Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Region

Langtang Region

Duration

13 Days

Max Altitude

4,773m at Kyangjin Ri

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

4-6 Hrs Walking

Transportation

Private Transportation to Dhunche and Sundarijal - Kathmandu by local transport

Grade

2 moderate

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Langtang-Gosainkunda Trekking is a spectacular trekking to a mesmerizing Langtang valley and a popular pilgrimage site and lake, Gosainkunda. This trekking is rewarding for both naturalists and pilgrims. We experience crystal clear water in Langtang river. The suspension bridge, high pasturelands into the deep and lush forest, camping sites, prayer flags are stunning to experience. Similarly, we also will experience the great various species of floras and faunas in Langtang National Park. As the trail ascends, we also have tremendous insights of hospitable Tamang people and their culture. Most important, the Langtang Valley is as astonishing valley encircled by mountain peaks and inhabited by Tibetan people. Apart from these, we also visit a serene lake in the lap of the mountain, Gosainkunda which is a popular pilgrimage site to Hindu. 

Journey Route To Langtang-Gosainkunda

We commence our Langtang-Gosainkunda Trekking after we drive to Syabrubesi ( 8-10 hrs.) from Kathmandu. The drive itself is significant to experience country life, landscapes, mountain peaks etc. The ending part of the road is rough mountain road. The trail then ascends crossing a suspension bridge across Langtang river. We trek along the Langtang river through dense and deep woods in Langtang National Park. We also happen to different species of wildlife include Pandas, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Thar, Rhesus Monkey, and Langur. It is a delight for bird watchers and florists, especially during the spring season.R rhododendron and bamboo forests, pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock, snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows of Daisies are dominant in the valley which makes the journey even more alluring and memorable. Langtang Valley offers us an opportunity to view splendid Langtang Lirung (7,200m), Ganesh Himal (7,600m) and Langtang-II (7,227m). 

Then the trail backtracks to Lauribinayak and Chandanbari which accesses us to get a high mountain holy lake Gosainkunda. In the middle of the lake, we witness an enormous stone lying into the water which is considered to be  an incarnation of god Shiva. We also observe other smaller lakes beside Gosainkunda. Then we head to Gosainkunda Pass. Finally, we trek down to Sundarijal via Chisapani through magical rhododendron and we drive back to Kathmandu.

Highlights of Langtang-Gosainkunda Trek

  • Visit Langtang- ice flowers gorge, pine trees and lush woodland.
  • Wonders of the mountains with snow cover, river cascades, canyon, stone-driven miles and several suspension bridges.
  • The Tibetan Boarding Area
  • Gorgeous glaciers of Lirung and Kim Sung
  • Kyangin Gompa Visit
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries, flags of priests and choirs
  • Thick woods, lush mountains and farmland
  • The Gosainkunda Lake Holy at 4600 m above sea level.
  • Broad ride to Kyanjin Ri (4 773 metres), Tzergo / Cherko Ri (4 984 metres)

    Our Langtang Region trekking programs include:

13 Days LANGTANG GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREK

16 Days Tamang Heritage Trek

11 Days Langtang Valley Trek

12 Days Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Outline Itinerary ( 13 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport and Transfer to Himalayan Suite Hotel

    Our airport representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel on your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Later that evening you will have welcome dinner at hotel.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

    You will be visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu. You will take stroll around the ancient heritages with our guide. You visit the Square of Kathmandu Durbar to witness Nepalese art and history, which is more than 500 years old. Also named Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath is a popular tourist destination. Another place you are going to visit on this day is Pashupatinath (Hindus' biggest temple). Next,   your visit will be Bouddhanath in walking distance from Pashupatinath. It is one of South Asia's largest stupas.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Dhunche

    You will be driving to Dhunche, about 7 hours away by bus after an early morning meal. It's a breathtaking drive that passes through a spectacular landscape. After arrival to Dhunce in the late afternoon you will be making your mind to head to Langtang in the evening.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity: Drive to Dhunche-7hrs
    Altitude: 1950m

  • 4

    Dhunche to Sing Gompa

    Our actual trekking begins from Dhunche. We walk uphill slowly along the bamboo and oak forest after breakfast, visit the village of Deurali and Dimsa and enter Sing Gompa for overnight. Sing Gompa has a well-known temple, so it's really popular in the area. The location has a large view of the himalayan scenery of Langtang.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity: Trek to Sing Gompa 4-5hrs
    Altitude: 3330m

  • 5

    Sing Gompa to Laurebinayak

    From Sing Gompa, the road slowly goes up to the patio of Chalang (3650 m) where you have a magnificent view of Langtang Lirung, the Tibetan mountains and the pine and rhiodendrons trees. The road climbs up to Laurebinayak. 

