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Introduction

It is an approach to reach the beautiful holy lake Gosainkunda, an easy to moderate trekking route in the Langtang region with spectacular views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a journey through the isolated Tamang villages with average effort and mostly within a peaceful environment. Gosainkunda Lake is an alpine freshwater lake in the north of Kathmandu valley with several other smaller lakes in the surrounding area. It is said that there are at least 106 freshwater lakes around the main Gosainkunda Lake. Come and join this journey of a lifetime. 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 the winter season.

It’s a circular trail that starts from Dhunche, takes you to Gosainkunda Lake, crosses the Gosainkunda Pass, and then takes you to the Helambu region before ending the trek in Kathmandu. It’s a beautiful peaceful trek suitable for people looking for a moderate trekking route. The views from Dhunche, Lauribinayak, Gosainkunda Lake, Gosainkunda Pass, and Tharepati are amazing. We will spend about a week exploring the villages, cultures, and traditions of people living in the area. This route is culture and natural heritage. It’s a non-commercialized trek and remains quiet most of the time. Accommodation is mostly simple along the trek but has well-maintained clean rooms and great locally prepared foods. During the time of early April to mid-April, rhododendron flowers in the forests blossom. It is a beautiful trekking route for adventure loves.

Tour Highlights

  • A beautiful, short and easy-level trekking route in Langtang region
  • Great alternative route to stay out from busy routes of Annapurna and Everest region
  • 7 night 8 days fully guided trek through the Himalayas
  • Valleys, villages in the cliffs, rich culture, thundering rivers and towering Himalayas
  • Amazing views of Himalayas, Tserko Ri view point, thrilling drive to trek starting point
  • Tibetan influenced cultures and traditions of Tamang people
  • Beautiful holy lake of Gosainkunda, prayed by Hindus and Buddhist People

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 824 / per person
02 – 05 Person USD 597 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 559 / per person
10 Person Above USD 535 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Drive to Dhunche

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. The road, especially after Kalikasthan, looks thrilling as landslides are continuously found during monsoon season. The road 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. Once we cross the multiple landslide area, we will reach Dhunche for overnight.

Day 03Trek to Sing Gompa

We start the trek through a flat / gentle uphill route until we reach Ghatte Khola and it takes about an hour. From here, the trail will be a steep uphill walk for about 4 – 5 hours to reach Sing Gompa. There is an old cheese factory in Sing Gompa. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks on the horizon.

Day 04Trek to Lauri Binayak

We have a short day and we aim to make it to Lauribinayak before lunchtime. The trail starts with gentle ascending then we will enter inside the dense pine forests. The day gives unusual sights of the endangered Himalayan red panda but not so easy. Continuing further will take us to Cholangpati and a steep ascending before we make it to Lauribinayak.

Lauribinayak gives impressive reasons to do Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. The views on the Langtang valley are impressive. Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan range looks amazing.

Day 05Trek to Gosainkunda Lakes

We will start the day with a steep climbing to the top of Lauribinayak and continue through gentle ascending before making another steep ascend below Gosainkunda Lake. The panoramic view from the top of the Lauribinayak is dramatic. The Gosainkunda lake area is so peaceful and so spectacular. We will take our lunch in the lodge and stroll around in the afternoon.

Day 06Cross Gosainkunda Pass (4,610M / 15,124FT); also known as Lauribina Pass, trek to Ghopte

We will start the walk on the bank of the holy Gosainkunda Lake. Once we pass the lake, we will do steep climbing towards the top of the Gosainkunda Pass. The pass is the highest point we will be visiting on this trek. The top of the pass is covered with lots of praying flags left by the travelers and local people. We will take some rest and start steep descending towards Ghopte for the overnight.

Note: On 31 July 1992, a Thai airline flight was crashed near Phedi causing 113 casualties.

Day 07Trek to Kutumsang

We will start the day with moderate ascending until we reach Tharepati. Tharepati offers amazing views of the Himalayan panorama. After Tharepati, the trail is mostly downhill for the whole day. First, we will reach Mangingoth where we will take our lunch. Continuing further downhill we will reach Kutumsang for the overnight stay.

Day 08Trek to Chisapani village

This is the second last day of our walk. The trail is mostly downhill but involves steep climbing just before reaching Chisapani. Chisapani is one of the popular hill stations near Kathmandu valley. From Kutumsang we will be passing via different villages such as Jogini Danda, Gul Bhanjyang, Thotung Danda, Chhipling, and Patibhanjyang before reaching Chisapani for an overnight stay.

Day 09Drive to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

We will start our day with a short ascending to Borland Bhanjyang (2,440M / 7,677FT) before we make a steep descending to Sundarijal (1,350M / 4,429FT) where we will conclude our trek. In the middle of the trail, we may stop in Mul Kharka for a quick lunch. The evening is free for rest and relaxation.

Day 10Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 airport transfers for international arrival and international departure)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Dhunche transfers on a public vehicle and Sundarijal - Kathmandu transfers on a private vehicle(A private jeep for Kathmandu to Dhunche is highly recommended and can be arranged at additional costs if requested)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(9 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 8 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 02 to Day 8)
  • Langtang National Park (LNP) and Shivapuri National Park (SNP) 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(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • 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 / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances))
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
ALTITUDE CHART
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Meals and Accommodation: Gosainkunda Lake Trekking is complete tea house based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. However, in Kathmandu, we provide 3 star category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability).

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Gosainkunda Trek. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on some of the Gosainkunda Pass and might be inaccessible, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be tried in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Gosainkunda Trekking are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and early December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. Gosainkunda Pass might get closed in mid-winter due to snowfall.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March – early June, and September – December are considered the best months for this trek. It’s possible to try to trek in mid-winter, even though the Gosainkunda Pass might get closed at that time (depending on snowfall/snow level). June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers making it uncomfortable to trek. Sometimes, the roads between Kathmandu to Dhunche even get closed due to landslides and heavy rainfalls.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 9 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. The route can be tried by novice travelers even though a couple of days are quite hard comparing to many days.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 8 years old. The trek is not suitable for the kids below 8. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend additional 2/3 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
1 Review
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Krish D

Solo Traveller

This was one of the best trek in my life. I was amazed by the beauty and lives in hills. Gosaikunda, a lake in about 4000 m altitude was breathtaking and even surpassed its myths. Upendra and his team organized the trek with great care and passion. Best place to go if want to trek close to Kathmandu. I would love to go the team again!!

15 June, 2015
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