Langtang Gosaikunda trek is an amazing trek that combines splendid Langtang valley and the holy lake Gosaikunda. This trek combines the remote villages, picturesque hills, tranquil Langtang valley, diverse wildlife, and plants. This trek constitutes of many high altitude lakes, Gosaikunda being the largest. The beautiful culture, religion, and traditions.
The trek route follows the lush tropical forests, green hills, high grey rocks, int the Langtang National Park. The national park is a habitat of several species of flora and fauna. There are chances of seeing some of the endangered species like Red Panda. The journey is beautiful. We will walk through the remote and rugged trails, crossing the rivers, passing through cascading waterfalls, and walking through alluring forests of oak and rhododendron.
This incredibly diverse journey combines unique landscapes and culture. Trekking through the off-beaten paths of Langtang, you will reach the high altitude freshwater lake. The phenomenal Gosaikunda lake is captivating. This lake holding spiritual values for Hindus and Buddhists is the major highlight of this trekking.
The trek to Gosaikunda lake is fascinating. The trek is equally popular for the local history, culture and lifestyle. The trek route passes through many villages. Walking through the beautiful settlements of Tamang and Shehaverpas, trekkers can witness the typical lifestyles in Nepalese villages. Lifestyle at villages in Langtang is more like Tibetan lifestyle.
People in Langtang are Buddhists. During the trek, you will see plenty of Buddhist stupas, monasteries, Gompas, Chortens, and prayer flags. Here, most of the people are farmers and traders. People live a basic lifestyle. The way of life is not affected by modernism. Thus, ancient tradition and culture have remained preserved for years.
Here are 10 reasons why you should go Langtang Gosaikunda trekking:
1. Laurebina Pass, Impracticable Without a Trekking Pole
Laurebina is a famous high altitude pass in the Langtang Gosaikunda trekking route. The 3950 meters pass has an interesting story. Laurebina is composed of two Nepali terms ‘Lauri’ meaning a stick and ‘Bina’ meaning without. People in Nepal believe that this pass is not doable unless you trek with a “Lauri”, a trekking pole.
Laurebina pass is a beautiful pass situated on the outskirts of Gosaikunda lake. Crossing the mountain pass is an incredible experience. The pass looks beautiful with embellished prayer flags of Buddhists. Walking down the colorful prayer flags flying gracefully in the wind is a beautiful feeling. You will see the astonishing sceneries from the pinnacle.
Since Laurebina is a high altitude pass, you should be more careful while crossing this pass. Drink plenty of water and walk slowly.
2. Gosaikunda Lake, a Holy Pilgrimage Site of Hindus
The alpine freshwater lake situated at 4380 meters, Gosaikunda lake is a major highlight of Trekking in Langtang Gosaikunda. Spread in an area of 10.36 square kilometers (4.0 sq mi), the lake is a Ramsar site.
The Gosaikunda basin has many large to small sized lakes, almost a dozen of them. Among them, the major are Bhairab Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, and others. This lake is not only a site of natural attraction but also has religious values. It is a holy pilgrimage site. Hindus believe that the lake originated after Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity, pierced a rock with his trident.
Every year during festivals of Gangadashahara and Janai Purnima. During these times, thousands of devotees from Nepal and India visit the holy lake of Gosaikunda. They take dips in the water and worship Lord Shiva. Many devotees claim of seeing a prodigious image of Lord Shiva sleeping inside the lake.
3. Langtang National Park
The Langtang Gosaikunda trekking trail goes through the areas of Langtang National Park. Langtang National park is a beautiful natural Heritage in Nepal. Langtang National Park, established in 1971, is rich in the diverse ecosystem, wildlife, and plants.
Trekking in the Langtang Gosaikunda route, there are chances of encountering different wildlife in their natural habitat. The national park is well known for Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, and many others. The exciting wildlife adds beauty to the trek. Also, the evergreen forests en route are exotic. Trekking through the green forests is a unique feature of this trekking. You will see the forests of maple, oak, pine, and others.
During Spring, the Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking trail becomes enchanting with colorful flowers and beautiful aroma. You will see different colored Rhododendron flowers blooming at the forests along the trail. Along with it, you’ll see many wildflowers blooming on the trees as well as in the grounds.
4. Shin Gompa and Other Buddhist Monasteries
On the trekking trail to Gosaikunda Lake, you will see several Buddhist monasteries. Along with the monasteries, you will also see the beautiful Chhortens, Mani walls, prayer flags, and Tibetan styled houses. Shin Gompa is a point of attraction of this trek. Trekking through the monasteries, gompas, and under the shades of colorful prayer flags is a good feeling. You will find the peaceful trails really beautiful.
5. Sceneries and Views
Though the trek route is an easy and a closer one from Kathmandu valley, it is not less in sceneries and views than the popular Himalayan treks in Nepal. Langtang trek in Nepal rewards the trekkers with astonishing views of the various Himalayas, varying topography, amazing wildlife, plants, and many others.
