Highlights

Stunning scenery and beautiful high mountain lakes

Overview

Day 1: Syabru or Dhunche to Sing Gompa • Altitude at Start – 1950m • Max Altitude reached -4610m Starting the day from Dhunche you will take the trail along the south bank of the Trisuli river through pretty fields and pastures. Crossing the river by a wooden bridge the trail follows the north side of the river. Now begins a steep climb up to the ridge levelling off as it passes through a village then continuing steeply further up the ridge. You will be trekking through a forest of rhododendrons and firs for approximately two hours before reaching a basic teahouse. Here you can stop for a break and enjoy the views looking back down the valley. Continue up to the ridge to a junction on the trail. Still climbing upwards you will pass an army camp then trek through a mixture of oak trees and scrub to Sing gompa. Sing gompa is in the village of Chandanbari at an elevation of 3250m. Here there are several lodges and a small cheese factory. The hillside nearby is bare due to a combination of logging, fire and wind storms many years ago and has not re-grown. Here you will stay the night at one of the lodges. Day 2: Sing Gompa – Gosainkund This day runs along the ridge rising at several points as you go along the ridge. On the northern slopes of the ridge it is rich, moist mountain forests and on the south facing slopes, dry scrub vegetation. You now will be trekking behind the ridge and in deep forests for a while then come out onto a saddle emerging at Chalang Pati (3380m). The Chalang Pati Hotel is a nice place for a welcome cup of tea. Beyond Chalang Pati you will enter the Gosainkund protected area where lighting of wood fires, grazing goats and the killing of animals is prohibited. The trail starts to ascend with fabulous views across the Langtang valley to Langtang Lirung. You reach Laurebina next, elevation 3930m. There are three lodges here with ‘astounding mountain views to enjoy refreshments whilst on top of the world.’ The Annapurnas are in view as well as Ganesh Himal (7406m), Manaslu (8156m), Langtang Lirung and mountain peaks in Tibet. You continue the trail up the ridge into alpine country reaching a pair of small pillars announcing ‘Welcome to Gosainkund.’ Continuing upwards you reach the ridge (4100m) and a little further is a view of the first of the lakes in this area. Below stretches the Saraswati Kindd valley. The trail now leaves the ridge on the sunny side so the snow melts quickly and continues high above the Trisuli valley. Hopefully you will not be an agraphobic! If there is a lot of snow still, it can be dangerous and rather spooky and may necessitate returning to Dhunche. However, if all is well, you will continue and crossing a spur the second lake, Bhairav Kund, comes into view. On a gentle climb up to a ridge you will then drop down 20m to the third and largest lake, Gosainkund (4380m) where there are two small tea shops, several stone shelters for pilgrims, and a shrine on the north-western side of the lake. During the full moon festival hundreds of people come to worship and bathe in the lake. In the middle of Gosainkund lake there is a black rock which legend says is the head of the God Shiva. Shiva is reputed to have created the lake and it is believed water from the lake disappears underground and surfaces in Kumbeshwar pool next to the Shiva Temple in Patan, 60km away. Day 3: Gosainkund to Ghopte This day the trail goes along the northern side of Gosainkund lake and ascends through rugged countryside to Laurebina Pass. It is a rough trail, crossing moraines, passing three small lakes and finally reaching the pass at 4610m. Walk up to a small hillock nearby to get views in both directions. Follow the trail alongside a stream descending through alpine country and at Bhera Goth (4100m) there is a choice of trails. The upper one is a new direct route to Tharepati but can be dangerous if there is any snow lying. The lower trail is safer and descends through the middle of the valley to Phedi (3500m) where you will find two funky tea shops by a wooden bridge crossing over the stream. Looking across the valley you will see a ridge and a steep trail leading up at an angle of 45 degrees. This is the route you take next! It continues across the head of the valley via a very rough trail, across moraines and past two goths where you may stop for tea or pepsi, to the bottom of the 160m climb to the ridge. Although this will be a steep ascent it is not exposed therefore less frightening than seen from across the valley. At the top of this infamous ridge you will start to descend through forests climbing through ravines across the head of the valley. There are giant cliffs towering above. These form part of the top of the Thare Danda. One ridge has prayer flags flying above and beyond these you will see Ghopte (3430m). You will be able to stop for refreshments at one of two tea shops after the long and rough day of trekking. The lodges at Tharepati are visible on a far ridge. You will be stopping here for the night. At night you can see the lights of Trisuli Bazaar far below and Kathmandu to the south west. Day 4: Ghopte to Tharepati From Ghopte you will descend from the ridge then continue up ravines and across boulder strewn old moraines with a final ascent to Tharepati sitting on a ridge (3490m). There are several lodges below the ridge and a further two sitting on the ridge itself. For wonderful views of Dorje Lakpa, Shisha Pangma and more peaks all the way to Khumbu, take a short climb up the hill to the east of the ridge. This is a short day for trekking so you will have the opportunity to just relax and enjoy the views, walk a little way to Helambu or head back to Kathmandu if that option is preferred, thus saving a day of walking. (The trail from here joins the Helambu circuit Day 5: Tharepati – Khutumsang Day 6: Khutumsang – Chisopani Day 7: Chisopani – Sundarijal - Kathmandu

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Kathmandu to Syabru to Gosaikunda to Sundarejal to Kathmandu
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10+ Moderate Trek
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