Gosainkunda Lake Trek
Gosaikunda lake trek is one of the spectacular trekking destinations for trekkers having a short time in Nepal. Gosaikunda trek offers perfectly placed terraced slopes, settlement of varied ethnic groups, endangered wild animals and a diverse range of flora and fauna.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Gosainkunda Lake Trek takes you to the magnificent beautiful natural setting but also a sacred destination for the Hindu pilgrims. Thus, Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims thousands of pilgrims visit Gosainkunda every year, especially on Janai Purnima.
This trek takes you to the holy lake through lush oak, rhododendron and pine forest with the views of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Gaurishankar(7,134m), Jugal and Numbur Himal ranges, and Helambu Valley.
The 12-day Gosainkunda Lake Trek kicks off with your arrival in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you drive to Sundarijal and then start the trek. The trail climbs steeply through the farmlands above the tree line up an alpine ridge offering magnificent view of the mountains.
From Sundarijal, you will first make your way to Chisapani and continue walking uphill through Kutumsang and Thadepati. Peaks like Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), DorjeLakpa (6,966m), LangshishaRi (6,427m) and many others.
After crossing Thadepati, you will make you way past the Lauribina Pass (4610m) to reach Gosainkunda lakes. Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, and Gosainkunda are the main lakes here. After exploring Gosainkunda, you will make your way back to Kathmandu. On the way back, you will cross Shin Gompa, an ancient monastery in the Langtang region.
Along the trek route, you get to observe the incredible bio-diversity of the Langtang region.
This area is particularly famous for the snow leopard and red panda which are listed as endangered species. Various kinds of forests such as rhododendron, pine, and oak can be found in this region. The trek is of moderately difficulty so people with no trekking experience can also enjoy this.
Eternal Himalaya is a well-known company in the field of travel and tourism in Nepal. We offer exciting trek packages in your budget and even adjust your itinerary as per your availability. Our experienced trek guides will accompany you during the trek and answer all your queries. For more information, please contact us.
- Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
- Kathmandu – Dhunche – Kathmandu transportation.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
- All accommodations in hotel, lodges/tea houses
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government taxes.
Arrival in Kathmandu| 1300m
The trip starts with your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Our company representative will welcome you at the airport. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. As there are no scheduled activities for today, feel free to do as you please. You can explore the city or just rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
We begin the trip with the exploration of the UNESCO world heritage sites spread around the valley. Beginning the day, we head to the Swayambhunath temple with the tranquil environment and pleasant views of the valley. Then, we head down to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Next, we journey to the Kathmandu Durbar Square where we can observe the ancient culture, art, and architecture. The day comes to an end with the monastery of Boudhanath along with the sunset views.
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal| 1460m and trek to Chisapani| 2215m
The next morning, you drive to Sundarijal. The drive will not be too long. Beyond Sundarijal, the trail climbs through the forest and then passes through the Tamang settlements before entering the Shivapuri National Park. You pass through the oak and rhododendron forest and walk all the way up to Chisapani. The trail is not steep but it is almost all the way uphill. Overnight in Chisapani.
Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang | 2470m
The trek continues towards Kutumsang passing through the classic villages and enjoying the fabulous mountain scenery. The trail is initially a decent as you cross-field and meadows but overall the trail takes you uphill and downhill. En route, you pass through Gul Bhanjyang, a Tamang and Gurung settlement. From there, you will start walking uphill and downhill again to arrive in Kutumsang. On a clear day, on the way, you might be able to see the Langtang Range. Overnight in Kutumsang.
Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati | 3690m
From Kutumsang, you make a steep climb through the rhododendron forests and pass through the few shepherd huts. The route then crosses Mere Danda (3510m) and descends to Magen Goth. On the way, you can admire the view of the Jugal Himal range, Numbur Himal Range and the fascinating Helambu valley. The last segment of today’s trek passes through dense forests, meadows, and streams before arriving at Thadepati. Overnight in Thadepati.
Trek from Thadepati to Phedi | 3630m
After Thadepati, the trail descends to a stream and ascends along a ridge through the juniper and rhododendron forest. After a brief stop at Ghopte, you continue the trek and ascend to reach Phedi. You will cross the Tadi Khola before arriving at Phedi. The trek is relatively easy and provides a nice view of the Lauribina Pass. Overnight in Phedi.
Trek from Phedi to Gosainkunda Lake | 4380m via Lauribina Pass| 4610m
Today, you climb on a rugged trail, pass four small lakes and reach the top of Lauribina Pass (4610m). You can see the first lake Surya Kunda on the pass. From the high ground, you can enjoy the remarkable view of the Manaslu(8163m), Langtang Lirung (7227m), and Ganesh Himal(7422m)and their mountain ranges. After descending down the pass, after a short walk, you arrive at Gosainkunda. Overnight in Gosainkunda.
Exploring the Lakes
There are a dozen lakes around the Gosainkunda basin. Among the many, Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda and Gosainkunda are the main lakes and receive the largest number of devotees. The lakes are considered holy and every year many pilgrims make a visit to pay homage to the lakes and the nearby temples. According to the legend, Lord Shiva created Gosainkunda when he pierced a glacier with his glacier in order to quench his thirst. From here, you can see the Langtang Range and Gaurishankar(7134m). Overnight in Gosainkunda.
Trek from Gosainkunda Lake to Shin Gompa| 3330m
From Gosainkunda, the trail descends down and then follows a flat track to reach Chandanbari. Here, you can visit the Shin Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery and learn about the history and influence of the monastery in the local regions. Later, you can also visit the famous yak cheese factory. The cheese manufactured here is considered as one of the finest cheese in Nepal. Overnight in Shin Gompa.
Trek from Shin Gompa to Dhunche| 1960m
Today is the last day of trekking. You say goodbye to Shin Gompa and descend all the way down through the dense oak, hemlock, and rhododendron forest. Later, you cross a few streams and continue the trek all the way to Dhunche, which is your final destination before going back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Dhunche.
Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu by private vehicle|Farewell Dinner
A private vehicle will pick you up from Dhunche Bazaar and then transfer you back to Kathmandu. You will spend most of the day on the road today. After checking into the hotel, you can head out for some souvenir shopping. Later in the evening, you join the group for a farewell dinner hosted by the company. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The 12 day trip comes to an end today. After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, our company representative will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you had a good time. Farewell!
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration of trek: 11
Max altitude: 4984m
Ethnic People: Tamang/Sherpa
Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodges/Guest House
Transportation: Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
Minimum Pax: 2
- Trek through the Langtang National Park and enjoy its bio-diversity
- Cross the Lauribina Pass (4610m) and witness the Himalayan scenery surrounding the pass
- Explore the holy lakes of Gosainkunda
- Experience both the Hindu and Buddhist culture on the journey