Gosaikunda lies in the Langtang region of Nepal. The place gets its name from the famous lake situated at 4380m in the area. The lake boosts its alluring beauty throughout the year. In winter, the lake freezes up and adds a brilliant vibe to its surrounding whereas in summer, the lake defreeze and flows down to the Trishuli River. Gosaikunda Lake Trek offers you a pilgrimage to one of the prestigious holy lake in the Himalayas while trekking in the most beautiful area of Northern Nepal. The 17 days long trek offered by Desire Adventures not only takes you along one of the popular pilgrimage destination of Nepal, but also explores other regions of Langtang including Kyangin Gompa and Melamchi Gaun.

The best season to do this trek is March-May and September-December. Nevertheless, if you want to get the true festive vibe in the area, we suggest you to plan a trip around Janai Purnima (August); a festival celebrating purity and security. A huge pilgrimage crowd makes a religious journey to the lake every year during the festival. It is believed that taking a dip on the holy lake cleanses all the impurities attached to our soul.

We start our trip from Syabrubesi walking all the way to Lama Hotel from where we ascend to Kyangin Gompa. Walking towards Chandanbari, we make our way to the beautiful Gosaikunda Lake and descend to Melamchi Gaun and back to the capital. During the trek, we can witness the majestic peaks of Ganesh and Langtang region, including Jugal Himal and Nambur as well as various other attractions. Accommodation and breakfast is provided in Kathmandu and whereas all accommodation (lodges/ tea house) and meals are provided during the trek.

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
  • One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
  • Accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
  • Trekking permits and Tims permits
  • Kathmandu-Sybrubesi and Melamchi- Kathmandu transport by public bus
  • Breakfast and 2 special dinner in Kathmandu
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local tax and Gov tax
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Company tshirt
  • Route Map
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and abo ve mentioned special dinner
  • Monument entrance fees
  • Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
  • Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
  • Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation

Welcome to Nepal! Our guide will be there at the airport to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. You will be staying at a tourist standard hotel which can also be customized according to your desire. In the evening, we will invite you to our head office to discuss further on the trek. You will also be introduced to your guide. We will host a welcome dinner at a traditional nepali restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with cultural entertainment.

Meals included: Dinner
Highlights of the day: Arrival in Nepal, Introduction to Nepali culture

After breakfast, we will head out in the city for a guided tour by your tour guide. We will visit some histporical and tourist attraction places such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhantah Stupa, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Al these temples, stupas and palaces are registered under the UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding architecture or history. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals included : Breakfast

Highlights of the day: Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath (Buddhist shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha)

On the 3rd day of the trek, we have our breakfast and catch the bus to Syabrubesi with our guide. The bus drives through the north west of Kathmandu valley following the Pasang Lamu highway. The highway continues till Trishuli Bazaar, following the unpaved yet the main road we continue towards Syabrubeshi passing Dhunche, the district headquarter of Rasuwa. Overnight at Syabrubesi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Magnificient view during the drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi, view of Ganesh Himal and the peaks of Langtang region, settlements like Kakani, Ranipauwa, Jurethum, Devighat, Battar, Trisuli, and Dhunche, terrace farming and the green hills, arrival in Syabrubesi.

We will have breakfast early morning at Syabrubesi and officially start our trek today. Our destination will be Changdam, popularly known as Lama Hotel. We start walking towards the destination after packing and breakfast. First, the trail descends down to the  river from where we cross a suspension bridge and walk uphill to a small settlement. Crossing few more suspension bridges we walk along the Langtang River along with waterfalls and rivers. Overnight at Lama Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: oak, maple, alder and bamboo forest, waterfalls, suspension bridges, walking alongside the river, arrival at Lama Hotel.

On the 5th day of the trek we will enter the Langtang Valley. After breakfast, we continue walking through the forest following the trail along the Langtang River. We cross settlements like Gumnachowk, Chhunama and Ghodatabela. From here we will ascend to Chamki crossing the Thyngsyap village. The trail finally leads towards Langtang village. This settlement is one of the biggest and commercial places in the area. Overnight at Langtang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Beautiful luscious forests, monastreis, mani stones and friendly locals, settlements like Chamki and Thyangsyap.

