Langtang Gosaikunda trek difficulty
Langtang Gosaikunda trek is one of the moderate treks in the Himalayas. The trail has a gentle pace and steady increase in elevation, which allows trekkers to acclimatize. So, we recommend Langtang and Gosaikunda trek to all the travelers who are fit and can walk at least 5-6 hours a day.
A previous trekking experience is not compulsory for Langtang Gosaikunda trekking, but it'll be easier for trekkers if they have some sort of high-altitude experience. Trekking in the Himalayas is not only about its rugged, steep trails. Other factors like high altitude, limited facilities, unstable weather, etc make the overall journey quite demanding.
The Gosaikunda lake trek route is specifically a bit on the offbeat side. The continuous ascends and descends through forests & pastures may be not bearable for some trekkers. Therefore, it's important that the participants have good health and fitness.
During the Langtang valley and Gosaikunda trekking, you touch two major high points; one at Tserko Ri (4984m.|16347ft.) and another at Gosaikunda Lake (4380m.|14366ft.). You spend multiple days over 2,500 meters, which brings the risk of altitude sickness. You can only minimize the chance of altitude sickness, and to do so, we have acclimatization days in our Gosaikunda trek itinerary.
We make sure the group does not ascend more than 500 meters a day and carry first aid to give emergency medical support if needed. We strictly follow two rules during the trek; first, we keep ourselves hydrated, and second, we make sure to hike high & sleep low.
The team you'll be trekking are well trained in first-aid and dealing with altitude sickness, so you can rely on them. These are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness)- bad headache, insomnia, loss of breathing, nausea, and loss of appetite.
Langtang Gosaikunda trek route
Our 15 days Langtang Gosaikunda trek route is a little different from the general famous itinerary. As usual the trek begins with a long drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. From here, we walk through lush forests to Sherpa Gaun (2,563 m). The trail further ascends along the Langtang river to Thyangsyapu (3,140 m) and continues to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m).
For acclimatization, we hike to Terko Ri (4,984 m). The next day, the trail descends to Rimche (2,455 m). Once again, we walk on the forested uphill path to Foprang Danda (3,030 m). Walking on wide pastures, we reach Laurebina (3,910 m) and follow the steep trail to Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m).
From Gosaikunda, it's a downhill walk to Laurebina. Trekking through small settlement areas and lush forests of rhododendron & bamboo, we reach Dhunche (1,960 m), where the trek ends.
Last Minute Booking for Langtang and Gosaikunda trekking
For last-minute booking, Contact us at +977 9841380469 or +977 9843987606 (WhatsApp/Viber) for a quick response. Booking a trek at the last minute may come with some hurdles. You'll not have enough time to prepare for the trek, and we'll not have enough time to do the reservations. However, we do take bookings sometimes, even when only a handful of days are left for the beginning of the journey.
Our team constantly stays in touch with you to confirm the booking and get you ready for the trek. All the reservations are done at the last moment, so canceling the trek at this point may result in more than 50% of the cancellation charge (given the situation).
*Note: We need 100% of the package cost to accept the booking at the last minute.
What permits do I need for the Langtang valley and Gosaikunda trek?
Langtang Gosaikunda trek 15 days explores the Langtang national park. Therefore, this trek requires a Langtang National Park entry permit along with a TIMS Card. Our Langtang Gosaikunda trek package cost covers these two permit costs and all other necessary permits needed to enter monuments during the sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Langtang National Park permit cost for SAARC nationals: USD 15 per person
Langtang National Park permit cost for other nationals: Nrs 3000 per person
TIMS Card cost: Nrs 1000 per person
Best time to trek to Langtang Gosaikunda trekking
If one thing that matters most while trekking in the Himalayas is the weather. Choosing the best time to trek in the Langtang region may alter your entire trekking experience. The most preferred time for the Langtang Gosaikunda trek is spring and autumn. If you love winter and snow, you may plan a trek in early December. Trekking in January and February may not be possible.
Trek to Gosaikunda lake in spring- March to April
Spring is the best time for trekking in the mountains of Nepal because of the stable weather. The clear sky and moderate climate welcome hundreds of wildflowers. The temperature gradually begins to warm up, so walking is fantastic. The views are stunning, and the environment is soothing & breathtaking.
Trek to Gosaikunda lake in autumn- October to November
Autumn is the second most bustling time of the year when travelers from around the world hit the trails in the Himalayas. This season too has stable weather and moderate climate. It's post-monsoon time in Nepal, so the sky is clear and has a refreshing aurora. It's also the festive season, so get ready to be part of some of the biggest festivals celebrated in Nepal.
Trek to Gosaikunda lake in summer/monsoon- May to September
Summer/monsoon is off-season for trekking in the Langtang region. If you do not mind slippery trails, rainfall, and bugs, then go ahead and trek. Monsoon trekking has its own essence, and of course, the experience will be unbeatable. One of the biggest perks of trekking in the offseason is a less-crowded trail. It is the best time for trekking as the main festival “Janai Purnima” falls on the full moon of August and thousands of pilgrimages visit during this season to experience the culture and at that time you have to stay in camp during the trek.
Our accommodation during the Langtang valley and Gosaikunda lake trek is a guesthouse. The accommodation facilities in the mountains are basic. The rooms are small and have two beds for double occupancy usually. You'll get single rooms too, but the cost will be high. The toilets can be shared or private depending upon the guesthouse.
In Kathmandu, we book three-star hotels for our guests. You can choose to get a double or shared room as per your wish. The rooms are decent in size and come with all the modern amenities.
The meals on the trail are provided as per the menu of the guesthouse. We encourage you to eat dal bhat for one meal at least. It's the most nutritious and delicious meal option you'll get on the trail. Moreover, all the ingredients are fresh too, so you are less likely to get indigestion. Some other good heavy meal options are roti and tarkari, soup, dhedo, thukpa, etc.
We need travel insurance for the Langtang and Gosaikunda trek. It's a necessary document for booking confirmation. The travel insurance should cover emergency air evacuation. Trekking in the Himalayas is as risky as rewarding it is.
There are chances of altitude sickness and other mishaps during the trek that may need immediate medical assistance. Our package cost does not cover the cost of travel insurance, so trekkers have to bear it by themselves.
Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)
- You'll get electricity to charge your batteries during the trek at an extra cost. You can carry a solar charger or power bank for more efficiency.
- You'll need some extra cash during the trek, and there's no ATM on the way. So, withdraw while you are in Kathmandu.
- Most of the guesthouses give paid WiFi service. The connections are not stable all the time. For a better internet experience during the trek, we recommend getting a Nepali sim to use cellular data.
- The main luggage weight limit for each trekker is 10 kgs. For a backpack, trekkers can carry up to 5 kgs.
- We request you to tip the crew as per your wish at the end of the trek. It's not mandatory but the best way to show your appreciation for their hard work.