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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, and include 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 regions, we will walk in the unpopular area for 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 Trek

  • 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 cal Kunda. We can see the Saraswati Kunda, and also get a glimpse of the 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 tied 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 been 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.

Gosaikunda Trek cost

Gosaikunda trek cost ranges from USD 400 to USD 1000 depending 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 the trek is NPR 3000 per day or above with meals and accommodation, you need to travel to 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 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.

Gosaikunda trek 5 days

The 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 climb 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.

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, sandals, 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 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 hotels and Guest houses 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 destinations of Nepal, the extra other things you can do is Paragliding in Pokhara, Bungy jumping as last resort, a day hiking trip to Chandragiri hills, Mountain flight, Jungle safari tour to Chitwan National park and Bardia National park.

 Gosaikunda Pass trek 8 days Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Dhhunche  ( 1950m) 6-7 hours

After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillocks, rivers, and villages. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further toDhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for an overnight stay.

Day 02: Dhunche trek  to Sing Gompa (3330m): walking distance 3-4 hours, 1040m ascent – 6.8 km

The trails lead us from Thulo Syabru to follow a steep ascent path passing through Dursagang (2735m), passing a line of shortens. Along with the breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Tibetan Mountain, the trail continues steeply through the forests of oak and hemlock and then less steeply through rhododendron forest and pastures to the top of the ridge at Phoparng Danda (3190m). Watch the langur monkeys playing in the forest and a fine sunset view over the Ganesh Himal.

The larger trail cuts across the ridge top, staying fairly level through silent moss-covered forests. Then the path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat level to the Sing Gompa. The local well-managed cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery can be the visiting places that provide panoramic views, and exhilarating nature. Spend your night at the teahouse.

Day 03: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m): walking distance 4-6 hours, 1130 m ascent – 11.2 km

The trek today takes two parts. Initially, the trail climbs steeply 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 provides a magnificent view of the snowcapped Ganesh Himal. The trail to Lauri Binayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, and Tibetan peaks, and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.

From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. The myth is, that Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.

Day 04: Gosaikunda lake trek to Ghopte (3440m): walking distance 6-8 hours, 300m ascent, and 1320m descent

After exploring Gosaikunda, we start a bit challenging day. The trail traverses the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake and climbs on a rocky trail. We climb through rugged country, cross glacier moraines, and pass four small lakes to the Laurebina La (4610m). On a clear day, we can see the Annapurna range through the way. Then the trail leads us steeply down to Phedi (3740m). From here, the route drops to the stream and then climbs through the scrub Bamboo to a crest. Continue to walk down throughout crossing a rocky hill with pine, and rhododendron trees to Ghopte. At night you can see the lights of Trishuli Bazaar far below and Kathmandu glow behind the hills to the west.

Day 05: Ghopte trekking to Thrarepati hill ( 3510m) 4 hrs trek

Descending from the ridge at Ghopte, the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and the boulders of old moraines. The trail slightly descends and then begins to ascend through the rhododendron, oak, and juniper forests up to the Tharepati (3510m). Today we make an easy day also after the Gosaikunda pass, If you are still active in the afternoon you can hike also to the viewpoint of Tharepati. From here you can see the best view of Helambu valley. You can enjoy the high mountain view above 800m of Mount Xisapangma. Overnight stay at Tharepati local guest house.

Day 06: Tharepati Trekking down to Gul Bhanjyang  ( 2140m) 6 hrs

Trek downhill with only one small ridge to cross en route passing through Magen Goth ( 3420m)  Descent through fir and rhododendron forest. Stop at Kutumsang, an interesting typically old-fashioned Helambu village. Attractive Mountain views as well as local peoples’ lifestyle, culture; customs would be worth making you glad about. from here continue to descend down the muddy trail to the beautiful village of Gul Bhanjyang. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Gul Bhanjiang trekking  to Chisopani (2140m): walking distance 5  hours

A pleasant walk down to the Pathi Bhanyjyang goes through forests. A shorter day but descends and climbs to Chisopani, where the view of the whole central Himalayas is breathtaking. We can see the Himalayan ranges from Manaslu to Everest. Landscapes will be reflective in the evening and early morning hours.

