Things you should know before going on Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek
Best time to go on Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
Spring i.e. March to May and Autumn i.e. September to November is the best time to go on Langtang Gosaikunda Trekking. Day time during these seasons usually stays bright and clear. The weather is comparatively stable than other times of the year. The climate can get colder in the morning and at night time due to high elevation.
The trail gets bloomed up with numerous flora including colorful rhododendrons. The clear sky makes the views of the Himalayan mountains more alluring.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek difficulty
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a little difficult trek in the Langtang region, however, it can be done without any problem if you are in good hands. Even though the trail is marked moderate, this trek is easier than many other treks of Nepal. There are a few steep and rugged sections on the way. You are supposed to walk for around 5 to 6 hours a day. If you have good health and physical fitness, you can do this trek.
Food & Accommodation during the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek will offer you the chance to stay overnight in secluded villages in old lodges that will showcase you the unique architecture of the region. The rooms are not lavish, yet comfortable enough to spend the night. You will be provided with basic facilities along with a common washroom.
As people from Sherpa and Tamang communities reside in the region, you will get to taste their delicacies in the meal. Along with those dishes like Dal Bhat, fried rice, curries, chapatis, pasta, noodles, veggies, bakery items, etc. can be found.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a 3-star hotel to a 4-star hotel. The rooms will be on bed & breakfast terms with complimentary welcome and farewell dinner.
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek cost
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek cost can fluctuate as per the services you want during the trek. The packaged cost includes accommodation in Kathmandu and on the trek, all meals during the trek and breakfast in Kathmandu, all ground transportation as per the itinerary, permits, and expenses of the guide as well as a porter. You can expect the cost to be around 800 USD to 900 USD. This price does not include your airfare, personal expenses, travel insurance, and tips.
Things you will get to see & experience during the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
Langtang National Park
Located in the north of Kathmandu and stretched to the Tibetan border, Langtang National Park is the oldest highland sanctuary of Nepal. Known as the jewel of the Langtang region, this national park is home to diverse flora and fauna. The forest ranges from tropical to alpine. Animals like Himalayan tahr, black bear, dzo, red panda, musk deer, snow leopards, monkeys, etc can be found in the Langtang National Park. Along with that, this place also houses mountains like Yala Peak, Gangchhempo, Langtang Lirung, etc.
As per recent data 1043 species of vascular plants, 46 species of mammals, 30 species of fishes, 345 species of birds, and 70 species of butterflies are found in the park. You can see trees like blue pine, sal, laurel, rhododendron, Castanopsis Indica, Larix Nepalensis, R. Lowndesii, etc.
Landscape & Mountain Views
The incredible views of the Langtang region make it stand out among other regions of Nepal. Throughout the trail, you will be accompanied by breath-taking scenery. The trail goes through several beautiful & dense forests, fine valleys, and picturesque villages. Similarly, you will see many snow-capped mountains like Langtang Himal, Yala Peak, Ghangchhempo, Morimoto peak, Pogen Dhopku, etc. On clear days, you might also see views of Mt. Annapurna and Ganesh Himal.
Rich Tamang Culture
People from the Tamang community lives in this region mostly. As you will pass by villages, you will get to see the vibrant culture, tradition, and lifestyle of these people. They are said to be the descendants of Tibetans, therefore if you are known with Tibetan culture, you will find many similarities. Anyways, this cultural experience and hospitality of locals are going to stay in your heart forever.
Located at the foothills of Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), and Langshisha Ri (6,427 m), Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Langtang region. For many people, this monastery has a huge religious value. Along the trail, you will come across many other monasteries and stupa that will present you the cultural richness of the region.
During the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek 14 days, you will hike up to the Tsergo Ri to acclimate your body as well to see a tempting landscape view. This is one of the most famous viewpoints in the region. You will also get to see excellent views of moraines, glaciers, and Himalayan mountains.
Gosaikunda Lake is one of the sacred lakes for Hindus and Buddhists. This lake has huge significant value in the Hindus holy books. Among many tales, one state that, this lake was formed when Lord Shiva. He stuck his trident into a Himalayan mountain to relieve his thirst that he got from swallowing the poison. During the Janani Purnima in the month of August, many pilgrims visit this site.