Everyone has their own reasons to go on a trek. I love to be amidst the mountains, somehow being in their midst is humbling, comforting and liberating. The mind starts to get still, as the body goes into overdrive. Physical comforts are forced to be given up, and limits are breached.
Of course, being passionate about photography, I make my own attempts to capture the beauty in the images. I know it can be futile to even imagine that one can capture all the beauty, but that would mean taking up a defeatest attitude. I do my best, I prepare for different kinds of scenarios, do my research and then Mother Nature either rewards me with a stunning view OR slaps me on my face. I go to the mountains prepared for both.
Enough of my thoughts about being in the mountains.
If one were to go on the Langtang Gosaikunda trek, with a primary aim of photography and also to enjoy the trek at a little more than a leisurely pace, I would recommend an itinerary as below.
Furthermore, I would strongly recommend doing the trek in the early winter months of Oct and Nov, rather than in Spring/summer.
I did the trek in April, and I was kinda disappointed with the weather. No, I don’t mean the unseasonal rain or snow.
Its the haze. I have no idea where the haze came from – from the valley, from the forest fires, from ???
But wherever it came from, it created a screen over the mountains. Some mornings were clear, some were ruined. And it also ruined couple of nights that I stayed up to shoot star trails.
In addition, by late morning/noon, clouds would rise and cover the mountains, ruining whatever chance I had at witnessing/capturing a sunset.
If photography is one’s main reason, then I would advise that one should stick to the months of Oct/Nov/early Dec. There are no guarantees with mountain weather, but that would be the more ideal period for photography.
Now, onto the itinerary…
|Day 1||Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Bamboo||If going by private jeep, leave Kathmandu by 630AM,
else factor a night at Syabrubesi
|Day 2||Bamboo - Ghora Tabela/Thangsyap/Chamki||If accomodation is available in Ghora Tabela,
that is also a good place to stay overnight
|Day 3||Ghora Tabela/Thangsyap/Chamki - Langtang/Sindum||acclimatization day. Langtang is a fairly big village with lots of lodges,
if you fancy staying in smaller settlements, consider Chamki or Sindum (however there are fewer accommodation options in these places)
|Day 4||Langtang/Sindum - Kyanjin Gompa|
|Day 5||Kyanjin Gompa - Langshisha Kharka|
|Day 6||Langshisha Kharka - Kyanjin Gompa|
|Day 7||Climb Kyanjin Ri/Tserko Ri|
|Day 8||Kyanjin Gompa - Rimche||This will be a long day, so better start early|
|Day 9||Rimche - Thulo Syabru|
|Day 10||Thulo Syabru - Shin Gompa (Chandan Bari)||Can cosider staying at Phoprang Danda,
as the view from there is much nicer than Shin Gompa,
but the lodge facilities (toilets) are very basic.
|Day 11||Shin Gompa||Rest day|
|Day 12||Shin Gompa (Chandan bari) - Laurebina Yak|
|Day 13||Laurebina Yak - Gosaikunda|
|Day 14||Gosaikunda - Shin Gompa||Can also consider staying at Laurebina Yak as the view is much nicer,
but the lodge facilities (in some cases no shower) are very basic.
|Day 15||Shin Gompa - Dhunche - Kathmandu||If descending from Laurebina Yak (instead of Shin Gompa), factor in an additional 1.5hrs|