Gosaikunda Lake Trek

The Gosainkunda Lake Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. This trek takes you to the stunning Gosainkunda Lake, a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists, located at an altitude of 4,380 meters in the Langtang region of the Himalayas. The trek is known for its beautiful landscapes, stunning mountain views, and rich cultural heritage.

The trek starts from the small town of Dhunche, which is a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. From Dhunche, the trail passes through lush forests and crosses several streams and rivers. As you climb higher, the landscape changes from dense forests to alpine meadows and finally to rocky terrain. The trail is steep and challenging at times, but the stunning views of the Langtang Himalayas make it all worthwhile.

One of the main highlights of the trek is the Gosainkunda Lake, which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and has a beautiful turquoise color. According to Hindu mythology, the lake was created by Lord Shiva when he struck the ground with his trident. It is believed that taking a dip in the lake during the full moon festival in August brings good luck and cleanses one’s sins.

The trek also takes you to several other smaller lakes, including the Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda. These lakes are also considered holy by the locals and are surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people, who are mostly Tamangs and Sherpas. You can visit their villages and monasteries and learn about their traditions and beliefs.

The Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a moderate to challenging trek and requires a good level of fitness and endurance. The best time to do this trek is from September to November and from March to May, when the weather is clear and the views are stunning. Overall, this trek is a great option for those looking for a challenging yet rewarding trek that combines natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche

Day 3: Trek from Dhunche to Chandanbari

Day 4: Trek from Chandanbari to Gosainkunda Lake

Day 5: Trek from Gosainkunda Lake to Ghopte

Day 6: Trek from Ghopte to Thadepati

Day 7: Trek from Thadepati to Kutumsang

Day 8: Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani

Day 9: Trek from Chisapani to Sundarijal and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu

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  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhunche

    Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (approximately 7-8 hours). Dhunche is the starting point of the Gosaikunda Lake Trek. Spend the night in Dhunche.

     

  • Day 2: Dhunche to Sing Gompa (Chandanbari)

    Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa (Chandanbari) (around 5-6 hours). Along the way, you’ll pass through lush forests and small villages. Sing Gompa is known for its cheese factory and a Buddhist monastery. Overnight stay in Sing Gompa.

  • Day 3: Sing Gompa to Laurebina Yak

    Trek from Sing Gompa to Laurebina Yak (approximately 4-5 hours). The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. Laurebina Yak is a yak pasture area where you’ll spend the night.

  • Day 4: Laurebina Yak to Gosaikunda Lake

    Trek from Laurebina Yak to Gosaikunda Lake (approximately 3-4 hours). This is the highlight of the trek, as you reach the sacred Gosaikunda Lake at an altitude of 4,380 meters. Explore the area and take in the breathtaking scenery. Overnight camping near Gosaikunda Lake.

  • Day 5: Gosaikunda Lake to Ghopte

    Trek from Gosaikunda Lake to Ghopte (approximately 6-7 hours). The trail descends initially before ascending again. You’ll pass through rugged terrain and cross several small streams. Ghopte is a small settlement where you’ll spend the night.

  • Day 6: Ghopte to Tharepati

    Trek from Ghopte to Tharepati (approximately 3-4 hours). The trail continues through alpine landscapes and rhododendron forests. Tharepati offers panoramic views of the mountains. Overnight stay in Tharepati.

  • Day 7: Tharepati to Sundarijal and Drive to Kathmandu

    Trek from Tharepati to Sundarijal (approximately 5-6 hours). The trail descends through forests and villages, offering occasional views of Kathmandu Valley. From Sundarijal, drive back to Kathmandu (around 1 hour). Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

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Usefull Information

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers
  • All required permits and fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (tea houses or tents)
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Experienced and licensed guide and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Trekking equipment (sleeping bags, trekking poles, etc.)

 

Exclusions:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guides and porters (usually 10-20% of total cost of trip)

Usefull Information

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  2. Insulating layers (fleece jacket or down jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket
  4. Waterproof and breathable trekking pants
  5. Trekking shorts or convertible pants
  6. Thermal underwear (for colder months)
  7. Quick-drying T-shirts
  8. Warm hat or beanie
  9. Lightweight gloves
  10. Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  11. Comfortable hiking boots
  12. Sandals or camp shoes for relaxing in the evenings
  13. Sun hat or cap

Gear:

  1. Backpack (30-40 liters) with rain cover
  2. Sleeping bag (3-season or 4-season, depending on the time of year)
  3. Sleeping pad or inflatable mattress
  4. Trekking poles (optional but recommended for stability)
  5. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  6. Sunglasses with UV protection
  7. Water bottles or hydration system (at least 2 liters capacity)
  8. Lightweight towel
  9. Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  10. Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  11. Insect repellent
  12. Personal medication and first aid kit (including blister treatment)
  13. Pocket knife or multi-tool
  14. Trekking map and guidebook
  15. Whistle and signaling mirror (for emergencies)
  16. Portable charger or power bank for electronic devices

Accessories:

  1. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  2. Portable water purification tablets or filter
  3. Lightweight dry bags or stuff sacks for organizing gear
  4. Travel pillow and earplugs for comfortable sleep
  5. Journal and pen for recording thoughts and experiences
  6. Snacks (energy bars, nuts, dried fruits) for quick energy on the trail

Optional Items:

  1. Binoculars for bird watching or scenic viewing
  2. Trekking umbrella (for rain or sun protection)
  3. Gaiters (for keeping debris out of boots)
  4. Buff or scarf (for sun protection or warmth)
  5. Portable solar charger (for recharging electronic devices)
  6. Trekking seat or pad for resting during breaks

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FAQs

  • What is the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

    The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in the Langtang region of Nepal. It takes you to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake, a high-altitude alpine freshwater lake considered holy by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.

  • How long does the Gosaikunda Lake Trek take?

    The trek duration can vary depending on the starting point and itinerary chosen. Typically, it takes around 6 to 7 days to complete the trek, but some itineraries can be shorter or longer.

  • What is the best time to do the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

    The best time to do the Gosaikunda Lake Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear. These months offer the best views of the surrounding mountains.

  • Is the Gosaikunda Lake Trek difficult?

    The trek is considered moderately challenging. While it doesn’t involve technical climbing, there are steep ascents and descents, as well as high altitudes to contend with. Proper acclimatization and a reasonable level of fitness are recommended.

  • What is the altitude of Gosaikunda Lake?

    Gosaikunda Lake is located at an altitude of approximately 4,380 meters (14,370 feet) above sea level.

  • Are there tea houses or lodges along the trekking route?

    Yes, there are tea houses and lodges available along the Gosaikunda Lake Trek route. These provide basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. It’s advisable to book accommodation in advance during peak trekking seasons.

  • Do I need a guide for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

    While it’s not mandatory to have a guide for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek, hiring one is recommended, especially if you’re not familiar with the area or trekking in high altitudes. A guide can help navigate the trails, provide local insights, and ensure your safety.

  • What permits do I need for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

    Trekkers need to obtain a Langtang National Park entry permit and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card before starting the Gosaikunda Lake Trek. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Dhunche, the starting point of the trek.

  • Is altitude sickness a concern on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

    Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern, especially as you ascend to higher elevations. It’s important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.

  • What should I pack for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

    Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and snacks. A detailed packing list should be prepared based on the season and specific requirements of your trek.

    Trip Fact

  • Best Seasons spring
  • Duration 10 days
  • Trek Difficulty Moderate

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