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Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu

Langtang National Park

Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu

Duration :   5 Days 4 Nights
The Price :   $499.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-85

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Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu is an affordable and quick adventure trek available from the capital of Nepal. For those unaware, Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake located at 4380 m of Langtang National Park in Nepal. The trek is also rated as moderately easy and has thus been completed by travelers of different ages and fitness levels.

 

Moreover, as the travelers mostly trail via the national park during their trip, it offers a scenic exploration consisting of lush green forests, many river crossings, waterfalls and Laurie Binayak La High Pass (4610m) as well. Additionally, to add thrill to your journey, the hike finally culminates in the spectacular sight of multiple pristine crystal clear lakes including holy lake Gosaikunda itself.

 

Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park, also known to be a hiker’s paradise, is located in north-central Nepal. It was established in 1976 and holds the distinction of being Nepal’s first Himalayan national park and the country’s fourth protected area. Covering an area of 1710 square kilometers (660 sq mi) across the Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok Districts, the park offers a diverse range of landscapes, from subtropical forests at lower elevations to dramatic Himalayan peaks that rise above 7000 meters.

 

Gosaikunda

Gosaikunda, the final destination of the trip, is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, located at an elevation of 4380 m (14370 ft). It lies in the Rasuwa District with a surface area of 13.8 ha (34 acres). Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1030 ha (2500 acres) in size and was designated a Ramsar site in the year 2007. Moreover, the lake melts to form the Trishuli River as it remains frozen for five months during the winter (November-March).

 

Religious significance of Gosaikunda

The Gosaikunda area has also been delineated as a religious site to Hindus. Moreover, many Hindu scriptures refer to Lord Shiva being directly related to the origin of Gosaikunda after Samudra manthan (churning of the ocean). There is a popular belief that he melted the source of Gosaikunda with his trident to quench his thirst after drinking the poison received during the churning process. Its waters are therefore considered holy and of particular significance during the Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima festivals. In fact, thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area during the festivals (June-August).

 

Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek Map

Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek Map

 

Gosaikunda Trek

 

Additional information on Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu:

 

Booking Your Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu:

We are offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Langtang region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 499 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the deposit, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.

 

Booking Your International Flight:

For your Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu at least a day before your trip begins and depart on Day 6. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.

 

Packing for the Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight ticket, please share the details with us for a complimentary pickup from the Kathmandu airport. Our airport representative will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name Cordial Trek and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal.

 

Note: If you also need some help booking your accommodation in Kathmandu, we can arrange the same as well for an additional cost.

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 1 to Day 4. You’ll drive to Dhunche on Day 1 to commence the trek and return to Kathmandu on Day 5 and be transferred to your hotel. Expect to spend 4 nights and 5 days completing the Gosaikunda Trek from Kathmandu. You’ll begin your trek from Dhunche to Gosaikunda and back with overnight stays in places including Deurali, Chandanbari, Gosaikunda and Dhunche. Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM in the morning and conclude in the late afternoon with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll also have numerous photo opportunities along the way. Additionally, the travelers will enjoy their breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.

 

Furthermore, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Accommodation in Kathmandu:

This trip does not include the traveler’s accommodation in Kathmandu. We may however help you to book your hotel as per your request.

 

Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options are Teahouses. Although basic, these teahouses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

During the trekking days, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trekking trail.

 

Transportation for the trip:

The travelers will be provided with a sharing jeep/bus ride for their journey from Kathmandu-Dhunche and back. You may however opt for a comfortable private vehicle with additional cost (USD 150 one-way).

 

Drinking Water during the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Kindly be informed that you’re embarking on a trek and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also highly recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek. It allows you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 50 to 80 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside 50-80 USD for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

As mentioned above, the total weight a porter can carry is a maximum of 25 kgs. If you are a solo traveler, you can utilize it to the max. Else, two travelers are provided with one porter. So each one of you can load a maximum of 12.5 kgs to your porter. Please ensure you carry-on your items to stay within the weight limit.

