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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 traveled 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.

Why Gosaikunda TrekG

  • Gosaikunda is a Cultural Trek that follows the route of the Langtang region.
  • Get into a wonderful Tibetan cultural experience with the Tamang people.
  • Enjoy the best view of the spectacular sight of pristine, crystal clear  Gosaikunda lake.
  • Best short trekking route from Kathmandu valley.
  • Walking through subtropical to alpine zone with Rhododendron, Oak, pine, and birch trees.

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 to be 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 the 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 then 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 map

While you are on the trail of the Gosaikunda lake trek having a good trekking map is essential. Langtang Gosaikunda is a famous and well-traveled trekking route in n Nepal. The Gosaikunda trek map provides detailed information and major things insight and clear pictures of the mountains. You can buy a different map for this trek most popular one is the map of The Himalayan Map House, Gosaikunda lake  Trek map, which can be purchased in Kathmandu trekking store or can buy online also.

There is a variety of various trekking routes map and native trails within the Gosaikunda region. Thus having a good map makes it easy to find the way and explore more areas. While you are in the lake there are many small lakes nearby look on your map and find the best way to visit them.

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 maps after Gosaikunda lake, 1 option is getting down to Dhunch and drive to Kathmandu. Another route map goes with Gosaikunda high 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 yourself with your friends 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.

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.

The winter Gosaikunda Trek- 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 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 in 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.

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 the 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 a sleeping bag liner also.
  • Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
  • Trekking pole
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and battery

 

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 a 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-make 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. We will enjoy the picturesque sceneries of the cascading hills, snow-clad peaks. The blooming of Rhododendron forest as well as several other species of vegetation. The pass is reachable from Dhunche or 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. We will also 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. They 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 - Trip Info

Duration: 05  Days from Arrival to Departure

Max. Altitude: Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)

Trek Grade: Moderate to little difficult

Best season: Spring and Summertime

Group size: 2 to 10 person

 

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 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 for about 3 hours takes 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 Facts

  • Trip Duration

    Trip Duration
    05 days

  • Tri Destination

    Destination
    Nepal

  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size
    2 to 10 person

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Accomodation
    local guest house

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    Maximum Altitude
    Gosaikunda Lake (4460m/14632ft)

  • Trip Difficulty

    Trip Difficulty
    Moderate

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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 Gosainkunda 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.

Where is Gosaikunda located?
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?
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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