Gosainkunda Trek - 13 Days

Overview

Gosainkunda Trek is a hike that will take you to the Gosainkunda Lake, which is situated at an elevation of 4380m. It is a renowned trekking destination in the Langtang region in Nepal. This region lies to the north of the Kathmandu Valley. The trek that passes through the Langtang Valley to the Gosainkunda lake, is not without its picturesque views of the Himalayas, verdure forests, traditional Nepalese styles village and trail and paths that are made for adventurous walking. The lake itself is a freshwater Alpine lake and is held in devotion by the Hindu faiths. It is believed that the northern slopes of Jugal Himal have a special reverence in Hindu mythology. It is thought to be the abode of deities of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. Because of this, this lake attracts thousands of pilgrim tourists to it. The trails in the treks give all that you might expect of the Himalayans Region, beautiful nature, remote valleys, traditional rural village of various ethnic communities and what more some lush verdure forests and above all scenes of the mighty Himalayas.

Your Gosaikunda Trek actually starts from Dunche with a gradual ascend daily till Gosaikunda Lake. On the way, you will get to Sing Gompa, Laurebina Yak and other places of cultural and historical significance before concluding at Sundarijal. It is a trek where an enthusiast would like to get acquainted with the mystic beauty of the Himalayas and to get the taste of a religious high alpine lake in the Himalayas and scenic walking trails.

There is much which one can gain from our trek to Gosaikunda. The most reward of which is the Gosiakunda itself, that is frequented by hundreds, if not thousands of Hindu pilgrims from every part of the earth. This is a freshwater lake in which lords Shiva and his wife have said to have live. Taking a bath is believed to uplift the spirit itself. Next is the trek to it, takes you through some of the most tantalizing and breath-taking views that the Himalayas has to offer, and where you get to meet villages on the way of diverse cultural and religious identities. Besides the lake, you also visit an old historical Gompa on the way.

Are the daily hikes safe?
They are absolutely safe because you are with a guide who knows the area well, plus the hike itself is not that difficult on the whole. In addition to this, the area in which you hike is one of the closest to the Kathmandu Valley, but not touched by any roadway as yet. So, it still retains what it once was. There are also different ways in which people reach the lake because of the value it holds in Hinduism. This trek is both a religious and eco-friendly hike that made for all kinds of people.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Gosainkunda Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1960m)
Day 04 : Dhunche to Sing Gompa (3330m)
Day 05 : Sing Gompa to Laurebina Yak (3920m)
Day 06 : Laurebina Yak to Gosainkunda (4460m)
Day 07 : Gosainkunda to Ghopte (3440m)
Day 08 : Ghopte to Tharepati (3640m)
Day 09 : Tharepati to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m)
Day 10 : Gul Bhanjyang to Chisapani (2134m)
Day 11 : Chisapani to Sundarijal (1300m)
Day 12 : Drive back to Kathmandu from Sundarijal
Day 13 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites along with Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries
  • Catch panoramic views of majestic mountains, eye-catching views of beautiful remote valleys, splendid beauties of ancient villages
  • Explore freshwater holy lake of Gosainkunda located at an elevation of 4,380 m
  • Visit spiritual Buddhist monasteries including Sing Gompa
  • Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas
  • Get along with ethnic people and their culture

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

On landing by plane at the International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Breakfree Adventures, who will chauffer you off to your allotted three star hotel for the night. If time permits, you can use it to either freshen up or check the city out. You stay at the hotel for the night.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Preparation for the Trek

A trip will be organized to sites of historical and cultural value to the Nepalese and to UNESCO. In the first half, before lunch, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square that has historical palace of the kings and its temple for various deities and then to Pashupatinath Temple which was built in the fifth century for Lord Shiva. Then it is Swayambhunath, a temple atop a hillock revered by Hindus and Buddhist alike. Towards evening, we go to the largest stupa in the land known as Baudhanath, which is believed to have a single strand of hair of Buddha in it.
Later in the evening a seminar will be held in regards to your upcoming trek

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1960m) - 7 to 8 hrs

We take you to Dhunche by vehicle which is 117 Km away and takes about 7 to 8 hours by road to get there. On the way, you will get beautiful views of the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas, white water rivers and stream, burlesque villages with folks going about their daily activities and verdure hillsides. We stay for the night at a guesthouse.