 

Additionally, you also have an option to carry some of your goods in your backpack as well. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Highlights of Gosaikunda 5-Days Trek from Kathmandu:

 

1. Trail via lush green forests with oak and rhododendron trees

2. Explore villages with unique Tibetan & Tamang cultures

3. Visit high-altitude cheese factory

4. Experience breathtaking mountain views (including Ganesh Himal & Langtang Lirung)

5. Visit the holy lake Gosaikunda (sacred site for Hindu pilgrims)

Places You’ll See :

Dhunche is the administrative seat of Rasuwa District in Bagmati Zone, Nepal. It is a part of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality and located at an altitude of 2030 m.

1Dhunche

Langtang National Park was established in 1976 as Nepal's first Himalayan national park and the country's fourth protected area.

2Langtang National Park

Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal's Langtang National Park, located at an elevation of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres).[

3Gosaikunda

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Travel to Dhunche & Trek to Deurali (Max Altitude: 2625 m / 8612 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be meeted and greeted by your guide in the morning. He/She will first guide you through your upcoming trip and trek to Gosaikunda. The travelers will then be escorted to a bus station. You will then get aboard a local bus/jeep for a scenic drive (5-6 hours) towards Dhunche.

 

After a short refreshment break at Dhunche, you begin your trek towards Deurali. Deurali is a small village with few teahouses. A Mountain Guest House in Deurali will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 : Trek to Chandanbari (Max Altitude: 3250 m / 10663 ft)

Day two of your trip begins with a tasty breakfast in the mountains. The travelers will then have a short briefing about the day and begin their trek towards Chandanbari. Chandanbari is another traditional Tamang village with teahouses. It provides the travelers with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains including the Ganesh Himal range. Additionally during the hike, the travelers will also enjoy the scenic trails across the lush green forests, suspension bridges, river crossings and many waterfalls. A guest house in Chandanbari will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek to Gosaikunda (Max Altitude: 4380 m / 14370 ft)

As usual you will begin your day with a morning breakfast. The travelers will then embark on a 5-6 hours trek from Chandanbari towards Gosaikunda. During the hike, you will be passing through various scenic trails, waterfalls and traditional villages. The day also allows travelers to explore the richness of local flora and fauna including Red Panda, Lophophorus and the very famous Snow Leopard.

 

After your arrival at Gosaikunda, the travelers may explore the area, enjoy the breathtaking views of multiple lakes in the vicinity and feel the grandeur of surrounding mountains including Langtang Lirung (7234 m). A guest house at Gosaikunda itself will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek back to Dhunche (Min Altitude: 2030 m / 6660 ft)

You will begin your day four with a mesmerizing view of the sunrise in the mountains and tasty breakfast at Gosaikunda. The travelers will then head back towards Dhunche with a 7-8 hours scenic downhill hike. The day has been planned to be a bit longer than usual but is perfectly doable as the trails today are mostly descending. You may enjoy your lunch en route while the dinner will be served after your arrival at Dhunche. A guest house in Dhunche itself will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Travel back to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

Day five begins with a morning breakfast at Dhunche. The travelers will then get aboard a local bus/jeep for their journey back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at the bus/jeep station in Kathmandu, the travelers will then be escorted towards their respective hotels/apartment in Kathmandu.

 

After your arrival at the hotel, a Cordial Trek representative will bid you a final farewell. He/She will also award you with a Trip Certificate for a successful completion of your trek to Gosaikunda (4380 m).

 

Optional: You might also book any other new trip with us.

 

Meals Available: Breakfast and Lunch

F.A.Q

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city/town area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G, 3G and 4G services available with all major carriers in Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 100).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / lunch / dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toast / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes. During your lunch you will be served with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentils with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well. For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti.

How difficult is the Gosaikunda Trek?

Gosaikunda Trek is considered a moderately easy trek package. It includes high altitude (up to 4380 m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1. Warm clothes including a down jacket/puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking pants & warm socks

2. Hiking Boots

3. A Towel

4. A Daypack (25-30 liters)

5. Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

6. Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

7. Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

8. A Camelbak or a water bottle

9. A sunglass & sunscreen

10. A headlamp for night use

11. Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS) required for your Gosaikunda Trek.

What's Included

  • Company T-shirt
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Mountain Guest House

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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