Day 08: Chisopani to Kathmandu: walking distance 5 hours to Sundarijal, 150m ascent, 1150m descant, and about 4-hour drive to Kathmandu

We start the day by climbing up the last pass of the trek at Borlang Bhanjyang, at 2240m. From here we descend steeply through deeply eroded chasms towards the Tamang settlement of Mulkharka (1800m). More super views while descending to the road through oak and rhododendron forests, with some pine at a lower altitude. Now it is a short trek to Sundarijal as we walk past the local water supply system and follow the water pipe to this village. From Sundarijal we can take local transportation, or have our private transport waiting for us to bring us back to Kathmandu for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.


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

 Best Season

For a walk to Langtang Gosaikunda pass trek, the weather is the most important thing to keep in mind. Since the weather in this area is so erratic, you must schedule your trek to Langtang and Gosaikunda at the appropriate time.

Winter (November through December) is when the region around Langtang has its first snowfalls and becomes more difficult to walk through. However, considering the wonderful days in November, you may go hiking. The mountains are beautiful when the skies are clear, but when December begins in earnest, the temperatures drop. The evenings may be chilly, with lows of -5 degrees Celsius.

The hiking areas are often cold in January and February because of snowfall. As the temperature drops, there is a lot of snow falling in the mountains. The day will be pleasant and clear with high temperatures, but the night will be freezing. Although the trek may be rather difficult, you will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of mountains and hills covered in snow.

Spring (March to April) is the best time to visit Langtang and Gosaikunda.It’s also a simple trek with beautiful mountain scenery. You may see breathtaking views of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang II, and other mountains because of the wonderful weather. Since mid-March, when temperatures begin to rise, many trekkers prefer to travel to the Langtang Gosainkunda region. The lush, thick bamboo, rhododendron blooms, and birch woods provide beauty and add new dimensions to the whole trek.

Similarly, May to June, just before the monsoon, is an excellent time for hiking.In Nepal, the rainy season starts at the end of June and lasts until mid-August. The walk is considerably more fun in the spring and summer.

July through August are considered the peak of the rainy season. You’ll frequently see clouds, which will most likely block your view of the mountains. Even so, there is a good chance that the paths will get a little slippery. However, hiking may still be enjoyable due to the stunning waterfalls, rushing rivers, and frequent rainbows. You should take caution since the monsoon season might result in leech bites.

The months of September and October are also ideal for the Langtang Gosaikunda trek.The monsoon is progressively stopping at this time, creating the ideal terrain for hiking. Since the sky is clear and the mountains are visible, most hikers choose to journey during these months. Particularly between mid-September and the end, we heartily suggest this period for the Langtang Valley trip. These months also coincide with Dashain and Tihar, the two greatest festivals in Nepal.

 

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, the View of Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks along the route. We also enjoy the view of the green landscape of hillocks, 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, and 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 goes 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 provides 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 dramatic views to the west of the Mount Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, and 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 7 hours to drive, depending 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.

Enjoy the great combination of culture and landscapes

The principal inhabitants of the Gosaikunda trek 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 join 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 driving 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.

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 websites or by contacting them 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 to 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 ascending the Surya 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 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 are 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 Gosaikunda 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.

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 Gosaikunda 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.

Langtang gosaikunda pass trek itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu–Syabrubesi

Your first day’s journey will begin in Kathmandu, then continue to Syabrubesi. You have to travel 6 hours from Kathmandu to reach Syabrubesi, the starting point of the Langtang trek. From Kathmandu, there are two ways to get there. Both routes pass through Shivapuri National Park: one via the Prithivi Highway and the other via the Tokha. The route from Tokha is a quicker option for individuals who drive their own vehicles.

You will, however, travel along the Priithivi Highway according to the schedule provided by our service. One must pass through the Nuwakot district on the way from Kathmandu to Rasuwa. About 81 kilometers separate Nuwakot from Kathmandu. From there, go in the direction of the Syabribesi. From Kathmandu, it will take you around 6 hours to go to Syabrubesi. One must pass Betrawati in order to go to Syabrubesi.

You will next proceed to Dhunche, Rasuwa’s district headquarters center. Finally, you will arrive at Syabrubesi, the starting point for your trek to your destination. This location is approximately 1450 meters above sea level.

