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Gosainkunda Lake Trek

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Price starting from

$1,145 USD 818

per person

Duration

10 days

Max. Elevation

4460m

Group size

2+ Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle, Public Bus tickets
Best Season
February-May, September-November
Accomodation
Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; best Available Lodges on route trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu; three meals a day (breakfast+Lunch+dinner and cup of tea) during the trip
Starts at
kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Dhunche-Chandanbari-Sing Gomba-Gosainkunda-Ghopte-Laraubinaya-Kutumsang-Chisapani-Sundarijal-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • On high scenic ridges of Langtang Himal to the holy pond and crossing high pass.
  • The spectacular panorama of high Himalayan peaks on walks to Gosainkunda. 
  • Enchanting forest lined with tall rhododendron, oaks, and magnolia with fir trees.
  • Walk on the holy pilgrimage trail to the sacred and serene glacial pond of Gosainkunda.
  • Explore rural farm villages adorned with impressive Buddhist culture and customs.
  • Scenic trek from north to east of Langtang Himal over high Laraubinaya-La Pass.

Overview

 Gosainkunda  Lake Trek, a marvelous and short adventure of a week duration allows travelers to enjoy spectacular mountain views. In the harmony of impressive age-old traditional villages enriched with colorful culture within pristine surroundings and enchanting woodland. For all Hindu and Buddhist religions, the Himalayas is an abode of god, goddess, and holy spirits. Gosainkunda is regarded as one of the major mountainous pilgrimage destinations, where thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit for worship.

As well as to purify their soul, mind, and body to relinquish the sin of hundreds of lifetimes. Taking a bath and a dip in the icy pond, a great religious festival is held called ‘Jani Purnima’ (change of new holy threads for Hindu men). Which falls on the full moon around an auspicious month of August during the monsoon season according to the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Thousands of Nepalese pilgrims as well from India visit to pay homage to pray and worship Lord Shiva. The creator of Gosainkund, the local believes 108 small and large ponds existed hundreds of years ago. Besides the main Gosainkunda, at present nine ponds exist such as Saraswati, Bhairab, Surya and Ganesh-Kunda, Sagarkund, Yeklekund with Raja-Rani Kund. For Hindus taking a dip in the Gosainkunda, pond means salvation and virtue, one of the highest glacial ponds in Nepal. Located at 4, 460 m high within the district of Rasuwa, which is straight north of Kathmandu valley.

Holy Gosainkund Trek, starts with an overland journey to reach a cooler region of Langtang Himal. Which is at a close distance of 43 k.m. and 27 miles from Kathmandu, but takes more than 4 to 5 hours. Due to the hilly and mountainous highway with many switchbacks, narrow winding uphill to Dhunche at 2,030 m and 6,660 feet high. Dhunche, headquarter and administrative town of the Rasuwa district, is dominated by Tamang ethnic tribes interwoven with Buddhism and Bon religion. The Bon an ancient sect of pre-Buddhism, worships natural spirits which you will witness on this lovely walk to Gosainkunda and beyond.  
 
Dhunche the main entrance of Langtang National Park also, the first mountain park ever established in Nepal in the year 1976. The park covers an area of 1,710 sq. km to Chisapani near the end of the trek. Walk from Dhunche town takes you high to Sing Gomba, with a steep climb into the cool shade of dense woodland. Lined with tall pines and rhododendron trees to reach a small settlement at Sing Gomba. Which is also the name of the monastery perched high above the village, the next morning on the high trail to Gosainkunda. The second-day trek progress with a climb uphill to enter a forest with views of Langtang Himal towards the north.

The walk leads to more ups as tree lines end for a short alpine bush towards a high ridge of west Laraubinaya. Then on a gradual path past Bhairab-Kund to reach our major highlight at Gosainkund and the sacred crystal clear pond. Enjoy time at Gosainkund a holy spot with a few small tea houses that serve as a lodge for travelers.

The highest overnight stop at 4, 460 m is enclosed by a high rocky cliff wall and towering peaks. From Gosainkunda after a pleasant stay within tranquil surroundings in the shade of holy spirits. The walk continues with a climb to traverse the highest spot of the adventure over East Laraubinaya-La Pass at 4, 609 m. Overlooking grand views of surrounding dramatic landscapes of the eastern side of Langtang Himal range.

