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Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Explore the hallowed lake, stunning mountain ranges, alpine villages of Tamang, Sherpa and Tibetan people and their unique culture

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10 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 4380 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

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 is 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 Helambu region and trek all the way from Gosainkunda to Sundarijal crossing the amazing Lauribinala Pass.

Gosainkunda Lake trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Chandanbari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Chandanbari to Gosainkunda passing Laurebina Yak, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Gosainkunda Lake back to Chandanbari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Chandanbari to Dhunche, 4 to 5 hours.
Day 08: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu, nine hours drive.
Day 09: Kathmandu free day.
Day 10: Final departure.

Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Gosainkunda Lake Trek as a small group departure or a private trek, please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If 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.

Gosainkunda Lake Trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
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.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
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.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
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.

Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Chandanbari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
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.

Day 05: Trek from Chandanbari to Gosainkunda passing Laurebina Yak, 5 to 6 hours walking.
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.

Day 06: Gosainkunda Lake back to Chandanbari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
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.

Day 07: Trek from Chandanbari to Dhunche, 4 to 5 hours.
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.

Day 08: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu, nine hours drive.
After breakfast at Dhunche, we take a scenic drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu. Enjoy the drive watching the countryside. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Kathmandu free day.
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.

Day 10: Final departure.
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.

Service Includes

  • 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

Service Excludes

  • 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

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Gosainkunda Lake trekking: 

How can I book Gosainkunda Lake trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 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 none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, 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 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 bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Gosainkunda Lake trekking. We can arrange 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 are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting 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 right equipments 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 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 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 regarding about 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 play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Gosainkunda Lake trekking

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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