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Gosainkunda Lake Trek - 7 Days

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Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Gosainkunda Lake lies at 4,380 meters (14,370ft) above sea level in the Langtang National Park of Nepal. The Gosainkunda Lake is sacred to the Hindu people and visited hugely in August-September during the special festival called ‘Janaipoornima’. They believe taking a dip into the lake will wash all sin from their body and soul. Hindus also have a very strong faith that it is Lord Shiva who created the holy lake. After taking poison from ‘Samudramanthan’, he desperately needed cold water to quench the heat of the poison so he used his trident to dig up the land to obtain water. ‘Kunda’ is the Nepali word for lake and there are many Kundas in this area. Gosainkunda is the most important one among several lakes.

Gosaikunda Lake is also known as the Frozen Lake as it remains frozen during winter. The trek starts at Dhunche and passes through lush green and rhododendron forest, varied landscapes and villages inhabited by ethnic Tamang tribe. Gosainkunda or Lauribinayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft) is one of the highlights of this trekking. The pass remains closed in February and March because of snow. The trek ends at Sundarijal passing through some beautiful terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages. Sundarijal is the famous watershed area and the biggest resources of Kathmandu’s drinking water supply.

  • No internal flights required
  • Mixed culture of Tamang and Lama Societies
  • Spectacular views of Langtang Ri and Ganesh Himal
  • Visit of the pilgrimage site – Gosainkunda Lake
  • The adventurous Lauri Binayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft)
  • The great countrysides, terrace farming and beautiful landscapes
  • Impressive vegetation and flowers on the route

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (2,030m/6,660ft).

Today we drive for 118km (6-7 hours by Jeep and 8-9 hours by only local bus) from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We cross the ring road and along the Rani ban (forest), climb to Kakani from where we have good views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang before we reach Rani Pauwa where most of the local buses stop for a tea break. We then travel down to Trisuli via a flat piece of land which is where we stop for lunch (local food e.g. daal-bhat) at Battar Bazaar (540m/1,771ft). After lunch we continue our journey climbing up to Dhunche via Kalikasthan. We also pass through the National Park check post before Dhunche.

Day 2
Trek Dhunche to Sing Gompa (3,350m/10,991ft).

Today after breakfast we start our trek that ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (Stream). After crossing a suspension bridge over the stream, we continue our trek on the steep trail through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests until we reach Sing Gompa, our overnight stop. Interestingly we may have a chance to witness some marijuana plants on the trail. There is an old Cheese Factory at Sing Gompa. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 3
Trek Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m/14,370ft).

Today we have a steep climb and comparatively harder than the previous days as we need to climb for more than 1000 meters (3,281ft) to reach Gosainkunda Lake. The Gosainkunda Lake is sacred to the Hindu people and visited hugely in August-September during the special festival called 'Janaipoornima'. They have a strong belief that taking a dip into the lake will wash all sin from their body. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Day 4
Trek Gosainkunda Lake to Tharepati (3,510m/11,516ft) crossing over the pass (4,609m/15,122ft).

Today we cross over the Gosainkunda or Lauribinayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft) and continue through Ghopte (3,430m/11,253ft) where we stop for lunch. We find the trek more zigzags with ups and downs to reach Tharepati/Thadepati. At Tharepati, the air is felt relatively thicker. Trekking time 6-7 hours.

Day 5
Trek Tharepati to Kutumsang (2,470m/8,104ft).

We descend downhill through the forest with only one small ridge to cross en-route. Kutumsang is a beautiful ethnic village. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 6
Trek Kutumsang to Chisapani (2,300m/7,546ft).

Today we trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani/Chisopani literally means cold water where the Himalayan view is breathtaking. Chisapani is another beautiful village located on the ridge. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 7
Trek Chisapani to Sundarijal (1,350m/4,429ft) and drive back to Kathmandu.

The trail descends through oak and rhododendron forests with some pine at lower altitude and a medieval looking reservoir, the dam and waterworks. This is one of Kathmandu's drinking water supplies. We trek for 3-4 hours today. From Sundarijal, we take a short drive to Kathmandu (12km) and relax at hotel for the rest of the day.

Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.

Cost Includes:

  • Langtang and Shivapuri National Park permits and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge in the mountains
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide
  • A porter shared between two trekkers
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Kathmandu-Dhunche and Sundarijal-Kathmandu overland transfers by public bus
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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