Gosainkunda Trek: A 5-Day Himalayan Odyssey with Trekking Venue Nepal

Posted by: Trekking Venue Nepal
Date: Dec 2023

Gosainkunda, named after its connection to Lord Shiva, is a sacred lake in Nepal, nestled within Langtang National Park. The trek, ranking third in popularity, typically takes a week, commencing with a Langtang National Park Entry Permit from Kathmandu. Trekkers usually start from Dhunche, a 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu, covering 21 km to reach Gosainkunda. The trek offers encounters with diverse flora and fauna, including the alpine oligotrophic lake’s aquatic species.

The journey is not solely about trekking; it provides insights into local life, fresh cheese, and warm hospitality. The trail winds through forests, narrow passes, and picturesque landscapes with ever-flowing rivers. Gosainkunda Lake, surrounded by panoramic mountain ranges, is a highlight. Trekkers may spot Himalayan Black Bears, Tahr, and Red Pandas.

Trekking conditions vary, and physical fitness is crucial. The descent follows Ghopte, Tarepati, Chisapani, Sundarijal, and concludes with a one-hour drive to Kathmandu. Gosainkunda trek is year-round, but caution is advised during the Janai Purnima festival due to high visitor numbers. Proper planning, especially during peak times, ensures a fulfilling trek, avoiding accommodation difficulties.

Amateurs should be cautious, as underestimating the route can lead to Acute Mountain Sickness. Medical consultation, essential medications, and proper equipment are recommended for a safe trekking experience.

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with Trekking Venue Nepal (TVN) as we unveil the hidden wonders of the Himalayas in the enchanting Gosainkunda region. In just 8 days, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, diverse landscapes, and sacred lakes that characterize this trekking haven. Join us on this immersive journey through our blog and discover the essence of a true trekking paradise.

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Trip Highlights
Discover the beauty of sacred lakes – Gosainkunda, Bhairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, and more. Soak in panoramic views of majestic mountains, including Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, and many other small peaks. Encounter diverse wildlife, such as the elusive Red Panda and the majestic Snow Leopard. Experience the warmth of traditionally built teahouses, offering a glimpse into the Himalayan way of life.

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dunche Bazaar (1,966m) – 6 Hours
Start your adventure with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, a small settlement at 2,030m. Enjoy picturesque landscapes, meadows, and the mighty Trishuli River during the 5–6-hour journey. Upon arrival, explore the village, interact with locals, and settle into a cozy tea house for the night.
Day 2: Dhunche to Sing Gompa (3,330m) – 5 Hours
Embark on a forested journey with a significant staircase, reaching the Deurali tea shop after 3 hours. A must-stop for tea, the trail continues through oak, hemlock, and fir woods to Sing Gompa. Enjoy views of Langtang Mountain and Ganesh Himal, and explore a Tibetan Monastery. Overnight stay in Sing Gompa, gearing up for the trek to Gosainkunda Lakes.

Day 3: Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4,380m) – 6 Hours
An early start for a demanding ascent through Oak, Hemlock, and Firs. Reach Lauribina La slope for breathtaking views of Gosainkunda lakes, Himal Chuli, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. The spiritual aura and religious significance add to the awe-inspiring experience.

Day 4: Gosainkunda Lakes to Ghopte Bhir (3,440m) – 7 Hours
The trail leads to the northern side of Gosainkunda Lake, crossing moraines and small lakes. Descend to Ghopte, passing through bamboo scrub and Dupichaur. Overnight stay in Ghopte Bhir.

Day 5: Ghopte Bhir to Tharepati Hilltop (3,640m) – 4 Hours
Descend from Ghopte Bhir, navigating through moraines. Ascent to Tharepati hilltop for panoramic views of Helambu village and the border Himalayas. Overnight stay on Tharepati hilltop.

Day 6: Tharepati Hilltop to Gul Bhanjyang (2,140m) – 6 Hours
The trail passes through forests to Magen Goth, descending through fir and rhododendron forests to Khutumsang. Finally, reach the charming village of Gul Bhanjyang.

Day 7: Gul Bhanjyang to Chisopani (2,134m) – 6 Hours
Continue through forested edges, ascending to Thodang Betini and Chipling. A steep descent leads to Pati Bhanjyang, followed by Chisopani. Enjoy spectacular mountain views.

Day 8: Trek to Sundarijal and Drive back to Kathmandu – 5 Hours
In the final leg, a short trek from Chisopani to Sundarijal through oak and rhododendron forests. Encounter an Army check post before descending to Sundarijal. Drive back to Kathmandu, witnessing spectacular views of the valley. As your unforgettable Gosainkunda trek comes to an end, cherish the memories of the mighty lake, cultural encounters, and the delightful Himalayan landscapes.

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Trek Cost Includes:
Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Accommodation in teahouses
Trekking Guide
Bus tickets from Kathmandu to Dhunche
First Aid kit
Trekking permit (Conservation fee) and TIMS card
All necessary official fees

Best Time for Gosainkunda Trek: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to December) are the ideal seasons for the Gosainkunda trek. Experience stable weather, clear skies, and blooming rhododendron forests. Enjoy cool, dry weather with temperatures ranging from 6-30 degrees Celsius.

Gosainkunda Trek with Trekking Venue Nepal promises not just a journey but an odyssey of cultural richness, natural beauty, and spiritual encounters. Join us on this 8-day adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your trek today and let the Himalayas weave their magic on your soul!

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