On the 6th day of the trek and our destination is Keynjing Gompa. The day’s hike begins by walking up to the ridge and then a steady climb that will take us to Mumdu and Sindum. From here, we walk up to the cheese factory and then a short climb from here will finally take us to Keynjing Gompa. The view is brilliant as we can witness the Langtang Himal in northwest and Yansa Tsenji and Kinshung in the north. Overnight at Kyangin Gompa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Spectacular view of Langtang, Yansa Tsenji and Kinshung, cheese factory, Keynjing Gompa.

We will have a rest day today and also will take this opportunity to explore Kyangin Gompa. We can walk up to Tsergo RI towards the east of Kyanjin Gompa. The hike will take us 4 hours with a view worth the hike. Visiting the famous yak cheese factory is also an option in this area. Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: 360 degree view of Langtang Valley from Tsergo RI, Yak Cheese Factory, monasteries and beautiful mountains as backdrops.

Our destination for today is Lama hotel. After exploring Kyangin Gompa we follow the same trail back to descend to Lama hotel crossing the Tamang villages. The trail goes downhill through the forest following the river until we reach Lama Hotel. Tomorrow we will walk to Thulo Syarbu from here. Overnight at Lama Hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Tamang culture and lifestyle influenced by Tibetan culture, waterfalls, oak, maple and bamboo forest, and monasteries.

After breakfast at Lama Hotel, we follow the trail along the north bank of the Langtang River. We walk downhill toward the riverside to cross a bridge from where the trail descends. We cross another bridge from where the trail splits, one leading to Syabrubesi and the other one leading to Thulo Syabru. We will walk up the trail to the ridge and drop down towards Thulo Syabru. Overnight at Thulo Syabru.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Trail along the Langtang River, spectacular view of the waterfall and also monasteries and Chortens

On the 10th day of our trek, we will reach Chandanbari. Walking up to the ridge of Thulo Syabru, we come across a steep uphill trail through the fir, oak, hemlock and rhododendron forest, will lead us to Foprang Danda. Ganesh Himal, Langtang mountain and other Tibetan mountains comes to sight as we walk along. A flat trail will then take us to Shin Gompa passing Phuung Gompa. Walking along the trail, we finally arrive at Chandanbari. Overnight at Chandanbari.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Trail through the fir, oak, hemlock and rhododendron forest accompanied by the spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang mountains and other Tibetan mountains, Buddhist monasteries, and exploratory trip to Yak Cheese Factory, which is one of the best cheese manufacturers in Nepal.)

We will finally get the view of the lake today. On the 11th day, we walk from Chandanbari towards Gosaikunda. The trail leads uphill to Cholanpati which has panoramic views of Mountains and continue up to Lauribina. After short rest at Lauribana, the trail steep climb up to Gosainkunda at the top. Gosaikunda area has more than 20 lakes to explore. During the Janai PUrnima Festival in August, there is a huge festival in the area with hundreds of pilgrims flowing in.Overnight at Gosaikunda.

*It is believed that the lake was created by Lord Shiva while trying to quench his thirst after swallowing the poison that threatened to destroy the world.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Magnificent view of Ganesh and Langtang region, roofless huts, pastures, view of dozens of lakes of Gosainkunda Basin, experience of freshwater lakes situated at an altitude of approximately 4,380m.)

Our first hike of the day will be along the rocky trail where we pass few lakes in the area. The trail will lead us to Lauribina Passat (4,630m) from where a steep downhill walk through a rocky trail accompanied by Tinchuli Danda will first take us to Phedi. We will now walk along the summer pastures unitl we come across Ghopte. Overnight at Ghopte.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: Lakes of Gosainkunda region, Tinchuli Dand, summer pastures, steep descend, Lauribina pass

On the 13th day of the trek, we will be trekking to Melamchi Gaun. As we walk, we will cross the rhododendron trees and dense forest until we reach Tharepati Pass. This will be the only pass we will be crossing in the trip. Tharepati Pass is a junction of two important trail to Gosainkunda. One trail leads from Helambu and the other one leads to Melamchi. We take the trail that descends to Melamchi through pine and rhododendron forest. Arriving at Melamchi we can explore this Sherpa Community village.Overnight at melamchi gaun

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: Trail through the pine and rhododendron forest accompanied by the splendid view of Jugal Himal and Numbur and beautiful Helambu village down the trail, Melamchi Gaon- a special Sherpa Gaon surrounded by rhododendron forest and Buddhist monasteries, the unique culture and warm hospitality of the Sherpa people

From Melamchi Gaon we starts descending to Sermathang. After breakfast we walk until reaching the Melamchi River. We cross the river from where the trail starts getting easier along the forest. We reach Tarkeghyang, a beautiful Sherpa village from where we descend until we reach Setighyang. We first ascend to Ghangyul and then descend toward Sermathang.Overnight at Sermathang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: Sherpa villages and forests along the way. Sermathang – a pristine village offering a lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people, and trekking trail accompanied by Mani walls, Chortens and other equally important Gompas.

