- The famous holy lake of Gosainkunda
- Beautiful towering Himalayas along the trek
- Remote trekking route, less commercialized and less disturbed area
- Various traditional villages to experience different cultures
This Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a journey through the isolated Tamang villages with minimal effort and mostly in a peaceful environment. Gosainkunda Lake itself is an alpine freshwater lake located North of Kathmandu valley having several other smaller lakes around it. It is said that there are 106 lakes around the main Gosainkunda Lake.
Lauribinayal, a place before reaching Gosainkunda, provides excellent views at sunrise and sunset over the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. You can therefore look forward to getting here.
This trek is an ideal trekking route for trekkers looking for a moderate trek surrounded by peaceful nature. Lodges are relatively simple along the trek but have well-maintained rooms and great food everywhere.
Our Gosainkunda Lake trek is undoubtedly a beautiful trekking adventure. Please see the itinerary for day-by-day activities.
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport.
Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a private vehicle.
Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to the hotel.
Our first day starts with a long and tiring drive to Dhunche. The road takes us via North-Western region of Kathmandu valley following beautiful scenery and villages along the route.
We will stop in Trisuli or Kalikasthan for a quick local lunch and proceed further towards Dhunche for overnight stay. The road specially after Kalikasthan looks thrilling because of landslides there during monsoon season.
The trail passes through beautiful forests of high Hilly regions with some occasional sights of blossoming rhododendron flowers and beautiful crystal waterfalls falling from the top of the hills.
We will also have some sights of villages situated on the cliffs of rocky mountains along the drive. This is the first impression of Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. Soon we will reach Dhunche; a small town with few lodges made for travelers visiting this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We will enjoy our first breakfast out of the town. Usually, meals in the villages are a lot better than meals in the cities. Village meals are prepared fresh using locally available spices and tastes fresh.
Enjoy mouth watering breakfast here. We will then pack our stuffs and start ascending uphill trail leaving Thulo Syabru village behind. Gosainkunda Trekking is one of the nicest natural treks of Nepal. The trails are not totally commercialized and it's not crowded like Annapurna and Everest routes.
Chandanbari hosts one of the oldest Yak cheese factories of Nepal. We can taste some locally made cheese during the season. We will find a lodge for overnight stay. The views from Sing Gompa are awesome, enjoy the peaks in the horizon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We have another short day however it may be difficult for many trekkers due to high altitude. We will start the trek with gentle uphill then enter inside dense pine forests. The forest gives occasional sights of endangered Himalayan red panda.
Continuing further will take us to Cholangpati; our first tea stop today. We will then start slightly difficult walking trekking before we reach Lauribinayak for overnight stay. Lauribinayak gives impressive reasons of doing Gosainkunda Lake Trekking. We will reach Lauribinayak by lunch time. We will enjoy lunch here and walk around the village. We can hike to top of the hill if interested. The views on the Langtang valley valley is impressive.
Sunset over Ganesh Himal and Langtnag Himalayan range looks amazing. The Himalayan peaks look very close from here. We will stroll around the village and stay overnight here. High altitude can cause basic to mild headaches here, please consult with your guide if you have any symptoms here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We will enjoy another fresh meal in the Himalayas before commencing the trek. The trek starts with highly steep and difficult uphill climbing till we reach top of Lauribinayak hilltop. Lauribinayak hilltop is the perfect point for 360 degree views around the mountains.
You will have perfect views of Himalayan peaks, green hills, villages and towns in the horizon, river, waterfalls and forests as well. It's perfect place to have some rest. Well, we will continue further via stone cliffs and tiny trail towards Gosainkunda Lake; our main destination. The trail is mostly gentle uphill with occasional short downhill walk. As we enter towards the gorge we will have closer sound of water coming out of the lake; it's sign that we are close.
Walking further will give us views of lodges nearby the lake; that's our place for overnight stay. We will look for our look and then stroll around the lake and hills around the lake. You can walk around the village, take pictures and enjoy this amazing place. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We reached our main destination of Gosainkunda Trekking and now it's time to leave Gosainkunda Lake and approach for a new destination. The trail is gentle uphill from Gosainkunda Lake until we reach Gosainkunda Pass also known as Lauribinayak Pass (4,610M). Gosainkunda Pass is also the highest point of our route. The pass can be easily pointed. It is covered with lots of praying flags and situated on top of a hill.
We will see Gosainkunda in one side and our upcoming route in another side. It's amazing to be here. From here the trail descends down towards Phedi.
We will then reach Ghopte (3,430M) and continuing further from Phedi will take us to Mera Kharka for overnight stay. Only one lodge is available in Mera Kharka, if we are unable to find room here then we may need to walk further to Tharepati for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We enjoy breakfast in the middle of the forest and start climbing gentle uphill before we reach another small pass called Tharepati. Tharepati is also popular as a view point for peaks of Langtang region.
The whole trail after Tharepati is downhill. We will be passing via different small settlements of local people. First, we will reach Mangingoth where we will enjoy our lunch.
Continuing downhill further from Mangingoth will take us to Kutumsang for overnight stay. It's another small town with few lodges or traveler's facilities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We are finishing our trek shortly. Today is our second last day of the trek. We will enjoy hot breakfast in Kutumsang before we descend down towards Chisapani village. The trail is mostly downhill but involves steep climbing just before reach Chisapani.
Chisapani is one of the popular hill stations near Kathmandu valley. This place serves lots of local tourists as well. From Kutumsang we will be passing via different villages such as Jogini Danda, Gul Bhanjyang, Thotung Danda, Chhipling and Patibhanjyang before reaching Chisapani for overnight stay. This is our last night in the Himalayas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We are concluding Gosainkunda Lake Trek today. We will walk few hours to conclude the trek. The trail from Chisapani to Sundarijal is mostly downhill. We will start the trek with gentle uphill before we reach Borlang Bhanjyang (2,438M) then we will descend down towards Sundarijal. We will pass via a village called Mul Kharka along the way where we may stop for our lunch. Descending further down we will reach Sundarijal which is a town inside Kathmandu valley.
There is no more pain for our legs, our vehicle will be waiting for us here. We will then drive to our hotel where we will conclude our trip. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Gosainkunda Lake Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal.
If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal. See you again! (Breakfast)
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Kathmandu - Dhunche transportation by local bus together with staffs
- Sundarijal - Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle according to the group size
- All meals [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cups of hot drinks] during the trek
- Accommodation on cozy / small tea houses as per the itinerary
- Langtang and Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable and transferable in any means if you leave the trek voluntarily)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section