Trekkers can enjoy the splendid views of white Himalayan peaks including Langtang Lirung (7245 m), Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), and Mt Gaurishankar (7134 m). There are some popular viewpoints on the trek route from where you will see the mesmerizing views of these peaks.
On your remarkable Langtang Gosaikunda journey, you will see many more than just the Himalayas. Trekking in a pristine surrounding, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes. The green forests, rushing streams and rivers, cascading waterfalls, and the green Langtang valley, you will feel awesome.
6. Low-Risk Factors
Trekking in Nepal is an adventure. Trekking to the remote Himalayas like Everest trekking, Annapurna trekking, Kanchenjunga trekking, Manaslu trekking, etc is a rewarding, however highly adventurous experiences.
Along with being a highly scenic trail, this trek has fewer threats as compared to high altitude and remote Himalayan treks in Nepal. On the trek route to Langtang Gosaikunda lake, there are fewer chances that you might encounter tough and unexpected hindrances.
Langtang region trek is a less strenuous, less adventurous, and comparatively a lower altitude journey than at Everest and Annapurna regions. There is fewer chance of avalanche and the risk of altitude sickness is also lesser than other popular trails in Everest, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, and others.
You can go on this trek with your family and with friends. Since this trek includes low-risk factors than some of the high altitude treks, take your children to Langtang Gosaikunda trek. You will have a joyous time with your loved ones.
7. Villages and Settlements
The trek route goes through many villages in Langtang. After a drive from Kathmandu, you will start trekking and exploring the settlement areas along with natural heritage. Syabrubesi, Langtang Village, Thulo Syabru, etc are some of the areas where you will stay for overnight. Villages in Langtang are beautiful. People have a beautiful lifestyle. The villages are not affected by modernism.
You will see different tribes of indigenous people in the villages. Most of them are Tamangs and Limbus. Walking through the villages and settlements, you will meet the cheerful locals. They are friendly and they offer their lovable hospitality to the trekkers and visitors.
Staying and interacting with the locals is very exciting. If you have queries and interests in knowing about their everyday life, their occupation, their sources of income, you can know about all those. One of the best parts of the visit is observing the villages and witnessing the primitive way of life in the villages.
8. Unspoiled Culture and Tamang Heritage Trail
The Langtang Gosaikunda trekking trail is a famous Tamang heritage touring trail. The villages in Langtang region are the home of Tibetan, Tamang, and sherpa inhabitants. People from Tibet migrated here many centuries back. People say that Tibetan migrated in Nepal at places like Upper Dolpo and Langtang at the same time.
So, in Langtang region, the people, their way of life, and many other things are directly influenced by Tibetan culture, traditions, and religions. The people are Buddhists. They practice Buddhism and have different rituals and traditions based on Buddhism. They continue their practices of age-old culture, traditions, and rituals.
While exploring through the tiny beautiful settlements in Langtang, you will see the diverse culture. Untouched by modernism, the culture in Langtang has survived to be a unique one. The people are unique. Their language, their traditional attire, the way they live, their agricultural practices, everything has uniqueness.
The typical villages and the respect of culture and religious values is impressive. You will see the tiny villages, small stupas, and gompas including the Shin Gompa. Enjoy your moments interacting with the friendly people and culture in Langtang.
9. Stunning Mountain Views
The trek to Langtang valley and Gosaikunda lake is a beautiful trek that provides different flavors of traveling. Along with the hills, rivers, waterfalls, villages, impressive culture, this trek is equally popular for the stunning Himalayan views.
This trek has impressive views of white mountains including the Langtang Himal, Tserko Ri (5,000m), Mt. Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Ganja La Pass (5,122m), and many others. The views are breathtaking.
Langtang Gosaikunda trek is an easy and alternative way of witnessing Himalayan ranges from their proximity. You can do this easy and short duration trek to have a glimpse of the Himalayas towering above.
10. Multiple Add-on-options
Langtang region is a less explored trekking region in Nepal. There are lots of beautiful places yet to be seen. You can make your Langtang Gosaikunda trek more exciting if you have few more extra days to trek. There are several add-on-options.
The standard Langtang Gosaikunda trek is a 10 days trek. If you want to explore more of the region, we provide options to elongate your trek in Langtang. You can add Langtang Kyanjin- Ri, Helambu, and many others to this trek.
You can also do some small trips around the Kathmandu valley after completing your 10 days trip. There are numerous places where you can do short hikes or treks near Kathmandu valley. You can also do the cultural heritage tours in Kathmandu valley. Some of the places popular for hikes around Kathmandu valley are Champadevi, Namobuddha, Changunarayan, Nagarkot, Chisapani, and Chandragiri. If you want to do cultural tours, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur are the best cities to do so.