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10 Nights 11 Days
Availability : Spring and Autumn
Thamel Kathmandu
Langtang Region
Min Age : 10
Max People : 15

Gosaikunda Trek

(2 Reviews)
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    Maximum Altitude: Surya Peak (5145m)
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

Overview

The Gosaikunda Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal, known for its scenic beauty, breathtaking mountain views, and the sacred Gosaikunda Lake. It takes you through the Langtang region, offering a combination of cultural immersion, alpine forests, and high-altitude lakes. 

The Gosaikunda Trek Route usually begins in the village of Syabrubesi, which is accessible by road from Kathmandu. From Syabrubesi, the trail winds through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, passing through small settlements and terraced fields. As you ascend, you’ll reach higher altitudes, witnessing stunning views of snow-capped peaks and the Langtang Himalayas.

The trail continues through picturesque villages such as Lama Hotel, Langtang Village, and Kyanjin Gompa, where you can explore Buddhist monasteries and interact with the local Tamang people. From Kyanjin Gompa, the route gradually ascends towards the Gosaikunda region.

Gosaikunda Lake is the highlight of the trek. Situated at an altitude of around 4,380 meters (14,370 feet), it is a sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhists. The lake is believed to be formed by Lord Shiva when he struck the ground with his trident to quench his thirst during a battle. It is said to have been created from the water of the holy Ganges.

The turquoise-colored Gosaikunda Lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and other Himalayan ranges. The lake attracts pilgrims during the Janai Purnima festival in August when thousands of devotees take a holy bath in its freezing waters.

There are various trekking maps available that provide a detailed overview of the Gosaikunda Trek route. These maps typically highlight the trail, villages, viewpoints, and landmarks along the way. You can find such maps in local trekking stores in Kathmandu or consult with our agencies for accurate free maps.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek combines the beauty of the Langtang Valley and the Gosaikunda region. It allows trekkers to explore the Langtang Valley, visit Kyanjin Gompa, and then continue towards Gosaikunda Lake. This extended trek offers a comprehensive experience of the Langtang region’s natural and cultural diversity.

The cost of the Gosaikunda Trek can vary depending on several factors, including the trekking agency you choose, the duration of the trek, the level of accommodation and services, and the number of trekkers in your group. On average, the cost can range from USD 700 to USD 1,200 per person, which covers permits, guide and porter fees, accommodation, meals, and transportation.

 The best time to visit Gosaikunda is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making for pleasant trekking conditions. During these seasons, you can enjoy vibrant landscapes, blooming flowers, and excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains.

It’s important to note that winter (December to February) brings heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures, making the trek challenging and risky. The monsoon season (June to August) also experiences heavy rainfall, which can make the trails slippery and leech-infested.

Gosaikunda Trek is a captivating journey that takes you through beautiful landscapes, traditional villages, and the sacred Gosaikunda Lake. It offers a blend of natural and cultural experiences, making it a memorable adventure for trekkers seeking both serenity and adventure in the Himalayas.

Gosaikunda Trek Overview
  • Starting Point: Dhunche
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude: Surya Peak (5145m)
  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate
  • No of Days: 11 days
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Accommodations: Tea houses and lodges
  • Average trek per day:  hours
  • Group size: 1-15 max
Gosaikunda Trek Highlights
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Passing through Laurebina La Pass (3910m).
  • Hike to Surya Peak (5145m) for a closer view of Langtang ranges.
  • The mesmerizing view of Mt. Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc.
  • Visit the dreamy pearl-like lakes of Gosaikunda.
  • Opportunity to explore the culture of this region.
  • Visit the famous cheese factory in Shin Gompa.
  • Visit different monasteries on the way to Gosaikunda.
Gosaikunda Trek Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trek
  • Day 03: Drive to Dhunche (1960m)
  • Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Shin Gompa (3330m)
  • Day 05: Trek from Shin Gompa to Laurebina (3910m)
  • Day 06: Trek from Laurebina to Gosaikunda (4380m)
  • Day 07: Explore Gosaikunda
  • Day 08: Trek from Gosaikunda to Shin Gompa
  • Day 09: Trek from Shin Gompa to Dhunche
  • Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: Final Departure

