Gosainkunda Lake Trek
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Gosainkunda Lake Trek known for the spectacular Trek is considered as a holy and a pilgrimage lake trek that combines the remote and spectacular hidden valleys of Langtang with the holy lake of Gosainkunda which is unique. It is one of the best trekking trails in Langtang Himalayan ranges. The trail gains elevation as you make your way along the Langtang Khola, first through forests of oak and rhododendron and then bamboo forests on the higher reaches of the trail. The Gosainkunda Pilgrimage trek climbs more steeply through farmland and above the tree line up an alpine ridge that offers a huge Himalayan panorama, to reach a rocky bowl studded with scared high altitudes lakes.
Gosainkunda Lake Trek genuinely is once in a lifetime experience for the trekker and the visitors. Gosainkunda – the sacred lake is regarded as a major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The course from the Langtang valley to Gosainkunda is full of diversity and it is attracting many tourists. The religious lakes of Gosainkunda situated here are much-reversed Hindu pilgrimage site. Gosainkunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his burning throat after swallowing poison which threatened to destroy the world. There are 108 kundas in this area and mainly Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda and Gosaikunda is the famous and visible from the routes. Every year, these sacred places are visited by thousands of Hindu Pilgrims during the month of August.
The main inhabitants of Gosaikunda region are Tamang and Sherpa, the origin of Tibetan, whose religion, culture, languages, and dress are similar to the Tibetan people. Gosaikunda trekking offers an ideal trek for those without much time but wishes to experience Nepal’s unique combination of cultures, landscapes, stunning mountain and diverse wildlife and vegetation. There will also be the opportunity to visit a traditional cheese factory, where the products are manufactured by hand. Oak and rhododendron forests and even glacial moraine on the way to the Tamang village of Langtang are the main attraction of this trek. The trek passes through varied landscapes ranging from evergreen forest, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to alpine grass and barren mountainsides. Besides the famous Gosainkunda Lake, the other lakes in the neighborhood are Nagkunda, Bhairabkunda, Saraswatikunda and Surajkunda.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche, 6-7 hours’ Drive
Day 04: Dhunche to Chandanbari: Walking Distance 4 hours
Day 05: Chandanbari to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m) via Lauribinayak: Walking Distance 6 hours
Day 06: Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa (3330m): walking distance 4 hours
Day 07: Sing Gompa to Dhunche (1950m): walking distance 7 hours
Day 08: Dhunche to Kathmandu (1320m) 7-8 hours’ Drive
Day 09: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 10: Farewell Departure
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche, 6-7 hours Drive
It will take about 7 hrs by bus or by private car. The administrative headquarters of the region, Dhunche is fairly pleasnt place. This is the main entrance point to the Langtang national park. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Dhunche.
Day 4: Dhunche to Chandanbari: Walking Distance 4 hours
You will climb all the way in the jungle. Chandanbari is small town with few lodges and Monastery. The Cheese factory here is the oldest in Nepal.
Day 5: Chandanbari to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m) via Lauribinayak: Walking Distance 6 hours
The trail today takes two parts. Initially the trail climbs steeply up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The trail to LauriBinayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosaikunda. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.
Day 6: Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa (3330m): walking distance 4 hours
Trek down back to Sing Gompa for about 4 and half hour working. The trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa passing LauriBinayak with magnificent mountain views and forests. Also you can enjoy the back views of magnificent mountains with returning path.
Day 7: Sing Gompa to Dhunche (1950m): walking distance 7 hours
The trail begins with descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants reaching to the tiny village of Deurali (1660m). Then begin the steep down journey from the ridge crossing wooden Bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Follow the road uphill that follows the south bank of Trisuli Ganga through the fields and pastures. From this point, our path goes even through some human settlements and reaches Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district.
Day 8: Dhunche to Kathmandu (1320m) 7-8 hours Drive
Drive back to Kathmandu by bus which is about 7-8 hours journey. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu enjoying the natural varieties of Nepal. You will have lunch on the way bus stop stations.
Day 9: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 10: Farewell Departure
Pack up your entire luggage and check for anything you left. This can be the last minute preparation to leave. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
- Daily Meals chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Langtang Trekking .
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- Kathmandu to Trek start point transfer by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate cost)
- Trek finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus/Private vehicle depending on trek ending point.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
Q. Where is Langtang Lirung located?
Langtang Lirung is the highest peak of the Langtang Himal range. Langtang Lirung lies near the Trisuli Gandaki, and north of the Langtang Khola.
Q. What is the maximum height during Langtang region treks?
If you do Langtang ganja la pass trek, the height would be 5200m. For the short treks like Helambu trek or Langtang valley trek, it would be just 3500m.
Q. How to enter Gosainkunda lake trek?
The starting point of Langtang Gosainkunda lake can be driving the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr to Dhunche or Syabrubesi. Another way can be through Sundarijal or Melamchi Bazaar, around 3-4 hrs from the Kathmandu valley.