Walk follows long downhill to reach back into a dense forest of juniper, rhododendron, and pine trees heading further southeast. As walk enters around the Helambu region at Kutumsang, a nice farm village populated with Sherpa, Tamang, and Hyalmo hill tribes. At Kutumsang village, where the motorable road has reached from Kathmandu on the rough and bumpy mountain tracks. Our trek follows on old walking trails avoiding the main road as possible, then past the nice Tamang village of Gul-Bhanjyang. Along the walk enjoy lovely views of green rolling hills and valley with Langtang and Jugal Himal Mountain range.

Last overnight stop on a scenic ridge top of Chisapani, famous for stunning sunrise and sunsets over Himalayan peaks. Enjoy the last day on the high viewpoint at Chisapani, situated on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley's eastern rim. The final day walk is pleasant down into a serene forested area and through several Tamang farm villages.

The walk continues to wonderful Sundarijal, a famous picnic spot for city folks on weekends within a tranquil green environment. Within the backdrop of fresh streams and cascading waterfall, and then reaching the end of trekking at Sundarijal town. A short drive brings you back into the heart of Kathmandu, after a glorious adventure and marvelous experience on Holy Gosainkund Trek.  

Gosaikunda Temple:

There is a small two-story temple of Lord Shiva on the banks of the sacred lake Gosaikunda. Devotees come to worship Lord Shiva after bathing in the sacred Gosaikunda lake. The temple is 1 minute away from Gosaikunda Lake.

Trishul Dhara:

Trisuldhara is 10-15 minutes away from Gosaikunda temple. Many believe that the source of water for Gosaikunda Lake and Trishuli River is Trishuldhara. You can see 3 waterfalls on the trekking trails with coins everywhere. This is the same place where Lord Shiva struck the trident.

Gosaikunda Fair / Festival:

Every year on the day of Janai Purnima, a big festival is held in Gosaikunda. Thousands of devotees from different regions flock there to celebrate this festival. On this day, many people bathe in Gosaikunda lake and worship Lord Shiva. On the same day, Shaman also goes to Gosainkund for the festival. More than two thousand devotees visit Gosaikunda Lake.

Gosainkunda Lake Trek Altitude sickness:

One of the most common problems people encounter during hiking is acute mountain sickness. Walking over 3000 meters is likely to cause you Altitude Sickness. The Gosaikunda trek starts from a low altitude of 2000 meters at Dhunche and reaches 4380 meters at Gosaikunda. Ignoring the effects of altitude sickness can lead to problems. You can keep this trek very simple by following the basic rules. Drinking plenty of water or slowing down will solve many problems. In addition, you can take Diamox, a drug that helps with height sickness.

Great time for the Gosaikunda Lake trek:

Gosaikunda trekking is possible all year round. Spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons as the temperature is relatively high this time and it is easy to walk. In the spring, you will be able to walk through the colorful trails for the first few days. The temperature of Gosaikunda drops in the winter season but it is perfect for those who like to walk in the snow and enjoy the amazing frozen Gosaikunda lake. This festival is of great importance along with this lake as it is usually celebrated during the monsoon season as many people visit during the monsoon season. However, with clean and clear weather, you can travel at any time of the year.

Equipment & Packing List for Gosaikunda Lake Trekking:

The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important in your hiking. We advise you to pack only what is necessary

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves
.
For Feet: Two pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: one sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Important Note

  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding Holy Gosainkunda Trek, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.

Day

2
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.

Day

3

Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, a scenic and exciting drive to reach high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting ride of little more than 4-5 hours, during the drive, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns. As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 2, 030 m high. The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park.

At Dhunche with many good lodges and a small hotel for an overnight stay, our guide will check in the best available lodge or guest house. The town and whole area of Rasuwa are inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.

