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Gosainkunda Trek (9 Days)


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    Gosainkunda

Trip Code: WEVT-69
Group Size: 1- 10 Person
Max Altitude: 4380.00 meters
Trip Category: Adventurous Trekking
Travel Style: Trekking
Area Langtang Region
Activities Trekking and Hiking
Places Covered
Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, Thamel, Hotel Prince Plaza, Thulo Syabru , Sing Gompa / Chandan bari , Gosainkunda, Ghopte, Kutumsang ,
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Gosainkunda trek lies in the Langtang national park and is very close in linear distance from Kathmandu valley. If the altitude did not kick in, you could make it to your final destination and back within 3 days via same trail. However, doing such is not recommended. We ventured to Gosainkunda immediately after the earthquake and several times after that to make sure of the trail and accommodation conditions.Despite several news of trails being completely dismantled and houses dropped down to ground zero, we made it successfully to the top and back, accommodating in teahouses and walking on the same trail.

We began from Syabrubesi to complete the loop and reached to Gosainkunda lake in 4 days. Right from the beginning of the trek i.e Dhunche and Syabrubesi we saw the sights of mass destruction; houses turned into rubble and lives shattered. However, we did not even have to camp even for a single night as we found basic teahouses in every stop area which offered fair beds with basic food options. Surprisingly, in each and every village you walk through you will be able to hear people breaking the stone or raising the walls of their homes or teahouses and are yet very positive towards their life. Gosainkunda trek not just was a trek for us but it was a source of energy for us to go through our life.

Varieties of birds greeted us as we made our way through the dense forests of Rhododendron followed by pine. We once spotted a different variety of monkeys and heard some wildlife make different sounds in the distance. We saw the mountain range of Ganesh, Langtang and Manaslu and witnessed the unaltered natural beauty despite the natural catastrophe.

Gosainkunda trek gets its name from one of the holiest lakes namely Gosainkunda, which rests at an altitude of 4380 meters. This lake is a holy site as per the Hindu scriptures and is believed to be created by the trident of Lord Shiva. This trek is flocked by local tourists on one very special occasion of the year and rest of the year it could be called an off the beaten trek. This trek offers beautiful terrain, culture, wildlife and the people are more than willing to welcome you in their homes. You will not just have an adventure of life but also will have a sense of accomplishing social responsibility by the end of the trek. Book this trek today!

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival and Hotel/Hostel Transfer
Day 2Trek preparation and Last Minute Shopping
Day 3Kathmandu - Dhunche (6 - 7 hrs drive) (1960 m)
Day 4Thulo Syabru Village - Sing Gompa (3210 m)
Day 5Sing Gompa - Gosainkunda (4380 m)
Day 6Gosainkunda - Ghopte (3440 m)
Day 7Ghopte - Kutumsang (2621 m)
Day 8Kutumsang - Chisapani (2194 m)
Day 9Chisopani - Kathmandu via Sundarijal
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July), Monsoon(August, September, October), Summer(November, December January), Winter(February, March, April), Fall(September, October, November),
Number of Days:
9 Days
Day 1
Arrival and Hotel/Hostel Transfer

Places Visited: Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: No Activities, Briefing

Thank you for choosing Gosainkunda Trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.

Day 2
Trek preparation and Last Minute Shopping

Places Visited: Thamel Kathmandu Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: Shopping, Briefing

You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Kathmandu - Dhunche (6 - 7 hrs drive) (1960 m)

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities: Travelling on Bus, Briefing

Kathmandu to Dhunche on a car, bus or jeep is a very scenic trip. In the beginning you are on one of the most busiest highways until Naubise and from here you traverse on a more smaller and coiled road. The road mostly remains along the tributary of Trisuli and traverses through lush green forests and beautiful roadside settlements. Overnight in Dhunche.

Day 4
Thulo Syabru Village - Sing Gompa (3210 m)

Places Visited: Thulo Syabru Sing Gompa / Chandan bari

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Right after Thulo Syabru you cross a suspension bridge and begin walking on the trail that traverses through a very dense forest of Rhododendron and pine. Often people in Thulo Syabru will tell you stories of how villagers randomly spot leopards and musk deer. Keep your eyes open because you never know if you would be able to spot not only these animals but also elusive red pandas. Buckle up, as you will mostly walk uphill in himalayan terrain. The trail firstly leads to Forpand Danda and furthermore to Dursagang. The prior destination lies at 3200 meters and the later at 2660 meters, so there will be a lot of walking down to the foot of the hill before ascending to the top. The mountains become closer and clearer as you move closer to your destination of the day. Towards the end of the day today you will walk through the forest of Oak, Hemlock and Firs. Overnight in Sing Gompa, which is also known by the name of Chandanbari.

