/ Gosainkunda Trek
14 day trip - Itinerary via Laurebina
Pass (4610 m)
The beautiful Langtang Valley lies
close to the Tibetan border, north of Kathmandu. The
lush rhododendron and oak forests of its lower reaches
form part of a vast National Park, providing sanctuary
for a variety of animals, birds and wild flowers. By
contrast, the upper valley is dominated by shimmering
glaciers that tumble off the ice-clad summits of 7000m
peaks. Inhabiting the valley are communities whose Tibetan
origins are reflected in a distinct style of building
and way of life.
After a week trekking in the valley, with two days set
aside for exploring its upper reaches, we head for Gosainkund,
an important pilgrimage site, whose sparkling lakes
are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. To reach the
lakes we must climb, but with the reward of arguably
one of the finest Himalayan panoramas, from the Ganesh
Himal west to the Annapurnas.
Crossing the 4600m Laurebina Pass to descend to Tharepati,
a magnificent view of the peaks ranged to the east unfolds.
The trek ends with a classic descent along a ridge route
through the farmlands and villages of the Helambu region.
visiting holy Lake Gosainkunda, religiously important
for both Hindus and Buddhists, undisturbed trails, Laurebina
pass 4610m, mixed cultural experience, panoramic mountain
views, beautiful Helambu village tour, and unique floral
and faunal bio-diversity.
Drive to trailhead, 4-5 hr. drive by private transport
or 7 hr. by local bus, and drive back to Kathmandu again.
Moderate trail, max. Altitude 4610 m. Laurebina pass,
Pass day is longer walk, about 5-6 hr. average walk
Sept. to Dec and March to May.
Well-managed teahouse lodges or camping.