Gosainkunda Trek

Trip Information
  • Duration8 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Best Time Mar-May and Sep-Nov
Major Attractions
  • Experience this moderate venture to incredible Gosainkunda Lake surrounded by mountains
  • Traverse through Langtang National Park and explore about rare species of wildlife and plants
  • Celebrate a serene walk passing through deep woods, waterfalls and high pastures
  • Acknowledge the unique culture of the local Tamang and other ethnic people on the trail
  • Witness numerous alluring mountain summits in the vicinity
  • Get refreshed with wild nature and the freshwater lakes

Gosainkunda trek is a moderate trekking to visit incredible Gosainkunda lake in Langtang region. The trek is not only popular among the international trekkers, but fascinates thousands of pilgrim trekkers all across Nepal. , Gosainkunda Trek is , in fact, a pilgrimage trek to holy lakes including the most popular Gosainkunda where god Shiva is believed to be seen in the middle of the lake sleeping soundly. The trail is protected by Langtang National Park.

Gosainkunda Trek, sometimes, is a combined package with Langtang Valley Trek which exposes natural beauty along with spiritual awakening. Langtang area unfolds the view of snow-capped peaks followed by magnificent observation of 108 lakes including Gosainkunda which comprises of Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda.

There is another specialty of Gosainkunda. The site is popular among Hindu. Many Hindu visits here to take dip in sacred Gosainkunda Lake at the festival of Janaipurnima which falls on the full moon day of August. Brahmin and Kshetriya change their cord after taking dip in the lake.

It is said that Lord Shiva got released from the lethal poison after drinking water from this kunda (Lake), Gosiankunda. He made this Kunda(lake) by striking the ground with his trident. Legends say that to save the world from the impact of poison Lord Shiva drank the poison storing it in his throat which came out during the churning of the sea. Including Gosainkunda Lake, there are 108 lakes in this area.

Trekkers can celebrate the serenity, wilderness and diverse species of flora and fauna in Langtang National Park during their Gosainkunda Trek.


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Namaste! Info Nepal Treks and Expedition heartily welcomes you to the city of temples – Kathmandu. We will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our office representative will be there holding placard on which either client’s or company's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and after your reception, we will drive to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting which gives you some general information about the trip and you will settle rest of the due payment at the same time. For this, you have to be with 3 P.P. size photographs, a copy of passport and a copy of travel insurance.

Overnight in hotel

    Your trip to Nepal formally starts from the second day. You will be visiting UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites—Bashantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath.

    Kathmandu itself is a living museum and Bashantapur Durbar Square is the jewel of the crown. The site covers more than five hectares area protecting historical and cultural heritage. The site truly portrays the ancient face of Nepal and its wealthy culture and tradition. The palace called Hanuman Dhoka is the center of attraction. There are many chowks in the palace.

    There are many temples including Kumari Ghar (the house where living goddess resides) in the campus premises of Bashantapur Durbar Square.

    Pashupatinath is the popular site of Hindus where Lord Shiva is enshrined in the form of Linga known as ‘Shiva Linga’. The temple is built in pagoda style and is located on the bank of Bagmati River. It is reported that more than a million Hindus visit here at the time of Shiva Ratri—Lord Shiva’s birthday.

    Similarly, Bouddhanath is located on the north of Pashupatinath. It is the popular holy site of Buddhist. Bouddhanath is a stupa built structure which is the largest stupa of South Asia. The stupa is covered by the white wall where a small statue of Amitabh Buddha is attached. The locality of Boudhanath is also known as Little Tibet. The surrounding of the site resembles Tibetan culture and tradition.

    Furthermore, Swoyambhunath is another popular Buddhist site where more than hundred thousand spiritual based tourists visit every year. Swoyambhunath is a dome-like white structure. Many monks like in Bouddhanath pray here counting beads and rotating prayer wheels.

    After visiting aforementioned sites we will drive you back to the hotel. Here we will introduce you to the guide and other supporting staff who will accompany you in your Gosainkunda Trek. You will also get time to hire or purchase essential things required for trekking.

