Gosaikunda Lake Trek offers magnificent mountain ranges, high Himalayan glacial lakes, religious monuments, vegetation, wildlife, and many more. Gosaikunda is also called Gosainkunda and is also called Silu. Several sacred lakes include Gosainkunda Lake, Bhairava Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Surya Kunda, and more. This short trek in the Langtang national park is the nearest trekking destination to the Kathmandu Valley.
In one line, the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan massif, and Langtang Himalayan range look excellent from Lauribinayak during this short trek in Nepal. Colorful birds from the national park make your trekking melodious. You can also see the rare animals red panda on the trekking trail to the Gosaikunda.
Gosaikunda is not just a mountain trek but is also a pilgrimage site for the Hindu religious people. There is a big festival in Janai Purnima in August every year. Thousands of Hindu pilgrimages trek to Gosaikunda from 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 Gosainkunda Lake Trek. After spending the first night in Dhunche, you trek to Thulo Syabru. Thulo Syabru is located on a hill station, 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, a short day walk today. You can watch the lake view and visit the Hindu temple and shrines in Gosaikunda. Spring is right above the lake, the beginning of the Trishuli River.
After 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 pure 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 colorful in spring with a 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 sometimes have heavy snowfall, this makes walking difficult. 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 want to see blue lakes, Go for a walk 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 want to see the festival in Gosaikunda, you can trek in August. The festival is always celebrated in August, but the dates can differ yearly.
Trekking Equipment for Gosaikunda Trek
An important thing for the trip is a packing list. The Gosaikunda is cold, so you must pack warm trekking gear. 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
- Sports 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 challenging up to Cholangpati, and you might have 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 tedious 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, sometimes, it may take more hours than expected if the road has problems.
Accommodation, Food, and Drink in Gosaikunda Trek
There are excellent lodges along the way to the Gosaikunda Lakes Trek. Accommodations in Dhunche and Thulo Syabru are better than in the other places, but guesthouses in the other locations are also comfortable and clean. You can get the attached bathroom in Dhunche and Thulo Syabru during the Gosaikunda Trek.
You will have a food menu in every guesthouse with many items during the Gosaikunda trek. The foods are delicious and hygienic and are cooked by trained cooks. You can buy mineral water for the drinks 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, trained English-speaking trekking guide for the frozen 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, and we operate this trek from Kathmandu every day.