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Gosainkunda Trek

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Gosainkunda Trek is an amazing trekking trail that combines the remote and quaint valley of Langtang with the high mountain lake of Gosainkunda. Gosainkunda Trek is one of the popular treks in Nepal located 140km north of Kathmandu in Langtang region. Gosainkunda Lake is a sacred holy lake believed to be created by Lord Shiva. This pristine lake is assumed to have magical healing powers so Hindus and Buddhists from all over Nepal come to visit the lake, mostly during the full moon night in the month of August.

The1 2-days trek to Gosainkunda offers an opportunity for the trekkers to witness mythological Gosainkunda Lake, stunning landscapes, Langtang valley, high mountains and rich ethnic culture. It is an easy trail through lush forests of rhododendron, oaks, pines, juniper, and bamboo, combined with traditional village settlements, high passes, and glacial moraines. Gosainkunda Trek also offers trekkers to witness the spectacular view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7234m), Gangchempo (6386m), Naya Kang (5844m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Gaurishankar (7134m), and many other peaks that entice the nature lovers.

One of the highlights of the trek is Langtang National Park that offers various species of flora and fauna. The national park houses wildlife such as musk deer, Tigers, wild boar, red panda, and snow leopard among others. Langtang region is mainly inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa people. So, the trekkers will get to learn about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Trekkers come across other stunning lakes like Saraswati Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, and Parvati Kunda, en route to Gosainkunda. The lake is frozen for half of the year, during the winter season, but looks equally serene amid the rocky hills. However, it is recommended to do this trek from March to May and from September to November.

Overall, the Gosainkunda Trek is a challenging but rewarding experience that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nepal. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a first-time hiker, this trek is definitely worth considering if you want to explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of Nepal.

Amble Himalaya is the leading and finest trekking organization based in Kathmandu. Our company believes in providing our clients with the best service during their stay in Nepal. We have all kind of transportation facilities. We try our best to fulfill all the possible expectations of our clients.

Trip Highlights

  • Gosainkunda Lake: This holy lake is the main highlight of the trek, and it is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Langtang National Park: The trek passes through the Langtang National Park, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including red pandas, musk deer, and Himalayan black bears.
  • Stunning mountain views: The trek offers breathtaking views of the Langtang range, including Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Gang Chhenpo (6,388m), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966m).
  • Local culture: The trek takes you through several traditional villages, allowing you to experience the local culture and way of life of the Tamang and Sherpa people who live in the region.
  • Kyanjin Gompa: This ancient Buddhist monastery is located at an altitude of 3,870 meters and is a popular destination for trekkers. It offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is a great place to learn about the local culture and religion.
  • High altitude trekking: The trek takes you to an altitude of over 4,000 meters, offering a challenging and rewarding high-altitude trekking experience.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Sybrubensi (1470m), 7-8 hours’ drive
Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel (2324m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 03: Trek to Langtang (3330m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 04: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), 3-4 hours walk.
Day 05: Excursion Tserko Ri (4985m) or explore surrounding beauty.
Day 06: Trek to Lama Hotel (2324m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Thulo Syabru (2260m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 08: Trek to Sing Gompa; 3330m 3-4 hours walk
Day 09: Trek to Gosainkunda 4400m/4-5hours walk.
Day 10: Excursion day around Gosainkunda, explore natural and cultural heritage.
Day 11: Trek to Dhunche (1950m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu by jeep. Evening relax in Kathmandu.

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Gosainkunda Trek Trip Itinerary

On day 1 of the Gosainkunda Trek, you will drive from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi, which is the starting point of the trek. The drive takes around 7-8 hours and covers a distance of approximately 117 kilometers. You will start your journey early in the morning, and head northwards from Kathmandu, passing through the towns of Trishuli Bazaar and Dhunche. Along the way, you will enjoy stunning views of the mountains and valleys of the Langtang region. As you approach Sybrubensi, the road becomes more rugged and challenging, but the scenery becomes even more spectacular. You will drive through narrow gorges and alongside raging rivers, and you will pass through several small villages along the way. Upon arrival in Sybrubensi, you will check into your lodge and have some time to relax and explore the local area. Sybrubensi is a small, charming village situated on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River, and it is the gateway to the Langtang region.