    Overnight in a hotel

      Dhunche is at a five-hour driving distance from Kathmandu. Our trekking begins from Dhunche. From here the course goes steeply up. We cross Trishuli River. Gosainkunda is the source of Trishuli River. We arrive at Chandanbari. We now pass pine forests before arriving at Sing Gompa.

      Overnight in Sing Gompa

        It is pleasant to walk today. You will walk amid pine forests. You arrive at Cholang-pati. The trail becomes steep from here until you reach Lauribinayak. The awe-inspiring view of Annapurna and Langtang range from here is wonderful.

        Overnight in Lauribinayek

          You get an astounding view of Himalayas from Lauribinayak in the morning. Hence, we request you to wake up early in morning at Lauribinayak.

          The trail to Gosainkunda is uphill. The surrounding at Gosainkunda is truly mesmerizing. Here you will see three lakes—Gosainkunda, Sarasawatikunda and Bhairabkunda. After roaming for some time we get back to Lauribinayak again.

          Overnight in Lauribinayak

            Descending through Cholang-path we proceed towards Dhunche. We move on crossing Sing Gompa. Finally, we arrive at Dhunche.

            Overnight in Dhunche

              After breakfast, we catch a bus to Kathmandu from Dhunche. It is a ride of around five hours. In Kathmandu.you will have plenty of time to explore more of Kathmandu or simply search for gifts and souvenirs.

              In the evening, you will enjoy farewell dinner and exchange your experience of the entire trip with us.

              Overnight in hotel

                Your Nepal stays end today. A representative of Info Nepal Treks and Expedition will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport three hours earlier to your scheduled flight.

                See you next season for another trip!

                  Cost Details

                  Cost Includes
                  • Airport pick up and drop in a private vehicle.
                  • City sightseeing with a private vehicle.
                  • Three night accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
                  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
                  • English speaking Government License holder Trekking Guide.
                  • Trekking Permit, TIMS,and conservation Area Permit fee.
                  • Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter).
                  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks.
                  • First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters.
                  • All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles.
                  • Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance and equipment charge.
                  • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be returned after trek).
                  • Government Taxes and paperwork.
                  • Farewell Dinner.
                  Cost Excludes
                  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee.
                  • Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills).
                  • Temple/Monastery entrance fees.
                  • Travel Insurance and rescue flights.
                  • Late arrival and late departure extra night.
                  • Tips to guide and porter.

                  Useful Info

                  Gosainkunda Trek Accommodation and Food

                  The accommodation in Gosainkunda trekking will be a teahouse accommodation. Teahouse accommodation will be a normal type of accommodation. Normally, these teahouses are made of wooden planks and the toilets are outside. But the rooms are very clean. Local people own these tea houses. This accommodation will on the basis of twin sharing. Previously, the earthquake destroyed the local villages of Langtang/Gosainkunda area but now rebuilt.

                  The food items are provided according to the items mentioned in the menu. Do not expect to enjoy all variety of food items that are found in the major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Normally, one item of the food costs $4-8. Nepali food items and bread will be a staple food in this region. Continental, Asian, Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, some Japanese and Chinese foods are available in these local teahouses/lodges.

                  Gosainkunda Trek Transportation

                  All we use to connect the Langtang/Gosainkunda Region from Kathmandu is road transportation. We either have to use a public bus or private jeep. We do not get a luxury bus service from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We don’t need to get Syabrubesi for Gosainkunda Trek. It takes around 7-8 hours drive to get Dhunche from Kathmandu. The road is the country road. The public bus/jeep leave from Machhapokhari, Kathmandu. If you hire private jeep, then, it will come to pick you up from the hotel where you stay. No domestic flights connect the trailhead of Gosainkunda Trek, Dhunche from Kathmandu.

                  Gosainkunda Trek Best Time of the Year

                  The best time to trek to Gosainkunda is between September to mid of November. However, trekkers love to trek in the Langtang/Gosainkunda region during March and April. This is spring and we have flowering rhododendron which makes the entire hill stunning.

