An approach to reach the beautiful holy lake Gosainkunda, one can do the Gosainkunda Lake Trek, a moderate trekking route in Langtang region with spectacular views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a journey through the isolated Tamang villages with minimal effort and mostly within a peaceful environment. The Gosainkunda Lake is an alpine freshwater lake in the north of Kathmandu valley with several other smaller lakes associated with it. It is said that there are 106 lakes around the main Gosainkunda Lake. Lauribinayal, a place before reaching Gosainkunda, provides excellent views of sunrise and sunset over the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is an ideal trekking route for trekkers looking for moderate trekking route within a peaceful environment. Come and join for this journey of a lifetime. The trek also includes adventurous Gosainkunda Pass in the itinerary. Gosainkunda Lake is an alpine fresh water lake situated inside Langtang National Park inside Rasuwar district, on the north side of Kathmandu valley. Gosaikunda Lake is 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size and has been designated a Ramsar site in September 2007. The lake remains frozen during winter season. The water coming out of the lake mixes with Trisuli River, operating one of the major hydro power projects of Nepal. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is rated as one of the beautiful natural treks less disturbed and less commercialized so far. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a splendid trekking route that is requires medium to good fitness level. This area is nice and peaceful Tibetan cultured area compared to popular Annapurna and Everest region. Lodges are relatively simple along the trek but has well maintained rooms and great foods everywhere. Mid April gives lovely views of rhododendron flowers in blossom including beautiful sightings of the Nepalese and Tibetan Himalayan range. The Gosainkunda lakes are a very special treat and worth the effort to get there. Numerous eagles circled the sky above us on the day we went out to the lake. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is undoubtedly a beautiful trekking for adventure loves from all over the world.
Day to Day Itinerary
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)
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Kathmandu - Dhunche transportation by local bus
- Sundarijal - Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle
- Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
- Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
- Langtang National Park Entry Permit
- Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
Gosainkunda Lake Trekking is an easy to moderate trekking route that takes you slightly over 4,500 meters. Gosainkunda Trek can be fun for most trekkers but altitude sickness can occur to some adventurers. The trail is confusing in several places as no trail signs are available. Gosainkunda Trekking route has some steady uphill and step downhill walk. People with knee problems may need a good knee support. Gosainkunda Lake Treks is suitable for most trekkers; from beginners to experienced and the trekking route will surely give you pleasant experiences of trekking in Nepal. The trek is also suitable for trekkers with small kids aged 5/6 years old and above. With little bit or no pain to your body, it is confirmed that Gosainkunda Trekking will leave some beautiful memories in your holiday. This trekking can be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. If you have had any treks previously then it's best. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in Nepal. If there are some hills or small mountains near your place then you can practice some walk there. For a regular trekker Gosainkunda Trekking won't be a seriously hard route, it will be a real fun. People may have mild to severe headache during the trek. Please consult with your guide if you feel any difference in your body.
Meals on Trek
Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Places like Dhunche offers wider range of meal options with better quality comparing to remote parts of the Gosainkunda Lake trekking. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. They are basic meals served only to countdown your hunger. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases. Gosainkunda Lake Trek has average standard lodges on the whole route to provide foods for trekkers. People with no packed meals also can done the trek without any problems.
Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.
We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Places like Dhunche has better lodges for trekkers. It is for sure that you will have no complains in these places. Gosainkunda Lake Trek has numerous lodges for your stay. We will be accommodating you in the lodges on the whole trek, there won't be any camping involved. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Please do not expect high standard rooms specially in the trek as they don't exist on Gosainkunda Trekking. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex ). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.
Gosainkunda Trekking is a mid-altitude trekking route in the north of Kathmandu valley. This trekking can be done throughout the year however February to May and October to December is better. During these months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are inspiring and the weather is breath taking. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this region. Trekkers do Gosainkunda Lake Trek throughout the year. Monsoon is not good season; both for views and trails. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. The views are not clear as well and trails in the lower area may have many leeches. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful on the trail. From October to December you will see more greens in the forest.
Highlights of the Trip
Gosainkunda Trekking is one of the beautiful treks suitable for beginners to experienced trekkers. This region offers some fantastic views of Himalayas that includes peaks from Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range and some distant views of Himalayan peaks of Tibetan plateau. Places like Dhunche, Sing Gompa, Lauribinayak, Tharepati, Chisapani etc. offers stunning Himalayan scenery. More than that green forests, villages in the cliffs, distant views of horizon and smiling Tamang people are always around you. Gosainkunda Lake Treks takes you via some of the interesting villages like Thulo Syabru, Mangin Goth, Ghopte etc. and will give you chances to experience how these culturally rich people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas, how their lifestyle is and how they survive. Gosainkunda Trek also has beautiful Buddhist mani walls, monasteries and Stupas on the route. Sing Gompa has one of the oldest cheese factories that serves fresh cheese. Walking around Gosainkunda Lake is great fun. This trek will give a lot of memories more than a bit of tiredness.
Equipment and Packing List
Gosainkunda Lake Trekking involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.
Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body: - T-shirts - Light and expedition weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket *
Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash
Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * - Basic First Aid Kit - Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror
Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal & Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble - Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)
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