A wonderful trek off the beaten path, filled with wonderful scenery and ethnic Nepali cultural experience- trek to sacred lakes is a great trekking holiday in Langtang Region. You make your way through forests filled with rhododendron blooms during spring season. A riot of red, white and pink blooms surround you that will make you feel as if you are in paradise.
As this is a new trail, you can look ahead to a peaceful and serene experience, devoid of the usual ‘trekking crowd’. The trail leads to three of the holy mountain lakes – Gosainkunda, Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda. These lakes are sacred to the Hindus and during the full moon day in July, many Hindu pilgrims flock to Gosainkunda to take a purifying ritual bath.The breathtaking and panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Langtang Lirung and a few Tibetan peaks remain within your view throughout the trek.
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. .
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath and after that to the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- Pashupatinath. We take a tour to Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square..
From Kathmandu we take a drive of about 4 hours to Nuwakot. On the way we stop at Kakani. Nuwakot is an important historical place since ancient times. In 1767 A.D., King Prithvi Narayan Shah made Nuwakot the second capital of Nepal. From here he started his unification campaign. During the ancient days, the traders bound to and from Tibet passed this way. Situated on a hill top the seven storied palace Sattale Durbar, Ranga Mahal, Garadhar palace and various temples are the major attractions of this historic town. Here you get a chance to experience authentic Nepalese lifestyle and culture at close quarters by staying at the home of a local family..
First two days of our trek leads us through Tamang villages and terraced fields in the Nuwakot District. This gives an excellent opportunity to get an insight into the culture and custom of the Tamang community. We take a break for lunch on the bank of the river “Sano Khola”. Then we cross the stream by bridge and walk uphill for nearly 2.5 hours. We camp for the night close to the pine forest. In the evening, while watching the sunset, we can observe neighboring hills cultivated by Tamang families and the rim of the Kathmandu valley..
From Badahare we continue our trek through Tamang villages, where we can observe everyday life of this hard-working but very hospitable people. Their lifestyle hasn't changed much since the ancient days. On the way there is a small Gompa, Junlang Gompa. Tamangs are Buddhists, and share a close affinity with the Tibetans. At the end of the day's trek we climb the stone steps that lead us up to the green pasture close to Pateni village, where we set up camp..
As we ascend higher, we gain altitude. Our route gently slopes up through a rich and verdant forest. The rhododendron area begins from here. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. The Greek meaning of: rhodos is "rose", and dendron - "tree". Some of the best known species are noted for their many clusters of large flowers. From gentle pink to deep red, the rhododendron flowers cover the hills during the spring season, a heavenly sight that will make you feel as though you are walking in paradise. The forest gives way to rich pastures where we meet Tamang shepherds in traditional attire. We camp for the night at the flower filled rhododendron forest..
Kharka is the temporary hut of the Tamang shepherds. They collect milk from Naks (female version of yak) and Dzokpos, a hybrid of yak and cow. We visit the cheese factory. From this place spectacular panorama of the Himalayan mountains opens up: Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shisapangma, Cho Oyu, Langtang II and Langtang I Lirung. Dawn is the best time to enjoy this view. The sun slowly rising up, bathing the snowy peaks in red, yellow, orange and pink colours will leave you mesmerized. .
We take a one day rest for acclimatization and to renew our energies in Chodang Kharka. It is a wonderful place, situated on top of a ridge with panoramic views. Take your time to explore the interesting high altitude flora and fauna: various kinds of plants, birds and animals. Do not miss out on the breathtaking sunrise and sunset, when the white snowy peaks seem to take on wonderful colors..
All day the trial going up and down around 4000 m leads us through rhododendrons area. This day we pass from the moist forest to alpine zone where alpine rhododendron species with small flowers and small leaves cover the land and crystal brooks stream down from sacred lakes. We camp at Jumacho Kharka, close to the mountain river, a tributary of the Lamo Kund – one of the sacred lakes in this area. Fantastic landscape open here: picturesque waterfalls and majestic rocks on one side and blue space with the tremendous snowy peaks of Langtang Lirung, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu rising up on the other..
From Jumacho Kharka we climb slowly to reach the Gosainkunda Lake. We crossed the source of the sacred Trishuli river and take meditative stop at the Saraswati Lake. Bhairav Lake has a severe beauty. The next sacred bowl is Gosain Kund. According to Hindu legend Lord Shiva, a powerful hindu diety, created this lake by piercing the glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed Kalkut poison that threatened to destroy the world. The large rock in the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. We spend the night camping close to the lake..