On our last day of the trek, we will reach Melamchi Pul (Melamchi Bridge) from where we will descend to Kathmandu tomorrow. The trail from Shermathang is a easy trail with medows and fields. We will come across various Gompas, temples, Mani walls, Mane and Chorten. After crossing some bridges we finally reach Melamchi Pul. Overnight at Melamchi Pul.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: A number of temples, Mani walls, Manes, Monasteries, old villages and their particular tradition, trail along the meadows and cultivated fields and the view of snow capped mountains.

On the final day of the trek, we will drive back to Kathmandu. After breakfast, a 4-5 hour bus drive will take us to Kathmandu. Upon reaching the capital, we will check in to our hotel and choose to spend the day resting or exploring the nearby areas. We will also host a farewell dinner for you in the evening to get feedback and discuss on the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights: Scenic bus ride from Melamchi to Kathmandu, farewell dinner.

On the day of departure, we will drop you off at the airport. If your flight is scheduled in the evening, you can enjoy the day with breakfast and some exploring. If you are planning to spend some extra days in Nepal, we can help you furthermore on planning your stay. Thankyou and have a safe flight.

On a regular basis during the trek, your day will start early as recommended by the guides to reach your destination during daylight so you can have some time to relax. A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunch time can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge or a teahouse. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader will brief you regarding the next day’s schedule.

Best travel seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be travelled any time of the year.

Communication Facilities

The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu near NTC Building in Newroad. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thursday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.

Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card or use your guide’s mobile phone for emergencies.

The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive; therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.

Internet Services:

Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. Most of these internet cafes also provide fax, and photocopy.

Local Transportation

Apps like Maps.me and Google Maps will navigate through a lot of landmarks and streets. Most urban areas in Nepal are mapped out good enough to find your way.

For offline navigation you can use a free Kathmandu Valley map that is available at the Tourist center of the Nepal Tourism Board and several tourist accommodations. Detailed maps are available in map and book shops in the big tourist areas of Nepal. Most Nepalese in the capital and other major cities know English so language barrier will not be a problem.

There are Taxis with black license plate for private transportation (private taxis may charge slightly higher. No tip is expected) and local transportation like public buses, micro buses and tempos (3-wheelers) running around the city. You could even try rides on local rickshaws, ponies or bullock-carts where they're available. Government run green buses known as Sajha Bus are comfortable and run along the north-south and east-west main roads of the valley. The bus also runs through the insides of the Airport and goes to Thamel. Let the bus conductor know your destination and you will be dropped on the alley that leads you to Thamel. You can also get navigations on your mobile map app to know where you are heading.

Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles are cheap and the best form of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen, all in Kathmandu. Mountain bikes can also be hired in Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan.

Tourist bus service provides easy transportation to prime areas like Pokhara and Chitwan. For other destinations, long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all major cities. Out-of-valley bound buses leave from New Bus Park at Gongabu at Ring Road near Balaju, Kathmandu.

 

Nepalese Currency and Exchange

Nepal has modern banking facilities and some of the International Banks have their own offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card, etc. are accepted in Nepal at major hotels, shops and restaurants. Most ATMs will accept Visa and Master Cards. Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 1 pm on Friday.

 

 

Medical Facilities

It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in the Kathmandu Valley. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.

For the reduction of deaths among trekkers, an association named Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) was founded in the year 1973. The head office of HRA is located in Lazimpat near the north gate of the Palace Museum. During peak season, it operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu region) and Manang (Annapurna region) managed by expatriate physicians. However, its main job is to provide free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of trekking routes.

 

Health, fitness and experience requirements

Every trekker is suggested to consult their doctor before planning this trek since Langtang trekking trails (including Gosaikunda) demand good stamina, tough determination and the best health condition. It is highly recommended to take expert guidance from local General Practitioner regarding the required guide walks. Travel clinics can offer the best assistance in absence of GP. Some days of the trek require 8-9 hours of walking. Regular exercise and jogging is recommended to build up the required stamina to successfully climb the peak.

Travel Insurance

If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.

 

Visa Information

It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)

 

Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost

Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency

(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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