Day

4
The morning starts with easy short downhill and then leaving the motorable road, walking towards a stream to cross a small bridge, near a small settlement with some shades serving as tea houses and shops. After the bridge a steep climb most of the way into a dense forest of tall rhododendron, oaks, magnolia, pines, and fir trees to reach large grazing pastures field on a hilltop with some small tea-shops. The climb continues for another hour into beautiful woodland to reach Sing Gompa, also called Chandanbari, which means a sandalwood tree area. Check into a nice small lodge within a small village with few good lodges and a guest house, an old monastery stands on top of the village where your lodge is situated.

Day

5

Today's walk takes you to our major highlights and a place of great religious importance at Gosainkunda. The morning walk offers more views of the snow-clad peaks of Langtang and Ganesh-Himal towards the northwest with Manaslu and Annapurna range in the far west. The adventure leads to gradual up for an hour entering oaks, pines, and rhododendron forest. Enjoying brief stops with facing grand views, the walk continues with a climb uphill on leaving forest and tree lines behind for short, dwarf rhododendron, juniper shrubs, and bushes.

The path unwinds uphill passing through a few teahouses at Laurabina, which means a place with walking sticks, (an auspicious time in August with the full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar, pilgrims visiting Gosainkunda for ritual bathe and dips where belief is, it delivers one into paradise and drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. This is the spot where Hindu devotees leave their walking stick here, hence the name Laurabina. From the high ridge with short descend and then up reaching across Saraswati and Bhairab Kund, with the little climb, brings you at Gosainkunda within its holy pristine glacial pond. One can witness some traces left behind by the pilgrims during the great festival event of Janai Purnima that falls in monsoon time of August, in a full moon day, where a large crowd of worshippers and pilgrims makes a hard trek to be in this sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva and the creator of many ponds around.

Day

6
Morning from Gosainkunda, gradual walk along the shore of a pond, and then climb to a small creek in between rocks and boulders, as walk leads close to small Surjakund pond, then with winding straight up to Gosainkund pass or East Laurabina La the highest spot of the adventure. From the top, enjoying tremendous scenery of rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks, then towards long downhill to reach at the bottom known as Phedi (bottom) at near 3,694 m. A small place with few teahouses, possible lunch stop and then walk continues heading east within Helambu area and back into green vegetation’s and tree lines of junipers, rhododendron and then reach at Ghopte (meaning overhanging rocks) for an overnight stop.

Day

7
After being around the complete wilderness, walk from this small settlement where trails of Helambu and Kathmandu route joins; morning a short day trek with a pleasant walk into the forest for an hour, with an hour uphill near the hill of Tharepati 3, 650 m, as our route heads to a place called Mange-Goth. A place for a cattle grazing field probably stops here for lunch as time permits. From Mange-Goth, a nice pleasant walk downhill into the cool shade of woodland to reach an open area with many farm fields and terraces at Kutumsang village for overnight halt. A nice interesting farm village of Tamang, Sherpa, and some Hyalmo hill tribes follows the same Tibetan Buddhism religion, which you can notice around the villages with prayer monuments.

Day

8
From Kutumsang, one of the longest day walk to reach Chisapani, start early morning on a winding path with few ups and downhill past several farm areas and villages to reach Gul-Bhanjyang located on a ridge top. After a short refreshing break trek continues on a pleasant trail with some ups and down to a nice place of Pati Bhanjyang village. From here short climb towards our last overnight stop at Chisapani, a scenic small village situated on a hilltop north of Kathmandu Valley rim. Chisapani offers stunning sunrise and sunsets over a vast range of peaks from Langtang and Jugal Himal in the north, extending to Ganesh Himal-Manaslu and Annapurna range towards the west.

Day

9
Enjoy sunrise views as the light shines on a range of snow peaks, after breakfast our last day trek heads downhill into lovely forest and farmlands with a short climb on top of Burling and Chepu Bhanjyang at 2,438 m high. Facing views of Kathmandu Valley, the path descends to Sundarijal (which means beautiful water) a lovely spot with a cool patch of forest with fresh streams. On reaching the roadside at main Sundarijal town, a short drive to Kathmandu after an enjoyable and great moment on Holy Gosainkund Trekking. Drive leads past Jhorpati and Bouddhanath into a busy road and then reach your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs, evening farewell group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with Folk culture programs as entertainment.