Day 2: Syabrubesi—Lama Hotel

After breakfast, your Langtang gosaikunda pass trek  begins from Syabrubesi. You will be walking by the river beginning on the first day of the expedition. This tour is unique in that it allows for close exposure to nature as one moves slowly along footpaths. Breathing gets deeper when climbing hills. Breathing becomes easier as the horizontal route arrives. The opportunity to converse with the flowing river, hear the pleasant sound of birds, and take a minute to reflect on life makes the trek even more interesting.

The entire trip from Syabrubesi to the Lama Hotel is uphill. As you make your way up to the Lama Hotel, enjoy the landscape as you pass through the Rimche and Bamboo areas. After six hours of hiking, you will arrive at the Lama Hotel while admiring the beauty of the route. At this location, which is 2500 meters above sea level, you can relax and take in the view. The place is surrounded by the  hills.  Although the mountains can’t be seen, the vista is breathtaking. Trekking to Lama Hotel from Syabrubesi is the best option.

Day 3: Lama Hotel-Langtang

After breakfast, you will go for a hike to Langtang. A trekker gets to his or her objective by walking slowly, getting exhausted, drinking water, listening to companions, and conversing with them.

Every visitor must provide their access ticket they received from the Langtang National Park gate at Dhunche after arriving at Ghodatabela. Reaching Thangsyap from there takes around an hour and a half. The exhaustion briefly disappears as the mountain begins to appear ahead at Ghodatabela. You can enjoy your lunch at Thangsyap and head upward to Langtang.

From Thangsap, a short walk will bring you to the little settlement of Gumba. After traveling for seven hours, you will arrive in Langtang, where you will spend the night. The landscape is stunning and really lovely. There will be huge mountains and hills all around you. The beauty of this location, which you will experience, is beyond words.

Day 4: Langtang-Kyanjin Gompa

Your  Langtang gosaikunda pass trek’s final endpoint for today is Kyanjin Gumba. You will start to notice enormous mountains along the road after a 10 to 15-minute walk from this location. Numerous mountain summits, including Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Tsergo Ri, and others, are also visible.

You will begin your journey to Kyanjin in the morning after a hearty breakfast. Less walking is required that day than the day before. You have to cross Mundu and Sindum on the route from Langtang to Kyanjin. Massive peaks can be observed as you go from Langtang to Kyanjin. You will begin to notice a few gumbas and manes (a Buddhist praying architect) as the Buddhist country of Kyanjin draws near.

You will arrive at Kyanjin after a 4-hour hike. The altitude is around 3890 meters above sea level. The trip will be enjoyable since you’ll get to view lovely scenery and take in the beauty of nature. Dhambu, Therpa Che, Kimchong, Langtang Lirum, and Ser gori mountains surround the area, giving it a truly magical feel.

In contrast to previous journeys, when you arrive at your destination by foot, you will feel as though you have accomplished something of immeasurable significance. The charm of trekking likely rests in such breathtaking scenes.

You may tour the Kyanjin village after arriving there and eating lunch. The history of Kyanjin village dates back 800 years. Locals claim that Kyanjin first settled here when their ancestors began coming here to graze their yaks. As a result of the growth of tourism, the majority of the population works in the tourism industry at the moment.

You will be fascinated by its beauty when you see the lovely tin-roofed homes, mules, and cows grazing freely on the wide hills of Kyanjin.

There is a story behind the establishment of Gumba. Guru Rinpoche is claimed to have dropped a letter in Kyanjin some 600 years ago. The letter from Guru Rinpoche gave directions for constructing four monasteries. Building four monasteries at the time was a big difficulty for the locals. Four monasteries were supposed to be built, but only two were actually built, as instructed by Guru  Rinpoche. One is in Langtang, while the other is in Kyanjin.

One of the two is the Kyanjin gumba that you will see in Kyanjin. As a result, the Langtang region’s main center of religious significance has been formed at this monastery.

Day 5: Kyanjin Gompa-Lama Hotel

On day five, you may see stunning mountain sunrise views as you awaken. The spectacular vistas of the Langtang Mountains will make for an experience of a lifetime for you. The highest peak visible from this location is Langtang Lirum. Its elevation above sea level is 7246 meters. This is also visible from the valley of Kathmandu. Behind Langtangt, there is another mountain that rises 4250 meters above sea level.

