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Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Lake Trek Culinary Tour
- Per Person Min 4 persons
- Private Tour Min 2 persons
Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake trekking
The Langtang Valley trek passes through the Langtang National Park. This trek rewards hikers with rich biodiversity in subtropical and alpine landscapes. The forest covers over 25% of the entire 1,700 square kilometres of protected national parkland. Many famous Himalayan ranges such as Langtang and Langtang Linrung fall in this region.
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is perfect for trekkers who want to explore nature and culture without travelling too far from Kathmandu. The Langtang trek is the right combination of the Langtang valley’s traditional Tamang villages to the holy Gosainkunda lake. The mesmerizing snowy peaks of the Langtang, Jugal, and Ganesh Himal Ranges. This trek is the perfect choice for everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers.
The Langtang valley and Gosainkunda Trek begin after a drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of Syabrubensi. The trek follows the trails next to the Langtang River, heading towards Langtang and Jugal Himal Ranges close to the Tibetan border. You will pass through several small Tamang hamlets. You will even get to the beautiful Langtang village, situated at the base of Langtang Lirung 7227m. The trail continues to Kyangjin Gompa from Langtang village.
The Swiss Development Corporation built a cheese production centre at Kyangjin Gompa in the 1950s. We explore the upper valley on our extra day at Kyangjin Gompa.
We retrace our steps back to Bamboo before heading towards Gosainkunda Lake via Thulo Syabru, Shing Gompa, and Lauribina. Gosainkunda is a holy Lake for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. The locals believe that there are 108 lakes/ponds of various sizes in the
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in culinary trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, exciting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. Combining hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Arrive in Kathmandu; your trek leader will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You will meet the rest of the group during your briefing for the trek.
Today’s drive takes 7 to 8 hours on a winding mountainous road. First, you will pass through terraced fields, forests, small villages, and towns on the drive to Syabru Bensi. Next, you will catch the views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. Finally, we will enter Langtang National Park near the town of Dhunche. Overnight in Syabru Besi.
We start our trekking adventure by descending to cross the Bhote Koshi River on a suspension bridge and then following the Langtang River through the forest trail to reach Lama Hotel. The track is mostly in forest cover with numerous rhododendron and bamboo trees. We climb gradually alongside the river until we reach Lama Hotel.
We start our day with an uphill climb and get a view of Langtang Lirung (7227m) en route to Ghora-tabela. The trail widens From Ghora-tabela and passes a few shepherds’ temporary settlements. You will notice that the Langtang National Park is full of various flora and fauna. You will get a close-up view of the Langtang Himal range once you Langtang Village. This village lies below the towering Lantang Lirung Peak.
We start this day with a gradual climb past villages, streams, yak pastures, and moraines until we reach Kyangjin Gompa. We can visit an old monastery here, which is considered one of the most sacred in this region. The Monastery appears regal with the majestic peaks of Langtang Lirung 7227 meters, Dorje Lhakpa, Gangchempo and other mountains in the backdrop.
We hike up to Kyangjin Ri at 4773 meters to better views of Langshisha Ri, Gangchempo, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lhakpa, and Naya Khang, to name a few peaks in the morning. You can either go out with packed lunch to explore more of the valley or return to the lodge for lunch. Finally, you can spend the afternoon walking around the village.
Today is a relatively easy day as we will be mainly descending. First, we will be passing through the villages of Mundu, Langtang, and Ghora-tabela. Then, we have a gentle descent through a forest until we reach Lama Hotel.
We start our morning with a descent on a thick forest along the raging Langtang River until we start climbing to Thulo Syabru. We will ascend bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests and see some monkeys, perhaps even the elusive Red Panda. We can enjoy the lovely ambience of this Tamang village with views of Ganesh Himal.
We go uphill on Phulung Danda’s ridge and pass some spread hamlets such as Garda and Dursagang. We will be hiking through Oak, Fir, and Rhododendron forests until we reach Phulung Gompa. We continue on us ascend until we reach Shing Gompa at Chandanbari.
We have a big day of ascending today. We hike in Oak, Fir, Rhododendron, and Pine forests until Cholang Pati. After that, the forest becomes sparse, and we will be walking in shrubland with dwarf junipers, rhododendrons, and other thorny bushes to Gosainkunda Lake. Finally, we reach Lauribinayak la after a series of steep climbs.
We continue on our steep ascend to Lauribinayak La pass at 3920 meters. The climb becomes less strenuous as we pass Saraswatikund and Bhairab Kund before the trail descends to reach the sacred Gosainkunda Lake.
We retrace our steps and will have a fantastic panorama from the Jugal Himal, Lantang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and the Annapurna range from the Lauribinayak pass. Next, we continue our descent in the open shrubland to Cholang Pati and then hike in the lush forest to Chandan Bari. Finally, you can visit the cheese-making centre at Cholang Pati and Chandanbari.
Our last day of trekking is a gruelling descent to Dhunche. We will hike through pine, fir, oak, and rhododendron forest. Enjoy nature’s sound in the woods on the last day of trekking. We will pass by a few hamlets and a giant mineral water factory close to Dhunche. The view of the snowclad peaks of Tibet is visible from the town. Dhunche is the administrative centre of the Rasuwa district. Dhunche is a small town we passed on our drive to our starting point at the beginning.
We return to Kathmandu on the same road with incredible vistas of Tibetan peaks, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range. We will be back in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu by the afternoon.
You have a free day to go for an optional Everest flight in the morning. Afternoon you can visit Bhaktapur, the living museum or relax at the hotel.
You will be brought to the airport 3 hours before your flight time.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis on the trail
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- Trekking Chef
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (healthiest and most varied trekking meals in the whole of the Himalayas)
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
A Responsible promise
Despite the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves at the moment, we don’t want you to give up your holiday – and we want you to be able to book your trip without any worries.
To provide additional security for your booking, we have introduced a new rebooking and cancellation policy so that you can easily rebook or cancel your trip free of charge if the worst comes to the worst.
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For new bookings made between May 10th 2021, and December 31st 2022, you may cancel your complete package (activities, hotels, tours, excl. flight) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure and get 100% of your money back. However, to stay flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Total flexibility on your booking
Stay flexible with our new rebooking service until shortly before your departure. For new bookings made between May 10th and December 31st, 2021, you may rebook your package (activities, hotels, tours) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure (subject to availability). Rebooking is only allowed once, and you must inform us 30 days before your planned departure. Any additional costs incurred due to changes in your schedule or upgrades, such as additional fees in high season or upgrades to your accommodation, will still apply. To remain flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Most of our clients have completed their treks from 3 years old to some in their 70s with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
A visa can also be obtained outside of Nepal at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travelers?
You are safe as long as you are respectful of the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
Here are some helpful articles:
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What is the food like on the trek?
The Benefits of using trekking poles.
What do I need to know about high altitudes?
High altitude myths.
How to trek safely?
For more articles, you can go to our blogs.