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Duration - 11 Days
Availability : January - December
Starting: Kathmandu
Ending: Kathmandu
Min Age : 6 years
Max People : 22
Overview

It is an approach to reach the beautiful holy lake Gosainkunda, 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 average effort and mostly within the 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 Helambu region before ending the trek in Kathmandu. It’s a beautiful peaceful trek suitable for people looking for 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.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Syabrubensi transportation on a public vehicle (private transport available with additional costs) and Sundarijal to Kathmandu transportation on a private vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Langtang National Park (LNP) 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 / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Price Excludes

  • 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 earlier than scheduled)
  • 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 )
What to Expect

This is a very simple trek yet very beautiful. It is a tea house based trekking route hence, we will be eating and sleeping in the lodges throughout the trek (Day 2 to Day 9). The conditions of the lodges are comparatively lower than in other popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest so it will be basic standard meals and accommodation.
This is a total 11 days program, 2 days for international arrival and departure, 1 day for Kathmandu to the trek starting point and 8 days walking in the Himalayas. It’s a beautiful, easy to moderate level trekking route. Please expect to walk about 5-6 hours each day. The trail is mostly gentle ascending / descending.

  • A beautiful, short and easy-level trekking route in Langtang region
  • Great alternative route to stay out from crowded 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, Lauribinayak and Tharepati view point, thrilling drive to trek starting point
  • Tibetan influenced cultures and traditions of Tamang people
  • Beautiful holy lake of Gosainkunda and surrounding lakes
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel (1310M / 30 minutes)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of 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 with the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour. (No meals)

Day 02Drive to Dhunche (1950M / 7 - 8 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. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 03Trek to Thulo Syabru village (2,200M / 4 - 5 Hours Trek)

We have an easy day. We will start with a short descending to Thulo Bharku from where we will leave the motor road and start walking through dense forest. On a lucky day, we may encounter with monkeys and red panda. It’s mostly flat trail throughout the walk. Thulo Syabru is a small town with few lodges for trekkers service. In the evening we can walk around the village and visit one of the ancient monasteries of this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04Trek to Sing Gompa (3,584M / 5 - 6 Hours Trek)

We will start ascending uphill inside the forests. The trail is uphill almost throughout the day. 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. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks in the horizon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05Trek to Lauribinayak (3,925M / 3 - 4 Hours Trek)

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 is impressive. Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan range looks amazing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,381M / 4 Hours Trek)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07Cross Gosainkunda Pass (4,610M); also known as Lauribina Pass, trek to Ghopte (3,540M / 7 - 8 Hours Trek)

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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08Trek to Kutumsang (2,470M / 5 - 6 Hours)

We will start the day with moderate ascending until we reach Tharepati. Tharepati offers amazing views of 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09Trek to Chisapani (2194M / 5 -6 Hours Trek)

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 overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Drive back to Kathmandu (7 - 8 Hours)

We will start our day with short ascending to Borland Bhanjyang (2,438M) before we make steep descending to Sundarijal where we will conclude our trek. On the middle of the trail, we may stop in Mul Kharka for a quick lunch. We will be descending further to Sundarijal, catch our transport to Kathmandu. The evening is free for rest and relax. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu (30 minutes)

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! (Breakfast)

FAQ

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

Our prices are different based on a number of people traveling together. The per pax price varies based on the total number of people traveling together in the same group. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.

Which currency is 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.

What is the best time and season?

February – May, and September – December are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. This trekking is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months. It will be quite cold during December, January, and February.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 30 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 30 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.

How are the meals and accommodation like?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 9). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at 3-star category hotel with complimentary breakfast.

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. This trek is designed for people with all fitness level. If you can walk 5-6 hours leisurely every day then there is no problem to join on this trek. It’s done by kids and people over 70 years as well. If you are not sure whether you are fit or not then please consult with our travel experts.
People having previous trekking experience will add advantage.

Can we do this trek with kids?

The trek is doable by families and people with small kids. We take bookings for people over 6 years old. Please consult with us if you have any confusions.

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 Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.

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Meals and Accommodation:

This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. 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.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. 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.

Best season

This is an easy-level trekking route. This trekking can be done throughout the year however February to May and September to December are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, August, January, etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the area. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.

Gear List

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)

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 – Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) – Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) – Deodorants – Nail clippers – Face and body moisturizer – Personal / 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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