On this day, it is possible to climb either Kyanjin Ri or Tsergo Ri. Alternatively, you may return to the Lama Hotel after discovering the region’s natural and cultural splendor. On your return trip, you’ll follow the same route that you used to hike up to Kyanjin. You must travel through rhododendron forests to go to Langtang Valley and Ghore-Tabela.

The Trishuli River is approached through a route that descends from there. You will go from Trishuli to Lama Hotel and spend the night there after a short hike.

Day 6: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru

You may reach a bridge after an hour of hiking from the Lama Hotel. You will also get to view some bamboo forests and other rain forests along the route. You’ll use a bridge to cross the river below. After that, you have an uphill hike through some terraced fields and through some rocks and stones.

You will arrive in Thulo Syabru (2250 meters) after a 5- to 6-hour journey. Upper Syabru is another name for Thulo Syabru. It is a charming small village with a magnificent monastery close by. The monastery is close to a helipad as well. You can reach the monastery from the village by taking a short walk.

Day 7: Thulo Syabru-Shin Gomba

You will begin your journey to Sing Gompa (3250 meters) on this day, passing Upper Syabru hamlet on the way. The Upper Syabru Monastery is the first place you pass on the trek. You will also gain some height as you hike along a meandering path. You will have stunning views of the Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna ranges in the far west.

You will arrive at the teahouse after a few hours of hiking, where you may stop for a refreshing break. After a little rest, your trip will continue. Farmland gives way to chilly alpine woods as you continue your ascent north. From this dense woodland, continue trekking until you come to a meadow.

Here, you may get your lunch at one of a few tea houses. A nice trail will take you through a pine and rhododendron woodland. It’s amazing to see the beautiful vistas of Dhunche village below.

You will now arrive in Sing Gompa. It takes 4-5 hours to walk from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa. In Sing Gompa, the first few homes you will see are cheese factories.

Day 8: Shin Gomba-Gosainkunda

It would take you 4-5 hours to hike to Gosaikunda (4381 meters) on the eighth day. You get stunning views of the snow-covered mountains from the trail. To the north, the Langtang range, to the northwest, the Ganesh-Himal range, and to the west, the Manaslu-Annapurna range.

You walk steadily uphill for the first hour of the hike as you pass through woods of pines, oaks, and rhododendrons. You will then arrive at a plain grassland where you can see the mountains clearly.

There are a few tea houses in this area. You’ll take a brief stop at one of the local tea houses before continuing your hike. You will pass through dense vegetation and tree lines as you make your way uphill.

On your trip to Lurabina, you’ll pass by evergreen grassland, alpine plants, juniper, and rhododendron trees. After then, the route descends for 30 minutes till it reaches Saraswati and Bhairav Kunda. You will first encounter these lakes in this area.

From these ponds, you can easily hike to Gosainkunda, where you can spend the night. The Gosaikunda lake is close to where you will be resting. August’s full moon brings a large number of pilgrims to Gosaikunda. Hindu worshippers also bathe in this sacred pond. The devout hold the belief that taking a bath in this pond cleanses one’s sins and leads to paradise. Gosaikunda is a collection of 108 lakes spread across four square kilometers at a height of over 4300 meters.

Day 9: Gosainkunda-Gopte

Today, you will pass via the Laurebina Pass and then descend to Ghopte. You will follow the path that goes beside the lake’s bank as you walk. From there, the hike leads you uphill and over rocks and stones to a small brook. You will arrive at the Surajkund pond after finishing this route.

You will reach the Gosainkunda pass or Laurebina La pass (4600 meters) if you continue your hike past the pond. You will ascend to this pass at the hike’s highest elevation. The route leads you down a steep slope to Phedi (3,694 m) from this pass. The word “Phedi” in Nepali means “bottom.” You’ll eat lunch here after a difficult ascent and descent to Phedi.

Following a combination of a lunch break and a rest period, you will continue your trip eastward toward the Helambu area. Although there are some gentle uphills and downhills to journey over, the path is straightforward. As you travel, you will cross junipers, rhododendrons, and other alpine flora. After 6 hours of hiking from Gosaikunda, you will arrive at Ghopte (3440 meters). There are a few smaller caves in Ghopte that serve as refuges for pilgrims. These lovely caves have some overhanging rocks.

