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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 trail in the Langtang Himalayan ranges.  It remains frozen during the winter season. It is known as a frozen lake also.

Gosaikunda pilgrimage  trek

Gosainkunda pilgrimage 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 Gosaikunda lake trek.

Every year more than 6000 pilgrims visited Gosaikunda Lake according to the festival management committee. Pilgrims of different ages attend the festival, but mostly middle-aged and the elderly make holy dips, while many youngsters and tourists trek to the lake. To prevent altitude sickness during the trek some carry lemons to sniff, garlic to eat and some use cornflour.

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 them from worldly worries, troubles and also receive religious benefits. There are 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.

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

The Langtang Gosaikunda trek is the perfect short and moderate level of trekking near Kathmandu valley. Langtang Gosainkunda trekking region is highly inhabited by local Tamang and Sherpa peoples. It lies within Langtang National park. Langtang Gosaikunda trekking is one of the delightful journeys which combines rural with the fantastic village of Bamboo, Lama Hotel, Langtang, and Kyanjin Gompa. Lauribinayak, Singgompa are in the Gosainkunda part. the upper part valley is with high white snow-capped Mountains and glaciers.

Trek to Langtang Gosaikunda valley is fully enjoyable with the stunning mountain and best scenic view. This valley is rich in local culture and traditional Himalayan glaciers and Mountains, clothing, craftsmanship, and traditionally built stone of this Langtang and Gosaikunda valley regions can take you long years ago. You can also observe the wonderful scenery of Langtang II, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Yala Peak, and many more, etc.


Langtang Gosaikunda trek map

Langtang Gosaikunda trek route map is mostly going in the mid-hills and high altitude lakes. This trek route map is amazingly beautiful with the stunning Himalayas. Nowadays many domestic trekkers also visit this route. the route map starts from Syabrubesiu goes to Langtang valley first with Kyanjing Gompa and from here we will trek to Gosaikunda Lake. We can make 2 route map after Gosaikunda lake, 1 option is getting down to Dhunch and drive to Kathmandu. Another route map goes with Gosaikunda pass and joining the Helambu trek and end the trek at Melamchi pul Bazaar or come to Chisopani and Sundarijal route. We can make a 10, 16 days route map for the Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek.


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 an alcoholic trek during the high altitude trek. Thus the Gosainkunda trek cost depends on how you spend and also it matters on your group size.


Kathmandu to Dhunche drive

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek starts from Dhunche Village after a drive from Kathmandu. From LauriBinayan We can get 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 the Ganesh Himal and the Whole Langtang ranges. There are lots of flora and many wild animals such as Tigers, wild boar, red pandas, pica, and musk deer. Himalayan black bear,  More than 250 species of birds are the main attraction for the Langtang Gosaikunda Trek.

Gosaikunda frozen lake trek

 Gosainkunda Trek is also called frozen lake trek, It is the best remarkable journey in a short time of trekking. The frozen lake 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 frozen lake is a 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 is the best season

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 much other trekking and sometimes the and all guest’s houses are full. The seasons cover Nepal’s 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 is the second-best season

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 at 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

Gosaikunda  trek 3 days

Some of the travelers ask us is it possible to trek in Gosaikunda for 3 days. the answer is Yes but you need to be very fit to do this. We can only do 3 days of Gosaikunda trek by taking our own private jeep to Dhunch and start the trek on the same day. On the second day arrives at Gosaikunda lake, the last day we trek all the way down and take a drive back to Kathmandu by private jeep. You will arrive in Kathmandu at night time. So if you have only 3 days time and we can arrange a Gosaikunda trek 3 days for you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu or from Pokhara also.

We will start the 3 days trek with a very early morning drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. The drive may last up to 6 or 7 hours. After lunch at Dhunche, we will start the trek viewing different gompas and local villages, you reach Gosaikunda through Singgompa and route. We can enjoy the beautiful nature in the Langtang region, you return back to Dhunche via trekking and then take a return drive to Kathmandu. Besides the gorgeous views, it also provides interactions with the cultural diversities in Nepal as many ethnic groups people reside here such as Tamang and Tibetan community.


Gosaikunda trek 5 days

Gosaikunda trek 5 days is quite a tough itinerary as Gosaikunda lake liest at 4400m so it can be a risk also to get altitude sickness. We need to drive 6 hours to Dhunche and back to Kathmandu so not much time to trek on the first and last day. If you are a good hiker and have a short amount of time you can go for the Gosaikunda trek for 5 days.

On the first day, we drive to Dhunche by jeep and trek up to Dimsa. From here we can trek to Cholangpati about 3650 m height and mostly climbing uphill. Some people try to go to Lauribinayak also. From here we will trek to Gosaikunda lake and can trek down to Singgompa or stay there and make it all the way down to Dhunche in next day. 6 days trek to Gosainkunda or even 7 days is a safe itinerary.

