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langtang and gosainkunda pass trek

Tips For Trip

Essential Equipment:

1 pair strong, comfortable hiking boots

1 Medium/Large rucksack/ backpack 

(max weight when loaded & carried by porter- 15 kg.)

1 sleeping bag- down-filling to zero cent or lower depending on trip altitude

1 day pack: +/- 10 litters

1Down jacket or all –weather Anorak-long(not short) with hood

1 Warm wooly hat

Gloves- quality and warmth subject to altitude and season

Sun-glasses-essential above snow –line

Sun-block/ Sun –Screen lotion(30-50 SPF) –essential for light-skinned people

1 Fleece or warm sweater

1 Sweat –shirt/light sweater

Towel-cotton, medium

Torch/flash-light-with additional batteries

Shirts- long-sleeved, cotton and/ or thermal  Tshirts

Trousers-2 pairs( warm or light –weight depending on trek altitude)

Short- 1 pair, cotton ( easy-dry)

Socks-2 pairs thick wool, 2 pair thin cotton

Underwear- various (& pracal)

Wind/water – proof zip-up jacket( nearly knee-length with hood)

Sport –shoes/sandals- light-weight

Personal toiletries/washing kit-item bio-degrade where possible

Basis band –Aid / moleskin/ blister kit

Water purifying tablets

Toilet paper ( for day-time- use)

