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Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Holy Lake Gosainkunda 4460m

Overview

Trip Highlights;
  • Explore dozen of lakes including Holy Lake Gosainkunda
  • Natural, cultural and religious experience 
  • Cross Lauribinayak La pass 4165/13661ft
  • Stunning views of Mt. Langtang range, Himal Chuli 7893m, Mt. Manaslu 8156m and Ganesh Himal range
  • Trekking starts after an hour drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and ends at Dhunche.
Trip Introduction;
Gosainkunda Lake is a holy lake located in Langtang region of Nepal. This can be categorized as a short, easy and scenic trek situated near from Kathmandu. The trek offers panoramic scenery of Mt. Langtang range, Himal Chuli 7893m, Mt. Manaslu 8156m and Ganesh Himal range as well as often chance to see Annapurna Range in a clear day. Gosainkunda Lake is a placid lake considered as a holy sacred by both Hindus and Buddhist. The locals pay homage on a pilgrimage journey every year in the month of August. 

Gosainkunda Lake Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts after an hour drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. The ascending walk through rhododendron forests continues to reach our first overnight stay at Chisapani. Scenic hill station Chisapani offers magnificent views of Langtang to Jugal Himal mountain ranges. Then our journey heads towards Gul Bhanjyang by passing several villages of various ethnic groups such as Tamang, Chhetri, Bramins, and Newars. Next, we follow the trail to Magen Goth then to Phedi. After Phedi, we follow along ascending trail to Lauribinayak by crossing of the Lauribinayak La Pass 4165/13661ft. From the pass, we can have great views of Mt. Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh Himal and other famous mountains. After exploring the beautiful lake Gosainkunda, we descend to Chandan Bari then to Dhunche. During the descending walk, we cross rhododendron forests, villages, paddy fields, terraces and several charming villages. From Dhunche, we back to Kathmandu through a scenic drive of 6-7 hrs with an amazing experience of Gosainkunda Lake Trek in Nepal. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1,345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel. 
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal & 
             Trek to Chisapani [2300m/7544 ft] [1 hr Drive & 3-4 hrs Trek]
Day 04: Trek from Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang [2130m/6986ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Magen Goth [3150m/10332ft]
Day 06: Trek from Magen Goth to Phedi [3500m/11480ft]
Day 07: Trek from Phedi to Gosainkunda Lake [4,460m/14,632ft]  
              Via Lauribinayak La Pass [4165/13661ft]
Day 08: Explore Gosainkunda Lake [4,460m/14,632ft] and Trek to Chandan Bari [3250m] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Trek from Chandan Bari to Dhunche [1966m/6448ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]  
Day 10: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu [6-7 hrs Drive]
Day 11: International Departure as per flight schedule 

Note: It is possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari. The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodations:
In the total trip cost of Gosainkunda Lake Trek package, we provide accommodation in 3 star rated hotel while in Kathmandu. And during the trekking days, your accommodation will be arranged in teahouse lodges. Accommodation will be arranged in single, double, triple or twin sharing basic as your preference. You may not find attached toilets in all the tea houses. In such case sharing toilets will be found right outside your respective rooms.

Meals:
The cost of the package covers all meals - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the whole trekking period and Bed & Breakfast in Kathmandu. Due to the growth of tea houses and lodges in Langtang region, we will find wide varieties (Nepali, Continental, Italian etc) of food on the menu. Dinner and Breakfast will be served in the same teahouse lodge and for lunch, we will make a stop en-route trekking. All the meals are served hygienic which helps trekkers to maintain their physical fitness needed for the trekking. 
 
Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Trekkers must have the ability to walk at least 5 to 6 hours a day carrying a light private bag-pack. Gosainkunda Lake Trek includes trekking in altitude reaching up to 4550 meters above the sea level. So a good level of physical fitness gained by at least an hours' daily physical training (jogging, swimming, hiking, gym etc). Highly skilled mountaineering are not required for this trek, however previous trekking experience in the Himalayas would be strongly beneficial.

Best Season for Gosainkunda Lake Trek:

3 months in autumn (September, October & November) & 3 months in spring (March, April & May) is considered as the best season for trekking in the Himalayas. Around this time we are guaranteed with clear weather and magnificent views of mountain in Langtang region. For those wanting to avoid the crowd in the best seasons, this trek can be done also in December, January, and February. Monsoon Season (June, July, and August) will be affected by rain and is no good for trekking.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1,345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel. 
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
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Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisapani [2300m/7544 ft] [1 hr Drive & 3-4 hrs Trek]
Today we will drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal which is approximately an hour's drive journey. From Sundarijal we will start our trek following the trail that is a gradual uphill trekking through several villages and terraced farmlands. We will make a stop at Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park checkpost for permit registration. From there we will trek along the ridge top road as it passes through oak filled forest towards the teahouses of Chisapani.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]   

Day 04: Trek from Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang [2130m/6986ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
From Chisapani our trail descends to a saddle at Pati Bhanjyang and then climb towards another saddle known as Thankune Bhanjyang. From here we will make an steep ascent to arrive at the village of Chipling and continue our climb to the top of Manjyu Danda ridge from where we will have magnificent views of high peaks to the north. From the top of the ridge, we will descend all the way to the saddle village of Gul Bhanjyang.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]  

Day 05: Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Magen Goth [3150m/10332ft]
From Gul Bhanjyang, we will climb a ridge to the north until we arrive at the Sherpa community of Kutumsang. Here there is a Langtang National Park office where we need to show our park receipt and register our details. From Kutumsang we will climb through oak and rhododendron filled forest towards Kyuola Bhanjyang. From there, our trail descends a little before climbing an easy gradient to arrive at Magen Goth where there are few tea houses and a large campsite.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]  