The trail starts with a gradual climb through a forested area, offering stunning views of the Langtang Himal range. You will cross several suspension bridges over the Bhote Koshi River and Langtang Khola River, and pass through several small settlements and tea shops along the way. After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach Bamboo, a small village located at an altitude of 1,850 meters. You will stop here for a lunch break and rest. After lunch, you will continue your trek to Lama Hotel, which is located at an altitude of 2,324 meters. The trail is relatively easy, with a gradual ascent through rhododendron and bamboo forests. You may have the chance to spot some wildlife along the way, such as monkeys and birds. Upon arrival in Lama Hotel, you will check into your lodge and have some time to rest and relax. Lama Hotel is a small village with a few guesthouses and shops, and it is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by forests and mountains. In the evening, you will have dinner with your trekking group and spend the night in your lodge, in preparation for the next day's trek to Langtang village.

Moving along Langtang Khola, You will trek through a dense forest filled with oaks, juniper, rhododendron, and pine.The trail starts with a gradual ascent through a forested area, offering stunning views of the Langtang Himal range. You will cross several small streams and waterfalls, and pass through several small settlements and tea shops along the way. After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach Ghoda Tabela, a small village located at an altitude of 2,970 meters. You will stop here for a lunch break and rest. After lunch, you will continue your trek to Langtang Village, which is located at an altitude of 3,330 meters. The trail is relatively easy, with a gradual ascent through a scenic valley. You will pass through several small settlements and tea shops, and have the chance to observe the local culture and way of life of the Tamang people who live in the region. Upon arrival in Langtang Village, you will check into your lodge and have some time to rest and explore the local area. Langtang Village is a picturesque village with traditional stone houses and prayer flags, and it is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by snow-capped mountain. You will gwt to see Langtang Lirung (7234m). Overnight at an lodge in Langtang.

Passing by the village of Mundu, you will come across few monasteries, Chortens, prayers flag, and a large Mani wall built with prayers carved stones, on our way to Kyanjin Gompa. The trail starts with a gradual ascent through a scenic valley, offering stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. You will pass through several small settlements and tea shops along the way. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you will reach Kyanjin Gompa, which is located at an altitude of 3,870 meters. Kyanjin Gompa is an ancient monastery that is considered the most sacred by the Buddhist locals of the region and is surrounded by the breathtaking Langtang ranges. Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa

If you choose to hike to Tserko Ri, you will wake up early in the morning and begin your ascent to the summit. Tserko Ri is a peak located at an altitude of 4,985 meters, offering stunning panoramic views of the Langtang Himal range and the surrounding valleys. The trail is steep and challenging, with some rocky sections and loose scree, but the views from the top are truly breathtaking. After approximately 4-5 hours of hiking, you will reach the summit of Tserko Ri, where you can take in the spectacular views and capture some memorable photos. You will then descend back to Kyanjin Gompa for lunch and rest. Explore the surrounding beauty of Kyanjin Gompa If you choose to explore the surrounding beauty of Kyanjin Gompa, you can spend the day hiking to nearby viewpoints, visiting the local cheese factory, or simply relaxing and enjoying the peaceful mountain atmosphere. Kyanjin Gompa is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Overnight stay in Kyanjin Gompa. In the evening, you will have dinner with your trekking group and spend the night in your lodge, in preparation for the next day's trek back to Lama Hotel.

You will traceback the trail to Lama Hotel following the Langtang Khola, continuing your trek you will come across Ghodatabela before reaching Lama Hotel. We walk through rhododendron forests and yak pasturelands to reach Lama Hotel. After approximately 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach Lama Hotel, where you will check into your lodge and have some time to rest and relax. Overnight at a lodge in Lama Hotel.

On day 7 of the Gosainkunda Trek, you will trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru. The trail follows the Langtang River and passes through dense forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak trees, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you will reach Bamboo, a small settlement with a few tea shops and lodges. You can take a short break here to rest and refuel before continuing your trek. You will then continue your ascent towards Thulo Syabru, passing through several small villages and traditional settlements along the way. Thulo Syabru is a beautiful village located at an altitude of 2,260 meters, with stunning views of the Langtang Himal range. After approximately 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach Thulo Syabru, where you will check into your lodge and have some time to rest and explore the local area. Thulo Syabru is a popular stop on the Gosainkunda Trek, with plenty of tea shops, lodges, and shops selling local handicrafts. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.

You will trek towards Dursagang enjoying the splendid view of Langtang Lirung (7234m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Ganesh Himal (7422m) and other peaks. After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach Sing Gompa, a small village located at an altitude of 3,330 meters. Sing Gompa is a popular stop on the Gosainkunda Trek, with a few tea shops, lodges, and a famous cheese factory. After reaching Sing Gompa, you can visit the local cheese factory and taste some delicious cheese made from yak milk. You can also explore the local area and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.We then climb up some steep ridges making our way through dense forest before arriving in Sing Gompa. Overnight at a lodge in Sing Gompa.

