Gosainkunda Lake Trek

7 Days

Gosainkunda Lake trek passes through 4,380 meters (14,370ft) above sea level in the Langtang National Park of Nepal. The Gosaikunda 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. Gosaikunda is the most important one among several lakes.

Brief Itinerary:

01Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche2,030m/6,660ftDrive: 8-9 hours
02Trek Dhunche to Sing Gompa3,350m/10,991ftTrek: 5-6 hours
03Trek Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda Lake4,380m/14,370ftTrek: 5-6 hours
04Trek to Tharepati crossing over Gosainkunda pass4,609m/15,122ftTrek: 6-7 hours
05Trek Tharepati to Kutumsang2,470m/8,104ftTrek: 4-5 hours
06Trek Kutumsang to Chisapani2,300m/7,546ftTrek: 4-5 hours
07Trek to Sundarijal, then drive back to Kathmandu1,350m/4,430ftTrek: 3-4 hours

This Lake is also known as the Frozen Lake as it remains frozen during winter. The Gosainkunda Lake trek starts at Dhunche and passes through lush green and rhododendron forest, varied landscapes and villages inhabited by ethnic Tamang tribe. Gosaikunda or Lauribinayak pass (4,609m/15,122ft) is one of the highlights of this trekking.

The pass remains closed in winter because of snow. Gosaikunda Lake can also be included with Langtang Valley for more keen trekkers. The trek ends at Sundarijal passing through some beautiful terraces and some splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages. Sundarijal is the famous watershed area and the biggest resources of Kathmandu’s drinking water supply.

Best Season for Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • High Season: The best time for Gosaikunda Lake trek is from mid March until May and September to November. Exceptionally, massive numbers of Hindu pilgrims visit the Gosaikunda Lake during August-September for a religious cause.
  • Low Season: Early December is also feasible to trek but can be very cold and June is preferable before the monsoon starts.
  • Off Season: The pass remains closed during January and February due to snowfall and landslide can affect the road journey between Kathmandu and Dhunche during July and August.


  • 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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
  • 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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Gosainkunda Lake Trek