Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:11 Days
  • Trip Grade:Strenous

Trip Highlights

  • A trip to the holy lake of Gosaikunda
  • Trek through the rhododendron forests of the Langtang Area
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Visit Sing Gompa, a famous Gompa in the Helambu region
  • Trek along picturesque villages like Kutumsang, Tharepati, and Dhunche
  • Majestic views of the Langtang, Annapurna, and Mahalangur range.

Tour Overview

The Gosaikunda Lake Trek by Nepal Hiking Adventures takes you to the Helambu Region. This trek offers you some delightful views of the high Himalayas that lie to the north and the central-western part of Kathmandu valley. Gosaikunda Trekking follows popular routes of Langtang Valley Trek.

The towering Himalayas that you can see in this trek stretch for a great distance of 150 km. You can see the Annapurna range to the west and Langtang Lirung (7227m) to the north. Towards the northwest is the Ganesh Himal and Shisha Pangma (8046m), a Tibetan peak in Tibet.

You will trek through some lush forests of Bamboo, rhododendron and pine forests during the Gosaikunda lake. These forests glow in bright red color in the spring season. Other flowers also bloom at various times of the year. You will also get to see flora and fauna including the elusive red pandas.

During the trek, you will cross the Gosaikunda pass. It is a famous mountain pass also called as Lauribinayak pass. There is a famous saying that trekking over the pass isn’t possible without the help of a stick (Lauri).

This mountain pass is an awesome vantage point to see great views of the sunset and sunrise. You can also see the inspiring views of the Annapurna range as well as the lofty Everest.

You will also learn the Buddhist and the Hindu culture during this trek as you will be traveling to two holy sites. One of them is the holy lake of Gosainkunda.

You will also see the surrounding lakes like Suraj Kunda and Bhairav Kunda. There are some thrilling waterfalls and turbulent rivers. Another attraction of the trek is Sing Gompa in the Helambu region.

From there, you will trek to Kutumsang and then head out to the Langtang Helambu region. ANd take a bus from Dhunche to Kathmandu valley.

Another beautiful trip on this journey is the UNESCO Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu. We will do sightseeing before you begin your trekking journey.

Detail Itinerary

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu. After you get outside the airport terminal, you can meet the representatives of Nepal Hiking Adventure. They will hold a display sign that reads “ Nepal Hiking Adventure”. This will make it easier for you to find them.

The representatives will also help you transfer to your hotel in a private transport. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing in your hotel after a long flight. You also have the option of exploring the some beautiful small towns this day.

Our representatives will meet you in the morning. After you have breakfast, they will discuss the trip with you. In this briefing, they will give you information on the trek. We will discuss the weather challenges and difficulties.

They will also give you some mandatory suggestions and tips. You can also meet your guide and the other members of your trip during the pre-trip meeting.

After this pre-trip meeting, you will go for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is a place with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This makes Kathmandu a popular destination for an excellent sightseeing tour.

Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest as well as the largest Hindu site in the world.  The temple lies in the banks of the holy river of Bagmati. The main temple is two-stories high. You can also get to see oher small monuments and pilgrimage around the main temple.

Boudhanath and Swayambhunath are two Buddhist temples you will visit in this trip. The locations of these temples are quite opposite. Swayambhunath lies at the top of a hill while Boudhanath lies at a flat area. These two temples have a peaceful setting nonetheless and reflect the Buddhist culture beautifully.

Finally, you will also head out to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. These squares are full of various temples. you will see the famous Krishna Mandir and Hanuman Dhoka museums.

You will see several smaller temples as well on your way to these temples. All the monuments there reflects perfect medieval age architectures of Nepal.

After having breakfast, you will first drive to Sundarijal (1300 meters) on a 40-minutes ride. Sundarijal is the starting point of your trek.

The ride takes you past the renowned Buddhist monastery of Boudhanath. The areas that encircle this historical monastery is also called Little Tibet. Boudhanath Stupa, which has some encompassing eyes of Lord Buddha in all directions, as an emblem that is world-renowned.

The track from Boudhanath to Sundarijal is not a pitched road. Sundarijal, which is set amidst a nice patch of forest, is a wonderful natural spot for refreshment. The wonderful waterfalls in this place makes it a good picnic spot.

The initial trail from Sundarijal takes you along a steep uphill. A 1-hour trek and you will reach the entrance of Shivapuri National Park.

From there, the you will walk along some steep flight of stairs before you get to Mulkharka. From Mulkharka, you will walk through rural farm fields, cool forests, and villages, before you reach the overnight stay at Chisapani (2194 meters). Chisapani Danda lies atop of a hill. Many trekkers looking for a day or two’s hike choose to go to Chisopani Danda.

The hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani is around 4 hours long. Chisapani Danda has 4-6 teahouses along with an army camp nearby. You can also get to see some wonderful mountain views of Jugal Himal range, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna from Chisopani Danda. It is also a good place to enjoy mesmerizing sunrise views as well as valleys down below.

Today, you will head out to Kutumsang (2446 meters) on a 6-7 hours trek. Kutumsang lies in the Helambu district. The trek to Kutumsang is the toughest in the Helambu trekking.

