Our trek gets on gear with an overland journey to the small hilly town of Dunche, the main trading post of the area. From here we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley to Kyangjin where we rest for a day for some high & wild exploration of the high mountains and glacial systems hereabouts. We then revert on the same path for three days before a journey to the sacred lakes of Gosaikunda, a major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We cross the Laurebina pass (4600m) and drop into the lush Helambu region and get some upfront experiences of different cultural lifestyles on these huge mountains.
The Langtang valley is appropriately called ‘the valley of glaciers.’ Down hereabouts, the mountains reach towering heights, almost touching the clouds. The valley is physically made up of pine forest, gushing mountain streams, rugged rock and silver grey peaks with grassy glens and lovely meadows strewn with daisies and wildflowers. We come across serene Buddhist monasteries, a cheese factory, hairy yaks, glaciers and mountain lakes that stir the emotions for a love of the natural landscapes we come across in this unique region. The colorful typical vibrant sherpa villages teem with life & give us deep insights into how the local folks live their lives in these rugged territories…
We clamber through a rugged trail with dramatic views: to the west Himal chuli (7893m) Manaslu (8156mm) and Ganesh Himal (7406m). On a sunny day with bright blue skies, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising behind and to the north across the valley is the delightful Langtang Lirung. We hike pass a few huts in the high scenic area of Laurebina pass, cross a small ridge and behold our first views of the holy lakes. We reckon a dozen lakes can be found in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. As legends would have it, Shiva created Gosainkunda when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world.
We finally conclude our trek and head back for an hours scenic drive back to Kathmandu after a wonderfully captivating trek in an area very less used…in this area it's just ‘you, me & the mountains’’ for a time out in the wilderness down here