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Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek

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  • 17 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 5000m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Visit beautiful Langtang Valley.
  • Breathtaking Himalayas view of Mt Ganesh, Mt Langtang, and Mt Annapurna.
  • Walking through the beautiful valley of Langtang national park and the flora and fauna.
  • Exploring Sherpa and Tamang culture and lifestyle.
  • Exploring an ancient Buddhist monastery in Kyanjing Gompa.
  • Visit Holy Gosaikunda Lake, Parbati lake and Sarowsoti Lake, etc.
  • Bath in natural hot springs
  • Taste the homely-made yak cheese from the cheese factory at Kyanjin Gompa.

Overview of Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda trek is an exciting trek in the Langtang region that is full of adventure. The perfect blend of the two finest destination regions in Langtang, which are Langtang Valley itself and the mindblowing Gosaikunda Lake, makes this trek one of the most wonderful trekking experiences in the Langtang region of Nepal. Situated in the northeast part of central Nepal, Langtang Valley is like the sanctuary of the Himalayas. The trial also takes us to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake, a beautiful glacier lake in the Himalayas.

The trek to Langtang Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys, provides us with the chance to experience deep gorges, rocky stone, pine forests, and yak pastures and observe a grand perspective of the enticing attractions of the Tibetan tribe Buddhist religion with fascinating monasteries grace the landscape, blending into the majestic visions all around with charming picturesque villages, multi-coloured hillside terraces, serene valleys and mesmerising glaciers of the highest summits.

Gosaikunda Lake, north of Kathmandu, is relatively remote and thinly populated. Gosaikunda, a glacier lake, is the most famous, with several other lakes adjoining it. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during a full-moon festival in August, and Hindu people believe that the god Mahadev (Shiva), intoxicated by grief due to his wife’s (Parbati) death, felt thirsty, so he hit the stone with his holy stick, thus creating the lakes. In the same place, Lake Gosaikunda originates and Hindu people believe that the image of Mahadev can be seen on the middle surface of the water. The lake is also sacred to Buddhists.

Langtang is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal because of the beautiful forests and fascinating villages of Sherpas and Tamang, with a richness of wildlife, waterfalls, and the chance to bathe in hot springs. Langtang region offers excellent views of Mountains that include Langtang, the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh, Gaurishanker, Rolwaling range, and even Everest on a clear day. This trek is a pleasant and exciting journey, a time to relax and become occupied in the beauty of the Himalayas.

The Langtang Gosaikunda trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu Valley. This 13-day trek itinerary comprises Langtang National Park, Langtang Valley, villages, and Gosaikunda lakes. The trek’s starting point is Syabrubesi, after a drive from Kathmandu Valley, and the trek ends in Dhunche, where you get a drive back to Kathmandu.

Despite being just a week-long trek, the region, scenic beauty, and the experience are regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and memories that will last for a lifetime. This trek is essential not only for a fresh break and excellent memories but also to clean the spirits and inhale the fresh air of Langtang Valley, which will erase your tiredness and fatigue from the everyday working day.

Where is Gosaikunda Lake located?

Gosaikunda Lake is a religious place in the Langtang National Park. It is famous for its clear blue oligotrophic water, scenic beauty, and panoramic view of some of the tallest mountains in the world. It is located at an elevation of over 4,380 m in the Rasuwa district and is considered one of the best trekking destinations for local and foreign people.

Gosaikunda Lake has been announced as a Ramsar site, highly prioritised for conservation and its surroundings. The lake, along with the Gosaikunda Lake Complex, is a dedicated attraction for tourists worldwide.

During the winter, the lake remains frozen; during the summer, it melts with the river flowing to and from the Trishuli River. The Gosaikunda Lake Complex is significant as it spreads across 2500 acres, consisting of all the nearby lakes. There are over 100 lakes near the Gosaikunda Lake, and all of them fall under the conservation plan of the Gosiakunda Lake Complex.

The religious significance of Gosaikunda Lake

Along with being a popular tourist destination for foreigners looking for trekking routes in Nepal, Gosaikunda has crucial religious significance as it has been listed as a sacred site. According to Hindu Mythology, Gosakunda is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Gauri or Shiva Parbati.

In Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva drank the poison from the Kallkut Naag during the battle of Samundramanthan, which is believed to be the origin of Gosaikunda, and the said battle took place in the Gosaikunda. Due to these religious beliefs, hundreds of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the site to bathe in the lake.