Gosaikunda trek from Kathmandu

Kathmandu to Gosaikunda trek is the best trekking option to reach and explore the beautiful glacier lake situated at 4300m height. We can start the trek from Kathmandu and end in Kathmandu. There are 2 routes from Kathmandu to Gosaikunda one is iva Dhunche and back from DHunche and another begins right from Shivapuri National park. Which is on the northern rim of Kathmandu valley and provides a magnificent view of snow peaks. We will walk through the subtropical forest to the alpine zone with Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, and birch. Kathmandu to Gosaikunda trek can also combine with Surya peak (5100m) Langtang valley and Ama Yangri Peak (3711m).

Dhunche to Gosaikunda Trek distance

Most of the Gosaikunda short trek is starts from Dhunche and the trek distance from Dhunche to Gosaikunda lake is about The trek distance from Dhunche to Gosaikunda is about 18.7km walking by foot and takes 2 days to reach there drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche distance
altogether traveled around 117kms. If we will do the trek from Sundarijal the distance is longer and more. the route is more challenging as we need to cross the Gosaikuna pass. The benefit of this route is we will trek on different trails not the same way up and down. the distance of each day is from 10 to 15 km and 6 to 7 hours of walking.


What to pack for the Gosaikunda trek

Gosainkunda trek trekking day is 3 to 4 days so no need to carry a 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
  • Toiletries
  • Goretex or down jacket ( winter time you need a down jacket)
  • T-shirts
  • Pairs lightweight wind – waterproof pants
  • Set lightweight thermals
  • Neck Warmer
  • Rucksack
  • 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 pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
  • Trekking pole
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and battery

Accommodation  in Gosaikunda trek

While you are doing the 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. Gosaikunda trek offers a variety of 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 the 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 Gosaikunda treks.

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 Gosaikunda trek, there are 2 types of transportation, The local bus 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 an 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 most of the places have 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

You need some extra money for your Gosakunda trek and you need to change it to Nepali rupees.Nepal banknotes 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 are 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 as last resort, day hiking trip to Chandragiri hills, Mountain flight, Jungle safari tour to Chitwan National park and Bardia National park.

Best trek company for Gosaikunda trek

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 the 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 Gosaikunda trek 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.


Hiking to Surya Kunda

Surya Kunda, 4600 m. is the highest lake in the Gosaikunda region. This is soon followed by Nilkantha Kunda and Barda Kunda before finally reaching Gosaikunda if you start the trek from Phedi and Gosaikunda pass. We can make a day hiking trip to Surya Kunda from Gosaikunda. This is the best sight for the Spectacular and amazing overhead view of Gosainkunda and Bhairab Kunda on the east side, Langtang Himalayan Range on the west and north, Lauribinayak and Chhyolangpati on the south.

The other lakes nearby are Bhairab Kunda, Chandra Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, and others are within one to two hours’ walk of Gosaikunda. One can get Inner peace in any of these serene clear ponds that reflect the sky above and the mind within. One of the main reasons Gosaikunda lake is considered holy for devotees of Lord Shiva is that the lake itself resembles an enormous yoni-lingam. Which is the symbolic representation of creative feminine Shakti energy in union with the active masculine shiv energy, a small rock island in the center.

Climbing Surya Peak

Surya Peak a height of 5145 m is a vigorous day trip ascent from Gosaikunda and offers breathtaking close-up mountain views, on top of the real sense of climbing a Himalayan peak. this is one full day trip from Gosaikunda lake, We can start the trip early in the morning. While you are at the top you will be rewarded with incredible close-ups of imposing Langtang Ri (7205m) and Langtang Lirung (7234m) towering over us in the north.

Climbing Surya Peak is one of the easy ones and no need not require and any technical climbing skills. You can just take your guide to show the way, as it is not easy to follow the rock cairns amongst granite rock that falls on the scramble up the boulder field. while you will trek downhill be careful with the Loose sliding rocks it can dd to a sense of danger to the adventure. You can get light snow in the upper part of the trail. AFter ascend the Suryha peak we will arrive at the Gosaikunda lake in the late afternoon. If you like to visit the Surya Kunda and wanted to try to climb also you can let us know in advance. We can tailor made the itinerary for you.


Gosaikunda Lauribinayak Pass trek

For many trekkers, the Gosaikunda Lauribinayak pass (4610m) is the ultimate destination of this region. The best part of this pass is you get to see almost all of the major Himalayas in Nepal ranging from Makalu in the East to Annapurna in the West. The best view we can get from this region is Mount Ganesh Himal and Manaslu ranges Therefore, after the Everest and Annapurna regions, Langtang is the most preferred destination of the trekkers coming to Nepal.