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • A full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseen Tour with local tour guide and Private vehicle
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • Trekking route map.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Travel insurance.
  • UNESCO entrance fee

Complementaries

  • Trekking Pole
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Dawn Jacket
What to Expect
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Passing through Laurebina La Pass (3910m).
  • Experience one of the dangerous trekking route of Nepal.
  • Hike to Surya Peak (5145m) for a closer view of Langtang ranges.
  • Mesmerizing view of Mt. Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal,etc.
  • Visit the dreamy pearl like lakes of Gosaikunda.
  • Opportunity to explore the culture of this region.
  • Visit the famous cheese factory in Shin Gompa.
  • Visit different monasteries on the way to Gosaikunda.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

You are welcome to Nepal.

As soon as you arrive at the TIA, you can see our representative waiting for you. He will help you get to the destined hotel. After getting to the hotel, you can get a shower and rest. If you are not exhausted, you can roam in the nearby places to explore.

As a welcome to Nepal, we will be organizing a Nepali style dinner in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel of Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & trek preparation Day

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Today is your second day in Nepal, so we will give you a fresh start with sightseeing some of the popular places of the Kathmandu valley. We will visit various historical and cultural sites of the valley like: Pashupatinath Temples, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

After sightseeing all the beautiful and rich sites, we will also enjoy some local cuisines of the valley. Then we will return back to the hotel and prepare all the stuffs for the trek. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive to Dhunche (1960m)

Drive Duration: 126 km

Drive Duration: 6 hrs

Maximum Altitude: Dhunche (1960m)

Today we will begin our journey to Gosaikunda. Our team will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the bus stand. From there we will drive to Dhunche where we will start our trek. The drive won’t be boring as you will see beautiful scenes from the window throughout the drive. You can see beautiful green hills, terraced farm fields, and most exciting scenes are the mountains.

You will be able to spot Mt. Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and more during the journey. We will also take short lunch break in between. Overnight stay in Dhunche.

Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Shin Gompa (3330m)

Kilometers: (12 km)

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Shin Gompa (3330m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dhunche will be our starting point of this trek. We will have a light breakfast and head to Shin Gompa. The trail gently goes up until it reaches Trishuli River. From here we will go steeper to Chandnbari. The trail also passes through silent pine forest and walking in the steeper path gives you the glimpse of Ganesh Himal.

After reaching Shin Gompa we will also visit the famous cheese factory and also visit the monasteries styled in Newari structures. Overnight stay in Shin Gompa.

Day 5: Trek from Shin Gompa to Laurebina (3910m)

Kilometers: (11 km)

Trek Duration: 5 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Laurebina (3910m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have breakfast in Shin Gompa and get ready for today’s trek. We will gradually ascend to Laurebina. The trail passes through a beautiful and dense pine forest. You might spot some wildlife passing in these routes. On the way to Laurebina you can see the clear snow-capped mountain ranges from Annapurna to Langtang.

After 4 to 5 hours of trek we will finally reach Laurebina which brings us closer to Gosaikunda. Overnight stay in Laurebina.

Day 6: Trek from Laurebina to Gosaikunda (4380m

Kilometers: (4.7 km)

Trek Duration: 3 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Gosaikunda (4380m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the day to trek towards our main part of the journey that is Gosaikunda. We have a short trek to reach Gosaikunda from Laurebina so we can move slowly. To reach Gosaikunda we have a long 2 hours of uphill climb. The chortens and the prayer flags represents that we are in Gosaikunda.

Since there is plenty time left in the afternoon, you can also see the nearby places in Gosaikunda or you can rest with a cup of tea along with mesmerizing mountain views. Overnight stay in Gosaikunda.

Day 7: Explore Gosaikunda

Maximum Altitude: Surya Peak (5145m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will take an entire day to explore and acclimatize around Gosaikunda. The morning obvious starts with a warm breakfast and mountain views. Then we will hike to the sacred lake Gosaikunda. The water of the lakes is pearl blue and is so dreamy. The shadow of the mountain and cloud looks so satisfying in the lake. It is said that Gosaikunda washes away all your sins.

