Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Gosaikunda Lake Trek 5 Days

$ 900 Per Person

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Facts About Trip

Maximum Altitude:

3500m

Group Size:

Min 2

Transportation:

Private Vehicle

Accommodation:

Hotel/Teahouse

Best season:

Spring / Autumn

Meals:

BLD

Grade:

Moderate

Trekking Region

Langtang

Duration

5 Days

Trip Highlights 

  • Short and easy trek near Kathmandu (1400m).
  • Explore sacred lakes like Gosaikunda, Bhairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, and others.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of mountains such as Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), and smaller peaks.
  • Spot endangered species like the Red Panda and Snow Leopard.
  • Stay in traditional teahouses for accommodation.
  • Experience the lifestyle of the Himalayas up close.
  • The trek's main highlight is Gosaikunda Lake itself, a sacred alpine freshwater lake surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.
  • Trekkers get the chance to explore the rich biodiversity of Langtang National Park, which is home to various wildlife species including the elusive red panda.
  •  Along the trekking route, trekkers pass through several ethnic villages inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa communities, offering opportunities to experience their unique culture and lifestyle.

Overview

Join us for a 5-day journey to Gosaikunda Lake, perfect for those with busy schedules. Experience Nepal's beautiful mountains and alpine scenery. Gosaikunda Lake, at 4380m, is important to Hindus, especially during August's Janai Purnima festival. Start by hiking through forests to Cholang Pati, where you'll see amazing views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Annapurna. Stay overnight in cozy tea houses at Lauribinayek. Then, hike early to the lakes. Return to Dhunche and Kathmandu over the next few days. This short trek offers comfy tea house stays, so you won't need lots of gear. If you need a different plan because of time, let us know, and we'll make one just for you.

The Gosaikunda trek is typically classified as medium to hard in terms of difficulty. However, the actual level of difficulty can vary depending on factors such as age, trekking experience, physical fitness, chosen itinerary, and seasonal weather conditions. It's important to note that reaching an elevation of 4380 meters within two days from Dunche (at 2100m) and descending 2200 meters from Gosaikunda to Dunche in one day (if opting for the 5-day itinerary) can pose challenges. For beginners or those not accustomed to trekking but passionate about exploring nature, we recommend considering the 7-day extended version. Below are sample itineraries to help you plan accordingly.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Drive to Dhunche

We'll kick off our journey bright and early. After breakfast, our guide will assist you in reaching Machha Pokhari Bus station. From there, we'll board a bus bound for Dhunche (2,030m/6,660ft) from Kathmandu.

Along the way, we'll be treated to charming settlements and meadows. It'll take us roughly 5-6 hours to reach Dhunche, following a scenic route alongside the majestic Trishuli River.
Dhunche serves as a quaint hub and the administrative center of Rasuwa District. Upon arrival, we'll take a leisurely stroll around the village, immersing ourselves in local life. After a delightful evening spent mingling with the locals, we'll retire for the night at a cozy tea house.

Day 2 : Trek to Chandanwari

On day 2, our trek begins after breakfast in Dhunche as we ascend towards Chandanwari. After about 2 hours of hiking, we'll reach Deurali (2,500m), a small village with a few tea houses along the way to Chandanbari.

Following through beautiful paths, passing by streams and waterfalls, we'll arrive at Dhimsa (2,900m) after 3 hours of trekking. From Dhimsa, the terrain becomes slightly more challenging as we hike uphill through beautiful pine forests. We'll encounter steep sections before reaching Chandanwari (3,200m), nestled amidst the pine forest, also known as Sing Gompa.

Chandanwari boasts attractions such as a Yak cheese factory and a monastery. We'll indulge in delicious Yak cheese and explore Sing Gompa.

After a satisfying meal featuring plenty of cheese in the evening, we'll settle in for the night at Chandanwari.

Day 3 : Trek to Gosaikunda

After a filling breakfast in Chandanwari, we'll start our tough trek uphill to Gosaikunda at 4361m. Today's hike will be harder than yesterday.

The path goes up gradually, taking us along rocky and narrow trails to Gosaikunda. As we climb, we'll go through barren hills and feel cold winds, so dress warmly.

After about 1.5 hours, we'll reach Cholangpaty at 3500m, where we'll see amazing views of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal.

Another 2 hours of hiking will bring us to Lauribinayak at 3900m, offering a wide view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Langtang Ri.

After about 2 more hours, we'll reach Sakyamuni Temple, which is important for both Hindus and Buddhists. Half an hour later, we'll come across the first lake, Saraswati Kunda, followed by Bhairav Kunda and the beautiful Gosaikunda. We'll explore these lakes and stay overnight in a tea house.

