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
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.