Gosainkunda Lake

Quick Info

Minimum: 2 persons
Price: USD 635
Duration: 7 days
Altitude: high
Trekking: moderate

The Langtang area in Nepal is just north of Kathmandu, accessible either via a trek that originates at the edge of the valley, or from Dhunche, an eight hour drive from Kathmandu. This medium length trek has everything - exotic villages, wilderness, sacred lakes and is amazingly accessible. We stay overnight in family run lodges, and our trek days are limited between 4 hours to about 7 hours of walking per day.

 

Overview

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Overview

The Langtang area in Nepal is just north of Kathmandu, accessible either via a trek that originates at the edge of the valley, or from Dhunche, an eight hour drive from Kathmandu.
This trek is a perfect introduction to the rich cultural heritage and the amazing treks that Nepal offers. One of the shortest treks possible and the only that starts right in the edge of the Kathmandu Valley, this trek takes you through striking landscape as we trek on a north south ridge towards the Langtang Valley, the third most famous trekking destination in Nepal. Along the way, we pass simple villages of different ethnic groups with their rich culture. A few days into the trek and as we cross altitudes in excess of 3400m, we start coming into alpine area with spectacular views.

 

Why Lake Gosainkunda?

One of Nepal's most famous religious places of pilgrimage is Gosainkunda lake situated at an altitude of about 4312 m. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake is grand and picturesque. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here for pilgrimage resulting in an epic scene.

Peak views: Langtang (23771 ft.), Dorje Lakpa (22929 ft.), Loen Pogang (23238 ft.), Phurbi Ghyachu (21844 ft.). From Ghopte; Annapurna, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal.

Ethnic groups/tribes: Sherpa, Tamang, Brahmin, Chettri.

Itinerary

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Day 01:    Kathmandu / Sundarijal (1350m)/Chisopani(2141m).

Drive Kathmandu / Sundarijal (1 Hour). The reservoir here supplies most of Kathmandu Valley's drinking water. Commence with a steep incline on stone steps passing shops and huge pipelines as we steadily climb to arrive at the ridge. Walk along the ridge for another 20 minutes and then finally descend to Chisopani Danda, with magnificent views of the Northern Himalayas and demarcates the northern limits of the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Chisopani

Day 02:    Kutumsang (2492 m./8101 ft.)

From Chisopani, descend for about an hour on the other side of the valley to Pati Bhanjyang to find oneself in the middle of a densely populated Tamang Village. The higher we climb up the valley there are more noticeable changes in the settlements and human physiognomy. We now start to find a mixture of Tamang and Sherpa people living side by side. The trek to the sherpa Settlement of Kutumsang (2492 m./8101 ft.) is another climb for another 1 ½ hours but it is a pleasant walk through forests. Overnight Kutumsang.

Day 03:    Tharepati (3630 m./8500 ft.)

From Kutumsang, there is no further permanent settlements until Melamchi Gaon, but since we head on to Gosaikund we by pass the village and head on to TharePati, the starting point for a tour of the Gosaikund Region, which consists of half derelict stables (goth) and several seasonal cabins for individual trekkers operated by Sherpa people providing basic accommodation and food. Overnight Tharepati.

Day 04:    Trek to Phedi. Overnight.

Day 05:    Gosaikund (4312 m).

Early start essential. The trail up to the Laurebina Pass (4609m) is not difficult in itself , however it rises in altitude of more than a 1000 meters making walking slow with some difficulty in breathing because of low oxygen. After crossing over the pass, there is a breathtaking view of a portion of the Gosaikund Lakes (i.e. Surja Kund, Saraswati Kund and Bhairav Kund) and the panorama of the Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Mountain range. The Laurebina Pass, at the height of 4,609 meters, is at somewhat modest altitude for the Himalaya and presents no technical difficulties. Overnight Gosaikund.

Day 06:    Sing Gompa (3350m).

AM : Free to explore the surroundings and participate in the morning's rituals. There are some caves which the pilgrims use as shelters during festivals. A huge white rock, engraved with a stylized trident, emerges dramatically from the centre of the lake. According to legend, when Divine Shiva threw his trident (Trishul) here, the glacier melted giving birth to the Trishuli river. After an early lunch, follow the ridge trail gently descending for about an hour then the path gently descends until passing the Bhairav Kund (4,150m) and then followed by Saraswati Kund (4,000m) below the trail. After leaving the last lake, we set out on a ridge and then it is a relatively easy walking till our arrival at the Sing Gompa Village Overnight Sing Gompa 

Day 07:    Dunche (1950m)

After breakfast, the trail descends on a path where one sees the destruction of this once wonderful forest by fire caused by lightning. The trees stand gnarled and burnt and one can only imagine the beauty of the glory days. The trail bifurcates and we take the lower trail to Dunche. The descent is steep made much worse by the uneven steps and after about 4 hours, arrive at Dunche. Overnight at Dunche.

Day 08:    Drive back to Kathmandu

Included

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This tour is a full service trek and includes all permits, transfers in public transport, trained English speaking guides and porters and their insurances, all stay and meals on the trek.

Personal insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, flights and bar bills are not included.

The price includes the trek only, but we highly recommend that you spend at least two nights in Kathmandu prior to this trek and a night after the trek. Any Additional tour extensions, overnights and airport transfers can be booked with us. Just send us a message and we arrange a customized full tour for you!

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