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Gosainkund and Langtang Trek

Nepal
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Available Departures: Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov

15 days from

US$2,115

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Walk & Trek
Guided Group
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A 2-week trekking holiday in the accessible Langtang region of the Nepal Himalaya

Trip Code: GLT
Holiday Grades

Our Holiday Grades Explained

To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Gosainkund and Langtang Trek

Highlights
  • A week of fantastic ridge walking along the crest of the Thare Danda
  • Views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu and the Ganesh peaks from the Laurebina La
  • Option to trek to the top of Tsergo Ri (4984m) at the heart of Langtang
  • Accessible lodge trekking with no internal flights
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday

At a Glance
  • Group Size 6 to 12
  • 12 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 4984 metres
  • Join In Kathmandu

Accommodation & Meals
  • All meals included
  • 12 nights Lodge
  • 2 nights Hotel
Overview

North of Kathmandu (its peaks visible from the city on a clear day) the Langtang Himal is one of the most accessible trekking destinations in Nepal. We have just a short drive to the village of Sundarijal, where we start our approach to Langtang through the unspoiled region of Helambu. Five excellent days of trekking take us along the airy ridge of the Thare Danda and across the Laurebina La (4610m) to reach the sacred lakes at Gosainkund with fantastic views westwards to the Annapurnas, Manaslu and the Ganesh peaks.


Then, after a long descent to Syabru, we hike up to the monastery village of Kyanjin at the heart of Langtang and have a free day there with the option to trek to the summit of Tsergo Ri (4984m) for views that include nearby Langtang Lirung (7225m) and the Tibetan 8000 metre peak of Shishapangma. It then takes just 2 days to hike back down the valley to the roadhead at Syabru Besi. Less busy than the Everest and Annapurna regions, this combination of Gosainkund and Langtang offers brilliant trekking amongst some of Nepal’s most spectacular landscapes.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this holiday are relatively easy underfoot, following good paths throughout. There are some sections of steep trail through rhododendron forest on the Thare Danda and some loose scree and rocky paths during the crossing of the Laurebina La and on the optional ascent of Tsergo Ri. For the most part, however, the trekking is straightforward and the itinerary is …

Generally, the trekking conditions on this holiday are relatively easy underfoot, following good paths throughout. There are some sections of steep trail through rhododendron forest on the Thare Danda and some loose scree and rocky paths during the crossing of the Laurebina La and on the optional ascent of Tsergo Ri. For the most part, however, the trekking is straightforward and the itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation. You should ensure that you are physically prepared for the trek and comfortable walking 5 or 6 hours each day for several days continuously. The optional ascent of Tsergo Ri presents no technical difficulty but offers potentially the most challenging day of the holiday. This ascent should be within the capabilities of fit and active hikers. It is important to bear in mind that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres is tougher than walking at sea-level.

Why KE?

All meals included - the only way to go!
Including all meals within our holiday price means that you don't have to worry about the cost of food (at least £30 per day whether in Kathmandu or in lodges). And, you don't have the hassle, three times a day, of having to pay for your food. And, you don't have the extra concern of setting off on trek with a considerable amount of cash in your wallet.

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Itinerary

Your holiday starts at the hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing at the hotel. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

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A short bus ride (1 hour) takes us to Sundarijal at the foot of the Sheopari Ridge. Here, the trek begins with a climb up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley through terraces of rice and millet, and then through an intriguing forest of rhododendron. There are glimpses back to Kathmandu, as we continue to climb, eventually reaching a high ridge that affords excellent views of the Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Himal. We check into our lodge at the settlement of Chisopani (2215m) located on the ridge.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1000 M

Descent

300 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

10 KM

It is worth getting up early this morning to witness the sunrise on the range of snow peaks that line the northern and eastern horizon. Then, after breakfast in the lodge, we set off on what is a long and fascinating second day of trekking through the district of Helambu. Initially, we descend through forest and farmland to the friendly village of Pathi Bhanjyang, then climb on a ridge-top trail to a high forested crest, before descending slightly via a prominent stupa to the houses and basic lodges at Gol Bhanjyang (2130m). The trail leads onwards and upwards, entering the forest again as we climb up onto the ridge of the Thodang Danda with the highest of the Langtang peaks visible to the north. We overnight in the small village of Kutumsang after a great day of trekking during which we are sure to encounter some of the interesting inhabitants of the forest, including monkeys and many bird species.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1300 M