Day 06: Trek from Magen Goth to Phedi [3500m/11480ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Leaving Magen Goth we will follow the trail that goes through dense rhododendron forest passing through the hamlet of Therapati and towards a major trail junction where we must go left. We will slowly ascend as the trail traverses through forest and then rocky hillside to arrive at Ghopte. From here we will follow the well established trail crossing through several waterfall areas and continue trekking until we reach at Phedi.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]  

Day 07: Trek from Phedi to Gosainkunda [4460m/14632ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] via Lauribinayak La Pass [4165/13661ft]
From Phedi we will climb up into the valley dominated by Surya Peak to the north. We will cross the icy section of the trail before ascending towards Lauribinayak La Pass. We will descend from the top of the pass into a valley passing a couple of small lakes and continue trekking as we approach the holiest of the lakes - Gosainkunda. There is a Shiva shrine beside the lake adorned with bells to deter demons, as well as some good teahouses.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Explore Gosainkunda Lake [4460m/14632ft] and Trek to Chandan Bari [3250m] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After exploring around the holy lake Gosaikunda, we will follow an exposed trail that heads towards a series of Buddhist chorten before entering thick forested area. Our trail descends passing through the village of Sing Gompa and heads towards Chandan Bari.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Chandan Bari to Dhunche [1966m/6448ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]  
Today is the final day of our trek. We will follow the trail that descends rapidly through an impressive forest all the way down to Trisuli river. We will cross over the bridge to the south bank and continue to trek on an undulating trail that leads to Dhunche.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: 
All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu [6-7 hrs Drive]
After having breakfast, we will take a scenic drive from Dhunche over the zigzag hilly road that will take us back to Kathmandu. During our drive journey we will opportunity to have glimpses of daily activities of local people for their survival while we drive passing through several towns and small villages. After arriving at Kathmandu you can relax at the hotel or take a walk around the shopping streets of Thamel before heading back to your destination.
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Farewell Dinner

Day 11: International Departure as per flight schedule 
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
March 1, 2018 March 11, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
March 12, 2018 March 22, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
March 23, 2018 April 2, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
April 2, 2018 April 12, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
April 11, 2018 April 21, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
April 23, 2018 May 3, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
May 1, 2018 May 11, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !
May 14, 2018 May 24, 2018 $ 755 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 11 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer by private vehicle
  • Hotel/Resort Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB Plan –as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All required ground transportation by private vehicle as per mentioned in itinerary 
  • Tea house lodges accommodation during trekking
  • All meals- B/F, Lunch & Dinner during trek
  • TIMS – Trekkers information Management System Fee 
  • Langtang National Park Fee
  • Highly experienced trekking guide 
  • Required number of Porter 
  • Staffs insurance, salary and clothing
  • General first aid kids
  • Welcome and farewell dinners 
  • All applicable tax, Vat, service charge and paperwork

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodations:
In the total trip cost of Gosainkunda Lake Trek package, we provide accommodation in 3 star rated hotel while in Kathmandu. And during the trekking days, your accommodation will be arranged in teahouse lodges. Accommodation will be arranged in single, double, triple or twin sharing basic as your preference. You may not find attached toilets in all the tea houses. In such case sharing toilets will be found right outside your respective rooms.

Meals:
The cost of the package covers all meals - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the whole trekking period and Bed & Breakfast in Kathmandu. Due to the growth of tea houses and lodges in Langtang region, we will find wide varieties (Nepali, Continental, Italian etc) of food on the menu. Dinner and Breakfast will be served in the same teahouse lodge and for lunch, we will make a stop en-route trekking. All the meals are served hygienic which helps trekkers to maintain their physical fitness needed for the trekking. 
 
Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Trekkers must have the ability to walk at least 5 to 6 hours a day carrying a light private bag-pack. Gosainkunda Lake Trek includes trekking in altitude reaching up to 4550 meters above the sea level. So a good level of physical fitness gained by at least an hours' daily physical training (jogging, swimming, hiking, gym etc). Highly skilled mountaineering are not required for this trek, however previous trekking experience in the Himalayas would be strongly beneficial.

Best Season for Gosainkunda Lake Trek:

3 months in autumn (September, October & November) & 3 months in spring (March, April & May) is considered as the best season for trekking in the Himalayas. Around this time we are guaranteed with clear weather and magnificent views of mountain in Langtang region. For those wanting to avoid the crowd in the best seasons, this trek can be done also in December, January, and February. Monsoon Season (June, July, and August) will be affected by rain and is no good for trekking.

Reviews

Gosaikunda Trek !! The Religious Path

We did this Gosaikunda Pass Trek together with Nepal Guide Treks. Our guide was Ramu and he was full of local knowledge which he shared with us along the way. We walked the religious path to the lake Gosaikunda which carried religious values among the hindu people. So, it felt nice getting to know about the culture and how people follow the religion, just fantastic. If you are in Nepal for a short period of time , this trek could be a good option. Thanks to Nepal Guide Treks for making this trek possible, Hopefully we will be back for more.
John and Group. 


The Holy Lake

This trek in our opinion was very fruitful to us. We enjoyed the adventurous walk and at the same time we gained a lot of knowledge about the holy lake Gosaikunda. The value of the lake for the people was just amazing. We wish to come back to Nepal in future for more trekking together with Nepal Guide Treks & Expeditions. Thanks for the outstanding service. Keep up the good work.
Love & Hugs
Julie + Martha 


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