Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, a scenic and exciting drive to reach high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting ride of little more than 4-5 hours, during the drive, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns. As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 2, 030 m high. The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park.
At Dhunche with many good lodges and a small hotel for an overnight stay, our guide will check in the best available lodge or guest house. The town and whole area of Rasuwa are inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.
Today's walk takes you to our major highlights and a place of great religious importance at Gosainkunda. The morning walk offers more views of the snow-clad peaks of Langtang and Ganesh-Himal towards the northwest with Manaslu and Annapurna range in the far west. The adventure leads to gradual up for an hour entering oaks, pines, and rhododendron forest. Enjoying brief stops with facing grand views, the walk continues with a climb uphill on leaving forest and tree lines behind for short, dwarf rhododendron, juniper shrubs, and bushes.
The path unwinds uphill passing through a few teahouses at Laurabina, which means a place with walking sticks, (an auspicious time in August with the full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar, pilgrims visiting Gosainkunda for ritual bathe and dips where belief is, it delivers one into paradise and drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. This is the spot where Hindu devotees leave their walking stick here, hence the name Laurabina. From the high ridge with short descend and then up reaching across Saraswati and Bhairab Kund, with the little climb, brings you at Gosainkunda within its holy pristine glacial pond. One can witness some traces left behind by the pilgrims during the great festival event of Janai Purnima that falls in monsoon time of August, in a full moon day, where a large crowd of worshippers and pilgrims makes a hard trek to be in this sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva and the creator of many ponds around.
Communication is available in all major trekking destinations from ISTD to STD or Sat-Phone, besides mentioned communication system. Cell phones are used by all Nepalese in whole Nepal. Where you can buy a local SIM for the trek as well, the difference is where you are. Sometimes the network does not work at its best, due to bad weather or in a deep valley and gorge as well enclosed by the high mountain range.
Not at all, the trek is safe accompanied by our expert guide and strong loyal porters. The only health risk could be your personal medical problem or sudden unavoidable circumstance arising as bad weather, heavy snowfall, or rock falls which can happen any time anywhere. Where our guide is an expert taking care and precaution for the whole group for safety and making secure with the enjoyable holiday in Nepal.
Not a problem, our staff and guide as well Hiker Himalaya representatives will be at the airport to receive you, welcome you with a traditional welcome of garland, and then escort you to your hotel.
For altitude mountain sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the best is proper acclimatization and taking good rest, and drinking enough fluids like water, warm soup, and light green tea or hot lemon. Walking high and sleeping low is another good way of acclimatizing to high altitude. A trekker with these symptoms should descend to a lower level with an accompanying guide, staff, and close friends or relatives. In a very severe situation immediate rescue medical evacuation taking Helicopter service back to Kathmandu or the nearest city with good hospitals. But on this trek hardly people get altitude sickness as elevation gains slow and gradually and staying overnights at certain heights and walking slowly will prevent you from catching altitude sickness.
Yes, you must get Travel and Medical Insurance in your country, in case of trip cancellation due to bad worse weather. As well roadblocks due to landslides, avalanches including political disturbance, strikes, and arson can happen anywhere in the world apart from Nepal. For medical insurance in case of serious medical problems with high altitude symptoms that you might need immediate rescue by the fastest means like Helicopter service. Where all the expenses of the whole journey are due to incompleteness, your insurance comes in handy to get reimbursed. Hike Himalaya can only help you by issuing a letter with a doctor's certificate to support the claim from your insurance company.