Gosaikunda Lake Trek
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Group size: 2-3
- Best Seasons: spring
- Meals: (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Accomodation: Basic camping or guest house
- Transportation: included
Gosakinuda is an oligrotrophic lake situated in the Langtang National Park of Nepal. Gosaikunda, associated with other lakes in the region, makes the entire area a perfect trekking destination not only for trekkers but also for Hindu pilgrims from all around the world. This religious site is known to be the abode of Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri and is full of internal as well as external tourists, flocking to it every year. It is believed that a dip in the holy waters of Gosaikunda washes away the sins.
Situated in the raw and wild Langtang region of Nepal, the Gosakiunda Lake Trekking trail has emerged as a popular trekking destination for people wishing to avoid areas jammed with people. The trekking trails pass through varied landscapes, ranging from lush green forests to arid drylands. While the major attraction of this trek is the Gosaikunda and its associated lakes at the altitude of 4380m, the mountain views along the path are worth picturing too. Views of the peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Shisapangma make up adequately for the pain induced in the muscles by the trekking journey.
The trek to the Gosaikunda region starts off with a drive to Dhunche and passes through villages like Sing Gompa. It is to be ensured the trail has proper acclimatization possibilities. The Alpine Paradise Treks and Expedition has created the perfect itinerary to ensure no possibility of Altitude Mountain Sickness. The trek further passes through Ghopte, Kutmsang and comes to an end in Chisapnai. This 8 to 9 days trek covers all the aspects of a perfect trek, ranging from diverse landscapes to the chance to mix up with the ethnic inhabitants living in perfect harmony with each other. Come trek with Alpine Paradise Treks and Expedition and experience trekking through perfectly placed terraced slopes, colorful prayer flags and a wide range of flora and fauna in the Langtang Region of Nepal.
The best time to trek in the Langtang region is during the spring season, from March to May, or during the autumn season, from September to November. These months offer clear skies and mild temperatures, making for ideal trekking conditions.
- Langtang National Park Entry Permit
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card
- A licensed guide is not mandatory for this trek, but it is recommended.
- Trekkers are not allowed to stray from the designated route or explore off the path.
- Camping is only allowed at designated campsites.
- Littering is strictly prohibited.
- Respect local culture and customs.
- Obtain permission before taking photographs of locals or their property
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1,310M or 4,297FT)
DAY 02: Drive to Dhunche (1,950M / 6.5 Hours Drive)
DAY 03: Trek to Thulo Syabru village (2,200M / 4 Hours Trek)
DAY 04: Trek to Sing Gompa (3,584M / 5 – 6 Hours Trek)
DAY 05: Trek to Lauribinayak (3,925M / 3 – 4 Hours Trek)
DAY 06: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,381M / 4 Hours Trek)
DAY 07: Cross Gosainkunda Pass (4,610M); also known as Lauribina Pass, trek to Mera Kharka (3,320M / 7 Hours Trek)
DAY 08: Trek to Kutumsang (2,471M / 5 -6 Hours Trek)
DAY 09: Trek to Chisapani (1,746M / 5 -6 Hours Trek)
DAY 10: Trek to Sundarijal (1,463M), drive to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1,310M / 3 – 4 Hours Trek, 1 Hour Drive)
DAY 11: Departure from Kathmandu
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
The first day of the trek marks your arrival in the bustling city of Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide, who will transfer you to your hotel. The guide will provide you with all the necessary information about the trek, including a briefing on the itinerary, the dos and don’ts, and the gear you will need for the trek. You will have the rest of the day to rest and relax at the hotel or explore the city at your leisure. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner that includes a cultural program to introduce you to the rich culture of Nepal.
Day 02: Drive to Dhunche
After breakfast, you will leave Kathmandu and drive to Dhunche, which is the starting point of the trek. The journey takes about 6.5 hours, and you will pass through several small towns and villages along the way. You will have a chance to see the scenic beauty of the countryside, with terraced fields, lush forests, and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Upon arrival in Dhunche, you will check into your teahouse and rest for the night.
Day 03: Trek to Thulo Syabru village
On the third day, you will begin your trek to Thulo Syabru village. The trail climbs uphill, passing through dense forests and small settlements. You will encounter several suspension bridges and streams along the way, which add to the charm of the trek. Thulo Syabru village is located at an altitude of 2,210 meters and offers stunning views of the Langtang mountain range. You will stay overnight in a teahouse and prepare for the next day’s trek.
Day 04: Trek to Sing Gompa
The fourth day of the trek takes you to Sing Gompa, which is also known as Chandanbari. The trek is moderately challenging and takes about 5-6 hours to complete. You will pass through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo, which are home to several species of birds and animals. Sing Gompa is a popular destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, as it is home to several monasteries and temples. You will stay overnight in a teahouse and enjoy the serene surroundings.
