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
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.