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (altitude:1350m)?There will be Exguides staff with the company logo to pick you up from the Kathmandu Airport and after arriving in hotel,you’ll be inform by leader about the preparation for the trip.
    Mode of transport: Private vehicle.
    Included meal: no
    Included accommodation:Guest house
  • Day 02: Trek from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (altitude:1503m)?After breakfast, 8 hours scenic drive to the Syabrubesi. During trail you get opportunity to see the many small villages, terrace field and beautiful landscape.
    Mode of transport: Private vehicle.
    Included meal: no
    Included accommodation: Tea house.
  • Day 03: Trek from Syabrubesi to (Changtang) Lama hotel (altitude:2410m) walking time approx 6 hrs.?It is a first day of our trek, our trail ascend up through dense forest of oak, rhododendron and bamboo by following the Langtang river and passing some beautiful villages, teahouses and small waterfalls. We may see Langur monkey and other wildlife and different birds during our trail.
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 04: Trek from Lama hotel(Changtang) to Langtang. (altitude:3430m) walking time approx 5 hrs.?where, buckwheat, potato, wheat, turnip and barley fields are enclose by stone walls.These terraces are amazing to see. After breakfast we proceed to next destination i.e. Langtang valley via GhodaTabela. We get opportunity to view glimpse of langtang Lirung with many different wildlife and birds. Further ascending we pass yak pastures, monastery and finally we reached at Langtang village. This place has a check post of Langtang National Park where the people are asked to show their permit to travel this area. It is more like a Tibetan village
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 05: Trek from Lamtang to Kyanjin Gompa (altitude:3830m) walking time approx 4 hrs.?Our trail ascends through tiny village, stone build homes and yak pastures. Further ascending we pass small streams and moraines. Then our trail reaches the settlement at Kyangin. It takes 4-5 hours to reach Kyangin gompa. It is the beautiful valley in the lap of the Langtang Lirung and other snow capped mountain. It is a famous for yak cheese and curd with the panoramic views of Langtang Ri (6370m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and Dorje larpa (6990m).
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 06: In Kyanjin Gompa?Today we explore the area of Kingin. After breakfast we take a short ascend to Tserko Ri (altitude:4884m) for beautiful landscape and spectacular 360o views of mountain range which includes Langtang range, with Lirung glacier. We also visit Monastery and the cheese factory. Views of mountains and surroundings are the most rewarding things in here.
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 07: Trek from Kyanjing Gompa to Lama Hotel (altitude:2410m) walking time approx  6 hrs ?After breakfast we follow the same way back to Lama Hotel. Our trail follows the Langtang river by passing Langtang village, and Ghoratabela.we get opportunity to view spectacular views of mountains along with flora and fauna.
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 08: Trek  from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabrubasi (altitude:2250m) walking time approx 4/5 hrs?The ascent and descent trail leads you to the Thulosyabru.
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 09: Trek from Thulo Sabrubesi to Sing Gompa (altitude:3330m) walking time approx 6 hrs ?After breakfast our trail continues ascent to Singgompa through the forest of pine, silver, oak and rhodenderon. Suspension bridge over Ghatte khola and the beautiful views will make your journey enjoyable.
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 10: Trek from Sing Gompa to Lauri Binayak (altitude:3910m) walking time approx 4 hrs?The ascent mountain ridge trail leads you to Lauri Binayak including mouatain forest .The views here are truly magnificent,views of Annapurnas,Manaslu,Ganesh,Langtang Lirung and unnamed peaks in Tibet can be seen from here.
    Included accommodation:Tea house
    Included meal:no
  • Day 11: Trek from Lauri Binayak to Gosaikunda (altitude:4165m) walking time approx 4 hrs.?The trail ascends and emerges alpine zone with the magnificent views of Himchuli (7893m) Manaslu range (8156m), Ganesh Himal range (7406m) Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung.There are few Kundas(Lakes) around this area after the view of Saraswati and Bhairab Kundas finally appears Gosainkunda at an elevation 4380m.
    Gosainkunda is one of the popular pilgrimage place/lake for Hindus.Legend says- Shiva created this lake with his trident to cool himself down after consuming poison to save the world.Groups of pilgrimes comes to pay respect once a year.
    Included accommodation:Tea house
    Included meal:no
  • Day 12: Trek from Gosainkunda Lake to Ghopte (altitude:3430m) walking time approx 4 hrs.?Today we have to cross Laurebina La (4609m) pass through rough trail,Ther is a small hill above the trail that offers good views. After crossing the pass our trail descends to Ghopte through dense Pine and rhododendron forest.
    Included accommodation:Tea house
    Included meal:no
  • Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Kutuangsang  (altitude:2470m) walking time  approx 8 hrs ?A comfortable day’s walk along a well- defined path. Mangengoth (3,150m) appears with fluttering prayer flags and offers good views.Beautiful mountain trail descent to Kutumsang where you can stop for the night.
    Included accommodation:Tea house
    Included meal:no
  • Day 14: Trek from Kutusang to Chisapani (altitude:2165m) walking time approx 7 hrs?The trail follows the crest of the ridge, bringing us to Gul Bhanjyang (2,142m). Uphill again through forest of oak, we reach Namche Danda (2,453m). A long descent down stone steps leads to Chipling (2,165m). From Thana Bhanjyang (1,780m) the trail branches out in three directions; we take the path which leads to Pati Bhanjyang (1,768m). Another steep 400m ascent to Chisopani. Views from Chisapani are remarkable.
    Included accommodation:Tea house.
    Included meal:no
  • Day 15: Trek from Chisapani to Kathmandu walking time approx 6hrs/ 1hrs drive?After stunning views of mountains at dawn we set off on the final leg of our trek. Following the trail through and beyond Burlang Bhanjyang (2,438m), through forest , we reach the village of Mulkharka (1,768m). Descending a steep staircase, we arrive at the water reservoir of Sundarijal and the Shivapuri National Park – the end point of the trek. We join our transport back to Kathmandu.
    Included accommodation: Guest house.
    Included meal: no
  • Day 16 : Final Departure back to home?Transferred to airport by car. 

Includes

Airport pick and drop,welcome dinner,accommodation in a 3 star hotel 2 night(in kathmandu),all round transportation as per itinerary all necessary staff with experienced english speaking leader (guide)assistant and sherpa porter to carry luggage including their salary insurance food and lodging during trekking.,all necessary paper works:trekking permits conservation permits,all government and local taxes

Excludes

nepal visa fee,food and drink,international airfare,extra night accommodation in kathmandu because of early arrival late departure early return from mountain(due to any reason)than the scheduled itinerary,travel insurance and rescue,personal expenses(phone cal laundry bar bill extra porter),tips for guide and porter

Trip Notes

Nepalese Visa

All foreigners must  have  a  visa. Nepali  embassies and consulates overseas  issue  visas without any difficulties. You can also get on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Kathmandu’s International Airport or at road borders:Nepaljung,Birjung ,raxaul,Sunali ,Kodari .

You will need a passport photo to get visa in Kathmandu Airport or other border places.It costs $25 for a 15 days and $ 40 for a  30 days visa even USD 100 for 90 days. If you’ll be in Nepal more than 15 days you are better off getting a 30 day visa on arrival.

It’s really a good idea to keep a number of passport photos with your passport so they are immediately handy for trekking permits,visa applications and other official documents.