You can also hike to Surya Peak (5145m) which gives you a closer view of Langtang ranges. The hike will be quite steep and will take 2 hours. The peak provides you a splendid view of landscapes. Then we will return back to Gosaikunda for the night.

Day 8: Trek from Gosaikunda to Shin Gompa

Kilometers: (17.5 km)

Trek Duration: 6 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Laurebina La Pass (4165m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending such a beautiful time in Gosaikunda, it is time to descend our trek. After having breakfast, we will continue our steps and head to Shin Gompa. The trail passes through Laurebina La Pass which offers us splendid views of various mountains. Then we will continue the walk via Cholangpati.

After a few hours of trek, we will finally reach Shin Gompa. Overnight stay in Shin Gompa.

Day 9:Trek from Shin Gompa to Dhunche

Kilometers: (18 km)

Trek Duration: 6 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Shin Gompa (3330m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast, we will gradually descend our journey to Dhunche. Today will be the last trek of our Gosaikunda Trek. We will start to descend through the rhododendron, bamboo, and pine forest. Crossing the forest we will reach Deurali, from here we will enter another forest. Then the trail comes across the river.

Descend from here will take us to Dhunche. Overnight stay in Dhunche.

 

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu

Kilometers: (126 km)

Trek Duration: 7 hours.

Maximum Altitude: Dhunche (1960m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have an early morning breakfast today. After packing all the stuffs we will leave Dhunche. Taking all the good memories with us we will return back to Kathmandu by bus. We will be driving via the same route as earlier. You can enjoy the beautiful scenes throughout the way to Kathmandu.

As soon as we reach Kathmandu, we will drop you at the hotel. We will meet you in the evening to have a farewell dinner and you can share your trekking experience with us. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 11:Final Departure

Here comes the day to say a hard bye to Nepal. Our representative will help you to drive to TIA. He will drop you a few hours before your flight period. We hope you had a great time in Nepal. Hope to be a part of your trek in Nepal again.

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FAQ

What are the permits needed during Gosaikunda Trek?

You will need the following permits during Gosaikunda Trek:

TIMS Card (travelling in a group costs USD $10 per person, individual trekking costs USD $20 per person, and for SAARC members it costs USD $6)

Langtang National Park Entry Permit (other nation USD $30 per person, SARC nation citizens USD $15 per person)

How long can Gosaikunda Trek be?

Gosaikunda Trek is a short trek. it depends upon you how long do you want the trek to be going. Adding and reducing the place from the itinerary is your job. But in average it will take you 5 to 11 days to complete the Gosaikunda trek.

The Gosaikunda trek is one of the less time consuming splendid trek of Nepal.

What type of accommodation is provided in Gosaikunda Trek?

Main accommodation during the Gosaikunda Trek is lodges and tea houses. They will provide you with every possible facility. They have warm rooms, hospitable environment, locally grown food items, electricity, etc. Most of the bathrooms are shared during the trek.

They might charge you in per hour ratings for using internet. Pre-booking the places are always beneficial.

Can we join other trails with Gosaikunda Trek?

Yes there are several trails you can join along with Gosaikunda but among them the most popular one is Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. In this trek you will join the Langtang trail along with Gosaikunda. If you are only joining the Gosaikunda Trek, it is short but adding any other trails to this can extend it longer. Helambu is also an option to join with Gosaikunda Trek.

You can join other trail of that lies in Langtang region too.

 

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Henry Johnson

Solo Traveller

The Holy lake of Gosainkunda in Langtang National Park is one of the best destination to visit by trekking. The lake and surrounding is really beautiful. Since the lake is surrounded by high hills, they are covered by snow during most of the time in a year. Just you need to take care that you might be caught by high altitude sickness.
One of the best trekking and mostly recommend trek.

April 1, 2023

Ronald smith

Group Traveller

We have been to Gosainkunda twice. Both times we stayed several days and hiked around the lakes, up to the pass and explored the nearby trails and ridge lines. On this last trip we followed the mostly unused trail, taking off from the lowest lake, discovering that, though it was in rough shape in places, you could make it out to the road and the bus back to Kathmandu in a day if you started early and kept moving. There are also great views from the trail to the ridge starting behind the tea houses and often wonderful sunsets as well.

March 1, 2023
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