Langtang Scared Lake Trek

Langtang Scared Lake trekking is one of the wonderful treks off the beaten path, filled with beautiful scenery and Nepali cultural experience. We can make our way through the Forests filled with National flower of Nepal (Rhododendron); it blooms during the spring season. The rhododendron flower, from gentle pink to deep red, covers the hills during the spring season. Sights that will make us feel as if we are in paradise. The trail will lead us to three holy mountain lakes – Gosainkunda, Saraswoti kunda and Bhairab kunda. These lakes are scared to the Hindus. Many Hindu pilgrims flock to Gosainkunda to take a purifying ritual bath during full moon day in July. The panoramic and mesmerizing view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Langtang Lirung and a few Tibetan peaks will remain within our view throughout the trek. Jumacho Kharka, close to the mountain river a tributary of the Lamo Kund, is one of the scared lakes in this area.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Representative from our office will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to respective Hotels.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing tour to World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley and surrounded areas i.e. Kathmandu durbar square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, 15th century palace 55 windows (Pachpanna Jhyale Durbar) and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple).

Day 3: Kathmandu - Nuwakot
From Kathmandu, we take a drive for about 4-5 hours to Nuwakot. On the way we will stop at Kakani for lunch. Nuwakot is one of the historical places in Nepal since our ancient times. In 1767 A.D, King Prithivi Narayan Shah made Nuwakot the second capital of Nepal. During the ancient days, the traders were bound to and from Tibet used to pass this way. Nuwakot is situated on a hill top. The major attractions of this historical town are Sattale Durbar, Ranga Mahal, Garadhar palace and various temples. Here we can get to know authentic Nepalese lifestyle and culture by staying at the home of a local family.

Day 4: Trek to Badahare
The Badahare trek gives us an excellent opportunity to get insight into the culture and custom of the Tamang community. On the bank of the river "Sano Khola", we will take a small break for our lunch. After Lunch, we will move forward crossing the stream by bridge and walk uphill for nearly 3 hours. We will camp near by the pine forest for our night stay. While watching the sunset in the evening, we can observe neighboring hills cultivated by Tamang Families.

Day 5: Trek to Betang
Early in the morning, we continue our trek through Tamang villages. People living in this village are very hard working and hospitable. Their lifestyle has not changed much since the ancient days. In route, we will find a small Gompa named "JunlangGompa" where Tamangs are Buddhists, and share a close affinity with the Tibetans. We will now climb the stones step that leads us up to the green pasture close to Pateni village, where we will set up our camps.

Day 6: Trek to Lapung
Leaving Betang, we gently move upwards through a rich and verdant forest (As we ascend higher, we gain altitude). Here we can find the national flower of Nepal, Rhododendron. The Greek meaning of: rhodos is "rose" and dendron is "tree". Some of the best-known species are noted for their many clusters of large flowers. The rhododendron flower, from gentle pink to deep red, covers the hills during the spring season. Sights that will make us feel as though we are walking in heaven. We will camp here for the night stay at the flower filled rhododendron forest.

Day 7: Trek to Chodang Kharka
Kharka, the temporary hut of the Tamang shepherds. They collect milks from Dzokpos (a hybrid of yak and cow) and Naks (female version of yak). Here, we will visit to the cheese factory. From this place we can have spectacular view of Himalayan Mountains opens up: Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shisapangma, Cho Oyu, Lantang II and Lantang I Lirung. Early morning is best time to enjoy this view. Sun slowly rising up, the snowy peaks in red, yellow, pink and orange colours will leave you amazed.

Day 8: Rest day in Chodang Kharka
Today we take a day rest for acclimatization and to re-gain our energies. This place is situated on the top of the ridge with beautiful views. We have enough time to explore the interesting high altitude flora and fauna: various kinds of plants, birds and animals. Also, we can’t miss out the amazing sunrise and sunset, when the white snowy peaks seem to take on wonderful colors.

Day 9: Trek to Jumacho Kharka
Leaving Chodang Kharka, the trail leads us to many ups and downs through rhododendrons area. 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 scared lakes. Today we will setup our camp nearby the mountain river, a tributary of the Lamo Kund – one of the scared lakes in this area. From this place, beautiful landscape view is open: picturesque waterfall and majestic rocks on one side and blue space with tremendous snowy peaks of Lantang Lirung, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu rising up on the other.

Day 10: Trek to Gosaikunda
Leaving Jumacho Kharka, we slowly climb up to reach the Gosaikunda Lake. We have already crossed many sources of the scared Trishuli River and take meditative stop at the Saraswate Kund. Bhairav Kund has a severe beauty. In Nepali there are at least two words for lake. The most common is “tal”, however “kund” is used when a lake has a sacred property. Now, we trek forward to our next scared bowl, Gosainkund.

According to Hindu Legend Lord Shiva, 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.There is also another legend that states that the water from Gosainkund emerges at a spring at the Kumbeshwar temple in Patan. The large rock in the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine.

Day 11: Trek to Sing Gompa
Several points on the top of the ridge open up Lantang valley to Lantang Lirung in the morning. To the west there is the Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peaks rise up. The trail now will lead us downwards cross Laurebina and Cholangpati to Sing Gompa. The main attraction at Chandan Bari is Sing Gompa, which has a small cheese factory and several hotels.

Day 12: Trek to Dhunche
Leaving Sing Gompa, we continue to move downwards until we reach our final point in Dunche.

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu via Bus. Evening at your own.

Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
Our office representative will take you to the airport for Final Departure.

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