Day 4
Dhunche to Sing Gompa (3330m)

Today, we actually start walking. We start the trek by slowly going downwards via a mineral water factory to get to Ghatte Khola where we cross a suspension bridge and climb to a ridge via Deurali. From here, it is through lush green forest of rhododendron trees and ascend to Dimsa (3030m). Trekking further, we reach sing Gompa. We stay for the night at a guesthouse.

Day 5
Sing Gompa to Laurebina Yak (3920m)

From Sing Gompa, the trail gradually climbs and reaches Chalang Pati (3659m). We now, have entered the Gosainkunda protect area, where killing animals, making camp fires and grazing of animals is not allowed. We make a soft descend till we reach Laurebina Yak. On the way, we get to enjoy the magnificent view of the Annapurna massif, Mount Manaslu, Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal. We stay for the night at a guest house.

Day 6
Laurebina Yak to Gosainkunda (4460m)

Getting an early morning look of the Himalayan peaks, we set off upwards to a small temple which houses the statue of Shakyamuni. Trekking on, we get the magical view of Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda. Then ascending, we reach Gosainkunda, the famous of all lakes in the region. There is a black rock in the middle of the lake which is believed to be the head of Lord Shiva. We explore the lake and the surrounding areas. We stay at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 7
Gosainkunda to Ghopte (3440m)

From the northern side of the lake, we hike onwards, crossing a moraine and passing three smaller lakes to get to Laurebina La (4610m) and then descend to the national park post at Bhera Goth (4240m) and onto Phedi (3740m). From here, the path drops downwards and then ascends to Dupichaur (3630m). We go on further to reach Ghopse eventually. We stay at a lodge for the night.

Day 8
Ghopte to Tharepati (3640m)

We descend steeply down from Ghopte and make a few up and downs over moraines and then to finally ascend to Tharepati. We are welcomed by the attracting views of the Himalayas and other wonders on the way. We stay for the night at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 9
Tharepati to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m)

We pass a forest to get to Magen Goth (3420m), then reach Panghu. From here, we begin descending through a forest of fur and rhododendron trees and reach Khutumsang (2450m). The captivating sights will only fill you with vitality to carry on. Descending on, we eventually reach Gul Bhanjyang. We stay for the night at a guesthouse.

Day 10
Gul Bhanjyang to Chisapani (2134m)

We descend to Thodang Betini (2260m) and onto Chipling (2170m). After which, it’s a steep descend to Pati Bhanjyang (18600 and continue onto Chisapani. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 11
Chisapani to sundarijal (1300m)

We get an early start to enjoy a sunrise from here, at Chisapani, which is breathtaking. We get to see the rise from a vantage point. We then pass a rhododendron and oak forest to reach Borlang Bhanjyang, after which we reach the Army Check Post at Shivapuri. Our entry permit passes are check here. We continue onto Mulkharka (1800m) and finally reach Sundarijal. We end our walking here. We stay at a guesthouse here.

Day 12
Drive back from Sundarijal to Kathmandu

We return to Kathmandu by vehicle, which takes about two hours. We are checked into a hotel where we can either rest or shop the streets of the city for gifts and other items. In the evening, there will be a farewell with the staff from the company at an authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 13
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Today a representative from Breakfree Adventure will drop you off at the airport, three hours ahead of departure at the airport for check in formalities and your flight home.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope for your satisfaction of your trek with us to our tailor made hiking package in which we consider you safety and comfort.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Dhunche & Sundarijal - Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: private vehicle)
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Langtang and Shivapuri National Park entrance permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & ACAP Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • Extra accommodations in Kathmandu or Pokhara if required.
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
Where is Gosaikunda?

Gosaikunda is the purest holy lake located north from Kathmandu in between Helambu, Langtang Valley and Langtang National Park. The lake is at Rasuwa district and it covers a surface with about 13.8 ha (34 acres). It’s one of the beautiful high mountain lakes in Nepal and also the religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists.

