend the night.
The trail is relatively long but straight forward so the trekkers can walk at their own pace. They gradually descend back to Lama Hotel through the rhododendron and pine forests and interesting villages. They can see the amazing view where mountains continue to dominate the sky of the Langtang valley.
The trekkers have to first descend to the river, cross the river and ascend to Thulo Syabru. Through this path you will see the fascinating view of Langtang Himal , pine and juniper forests.
Shin Gompa is another popular place for cheese in the Langtang Valley. The route is the broad trail towards the Dimsa Village and continues less steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and oak forests to Shin Gompa. On the way of your trek you will see fantastic views of Langtang Himal and Langtang Valley.
This is the main highlight of the trip. The first part of the trail emerges and trekkers have to climb steadily up to Laurebinayak and the top of the Laurebina Yak gives you an exotic feeling. With a steep ascent all the way to Gosaikunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebina Yak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairab Kunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world.
The trail leaves Gosaikunda and climbs through rugged country, past four small lakes to the Laurebinayak La at 4610 meters, the highest point of this trek. You can indulge yourself at the spectacular views of Manaslu and the mountains of Ganesh Himal as well as Langtang Lirung. You then descend steeply to camp near Ghopte.
From Ghopte, the trail descends to more caves and enters a thick forest of Pine and rhododendrons. After crossing a stream, which is dry for part of the year, the trail will make a final ascent to Tharepati (3490m).
The trail today is mostly downhill till Kutumsangu. In the background you will witness Annapurna and Manaslu rising majestically above you. In spring you will see Rhododendron blooming offering an extraordinary experience of trekking throughout the day.
Sunrise from Kutumsangu offers wonderful views of snow capped mountains . After breakfast you will continue your journey towards Chisapani which translates, “cold water” in Nepali. Chisapani is also well known to catch the sunrise and sunset views.
Witnessing your last sunrise of the trek you will begin to trek in the direction of Sundarijal via Mulkarkha and Shivapuri National Park. You can see Tamang people while trekking on today’s trail. From Sundarijal you will drive back to Kathmandu and check in to the hotel.
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