Travel insurance & Emergency Funds

Emergency Fund during your travel, please make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $ 300 or equivalent , as an “Emergency” fund to be used when circumstances outside your control (ex, a natural disaster ) require a change to our planned route also and this is a rare occurrence during the trips.

Travel insurance : Travel insurance is compulsory in order to  participate on any ExGuides Treks Trips. When you travelling with us , you will not to be permitted to join the tour until confirmation of travel insurance has been sighed by ExGuides Tour Guide /Leader, who will take Note of your insurance details. Please when you selecting a travel insurance policy please keep in mind that all  your medical and accident rescue coverage and that we suggest a minimum coverage of USD $ 200,000 for repatriation and emergency ( this is only if you do trekking , peak climbing and expeditions, but if you do  ExGuide tours we require travel insurance only ) we strongly rcommend that the policy also covers personal liability , cancellation , curtailment and loss of your luggage and personal effects.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the your trip (receipt of credit card statement) with credit card in your Name. please do contact your bank for details of their participating insurer the level of  coverage and emergency contact telephone Number.

Exchange money

Exchange money : the official currency of Nepal is Nepali Rupees (NPR). If would like take a ATMs can only be found in kathmandu specially in thamel many ATMs place, pokhara  and bhaktpur. the money exchange facilities are available in kathmandu (thamel , patan mostly tourist place) pokhara (around lake side) , bhaktapur and chitwan( only ourside the park). The before nepal’s government banned the import and export and use of 500 and 1000 indina Ruppe Note in Nepal but now Nepal government allow indian 500 and 1000 import and export. While traveller’s cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a long process  and commission can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas On weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring traveller’s cheques please make sure they are a major brand and major currency.

Spending money: all traveller are different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some one travellers may drinks more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than participating in optional activities and tipping.

Health and physical condition

Physical condition : trekking has been since long established in Nepal and providing beautiful views in a natural landscape. When you trekking , can be difficult in parts with a lot of uphill and downhill even climbing. But within the capabilities of any healthy person with an established level of walking and fitness. Often stubbornness helps. Walking at your own pace-slow and steady is the way to go being fit or unfit is not the main control here , it is how you deal with mountain altitude. Please never do not RUSH! Go slowly –plod on at a steady pace , pause , sadnting to resting also do not sit too aften it’s harder to get going again and again. Even please don’t care about whether others are ahead ! the walking path is clear , your Guides keep track of where you are . there is plently of times so walk at your pace regardless of how far behind you may think you are. Always remember the sun is intense wear sunscreen and sunglasses it is colder than you think , especially in the wind if you take off layers whilst during walking make sure to put them on again as soon as you stop or are in the shade so , don’t wait to get cold.

If you have any doubts of you are not sure if a trekking is suitable for you please do not hesitate to ask us for advice before you take your final trips booking decision.

Health and safety (Acute mountain sickness AMS)

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) : Though All ExGuides Treks itineraries are designed to allow adepuate enough acclimatization during your trekking in Himalayas , you are likey to feel the effect of altitude sickness (AMS) and oxygen deprivation whlist on the trekking. If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority or people to notice the effect of being at high altltude and while most will only feel discomfort , it is not uncommon for small number of people to need extra care  which will we provided by our Guides and local staff. All our ExGuides trips that spend time at high altitude follow our standered altitude safety measures.

A number of medical conditions or medications are can also reduce your body’s ability to acclimatize and thus will affect your performance at high altitude himalayas and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are so worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g heart problem) or unsure of your physical ability , you have to seek medical advice  prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as diamox that may help aid acclimatization during your trekking. Please Note that while we  try to assist all our valueable clients in achieving their Goal even Dream. But  there are maybe times your Guides makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms on trekking health and safety is most important. All our trips are Running and leading by an experienced , (Expert of tours , trekking and climbing ) English Speaking Local Guides and assistants who will help with the daily logistics.

How to prevent AMS

It’s always good to know that best way to prevent AMS is to ascend gradually . above an altitude of 3,000 meter (10,000 ft) you should not ascend more than 500 meter  in a day. If due to the itinerary this not possible a rest day to acclimatize recommended by ExGuide Treks.keep in mind please that different people will acclimatize at different rates. Acclimatization of often accompanied by fluid loss , so you always need to lots drinks of fluid to remain properly hydrated (at least 3-4 quarts per day. Also urine output should be copious and clear like water. Please take it easy , don’t  over –exert yourself when you first get up to altitude in Himalayas. Light activity during day is better than sleeping because respiration decrease during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms. Always avoid tobacco and alcohol and other depressant drugs including  tranquilizer and sleeping pills . there are depressants futher decrease the respiratory drive during sleeping resulting in a worsening of the symptoms. Please eat well foods and eat a high carbohydrate diet ( more than 70% of your calories from carbohydrates) when you while at altitude. If begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude illness , please do not go higher until symtoms decrease of symptoms are increase , you should go down , down, down!