Another belief is that anyone who bathes in Gosaikunda Lake will have their sins cleared and all their diseases cured. The lake’s water is also considered holy for festivals like Janai Purnima and Gangadashahara. Furthermore, another belief is that the Kumbheshwor temple complex springs mix with the water of Gosaikunda, so the old and disabled people who cannot go towards Gosaikunda can visit the Kumbeshwor temple instead.

Gosaikunda is crucial not only for the Brahmin caste but also for Newars in Nepal. They have named the religious site Silu and have also released a film and song giving the honor to the prestigious destination.

Hence, Gosaikunda is much more important than just another trekking destination as there are various cultural, traditional, and religious importance attached to the site.

Festival Days in Gosaikunda

Nepal is a country of several festivals, all celebrated with equal happiness and enthusiasm. Gosaikunda is a religious site where people of different castes, customs, and traditions celebrate many festivals. One of the important festivals that is celebrated in Gosaikunda is the Janai Purnima festival.

Janai Purnima is a significant Hindu and Buddhist festival in Nepal and is celebrated in August. Since Purnima means full moon, the festival is celebrated on the full moon day of August, as many people who have already conducted their Bradhmandh ceremony will exchange their Janai.

Many Pilgrims from Nepal and India travel to either Gosaikunda or Kumbeshowor temple to bathe in the sacred lake, exchange sacred white thread Janai, and tie a holy yellow thread in their right hand, locally called Doro.

Generally, Janai Purnima and Raskhya Bhandhan fall on the same day, which makes the festive mood even bigger and better as sisters tie Rakhi in their brother’s hand on the bank of the lake.

Since Gosaikunda is also regarded as the abode of Shiva and Gauri, it becomes very crowded during the occasion of Mahashivaratri. The pilgrims from around the world visit the place to worship the giant Shiva statue in the middle of the religious site.

Major Attractions of Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Gosiakunda Lake Trek is one of the shortest treks among other trekking destinations in Nepal. Still, they are equally enjoyable to locals and foreigners with different cultures and traditions. There are many places of attraction that you can explore while going on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek.

Let’s look at some of the major attractions of Gosaikunda Lake Trek.

Langtang National Park

Gosaikunda Lake is in the middle of Langtang National Park in the Langtang Region. The park is over 3500m sea level, and the highest peak of the National Park, called Langtang Lirung, lies over 7250m. It is located on the northern side of Kathmandu, Nepal, and you must travel just 30 km to reach it. You can visit several other places from Langtang National Park, like Chimse Dada, Ganja la Pass, and Helambu Circuit, all of which lie in the surroundings of Langtang National Park.

Dhunche

Dhunche is another small village located at a height of over 2320m. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Dhunche by bus as your bus moves forward from the bank of Trishuli River. The scenic route is lovely as you approach small settlements, barren landscapes, and constantly turning trails. In the evening, you will reach Dhunche, and within some time, you will become mesmerised by the small village’s beauty and the stunning view of the mountains around the town. It is the headquarters of Rasuwa and is the gateway to the Gosaikunda.

Chandanwari

Chandanwari is another small town on the way toward Gosaikunda from Dhunche. You will first trek towards Deurali, where you take a break, and then move towards Chandanwari village. It would be best to ascend for several hours to reach the town before reaching your destination. To go to Chandanwari, you must hike uphill on a path filled with pine forests. After reaching Chandanwari, you will have plenty of time to explore the place. You can visit an old monastery and a famous Yak Cheese factory in the region, where you can also taste the fresh dairy products made from Yak.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

After you touch down at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airstrip in Nepal, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Freshen up and meet with the representative for the orientation of the upcoming trek. During your free time, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day

Today we prepare for the trek and check the last-minute checklist for trekking gear and if needed shopping around Thamel. After lunch visit Kathmandu UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive to Syabrubesi 1467m

Our journey starts with an early morning scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syaphru Besi in a jeep. We drive through the highways of Trishuli valley. On the way, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt Annapurna, Manaslu, and other peaks. We will be able to see beautiful scenery along the way from rivers, terraced fields, and villages.

