Nepal – Langtang and Gosainkund Lakes Trek

This is a fantastically scenic trek to the heart of the Himalayas with numerous highlights including:

  • summiting Kyanjin Ri at 4700m
  • views of the Langtang mountain range, Tibetan mountains, Manaslu range, and the Annapurnas
  • a visit to the Gosainkund Lakes

We pride ourselves on leading niche treks that blend a variety of scenery with iconic locations and local communities and this trek is no exception. Nepal is an easy destination to offer world-class trekking, and here we have linked the Langtang Valley with a visit to the Gosainkund Lakes.

Ideal for the seasoned walker looking for their first Nepal trekking holiday or for those of you already in love with this fantastic destination.

Autumn 2017: arrives Kathmandu: 12th November & departs 24th November 2017
Spring 2018: arrives Kathmandu: 1st April & departs 13th April 2018

Outline Itinerary

Day

Activity

1

Arrive Kathmandu.

2

Drive to Syaphru Besi

3

Commence trek … Syaphru Besi to Rimche. There are two route choices: the high route or the valley … Guess which we take? We take the way less trod, which is a bit of a lung buster but the views will make it worth our while. (On our reconnaissance no one else went this way and the only noise to break the peace were the cicadas and the roar of the river way down in the valley). Climb high, sleep low –  this is also an excellent way to start acclimatising to the forthcoming altitude. 7 hours walking and 1500m of height gain. 


4

Rimche to Langtang (3400m abs). Today we walk through the rhododendron and bamboo forests until we arrive at the newly built Langtang Village. A pleasant day of around 6 hours walking. 

5

Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3800m abs). This is an easy walk taking us maybe 3 hours to the head of the Lantang Valley culminating in the Tibetan village of Kyanjin Gompa. Here there is a yak cheese factory and even better … a bakery! Instead of sitting round and eating sticky pastries we’ll entice you to join us for a short afternoon walk to a view point at 4200m abs.

6

Acclimatisation day in Kyanjin Gompa. Today we have a relaxing day with a walk to the summit of Kyanjin Ri at 4700m abs. From the summit of this local hill we are afforded fabulous 360 degree mountain views. 

7

Kyanjin Gompa to Rimche (2500m abs). Today we retrace our steps back down the valley to Rimche. Maybe 6 hours walking today. 

8

Rimche to Thulo Syaphru (2200m abs). We head down to the riverbed before ascending through the forest to the local community of Thulo Syaphro. This typical Nepali hill village brings a new feel to the trek and is the perfect herald to the second phase. As we enter Thulo Syaphro we will see the local Nepalis at work in their fields and tending to their yaks and livestock. It’s a great peek into local life. 

9

Thulo Syaphru to Laurabina Yak (3900m abs). This is a meaty day. We ascend 1700m – legs of steel will be needed! The scenery however is constantly a source of interest and as we arrive at Laurabina Yak we will hopefully be rewarded with views that span FOUR Himalayan mountain ranges: the Langtangs, the Tibetan mountain range, Manaslu and the Annapurnas. Views don’t come much better than this!  

10

Laurabina Yak to Gosainkund Lakes and back down to Sing Gompa. The Gosainkund Lakes are a pilgramage site for Hindus from Nepal, India and countries beyond. It adds a lovely dynamic to this trek to be able to talk to locals who will delight in this opportunity to practise their English. Sing Gompa is a delightful location to spend the last night of our trek and with luck we’ll be rewarded with a final sunset sensation for a view. 

11

We say goodbye to the trail today with an early walk back to the road head at Dhunche. From here we will take our privately booked jeeps back to Kathmandu. 

12

A day for sightseeing in Kathmandu.

13

Flights home. 


Note
: One or two extra nights in Kathmandu can easily be arranged upon request and will cost around £25 per person per night – and are well recommended!

Timing
This Nepal trek is an autumn expedition with a view to getting the best of Nepali weather. You can expect brilliant sun rises, snow in the higher elevations, and below zero temperatures at altitude.

Equipment
The kit list specifically required for this expedition will be posted to you in our client’s expedition handbook. Largely speaking little is required of you – a good pair of walking boots, a pair of poles and a 3 season sleeping bag will be much appreciated at the higher altitudes in the night time sub-zero temperatures.

