DRIVE KATHMANDU – SHYABRU BESI (144km) / 1400m / 9 hrs
We start our trip from Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi which is 9 hours drive away. Soon after 30 Km’s drive we reach at pristine villages on the banks of the Trishuli River. We can enjoy the the pleasing peaks of the Langtang region including the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
TREK SHYABRU BESI – LAMA HOTEL (2380m, 6 HRS)
Ongoing with our Langtang GosainKunda Trek we come across Langtang Khola, traced fields and dense forest of varied plants like oaks, maple, alder, bamboo and many more to reach a stream and a bridge to be crossed. On way we may have opportunity to see yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear. Further ahead of several bhattis (tea shop), we ascend steeply towards a bridge at 2000 meters to be crossed. The trail further continues and crosses to the north bank of the langtang Khola. Along the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and opens to scrub oak forest we climb gradually, cross the Langtang River and reach Lama Hotel.
LAMA HOTEL TO LANGTANG VILLAGE (3500m, 6 HRS)
The trail ascending above the Langtang Khola from Lama Hotel continues being sharper as we move ahead. The exotic view of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 meters can be viewed from here.
The trail further continues to a long bridge and passes through lush meadows of Ghoda Tabela at 3000m along with the police check post and several lodges to reach a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water diven mills and prayer wheels. Flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes wheat, turnips, barley etc can be seen when we moved to Langtang village.
LANGTANG VILLAGE – KYAGJIN GOMPA (3700m, 3 hrs)
We now skirt through a rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. The trail leads to Kyangin Gompa passing through a wooden cantilever bridge, climbing moraine, wide valley and finally ascending the mountain passes. We can find a small monastery and government-operated cheese factory.
We can take a rest for the day and explore interesting places like monastery, cheese factory along with a climb at kyanghin Ri located at 4350m to witness mystic view or snow-capped mountains scattered around. Also, we can see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers in short walking distance.
TREK KYANGING GOMPA – LAMA HOTEL (2380m, 7 hrs)
Today, we route back to Lama Hotel following Langtang Khola to Langtang village and to Ghora Tabela where we stop shortly for lunch. Again we continue along the steep descent traill to Lama Hotel.
TREK LAMA HOTEL – SHYABRU VILLAGE (2087m, 6 hrs)
From Lama Hotel, we head back to Shyabru Village. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community.
SING GOMPA (3254m, 5 hrs) TREK SHYABRU VILLAGE
Then after we move on to the forest of oak, firs and rhododendrons and gains a ridge. Staying fairly level in the forest we cross the ridge top towards the head of the valley. The trail ascends at each junction crosses another forested ridge continuing the same to the second valley. Finally we are at the final ridge at the altitude of 3650m. The Sing Gompa is about 100 meter along the trail to the trail to the left. We find a small cheese factory and a neglected Gompa with its 1000-armed Avalokitesvara statue.
SING GOMPA – GOSAIN KUND (THE SACRED LAKE) (4300m, 6 hrs)
Gosainkunda, according to Hindu religion, the high altitude lake was created by Lord Shiva. From Sing Gompa an ascending ridge connects to the trail towards Gosainkunda(Holy Shiva’s Lake). The trail climbs sharply at the edge in points and riches at the top. We, then find rich moist mountain forests on the northern slopes and dry scrub vegetation to the south. As we climb the ascending trail the excellent views across Langtang Valley and Langtang Lirung can be observed and mystic views of Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu to the west. The trail then towards Gosainkunda. Before, we come across two more lakes Saraswati Kunda and then Bhairab Kunda. The third lake, Gosainkunda, is particularly sacred and a place of pilgrimage in the summer.
GOSAINKUND – THAREPATI (3600m, 8 hrs)
The rugged trail continues passing several small lakes to the Laurebina Pass (4610m) allowing us to enjoy beautiful and clear view of Jugal HImal and Rolwaling. Further trail descends to the tree line along with the ridge. Finally we reach at Rharepati for an overnight stay after passing through Juniper, Rhododendron forest and beautiful waterfalls.
THAREPATI – KUTUMSANG (2470m, 7 hrs)
Moving towards Kuumsang we steadily drop through Fir and Rhododendron forest and prickly leafed oak forest. The trail provides beautiful views of the mountains and Helambu valley.
KUTUMSANG – CHISAPANI (2165m, 6 hrs)
We make an easy undulating trail to Chisapani. cross a pass at 2470m and descending to a large Tamang village called Pati Bhanjyang. The rising trail of about 2 hours we arrive at Chisopani and a temple in chisopani danda is just a short distance above. The vista of mountains from the Chisopani Danda spreads from south of Everest to the Manaslu range.
SUNDARIJAL – KATHMANDU (1300m, 5 hrs)
After 45 minutes drive to Kathmandu we trek to Sundarijal. The route from Chisopani passes through meadows and cultivated fields and climbing through oak and rhododendron forest. Now, we reach at Burlang Bhanjyang from where magnificent views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Numbur are visible respectively from west to east. Marking the northern rim of Kathmandu valley we enter to the Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve. The undulating trail through the reserve leads us to the Mulkharka. The trail continues on endless stairs towards Sundarijal and exit from the reserve. From Sundarijal we take drive to Kathmandu.