- Explore five lakes including Gosainkunda, a religious and holy lake of Nepal
- Spectacular view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung
- Trek through pine and rhododendron forest and different flora and fauna on the way
The Gosainkunda trek begin from Dhunche with spectacular views of Langtang Himalaya (7245m), Ganesh Himal (7405m), Dorje Lhakpa (6990m) and other small mountains of the Langtang Himalayan range.
The Gosainkunda trek takes you through beautiful topography and geology, together with varied climatic conditions of Langtang National Park, giving a wide range of vegetation types (including a sub-tropical forest). The Gosainkunda area is covered with 108 holy Lakes. Culturally the area is a mix of several ethnicities including Tamang, Sherpa, Cherti and Brahman people.
The Gosainkunda trek follows a rough trail with dramatic views towards of Mt. Himal Chuli (7893meter), Mt. Manaslu (8156meter) and Mt. Ganesh Himal (7406m). On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung, the Langtang Range's highest mountain with its 7227 meters.
After reaching Laurebina La we cross a small ridge and have our first views of the holy Gosainkunda lakes. In the Gosainkunda region there are numerous lakes. The main three are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. According to the legend, Shiva created Gosainkunda when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed poison that threatened to destroy the world.
Please see the itinerary for a day-by-day route.
Day 01: Drive to Dhunche [1950m][6-7 hrs Drive]
Dhunche is at the north of Kathmandu valley. It takes about 6-7 hours drive to reach Dhunche from Kathmandu. On the way we pass many famous towns. Dhunche is the capital of Rasuwa district and this is the town inside of Langtang National Park.
Day 02: Dhunche to Sing Gompa [3,254m][4-5 hrs walk]
After breakfast, we will start trek to Sing Gompa, The tracks is steeply up with rhododendron, pine forest and banyan trees which will take 4-5 hours to reach sing Gompa. We also pass army base camp on the way. We also found different species of birds and wild animal on the way. When we reach the Sing Gompa, we will see the monastery, famous yak cheese factory lunch by Nepal Government.
Day 03: Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda [4,336m][5-6hrs walk]
We will head towards Gosaikunda from Sing Gompa. After walking 5-6 hours, we will reach the holy pond Gosaikunda and stay overnight over there. The track is steeply up and on the way, we can see lots of mountain range such as Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan range and Langtang. Mostly pilgrimage travel on June when there is festival janaipurnima but trekkers will trek all the time in year.
Day 04: Gosaikunda to Ghopte [2,680m][7-8 hrs walk]
We will start to decline from Gosaikunda. From the Gosaikunda the trek go to northeast after the hour we will reach to the lauribina la pass. After this, the track will be heading down hill till we reach Phedi. After crossing the Phedi, the treks ascend and descend to reach Ghopte. Ghopte is small but beautiful place there are only two teahouse and we will stay overnight on the teahouse. After walking 7-8 hours, we will reach Ghopte.
Day 05: Ghopte to Kutumsang [2,470m][7-8 hrs walk]
The trek will start after breakfast. For the first 20 minutes, the trail will go steeply down and up and descend till tharepati. We can see best mountain view from this place. On this trail we can see lots of wild animal one of them is red panda (endangered species) and the track is steeply down with dense forest of oak, pine and different types of rhododendron to reach to kutumsang. Kutumsang itself is a large village so there will be many choices available regarding lodging and food. You will mainly find Tamang people around there.
Day 06: Kutumsang to Chisapani [2,200m][6-7 hrs walk]
The trek will start after breakfast. Again we have to walk through the forest descend to till Gulbhangang then the track will go upward till next hill we passes different villages terraces and jungle also we can see the culture lifestyle of the local people. Again we will head down to Patibhangang. from Patibhangang it will took half an hour to reach chisapani (in nepali it means cold water). We can see lots of mountain range from chisapani. Chisapani is the small village but its location is amazing.
Day 07: Chisapani to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu [3-4 hrs walk & 45 minutes drive]
After breakfast at chisapani we will head toward Shivapuri National Park and walk about 1 hour to reach top of the hill. Again we will head descend to Sundarijal. If we are lucky, we can see lots of animal on the way. The sundarijal is the one of the important source of water for the Kathmandu valley and there is one of the oldest hydropower of Nepal.