Descent

1145 M

Time

7 hrs trekking

Distance

16 KM

Beyond Kutumsang, heading north, we leave the fields and farms of the lower valleys behind and enter a rather more wild and mountainous region. This feeling is reinforced as we embark on a long ascent through a magical forest which takes us up onto the Panghu Danda. Above 3000 metres now, the ridge-crest is thickly forested, with rhododendron and pine the dominant species. Amongst the trees, there are secluded pastures and associated temporary shelters known as goths, and we have only occasional glimpses down into the valleys on either side of the ridge. Passing the lodges at Mangengoth (3220m), we continue on a classic section of ridge which is here known as Thare Danda. From this high trail, looking across a succession of blue ridges, it is possible to see the peaks of the Rolwaling and the Khumbu. The path threads its way between the high points on the ridge, linking abandoned goths and rough clearings, whilst all around is a colourful and pungent mix of shrub vegetation: berberis; juniper; spruce, and also deep beds of moss and hanging screens of lichens. This is not a long day, but we take our time on account of the height gain, and aim to reach our next lodge at Tharepati (3490m) in the early afternoon. We can take it easy for the remainder of the day, whilst looking ahead to the rugged upland of Gosainkund and our onward route towards the Laurebina La.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1200 M

Descent

180 M

Time

6 hrs trekking

Distance

11 KM

There's no rush this morning as it's just a short trek (and very little height gain) to our next lodge at the foot of the pass which we must cross to reach the Langtang Valley. Our route leaves the ridge-crest and cuts across the upper reaches of a wild valley, rounding rocky ridges and spires, with views of dark, misty ravines, cloaked by dense and moss-festooned rhododendron and spruce forest. Gopte is a brief respite on this path, which soars and dives through a landscape that would excite the imagination of a Chinese watercolour artist. We reach our next lodge at Phedi (3630m), a name which means foot of the hill, in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to enjoy this spectacular location and to rest ahead of tomorrow's climb up to the Laurebina La.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

520 M

Descent

380 M

Time

4 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

From Phedi, the ascent to the Lauribina La begins as soon as we step out of lodge and winds its way through rocky outcrops and ridges to a high point by a small lake. This is a superb viewpoint, overlooking the upper Gosainkund lakes and with distant views of the Annapurna peaks including sacred Machhapuchhre (FishTail). We can also see Himal Chuli, Manaslu and the peaks of the Ganesh Himal. A short descent leads to the pilgrim centre on the shores of the lake. A dip in this lake is sufficient to give you much merit while a longer dip will give you hypothermia. From the lakes we make a short descent to the lodges at Laurebina, straddling a ridge at 3900 metres and affording excellent views of the Ganesh Himal and, across the dark trench of the Langtang Valley towards the snow-cone of Langtang Lirung (7225m).

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1200 M

Descent

930 M

Time

7 hrs trekking

Distance

11 KM

There's a great deal of descent today and trekking poles will come in handy. We drop steeply down the ridge with its thickening cloak of impenetrable forest on the north side, home to the endangered red panda. The halfway point of today's descent is at Chandan Bari and Sing Gompa. Beyond this point, the ridge is less well defined and there are a confusion of trails so we will need to keep together as we drop down to the rather picturesque village of Thulo Syabru, a one-street town located on the crest of a high ridge overlooking the entrance to the Langtang Valley. We check in to one of the several lodges here above the line of houses dropping down the ridge. Now at an altitude of around 2200 metres we will be much warmer than the last couple of evenings.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

100 M

Descent

1800 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

12 KM

After breakfast at the lodge, we walk down the ridge, passing a row of neat houses some of them showing exquisite wood carving on their lintels and window sills. Then, leaving the ridge crest we zig-zag down to the Langtang Khola at an elevation of around 1800 metres and head upstream on an undulating trail through forests of pine, birch, oak and bamboo. The forest teems with wildlife and we are likely to see langur monkeys and a wide variety of birdlife. The valley is also home for wild boar, red panda and the Himalayan black bear. We continue through the narrow valley, climbing beside a number of waterfalls, to reach our lodge at Changtang, a place which is also known as 'Lama Hotel'.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

850 M

Descent

570 M

Time

5 hrs trekking

Distance

10 KM

The landscape opens out as we pass from the steep-sided lower river valley into the wider U-shaped upper valley which has been carved by glacial action. The forest now becomes very mixed with maple, oak and the ubiquitous rhododendron. Through the trees the white flanks of Langtang Lirung can be glimpsed, a herald that we are entering into the heart of the big mountains. The forest gradually diminishes becoming scrub as we reach the two or three lodges at Gore Tabela (3020m). We continue to make a steady ascent above the turbulent river and trek through a number of small settlements with their guarding mani walls and fluttering prayer flags. We are now due south of the dominating peak of Langtang Lirung and the trail crosses a vast rockfall (which destroyed most of the village of Langtang in 2015). Beyond the rockfall area, the village has been restablished and we check in at one of the new lodges.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1200 M

Descent

140 M

Time

6 hrs trekking

Distance

11 KM

Above Langtang the landscape is much more open and we find ourselves walking though yak pasture. The ascent at this point is relatively gradual and we pass a number of isolated teahouses, some of them recently rebuilt. Finally, we ascend to an ancient moraine plateau and see Kyanjin Gompa (3850m) with its spectacular backdrop of Langtang Lirung. This is the last habitation in the valley and a spectacular place, with giant snow peaks on all sides. We check into our lodge here, which is close to the village's cheese factory. This institution was one of many established in Nepal in the 1950s and 60s using Swiss know-how and technology.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