On this day’s trek, you will descend to rivers, trek to some steep uphills, and reach beautiful vantage points along some ridges. Pati Bhanjyang is the first village bazaar you will get to today.

You will also encounter some beautiful farm villages that offer wonderful views of the landscape. As you trek through zig-zag paths, you will reach Gul Bhanjyang- a Sherpa village.

Terraced fields will also be visible today as the trek takes you along some lush forests before you get to another Sherpa village at Chipling. Next, you will reach the Tamang village of Thotong.

An uphill trek of one and a half hours takes you to the top of a ridge at an altitude of 2580m/8500 feet. Beautiful surrounding landscape will be visible from the top of the ridge.

After trekking for 45 minutes along a downhill from this ridge, you will reach Kutumsang, which is your overnight stop.

Today, the trek to Tharepati (3597 meters) is 5 hours long. You will gain an altitude of 1200m today. Tharepati is also the place with the highest altitude in your trek.

Firstly, you will get to the ridgeline of Yurin Danda as you trek past isolated farms. You will also be able to enjoy the patches of fir and rhododendron circling around these farms.

On way way to Tharepati, you will see Langtang range, Gosaikunda peak and Jugal Himal. Trekking further, you will get to Mera Danda as you trek through eroded tracks.

Now, you will descend to the small village of Mangin Goth. Finally, after trekking past Thare Danda ridge, you will reach Tharepati. This beautiful settlement is home to some brilliant panoramic views of the Langtang Ranges.

Today, you will be heading out from Tharepati to Phedi. Initially, the trail to Phedi descends. It then takes you to the mountainside. After that, the trail winds as you trek past various rhododendron forests.

After trekking for 6-7 hours, you will reach Phedi. Phedi is home to a small chorten built to pay homage to a Japanese who died here. The accident took place in 1992 when a Thai Airways Airbus crashed into a mountainside.

A 4-hour trek from Phedi will take you to the site where the plane crashed.

Today’s trek to Gosaikunda is merely 4-5 hours long. However, the trek is a steep one. You will be trekking up into the mountains as you cross the Laurebina Pass.

As you trek past the pond, you will get to Gosainkunda pass or Laurebina La pass (4600 meters). This pass is also the highest altitude you will climb in this trek.

The trail then takes you along a descent for half an hour before you reach Saraswati and Bhairav Kunda. These are the first lakes you will reach in this region.

A gentle trek from these ponds and you will get to Gosainkunda for your overnight stop. Your resting place is near the Gosaikunda pond.

The full moon in August is when Gosaikunda sees a lot of pilgrims. Hindu devotees also take a bath in this holy pond. Faithful believe that a bath in this pond washes the sins of a person away and takes you to heaven.

After spending some quality time at the Gosainkunda lake, you will descend to lower altitudes. Today’s destination is Sing Gompa.

You will first trek up to Lauribinaya ridge. Then the trek is mostly downhill to Sing Gompa. The trek to Sing Gompa from Gosaikunda is 3-4 hours long.

The first few houses you will see in Sing Gompa are cheese factories. Singh Gompa provides you awesome views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

From Singh Gompa, you will head out to Dhunche after having breakfast. You will pass through thick forests. On walking further, you will reach the base of the high hills that surround this region.

After that, you will be crossing a small bridge. Eventually, after trekking for 5-6 hours from Sing Gompa, you will reach Dhunche (1950 meters). The final section of the walk brings you to a motorable road.  Now, climb up a small uphill to Dhunche, which is your overnight stop.

Dhunche is a great vantage point to see the Rasuwa district. It also gives you good mountain views of the Langtang Himal.

Today, you will head back to Kathmandu on a bus. The distance between Kathmandu and Dhunche via roadways is 114 kilometers.

Although this distance is not all that long, it will take around 5-6 hours for you to get to Kathmandu. This is because the road to Kathmandu is not straight. There are winding roads to Kathmandu as there are many hills that you have to circle to get to Kathmandu.

This is the day you will depart to your home country from this awesome country of the Himalayas- Nepal. Our representatives will help you check out of the hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport.

Please check that you have safely kept your air ticket and other travel documents before departure to the airport. Nepal Hiking Adventure wishes you have a great flight back home. Nepal Hiking Adventure can also arrange other trips in Nepal. In case you want to, Contact Us.

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Additional Info

Gosaikunda Lake Trek Difficulty

Gosaikunda Lake trekking is a moderately difficult trek. You will trek for 7 days in total during the Gosaikunda Lake trekking. There are no rest or acclimatization days during this trek.

The trek takes place in the off-the-beaten-track of the Langtang region. The devastating Nepal earthquake-2015 damaged the trekking trails of the Langtang region. But now, the trails have recovered again. Langtang region is safe to trek again.

The trek takes you to the highest altitude of 4600 meters at Laurebina Pass. You will also spend a night in Gosaikunda which is over 4000 meters in altitude. So you will have to prepare for altitude sickness.

You will have to prepare for a few months to make the difficult portions of the trek easy. This will involve some hiking practices or physical strengthening of your body.