Day 10: Gopte-Khutumsang

Your journey to Kutumsang will start after breakfast in Ghopte. The hike today will take 5 to 6 hours. You will join the Helambu route as you depart the Ghopte Woods. The same path leads to Kathmandu as well. You pass through alpine woods for the first hour of the hike today.

The subsequent hour-long hike upward to Tharepati will take place after that (3,597 m). Tharepati is located at the summit of a tall ridge. The Jugal Himalayan range may be seen further to the east. From the Tharepati ridge, the Ganesh-Manaslu Himal rises in the west. Tharepati will also be the location of your meal.You will descend for a few hours here after lunch to reach Mangeghot.

In Mangeghot, there are beautiful green fields. Additionally, an army barrack is close by. From Mangeghot, you will hike for a few hours through farmland, settlements, and tiny wooded regions. You will now arrive in Kutumsang village (2,445 m). Kutumsang village consists of a majority of Tamang and Sherpa ethnicities.

Day 11: Khutumsang–Chisapani

Today, you’ll hike from Kutumsang to Chisapani Danda (2195 meters). It takes about 6-7 hours to get there. The walk will be enjoyable for you because you will be descending with barely any uphills. You will reach Pati Bhanjayang after passing through a number of small farming communities.

After a 3–4 hour journey, you will arrive in this wonderful village. You may go to Chisapani Danda from Pati Bhanjyang after a short hike, where you will spend the night.

Chisapani Danda is located at the summit of a stunning hill. It is also one of Nepal’s best known locations for quick treks. There are 4-6 teahouses in Chisapani. Additionally, an army camp is located just adjacent to Chisapani.

You may enjoy beautiful views of several mountains from Chisapani. The greatest vistas of the Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal range, Manaslu, and Annapurna will be yours to admire. Chisapani is surrounded by lovely hills. It provides a wonderful vantage point for seeing the valleys below and the magnificent sunrise and sunset.

Day 12: Chisapani – Sundarijal – Drive back to Kathmandu

The terrain today is downward, so the hike will be easier today. On your route from Chisapani to Sundarijal, you will pass a few farms, lands, and forests. As you make your way along the Shivapuri National Park (2,438 m), ridges like Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang will come into view. The Kathmandu valley may be seen well from these elevations.

You will eventually get to Sundarijal, which is a magnificent location, after 3 hours of descent. It is surrounded by a lovely woodland area. It’s an excellent place for a picnic because it also has beautiful waterfalls. You’ll take a vehicle from Sundarijal to Kathmandu. Sundarijal is a Kathmandu suburb located in the east. You will pass Boudhanath Stupa as you travel to Kathmandu.

This impressive structure of Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu features the lovely, all-pervasive eyes of Lord Buddha. Your one-hour drive will bring you to Kathmandu.

 

 

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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

    • Altitude Icon

      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.

      Do I need to hire porters and a guide during the Gosaikunda Trek?

      One can complete the Gosaikunda trek without a guide and porters. However, we recommend hiring one or two guides and porters for the Langtang Trail. Always go with the company that has guides who are knowledgeable about the entire Gosaikunda  region, not just Gosaikunda trekking, and who are adequately insured.

      Since the beginning of the Gosaikunda area trek, it has been much more advantageous to have a local guide since it helps them support and promote their livelihood.

      English-speaking local guides will accompany you the entire time on the walk. Although they won’t be able to carry your bags, they will be able to assist you by answering your questions and providing local knowledge as you travel. It is usually advised to travel with a guide. You could get AMS if you’re going at a high altitude, but if you don’t know how to trek, your guide will be quite useful.

      During the journey, porters will just carry your belongings for you. They don’t know much English, so any questions you ask won’t be understood. You may move around without restriction if you accompany your porter, who will help you carry your stuff.

      Although it may cost you a bit extra, it is worthwhile to pay for them. You will receive proper guidance, and you may walk about freely while taking in the local scenery without carrying any extra weight.

      What is the cost of the Langta Gosaikunda trek?

      The cost of your trekking depends on your expenses, such as how you travel, what you bring with you, and what you eat while on your trek. The Langtang  Gosaikunda Trekking Cost ranges from $800 to 1100 USD for a 10- to 12-day trek.

      
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