450 M

Descent

140 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs trekking

Distance

7 KM

We have a full day for exploration above Kyanjin Gompa. One of the finest viewpoints in the area is the summit of Tsergo Ri (4984m) where the views extend to the eight-thousand metre peak Shishapangma, nearby Langtang Lirung and the spectacular Gangchenpo. Reaching this viewpoint is never more than a strenuous hike, but there is a boulder field to negotiate and some steep ground towards the top (possible snow) and the return trip will take most of the day. An alternative is to continue further up the valley to the summer pastures of Langshisha Kharka (4160m). This is less steep than climbing Tsergo Ri but is overall a longer excursion. For those who want to take it easy and enjoy the splendid situation of Kyanjin Gompa, there is no problem in taking this as a rest day.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

1300 M

Descent

1300 M

Time

7 - 8 hrs trekking

Distance

10 KM

A long day in terms of the kilometres covered but not a difficult walk; mainly downhill, with great views down the valley. We leave Kyanjin Gompa and retrace our route down-valley past the small settlement of Mundu and the newly built lodges close to the original location of Langtang Village. Following the right bank of the Langtang Khola, we reach Ghore Tabela and head back into the forest on a trail that undulates down the valley through Chhunuma and 'Riverside' and back to the small collection of lodges in a forest clearing at Lama Hotel (2480m).

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

100 M

Descent

1490 M

Time

6 - 7 hrs trekking

Distance

18 KM

Our final day of trekking takes us to Ramche and then on a scenic trail that keeps high up on the north side of the valley. We pass through open, terraced farmland with good views. There are isolated farms and small Sherpa and Tamang communities, including Sherpagaon (2510m) which is perched on terraces high above the Langtang Khola. From here, we traverse around to Khangjung and then make the long and at times steep descent to the Bhote Kosi, the river flowing down from the north, from Tibet. Dropping down through a rich forest of pine, oak, rhododendron and bamboo. We will keep a look out for some of the many animal species that live here, including grey langur monkeys and possibly even the rare red panda. There are also lots of exotic types of birds which can be easier to hear than to spot. Finally, we cross the Bhote Kosi on a bridge to reach Syabru Besi on its west bank, where we overnight at a lodge.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Ascent

150 M

Descent

1170 M

Time

5 hrs trekking

Distance

13 KM

After breakfast at the lodge, we board our vehicle for the 7 to 8-hour journey back to Kathmandu. The road twists and turns, high up on the left (west) bank of the Trisuli River and passes through a number of settlements including Dhunche. Dropping down to river level at Betrawati, we continue to Trisuli Bazaar and reach a low point close to Devighat at around 500 metres elevation. Here the road turns abruptly towards the east and begins a long and sinuous ascent to Kakani (2000m) on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. We arrive in Kathmandu in the middle of the afternoon, check in at the group hotel and then have some time for relaxing or for independent sightseeing before heading out to one of the Thamel restaurants for a celebratory dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Your holiday ends after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. To extend your holiday in Nepal, why not pre-book a day's sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to the wildlife reserve at Chitwan. Contact our office for details.

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks etc

The group will meet at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Transfers are provided from/to Kathmandu Airport for all clients arriving on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary and departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 15. While staying in Kathmandu meals will be taken in the hotel or at a local restaurant. On trek the group will take their meals at lodges. Normally this will be a set meal for the whole group. Boiled or purified water is available at all the lodges we stay at. Bottled water is also available to purchase (at additional cost) but we do not recommend this on grounds of environmental care.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate daily between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. If you wish to order additional dishes and/or snacks, you should budget accordingly. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

In Kathmandu we use a range of excellent hotels including the new and very comfortable 4 star Aloft Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers a range of first-class facilities including fast and free WiFi and a spa and fitness centre. Staying here, you can be assured of a restful start and finish to your time in Nepal. Whilst on trek there are 12 nights in lodges/tea houses. Accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis where possible (note that some lodges may have only multi bedded 'dormitory' rooms). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single clients of the same sex. It is not possible to arrange single room occupancy in lodges. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. Far from the nearest roads, they are simple establishments and all consumables have to be brought in by porters or pony trains. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $4 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. For the 2 nights in Kathmandu single room occupancy can be booked at supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu can also be pre-booked.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader, assisted by an experienced team including Sherpa guides and porters.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

Approximately £200 - £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, beer, soft drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. Please note: Scottish and Northern Ireland bank notes are not accepted in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Nepali tour leader will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £70 (in rupees) to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your tour leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your tour leader separately (and additionally) during dinner on the final evening of the holiday.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of a long journey or travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffle bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. If you are picking up a sleeping bag and down jacket from KE in Kathmandu, you need to factor in the weight of these items (around 3kg) and allow space in your bag for them. You should also take on your holiday a daypack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa process is partly automated and the fee is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $125 for 90 days. The visa is FREE for children under 10 years. The visa allows multiple re-entry. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted.