During the Lauribinayak pass trek, we follow a rugged trail with dramatic views. Nare the pass We will walk in a few huts in the high picture of Lauribinayak La, cross a small ridge, and have our first views of the holy lakes.

To begin with, the trek, We will follow the north side of the Gosaikunda lake before climbing towards the pass of Laurebina La (4610m), on the way you will see more lakes as you go. We can see many cairns on the pass, from here you will begin your descent through some summer pastures to Phedi (3740m) and Dupi Chaur (3630m) and finally to Ghopte (3440m).

The path near the pass is challenging uphill and downhill climbs, introducing the lifestyle and culture of nomadic and indigenous people. Furthermore, we will explore the high altitude passes and ridges like Lauribina Pass (4,610m), the trail has become a top-notch choice for adventurer seekers as well.

Thus, The journey to Lauribinayak pass will go thru bushes and alongside the river, enjoying the picturesque sceneries of the cascading hills, snow-clad peaks, and the blooming of Rhododendron forest as well as several other species of vegetation. The pass is reachable from Dhunche or from Sundarijal in both parts.

Festival in Gosaikunda Lake

Gosaikunda festival is famous for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage. It falls during the Full Moon day in August, thousands of Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims come here to worship Lord Shiva and to take bath in the sacred lake of Gosaikunda. You can observe the performance by Shamans “Dhami-Jhankris” in their religious dances and chant their mantra ( holy prayers).

As per the religious belief, there is a channel from the lake which carries water to the Kumbheshwar Temple at Patan from the Gosaikunda lake. Which is in Kathmandu Valley (60 km southwest). Many Hindu pilgrimages ( Men) chant Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai). The Janai is – a sacred red – yellow thread tie around the wrist by the priest with believing for protection. There is an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water in the lake.

One can participate in Janain festival day, enjoy the dance performed by Shamans and explore the Lauribina La pass and Surya Peak, Ganesh, and Surya Kunda overnight at the lodge

during the winter month, the lake freezes, and all the local villagers move downhill to avoid the cold. But during the pilgrimage month of Janai Purnima, many pilgrims from Nepal and India trekked to Gosaikunda Lake to take a holy dip. The villagers set up temporary camps and shelters to accommodate pilgrims and earn some money at different points of the trekking route for which they have to carry food and various goods from the district headquarters in Dhunche.

Gosaikunda trek from Sundarijal

If you are looking to do the Gosaikunda trek and wanted to cross the Gosaikunda pass and not trek up and down in the same way then We can start the trek from Suindarijal. Sundarijal to Gosaikunda trek begins after driving from Kathamndu to Sundarija. It takes approximately 1hr from Kathmandu. Our journey starts at Sundarijal and ends at Dhunche (2500 m). Luarebina Pass (4610 m) is the highest elevation of this trip from where fascinating views of Langtang & Ganesh Himalayan Range and a nice view of sunset can be observed.

This is a short and sweet trek for those who have not enough time to get a longer trek. The route offers us a warm welcome with snow-covered mountains. You will get a wonderful experience with the local Tamang people’s hospitality. During this trip, you will have golden opportunities to observe the panoramic beauty of Langtang & Ganesh Himalayan Ranges from Laurebina Pass (4610 m).

Furthermore, We can also start the trek from the Melamchi Pul Bazar or Timbu about 6 hours drive from Kathmandu Firest we will trek to Helambu villages such as Sarmanthang, Tarkeghyang, Melamchi Ghyang. Ir we can take short cut route directly to Tharapeti also. The route map from Sundari Jal goes directly forward passing beautiful small villages like Chisapani, Kutumsang, Mangan gote, Thadepati hill station.

After crossing the pass we will arrive at the final destination of Gosaikunda lake. Afterward, at the Laurebina La Pass(4,630m/15,187 feet), the altitude gradually drops. On our descend through the mystical trail with the best view of lake and mountains.



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 high 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 date.  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 sometimes landslides 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 at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 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 parts of the route with hydropower, you are able to charge your battery for camera and phone, normally they charge an extra cost of 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 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 for the Gosaikunda trek are needed for your positive thinking and you need to able to walk 5/6 hours on 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 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 a 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 detailed prices and trip dates.

Tipping Info:

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 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.

Trip extension

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 hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them 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 Travel tours and Bhutan tours.




Detailed Itinerary of Gosaikunda Trek

After morning breakfast, we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 6- 7  hr. During the driving. We can see the snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, View of Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks along the route. We also enjoy the view of the green landscape of hillock, rivers, and villages. We can observe the local people’s lifestyles through terraced fields and rustic villages. We are driving through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati before arriving at Dhunche.  You can spend the first overnight of your Gosaikunda trek at Dhunch a small town.