Day 05: Trek to Lauribinayak
On the fifth day, you will trek to Lauribinayak, which is located at an altitude of 3,910 meters. The trail is steep and challenging, and you will need to acclimatize yourself to the altitude. Along the way, you will pass through several small settlements and yak pastures, and the views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. You will stay overnight in a teahouse and prepare for the next day’s trek.
Day 06: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake
The sixth day of the trek takes you to Gosainkunda Lake, which is one of the holiest lakes in Nepal. The trek is challenging, and the trail is steep and rocky. You will pass through several smaller lakes and cross several streams, and the views of the surrounding mountains are stunning. Gosainkunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva, and it is a popular destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You will stay overnight in a teahouse near the lake and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Day 07: Cross Gosainkunda Pass and Trek to Mera Kharka
On the seventh day of the trek, you will begin early in the morning as you will need to cross the Gosainkunda Pass (also known as Lauribina Pass) which is at an altitude of 4,610 meters. The pass offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, and you will be able to see the Annapurna range and Manaslu on clear days. The trek to Mera Kharka takes about 7 hours and is a bit challenging due to the steep ascent and descent. You will reach Mera Kharka by the evening and spend the night there.
Day 08: Trek to Kutumsang
After a well-deserved rest in Mera Kharka, you will trek to Kutumsang on the eighth day of the trek. The trek is relatively easier compared to the previous day and takes about 5-6 hours to complete. Kutumsang is a beautiful village situated at an altitude of 2,470 meters and is inhabited by the Tamang community. You can explore the village and interact with the locals, getting to know more about their culture and way of life.
Day 09: Trek to Chisapani
On the ninth day, you will trek to Chisapani, which takes about 5-6 hours to reach. Chisapani is a small village located at an altitude of 2,165 meters and offers stunning views of the Langtang range and the Helambu valley. The trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani is relatively easy, with a few steep ascents and descents. You will spend the night in Chisapani, enjoying the beautiful views of the Himalayas.
Day 10: Trek to Sundarijal, Drive to Kathmandu
On the final day of the trek, you will trek to Sundarijal, which takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Sundarijal is a beautiful village situated at an altitude of 1,460 meters and is known for its waterfalls and the Shivapuri National Park. You will then drive back to Kathmandu, which takes about an hour. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu
On the final day of your trip, you will depart from Kathmandu and head back home, marking the end of your Tamang Heritage Trek. You can spend some time shopping for souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones before leaving for the airport. The memories and experiences from your trek will stay with you for a lifetime, and you will leave Nepal with a newfound appreciation for its natural beauty and cultural diversity.
- Permits and fees for Langtang National Park
- Accommodation during the trek (tea houses or lodges)
- Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
- A professional and experienced guide
- Porter services (if requested)
- Basic first aid kit and emergency equipment
- All necessary equipment, such as sleeping bags and down jackets (if requested)
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses (such as drinks, snacks, and souvenirs)
- Tips for the guide and porter
- Emergency evacuation expenses
- Visa fees for Nepal
- Personal equipment such as hiking boots, backpack, and clothing
- Any additional expenses incurred due to unexpected events or circumstances, such as flight cancellations or natural disasters.
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Equipment for Gosaikunda Lake Trek:
- Backpack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters is necessary.
- Clothing: Light and comfortable clothing is essential for the trek, including quick-drying shirts and pants, a fleece jacket, and a waterproof shell.
- Footwear: Good quality trekking shoes with a solid grip and a broken-in feel are important, along with a pair of lightweight socks.
- Sleeping gear: A lightweight sleeping bag and sleeping mat are necessary for the trek.
- Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries is essential for early morning starts and navigating in the dark.
- Water bottle: A sturdy and leak-proof water bottle is important for staying hydrated.
- Sun protection: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunblock are necessary for protection from the sun and glare.
- First aid kit: A personal first aid kit with basic supplies such as painkillers, blister care, and antibiotics is important.
FAQ for Gosaikunda Lake Trek:
- What is the difficulty level of the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?
The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is considered to be a moderate trek, and is suitable for individuals with a moderate level of fitness. The trek involves several steep ascents and descents, and daily walking distances can be up to 6-7 hours.
- What is the best time to go on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?
The best time to go on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek is from September to November and from March to May, when the weather is clear and visibility is good. During the monsoon season (June to August), the trail can be slippery and visibility is reduced due to cloud cover.
- Can I go on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek without a guide?
While it is possible to go on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek without a guide, it is not recommended. A local guide can provide valuable information about the trail, help with logistics, and ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
- How much does the Gosaikunda Lake Trek cost?
The cost of the Gosaikunda Lake Trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the type of accommodation, and the services included.
- What kind of accommodation is available during the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?
Accommodation during the Gosaikunda Lake Trek is typically in teahouses, which are basic lodges that provide food and shelter. The teahouses range from basic to more comfortable, and it is possible to arrange for a room with a private bathroom in some of the more upscale lodges. In some of the more remote areas, camping may be necessary.