Q. When is the best time to go to Gosainkunda Lake?
Mainly we have 2 seasons for Gosainkunda lake trek, the autumn (September, October & November) and spring (March, April & May)season are good when weather is pleasant, The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the views are often spectacular, clear sky, flowers are in blooming, good trail condition. The winter Dec, Jan and Feb is recommended for this trek as it goes maximum height of 4460m, some time we may expect the foggy weather, The summer (June, July, August is rainy season so visibility can be less and rain will be issue, considering Summer June is ok as in general rain will nearly from last week of June. The benefit to do the trek in off season is there are not many tourists, very easy to find the best rooms in the lodge.
Q. How fit do I have to be?
Trekking to Gosainkunda Lake is considered fairly strenuous trekking, some previous small hiking and trekking experience is the plus point for the trip however, people have no previous trekking or mountaineering experience also can do the trek easily. People who have good physical condition and able to work 5 to 6 hours daily in rocky trail can do the trek. We tailor made the trip itinerary depends on people fitness level.
Q. Do I really need to use a guide for this trek?
We always recommend to have a guide for any trekking in Nepal Himalaya, there were few trekkers already missed and lost in the some trekking trail, the mountain trail is easily losable and most of the places have no sign for trail junction so people have difficulty which direction to go. A great guide will make your overall experience more memorable and enjoyable.
Q. Is it recommended to get Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
Obtaining Nepalese visa at arrival is easier expecting some time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue.
Don’t forget to carry two passport size photographs and to bring cash as ATM is not available at the site.
Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to ask visa for 30 day.
Download Nepalese visa application form and fill it advance to avoid some que.
Q. How difficult is the Gosainkunda Lake Trek?
Gosainkunda Lake Trek is considered moderate grade trek and suitable for those who are moderately fit. The treks involve more walking up and down and climb to higher altitudes, where you will be rewarded with close-up views of big mountains. One should work often rough trails, rock and boulder at least 5-6 hours each day and crossing above high altitude passes, the treks will reach 4460m. People have general physical fitness can do the trekking, If have previous hiking and camping experience is more easy to do the trek, you can train yourself for this trek.
Q. How should I prepare for the trek?
The main things in the trek is one should able to walk 5-6 hours every day in rough rocky trail, so every day short walk up to 1 hour,1,2 month before the trek is best suggestion, jogging, yoga will be also advisable.
Q. Can I trek as solo women, is it safe?
There is never problem trekking with solo women or join in the group, we have operated trek for many single female traversal our guide and porters are honest, trust worthy, reliable and carefully chosen for your trips, you will not face any problem trekking with your guide, you will meet many like minded travelers during the trail.
Q. Can I drink the local water during the trek?
You can use the chlorine tablets and used the same water as locals do. bottled water also available throughout the trek but the prices are expensive, you can get a boiled or hot water also in the guest house, wise is get the water purification tablets and use the normal water.
Q. Can I charge my gadgets?
Yes, you can charge batteries along the trek (US$2-3 per hour) most of the guest houses have electricity facilities. You may want to consider bringing a solar charger which is now widely available.
Q. Can I buy a Sim Card in Nepal and will it work on the trek?
You can buy the Ncell Sim very easily (you need passport photo and passport copy). It worked at most places during the trekking.
Q. Am I too old to do this trek?
We saw older people on the trail more easily they finish the trek, this trek is suitable for 2 years to 80 years old people, for baby we provide the extra porter to carry and have already organize a trek for many families with their small children’s. People who have passion for mountain can do this trek.
Q. What type of shoes should I buy?
Good comfortable trekking shoes is the most important for the trek, for shorter trek tennis shoes or snickers is ok while longer treks requites the good boots have good ankle support, plenty of tow room for long descents, a bit like timberland, they are a bit heavier, but most importantly you want to get those that wrap the angle, this prevents you from twisting your ankles on uneven grounds. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Proper fit is a must for boots and must be lightly worn before use it for trekking.
Q.What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on nature of sickness. Normally if you get sick you will descend to lower altitude with help of support staff. But if the case is critical we will arrange emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Altitude sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal!
These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. We are often asked the above questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to have a chat about the trek.
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Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking March,2010
We have had an amazing time in Nepal. Puru made sure we had everything we needed + gave us a warm welcome, taking us out for traditional Nepali meal on our first night.
I can’t recommend Above the Himalaya trekking highly enough. At all times we have felt safe + have receive a wonderful service. The trek was fabulous + the guide Dhurba and porter Basu were very helpful + great fun to be around
Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 10 Days
Max. Altitude: Gosainkunda Lake (4460m)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek
Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Bus
Activity: City tour, Trekking
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
Other necessary equipments
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.