‘Holy Lake Gosaikunda Trek package offers walking on high scenic ridges of Langtang Himal within sacred glacial lake Gosaikunda’
Holy Lake Gosaikunda Trek
Holy Lake Gosaikunda is a place for worship and pilgrimage, especially for Hindu devotees and followers. A religious event takes place on this the high scenic spot at Gosaikunda Lake once a year. This holy pond in winter and early springtime will be frozen and one can walk on edge of the lake.
Gosaikunda is considered one of the holiest of all holy spots around Nepal and India. Hindus believe Lord Shiva (one of the main Hindu God after Bhrama and Vishnu) respected as a creator and destroyer of the universe. One time the earth was poisoned by demons. Lord Shiva drank the deadly poison to save the world drank and to save himself needed to dilute the deadly poison. So, with his mighty weapon, he struck on the ground where ponds were created and drank the cool water to relinquish from the poison.
- One of the holiest of all holy spots, Gosaikunda Lake is regarded as sacred for thousands of years.
- Walking into the beautiful region of Langtang Himal with scenic views of giant snow-capped peaks.
- Enchanting forest of tall rhododendron forest where rare and endangered Red Panda dwells.
- Region of indigenous mountain tribe the Tamang enriched with Buddhist religion and culture.
- Explore impressive farm villages interwoven with ancient heritage and colourful traditional life.
- A journey of great enchantment within high Central Himalaya of Langtang with scenic views.
At Heaven Nepal Adventure, we make sure that our clients get the finest services. Also, we have highly skilled Sherpa guides and porters to assist you on the trek. We offer numerous other treks in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
Holy Lake Gosaikunda Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for a tour with time for trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Dhunche 1,900 m – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Sing Gompa / Chandanbari at 3,245 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Gosaikunda 4,381m / 14,375 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 06: At Holy Gosaikunda for local excursion and worship/puja.
Day 07: Trek to Sing Gompa – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek back to Dhunche town – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel – 05 hrs.
Day 10: International departure for homeward bound.
Holy Gosaikunda Trek is lively in the month of August (monsoon times) of Janai Purnima where a great number of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit the lake for a holy dip and offer religious rites and prayer.
Another popular belief, where a huge rock in the center of a pond once a remain of Shiva temple. Nepalese people believe that the water from this holy pond flows through secret channels directly to the holy pool of Kumbheshwar Temple situated in Kathmandu valley at Patan/Lalitpur city.
Our scenic and religious journey of purpose starts from Kathmandu with interesting overland to reach high cooler areas of Langtang Himal in Dhunche the headquarter town of Rasuwa district and home to Tamang hill tribes.
The Holy Gosaikunda Trek then leads to climbs into enchanting woodland to reach Sing Gompa area and further high past tree lines to reach our exotic destination at Gosaikunda. You will witness the marvelous beauty of surrounding around this holy spot. We then head back to Kathmandu after an amazing time on Holy Gosaikunda Trek.
Landing at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, where our guide or staff receives you for short drive to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with other group member of Holy Gosaikunda trekking, where our guide/leader will brief you with information regarding the treks, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts. Evening enjoy grand welcome dinner in typical Nepalese restaurants with various native cultures as entertainment.
At Kathmandu as a free day where one can join in our interesting sightseeing tour as options, as the capital Kathmandu of Nepal steeped with historical and religious monuments of world heritage sites. Afternoon at leisure and preparation for Holy Gosaikunda trekking, starting next early morning towards North of Kathmandu into Central Himalaya region.
Morning early morning start after hearty breakfast, then getting ready for long and interesting overland journey on Nepal’s North-West highway to reach at warmer country around Nuwakot at Trisuli Bazaar, and then continue drive to the cooler region at Dhunche 2,900 m headquarter town of Rasuwa district, where Langtang National Park starts. An interesting town for overnight stops before heading higher terrain, at Dhunche with time for stroll and witness local Tamang culture of immense interest interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism known as Mayana sect of the Buddhist religion.
From Dhunche town treks begins heading high past farm areas above a river to reach within the thick forest area of tall rhododendron-oaks-pines and magnolia trees with some bamboo stalks, where Red Panda and other wildlife often seen around. On reaching higher meadows in the midst of the enchanting forest, with short refreshing stops, then continue climb into the cool shade of lovely coniferous forest filled with tall rhododendron- magnolia-oaks-pines and fir tree lines, heading past cattle herder shelters within grazing field. The walk continues with final climb, then on pleasant trail reaching Sing Gompa also called as Chandanbari (a place with sandalwood trees), at Sing Gompa, check into a nice lodge, with afternoon free visit its small cheese factory and old monastery situated on top of the village.
After Sing Gompa or Chandanbari village, where morning walk offers grand views of Langtang and Ganesh-Himal with Manaslu and Annapurna range due west, as our route leads higher up for an hour into rhododendron forest. Walking past green forested areas where walk continues with the climb on leaving trees for dwarf rhododendron, juniper bushes, walk unwinds uphill past few teahouses around a small place of Laura Anaya, where short downhill reaches the first lake Saraswati and the Bhairabkund with the short climb to our overnight stop within Gosaikunda close to its calm pond.
