Trip Overview of Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek is the best trekking holiday in the Langtang region. Sherpa populates the high mountain lakes at Gosainkunda of the Langtang. And Tamang families in the North West of Kathmandu valley. And famous for its culture and religion with splendid views of the Himalayas. The Gosaikunda area is a great religious site.
The Trekking trails are challenging, which includes long, steep, and descents. Temperate sub-alpine deep forest, sky blue gentians, epiphytic orchids. And primroses or across glacier mountain views and delightful villages. It allows you to get right in among the Himalayan peaks. We will trek in the less travel area than Annapurna and Everest region, we will walk on the unpopular area of travelers. Gosaikunda Trek is Nepal’s pilgrimage trails in the Langtang Himalayan ranges. It remains frozen during the winter season. It is known as a frozen lake also.
Hindu pilgrimage love this trek
Gosainkunda lake trek provides you an opportunity to view the sacred lakes of Gosaikunda situated here a much-revered Hindu pilgrimage site. Gosainkunda Lake is believed created by Lord Shiva. There are many small lakes also calling Kunda. We can see the Saraswati Kunda, and also get a glimpse of Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Gosainkunda which are the famous and most important ones.
People believe the water from the lake directly from the lake to the Kumbheshwar Temple at Patan in Kathmandu Valley ( 60 km southwest). Hindu people chant Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai). for the protection and Rakshya Bandhan-a sacred red-yellow thread tie around the wrist by the priest. We can see an image of Shiva at its center is filling with water in this lake. Every year, these holy places have seen by thousands of Hindu Pilgrims during the August in Gosaikunda lake trek.
Enjoy the great combination of culture and landscapes
The principal inhabitants of the Gosaikunda region are Tamang and Sherpa. Gosainkunda trek offers an ideal trek. for those without much time but wishes to experience Nepal’s unique combination of cultures. It has great landscapes, stunning mountains, and diverse wildlife and vegetation.
in Gosaikunda lake trek most of the Hindus, mainly from Nepal and India, visit this place on the occasion of Janai Purnima and Gaijatra. People believe that taking a bath in this holy lake will save from worldly worries, troubles and also receive religious benefits. There is about 108 other small lakes are in this area. Among all of them, some of the famous lakes are Dudh Kunda, Jageshwar Kunda, Saraswati Kunda. Also, there are Bhairab Kunda and Surya Kunda. The Great National Hero Amar Singh Thapa went to Gosainkunda to lead the life of Hermit and passed away there.
Gosaikunda Lake trek has great importance in the religious aspects. Traveling in such a beautiful and sacred place by feeling nature and learning about the history and origin of the lake can be a fun and memorable experience if you are planning to visit the Holy lake Gosainkunda than joining our team of experts who will help you with the trek as well as give you a brief knowledge about the origin of Gosainkunda Lake.
Gosaikunda Trek cost
Gosaikunda trek cost ranges from USD 400 to USD 1000 depends on how many days itinerary you will make and which routes you go, We can follow the Langtang valley trek route with Gosaikunda lake or can do the Gosaikunda pass also. The trek cost varies on group size. You can plan the cost for your equipment renting and other personal expenses also. The cost Gosainkunda trek cost for Nepali during the trek NPR 3000 per day or above with meals and accommodation, you need to travel Dhunche, and the bus ticket costs NPR 600 to 800 each way.
if you take a Private jeep it cost you higher. the personal cost is varied on people’s choices, Dhunche is a small town and you can enjoy with your friends with some drinks. It is not recommended to have alcoholic trek during the high altitude trek. Thus he Gosainkunda trek cost depends on how you spend and also it matters on your group size.
Scenic drive to Dhunche
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek starts from Dhunche Village after a drive from Kathmandu. From LauriBinayan We can get an excellent sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The chief inheritances of this region are Tamang and Sherpa, the origin of Tibetan, whose religion, culture, languages, and dress are similar to the Tibetan people. We will see the best view of Ganesh Himal and Whole Langtang ranges. There are lots of flora and many wild animals such as Tigers, wild boar, red panda, pica, and musk deer. Himalayan black bear, More than 250 species of birds are the main attraction for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek.
