For many hundreds' of years pilgrims worldwide have trekked to this region to pay religious respect at many of the 100 glacial fed lakes of Lord Shiva and other Deities. The lakes are situated at about 4400m and is said that Lord Shiva, after drinking the poisons of the world, drove this three-pronged trident into the earth to drink pure water to quench his thirst. This amazing adventure combines the diversity of spectacular views of the Himalayas with a vast number of exciting ethnic encounters. The highlights of Langtang Circuit trek are numerous. From rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls flowing over mammoth boulders, a chance to bathe in soothing hot springs, magnificent views of the snow covered white giant Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft) and finally witnessing the ethereal beauty of the holy lakes of Gosaikunda in the winter. A truly remarkable winter experience in Nepal!
The trek is not a technically difficult undertaking. However, the high altitudes involved during the trek (between 3500 and 440 meters) and the cold of Himalayas, the temperature will go below freezing after sunset. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. There is a fair walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises. A good level of fitness will be required to enjoy this trek.
Land at Kathmandu Airport where UFO guide will take you to the group hotel. We would advise you to rest a bit and then get ready for a group meeting at the hotel. Evening is at leisure.
You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive upto Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path then moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides. However, we should probably not face any problem during December. Our drive from Kathmandu to the destination will be made in comfortable 4x4 SUVs.
The first part of the
trails ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola
(stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, you begin to trek
steep up until you reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak and rhododendron
forests with marijuana plants. There is an old cheese factory at Sing Gompa
After our morning tea and breakfast, with fine mountains views, we head for a beautiful walk through oak trees and breathtaking scenery to our next campsite, Lauribinayak. We can catch a glimpse of some high peaks like Langtang Lirung (7727mtrs), Ganesh Himal Range, Paldor Peak (5903mtrs), Dhoreje Lakpa (6966mtrs) Manaslu (8163mtrs) and Annapurna range in the distance plus panoramic views of whole area in the early morning.
We steadily climb up from Lauribinayak and make our way to the holy lake of Gosaikunda. The trek undoubtedly gives an exotic feeling. You follow a rugged terrain trail littered with the dramatic views of the Manaslu Himalayan Range, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Himal. On a clear day, even the Annapurna Mountain Range is visible to the North. The first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda with the turquoise waters gleaming, takes your breath away. There are around a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda region. Others being the Saraswatikunda and Bhairab Kunda. According to the Hindu legend, lord Shiva created Gosaikunda lake when he pierced the glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after he swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the whole world. We will spend the night on the banks of the lake.
After a filing breakfast, we head back down to Sing Gompa. A leisurely walk downhill through some classic Himalayan scenery
The first part of the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests. We cross back on the suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream inching our way back to city life.. Now the path stretches at flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. It is a small town and headquarters of Rasuwa district.
We rendezvous with our transport and head back to Kathmandu and check into our hotel. Evening is at leisure to explore the city.
After breakfast, there is a single departure to the Kathmandu Airport.