Holy Hike to Gosaikunda Lake

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.

After a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, 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.

Trip Highlights:

  •           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:

  •  All airport pick ups and drops in tourist cars and buses
  •  Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu hotels (3 Nights)
  •  Best available lodges and guesthouses during the trekking days (7 Nights)
  •  Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory.
  •  10 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 8 Dinner (including Farewell Dinner with Nepalese Cultural Dance)
  •  An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
  •  An English Speaking Tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 guests)
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •  Langtang National Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
  •  Medical Kit will be carried by Trekking Guide
  •  All Government and Local Taxes   

Trip Cost Excludes:

  •  International Flights and Nepal Visa (bring 2 passport size photographs and accurate USD)
  •  Hot and cold drinks during trip and lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  •  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: Hotel in Kathmandu

 

DAY 02: KATHMANDU CITY, SWAYAMBHUNATH TEMPLE & PATAN DURBAR SQUARE
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth,  the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 03 : 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

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 04: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 05: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 06: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 07: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 08: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 09: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 10: 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: Hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals: Breakfast,  Fare well  Dinner

 

Day 11:  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.
Meals: Breakfast

 

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ? DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIP

You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

 

Given below are the fixed departure dates for online booking.  If the given departure dates are not suitable for you, please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily customize your trip on the date more appropriate for you.

2019

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
4th Sep 15th Sep Available USD 1266
11th Sep 22nd Sep Available USD 1266
18th Sep 29th Sep Available USD 1266
25th Sep 6th Oct Available USD 1266
2nd Oct 13th Oct Available USD 1266
9th Oct 20th Oct Available USD 1266
16th Oct 27th Oct Available USD 1266
23rd Oct 3rd Nov Available USD 1266
30th Oct 10th Nov Available USD 1266
6th Nov 17th Nov Available USD 1266
13th Nov 24th Nov Available USD 1266
20th Nov 31st Oct Available USD 1266
27th Nov 8th Dec Available USD 1266

2020

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
26th Feb 8th Mar Available USD 1266
4th Mar 15th Mar Available USD 1266
11th Mar 22nd Mar Available USD 1266
18th Mar 29th Mar Available USD 1266
25th Mar 5th Apr Available USD 1266
1st Apr 12th Apr Available USD 1266
8th Apr 19th Apr Available USD 1266
15th Apr 26th Apr Available USD 1266
22nd Apr 3rd May Available USD 1266
29th Apr 10th May Available USD 1266
6th May 17th May Available USD 1266
13th May 24th May Available USD 1266
20th May 31st May Available USD 1266
27th May 7th Jun Available USD 1266

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
 

Disclaimer

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.

 

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.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking. 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.


Experience Required

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.

 

Acclimatization

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.

 

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars or Pounds in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

 

Packing  List

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


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).


Accommodation

We use standard rooms at a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional USD 200. 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.


Meals

While on trekking, meals are provided at Guesthouses and Lodges on the way in Kathmandu breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. 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. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.


Means of Transportation

We use tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. 


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.


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


Insurance Coverage

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) or trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

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.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582

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