Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group Size: 2 - 10 People in Group
  • Min Age: +15
  • Trip Type: Tea House Trek
  • Transport: As Per Itinerary
  • Trek Start & End: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: March-June | Sept-Dece
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max Elevation: 4,600m | 15,091ft

Highlights

  • Natural walk to holy Gosainkund, a glacial pond with marvelous views of mountains
  • An exciting and scenic overland drive from warm areas to the cooler alpine region
  • Stunning views of Ganesh-Langtang to Jugal Himal range of mountains
  • Explore-hill farm villages full of traditional culture in the harmony of pristine nature
  • Lovely tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks and pines trees to arid and barren landscapes
  • Crossing the scenic pass of Luarabina-La Pass 4,600m | 15,091ft
  • Trek to Helambu areas and towards the northeast of Kathmandu

About Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Gosainkunda Lake Trek guides you on a scenic and cultural adventure with a touch of old mythology and a holy spiritual walk to Gosainkund Lake, a perfect journey on the high ridges of Langtang Himal situated around the central Himalaya range of mountains which includes Ganesh-Langtang and Jugal Himal range of peaks. The lake is regarded as one of the important and holy pilgrimage spots for both Hindu and Buddhist religions, as per great Hindu myth, the belief is that Gosainkund a pond is the vicarage and is made by Lord Shiva (one of three main Hindu deities). 

The Hindu and Buddhist religions believe that this pristine glacial pond was formed by digging of the land by Trishul (a holy Trident) weapon of Lord Shiva, thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from India and Nepal visit the Gosainkunda every year, especially on full moon day, which falls in August, the special auspicious Hindu occasion of ‘Janai Purnima’ (changing of holy threads) festival. We start the trek with an exciting overland  5-6 hours drive towards the north of Kathmandu to Dhunche the gateway to many Trekking destinations in the Langtang region and the old Trans Himalayan Trade route of Nepal and Tibet.

The trek guides us on a climb into enchanting serene woodlands of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines and oaks tree lines were elusive and rare Panda seldom seen around this deeply forested area. Our walk finally leads to Gosainkund after walking past the Singh Gompa and Lauribina ridges. We Have a full rest day to explore this fascinating holy place with awesome views of snowcapped peaks, our walk leads to cross a high pass of east Laurabina-La 4,600m/15,091ft also known as Gosainkund Pass to reach the eastern ridges passing some parts of the Helambu area of Kutumsang-Thotung-Danda and Golphu-Bhanjyang to reach Chisapani on the northern hills of Kathmandu valley, here with super views of the sunrise over mountains.

This marvelous and remarkable trekking concludes with a short drive from Sundarijal back to Kathmandu after fascinating Trekking around the high hills of Langtang Himal. The best time to visit there: Spring (March to May and Autumn (September to November) is one of the best seasons for Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek. The climate is sunny and warm with excellent views, if you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during the winter season (December, January, and February) is also good and could be an option for this trip.

Why book the trek with Nepal Spirit Adventure?

  • Nepal base trekking company with fully Government licensed.
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  • Easy online booking proceed with online visa | master card payment without any service charge.
  • 24-hour customer service.
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  • Fully customize trek itinerary as per travel need.
  • Experience field staff and full insurance coverage.
  • Best service and reasonable, acceptable prices.
  • 99% Trip successful and customer satisfied.

The Gosainkunda Lake Trek Equipment

The trekking equipment always comes first before starting the trek, we provide quality sleeping bags are important for every trekker blankets are available along the trekking places, and we highly suggest you use the sleeping bag, if you want to use your trekking bag you can bring from your country but it is not top necessary as we are trekking for only 7 days. The trek down jacket and NSA duffel bag are also included in the trek package, you can check your down jacket size before we leave the trek from Kathmandu city. However, we highly recommend the following trekking equipment item re-checklist and would be always grateful to have them for a successful trek of Gosainkunda Lake 2024.