Day 5
Sing Gompa - Gosainkunda (4380 m)

Places Visited: Sing Gompa / Chandan bari Gosainkunda

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Immediately out of Chandanbari or Sing Gompa, you will embark on the trail left behind a day before. Sighting of langur monkey is common if you do not scare them off with any sudden noise. The trail ascends gently on the first half to a pass namely Lauri Binayak La.The views from here of West Himal Chuli , Manaslu (8156 m), Ganesh Range, Langtang Lirung and the mountains in Tibet will make you feel like you have already reached the zenith of your trek. However, the trail from here becomes more steeper and on rugged terrain. The landscape from beyond the pass becomes barren. At a point, you will reach yak pastures and slowly these pastures open up to dozens of small lakes. These lakes are part of Gosainkunda basin. Overnight in Gosainkunda.

Day 6
Gosainkunda - Ghopte (3440 m)

Places Visited: Gosainkunda Ghopte

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Although mostly downhill but it is going to be a very arduous and a long downhill with couple of uphill. Immediately out of Gosainkunda, you start descending towards Lauri Binayak Phedi.The trail very quickly turns greener and better from more barren rocky surface. From phedi to Ghopte is a lot of ups and downs and few very challenging and after such a long way up to the lake. The final part of the trek, which is climbing to Ghopte, is the most difficult trek. The trail is uphill and is pretty steep and as challenging as the trails you have traversed through on your way up. Keep your eyes open for the national bird Lophophorus on the primary part of today’s trek. Overnight in Ghopte.

Day 7
Ghopte - Kutumsang (2621 m)

Places Visited: Ghopte Kutumsang

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Immediately out of ghopte, the trail is steep and is uphill. Be extra cautious as the trail on the first phase is rocky and stepping on a loose rock may cause fetal accident. In this trail section you will see a huge rock which is impossible to miss. The trail leads to the hamlet of Tharepati, which is a good place to stop for a cup of tea or even lunch. From here on, either the trail is more horizontal and mostly downhill all the way to Kutumsang. This will be the last village in Langtang national park that you will accommodate in. Overnight in Kutumsang.

Day 8
Kutumsang - Chisapani (2194 m)

Places Visited: Kutumsang

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

From Kutumsang the trail once again starts to ascend. The trail climbs up to an elevation of 2570 meters of Jogin Danda and the pass. From the top of this hill you will steeply descend down through terrace slopes, all the way to Gul Bhanjyang at 2140 meters. From Gul Bhanjyang, where there are couple of tea houses, the trail once again ascends to another hill top of Thotong Danda (2500 meters). From here you will meet an offroad track and walk mostly on it until Chipling and then descend all the way to Pati Bhanjyang. This is still a beautiful rural setting with endless hills at all side but no more mountain views. It is just around 1 to 1 and half hours uphill to Chisopani, from where you get stretched view of the Himalayas in the region. Overnight in Chisapani.

Day 9
Chisopani - Kathmandu via Sundarijal

Places Visited: Kathmandu Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Travelling on Bus, Briefing

Immediately outside Chisopani is the Nagarjun Shivapuri National park entry gate and you will have to buy an entry ticket to it. You will mostly traverse through single track trails and forest of national park. You will see and cross couple of hamlets and do small ascends until you reach the reservoir of Sundarijal from where metal pipes carry water supply to Kathmandu city. Walk downhill along the pipes and shortly you will hit a point from where you will take a vehicle back to Kathmandu city. Once in the city, we will transfer you to your accommodation and hence Gosainkunda trek will officially come to an end.

Price :
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What's Included:
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • all accommodation in kathmandu
  • Trekking guide
  • accommodation on trek
  • 3 time meals
  • 3 time meal on peak climbing
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • clothes
  • Anything else not mentioned on What's included
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
Checklist:
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

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Lisanne van Meel Lisanne van Meel

I really enjoined trekking in Langtang with Budget Trekking! My guides were very nice and told me a lot about the environment. It was just a lot of fun and a great experience!

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Gosainkunda trek lies in the Langtang national park and is very close in linear distance from Kathmandu valley. If the altitude did not kick in, you could make it to your final destination and back within 3 days via same trail. However, doing such is not recommended.

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