How is Gosaikunda trek difficulty?

Gosaikunda trek difficulty comes to a moderate graded trek. The maximum walking hour is 6-7 hours but other days will be 4-5 or 5-6 hours so anyone with basic fitness can complete the trek. The highest trek point is Gosaikunda lake (4460m) itself so with a steady walk and enough rest day, this trek can be done.

When is Gosaikunda trek best season?

Gosaikunda trek best season is year-round except Jun to Aug since these months are the monsoon season. The best months to do this trek are from October to December and March to May when the weather will be good with clear skies and good mountain views. Since Gosaikunda is a holy site so each year there will be a festival in full moon day of Jul/Aug.

Will there be altitude sickness on Gosainkunda trek?

Altitude sickness can occur when trekking more than 3000 meters. This trek starts from a lower elevation of 2000 meters at Dhunche and up till the Gosaikunda lake (4460m) so altitude sickness depends upon individuals. So walking slow, drinking enough water will prevent you from altitude sickness.

What should I pack?

Packing along warm clothes is suggested which should include down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. At most cases, your company already provide down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exists with both local and foreign brands.

Where will I stay during the trek?

You will stay at family-run local lodges which are called tea house. But they are nice, small and comfortable stays with good and organic food often grown at their backyards. Tea houses often have a common dining hall with fireplace and with common toile often a squat toilet facility.

What is Gosainkunda trek route?

Gosainkunda trek route starts from Dhunche, a small town at 1960 meters. It is located 117 kilometers from Kathmandu and the drive takes 6-7 hours. The trek starts from Dhunche all the way to Gosaikunda lake and ends at Sundarijal, another small town closer to Kathmandu from where you drive back to Kathmandu City which is about 1-hour drive

Is Gosaikunda trek permit required?

Gosaikunda trek permit is required which is entry fee Rs. 3000 per person for Langtang National Park plus the TIMS card Rs. 1000 per person.

Is Gosaikunda trek solo possible?

Gosaikunda trek solo is actually possible. You can trek without joining a group or you can even trek without any trekking guide too. The trek is completely safe for solo trekkers. But please keep in mind that it will be safe only if you have prior experience of high altitude trek and other treks in Nepal. Otherwise, chances are a novice trekker walking alone may go through several unexpected complications.

Is Gosaikunda trek route affected by the 2015 earthquake? Is it safe?

Some parts have been affected but soon many maintenance and reconstruction have been made on the trail including the houses undergone numerous renovations, so it’s completely safe to travel and trek in this region.

Is drinking water available during the trek?

Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.

Where should I buy trekking gear?

You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide.

If I get sick during the trek, what will happen?

Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.

Sleeping bags, walking poles, duffle bag are required for this trek?

Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.

Where should I store my luggage in Kathmandu before going to trek?

Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.

Trip Info

There is much which one can gain from our trek to Gosaikunda. The most reward of which is the Gosiakunda itself, that is frequented by hundreds, if not thousands Hindu prilgrims from every part of the earth. This is a fresh water lake in which lords Shiva and his wife have said to have live. Taking a bath is believed to uplift the spirit itself. Next is the trek to it, takes you through some of the most tantalizing and breath-taking views that the Himalayas has to offer, and where you get to meet villages on the way of diverse cultural and religious identities. Besides the lake, you also visit an old historical Gompa on the way.

Is the daily hikes safe?
They are absolutely safe because you are with a guide who knows the area well, plus the hike itself is not that difficult on the whole. In addition to this, the area in which you hike is one of the closest to the Kathmandu Valley, but not touched by any roadway as yet. So, it still retains what it once was. There are also different ways in which people reach the lake because of the value it holds in Hinduism. This trek is both a religious and eco-friendly hike made all kinds of people.

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Gosainkunda Trek

Trip Facts

  • 12 Nights/13 Days
  • March-May, Mid Sept-Nov
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Gosainkunda (4,460m)
  • Private vehicles or bus
  • Moderate
  • Dhunche
  • Sundarijal
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • 5-7 hours each day
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Gosainkunda Lake, Langtang National Park, Remote valleys
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

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