LANGTANG NATIONAL PARK
& GOSAIKUNDA TREK
Interesting Facts about Langtang National Park
Established in 1976
Nepal's first Himalayan national park and the country's fourth protected area.
Elevation range of Park: 1500m – 7245m
Area: of 1,710 km2 (660 sq mi)
Location: Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhulpalchok Districts of the central Himalayan region encompassing 26 village communities.
In the north and east it is linked with Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet Autonomous Region. The eastern and western boundaries follow the Bhote Koshi and the Trishuli river, respectively. The southern border lies 32 km (20 mi) north of the Kathmandu Valley.
The Gosainkunda lake is located at an elevation of 4,300 m (14,100 ft) inside the park.
The Dorje Lakpa range at 6,988 m (22,927 ft) bisects the park from west–east to south–east. The summit of Langtang Lirung (7,245 m (23,770 ft)) is the highest point in the park.
Langtang National Park is part of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape.
350 species of birds inside the park
Animals found inside the park: Red Panda, Musk deer, snow leopard, clouded leopard, common langur, wild boar etc.
It was established in 1976 to conserve the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is the nearest national park of the capital Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region. The 1710 sq. km. of the park extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. In 1998 an areas of 420 sq. km in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development
Climate: September through May offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses’ spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures
Flora and Fauna: Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder. The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendroncampanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows. Langtang's expansive high meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. The park is also well known for its populations of red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.
Places of interest: Three main trek routes; 1) Langtang Valley, 2) Helambu and 3) Gosaikunda Lake cover much of the Langtang National park and the southern Helambu region. Langtang and Helambu regions are connected through Lauribina La. All routes have the facilities of locally operated hotel/lodge, teahouse, and campgrounds for groups. The park offers a choice of moderate to more difficult hiking with duration ranging from 3 days to 3 weeks. Lodges operate year round except during the peak winter when the trails are blocked. Trekkers who take extra time to explore trailside wilderness (e.g. near Ghora Tabela and Kyanjin) hill top view point (Kyanjin), and cultural sites (notably in Langtang village and Melamchighyang. Tarkeghayang and Shemathang) will be well rewarded. One has to be self-sustaining to venture remote areas of the Park such as Panch Pokhari (five lakes), east of Helambu, the toe of Langshisa glacier, and upper level valley from Kyanjin: and over the challenging Ganja La pass in upper Langtang Valley.
Max. Altitude: 4380 m.
Trip Duration: 16 days
Trek Grade: Moderate Plus
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Transportation: Car / Van / Plane
Best Time: Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Per day Hiking: 5 to 7 hours
Langtang & Gosainkunda Trek.
Langtang Region is a marvelous attraction for tourists. One can set out this trek; drive out from Kathmandu to Dhunche either by local or reserved bus. Approximately 6 to 7 hours drive.
The Langtang Goshaikund trek is one of the popular and most beautiful trekking in Nepal. “Kund” refers to a lake in the Nepali language. There are 108 lakes in this area and Goshaikund is the famous and most important religious places of pilgrimage, which is situated at an altitude of about 4380m. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake is grand and picturesque. The lake remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. There are other nine famous lakes such as Saraswati, Bhairav, Sourya and Ganesh Kunda. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here to lake holy bathe in the lake.
The lake is believed to have formed from the digging of the land by the Trishul (holy three-pointed sword) of lord Shiva after he drank the poison from Samudramanthan and desperately wanted cold water to quench the overwhelming heat of the poison. The large rock in the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine and it is also claimed that channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan, 60 km to the south.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 Free day in Kathmandu prepare for the trek.
Day 3 Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi, Drive till trekking starting point.
Day 4 Syabru Beshi to Lama Hotel
Day 5 Lama Hotel to Langtang village.
Day 6 Langtang village to Kyanjing Gompa.
Day 7 Rest day at Kyanjing Gompa: Explore around the glacier and Himalayan Yak pasture.
Day 8 Kynanjing Gompa to Lama Hotel.
Day 9 Lama Hotel to Big Syabru,
Day 10 Big Syabru to Sing Gompa.
Day 11 Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake.
Day 12 Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa.
Day 13 Sing Gompa to Dhunche
Day 14 Dhunche drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15 Freeway in Kathmandu.
Day 16 Departure
Arrival and Departure transfer as per itinerary.
4 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 nights before the trip and 1 night after).
Private jeep Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi and Dhunche to Kathmandu.
All three-time meals and tea house accommodation while on trekking.
Langtang National Park entry free.
An Experienced trekking Guide and necessary porters for the trekking part.
All staff wages.
Insurance of the trekking and staffs.
SKA T-Shirt and (Duffel bag for use).
Farewell Dinner with cultural show
Nepal visa fee.
Lunch & Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
Extra nights hotel in Kathmandu.
Personal equipment (your personal clothing.).
Medical insurance (high altitude coverage and emergency evacuation) and Travel insurance.
All kind of bottle beverages & telephone calls and internet usage.
Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
Kathmandu Heritage site entrance fee during Sightseeing.
Tips to the staffs.
I am writing to thank you and the team at the team at SKA for the wonderful time my son and I had on our recent Langtang trek and visit to Chitwan National Park.
I can’t speak highly enough of the performance of all the SKA team : Biru (driver) , Naren (porter) and Pasang (guide). Their hard work, experience and good nature ensured the trek went very smoothly.
I would also like to thank Tsering Sherpa for accompanying us in Kathmandu and Chitwan national park.
Raph and I had a great time and are looking forward to returning to Nepal to undertake another trek with SKA.
Regards and best wishes,
"I had the good fortune of having Tsering Sherpa as my guide on a one week trek to Gosainkundh through Sherpa Khumbiyila Adventures. It was a fantastic experience. Tsering is one of the most generous and kind people you could meet. He has a passion and enthusiasm for the mountains that is very infectious and he is very knowledgeable about the region and the culture. Everything was well organised, and the itinerary carefully planned - we had comfortable days that weren’t too long and we arrived at our destinations in good time, something that does not always happen on treks unless you have an experienced guide. I have an awesome memory of staying at a tiny teahouse in Lorebena, where we spent the evening singing and dancing with the guesthouse owners. It is one of the fondest memories I have of Nepal."