9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek

9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek
The Gosaikunda trek is all about Gosaikunda Lake and one of the best short treks in Nepal. At an altitude of 4380m, the Gosaikunda lake is a sacred place for both the Hindus and Buddhists. It gives you a glimpse into the diverse landscape, culture, and nature of Nepal. Gosaikunda is one of the most surreal trekking destinations of Nepal. This trek is a perfect blend of a natural and cultural tour of Nepal. It allows you to experience high altitude trek in Nepal within a short duration.

9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek Highlights

  • The famous holy lake of Gosainkunda
  • Spectacular view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung
  • Beautiful towering Himalayas along the trek
  • Remote trekking route, less commercialized and less disturbed area
  • Various traditional villages to experience different cultures

About the 9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek

The Gosaikunda trek commences from Kathmandu, leading towards Dhunche from where the actual hiking starts. The trek then follows the trail from Sing Gompa to Lauribinayek and up to Gosaikunda. Our walk ascends through the beautiful Himalayan ranges to Gosainkunda with a number of adjoining mountains, astonishing rhododendron forests and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy the natural world in a different way. This journey also has stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna massif.

This is a challenging trek that may be difficult for first-timers or even for experienced trekkers. But we truly believe you can conquer it!

Brief Itinerary: 9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 2

Kathmandu to Dhunche

Dhunche

Day 3

Dhunche to Shin Gomp

Shin Gomp

Day 4

Shin Gompa to Lauribinayak

Lauribinayak

Day 5

Lauribinayak to Gosaikunda

Gosaikunda Lake

Day 6

Gosaikunda to Ghopte

Ghopte

Day 7

Ghopte to Kutumsang

Kutumsang

Day 8

Kutumsang to Chisapani

Chisapani

Day 9

Chisapani to Sundarijal, drive to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Itinerary: 9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu

Once you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu our representative will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. On this day, you can either rest or stroll around the nearby places like Thamel or Durbarmarg. In the evening, our tour guide will give a short brief about the upcoming trek. During this orientation program, you will get a chance to meet your trekking guide and other fellow trekkers. Finally, in the evening you can stroll around the nearby hotel area and if you have forgotten to bring any trekking gear you can buy over there

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Dhunche

After early morning breakfast, the drive to Dhunche. The road takes us via North-Western region of Kathmandu valley following beautiful scenery and villages along the route. 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 stop in Trisuli or Kalikasthan for a quick local lunch and proceed further towards Dhunche for overnight stay.

Day 3 - Dhunche to Shin Gomp

After breakfast, we will pack our stuff and start trekking to Sing Gompa. The tracks start ascending uphill trail leaving Thulo Syabru village behind and we pass through rhododendron, pine forest and banyan trees which will take 4-5 hours to reach sing Gompa. We also pass army base camp on the way. We also found different species of birds and wild animals on the way. When we reach the Sing Gompa, we will see the monastery, a famous yak cheese factory lunch by Nepal Government.

Day 4 - Shin Gompa to Lauribinayak

Today our day will be shorter as we will be elevating. The trail 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 pandas.

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. We will reach Lauribinayak by lunchtime. We can hike to the top of the hill if interested. The Himalayan peaks look very close from here. We will stroll around the village and stay overnight here.

Day 5 - Lauribinayak to Gosaikunda

After our breakfast we will head towards Gosaikunda from Lauribinayak. The trek starts with highly steep and difficult uphill climbing. The trail is mostly gentle uphill with occasional short downhill walks, we can see lots of mountain range such as Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan range and Langtang. After walking 5-6 hours, we will reach the holy pond Gosaikunda where we will be staying overnight.

Day 6 - Gosaikunda to Ghopte

We will start to decline from Gosaikunda. From the Gosaikunda the trek goes to the northeast after an hour we will reach the Laurebina la pass. After that, the track will be heading down hill till we reach Phedi. After crossing the Phedi, the treks ascend and descend to reach Ghopte. Ghopte is a small but beautiful place. There are only two teahouses and we will stay overnight on the teahouse.