Day

10
On your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Holy Gosainkunda Trek, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.

Inclusions

  • Arrival airport picks up, drop Services by private van.
  • 3 Nights at 3-star category accommodation in Kathmandu include breakfast with Twin Sharing basis.
  •  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with tour guide by private van.
  • Public bus transportation from Kathmandu to Dhunche.
  • Sundarijal to Kathmandu road transfer for private vehicles.
  • Teahouse/Lodges accommodations during the trek (Nate and clean).
  • All meals such a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and cup of tea) during the trekking period.
  • Trekking guide (well Experienced, Fluent English Speaking, Government Licensed, first aid, and eco trained)and their entire expenses, equipment, and insurance.
  • 1 Porter between 2 people (who will help to carry your backpack).
  • Langtang National Park Trekking permit/TIMS Card.
  • Group medical Kit Box (Diamox & other first Aid Medicine).
  • All Government, and Local taxes as applicable.
  • International Airfare/Nepal Visa.
  • monument fees during sightseeing.
  • Your meals at Kathmandu, except welcome dinner/farewell dinner, and breakfast.
  • personal travel insurance.
  • personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, treks equipment, etc..).
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Dhunche.
  • Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the "Service Included" list are your personal expenses.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Tipping to the guide and porter end of your trip.

    Complimentary

      • Sleeping Bags during the trekking (''if require'', to be returned after completion of the trip).
      • Heaven hiker Himalaya Duffle Bag and trekking Map and Adventure Certificate.
      • farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
      • Seasonal fresh fruit during the trek.
      • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    On Gosainkund treks, tourist standard lodge and guest house with large or small rooms with attached and non-attached bathrooms and toilets include a large dining room with a warm environment and friendly hospitality and services including excellent food menu with some home-baked bakeries items. But places like Gosainkund and Ghopte and Kutumsang, the lodge are very simple and limited food menu, but comfortable with nice homely service, clean and hygienic meals to enjoy from few western, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese food available as per the standard of the lodge.

    Communication is available in all major trekking destinations from ISTD to STD or Sat-Phone, besides mentioned communication system. Cell phones are used by all Nepalese in whole Nepal. Where you can buy a local SIM for the trek as well, the difference is where you are. Sometimes the network does not work at its best, due to bad weather or in a deep valley and gorge as well enclosed by the high mountain range. 

     

    Not at all, the trek is safe accompanied by our expert guide and strong loyal porters. The only health risk could be your personal medical problem or sudden unavoidable circumstance arising as bad weather, heavy snowfall, or rock falls which can happen any time anywhere. Where our guide is an expert taking care and precaution for the whole group for safety and making secure with the enjoyable holiday in Nepal.  


    Not a problem, our staff and guide as well Hiker Himalaya representatives will be at the airport to receive you, welcome you with a traditional welcome of garland, and then escort you to your hotel.

    For altitude mountain sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the best is proper acclimatization and taking good rest, and drinking enough fluids like water, warm soup, and light green tea or hot lemon. Walking high and sleeping low is another good way of acclimatizing to high altitude. A trekker with these symptoms should descend to a lower level with an accompanying guide, staff, and close friends or relatives. In a very severe situation immediate rescue medical evacuation taking Helicopter service back to Kathmandu or the nearest city with good hospitals. But on this trek hardly people get altitude sickness as elevation gains slow and gradually and staying overnights at certain heights and walking slowly will prevent you from catching altitude sickness.

    Yes, you must get Travel and Medical Insurance in your country, in case of trip cancellation due to bad worse weather. As well roadblocks due to landslides, avalanches including political disturbance, strikes, and arson can happen anywhere in the world apart from Nepal.  For medical insurance in case of serious medical problems with high altitude symptoms that you might need immediate rescue by the fastest means like Helicopter service. Where all the expenses of the whole journey are due to incompleteness, your insurance comes in handy to get reimbursed. Hike Himalaya can only help you by issuing a letter with a doctor's certificate to support the claim from your insurance company.

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