Gosaikunda Trek

Trek along gentle village trails to the crystal-clear holy lakes of Gosaikundu, rich in Hindu culture. 12 days.

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Gosaikunda Trek

Trek along gentle village trails to the crystal-clear holy lakes of Gosaikundu, rich in Hindu culture. 12 days.

The Gosaikunda trail in the Langtang National Park combines the renowned scenery of this rugged and remote region with the chance to see the holy high mountain lakes of Gosaikunda at 4300m. The lakes are believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he plunged his Trident into the glacier to extract water, many still believe that the black rock in the middle of the lake is Shiva’s head. This is an important place for shamans, Hindus, Buddhists and trekkers alike. The trail winds through rhododendron forests, glaciers and Sherpa villages, reaching small peaks with magnificent views over the Tibet and Nepal ranges, before reaching this tranquil, spiritual haven. Your spiritual adventure includes:

  • 10 days of trekking
  • 9 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Those looking to combine the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and alpine lakes with unique cultural heritage.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00 pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

You’ll finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you head to Dhuche tomorrow!

Day 2: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven along the North-Western hills of Kathmandu until you reach Dhuche. Whilst reasonable long, the drive offers views across the Himalayas as well as taking you through terraced fields and rustic villages to give you a feel for the mountain lifestyle. You’ll even be able to stop for lunch at the Trishuli Bazar.

6 hours of driving

Day 3: Syabrubesi - Thulo Syabru

Your first day of trekking takes it easy as you steadily climb to the Bamboo Lodge, where you will join the uphill trail that leads to the Sherpa village of Thulo Syabru (2210m). You will spend your first night in teahouses in the village.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Thulo Syabru - Laurebina

Today, you’ll have two main climbs; the first at the beginning of your day as you ascend to Dursagang (2550m), and the second at the end as you reach your overnight destination of Laurebina (3910m). Between this, the trail is relatively straightforward as you hike through rhododendron forests and across the ridge top. Upon reaching Laurebina, you will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung.

6 hours of hiking

Day 5: Laurebani – Gosaikunda

Today, you will climb to the goal of your trek, the crystal-clear Gosaikunda lake basin.

The trek will initially start quite steep, as you follow the trail, but the dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung will make every step worth it.

As you reach Gosaikunda (3480m), you will finally get your first views over the glacial lakes. Be sure to polish those camera lenses as it’s an amazing sight. According to legend, Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water. Some even say that the black rock in the middle of the lake is his head. You will spend the night in this tranquil basin, taking in the ambience of this spiritual place.

4 hours of hiking

Day 6: Exploring Gosaikunda

Aside from the undeniable beauty of the lakes, Gosaikunda is an extremely spiritual place for Buddhists and Hindus, so you’ll be able to take a day to explore the towns and surroundings before heading back.

Day 7: Gosaikunda - Ghopte

As you leave Gosaikunda, the trail becomes slightly more challenging as you hike towards the Laurebina La pass (4,610m). The descent from the pass is particularly steep, but levels out after a while as you reach Phedi (3500m). From here, you will hike through the forests and ravines before reaching Ghopte for the overnight.

6 hours of hiking

Day 8: Ghopte - Thadapati

Having left the big mountains behind, it is a short day of trekking through the alpine landscape before joining onto the Helambu circuit which leads to Tharepati (3690m).

4 hours of hiking

Day 9: Tadapati - Kutumsang (2470m) - 4hrs

Today is a comfortable day of trekking, as you follow the trail through Mangengoth, more forests and eventually to the Tamang village of Kutumsang (2470m). The village is nestled on top of terraced fields which offer the perfect viewpoint for your dinner.

4 hours of hiking

Day 10: Kutumsang - Chisopani

Your full day of trekking follows the crest of the ridge, bringing you to Gul Bhanjyang (2142m), Namche Danda (2453m) and, after a long descent down stop steps, Chipling (2165m). We will continue onto Chisopani, where you will spend your last night in the mountains, with exceptional views of the valleys, overshadowed by the snow-capped mountains in the distanced.

4 hours of hiking

Day 11: Chisopani - Sundarijal - 4hrs, drive to Kathmandu

Finish your last day in the mountains by watching the sunrise over the mountain views. When you’re ready, you will trek to the water reservoir of Sundarijal in the Shivapuri National Park – the end point of your trek.

Your private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you will have time to relax before a celebratory dinner with your team.

4 hours of driving

Day 12: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at locally run tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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Location

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The Gosaikunda lake is located in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, north of Kathmandu. Home to a whole host of natural beauties, you find yourself trekking through rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls, hot springs, and of course, magnificent views of the Himalayan mountain range. The lake itself is of religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists and sees thousands of pilgrims visit it during the Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima festivals.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 12.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable.)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 6 hours a day, gradually ascending to 4610m. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails, however there are some parts which are more challenging.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

When you trek in the mountains, there is always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

This trek can be taken at any time throughout the year depending on your preference. The warmer temperatures, clearer views and lack of monsoon season make September to November and March to May a particularly popular time to go on the trek. However, the winter period makes the lakes and views particularly idyllic - if you can stand the colder temperatures.

As the waters are considered holy and of particular significance during the Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima festivals, thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area in the summer months too.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

You will be provided with a local English-speaking guide, private vehicle and all of the entry fees to the sites and attractions.

The tour includes: - The Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site; - The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva; - Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in front of the royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom; - The historical Bhaktapur monument.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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