Day 7 - Ghopte to Kutumsang

We will start our trek after breakfast starts climbing gently uphill and descend before we reach another small pass called Tharepati. The whole trail after Tharepati is steeply down with dense forest of oak, pine and different types of rhododendron to reach Kutumsang. Kutumsang itself is a large village so there will be many choices available regarding lodging and food. Overnight at Kutumsang.

Day 8 - Kutumsang to Chisapani

After our breakfast in Kutumsang we start our trek and descend down towards Chisapani village. 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. The trail is mostly downhill but involves steep climbing.

Day 9 - Chisapani to Sundarijal, drive to Kathmandu

Today will be the last day of our 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. From Sundarijal we will take a bus or jeep and drive to kathmandu.

Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off services
  • All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
  • Both way transportation from Kathmandu - Syabrubesi and Syabrubesi - Kathmandu
  • Two way private transportation between Kathmandu and Syabrubesi
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit Fee
  • Shivapuri National Park Entry Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
  • Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
  • A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

    Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.

What's Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
  • Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
  • Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Best Season or Time to Trek

There are mainly 4 different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Gosainkunda Lake are Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November).

Spring Season (March, April, May)

Spring is the second-best season to go trekking in the Langtang region (Gosainkunda Lake). You will love the long and warm days during this season. The daytime temperature in the Langtang region falls in the range of 10°C-20°C (50°F-68°F). In the moderate temperatures, you will have easy trekking to the Langtang valley.

The trail becomes exceptionally beautiful in this season. The forest becomes lush along with rhododendron blossoms. You will also get to see many wildflowers along the way. At higher altitudes, the trek becomes less exhausting because of the warm sun and the soft mountain breezes.

Summer Season (June, July, August)

Summer season or monsoon season is not considered for trekking in Langtang region (Gosainkunda Lake). Along with the heat, the monsoon also starts in the Summer season. The daytime temperature may remain 30°C (86°F) on sunny days in the lower regions. But as you ascend higher, the temperature starts dropping around 10.2°C (50.36°F) in July.

The rainfall may make the trails slippery with leeches, bugs, and earthworms. But on the lighter side, you will get to enjoy the rainwashed surrounding with green everywhere. Summer in the Langtang region is such a blissful time for nature lovers.

Autumn Season (September, October, November)

Autumn is the best time to trek in Langtang (Gosainkunda Lake). The weather is warm and remains stable. If you trek in this season, you get to walk underneath the stunning blue skies, breathe fresh air and see clear mountain views.

You may feel cold in the morning and the night but during the day the temperature ranges from 10°C-15°C (50°F-59°F). Also, the precipitation is low during this time so you will be able to get the sharpest views of beautiful valleys and the Himalayas.

Winter Season (December, January, February)

Winter season in Langtang region (Gosainkunda Lake) is the coldest and trekkers can experience snow during their trek. In this region the daytime temperature ranges from 6°C-9°C (42.8°F-48.2°F). But the nights are much colder with temperatures dropping to minus degrees. In winter you get to explore the snow-blanketed Langtang valley under the deep blue skies. But, as this is a mountain region you may notice periods of snowfalls, harsh winds and uncomfortable weather conditions.

Since this is less preferred season for trekking in this region you will find the trail less crowded with few trekkers. So, Langtang trek in winter is the better option for those who want to explore nature and click pictures in solitude.

Packing list / Equipment checklist

List of Equipment for 9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).

Upper Body

  • Headband or Beanie
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
  • Hat for Sun Protection

Hands

  • Inner Gloves
  • Outer insulated gloves

Core Body

  • Base Layer
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Outer Layer
  • Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear

Lower Body

  • Base Layer
  • Trekking trousers and shorts
  • Rain and Windproof Trousers
  • Underwear

Feet

  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking shoes/sandals
  • Hiking/Thermal Socks
  • Gaiters (not necessary)

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Liner
  • Earplugs

Bags and Backpacks

  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Raincover

Miscellaneous & Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Small Locks
  • Trekking Towel
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
  • Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
  • Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • General Medications
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Blister Plasters
  • Oximeter
  • Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
  • Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)

Accommodation

Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the Langtang region. Along the way to Langtang valley, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.