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  4-5hrs
    Altitude: 3920m

  • 6

    Laurebinayak to Gosainkunda

    Touring the Gosainkunda lakes in time for lunch for another three to 4 hours. We will go to the highest point at Laurebina Pass at a height of 15,091 feet (4600 m) for 1 hour.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  4-5hrs
    Altitude: 4460m

     

  • 7

    Gosainkunda to Ghopte

    Further our trail descends gradual down towards the village of Ghopte on passing a small human settlement in Phedi.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  5-6hrs 
    Altitude: 3440m

  • 8

    Ghopte to Tharepati

    The ancient cave in Ghopte is filled by lush bamboo, rhododendron and juniper trees.You pass by a stream after passing through rhododendron, oak and hot-tree woods until entering Tharepati, a village of herders' huts at 3,579 meters. The road goes down from Tharepati to Jugal Himal and Numbur at the Solu Khumbu through the blue pine and rhododendron woods with clear views down into the Helambu Valley. 

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  6-7 hrs 
    Altitude: 3640m

  • 9

    Tharepati to Gul Bhanjyang

    Today we pass the rhododendron and fir trees along our path. En route to Kutumsang (2450 m) you can admire the beautiful mountain scenery of Mt Dorje Lakpa. Then we walk down into a lovely hill village of Gul Bhanjyang. Lodge overnight.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  6-7 hrs 
    Altitude: 2140m

  • 10

    Gul Bhanjyang to Chisapani

    After breakfast, we trek uphill towards ThodangBetini. Then the trail descends to reach PatiBhanjyang. Here we can explore a Brahman and Chhetri village. Afterward, we trek further to arrive at Chisopani.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  5-6 hrs 
    Altitude: 2140m

  • 11

    Chisapani to Sundarijal

    Today, our trail leads to Borlang Bhanjyang (2,440 m) through the oak and rhododendron forests. From here on, we will then descend to Mulkharka (1800 metres) with a panoramic view of the valley of Kathmandu. Moving downhill we reach Sundarijal and entering the wood. Then we return by car to Kathmandu. Relax for the day's rest.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: BreakFast
    Activity:  3-4 hrs trek and 1-2hrs drive back to Kathmandu

  • 12

    International Departure

    Today our airport representative will transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight back to home after early morning breakfast.

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Transportation by bus or sharing jeep ( KTM-Dhunche)
  • Three-star category hotel in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel ) in twin sharing with bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation in lodge during the trekking days in twin-sharing basis
  • All meals, accommodation, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Necessary permit, TIMS and National park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in private vehicle
  • Necessary equipment ( Sleeping bag and duffle bag- if needed) during the trek.
  • Private transportation Sundarijal-Kathmandu

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and trekking days. (Meal costs about 5$ - 8$ dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • International flight ticket (We can help you to book)
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
  • City sightseeing monument entrance fee (NPR 200+400+1000+1000)

Departures Dates

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Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Journey

North of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border, your journey starts in the lower Langtang Valley, sandwiched between a Himalayan range to the north and snowy peaks to the south. You will trek through forests, past waterfalls, Sherpa villages, and farmlands, getting to know the locals, many of them are of Tibetan origin. Experience the Langtang Valley's spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers and explore the villages almost unto you, as the trails are far less populated in this area. This region is also famous for its rare and abundant fauna and flora. As you are heading through the national park, keep your eye out for our rare and interesting wildlife: red panda, snow leopard, monkeys, deer, pike, hawks, raptors and the national bird of Nepal, the colorful Danphe.

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Grade

This is a moderate trek which requires you to walk 5-6 hours per day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a moderate trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required.

