Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8 Maximum Altitude: 4,610m Trip Grade: Moderate
Total duration: 10 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Holy hike to Gosaikunda Lake also called Gosaikunda Trek or Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a trek to the holy glacial lake Gosaikunda at an altitude of 4,320 meters above sea level. The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months from October to June. According to Hindu religious epics, Gosaikunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (holy trident) into a mountain to extract water to cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison to save mankind. As it carries a religious importance, the site is visited by hundreds of thousands of Pilgrims in festival Janai Purnima which falls in the month of August on a full moon day.
The trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche from where we start on leg. Two days of trek from Dhunche takes us to Gosaikunda where we rest for a day, explore around, take bath in the holy lake and rest to let our body get used to altitude. Next day we start trek again and cross Laurebina Pass at 4,610 meters and walk for three more days to reach back to Sundarijal from where we drive to Kathmandu for an hour.
- Guided trek for 7 days through forests, waterfalls, mountains and monasteries
- Stunning views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peaks
- Long bus rides with pretty views
- Glacial lake with great religious importance
- Highest points in this trail are Gosaikaikunda Lake at 4,320m and Laurebina La (Pass) at 4,610m
- 1 free day at Gosaikunda to rest, explore and let your body get used to altitude
Trip Cost Includes:
- Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (2 Nights)
- Teahouses during trekking (7 Nights)
- An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- All paper work and permits for trekking.
- Transportation will be in private tourist vehicles and local bus
- Farewell Dinner with Nepalese cultural dance
- All Government and Local Taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
- Any cost not mentioned in inclusions
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
DAY 02 : DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO DHUNCHE (1950m) 7-8hrs
Travelling through Trishuli (Nuwakot) we drive for 7 to 8 hours to Dhunche. The views on the way are very pretty.
Overnight: Lodge in Dhunche
DAY 03: TREK FROM DHUNCHE TO SING GOMPA (3350m) 6hrs
Your day’s walk of 6 hours will take you to Sing Gompa climbing steadily for the majority of the day until you see the small Buddhist Monastery of Sing Gompa where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Guest House in Sing Gompa
DAY 04: TREK FROM SING GOMPA TO GOSAIKUNDA (4320m)
You start with a climb through rhododendron forests this morning, if you are here during the spring, enjoy the fabulous colours as the trees are in bloom, eventually you will emerge at the saddle of Chalang Pati (3380m), you will soon enter the Gosainkunda protected area. There are few places to stop for water today so be sure you have enough on you. You will enjoy great views along the ridge of Langtang Lirung from the north and looking west you can see Ganesh Himal and Manaslu, Tibet is also visible in the distance. Shortly the lakes will come in to view as the climb continues gently, you will then drop to the third lake, the Gosainkunda (4320m).
Overnight: Guest House in Gosaikunda
DAY 05: ACCLIMATIZATION IN GOSAIKUNDA
People come here to worship and bath in the lake during full moon festivals every August. It is believed that the large rock in the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine and it is also claimed that channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan of Kathmandu valley. In this festival, thousands of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India come to take holy bath in the lake.
Overnight: Guest House in Gosaikunda
DAY 06: TREK FROM GOSAIKUNDA TO LAURIBINAYAK PASS TO GHOPTE (4610m) 7hrs
To begin with you will follow the north side of the Gosaikunda lake before climbing towards the pass of Laurebina La (4610m), on the way you will see more lakes as you go. You will find many cairns on the pass, from here you will begin your descent through some summer pastures to Phedi (3740m) and Dupi Chaur (3630m) and finally to Ghopte (3440m).
Overnight: Guest House in Ghopte
DAY 07: TREK FROM GHOPTE TO THAREPATI (3510m)
From Ghopte, the trail descends to more caves and enters a thick forest of rhododendrons. After crossing a stream, which is dry for part of the year, the trail will make a final ascent to Tharepati (3510m), a group of small stone huts used in the summer months by herders. Here we'll take a moment to climb the hill to the east of the ridge for views of DorjeLakpa, Shisha Pangama (8013m) and peaks all the way to Khumbu.
Overnight: Guest House in Tharepati
DAY 08: TREK FROM THAREPATI TO KUTUMSANG (2470m)
The day starts out with an easy 1-hr descent through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams before arriving at Magengoth at 3150m. This is a very remote area of high pastures and oak and rhododendron forests. For the first 3 hrs the trail descends gradually, but the second half of the day's trek is a steep descent to Kutumsang (2470m), a small village on a windy ridge saddle. The Langtang National Park office here will probably check your park permit. The village has completely adapted itself to trekkers; almost every house in town is a hotel or shop.
Overnight: Guest House in Kutumsang
DAY 9: TREK FROM KUTUMSANG TO CHISAPANI (2215m) TO SUNDARIJAL; DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
Day with good views of Helambu valley and walking up and down the along the ridge all day and climb up to Chisapani for good Sun set views. Ascend up to Borlang Bhanjyang 2430 m and descend down steeply to Sundarijal via Mulkharka village and onwards to Sundarijal. From Sundarijal we drive to Kathmandu for 1 hr.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: in Kathmandu.
Meals: Fare well Dinner
Day 10: AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.
Maximum Altitude in this trek: Laure bina Pass at 4610m
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Annapurna, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost. .
Meals are not included in trip cost so that you have the flexibility in food choice and the budget. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu.
Means of Transportation
Private tourist vehicles will be used for airport pick up drops and local buses for Kathmandu Syabrubesi and Sundarijal Kathmandu
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
Me and my friends trekked to Langtang Gosaikunda. The trek was challenging but spectacular. Eve holidays was great organizing everything in a very professional manner. I would recommend them to anyone
David Faber & Kate