10. Nepal: 15-Day Langtang Valley Gosainkunda Lake Trek
Explore the dramatic Langtang Valley in Nepal on a 15-day guided trek. Marvel at snow-capped mountain peaks, rushing rivers, and fields as you hike and walk through unadulterated nature. Pass through the Langtang National Park and see the rich biodiversity of the region. Benefit from all your accommodation and meals being organized for you, so you just have to take in yours striking surroundings. The Langtang valley, though only a few hours away from Kathmandu, is unique because of its close approximation to Tibet and relative un-commercialization. Trekking in this predominantly mountainous region will take you on a journey to ancient times with the relatively quieter trails, presenting an opportunity to dwell on a preserved slice of Tibetan lifestyle in the Himalayas. Known also as the valley of glaciers, Langtang is rich in biodiversity, picturesque landscapes and magnificent views of prominent peaks like Langtanglirung, Yala peak, and Gangchhenpo among others. One can also extend a trek in the Nepal Langtang region to visit the sacred lake of Gosainkunda and incorporate a trek to Helambu via Laurebina pass. “Lantang valley is the most beautiful green valley in the world.”- Bill Tilman, legendary mountain explorer. The Langtang Valley trek passes through the Langtang National Park. This trek rewards hikers with rich biodiversity found in the subtropical and alpine landscape. The forest covers more than 25% of the entire 1,700 square kilometers of protected national parkland. Many famous Himalayan ranges such as Langtang and Langtang Linrung fall in this region. Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, your trek leader will meet you, and you will be transferred to your hotel. Day 02: Kathmandu Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to SyabruBesi (1,400m), which takes about 9-10 hours. Day 04: Syabru Bensi (1,400m) – Lama Hotel (2,450m) 4-5 hours. Day 05: Lama Hotel (2,450m) – Langtang village (3,670m) 5 hours, 1,120m. Day 06: Langtang village (3,670m.) Kyangjin Gompa (3,900m) 2 hours. Day 07: Exploration day in Kyangjin. Day 08: Kyangjin Gompa (3,900m) – Lama Hotel (2,450m) 5 hours. Day 09: Lama Hotel (2,450m) – ThuloSyabru (2,350m) 5 hours. Day 10: Thulo Syabru (2,350m) Sing Gompa (3,330m) 5 hours. Day 11: Shing Gompa (3,330m) Gosainkund (4,320m) 4-5 hours. Day 12: Gosainkund (4,320m) Chandanbari (Shing Gompa) at 3,300m. 4 hours. Day 13: Chandanbari (Sing Gompa) at 3,300m. Dhunche (1,960m) 4 hours. Day 14: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu by bus, and it takes about eight to nine hours. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu. Day 15: International departure.