Gosainkunda Lake Trek
For those that are in search of tranquility and solitude; the Gosainkunda lake trek will definitely exceed your expectations. Tantalizing views of the snow-laden mountains along with religious hymns and a chilling sense of liveliness is what builds the Gosainkunda lake trek and furthermore, prepares for a spiritual awakening too. Traversing through the Langtang National Park, the Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a brilliant depiction of the beauty of the region.
The trek commences in Kathmandu and after exploring the major UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley; then we prepare the necessary equipment and documents. Afterward, an 8-hour drive takes us to Dhunche with picturesque views of the Trishuli River, green hills, and far away mountains along the way. From Dhunche, we begin the long walk to Thulo Syabru. The route amazes us with a delightful display of wilderness and slight glimpses of Tamang settlements. The trail gets a bit steep and uphill on the trail to Lauri Binayak. The views of the Annapurna and Langtang Himalayan range further invigorate us.
Walking along mountain-side cliffs and desolate land ultimately leads us to the Gosainkunda Lake. The lake sits on the base of mountains and its water feed the Trishuli River. This place is a pilgrimage hub and you can see people busy in prayers here. The lake has a religious history that dates back to Lord Shiva. After exploring the lake, we begin our way back. We head towards Chandanbari and along the way, we can see local people and fellow trekkers. The descending trail demands full attention and we take a breather at Shin Gompa. From Chandanbari, we again back at Dhunche. Then we will take a vehicle, to drive back to Kathmandu.
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- Breathtaking scenery of the Gosainkunda Lake.
- Awesome views of the Annapurna, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal ranges.
- Explore the Langtang National Park an opportunity to catch sights of the Red Panda and other rare animals.
- Experience the Tamang culture and lifestyle.
- Take a sightseeing tour around the culturally enriched Kathmandu Valley.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival at TIA (Tribhuban International Airport), a company representative will transfer you to the trip hotel. You can relax and refresh at the hotel. Later, you participate in a trek briefing at with our members of the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
On this day, you explore the UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites around Kathmandu, namely: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu is a melting pot of various religions, cultures, and beliefs; hence, you can find numerous monuments belonging to various cultures here. These heritages of religious and cultural significance represent the true spirit of the valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara | 820m
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll embark on a road journey west of Kathmandu to Pokhara City. Pokhara is a touristic city which lies 141km west of Kathmandu. You’ll drive through Prithvi Highway along the massive Trishuli River, lush forested hills, and colorful towns en route. The scenic ride will offer an experience of riding through the serpentine roads of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you’ll be welcomed with the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m). Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul | 2 Hrs and trek to Ulleri | 1960m | 4-5 Hrs
A 1.5hr drive northwest of Pokhara through Baglung Highway facilitates quick access to Nayapul. Nayapul serves as the gateway to the Annapurna Conservation Area along with being the start point of the trek. After a brief rest, you begin the trekking. The continuous uphill hike takes you through Birethanti, Lamdawali, Sudame, and Hile villages en route. After lunch at Hile, you’ll continue the trek and head towards Ulleri..
Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani | 2880m | 4-5 Hrs
You’ll begin the trek by taking on the stone steps heading out of the Ulleri village. It can prove to be a difficult affair for most trekkers, however, with enough rests in-between you can easily complete the hike. The neatly-adjusted stone steps lead directly to the village of Ghorepani which offers a magnificent panorama of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna massif. You’ll cross Banthanti and Nangethanti villages en route. Overnight stay at Ghorepan.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill for sunrise | 3193m | 1 Hr. and trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani | 2630m | 5-6 Hrs.
An easy, short hike from Ghorepani will take you to Poon Hill. Poon Hill is a hilltop located 1hr from Ghorepani. You’ll wake up early and hike up to the local watchtower at Poon Hill to enjoy the beautiful sunrise along with the majestic panorama of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himalchuli, and Dhaulagiri peaks. After a brief stop at Poon Hill, you’ll hike down to Ghorepani for the breakfast and head towards Tadapani village through the lush Rhododendron forests. Overnight stay at Tadapani Leaving Tengboche, the trail descends to Debuche village. Trail from there goes through beautiful rhododendron forest. Cross Imja Khola and walk towards Pangboche along a myriad of monasteries along the way. Pangboche also offers a great view of Ama Dablam (6856m). Walking along a scenic trail, you will arrive at the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk | 1960m | 5-6 Hrs
You’ll leave Tadapani and continue up the trail following the rhododendron forest towards Ghandruk. The trail lies inside Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) so, you can witness the rich vegetation of the area. Ghandruk lies to the southeast of Tadapani. You’ll make a brief stop at Bhaisi Kharka for lunch and then continue trekking towards Ghandruk. Overnight stay at Ghandruk.
Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara | 820m | 2 Hrs
Ghandruk serves as the headquarters of Annapurna Conservation Area. The area is known for preserving the ethnic culture, tradition, and lifestyle of indigenous Gurung tribe. You can choose to visit the local Gurung museum and hike to the nearby temple before heading down to Nayapul. A short downhill hike through the stone steps will take you down to Nayapul from where you can catch the commute back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
You’ll bid farewell to Pokhara city and make your way back to Kathmandu. The majestic view of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Annapurna I (8091m) will be clearly visible while you depart. The long drive will take you through the lush forested hills, gorges, and towns along the Trishuli River. Once at Kathmandu, you will check in at the hotel. Our representative will come to pick you up in the evening for the farewell dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Gosainkunda Lake Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
What are the physical requirements for Gosainkunda Lake Trek?
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
Is there any Bank or ATM facility during Gosainkunda Lake Trek?
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Gosasinkunda lake trek?
Do I need insurance before the Gosainkunda Lake Trek?
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Gosainkunda Lake Trek?
Gosainkunda Lake Trek is possible for whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to May) and autumn Season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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