The smooth road is up to Trishuli Bazaar, then the road becomes a little rougher as it ascends to Dhunche and drops back down to Syabrubesi, a beautiful bazaar town with much to explore including riverside hot springs where you can relax. This journey takes you about 7 to 8 hours of driving. We stay overnight in Syabarubesi (1460m)

Day 4Trek to Lama Hotel 2748m

Our trek officially starts from Syaphru Besi. Heading towards the Lama Hotel, we will cross the Bhote Koshi via a suspension bridge. We follow the Langtang river through the forested trails of oak and Rhododendrons passing the landslide area. Then we will climb to Bamboo and ascend to reach Rimche, located at the bank of the Langtang River. This amusing walk through the forests offers a superb chance to explore the rich biodiversity and wildlife of the region. From Rimche, we pass through the rural settlement and trek shortly further to Lama Hotel. We stay overnight at Lama Hotel (2470m)

Day 5Trek to Langtang Village 3500m

We continue our trek from Lama Hotel. The trek leads us further into the Langtang valley today as we walk alongside the lush green landscape to reach Ghoda Tabela. Once we reach Ghoda Tabela, we will be treated to a mesmerizing view of the Langtang Himal Range. Chortens and Mani walls will be plentiful on the trail today offering a succinct taste of the culture of the locals. We continue past prayer wheels driven by flowing water and prayer flags to scenic Langtang where there was once a large settlement of mostly Tamang people with a nearby monastery. Our overnight stay will be at the Tamang village of Langtang valley (3540m).

Day 6Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3800m

Today is an easy hiking day to Kyanjin Gompa. The village’s main attraction is the monastery of the same name. Besides the monastery, the village has its own yak cheese factory. Not only that, but this village also homes the largest mani wall in the country. Enjoy the views of Kyanjin Ri, Tserko Ri, Langtang Lirung, and other peaks in the Langtang Region.

Day 7Climb Tserko Ri 5000m and Back to Kyanjun Gompa 3800m

We continue our trek as we pass through small abandoned villages and meadows. We will walk thread past the lush forests of Langtang National Park towards Kyanjing Gompa. The wide valley offers far-reaching panoramas. The route crosses several tributaries and a glacial moraine and then finally we arrive at what once was the biggest settlement of our journey, a place known as Kyanjing Gompa named after the nearby, ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa.

Today’s trek is mostly an ascent, albeit a gentle one as we start by heading out of the village. We will enjoy some stunning views of the icefall along Kyanjin Ri as well as Langtang Lirung (7,246m) today. Kyajo Ri is a spectacular viewpoint located right above the north side of the settlement where you can see amazing views of the Himalayas. Today we will stay overnight at Kyanjing Gompa (3850m)

Day 8Rest and exploration day at Kyanjing Gompa (3850m)

Today we will not go further, we spend the whole day exploring the upper Langtang valley. The high-elevation landscape is broad and offers many views and opportunities to approach the mountains and associated glaciers more closely. There is much to see and do as we enjoy a day of exploring the area. There is an optional hike to Tsherko Ri (5000m) for those who are willing and able.

The viewpoint of Tserko Ri(5000m) is where you can take the most iconic photos of beautiful Himalayan range peaks like Langtang Lirung (7227m), Langtang II (6596m), Yala peak (5500m). We descend back to Kyanjin Gompa by late evening and visit the yak cheese factory. We will get an opportunity to taste local cheese and curd. We stay overnight at Kyanjing Gompa.

Day 9Trek down from Kyanjing Gompa (3850m) to Lama Hotel (2470m)

We will begin our trek after having breakfast and enjoying the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Following the same trail follow to the Langtang Khola to reach Langtang and after that to Ghodatabela where we register ours exist at the army check post. After lunch, we will continue our descent through the dense forest of the river valley to the Lama Hotel. We will stay overnight at Lama Hotel (2470m).

Day 10Trek to Thulosyapru village (2210m)

We descend to the bank of Langtang Khola and cross a small waterfall. We hike along the Langtang river past lush forests of bamboo and birch and terrace farms. We cross a suspension bridge to reach the bottom of the Thulosyapru village spread out along the ridgeline with great views of the peaks to the north. It is easier to walk down rather than go up. We stay overnight at Thulosyapru village (2210m).

Day 11Trek to Sing Gompa (3300m)

From Thulosyapru village we gradually ascend after passing the Langtang National Park army checkpoint within half an hour of uphill trekking to reach Daragang. The trail gets less steep from here through the forest of hemlock and oak you may also get a chance to spot the rare red panda. Then we pass the forest of Rhododendrons and spruces. Reach Dhimsa and half hours from Dhimsa then trek to Sing Gompa to Cholangpati, where we will stop for the night and visit the famous cheese factory.