Part of this on-arrival visa process involves filling in a ‘Tourist Visa Application Form’ and you can simplify the procedure at Kathmandu Airport by filling this form in online (within 15 days of travelling) at this link. This generates a receipt which you present (hard copy or saved on your phone) on arrival. This should allow you to go straight to the cashier to pay for your visa and has the potential to save you time in the visa queue.

Whilst these are not now needed for the visa process, we recommend that you travel with at least 2 spare passport photographs.



TREKKING PERMITS – WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU ?

For treks in the Everest region – EBL, EVL, EHW, ELL - we need your passport details and we need you to take with you to Nepal 2 passport photographs. You will hand these over to your local leader on Day 1.

For treks in the Annapurna region – ASL, ACL, UAT, ANL and for the Gosainkund and Langtang Trek - GLT – we need your passport details and we need to send through to Nepal ahead of your departure a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself. Please send this to us once your holiday is guaranteed.

For these Conservation Area treks and other treks requiring Special Permits – KAN, DLG, NAP – we need to send through to Nepal ahead of your departure a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself and a scan of the information pages of your passport. Please send these to us once your holiday is guaranteed. On arrival in Kathmandu you will still be required to provide your passport (with your visa) for presentation at the Nepal Tourism Board. Your passport will be returned to you by your tour leader at dinner.

For those trips requiring Climbing Permits – MER, IPC, CTL, YAR - we need to send to Nepal ahead of your departure, a scan of a passport-style photograph of yourself and a scan of the information pages of your passport. Please send these to us once your holiday is guaranteed. On arrival in Kathmandu, for YAR and for CTL, you will still be required to provide your passport (with your visa) for presentation at the Nepal Tourism Board. Your passport will be returned to you by your tour leader at dinner.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. You should be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking 5 to 6 hours each day and for several days consecutively. Regular walking in hilly country is the best preparation for a trip of this nature, but running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing better cardio-vascular fitness and stamina.

October-December and March-May are the best times to visit Nepal. These months either side of the monsoon are neither too hot nor too cold, offering the best conditions for trekking. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip, from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to around 10 to 15ºC at 3000 metres and around 5 to 8ºC at 4000 metres. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this in the sun. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures at 3000 metres of around freezing and at 4000 metres of minus 7 or 8ºC. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

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  • Nepal: Lonely Planet Pictorial. Richard I'Anson

  • The High Himalaya. Art Wolfe

Langtang and Helambu Trekking Map. Milestone Books. 1:100,000

Coverage extends from Kathmandu and Nagarkot to Kyirong in Tibet and across the peaks from the Ganesh Himal range in the west to Shishapangma in Tibet and the Jugal Himal range in Nepal. The map has contour lines at 400m intervals superimposed on a base derived from satellite imagery. Heights for peaks, passes and selected settlements are given both in metres and in feet. The marking for trekking routes distinguishes between main trails and other treks. Symbols indicate locations with tourist accommodation. Available from stanfords.co.uk

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your kit bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2 (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Toilet paper (you can also buy this in the lodges)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep your kit bag contents dry)

  • Daypack approximately 30 litres

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10°C)*

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Small padlock (to lock your kit bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes

  • Trainers or similar for lodge use

  • Shorts

  • Gaiters

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Trekking poles

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Pillowcase

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes:

*FREE sleeping bag and down jacket hire is included in your KE holiday booking on request.

Please make all requests at least 4 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your kit bag for these items.

The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a trekking skirt.

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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Extensions

Extension Details

Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

1 Day

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Extension Code: KTMV
Sharing Price from
US$175
Single Traveller Price from
US$270
Deposit Per Person from
US$125

Extension Itinerary

We have a long morning of sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley, beginning with a very early start (at around 0430). We drive for approximately 1 hour through the quiet streets to Nargakot on the valley rim to watch the sunrise light up the Himalayas. Dropping back down to the valley, you will then have a guided tour of medieval Bhaktapur before returning to your hotel towards midday.

Whats Included
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Vehicle transport and driver
  • Entrance fees
What's Not Included
  • Packed breakfast to be provided. Other meals and drinks are not included
Extension Details

Chitwan Jungle Extension

3 Days

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep by boat and on foot. 



Extension Code: CHTL
Sharing Price from
US$1,545
Single Traveller Price from
US$2,155
Single Room Supplement from
US$440
Deposit Per Person from
US$200

Extension Itinerary

KE extension package services begin with a transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight to Bharatpur. You are met by a Tiger Tops representative and transfer to the lodge. After a welcome briefing, you head off for the first of your jungle activities which may be by jeep, on foot or by boat. We can enjoy an excellent meal from the Tharu kitchen before retiring.

