Gosainkunda Lake Trek

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Gosainkunda Lake trek is one of the holiest and most sacred pilgrimage treks in Nepal. Situated just north of Kathmandu, this trek is close to the capital and easily accessible without a flight.

Gosainkunda Lake trek is suitable for those who wish to take the holy pilgrimage route as well as those seeking an adventure in the Himalayan mountain region. The Gosainkunda Lake trek offers stunning mountain ranges, the alpine villages of Tamang and the Sherpa people with their unique culture and traditions. The trails are well-established, with well-facilitated guesthouses along the way, a reason why the trek to Gosainkunda Lake is popular among pilgrimage trekkers.

The holy lake of Gosainkunda is entrenched in history, believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (trident) in the mountain to extract water, to cool his burning throat after swallowing poison. It is situated 4,380m above sea level and is also referred to as the frozen lake, due to its high altitude alpine location. There lies a large rock in the center of the lake, which is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine, people often claim that they see Shiva lying in the water. Thousands of devotees visit Gosainkunda during the full moon night of August to take a holy dip in the lake.

The Gosainkunda Lake trek begins with a scenic nine-hour drive from the capital city of Kathmandu to Dhunche, the large Tamang and Sherpa villages, with friendly locals of Tibetan origin. The trek then continues to Gosainkunda Lake passing through terrace farming lands, lush forests and crossing ancient monasteries and alpine yak pastures, sleeping in the well-facilitated lodges in the evenings. The mountain views from Gosainkunda Lake are breathtaking. On our way back we can either follow the same route to Dhunche or drive back to Kathmandu, or we can combine the Helambu region and trek all the way from Gosainkunda to Sundarijal crossing the amazing Lauribinala Pass.


  • Explore the charming terrace farming lands, Tamang villages, lush forests, and high Himalayan giants and snow ridges
  • Travel through one of the sacred pilgrimage sites of Shamans, the traditional witch doctors, as well as many Hindu and Buddhist devotees
  • Take a holy dip into the Gosainkunda lake to erase the sins that unknowingly in our lifetime.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1,350m):

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. Free for rest and refreshment, evening join the welcome dinner at a typical restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.  

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

After early breakfast, we take a scenic drive which will takes about 8 to 9 hours local bus or can drive by a private Land cruiser. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge in Dhunche from where we will have a majestic mountains view including Ganesh Himal, few peaks of Langtang range and the Tibetan peaks. Overnight at a lodge.  

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu to Dhunche

We take a hot breakfast at Dhunche and start ascending to Chandanbari via lush forests. Chandanbari is small town with few lodges and Monastery. The Cheese factory here is the oldest in Nepal. Overnight at a lodge. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dhunche to Chandanbari

After passing the Laurebina Yak the trail becomes much narrow & misty as well as change in vegetation too as the green vegetation becomes much deserted & rocky. From Laurebina Yak takes about 3 hours to reach to Gosainkunda from the top we will see the beautiful Himalayan Ranges. Overnight at a lodge. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chandanbari to Gosainkunda passing Laurebina Yak

Morning exploration of Gosainkunda, take a holy dip into the lake and start a pleasant hike to Chandanbari through fascinating villages. Overnight at a lodge.

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gosainkunda Lake back to Chandanbari

Enjoy walking on a narrow trail through the beautiful villages, meet the local people, and take pictures with them, experience their way of life. The day will be delightful day. Overnight at a lodge.

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chandanbari to Dhunche

After breakfast at Dhunche, we take a scenic drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu. Enjoy the drive watching the countryside. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.       

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dhunche to Kathmandu

Breakfast will be at hotel, whole day on your own doing shopping and leisure walk. In the evening join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, enjoy a meal with live culture show. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

After breakfast, we transfer you to international airport for your onward flight. Wish you have a safe and sound flight and hope to see you again in the future.


    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Necessary transportation from Kathmandu return trips.
    • Langtang and Gosainkunda National Park fee with trekking permits.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


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    If the group size is above 5 people we offer special prices on the above cost, and for online booking, we have easy, fast, cheap and secure online payment methods.

    Note: If the above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.


    How can I book Gosainkunda Lake trekking?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and a 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    How can I enter in Nepal?

    Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

    Can I do Gosainkunda Lake trekking?

    This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Gosainkunda Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in the good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

    When should I come for Gosainkunda Lake trekking?

    This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April, May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu?

    Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and before and after your trip. In our program, we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    Yes, you can join with group, we guarantee a series of fixed group departures dates for Gosainkunda Lake trekking. We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

    Do I need to join with group?

    It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which is best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according to your selecting the starting date.

    Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

    Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Gosainkunda Lake trekking is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 4500m walking through villages, rivers, green hills, and snow trails, so you need to have the right equipment with you. Click here to have more info

    What kind of meals I can have during the trip?

    All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

    Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

    Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?

    Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, one of our guides will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a placard of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

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