Visit the Holy Lake
Gosainkunda Trek is the best remarkable journey in a short time of trekking. The trek climbs more steeply to the Gosaikunda region through farmland and above the tree line. The trek line is in the alpine ridge which offers a substantial Himalayan panorama. There are many lakes around these areas, but the most popular are Gosaikunda (4460m). Saraswati Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda nearby each other.
The Gosainkunda lake is the holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists alike, As well as, many Hindus make the pilgrimage to bathe in the lakes. During the August full moon festival of Janai Purnima. It’s a moderate trail with a surprising amount of steep climbs and stiff descents. It offers an ideal trek. For those without much time but wishes to experience Nepal’s unique combination of cultures and landscapes. With its stunning mountains, and diverse wildlife and vegetation. Because of its lowland forests abundant with wildlife to alpine meadows and pristine lakes. With its magnificent mountain views, and a chance to sample the unique lifestyle of the local Tamang people, this trek results to be a genuinely memorable trek.
Gosaikunda trek season
The autumn – September to November
This is the best trekking season in Nepal and officering excellent weather and outstanding mountain views. The weather is very pleasant and clear and the mountain views are the best. Early October through to late November is the busiest period for trekking in Gosainkunda lake. During this time you meet many other trekking and sometimes the and all guest’s houses are full. The seasons cover the Nepal biggest festivals Dashain and Tihar are celebrated throughout the countries usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the entire autumn season and days are comfortable and in the evening are cool in Kathmandu and Pokhara recommended light warm clothing.
The spring (The rhododendron season) March April May
This is the second finest trekking season and less crowded on the trekking trail. The temperature is quite warm in the down part of the trek, when you will be in the tip also it is quite moderate, Furthermore, this is the time to see the best rhododendrons forest which is in complete blossom and the mountain views are excellent. The temperatures are mildly warm in the lowlands and a little cold at higher altitudes and the sky is clear and the mountain views are best
The summer – June July August
This is not a good time to trek in Gosaikunda lake as the road can be blocked due to rain. the views are not also that good due to fogs. if you wanted to trek in this time of the year we have the rain shadow areas like Mustang, Upper Manang and Dolpo, Simikot. These places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the huge mountains and are unaffected by the monsoon. This season is also recommended for forest researchers and botanists. Likewise, Tibet high arid plateaus are ideal for summer trekking, The Annapurna regions Jomsom part also significantly fewer rain areas, and short trek in these areas are recommended
The advantages of summer trekking are you will find the trekking trails and villages have few trekkers and you can enjoy the solitude and beauty of the mountains without any crowds
The winter – December to Mid February
The weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations, the air is tinkling sharp and the stars have that crystal twinkle. This season is ok for the Gosaikunda trek but you can expect snow at the trail, you can enjoy the frozen Gosaikund lake, You need good warm clothing. The weather is at its finest and direst, great condition, in the mornings and nights are cold. But daytime temperatures are mild when it is sunny. Low altitude trek to Annapurna region, Langtang Helambu region, Everest region, and village tours are best at this time.
The advantages of winter trekking are you will find the trekking trails and villages have few trekkers. And you will also enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas without any crowds
What to pack for the Gosaikunda trek
Gosainkunda trek trekking day is 3 to 4 days so no need to carry the big backpack. You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings and warm clothing. Below are some suggested items to take with you while trekking in Gosaikunda Langtang trek
- Good hiking/walking shoes, sandal, and also 2/3 pair of socks
- Sunglasses and sunscreen cream
- Goretex or down jacket ( winter time you need a down jacket)
- Pairs lightweight wind – waterproof pants
- Set lightweight thermals
- Neck Warmer
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Refillable Water bottles
- Hat cap and woolen hat
- Medium quick-dry Towel
- Sun lotion
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
- Sleeping bag rated -15 to 20 degrees Celcius, now most of the guest house provides the blankets too. You can just take sleeping bag liner also.