Day 4 : Trek back to Dhunche

After a nice breakfast, we'll head to Gosaikunda and then start our trek back to Dhunche through Lauribinayak, Dhimsa, and Deurali.

It's our last day of trekking, so let's enjoy every moment. We'll see beautiful mountains and pine forests and try tasty cheese from Chandanwari. The hike downhill is easier and fun. Look out for birds like Wood Snipe and Snow Partridge along the way.

After about 7 hours of trekking, we'll reach Dhunche.

Day 5 : Return to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of our journey. After a good night's sleep at a tea house in Dhunche, we'll have breakfast and then hop on a coach to Kathmandu. During the ride, we'll enjoy the beautiful views of the Trishuli River, lovely meadows, and charming settlements.

After about 6-7 hours on the road, we'll reach Kathmandu, and that's where our trip ends.
You'll have lots of wonderful memories from this trek, like seeing the stunning Gosaikunda lake, walking on scenic trails, experiencing the Tamang culture, their Tibetan-influenced way of life, and tasting the delicious Yak's cheese. These memories will stay with you forever.

What Is Included ?

  • Pick-up from the airport and transportation to the hotel.
  • 2-night hotel in Kathmandu in the (3-star) hotel. 
  • (100% Waterproof) Duffle bag to keep your personal belongings and things to be carried by the porter.
  • 3 times meal and tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Professional guide, assistant guide, and porters (size of the travel groups) during the trek.
  • Permit, TIMS, and national park entry fee.
  • All wages, and medical kits for the groups and staff.
  • Insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek by Unique Sherpa Trek & Expedition. 
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu before departure. Tea/Coffee with the meal.
  • Lifetime Deposit. No booking fee.
  • Fare-Well dinner in Kathmandu Before Departure.

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Any kind of meal During Your Stay in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Rescue, Medicine, Medical Test, Repatriation, Hospitalization Expenses for Climbs.
  • Any Internet, Hot shower, Drinking Water, Alcohol, cold Drinks, Laundry.
  • Additional costs suffered due to causes beyond our control, such as natural disasters, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, emergency evacuation, changes in government policies, strikes, and so forth.
  • Insurance for Clients
  • International flight Tickets.
  • Clothing, Packing Items or bag, personal, Medical Kits, and Personal Trekking Gear.
  • any other items, not Included in the Above (Cost Included) Section.

 

NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. It is not will be refundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

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FAQs

Gosaikunda Lake is a sacred alpine lake situated at an elevation of 4,380 meters (14,370 feet) in the Langtang National Park of Nepal. It is known for its religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists and stunning natural beauty.

Gosaikunda Lake is located in the Langtang region of Nepal, north of Kathmandu, within the Langtang National Park.

  • The trek typically takes 7-10 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and pace. The standard route involves trekking from Dhunche or Syabrubesi to Gosaikunda and back.

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The best time to trek to Gosaikunda Lake is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is clear, and the temperatures are moderate.

Yes, trekkers need two permits: the Langtang National Park entry permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.

  • The trek usually starts from Dhunche or Syabrubesi, which are accessible by road from Kathmandu. Buses and jeeps are available for transport from Kathmandu to these starting points.

Accommodation is typically in teahouses or lodges, which provide basic but comfortable facilities, including meals and a place to sleep.

Essential items include warm clothing (thermal layers, down jacket, gloves, and hat), sturdy trekking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a first aid kit, snacks, a water purification system, and sunscreen.

The trek is considered moderate to challenging due to the high altitude and steep ascents. It is suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness and some trekking experience.

Yes, the trek involves significant altitude gain, with the highest point being Gosaikunda Lake at 4,380 meters. Trekkers should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions, such as acclimatizing properly and staying hydrated.

Gosaikunda Lake is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed to be the abode of the Hindu deity Shiva, and the lake is a pilgrimage site, especially during the Janai Purnima festival in August.

The trek passes through Langtang National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including red pandas, Himalayan tahrs, and a variety of bird species.

Yes, the Gosaikunda trek can be combined with the Langtang Valley trek or the Helambu trek for an extended trekking experience in the Langtang region.

Additional Information

Location: Gosaikunda Lake is located in the Langtang National Park in the Rasuwa district of Nepal. It's situated at an altitude of about 4,380 meters (14,370 feet) above sea level.

Duration: The duration of the trek can vary depending on the route and the trekker's pace, but typically it takes around 7 to 10 days to complete the Gosaikunda Lake Trek.

Difficulty: The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is considered moderately challenging. Trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents and descents, as well as high-altitude conditions. Prior trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended.

Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Gosaikunda Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable and the skies are clear, offering the best views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Permits: Trekkers need to obtain the Langtang National Park entry permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card before starting the trek. These permits can be obtained through registered trekking agencies or directly from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Accommodation along the Gosaikunda Lake Trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges in some of the larger villages. Trekkers should be prepared for rustic accommodation and basic facilities, especially at higher altitudes.

Altitude Sickness: As with any trek in the Himalayas, altitude sickness is a potential risk. Trekkers should acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.

Guides and Porters: While it's possible to do the Gosaikunda Lake Trek independently, hiring a local guide and/or porter is recommended for navigation, cultural insights, and added safety, especially for those unfamiliar with the terrain and altitude.

Equipments

During the trekking, you could see many trekkers wearing expensive outdoor fashion equipment but we recommend you prepare comfortable and durable equipment. Trekking equipment is essential for anyone planning outdoor adventures, whether it's a day hike or a multi-day expedition. Below is a list of names of crucial equipment.

 

Cloth of trekkers,

Down Jacket: You could take on rent in Kathmandu if you don’t have

Thermal Baselayer Set: It is your second skin; bring the best quality (2 sets)

Fleece Pullover Hoodie: keeping you warm even if moisture condenses on the inside when it rains.

Light Weight Thermal Tops: It is comfortable when you don’t use a base layer

Waterproof Jacket and paints: recommended water, rain, and snowproof (if in case of bad weather)

Hiking Shorts: At lower altitudes and under the sun, it can be comfortable

Hiking T-Shirt: For lower altitude

Hiking Pants: Lightweight quick-drying paints (no jeans please)

Gloves: It is recommended to bring two pairs, a light one and a heavyweight water/windproof

Sports Bra for Her: A good sports bra is recommended when you are hiking

Sports underwear: Quick-dry

Woolen Hat: This is handy when it’s getting cold in the evening and morning.

Sunhat: Just it protects from the Sun

Microfleece Buff: I recommend bringing two, it is useful for either low-altitude or higher-altitude

 

Footwear Gears,

Hiking Boots: Ankle support, waterproof (running shoes are not recommended)

Sandals or Running Shoes: In the mornings and in the evenings in the teahouse (running shoes or even sandals will be fine)

Hiking Socks: Good-quality hiking socks should keep your feet dry and comfortable. Bring enough socks

Inner Socks: You could wear thin inner socks to support your hiking socks.

 

Trekking gears,

Snow gaiters: in case of bad weather and snowing

Duffle Bag: Waterproof and about 70L. We recommend this only if you are going to use Porter. Green Valley Nepal Treks will provide a duffel bag if you book Nepal Trekking with us on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Rucksack with Rain Cover: If you plan to carry your stuff during the trekking, we recommend you bring a comfortable (back support) 50 to 60L rucksack with rain cover.

Daypack with Rain Cover: Whether you use a porter or not, a day pack is necessary for your trekking trip in Nepal. Recommended daypack size is 25 to 30L with rain cover.

Trekking Poles: It is optional but if you know how to use it, then it can help your knee and joints.

Sleeping Bag: Recommended at least for -20 DC, Green Valley Nepal Treks will be provided at our pre-meeting if you don’t have your own (if you book the trip with us)

Sleeping Bag Liner: If you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, it is strongly recommended to bring your liner

 

Additional Accessories for Trekkers,

Reusable Water Bottle: Reduce plastic waste using a reusable water bottle.

Trash Bags: Pack trash bags to collect and dispose of your waste properly.

Phone Charger: Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a portable charger.

Power Bank: A power bank ensures your electronic devices stay charged.

Local SIM Card: Purchase a local SIM card for better connectivity in remote areas.

Cash: Carry enough cash to cover expenses, as ATMs might be scarce on the trekking route.

Map and Compass/GPS: Ensure you have the tools to navigate safely.

Camera and Binoculars: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and spot wildlife with a camera and binoculars.

Head Torch: small torch with spare batteries

Sunglasses: Recommended UV protection to prevent headaches and snow blindness.

Toiletries: Pack biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other essential toiletries.

Personal Medications: Bring any necessary prescription medications and basic over-the-counter remedies.

First Aid Kit: Your first-aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any specific medications you might need.

Small Wash Towel: Light and quick-dry

Passport and Visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from entry, and obtain the necessary visa for Nepal.

Travel Insurance: Invest in comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes.

Permits and Tickets: Obtain all necessary permits for the specific trekking route you plan to take.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

$ 900 Per Person

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Enquiry Whatsapp +9779862854770

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