Gosaikunda Lake Trek
9 Days 8 Nights
Kathmandu Dhunche Gosaikunda
2 Min. Pax
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
ACCOMODATIONTea House, Home stay, Lodge
BEST TIMESpring Autumn
Gosaikunda, which is also spelled as Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park situated at an altitude of 4,380 meters above sea level in Rasuwa District. Gosaikunda is a famous name for the purest holy lake covering a surface of about 34 acres. It lies north of Kathmandu Valley between Helambu, Langtang valley, and Langtang National Park. Gosaikunda Lake has got great religious significance which is well known as a pilgrimage site for Hindus who flock to the site in August during Janai Purnima. It is also well known for the sacred lake in Nepalese society because of a historical belief that connects the lake to Lord Shiva, the god of power and destruction in Hindu mythology.
So people of the Hindu religion follow the same rituals to purify their souls through various sins. There are several other ponds around Gosaikunda: Bhairavkunda, Sharaswatikunda, Suryakunda, Raktakunda, Chandrakund, Aamakunda, and Dudh Kunda. And it is believed that there are 108 lakes in the vicinity. Especially on the full moon day of August falls in the month of Shrawan, people of Nepal celebrate the Janai-Purnima (a very famous festival of Nepal) and on that day there at Gosaikunda seems filled with devotees. On this very special day, there is a religious mela (Nepali Carnival) by Hindus and they celebrate with the Buddhist community as well. This day, whoever congregates at this mela changes their Janais- the sacred thread worn around the body or on the wrist by the Hindu Brahmins but before all the devotees take bath and pray in homage to Lord Shiva. This means their sin, sorrow, and pain are assumed to wash off by the pure water of this lake.
The lake is not only famous as a religious place but also famous as a trekking destination. Tourists, both foreign and domestic, visit the area around the year. The lake used to get visited more by foreign tourists before but these days, it has come to limelight among domestic travelers as well. Besides pilgrims, the number of domestic tourists who come for trekking purposes has risen. And apart from tourists, Gosaikunda is visited by a huge number of pilgrims mainly during two major festivals – Janai Purnima and Ganga Dashahara.
Major attractions of Gosaikunda Lake
Undulating hills painted red with at least 16 different species of rhododendron.
The forest is the home of rare wildlife such as red panda, musk deer, and several species of birds.
Local settlements of Tamang people and their typical tradition and culture.
Historic monastery in Chandanbari, the locals call it as Sing Gompa
A view tower in Polangpati
Beautiful view of Mt Langtang and Mt Ganesh
Best time to travel to Gosaikunda Lake
Autumn and spring are the best times to travel to Gosaikunda. Due to the instability of the weather, it’s better to go there at the end of February to the beginning of June, and the beginning of September to the end of December.
We'll arrive in Kathmandu and conduct some sightseeing, as well as some shopping if you need anything for the trip.
Early in the morning, we will start our bus or a jeep ride from Machapokhari of Kathmandu valley. It is a 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We will get to see the beautiful scenery of Nuwakot and Rasuwa while experiencing the bumpy roads.
Today is the first day of our trek so we will start our trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru which will be a 4-5 hours trek.
So our today’s trek starts from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa which is one of the famous monasteries in the Langtang region and on the way to Sing Gompa you will get to see the forest filled with juniper, oak, and rhododendron,
Today we will be heading towards Gosaikunda lake. It will be a 6-7 hours walk from Sing Gompa. On the way to Gosaikunda lake, you will get to see the numerous mountain ranges and also get to see Bhairav Kunda. Overnight stay at Gosaikunda.
We will be exploring the Gosaikunda Lake and going for a hike to Surya peak and trek down to Cholangpati which will take 6-7 hours walking.
Today is the last day of our trek. From Cholangpati we will be descending towards Dhunche which will take 6 hours of walking.
Since it's our last day of thr trip we will be driving back from Dhunche to Kathmandu after having our breakfast either by jeep or bus.
After having breakfast we will transfer you to International Airport for final departure
- First aid
- Sharing twin/double bedrooms in 3-star hotels or tea house lodges
- Necessary insurance for a guide
- Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porters
- All necessary trekking permits and governmental documents
- All applicable tax, vat and office service charge
- 3 meals during a trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Local licensed friendly trekking guide if necessary
- Tips for guide and porters
- Laundry, phone calls, internet charges
- Personal trekking equipment
- Travel insurance, Nepal tourist visa fees, personal items, and expenses
- Fees and entrance during sightseeing in Kathmandu\
- Bar drinks and beverages including mineral water
- Airport shuttles, lodging, and meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast
Nepal has the 2 best seasons to trek. The first season of the trek here in Nepal is from September to November. The second best season is March – April to trek in Nepal. Because this season the weather is very nice, clean and pleasant. You can see the magnificent view of the Mountain.
Here, we have made an 8 days plan from arrival to departure. Among them are 2 Nights in Kathmandu, 5 Nights in Trek, you can make this trip longer if you wish to do it. Sightseeing plans can be added or you can continue to Lauri Bina la pass then to Sundarijal Chisapani.
The trek is moderate, neither too hard nor too easy. If you are physically fit and have experience of walking then it won’t be a problem for you.
When there is the main season the room might get packed often, and you need to adjust to this. Room sharing is common. Sometimes the guest house might be full so you need to be very careful. if you can reach earlier it would be always good for you. If you are with us we manage everything for you.
Yes, there is an availability of Mineral water, every tea house. It is always not good to drink mineral water, first, it is quite costly to travelers, secondly, it is damaging the Ecosystem, the water company uses a lot of plastic bottles. In a mountain, mineral water bottles are a real threat to the environment. We can use the water purifier or water purification tablet and become a responsible traveler
Gosainkunda lake is at 4380 Meter height, we will hike up to Lauri Bina La 4630 Meter. This is the maximum height you need to adjust.
There are basic tea houses on the trekking trail. They provide a good room and comfortable bed in the standard Nepal trek. For a hot shower, they provide a bucket hot shower to the guest by charging some money or someplace they do have a bathroom with solar.
Yes, there is a WIFI service in most of the guest houses. Speed of the WIFI is not that good but it is ok to connect with your family and friends
Langtang National Park permits and Trekkers information management system permit (TIMS) are required to trek here in Langtang.
If the child can walk for 6-7 hours, then you can trek with the child too. otherwise, you need to extend your trek days
To book a trek, you can kindly either contact us directly or email us at, going firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may choose according to your convenience, you may either bank transfer, credit card, western union, or other options.
There are no banks or atm or money exchange to the higher points of the trek. If you want to carry extra cash for extra expenses then you can either withdraw or change from Kathmandu.