Several points on top of the ridge open up Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung in the morning. To the west there the Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peaks rise up. The trial goes down cross Laurebina and Cholangpati to Sing Gompa. Sing Gompa is the main attraction at Chandan Bari, which also has several hotels and a small cheese factory..
From Sing Gompa we continue to descend till we reach our final point – Dunche..
From Dunche we drive to Kathmandu..
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc.- ask us..
This trek is demanding. It involves 6 to 8 hours of trekking every day, sometimes involving uphill ascents the whole day, with a raise in altitude of nearly 1000 m per day. No previous experience is required but you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions.
On this trek you will be sleeping and eating in tents, except in Gosainkunda where you will stay in a camp. A trekking team consists of a group leader, one cook and kitchen boys, and porters depending on the size of the group. Under the leadership of guide the crew will ensure that you take the right path. The kitchen crew will keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals. The porters shall transport the gear from camp to camp. Our main aim is to make your trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The trek leader and his assistants speak basic English, good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.
Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’.
In Nuwakot, you will stay with a local family, rooms are basic there, normally just a bed with pillow and blankets.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories on offer to clients in connection to this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website.
Meals are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with drinks. During your stay in lodges you can take the meals prepared at the lodges.
On camping trek, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On GAP trek, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe, if away from settlements.
During the trek your main luggage will be carried by porters. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:
1) Western leader
2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)
3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)
The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. On camping trek, there will be 2/3 porters for each members.
Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our ‘2008/09 departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time).
If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.
If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum number of persons required to operate a trip is 2 and the maximum is 12 people.
Personal expenses depend largely on the type of trek, duration and the trekking region.
During camping all meals will be provided. You only need money for meals when and where we use guesthouses, table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking, tips and souvenirs.
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 5 - 10% of the total tour cost as tips.
The starting point is Nuwakot. On your return, our car/bus shall pick you from Dunche and drive you to Katmandu. We will arrange the transportation from your hotel to airport (Kathmandu).
While trekking in the region you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days or weeks. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities may be available and likely to be working.
If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, EXPLORE HIMALAYA can make arrangements and provide you with a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).
For trekking, you will need walking boots, sleeping bag (3 seasons), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack.
A comprehensive list of equipments will be provided once you book your trip.
While camping, you begin your day with a hot cup of tea which is served to you in the tent at 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. If your stay has been at a guesthouse, you start the day's trek early in the morning after packing your bags and a hearty breakfast.
After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.
You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a ‘meeting and greeting’ service at the Airport. You just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a floral garland.
The Rhododendron / Gosainkunda trek can be done anytime of the year. Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher everyday. Spring and autumn is the best time to go. Especially spring, from March to May, the beautiful rhododendrons are in blossom. The monsoon is not a suitable time but during this time Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims flock to Gosainkunda for the full moon festival in August. If you are keen on witnessing this fest then you can make your journey along with the pilgrims. The shamans (medicine men or faith healers) frequent the lake during this time. You can look forward to an entirely unique experience by being a part of this fest. The period during October and November is also suitable for trekking.
The people of this region are mostly Tamangs who came from Kerung in Tibet across the border and settled in Nepal. The culture and traditions of these people are similar to the Tibetan across the border. They are mostly Buddhists.
The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.
You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative depending on circumstances.
We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the air port or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph. So, please download visa form from the link below and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point.
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation.
In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you.
Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.
As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strew with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy
Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) was conceived to empower underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.
Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education, health, community development, forest conservation, agriculture, culture preservation and fund raising. Explore Himalaya encourages its clients who besides trekking and climbing the Himalayas are also interested in contributing for the development of Nepal.
We ensure that all porters and all other staff going into high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We are the first ever company to supply high-altitude (climbing above 14,000 ft.) porters with crampons. But since this trip does not entail climbing at high altitude, we ensure that the porters are adequately clothed.
We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net).
1) It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by international or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall be responsible for providing suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Explore Himalaya shall be only responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.
2) Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received the deposit of USD 500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract.
The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 month prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.
3) If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
DATE OF CANCELLATION (CHARGE INCURRED)
2 months before departure - Loss of deposit (US$ 500)
29 days to 2 months before departure - 30% of total trip cost
10 to 28 days before departure - 60% of total trip cost
Less than 10 days before departure - 100% of total trip cost
If you still have any queries regarding this trip, please don't hesitate to contact our office staff. We will respond to you within 24 hours. You can book a trip by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 977-1-4418100.
We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.