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    Nepal
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    Moderate
  • trekking
    Lodge to Lodge Trek
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    Private Transport+ Public Bus
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    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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    Lodge To Lodge
  • group
    Group Size: 1-16 Pax
  • altitude
    4610m.

About Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Gosaikunda lake trek offers magnificent mountain ranges, high Himalayan glacial lakes, religious monuments, vegetation, wildlife and many more. Gosaikunda also called Gosainkunda and is also called Silu. There are several sacred lakes like Gosainkunda lake, Bhairava Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Surya Kunda and more. This short trek in the Langtang national park is the nearest trekking destination from the Kathmandu valley.

The Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan massif and Langtang Himalayan ranges in one line look amazing from Lauribinayak during this short trek in Nepal. Colourful birds from the national park make your trekking melodious. You can also see the rare animals red panda on the Gosaikunda lake trek.

Gosaikunda is not just a mountain trek but is also a pilgrimage site for the Hindu religious people. There will be a big festival in Janai Purnima in August every year. Thousands of Hindu pilgrimages trek to Gosaikunda from the different parts of Nepal for this festival.

About a 6-hour bus drive from Kathmandu takes you to Dhunche through the hillside road to begin the Gosaikunda lake trek. After spending the first night in Dhunche, you trek to Thulo Syabru. Thulo Syabru is located on a hill station, from where you can see stunning mountain views, beautiful valleys, green hills and attractive landscapes. You go to Lauribinayak after Thulo Syabru on the second day of the trek. On the third day, you have great views of the Himalayas, zenith and vegetation. You might see a red panda during the forest walk today.

You reach above the tree line today in Lauribinayak. You can see unblocking views of Langtang, Tibetan mountains, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas from Lauribinayak with a beautiful sunset in the evening. After Lauribinayak, you trek to Gosaikunda, which is a short day walk today. You can spend a whole day watching the lake view and visiting the Hindu temple and shrines in Gosaikunda. There is a spring right above the lake, which is the beginning of the Trishuli river.

After spending a night in Gosaikunda, you trek back to Dhunche through Lauribinayak, Cholang Pati and Chandanbari. Dunche is your last night of the Gosaikunda trek, and then you drive back to Kathmandu with beautiful mountain memories of Nepal.

Best Time for Gosaikunda Trek

September to December and March to May are the best times for the Gosaikunda trek. There will be clean vision with fewer clouds in autumn. It will be clean visibility and dark green trees in the forests during trekking in autumn to the Gosaikunda. Although, the first two weeks of September might have some rainy days. October to December is the best time in autumn because of almost no rain and snow in the Gosaikunda region.

The forest in the Gosaikunda trekking region will be colourful in spring with blooming rhododendron. It is the second most popular trekking season in Nepal, so you can also trek to Gosaikunda lake from March to May. Although the beginning of March could have heavy snowfall sometimes, this makes it difficult to walk. And the end of May starts raining, so after the second week of March to the mid of May is a good time for the Gosaikundalake trek. The lakes in spring are frozen, so if you would like to see blue lakes, Go for a trek from September to December to Gosaikunda.

The trekking trail close to the Gosaikunda goes through the sides of the hills with narrow surfaces. Heavy snowfall in winter makes it difficult and dangerous around those areas. Also, the temperature will be freezing, so the winter is not recommended to trek to Gosaikunda. Summer is not bad, but the trails can be slippery and will be poor visibility. If you would like to see the festival in Gosaikunda, you can trek in August. The festival is always celebrated in August, but the dates can be different every year.

Trekking Equipment for Gosaikunda Trek

An important thing for the trek is a packing list. The Gosaikunda is a cold region, so you need to pack warm trekking gear for the trek. Check some essential trekking gear for the Gosaikunda trek below:

  • Duffel bag/Ruksack and daypack
  • Thermal layers
  • Fleece Shirt
  • Long and short sleeves trekking shirt
  • Windproof jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Trekking trousers
  • Windproof trouser
  • Trekking pole
  • Hiking boots
  • Sport shoes and water sandals
  • A few pairs of trekking socks
  • Multi uses power socket
  • Charging power bank
  • Quick drier towel
  • Rain gear
  • Head torch
  • Extra camera battery
  • Water bottle/camelback
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sun lotion
  • Moisturizers cream
  • Lip balm
  • Wet napkins
  • First-Aid kit
  • Toiletries

Gosaikunda Trek Difficulties

The Gosainkunda lake trekking is a moderate-level trek because of its elevation. Otherwise, it should be an easy trek. The entire trekking route is not difficult up to Cholangpati, but you might feel a little bit of difficulty breathing while climbing the Laurininayak hill and Gosaikunda lake hike.

A long drive through the hillside road on a public bus might be a boring journey, so you can hire private transportation if you feel uneasy on the public bus. There should be some landslides during the rainy season. So, it may take more hours than expected if the road has problems sometimes.

Accommodation, Food and Drink in Gosaikunda Trek

There are nice lodges along the way of the Gosaikunda lake trek. Accommodations in Dhunche and Thulo Syabru are better than in the other places, but guesthouses in the other places are also comfortable and clean. You can get the attached bathroom just in Dhunche and Thulo Syabru during the Gosaikunda trek.