Level of Fitness
This trek is suitable for anyone with good fitness to walk in mountainous terrain for nine days days carrying a light day-sack. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and neither does it require any technical skills. Experienced walkers and trekkers will manage this easily within their stride. Days will on average involve six hours walking time including a lot of height gain, though some may be shorter or longer according to weather conditions.

The fitter you are the more you will enjoy yourself on the trek. If you don’t normally get out much it is never too soon to start. Exercise regularly each week to develop your cardiovascular system and stamina. At weekends, go and explore some countryside, maybe take a pack and do some camping. As a rule of thumb, if you can comfortably walk 10 miles (16km) in hilly countryside then you should be fine on this trip. Finally, take some tips from here to get trek fit!

Roughing It
All our trips involve a degree of ‘roughing it’. On this trek, showers are only sometimes available, and frequently they’re not hot either! However, the facilities are generally good, and in our experience hygiene is of a high order in the tea houses in which we visit. Back in Kathmandu, the hotel we use is of a high standard: clean and comfortable and a great place to relax, though not ostentatious.

Outline Itinerary Price (excluding flights) : UK £1125

Maximum number of places on this trip :
The number of places available on this trip is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) people.

Price includes :

  • Qualified British mountain leader
  • Local specialist guide
  • Fully supported trek with porters
  • All accommodation
  • All in-country transport
  • Meals on trek
  • Park permits
  • TIMS insurance for guide and porters
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel and back on the itinerary dates

Not included :
It will not cover your meals when not on trek, such as when you are in Kathmandu, nor will it cover any individual sightseeing undertaken. Other items not included: travel insurance, passports, visas, inoculations, excess baggage, tips, and items of personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry. Hot showers are sometimes extra when on trek. We recommend bringing another £20 per day to cover meals not provided and snacks etc. This should easily cover it.

Why book this trip with us?
It’s true that we’re not the cheapest to book with – but we do believe that we offer a great holiday at the best value. So why should you book this mountaineering adventure with us?

  1. Many of our competitors won’t send a British or western leader as standard – we do. Our teams are led by a western qualified mountain leader and expedition trained first aider/medic as well as a local Nepali guide. This is critical for a continual risk assessment, ensuring safety, medical support (more than just first aid) and quality control throughout your holiday. Quality control also extends to maintaining safe and fair working conditions for our porters.
  2. Our teams are small. Our competitors will tell you their teams are small too – but ours will not exceed 12 in number. In our experience a good team dynamic is lost when teams number more than 12.
  3. We don’t force a fast or slow pace. Because our teams are supported with two leaders and a team of porters who walk with us, individuals can go at their own pace – fast or slow. Many other teams will be kept together unnecessarily meaning faster walkers are frustrated and slower walkers are under pressure. We let you walk at the pace that is right for you.
  4. Our pricing is transparent. We make it clear here and now what you need to pay for this trek and what that includes – there are no extra “local payments” to cover feeding for example.
  5. We take care of our local staff. The guide and porters are insured when they work for us, we pay fair wages and we don’t allow our porters to be overly laden.
  6. And as if all that wasn’t enough to convince you that we’re the best – come and meet us free of charge on one of our Free Walking Weekends and then decide. And again – this is not something you’ll see offered by our competitors …

Flights
For best prices we would recommend checking prices with www.travelbag.co.uk, www.travelsupermarket.com, www.lastminute.com.

Be sure to reconfirm all flights prior to departure. Also, if you can stay a while longer – we’d well recommend it – there’s plenty more adventures to try- we can help you arrange:

  • Sight-seeing in Kathmandu
  • Sight seeing flights to Everest
  • White water rafting
  • A visit to the Royal Chitwan Safari Park

– you won’t regret an extra day or two spent in this fine region!

How about carbon offsetting your flight here? Climate Care allows you to offset your flight’s emissions by funding sustainable energy projects. From £3 for return flights to Morocco to £47 for flights to NZ – this trip needn’t cost the Earth. Thanks.

Travel Insurance
There are many travel insurers out there, and you are free to choose who you use for this trip. You must ensure that you are covered for trekking to 4700m and that your cover includes full repatriation. Two options that you might consider are:

Booking
Please refer to our booking conditions.

This trek is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) people. To gain a definite place a payment of UK£200 is required.

All payments should come with the following reference:

“your surname”/W4A/NEPLT2017.