Gosaikunda Lake Trek
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Group size: 2-3
- Best Seasons: spring
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.
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1,310M or 4,297FT)
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.
DAY 02: Drive to Dhunche (1,950M / 6.5 Hours Drive)
Our first day starts with a long and tiring drive to Dhunche. The road takes us via North-Western region of Kathmandu valley following beautiful scenery and villages along the route. We will stop in Trisuli or Kalikasthan for a quick local lunch and proceed further towards Dbunche for overnight stay. The road specially after Kalikasthan looks thrilling as landslides are continuously occurred during monsoon season. The trail passes through beautiful forests of high Hilly regions with some occasional sights of blossoming rhododendron flowers and beautiful crystal waterfalls falling from the top of the hills. We will also have some sights of villages situated in the cliffs of rocky mountains along the drive. This is the first impression of Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. Soon we will reach Dhunche; a small town with few lodges made for travelers visiting this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 03: Trek to Thulo Syabru village (2,200M / 4 Hours Trek)
We have an easy day. We will enjoy our breakfast in the lodge before we start descending down to Thulo Bharku from where we will leave motor road and start walking through beautiful forests with occasional distant views of Himalayan peaks. If we are lucky enough then we will also encounter with some wild animals like monkeys and red panda however it’s rare. The trail has many ups and downs. We enter the forest, come out and enter again. It is a hide and seek route. Well, continuing further will take us to small town on a top of the hill; named Thulo Syabru. It is a small town with few lodges for trekkers. In the evening we can walk around the village and visit one of the ancient monasteries of this region. Enjoy hot drinks sitting in the balcony. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 04: Trek to Sing Gompa (3,584M / 5 – 6 Hours Trek)
We will enjoy our first breakfast out of the town. Usually, meals in the villages are lot better than meals in the cities. Village meals are prepared fresh using locally available spices and tastes fresh. Enjoy mouth watering breakfast here. We will then pack our stuffs and start ascending uphill trail leaving Thulo Syabru village behind. Gosainkunda Trekking is one of the nicest natural treks of Nepal. The trails are not totally commercialized and it’s not crowded like Annapurna and Everest routes. We will at least have space to walk on our own. We will be passing via different villages of the region; i.e. Gardagaon and Phulung Ghyang and Chandanbari and Sing Gompa. Chandanbari hosts one of the oldest Yak cheese factories of Nepal. We can taste some locally made cheese during the season. We will find a lodge for overnight stay. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks in the horizon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 05: Trek to Lauribinayak (3,925M / 3 – 4 Hours Trek)
We have another short day however it may be difficult for many trekkers due to high altitude. We will start the trek with gentle uphill then enter inside dense pine forests. The forest gives occasional sights of endangered Himalayan red panda. Continuing further will take us to Cholangpati; our first tea stop today. We will then start slightly difficult walking trekking before we reach Lauribinayak for overnight stay. Lauribinayak gives impressive reasons of doing Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. We will reach Lauribinayak by lunch time. We will enjoy lunch here and walk around the village. We can hike to top of the hill if interested. The views on the Langtang valley valley is impressive. Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtnag Himalayan range looks amazing. The Himalayan peaks look very close from here. We will stroll around the village and stay overnight here. High altitude can cause basic to mild headaches here, please consult with your guide if you have any symptoms here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 06: Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,381M / 4 Hours Trek)
We will enjoy another fresh meal in the Himalayas before commencing the trek. The trek starts with highly steep and difficult uphill climbing till we reach top of Lauribinayak hilltop. Lauribinayak hilltop is the perfect point for 360 degree views around the mountains. You will have perfect views of Himalayan peaks, green hills, villages and towns in the horizon, river, waterfalls and forests as well. It’s perfect place to have some rest. Well, we will continue further via stone cliffs and tiny trail towards Gosainkunda Lake; our main destination. The trail is mostly gentle uphill with occasional short downhill walk. As we enter towards the gorge we will have closer sound of water coming out of the lake; it’s sign that we are close. Walking further will give us views of lodges nearby the lake; that’s our place for overnight stay. We will look for our look and then stroll around the lake and hills around the lake. You can walk around the village, take pictures and enjoy this amazing place. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 07: Cross Gosainkunda Pass (4,610M); also known as Lauribina Pass, trek to Mera Kharka (3,320M / 7 Hours Trek)
We reached our main destination of Gosainkunda Trekking and now it’s time to leave Gosainkunda Lake and approach for new destination. The trail is gentle uphill from Gosainkunda Lake until we reach Gosainkunda Pass also known as Lauribinayak Pass (4,610M). Gosainkunda Pass is also the highest point of our route. The pass can be easily pointed. It is covered with lots of praying flags and situated on top of a hill. We will see Gosainkunda in one side and our upcoming route in another side. It’s amazing to be here. From here the trail descends down towards Phedi. On 31 July 1992, a Thai Air plane was crashed near Phedi causing 113 casualties. A small metal piece is still seen in a lodge here. We will then reach Ghopte (3,430M) and continuing further from Phedi will take us to Mera Kharka for overnight stay. Only one lodge is available in Mera Kharka, if we are unable to find room here then we may need to walk further to Tharepati for overnight stay. It is a long and tiring day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 08: Trek to Kutumsang (2,471M / 5 -6 Hours Trek)
We enjoy breakfast in the middle of the forest and start climbing gentle uphill before we reach another small pass called Tharepati. Tharepati is also popular as a view point for peaks of Langtang region. The whole trail after Tharepati is downhill walk. We will be passing via different small settlements of local people. First, we will reach Mangingoth where we will enjoy our lunch. Continuing downhill further from Mangingoth will take us to Kutumsang for overnight stay. It’s another small town with few lodges or traveler’s facilities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 09: Trek to Chisapani (1,746M / 5 -6 Hours Trek)
We are finishing our trek shortly. Today is our second last day of the trek. We will enjoy hot breakfast in Kutumsang before we descend down towards Chisapani village. The trail is mostly downhill but involves steep climbing just before reach Chisapani. Chisapani is one of the popular hill stations near Kathmandu valley. This place serves lots of local tourists as well. From Kutumsang we will be passing via different villages such as Jogini Danda, Gul Bhanjyang, Thotung Danda, Chhipling and Patibhanjyang before reaching Chisapani for overnight stay. This is our last night in the Himalayas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10: Trek to Sundarijal (1,463M), drive to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1,310M / 3 – 4 Hours Trek, 1 Hour Drive)
We are concluding Gosainkunda Lake Trek today. We will walk few hours to conclude the trek. The trail from Chisapani to Sundarijal is mostly downhill. We will start the trek with gentle uphill before we reach Borlang Bhanjyang (2,438M) then we will descend down towards Sundarijal. We will pass via a village called Mul Kharka along the way where we may stop for our lunch. Descending further down we will reach Sundarijal which is a town inside Kathmandu valley. There is no more pain for our legs, our vehicle will be waiting for us here. We will then drive to our hotel where we will conclude our trip. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 11: Departure from Kathmandu
Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Gosainkunda Lake Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it’s not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)
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