                  Both Spring or Autumn offer you the best times of the year with remarkably astounding views of the landscapes and mountain panorama for your Gosainkunda Trek. Moreover, the perfect temperature of these two seasons make your trip to Gosainkunda.

                  Gosainkunda Trek Starting and Ending Point

                  We begin Gosainkunda Trekking after 8-10 hours drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche.We drive through magnificent country landscapes and local villages on the way. Actually, we pass through the settlements like, Tapoban, Kakani and Trishuli Bazaar. Before arriving at Dhunche Bazaar, we pass through Langtang National Park Office located at Dhunche too which is the trailhead of Gosainkunda Trek. And we again drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu and end our trek. Or, if you do Gosainkunda Trek anti clock wise, you can begin it from Sundarijal, or, you can begin it from

                  Required Permits

                  Trekkers require obtaining two different types of permits for Gosainkunda Trek. These are TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) and Langtang National Park Area Entry Permit. If you can go and visit Nepal Tourism Board Office on your own, you can collect them, or, you travel partner will help you collecting these permits before you depart for the trek. TIMS Card costs USD 10 and Langtang National Park Area Entry Permit costs USD 30.

                  How difficult is Gosainkunda Trek?

                  Gosainkunda Trek is a moderate adventure in Langtang region of Nepal. It takes you to the highest elevation of Gosaikunda Lake (4380m) through Lauribinayak (3900m). Trekking up to 4500m or below 5000m is considered to be a mild trekking. However, it can, sometimes, be challenging if you haven’t prepared comprehensibly especially for the beginners. Even, the beginners can do Gosainkunda Trek but have to prepare very well. If you are going to cross Gosainkunda Pass (4610m), then, need to prepare really well.

                  Trekkers who are undertaking this trek have to have the experience of short hiking/day hiking/ walking ups and downs at least for 5-6 hours consistently. To avoid the sudden incidents on the trail, one has to boost up the level of stamina and confidence. Another important thing to prepare for Gosainkunda trek is trekking equipment. It means, one must pack up and should be armored with very reliable trekking equipment and all other necessary stuffs before you depart for the venture.

                  Altitude sickness, acclimatization and preparations

                  Of course, there are a few cases of altitude sickness with the trekkers every year on the trail while ascending up to Gosainkunda. But it is not common to all. Actually, if the trekkers are not prepared well and they consume contaminated food and water, they may get altitude sickness. Also, if the trekkers get the new elevation quickly without proper acclimatization, they may get it. Actually, we don’t have to spend a spare day for acclimatization during this trek while ascending up to the Gosainkunda because it is not necessary to acclimatize your body if you are undertaking a trekking trip below 5000m. But if you want Gosainkunda Trek itinerary with an extra acclimatization day, please inform us prior to the trekking.

                  What happens if you we get altitude sickness? You have got fever, stomach ache, diarrhea, lightheadedness, headache, vomiting etc. If these problems go worse, then, you had not better continue the trek and you must walk down or take rest at the place where you are. If you feel you at risk and ask your guide to arrange for the rescue and you will immediately be evacuated to the nearest city where you can have a good treatment.

                  The Ways of Avoiding Altitude Sickness

                  • Prepare and pack up the right and reliable trekking gear
                  • Avoid drinking contaminated water from local taps and river
                  • East fresh food items
                  • Do not smoke and drink a lot
                  • Address any kind of serious illness if you have beforehand the trek
                  • Ascend with the right pacing and have proper acclimatization
                  • Tell your guide if you have any sudden problems in your health
                  • Just relax, be confident and have plenty of hot drinks

                  How will be the guide and the porters?

                  The guide you will be accompanying will be highly experienced and professional with a trekking license. He/she will very literate in particular language so that won’t be any misunderstanding in communication between the leader the other trekkers. Moreover, he/she will be very hospitable, coordinating, very familiar with local people and their culture, mountain peaks, flora and fauna, religious and historical sites and the weather forecast.

                  The porters will be very responsible to the trekkers. They will take care of you all and carry your stuffs and equipment walking next to you at every step of your trek. The porters also will communicate you somehow because they also know little English or other languages, at least, to communicate, but not very well.

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