Best Season for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

The time from September to November and also March to May is considered the best time to trek in Langtang region. Autumn and spring are always pleasant time to travel because of moderate temperature and along with clean and perfect sunny days for the views of mountains and forests while on the trekking trail. To avoid crowds, one can also do this trek during December, January and February. They are the months of winter and hence, it's best to be prepared for cold weather and and frost and snow. Again if you don’t mind trekking during rainy season, you can also do the trekking from June to August.

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Permit

Langtang Valley Trek lies in Langtang National Park, so no need exceptional license like limited zone (Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Manaslu Region, Nar-Phu Valley and some more). Our administration has imparted just two grants for the Langtang Trek. Both of these permits are obligatory for your trek to Langtang Region. Your permits need to appear on the check post along the Langtang valley trekking course. On the off chance that you go there without grants, you need to purchase from that point with additional charge or you may have acknowledge disciplines according to the law of Nepal government.

TIMS Card TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) is mandatory for everybody to Trek in Nepal. It Cost US $ 20 for every individual/per trek Langtang National Park Entry Permit It cost US $ 30 for every individual/per trek The two grants you can purchase in Kathmandu (Nepal Tourism Board) before you go on Trek.

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Altitude

Langtang trekking is a short and moderate style trekking in Langtang area toward the North east of Nepal. The greatest height of Langtang valley remains at 5033 m. It is the place; you can appreciate the 360 degree Langtang mountain display view and perspective on rich valley and verdant pine woodland. This short trek starts from Syaprubesi which is only 1550 m, than trek proceeds on wards to Langtang valley and the height ascend in like manner. If you are basically fit, this trek doesn't give you any issues as it starts from low height at 1550 m. The normal strolling hours daily will be around 4 to 7 hours. When we follow the schedule, new great suppers, enough drinking and moderate pace while we are trekking then there is no danger of altitude sickness.

Food and Accommodation in Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Langtang Valley Trek is completely tea-house (visitor house) trek in Langtang Region. You will remain in an overall quite clean tea-house, they give you local food, clean convenience, and distinctive different varieties. You can also expect radiator (smokestack) in lounge area, hot and cold shower, additional cover, electronic gadget charging and so on you can likewise pick the menu for the food what do you like however meat isn't accessible above than Syabrubesi. Each extraordinary height has a distinctive variety of food due to the remote and inaccessibility of street transport. In the entire Langtang valley trek, ordinarily, the rooms are twins fundamental that could conceivably have a connected latrine. On the off chance that may not be connected, you should share a typical latrine and restroom.

Wi-fi, Electricity and Connectivity on Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

You can get Wi-Fi availability at USD 2 every hour by and large. You could likewise get a neighborhood sim card and different versatile information bundle. NTC and NCell are two of the nearby SIM suppliers. These SIM cards will cost you around USD 1 to 2 and a few dollars more if you likewise need the versatile information bundle. You can charge your devices at around USD 0.5 - USD 3 in the Himalayas. The Wi-Fi availability and the portable systems don't have legitimate inclusion in the higher altitude areas.

You will get to charge your electronic devices the mountains, including a cell phone, camera, and so on. The charging costs go around USD 2 to 5 every hour to charge in the high altitude locale. You dont require extra charging costs at the lower heights.

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

Packing List for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

A. UV protection

• Sunscreen cream

• Lip balm good quality

• Sunglasses good quality

B. Heat and warmth

Jacket, a pair of the vest, pair of Pants, Gloves, warm Hat or Cap, Hiking Pants  

C. lightening

• Head torch or flashlight

• Extra batteries and power bank

D. First-aid box

  • Diamox tablets
  • Sanitary pads / Tampons
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Band-aids
  • Mosquito and insect repellents

E. Hydration

• Water bottles

• Water filter

• Water purifying tablets 

F. Important Trekking Gear

• Daypack or summit pack

• Quality Pack and bag cover

• Trekking pole repair sleeve

• -15 degree celsius sleeping bag (HSJ will provide)

• Whistle (plus signaling mirror)

• Energy Bars and dry foods

• Energy beverages or drink mixes

• Water purification tab and a water bottle

• Hiking Boots and sandals,

• Camera and trip permits

• Route description books

• All toiletries items

• Trowel and hand sanitize

• Toothbrush and paste also soap and shampoo

• Cell phone

G. Trip detail itinerary, Passport and Trekking Permits

Luggage |Limit Per Person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Insuring your Safety

Travel insurance & rescue when travelling to a remote destination like Nepal is strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For the reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestion of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more or Europe assistance or Travel Direct- TID . We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.