Day 12Trek to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m)

Today we will explore one of the major highlights of the trek with the hike to Gosaikunda Lake. Climbing up from Sing Gompa we will be greeted by mesmerizing Langtang Himal (7324m), the most popular peak in the entire Langtang range. As we climb higher we will witness more mountains on the horizon; the majestic Langtang Himal, followed by Ganesh, and even the Annapurnas on the west horizon.

After a few hours of walking, we will reach Laure Binayak where we will take a break before beginning the uphill climb to Gosaikunda. After some hours of trekking on the sloppy trail, we will be able to see beautiful waterfalls and lakes Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda, both formed by water from Gosaikunda. We will spend the afternoon exploring the holy lake and relaxing in the peaceful setting enjoying the view. In the evening, we will head to the village on its north side for an overnight stay.

Day 13Trek from Gosaikunda (4380m) to Ghopte (3440m)

After viewing the beautiful sunrise from Gosaikunda, we will start our trek for the day to the village of Ghopte. We will do the Lauribina La pass first which is also the highest point of our trek. Crossing three small lakes on the way, we will start our uphill rocky climb to Lauribina Pass. Once at the top, you can have an incredible 360-degree view of rocky hills and snow-capped mountains touching the horizon. After spending some time in the Pass, we will start our descent to the village of Ghopte. Rest for the day in a lodge once you are in Ghopte.

Day 14Trek to Kutumsang (2470m)

Our trek for today is the most challenging one as we walk on a challenging train passing through Rhododendron and pine forests in a remote unpopulated area before we arrive at the peaceful highland setting of Tharepati. From here we climb down gently through the forest on the western slope of the ridge. The trek is refreshing and walking down the ridge we can have a spectacular view of DorjeLakpa and Shisha Psangma (8027 m) mountains.

Then the descent gets steeper and leads through a forest to Magin Goth (3265m). After a short walk, we will cross Kuala Bhanjyang ( 3335m) and go on a long descent through a Rhododendron forest to finally reach the village of Kutumsang (2470m) at the mountain lodge.

Day 15Trek from Kutumsang (2470m) to Chisapani (2215m)

Chisapani is one of the most popular day hike selections from Kathmandu. This trekking route includes this amazing destination as it promises many scenic, natural, and cultural delights. One can say that these trails highlight the beauty of the Helambu region as a whole. We will walk up and down the green hills to reach the natural viewpoint of Chisapani. We can have a fantastic view of the far and wide hills and mountains from here. This Picturesque setting is perfect for losing yourself and plunging into Nature’s lap in Nepal. Overnight at a hotel in Chisapani.

Day 16Trek from Chisapani (2215m) to Sundarijal (1310m) and drive back to Kathmandu

Our last day of the trek starts with an amazing sunrise view from your hotel in Chisopani. After a few minutes’ walk from Chisopani, we will reach the Shivapuri National Park checkpoint. As we continue we will pass through multiple settlements where you can make brief stops to try some of the local snacks. After reaching Sundarijal, you will take a private cab back to your hotel in Kathmandu. And the Langtang Gosaikunda trek ends here.

Day 17Final Departure

The trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Departure Date

Sep 23, 2023

Booking Available (17 Days)
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Mar 27, 2023

Booking Available (17 Days)
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Additional Information

Permits Needed for Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Despite being a short and sweet trek for local and foreign people, you still need the permit to make the trek legal. You need two permits to be valid for the trek. First, you must have all the required documents, such as a passport, visa, and travel insurance. You must apply for the TIMS card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit to trek around Gosaikunda. The Langtang National Parke Entry Permit can be issued in the Nepal Tourism Board Office, Kathmandu, or Dhunche by paying appropriate costs.

 

FAQs

What is the cost of issuing Langtang National Park Permit?

For foreign nationals, Langtang National Park entry permits cost $30, whereas for SAARC citizens, it costs $15. Both costs are not VAT inclusive; for children under 10, entry is free.

What is the best season of Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

The best season of the Gosaikunda trek is summer and autumn when there is no probability of rain, landslides, floods, or blizzards.

How many hours per day do I have to walk during the Gosaikunda trek?

The Gosaikunda trek is quite challenging and lies at a very high altitude in the remote region, so you must walk at least five hours daily.

How many days does it take to complete the Gosaikunda trek?

It generally takes 4 to 5 days to complete the Gosaikunda Lake Trek, one of Nepal’s shortest treks.

Is there a risk of altitude sickness during the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

Gosaikunda Lake Trek takes you to an altitude of over 4000m, which means there is a chance of altitude sickness, so you have to be careful while ascending to the next destination.

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