Langtang and Gosainkund
Grade: moderate / demanding
Duration: 18 days Land Only
Trekking Days: 14
Maximum Altitude: 4,640m
Community Action Nepal Project en route
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This trek captures the essence of the landscapes and character of Nepal. Contouring along the northern side of the lower Langtang Valley, in view of the surrounding peaks, we trek among the villages and farmlands of its people, many of whom are of Tibetan origin. Once an important trading route with Tibet, this influence is reflected in the character of the villages and peoples. Gradually gaining height, we emerge above the tree line into a broad glaciated valley, dominated by the awesome face of Langtang Lirung. Here, in the valley’s ice-scoured upper reaches, we have three days set aside to explore a jumble of peaks, glaciers and moraines.
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.