Drinking Water on the Langtang Gosainkunda trek

Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains.

Extra Expenses

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You would also have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi and charging.

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page. 

Important Information

Maximum Altitude of Langtang Trek is 4900m

Best time to do Langtang trek is during spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). HSJ can however organize the trek at any time of the year with absolute saftey while still availing you to have memorable experience.

It is considered to be one of moderate trekking trails of Nepal. While it is also one of the most popular, it is also one of the easiest trekking destination. With little to no trekking experience, people have been able to successfully complete this trek. However we grade it as strenous trekking experience as it consists of dramatic ascends and descends through steep stone stairs. Decent physical fitness and prior trekking experience can be an asset while no technical skills are necessary.

While it is possible to do Langtang Trek independantly, the need of guide is misunderstood often. Guide is more than just someone that helps you with navigation, guide with knowledge of locality, way of life and also being responsible to attend to your other needs like finding you comfortable accommodation. Having a porter will help you carry your gears and belongings and you can travel at your pace while enjoying your trek. A guide can arrange for permits and TIMS for you and dealing with all other technical aspects of trekking.

Langtang is easy and safe trek that people can do this trek independently. Indeed, it is secure and not risky trek. It's not a complex walk, the pitch is not rough, no tough moves, no sharp hits. That said, accidents can occur on any walk, so caution is of course required. A responsive acclimatization is important.

You will have working network connectivity in most parts of the trails. However at the higher altitude, the network may become sluggish and unreliable. The stops at the tea houses will have working connection and most of them would have wifi connectivity too. You may have to pay some extra charge for wifi connection and electricity at the higher altitude.

Global passengers will be protected by insurance when treking in Nepal. Although Nepal is normally very secure, trekking at high altitudes is physically difficult and often risky. Altitude sickness is common during hiking tours in Nepal, particularly among foreign hikers who may not have taken the right time to acclimatize. Such rescue and related emergency procedures are costly and passengers are forced to pay for these services out of their pockets, unless they are covered by insurance plans.

The break during the trek depends upon the travelers and guide. Needless to say frequent breaks are needed while ascending. Only one break is taken for the lunch. Usually travelers carry their dry snacks which they can eat while on the trek and in between the breaks. There will be break to refill the water on the way.

Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Langtang. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip.

Supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip. You will also have the option to share the room with another solo traveler depending on your and their consent and interest. Even if you pay supplementary charge for the single room, it is possible that during peak seasons you will end up sharing rooms due to lack of availability of the room

In the average, you will be walking for 5-6 hours each day during the Langtang Trek.

Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured.

Yes, children are allowed to do the trek, however it is safe to not bring children under the age of 12 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well.

No, there is no age limit to do the trek. If the person is healthy and physically fit, they can do the trek.

You will have teahouse or guest house accomodation while on the trek. Tea houses can be multi-story concrete buildings with private rooms in lower elevations. The higher you step up, the more simple the accommodation is. Accommodation will involve a single dorm space in the base camp. Guide will arrange for the adequate, clean and hygeinic place for you to spend overnight and you will eat at the same place you will stay in. Most of the places shall have attached bathroom and hotshower however over the higher altitude, it is likely that you may have to pay extra sum for the same.

Liquid uses are about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatique and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, ginger tea and garlic soup.

The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

You may have to apply and obtain necessary TIMS and Permits yourself if you are trekking solo or independently. If you are hiring trekking agency or guide, this will be taken care for you.

No, the company does not provide trekking poles, you will have to manage it on your own or our guide can help you buy it when you are in Nepal. The pair of trekking poles cost from $10-$15.

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

If you are solo traveler and to avoid single supplement surcharge, you can share your room with same sex solo traveler.It however depends on availability of another solo traveler and their willingness to share the room with you.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected]om.np. And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.