  • Rooms

    Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the Gosaikunda trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.

  • Toilets

    Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.

Documents & Permits

If you are planning for a trip to Gosaikunda trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.

TIMS Permit

TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Langtang region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.

TIMS Card for Independent Trekker

  • Color- Green
  • Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
  • Photos – 2
  • Collected by- Self

TIMS Card for Organized Trekker

  • Color- Blue
  • Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
  • Photos – 1
  • Collected by – Local Trekking Agency

Langtang National Park Entry Permit

During our trek we pass through Langtang National park and to trek in this region, you need to get a special permit- the Langtang National Park Permit.

  • Langtang National Park permit for Other National: $15 excluding VAT
  • Langtang National Park permit for SAARC Nationals: $15 excluding VAT

But the children under the age of 10, if they are trekking in this region, do not need to pay any charges for the permits.

Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fee

There is a small permit fee if you pass through Shivapuri National Park, you need to pay $5 excluding VAT.

Difficulty

There is no doubt that the Gosainkunda Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful Treks in Nepal. And holy Gosainkunda Lake is a beautiful place to visit. The 360-degree panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains is incredible. Gosainkunda Lake trek is a moderate trek where you have to walk for many days with gradually increasing altitudes. If you are planning to do your first trek in Nepal, Gosainkunda Lake trek would be a perfect choice. Because you can hike on the terrains of the Langtang valley even without prior experiences.

Some parts of the Gosainkunda Lake trek are quite tougher with the difficult slopes and rocky path. At such points, you must walk slowly and carefully. Rest of the trekking trails are quite easy with the enticing nature views on your side.

This trek does not demand physical training and trekking skills. But, you need to be mentally and physically prepared for any inconveniences and delays on the route. If you want to make your trek easier, you can start by exercising before you go for your trek. You can go on day hikes with some uphill/downhill climbs. It will prepare you for the varying route on the trekking trail.

FAQ

  • What is the highest altitude of Gosaikunda Lake trek?

    Gosaikunda Lake Trek doesn't go higher than 4610m.

  • How many hours a day do we walk?

    On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.

  • What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?

    Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.

  • Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?

    You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.

  • I have never gone trekking yet. Is Gosaikunda Lake trek for me?

    Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    The Gosaikunda Lake is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.

  • How much luggage can I take during my trek in Gosaikunda Lake?

    The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.

  • Can I extend my trek?

    Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.

  • How can I use toilets during the trek?

    On the trail, you will find the Toilets in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide yourself behind big rocks and do your business.

  • Do I Need Insurance?

    100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!

  • What is the average size of the group?

    Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travellers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.

  • Where can I exchange my money?

    There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?

    There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.

Please note:

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Reviews of 9 Days Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Anil
4/ 5stars
2020-05-02 in
Traveler:
I have been to Gosainkunda 2 times and this year was my third. It is a magical Lake with pristine blue water and getting to the lake give you a different sense of fellings. This lake lies at the height of 4300 meters above the sea level and the trail are sometime looks scary. Apart from the trail the whole trek is a wonderful trekking experience.
Dookma

Dear Anil, We know the Gosainkunda trek is one of the best trek destinations and you keep visiting this place which is outstanding. We will be so much happy to help you again on your 4th time to Gosainkunda trek. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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Dr George Michael
4/ 5stars
2020-05-02 ca
Traveler:
Our trek to Langtan and Gosaikunda was super fun & memorable. We had enjoyed every moment as there was so much things to experience. I tried my first Yak cheese which surprisingly taste good and ofcourse the Dhal Bhat which was our main meal throughout the trek. There is saying in Nepalese "Dhal Bhat power 24 hours". Overall our trek went smoothly and thanks to Dookma for organizing our trip in sort time.
Dookma

Dear Dr George Michael, We are so glad to know that you had enjoyed your trek. Trying out Yak cheese is one of the attractions during the Langtang trek and glad you did. Thank you for your review.

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