On the first day of our journey along with the breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, the trail continues steeply through the forests of oak and hemlock and then less steeply through rhododendron forest and pastures. Watch the langur monkeys playing in the woods and an exceptional sunset views over the Ganesh Himal. As we are getting higher we are leaving the silent moss-covered forests. Then the path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat standard to the Sing Gompa. You can see the Cheese factory and the Buddhist monasteries here. The place will provide the best panoramic views and exhilarating nature. Spend your night at the teahouse.

The trail today takes two parts.  the starting journey goest to a steep climb up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The slope is the sanctuary for the red pandas and providing a magnificent view of snowcapped Ganesh Himal.  all the way climbing up hills about 3 hours take us to the  Lauri Binayak (3920m). We are stopping here for a lunch break and continue following a rough trail. We can get the dramatic views to the west of the Mount Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks. Langtang valley and Langtang Lirung are in our north.
Now we need to climb for Gosaikunda lake as the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. After crossing the small ridge we get the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are many other small lakes nearby by the Gosaikunda basin. some of the popular ones are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Surya Kunda.  Local people believe that the Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva. There are many Hindu pilgrimages who visit this place to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.

Enjoy your breakfast at the highest lake before heading down to Dhunche, on the last day of our trek. The trails descend all the way to Sing Gompa, passing Lauribanayak with magnificent mountain views and forests. Stop lunch at Singompa and have some rest. from here the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to you cross the suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Now the path stretches at the flat level. Here are a mountain Mineral water factory and some human settlements.  Overnight at Dhunche, the district headquarter of Rasuwa district.



Today We are driving back to Kathmandu. Get ready after your breakfast to take a local bus. There are options for private Jeeps also. We are driving through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills, and along the Trishuli riverside. It takes about 6 to 7hours drive, depends on road traffic to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, join a farewell dinner in a Nepali typical Restaurant with the memories of your trekking adventure. Have some time for a stroll over the streets.

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Cost Includes

  • Trekking guide who certified and licensed from Government and got training on high altitude sickness, first aid.
  • Local trekking porter for the trek, 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis.
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, clothing.
  • Local Tea house also called guest house/ lodges twin sharing during your journey.
  • Your daily meal   (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). you can choose your meals from the menu, there are different types of food available.
  • Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS  Card for the Langtang Trekking.
  • Group medical supplies (Guide will carry basic medicines).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Dhunche transfer by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate cost)
  • Dhunche to Kathmandu transport by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate charge)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts and Trekking certificate after finish your trek.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Any service in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic, hot ( tea & coffee) and cold drinks, mineral water, hot water.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, dessert, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking.
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staff and driver.
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  • Trip Duration

    Trip Duration
    05 days

  • Tri Destination


  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Tea house Lodge

  • Altitude Icon

    Maximum Altitude
    Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)

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    Trip Difficulty
    Moderate to Difficult

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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is gosaikunda trek?

Gosaikunda trek is a moderate level trek and you will reach up to 4380m height till Gosaikunda lake in this trek. This is an awesome short trek led to the holy lake of Nepal. While we trek down from Gosaikunda lake to Dhunche we will descend down about 2200m. for the beginners, trekkers, and not have any experience can make an extra day than the set itinerary.


How is the gosaikunda trek weather?

The weather in Gosainkunda is mostly humid and cold and it is quite unpredictable as it can change quickly. It is always advisable to bring warm clothes, good hiking boots, a water bottle and walking steak, sunglasses, and raincoats to visit there. The better weather we get there is from Mid September to October and March to May.


How do I get to Gosaikunda?

To get the Gosaikunda trek we start a drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche in the mountain hilly road with the best view of rice terrace farming sites to the north of Nepal.  It is about 6 hours drive or another option is starting from Sundarijal 1 hour drive from Kathmandu and finish at Dhunche. The Gosainkunda route falls in the Langtang National park which is rich in fauna diversity and if we go to the higher landscapes the  Red Panda nad snow leopard also can be found.

Where is Gosaikunda located?

Gosaikunda lake also called the frozen lake is located at an elevation of 4380m in the Rasuwa district of Nepal. It is about 117km from Kathmandu and most of its periphery is in the Langtang National park.

How far is Gosaikunda from Kathmandu?

The direct distance to Gosaikunda from Kathmandu is about 70 km, Although we need to drive to Dhunche about 117km from Kathmandu to start the trek or other options is from Sundarijal about 14 km short drive. The trek is about 5 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu with driving for only Gosaikunda lake.

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