Recommend checklist of trek equipment

Head Items:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest or jacket

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet Items:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Hands Items:

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories Items:

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC * 
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet paper, etc)
  • Ear Plug (who knows some people in the group are snoring)
  • Personal First aid kit
  • Lip Guard
  • Passport copies
  • Pocket knives
  • Flashlight

Toiletries Items:

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries Item:

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

What You Carry For Trek

Please, bring the equipment listed above and pack your gear for the trek into a duffel bag or rucksacks, and a small day bag for you. The larger bag with your kit will be carried by the porter to meet you each evening. You should bring a day pack to carry by yourself for water, a rain jacket, hat gloves, camera money, etc. The weather in the mountains is changeable so you will need some warm clothes with you on your day pack.

Travel Advice: Above the details trekking equipment isn't necessary for this 7-day hike to Gosaikunda just bring important items required for a high altitude trail, and many of them you can buy in Kathmandu after you arrive with at reasonable prices.

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Itinerary

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Starting this marvelous trip to Langtang Valley, taking an early morning scenic drive from Kathmandu to the Dhunche district and the major town of Rasuwa and Langtang area, drive leads north passing interesting towns and farm villages, journey continues towards the cooler area above mid-hills leaving behind low land of rice terraces to reach the entrance of Langtang National Park in Dhunche 1,950 m for an overnight stop in the comfort of the nice lodge.

Note: We provide private jeep transportation as per travel needs.

  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Altitude: 1,950m | 6,397ft

Morning leads to a climb into a lovely forest of rhododendron, oaks, and pine trees with views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal and as far towards Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya, a steep climb but scenic walk into a beautiful forest where more than 10 different species of rhododendron found around, passing summer pasture and then on the pleasant winding trail to Singh Gomba / Chandanbari village with a cheese factory and an old monastery on top of the village.

  • Meals: B L D
  • Altitude: 3,584m | 11,758ft
From Shing Gompa, the walk leads to Gosainkund, starting with a climb into pine and rhododendron forest then over Lauri Binayak pass at above 3,932 m, the walk leads past Laurebina and Cholang Pati. After Lauri Binayak with fantastic views of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung reach at holy Gosaikund Lake area for an overnight stop. The legendary and mythic story of this holy place as per the ancient Hindu epic, Gosainkund a pond believes as the vicarage of Lord Shiva (one of three main Hindu deities) and Goddess Gauri. Hindus believe that this pristine pond was formed due to the digging of the land by Trishul (a holy Trident) weapon of Lord Shiva, thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from India and Nepal visit Gosainkund every year, especially on full moon day which lies in the month of August, the special auspicious occasion of ‘Janai Purnima’ festival.
  • Meals: B L D
  • Altitude: 4,381m | 14,373ft

After a pleasant stop at Gosainkund, a tough morning walk to climb over Laurabina eastern or Gosainkund pass at 4,600 m / 15,091 ft., the highest point of this adventure after walking past Ganesh and Surya Kund. From the pass downhill all with a few short ups and down to an overnight stop at Gopte Odar, a small settlement located in the middle of a forest on route Kathmandu and Helambu area.

  • Meals: B L D
  • Altitude: 3,430m | 11,253ft

From Ghopte, a morning walk leads son winding trail most of the way with a short steep climb to Thadepati, where the Helambu and Kathmandu trekking trail joins. Thadepati offers views of peaks and scenery of rolling hills and valleys, this place with 5-6 lodges and teahouses after a nice break walk leads downhill to Kutumsango village for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: B L D
  • Altitude: 2,471m | 8,106ft

After Kutumsang village, a morning walk uphill through farm fields, then into the forest with views of surrounding landscapes and snowcapped mountains of Ganesh-Langtang to Jugal Himal, this pleasant walk leads past Gulphu-Bhanjyang village, then reaching closer to Kathmandu valley with an overnight stop at Chisapani, after a walk uphill through farmlands and villages with wonderful views to Patibanjayang village, a nice small village from here uphill for an hour to Chisopani danda for last overnight stop. Chisopani village with nice lodges placed on a ridge north of Kathmandu Valley on route Langtang, Helambu, and Nagarkot, offers stunning sunrise/ sunset views over an array of mountains.