Meals

L D

After an early wake-up call you will go out with your guide to catch the birds and animals at the watering hole. After breakfast at the lodge you will go out on safari again. As with yesterday your safaris can be by jeep, on foot or by boat. After a full day of wildlife viewing, you spend your final night at Tharu Lodge.

Meals

B L D

You have another opportunity this morning to observe the animals at the watering hole, then after breakfast at the lodge, you transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu where KE extension package services end.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return flights - Kathmandu / Bharatpur / Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Transfers to the lodge on arrival at Bharatpur Airport
  • 2 nights full board accommodation at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
  • Jungle activities including jeep rides / boat rides / nature walks and birdwatching
  • Airport departure tax
  • National park buffer zone fee
What's Not Included
  • Any additional hotel nights required in Kathmandu before or after the extension
  • Expenses of a personal nature - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Reviews

4.9 out of 5 from 9 reviews

Gosainkunda-Langtang Trek ★★★★★

Great trek, quite challenging (lots of long ascents and descents) but rewarding. Very varied scenery, flora, fauna, and culture. Our guide, Raja, was excellent in all respects from professionalism, organisation, communication, sense of humour, and to care of his clients and his porter/sherpa team. The Langtang Valley, parts of which were devastated by the 2015 earthquake, was quite busy with trekkers and mule traffic in contrast to the much quieter Gosainkunda area to the south of the Lauribina La. Overall we had a fantastic holiday enhanced by our guides/porters and our fellow trekkers.
By Niels from Kendal, Cumbria, UK | 16 April 2024

Gosainkund and Langtang Trek ★★★★★

If anyone asks about trekking I can say that KE provide an amazingly good service. Rajendra is a brillian leader. Set a great pace for the whole group.
Interesting chap too he's really worked hard to benin the position he's in and he's proud of the work he does.

By Graeme from Oldham | 04 May 2023

An epic trek of variety and challenge ★★★★★

This was a multiple first for me; first time trekking over multiple days, first time in Nepal and first time over 3100m. Hence, it was a big personal challenge and brought on a mix of excitement and trepidation. The latter was soon assuaged on arrival by the fact that the trek leader, Raj, was clearly a man of great experience and the presence of many experienced trekkers in the group. The latter included the couple with more than 100 KE trips under their belt who featured in the company magazin e. The trek itself was well-paced and the acclimatisation over several days meant that the effects of altitude were easily managed. The variety of trail conditions, from dense forest to open mountainside to rock and snow, meant that each day was different. The standard of the teahouses obviously varied as well. Some are still pretty basic; wooden cubicles in a small, single storey dwelling with a shared toilet. However, many are now newly built and boast "attached bathroom". Whilst these are hardly luxury en-suites, they do meet basic needs and, if you are quick, you might even catch some of the solar generated hot water. Food was a real surprise. It was much better quality and more plentiful than I had expected. Eating 3 square meals a day is really necessary to keep fit but it was not a hardship. Although it is essential to stick to vegetaran options there is still a reasonable variety of fried rice, noodles, fried potatoes and , of course, Dal Bhat. The latter is always beautifully served and comes with additional curried veg and something called "pickle". I advice caution on the pickle! The trek is a physical, and sometimes mental, challenge unless you regularly walk for 6 to 8 hours per day. There are long ascents, often up steep steps (for a nation with relatively short legs the Nepalese do like a big step!) and some rockly descents. However there are some stretches of relatively level (i.e. contouring up and down) forest and mountain trail which are a real joy to walk along. It is always uneven so you will spend a significant amount of time gazing at the ground or the heels of the person in front. This is rewarded with stunning views when you take a breather and gaze around. Best of all, the pace is slow and carefully set by the trek leader who continually, and subtly, monitors the groups progress. Highlights? Almost too many to recount but reaching the Laurebina La and Tsergo Ri and clearly, and literally, high points. We were lucky enough to see a Red Panda which is an incredibly rare event. That did set the bar rather high but there were plenty of other sightings of flora and fauna that were of real interest. Perhaps, less glamourously but of equal importance in my mind was that the organisation of the whole trip worked really well. I think that is a testament to the experience and professionalism of the KE teams in the UK and in Nepal. So, what of lessons learned and advice to others? First of all, if you are a newbie like me, relax. You are in good hands. Some of the guidebooks tend to major on the possible downsides so don't build an unduly pessimistic view. Remember you have only three jobs: make sure your kit bag is packed before breakfast, choose your next meal and put one front in front of the other. Accommodation is fine but it is unheated and above 3000m it will go below freezing at night. Think about how to keep warm in the sleeping bag. Preparation, particularly fitness, pays dividends. No need to go wild but practising going up steps and how to walk uphill at a slow pace but for as long as possible worked out for me. Would I recommend KE - unequivocally yes but perhaps the words of those who have used them time and again speak more powerfully.
By Neil from Banbury | 24 April 2023