- Some Extra pair of Tshirts and also shorts.
- Trekking pole
- Flashlight and battery
Accommodation a in Gosaikunda trek
While you are doing Gosainkunda trek it is a tea house trek. Thus, It does not need tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trekking trail. We get plenty of clean and friendly nice mountain lodge (Tea house), You will mostly stay on a twin sharing room basis, however, if you are single travelers we will give you a private room and if some time guest houses are full you may need to share with other travelers. For a couple of travelers, you will have twin sharing rooms.
The guest house rooms are quite basic in Gosainkunda trek, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. Most of the rooms have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in a local lodge available each day. Please remember that the upper part of the trek guest house is quite basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. In a big group, we will send our assistant guide or one porter to book the required room in advance.
Food during the trekking:
When we are in Tea house trekking we eat at local teahouses and, The food is hygienic and is usually plentiful and delicious in Gosaikunda trek. They offer a variety foods, for breakfast, Toast, different styles of eggs, pancake, porridge, Muesli with milk, and other creels, For lunch and dinner, a variety of potato, different curries, rice, noodles and pasta, pizza, spring roll, Nepali food Dal and Bhat are quite popular ( rice, vegetable curry, lentil soup, and pickle). Similarly, other food, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Snack like biscuits, snicker and Mars and other chocolates, basic biscuits, and soft drinks are available, you can find seasonal fresh fruit also in some areas. During treks to the high altitudes, we will adjust our food offered with suitable food to prevent altitude sickness and to provide healthy nutrition.
Your trek guide and porter for Gosaikunda trek
Our trekking guide is knowledgeable about the Nepali Culture, Environment, and Customs. Your trekking guide for Gosaikudna trek is trained and has a license provided by the Government. They are highly trained and skilled in First Aid, Altitude Issues, and Environmental Protection. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government they are experts at leading interesting groups of mean women and individuals throughout the country. Our professional and experienced guides take care of the myriad of trip details, making sure everything runs smoothly and everybody has fun. We search out the best leaders for each of our adventure tours.
Our guides can speak fluent English and Their first priority is always safety. Additionally, maintaining health, security, and hygiene before doing anything else.
Transportation on the trek
In Nepal, we have different means of transport facility available for our trekking. Above the Himalaya trekking is always careful to choose the best transport options available for your travel period We choose the transport means as per your package itinerary and budget also. For the Gosaikuna trek there are 2 types of transportation, The local bus it is most of the trekkers using way but the drive is not that comfortable, It is included in our trekking package. The bus stops in many places and arrives at Dhunche in the evening. For your comfort and easy travel, you can take a private LandCruiser at extra cost. It is cleaner, drive fast and you can stop wherever you like on the way.
Communication during the trek
while you are in Gosaikunda trek there are telephones facilities in many villages. You can make international calls and in most of the places has wifi facilities now. Furthermore, the best way is you can get a local sim card in Kathmandu both NCell and NTC works most of the places during the trek. you need a passport copy and 1 photograph to get the local sim card. Furthermore, you can use 3g/4g and make cheap International calls also.
Money Exchange for the trek
Nepal banks notes comes in Rupees , 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATM machines there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the Gosaikunda trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there is no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.
Book your extra tour activities with us
After finishing your Gosaikunda trek if you need any other travel-related services we will help fo you. You can book another tour and trekking and the tour also. AHT can help you to book a good hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and other cities. We have a good relationship with all five-star deluxe hotels to Tourist class hotel and Guest House in Nepal. We got a special fare from all hotels and resorts in Nepal. Therefore, we can offer you a very competitive price for us to reserve the hotel.