Preventive Medication

Diamox : Diamox allow you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen , thereby minimizing the symptoms casue by poor oxygenation. This Diamox is especially helpful to start at night when respiratory drive is decrease. Since takes while for Diamox to have an effect. It’s a advisable to start taking it 24 hrs before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days higher altitude, and this is recommendation of the Himalayan rescue association medical clinic is 125 mg. twice a day one in the morning and one at night.diamox started dose  is 250 mg  , when you take Diamox you may get possible side effects include tingling of the lips and finger tips , blurring of vision and alteration of taste. Please never , and never try to take more than 250 mg Diamox in once. After taking Diamox please drink lots and lots water it does help a lot.

First aid kit

We would like to basic list to cover the more common ailment that affect trekkers. climbing group , expeditions and all trekkers going to isolated areas will need a more  comprehensive kit.

  • Plaster /band-aids
  • Lodine or water filter (optional)
  • Moleskin/second skin for blister
  • Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  • Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptis)
  • Aspirin
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Antibiotic for guardia of similar microbe
  • Diamox 250 mg(for altitude sickness)
  • Sterile syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  • Gel and cleaner

(For more AMS information please visit our site at health and safety)

General health Advice : it is always good to consult with your doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure for your trip. When you selecting you trip please carefully read the itinerary ans assess your ability to handle with our style of travel.

Climate /weather

If you are looking for when to trekking in Nepal or which month is best ? please visit our website at “when to trekking in Nepal”

Food and accommodation        

Eating is a big part of traveling. When travelling with ExGuides you experience the local food . while arrival ,we always provide you WELCOME DINNER. While trekking we are usually satying in  so call tea house. A tea houses are the combination of guest houses , restaurant and social hang out. Private rooms (twin basis) are available in most tea houses , except for high altitudes onces where it will be just dormitories. The tea houses are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided from tea houses. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. It depend on trekking region and trekking place.most of tea houses have running water facility and many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on the weather. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge , warmed by the Bukhara stove  and tea house normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. Most tea houses got solar lighting in dining.

Tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances –mobile phone and cameras and there maybe a small charge amount for this.

During a tea houses trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the tea houses where you stayed and lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side resturants. Every tea houses serves the traditional nepali meals Dal Bhat (rice and lentils) as well as a varity of different food item such as rice , vegetable , noodles , patatos and soup.also different varity food items such as a pizza , pasta and French fries. For soft drink, snacksand beer are available in most of the tea houdes and trails side resturants. And of course always milk tea is served everywhere in tea houses trekking.

Tipping

Tipping at the end of your trip : if you are happy with the services provided a tip- though not compulsory –is appropritate. While it may not be customary to you. it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your trips and inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destination. We recommend that tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group , rather than collected ans passed on by group leader. We suggest following amount are based on local considerations and feedback from our past traveller, hotel porter :NPR 50-100 is adequate for porters that assist you with bags to your room. Restaurant : please check the bill if there’s an addition of 10% service charge , no requirement ofr tipping , otherwise 5-10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.

Your Trip leader/ Guide: throughout your trip you may at times have a local Guide in addition to your leader. We suggest USD 2-3 per person , per day for local Guide(including city tour Guide , jungle Guide , rafting Guide , assistant trekking Guide and your Trip leader/ Guide).

Porter : throughout your trip you may at times have a porter in addition to your leader. We suggest USD $ 2 per person perday. ( normally two client luggage one porter will carry. ) but make sure that your trip leader /Guide should get more tips than porter. If you need any advice please you can always free to ask your trip leader /Guide.

Some general rules

Respect Culture : ExGuide philosophy of travel is one of respect toward everyone we encounter , and in particul our local people who make the world special place it is.

Disclaimer

All our trips are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other factors outside of ExGuides’s control. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the years. Something changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation route. Ths is can be happen with little noice so please be prepared for more modification to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from timing to timing.