Gosainkund and Langtang Trek ★★★★★

I have traveled with KE for nearly 15 years and I have been consistently impressed with the detail of their organisation and the quality of the guided I have trekked with. Raj had a great sense of humour with clearly motivated the group as well as all the porters. Raj showed great caring for all his clients ensuring the pace was appropriate for all. He was committed to ensuring everyone was being well looked after and that any issue, however small was understood and addressed. His attention to d etail, especially at mealtimes, to ensure we all stayed safe was consistently applied at every stop. All of his team of porters were friendly, helpful and fun to be with. Ultimately; the group (many experienced KE trekkers) felt that this on one of the best, if not THE best trip they had been on!
 
By Roger from Woking | 20 April 2023

Seamless ★★★★★

You made the whole pre trip process easy. The trip itself was well put together. Minimizing any altitude issues. Raja didn't stop! He just kept moving always caring for the group. He kept a good pace and made sure that everyone was safe. He had excellent English which allowed him to give excellent commentary on Flora and Fauna. Raja and the his team were just fantastic. They seriously went above and beyond from the moment we arrived in Nepal to when he dropped us back at the airport.

By Peter from Alberta | 20 April 2023

Traveller Reviews
4.9 out of 5 from 9 reviews

Gosainkunda-Langtang Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Great trek, quite challenging (lots of long ascents and descents) but rewarding. Very varied scenery, flora, fauna, and culture. Our guide, Raja, was excellent in all respects from professionalism, organisation, communication, sense of humour, and to care of his clients and his porter/sherpa team. The Langtang Valley, parts of which were devastated by the 2015 earthquake, was quite busy with trekkers and mule traffic in contrast to the much quieter Gosainkunda area to the south of the Lauribina La. Overall we had a fantastic holiday enhanced by our guides/porters and our fellow trekkers.
By Niels from Kendal, Cumbria, UK | 16 April 2024

Gosainkund and Langtang Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If anyone asks about trekking I can say that KE provide an amazingly good service. Rajendra is a brillian leader. Set a great pace for the whole group.
Interesting chap too he's really worked hard to benin the position he's in and he's proud of the work he does.

By Graeme from Oldham | 04 May 2023

An epic trek of variety and challenge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was a multiple first for me; first time trekking over multiple days, first time in Nepal and first time over 3100m. Hence, it was a big personal challenge and brought on a mix of excitement and trepidation. The latter was soon assuaged on arrival by the fact that the trek leader, Raj, was clearly a man of great experience and the presence of many experienced trekkers in the group. The latter included the couple with more than 100 KE trips under their belt who featured in the company magazin e. The trek itself was well-paced and the acclimatisation over several days meant that the effects of altitude were easily managed. The variety of trail conditions, from dense forest to open mountainside to rock and snow, meant that each day was different. The standard of the teahouses obviously varied as well. Some are still pretty basic; wooden cubicles in a small, single storey dwelling with a shared toilet. However, many are now newly built and boast "attached bathroom". Whilst these are hardly luxury en-suites, they do meet basic needs and, if you are quick, you might even catch some of the solar generated hot water. Food was a real surprise. It was much better quality and more plentiful than I had expected. Eating 3 square meals a day is really necessary to keep fit but it was not a hardship. Although it is essential to stick to vegetaran options there is still a reasonable variety of fried rice, noodles, fried potatoes and , of course, Dal Bhat. The latter is always beautifully served and comes with additional curried veg and something called "pickle". I advice caution on the pickle! The trek is a physical, and sometimes mental, challenge unless you regularly walk for 6 to 8 hours per day. There are long ascents, often up steep steps (for a nation with relatively short legs the Nepalese do like a big step!) and some rockly descents. However there are some stretches of relatively level (i.e. contouring up and down) forest and mountain trail which are a real joy to walk along. It is always uneven so you will spend a significant amount of time gazing at the ground or the heels of the person in front. This is rewarded with stunning views when you take a breather and gaze around. Best of all, the pace is slow and carefully set by the trek leader who continually, and subtly, monitors the groups progress. Highlights? Almost too many to recount but reaching the Laurebina La and Tsergo Ri and clearly, and literally, high points. We were lucky enough to see a Red Panda which is an incredibly rare event. That did set the bar rather high but there were plenty of other sightings of flora and fauna that were of real interest. Perhaps, less glamourously but of equal importance in my mind was that the organisation of the whole trip worked really well. I think that is a testament to the experience and professionalism of the KE teams in the UK and in Nepal. So, what of lessons learned and advice to others? First of all, if you are a newbie like me, relax. You are in good hands. Some of the guidebooks tend to major on the possible downsides so don't build an unduly pessimistic view. Remember you have only three jobs: make sure your kit bag is packed before breakfast, choose your next meal and put one front in front of the other. Accommodation is fine but it is unheated and above 3000m it will go below freezing at night. Think about how to keep warm in the sleeping bag. Preparation, particularly fitness, pays dividends. No need to go wild but practising going up steps and how to walk uphill at a slow pace but for as long as possible worked out for me. Would I recommend KE - unequivocally yes but perhaps the words of those who have used them time and again speak more powerfully.
By Neil from Banbury | 24 April 2023