Similarly, you can book your flight ticket Above the Himalaya Trekking issues all the Domestic air tickets to the major cities in Nepal and all the remote Trekking destination of Nepal, the extra other things you can do is Paragliding in Pokhara, Bungy jumping at last resort, day hiking trip to Chandragiri hills, Mountain flight, Jungle safari tour to Chitwan National park and Bardia National park.
Be wise to choose the right company
When are you ready to book your Gosaikunda trek, you need to know about the company you choose to travel with. Is the company a genuine company or registered to government authorities? Are they financially secured? Is the company has insured staff against accidents? Is the company environmentally conscious? companies running a business without observing legal formalities of the country. Also, there are some companies whose licenses have already been expired but
Above the Himalaya Trekking company is a well-known and highly recommended Company in Nepal. The government of Nepal have approved us and have been running treks and tour since 2007. We are members of TAAN, KEEP, VITOF, NTB, and other social organizations also.
Additionally, there are some interaction operators operating tours and trekking without having any Governmental licenses and without paying any taxes. Furthermore, there are many individuals who are also operating trekking illegally by creating their own personal website or by contacting personally.
Finally, if you book your trip with an unauthorized agency in Nepal or aboard, you can be in the trouble and have lots of risks. In order to protect yourself from these problems, you are kindly requested to check the company before booking any trip. So, you can make your trip more enjoyable and memorable. So choose Above the Himalaya trekking for your Gosaikunda trek and travel without any problem.
Gosaikunda Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 05 Days from Arrival to Departure
Max. Altitude: Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)
Trek Grade: Moderate to little difficult
Gosaikund trek is a moderate level of the trek route. The moderate level of trekking is about 5/6 hours walking with the lunch stop en-route and arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Most trek days are 5 to 6 hours long so we may take a lunch stop en-route in this grade we will also use some smaller, less well-traveled trails that may be rockier underfoot and a little steeper. These Moderate grade treks go up to 4100m height and durations are 5 to 08 days.
The moderate grade trek overall is not that long, usually 7 – 10 days in total but this trek is 5 days. There will be we can have a chance to get the altitude sickness above 3000m. making sure to climb hight and come to sleep at low after 3000m We suggest that if you are a reasonable level of fitness. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip – it might be your first ever trek.
Trekking Dates: You can do this Gosaikunda trek on any dates. The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and some time landslide can happen.
Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Your Trek Leader and Support staff
Your Gosaikunda trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues. Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa till 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries
You can get a Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.
Drinking water during your Gosaikunda Trek
On the Gosaikunda, We suggest you at least drink 3/4 liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead purify their water.
Get the water purification iodine or tablets. They are small, cheap, and light to carry, another better way is to get water filters they are low to carry and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from, while the water in your other bottle is being purified.
Showers and electricity – Most of the tea houses in the Gosaikunda trek have a solar hot shower and have cold showers available. Few of them have gas Guizar or electricity hot shower. Few places every charge the cost for hot showers for the extra cost of around USD 3 to 4. Electricity is usually available in most part of the route with hydropower, you are able to charge your battery for cameral and phone, normally they charge extra cost about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
Gosaikunda trek group size
Our Langtang valley trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size in a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
Health and Fitness: The main things to trek in Langtang valley need your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours in the rocky trail. You can be fit for the trek before you arrive here by doing small exercises in your home country. The more stamina you built up is easier to trek for Nar Phu valley. To boost your stamina you can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices. You will be walking 5 to 7 hours a day during the so be prepare for your legs. The best exercise you can do in-home is squats and lunges.
Altitude sickness: Our entire Gosaikunda short trek itinerary is designed to climb slowly to prevent altitude sickness. When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. When we climb slowly, avoid alcohol during your trek, eat crabs food, drink ¾ liters of water daily will help you.
Travel rescue Insurance
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim the refund to your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Package Cost
Langtang Gosaikunda trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for details price and trip dates.
In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip to the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.
After completing your Langtang Gosaikunsa trek, if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price. If you need a hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.