Today, You will trek towards Gosainkunda, the holy lake made by Lord Shiva to save the world. The trail is steep and challenging, with a significant altitude gain from 3,330 meters to 4,400 meters. You will pass through beautiful forests of rhododendron and oak trees, and cross several streams and waterfalls along the way. As you ascend higher, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging, and you will need to take frequent breaks to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. The final stretch of the trail is particularly challenging, as you climb up a steep ridge to reach Gosainkunda, a sacred lake located at an altitude of 4,400 meters. Upon reaching Gosainkunda, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, as well as the sacred lake itself. Gosainkunda is considered a holy site by both Hindus and Buddhists, and it is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva. After spending some time at Gosainkunda, you will trek back to your lodge Taking a bath in the holy water is believed to wash away all the sins. Overnight at Gosainkunda.

Today, You will take a break from trekking, and you will get to visit the monasteries, Chortens, and cultural sites in the Gosainkunda Lake vicinity. You will have an excursion day around Gosainkunda, where you can explore the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Gosainkunda is a beautiful and sacred lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and stunning landscapes. There are also several smaller lakes in the area that you can visit and explore. You can spend the day hiking around Gosainkunda and exploring the surrounding area. There are several hiking trails that lead to different parts of the lake and offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You can also visit the nearby temples and monasteries, which are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. An amazing vista of Langtang Lirung (7234m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Ganesh Himal (7422m) and other mountains can be viewed from the Lake. Overnight at Gosainkunda.

On day 11 of the Gosainkunda Trek, you will trek back from Gosainkunda to Dhunche. The trail is mostly downhill, with some steep sections and switchbacks. You will pass through beautiful forests and traditional villages, and you may encounter local people going about their daily lives. After approximately 6-7 hours of trekking, you will reach Dhunche, a small town located at an altitude of 1,950 meters. Dhunche is the administrative headquarters of the Rasuwa District and is home to several government offices, shops, and lodges. Upon reaching Dhunche, you can take a well-deserved rest and relax after the challenging trek. You can explore the town, visit the local shops, and interact with the friendly local people. In the evening, you will have dinner with your trekking group and spend the night in your lodge, in preparation for the next day's drive back to Kathmandu.

On day 12 of the Gosainkunda Trek, you will drive back to Kathmandu by jeep. The drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu takes approximately 7-8 hours and is a scenic journey through beautiful landscapes, traditional villages, and winding roads. Feel free to explore the markets and food of Kathmandu.

Gosainkunda Trek Trip Included

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Tea house or lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Langtang National Park entry permit fee
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card fee
  • Experienced and licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry your luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance for the guide and porters
  • All necessary government taxes and fees
  • First aid kit

Gosainkunda Trek Trip Excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, and souvenirs
  • Tips for the guide and porters (usually 10-15% of the total cost of the trek)
  • Extra accommodation and meals in case of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek due to any reason beyond control.
  • Any unforeseen expenses due to natural calamities, strikes, political unrest, or other factors beyond control.

General Packing List

  • Trekking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts
  • Base layer tops and thermal underwear
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Portable charger/power bank
  • Money and passport

It’s important to pack light and only bring essential items. You can also rent or buy some of the trekking gear in Kathmandu if you don’t want to bring everything from home.

Gosainkunda Trek FAQ's

Gosainkunda trek does not require previous trekking experience and is suitable for people of all age groups who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your trek. People with pre-existing medical conditions must seek advice from their doctors before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort, but you will be acclimatized throughout the trek.

The best time to do the Gosainkunda Trek is during the months of March to May and September to December. During these months, the weather is generally clear and dry, and the temperatures are mild, making it ideal for trekking.

For airport pick up and drop off, we use private vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc., depending on the size of the group.

Accommodation during the Gosainkunda Trek is basic and includes lodges and tea houses. These lodges offer basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and shared bathroom. Some lodges also have a dining area where you can have your meals.

ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu. During the trek itself, you need to have some cash with you as ATM services are not available in the remote villages, and payment is only acceptable in cash.

You should carry Nepalese Rupees on the trek as teahouses will never accept foreign currencies. You’ll be only spending for hot showers, charging batteries, additional drinks and snacks, and the purchase of curios. Please note that it is illegal to purchase antiques in Nepal.

Sure. You can stay as long as you want. We feel a holiday should not be concluded until you feel content. As per your request, we can add some days to your trip with additional costs to cover guides, hotel, transportation, and other expenses.

The Gosainkunda Trek is a moderate-level trek that requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and high altitude, which can be challenging for some trekkers. However, with proper preparation and training, the Gosainkunda Trek can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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