  • Meals: B L D
  • Altitude: 2,110m | 6,922ft

After catching the morning sunrise over the mountains, the last day walk of this adventure leads to a nice pleasant forest and farmlands on a downhill walk, passing Tamang villages of Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang with views of Kathmandu Valley. The walk continues downhill to Sundarijal (meaning beautiful water) a nice and pleasant place with forest and freshwater streams. From here an hour downhill to reach the northern rim of Kathmandu valley at Sundarijal, taking a short drive to Kathmandu.

Note: Private transportation is available as per travel needs

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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Cost Details

  • Kathmandu to Dhunche by bus
  • Trekking route, national park permit
  • Tea-house (lodge) accommodation on trek
  • 3-time meals (breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Experience trek guide including his daily wages and insurance
  • One porter for two trekkers (1:-2) including his daily wages
  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag (return after trek)
  • Bus service from Sundarijal to Kathmandu
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Nepal visa (can get at arrival)
  • Hotel and food in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking equipment (checklist)
  • Psonal trek expenses: alcoholic & nonalcoholic, tea-coffee, Coca-Cola Sprite, mineral water, juice, chocolate-biscuits, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters bottled or boiled water, shower, heater and phone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance & rescue operation
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • International flight tickets

Dates & Prices

Departure note

Set departure dates are not convenient for you; you may choose alternate trip departure dates as per your comfort holidays, and we can open a new trip date.

 

Departure DateStatusPriceNote  
27 Feb, 2024 - 04 Mar, 2024AvailableUS$425Confirm

Useful Information

KATHMANDU HOTEL

For your happy stay in Kathmandu and a pleasant choice, book your hotel in Kathmandu there are many travel category accommodations available but we can also book the hotel in Kathmandu before starting your Langtang Holi Gosainkunda Lake trek, and after the trip as per your kind request just contact us.

TREKKING MEALS

 We provide organic hygienic meals 3 times a day inclusive of your trek package from the local lodge/tea houses as per the choices on the menu. Breakfast and dinner are provided at the same tea house/lodge while lunch would be on the trail. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, seasonable vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups. Some lodge serves Western foods such as pizza, pasta, and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses' restaurants. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast.

SAFE DRINKING WATER

Along the trek, safe drinking water is very important while we are on high altitude journey. We recommend that one should drink at least 3-4 liters of water a day (this helps from de-hydration and altitude problems AMS). As long as possible we recommend you buy sealed packed mineral water and can buy it from every local shop and lodge. Remember! River, spring, and tap water are free, we should not recommend you directly drink it even water looks very clean, and should not drink it without adding water purification pills or a filter that will be suitable to drink. You can buy boiled water from every lodge, boiled water, and sealed packed water cost 1-2$ dollars per letter and its cost also depends on where we are from the sea level. So, you need to prepare and pack the extra cost for all the table drinks.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The Holi Gosainkunda Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who can walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking at a high altitude is more physically demanding than walking at lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks before the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases need to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Nepal Spirit Adventure of any conditions before booking the trek to minimize the risks of altitude sickness.

RE-CHARGING BATTERIES (electronic items)

We can recharge your batteries, and devices with electricity, or solar power sources. In Nepal, 220 240 volts 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay a small amount of fee/hour for using recharging facilities.

GROUP SIZE

We organize any route of Nepal trek with a fixed departure basis or private trip, the minimum group size would be 1 maximum group size is 10 or more on request. We can also organize a private trip for a solo person with a single supplement cost. Otherwise, join our estimated group departure dates available online market or ask us for your suitable flexible dates, and we will open group dates on the same date.

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