You will have a food menu in every guesthouse with lots of different food items during the Gosaikunda trek. The foods are delicious and hygienic and are cooked by trained cooks. For the drinks, you can buy mineral water in the camps and along the way. You can also drink tap water, but do not forget to use water purification before you drink it.

Frolic Adventure arranges a professional well trained English speaking trekking guide for the Gosaikunda lake trek. We offer very reasonable costs for group trekkers and families and individuals. If you are interested in this beautiful trek in Nepal, you can contact us, so we operate this trek from Kathmandu every day.

Highlights of Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • Cultural heritage tour in Kathmandu.
  • Frozen lakes.
  • Stunning  Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Tibatan mountain range.
  • Tibetan villages.
  • Tamang culture, lifestyle, and daily activities.
  • Buddhist Monastery, Stupa and Hindu Temple.
  • Flora and fauna.
  • The rare red panda.
  • Yak cheese factory. 

Itinerary

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Upon our arrival at the Kathmandu international airport, we will pick up by a representative from Frolic Adventure with private transportation and transfer to the hotel. We have the trip meeting in our hotel with a manager from the company. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the arrival time
After our breakfast at the hotel, we will be ready for our cultural heritage tour in Kathmandu. A knowledgeable tour guide takes us to four cultural sites with private car/van/bus and briefs about the sites and more. Today we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey temple, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath than drive to the hotel and prepare and pack for the trek. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
We drive in the morning to Dhunche by the public bus. The bus stops for our early lunch in the local place and drives to Dhunche. Today our bus journey takes about 6 hours through hillside road. Dhunche is the district headquarter of Rasuwa where we spend of the first night of our trek. Overnight at the lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dhunche
  • Altitude: 1960m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Public Bus
  • Departure Time: 6:00 am
We trek on the proper road about 2 hours until Bharkhu and ascend through the pine, rhododendron, chestnut, oak, and other trees forest about another 2 hours to Bharabal. We stop for our lunch here and see the apple orchid. we also can see the potato farms here and trek about another hour and a half to Thulo Syabru. Thulo Syafru is on the hill from where we see unblocked Himalayan range, valley, green hills, and much more. Overnight at the lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Thulo Syabru
  • Altitude: 2250m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we have quite a long day ascending through pine and rhododendron forest with a great view and the sounds of the birds. We trek about three hours and reach to the little place, here we enjoy our lunch with the scenic view and trek another 2 hours through the forest to Cholangpati. After Cholangpati, we walk about 30 minutes and cross the tree line and reach Lauribinayak. We see the sunset view with the very long range of the mountains including the Manaslu which 8157 meters. Overnight at the lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lauribinayak
  • Altitude: 3910m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
We enjoy the morning sunrise view on the Himalayas and have our breakfast here than ascend to the little temple and stupa about half an hour. We see still attractive mountain range, valleys, villages, green hills, and much more from here than we trek on the easy trail after here. We see several holy lakes from this trail and reach to the most popular holy lake Gosaikunda. Overnight at the lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Gosainkunda
  • Altitude: 4380m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today we have our breakfast early and hike about 2 and a half hour to the Lauribina Pass and visit some lakes and stunning mountain views. After the summit, we hike back to the lodge, pack our stuff and trek downwards to Chandanbari passing Lauribinayak. We may visit a small monastery and the cheese factory here. This is the area where we may have the chance to see the red pandas. Overnight at the lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chandanbari
  • Altitude: 3330m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
We ascend steeply down for few hours to a small stream that coming from Gosainkunda and treks inside the forest following the stream. We pass the Himalayan mineral water factory before arriving Dhunche. Overnight at the lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dhunche
  • Altitude: 1960m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today we drive back to Kathmandu by bus on the same road what we were on the first-day drive from Kathmandu. After our arrival in Kathmandu, we take a few hours rest of the long journey of the bus ride and be ready for the dinner which invited by Frolic Adventure. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Public Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
Today we say goodbye to Nepal until our next visit. Frolic Adventure drops us with private transportation to the international airport for our final departure.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Home
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier from the departure flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights Accommodation in tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis.
  • Private car/van/bus and a guide for the cultural tour (60 USD extra).
  • All the ground transportations during the trip.
  • Your standard meals BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary paper works, national park entry permits, and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • Certificate of achievement
  • An arrangement of an emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • We help you to hire a Sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bags if you don't have (with extra cost)
  • Frolic Adventure invites you farewell dinner on last night.
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport  (Kathmandu). 
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in  Kathmandu.
  • All entry fees for heritage sites.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

Useful Info

How difficult is the Gosaikunda lake trek?

It is an easy trek, It can be a bit difficult when you trek to Gosaikunda from Lauribinayak.

Is Gosaikunda a family-friendly trek?

Yes, it is a family-friendly trek, so any family with kids can do this trek.

How long is the Gosaikunda trek?

It is a 6-day trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. You just walk for 4 days and 2 days for the drive.

Does Gosaikunda lake stay blue always?

No, It will be frozen in winter and spring. If you would like to see blue lake, you need to in in the other times than winter and spring.

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