Gosainkund and Langtang Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have traveled with KE for nearly 15 years and I have been consistently impressed with the detail of their organisation and the quality of the guided I have trekked with. Raj had a great sense of humour with clearly motivated the group as well as all the porters. Raj showed great caring for all his clients ensuring the pace was appropriate for all. He was committed to ensuring everyone was being well looked after and that any issue, however small was understood and addressed. His attention to d etail, especially at mealtimes, to ensure we all stayed safe was consistently applied at every stop. All of his team of porters were friendly, helpful and fun to be with. Ultimately; the group (many experienced KE trekkers) felt that this on one of the best, if not THE best trip they had been on!
 
By Roger from Woking | 20 April 2023

Seamless
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

You made the whole pre trip process easy. The trip itself was well put together. Minimizing any altitude issues. Raja didn't stop! He just kept moving always caring for the group. He kept a good pace and made sure that everyone was safe. He had excellent English which allowed him to give excellent commentary on Flora and Fauna. Raja and the his team were just fantastic. They seriously went above and beyond from the moment we arrived in Nepal to when he dropped us back at the airport.

By Peter from Alberta | 20 April 2023

Challenging but Fabulous Trek
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Having read the trekking notes and analysed the ascents and descents I knew this was going to be a challenge, but it really was worth it. The route allowed me to acclimatise well and the scenery got better as the trek progressed. The climb of Tsergo Ri was tough but very worthwhile, the views from the summit awe inspiring. The tea houses were sometimes basic but all very comfortable, hot showers in some were really appreciated. Our sherpa Raja was the perfect host from the minute we arrived at K athmandu airport to the time we left. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and kept us extremely well informed about the areas we were trekking through and the bird and animal life he spotted on the way. Singhi and Bhupal, his right hand men made sure that we had everything we needed at all our overnight or day stops. The sleeping bags and duvet jackets provided were excellent, and the kit list a very good guide. Like another review, I would suggest the addition of some nuts and dried fruit to your pack, sometimes 4+ hours between meals stops means a little top up is required. If you are confident you can walk (albeit at a good steady pace set by the lead sherpa) for 6 hours a day then I would strongly recommend a trek into this fabulous area.
By Martin from STAFFORD | 28 November 2022

Great Trek which totally met my expectations.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A very varied trek, with the 12 active days encompassing a wide variety of terrain and environments. First three days are hard and slightly lacking in terms of long distance panoramas, but they are interesting and ensure effective acclimitisation for the more challenging, and rewarding, remainder of the trek. T houses were good and sometimes exceptional, and there were some excellent "coffee stops" along the way. Compared to other treks I've done in Nepal I saw more wildlife, fewer co-trekkers a nd probably more variety of terrain etc. On the other hand, I saw fewer locals and less local farming activity etc, than I had done on treks such as Manaslu. One significant benefit was the very short (one hour) travel to the start of the trail. Its graded a 7 by KE and it fully warranted that classification. Average hours per day actually trekking was around six, which meant that on most days we arrived at our accommodation around 1630 - 1700, so a good standard of fitness was definitely required.
By Clifford from Torquay | 22 November 2022

Fantastic trek - thanks KE!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My third trek in the region and without question my favourite, in the company of a wonderful group of people who shared, enjoyed and helped one another throughout - essential for such a stunning but challenging trek, the trip notes possibly underestimating some of the stages, but all doable and all hugely rewarding, made possible by an excellent tour guide in Rajendra who is so knowledgeable, caring, professional and passionate, especially when it comes to environment, natural history and (his s pecialist subject!) ornithology. Ditto his stalwart deputy Ravinda (who never stopped working and fussing after us) plus the superb team of super-hero porters. The itinerary was action packed and the route varied and ever changing, taking in national parks rich in wildlife, ridges, high passes, fertile terraced holdings bursting with greenery, deep ancient woodland, waterfalls, river crossings, alpine meadows and finally (what Ravinda teasingly referred to as the ‘flat Himalaya’ of) Langtang and Kyanjin, the breathtakingly beautiful Tibetan plateau proper hemmed in by 7000m peaks and glaciers. Some of the lodges were stunningly set and deserved longer stays (I’d have happily spent a week in Kyanjin Gompa sampling more fully the wonderful bakery and coffee shop) and so with no planned rest days, and being of mature years and undertrained, I dipped out of the Tsergo Ri climb and spent day 11 (my favourite of the trip) with trek partner and Rajendra gently scrambling and exploring the upper reaches to the Langtang Khola, an extraordinary bleached rugged landscape of glacial and alluvial deposit, criss-crossed by streams rivers and with lammergeiers (four circling at one point) and wading birds (Himalayan Ibis Bills feeding in glacial streams..) just showing off in the hope of attracting David Attenborough. On the human side, the cultural and historical aspects of the trip were also fascinating and at times pretty intense - the poignancy of passing through (and chillingly over) communities and villages devastated by the 2015 earthquake, but who have rebounded and rebuilt, and are so welcoming to visitors; the spiritual beauty of Gorsainkunda, a very special place of pilgrimage; all those chortens, stumpas and mani walls; bumping into a drum beating shamen etc; tales a plenty of yetis.. Also interesting to reflect on those met on the trail, typically small groups or independent travellers of Nepalese or European origin, exchanging warm words and namastes, catching-up later and comparing notes in a lodge - refreshingly different to the large noisy groups encountered on EBC.. A couple of things I’d add to the kit list though – small pair of binoculars (10x25) to appreciate the wildlife, *proper* microspikes (eg Kahtoola) as the going can get icy, Diamox (a half tablet helped me when we jumped to 4600m on day 6) and dried fruit – mango, Cranberries, goji berries whatever (the food is fine but vitamins in short supply?), Adding on a couple of days to see more of Kathmandu is also a must needless to say. Rajendra arranged guides and transport at very short notice. Generously tipping the support team (who’ve have a very difficult time due to the pandemic) also goes without saying
By Timothy from Cardiff | 10 November 2022

An excellent trek: well led and superb scenery
★ ★ ★ ★
In short, an excellent trek, superb views, very well led, with interesting routes but many very tough climbs. Rajendra led our trek, with Ravindra as his second in command. Both were tireless in their efforts to support the group and cater for our daily needs. Rajendra had an excellent knowledge of the wildlife up in the mountains, his speciality being birds. If flora and fauna is a special interest for you, then Rajendra is your man. Equally, Rajendra could relate to us the many customs and tra ditions of those who live in the mountains, along with the beliefs of those who practice Buddhism and Hinduism. Ravindra, his assistant, was very hard working, always gracious and extremely helpful. I have no criticism of the leadership by Rajendra and Ravindra; I have been on numerous treks with KE and similar companies and these two gentlemen count among the very best. The lodges were of varying standard, becoming more basic as we increased in altitude, but that is a characteristic of trekking in Nepal. Personally, I struggle with the food served in the lodges. I’m not a fan of dahl baht, but the other five members of our group did not have my misgivings. I suppose dahl baht is like Marmite; love it or hate it! As with most treks in the Himalaya, be prepared for dodgy sanitation, a lack of hot water and not being able to wash easily. For me the highlight of the trek was Kyanjin Gompa at 3,850 metres, which is the furthest settlement in the Langtang Valley. Rather than climb Tsergo Ri (4,984 metres) my trekking buddy and I opted to climb a lower nearby peak and trek further along the valley to a massive alluvial fan and explore that area. I had no regrets in doing this. After many tough climbs I needed the rest and simply wanted time to wander around the village and nearby places rather slog up another hill. It would have been worthwhile to reach nearby glaciers, but we do not have the time to do so. My view of the Langtang and Gosainkund trek is positive, but perhaps many of the days were simply too long and tough to be enjoyable. I suppose there are debates for each trek as to whether the rating out of 12 is appropriate. This trek is rated 7/12, but that’s a very high seven in my opinion! The climbs were at times relentless and even several long descents were very tough. On the last trekking day into Syabru Besi our leader chose a route over another steep climb rather than a quicker descent straight down the valley. Personally, I would have favoured the easier descent, leaving time to wander around the town of Syabru Besi. However, I know that others in the group would disagree with me. So, an excellent trek very well led, but be prepared for a lot of very hard climbs and long descents.
By Graeme from Cardiff | 04 November 2022

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  • Gosainkund and Langtang Trek
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 13 Oct and ends on Sun 27 Oct
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /06/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 3 Nov and ends on Sun 17 Nov
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 30 Mar and ends on Sun 13 Apr
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  • Single Supplement Price: US$220 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 13 Apr and ends on Sun 27 Apr
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  • Gosainkund and Langtang Trek
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 12 Oct and ends on Sun 26 Oct
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /04/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 19 Oct and ends on Sun 2 Nov
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /05/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 2 Nov and ends on Sun 16 Nov
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  • Departure Reference: GLT /06/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 16 Nov and ends on Sun 30 Nov
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  • Single Supplement Price: US$220 - Includes group nights in Kathmandu only (not available in lodges)
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