At Gosaikunda, where great religious festival held once a year called Janai Purnima (Full Moon) in the month of August, great numbers of Hindu and Buddhists pilgrims throng the lake for a holy bathe.
At Gosainkund within a lovely spot surrounded by high rocky cliffs and tiers of green hills, with optional walks around this beautiful location, wherein the month of August fall ‘Janai Purnima’ a religious festival held annually as per Hindu Lunar calendar. Where thousands of pilgrims visit even though in a monsoon wet month, as Hindu followers and devotees reach here for the worship of Lord Shiva (one of the main three Hindu Gods), and take a dip in the holy icy pond. The belief is that it washes the sin of hundreds of lifetimes, where Hindu followers change their sacred thread, every year on this day.
After a glorious time with great spiritual feeling along with scenic views, the morning after breakfast heads down and up to Laurabinaya on hill top offers tremendous views of the surrounding landscapes and peaks of Manaslu-Ganesh and Langtang Himal. As walk leads back on long descend reaching back into the forested area and then at Sing Gompa for the overnight stop.
A leisure day with a long downhill into a pleasant cool shade of woodland and past few cattle herders huts and shades to reach at the bottom of a hill near a small bridge with few shops and local tea-houses. From here on easy trail reaching at the motorable road with a short winding climb to reach at the hotel or lodge in Dhunche town, for last overnight stop around Langtang Himal within Rasuwa district in the land of Tamang people.
Morning from Dhunche town where the exciting overland journey takes you back to Kathmandu on route observes Nepalese country life as drive leads past farm villages and towns to reach at Kathmandu around afternoon time, rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
After a wonderful time in Nepal with an amazing time in high mountains enjoying walks around Langtang Himal high hills with grand views with the visit of holy Gosainkund, with last day in Himalayan country enjoying an adventure on high areas of Nepal, where our staff and guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.
- Arrival airport pick up
- Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural program
- 3 Nights at 3-star standard accommodation at ‘Boutique Hotel ’ Kathmandu with breakfast
- Tour guided of Kathmandu Valley
- Kathmandu-Dhunche/Kathmandu road transfer By Bus/options for private vehicle
- Teahouse/Lodges accommodations during the trek (Nate and clean)
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking period
- 1-Trekking guide (well Experienced, Fluent English Speaking, Government Licensed, first aid and eco trained)and their entire expenses, equipment and insurance
- Entire potter cost and all the trekking equipment's for porters (one porter for each two-member in a group)
- Langtang National Park Trekking permit/TIMS Card
- All Government, and Local taxes as per applicable
- Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags during the trekking (if require)
- Heaven Nepal Adventure Duffle Bag and T-shirt/trekking Map and Adventure Certificate
- Group medical Kit Box (Diamox & other first Aid Medicine)
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
- Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurant's located at Thamel
- Final departure transfer to the airport
- International Airfare/Nepal Visa
- Entrance and monument fees during sightseeing
- Your meals at Kathmandu, except welcome dinner, farewell dinner and breakfast
- The entire cost of beverages, mineral water and beer etc. while on the trek
- Travel/Medical insurance (Must include
- Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
- Tipping to the guide and porter end of your trip.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the "Service Included" list are your personal expenses
Meals and Accommodations:
In major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will get multiple options to choose from, from cheap lodges to extravagant 5 stars hotels. Likewise, you will also get to choose from a wide range of cuisines while in the major cities. However, once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the treks, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.
Banking, ATM’s, and Money in Nepal:
Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency at major cities.
You can also exchange foreign currencies into Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.
We will brief you about your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and trekking and we will be giving you information file, and importantly introduced with your tour/trekking guide.
You will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who has to acknowledge about responsible tourism flew of areas and eco-friendly tourism
We also provide an assistant guide (call is Sherpa) if you’re on the group 4-5 people, who are ready to help you with every your situation. Also provide one porter is every two members of the group, and he will be carrying bag pack not more than 25kg. We get our crews’ life get insured.
After your trip is over, we will provide you (HNA) adventure certificate =region.
Size of Group:
Trekking Group Size of minimum 2-10 people. In case you want to travel alone, please do not hesitate to write back to us. We will plan consequently. In the case in your group more than ten people, please let us know so that we can make advance require and improvise plans and itinerary.
Trekking on the Everest Region much difficult as it is even more technical. We give you special priority to its technical sides for as well. For this, we have planned an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know a particular location where you need to stay for rest to acclimatize, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly pace study and so on. In case you get AMS, we have to crews who know how to deal with, it effectively and smartly.
While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel. As such, altitude sickness is an illness that a human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height 2,400 meters from the sea level.
You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk with a slow and steady pace, avoid smoking, and stop at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.
Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all the tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing the accidents, but each individual can by themselves an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.
Internet and Communication:
It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are few other forms of communication in Nepal.
Pre-respond to Altitude Sickness?
Please consult your physician Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
• Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other
• Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)
Popular Destinations to Visit:
There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destinations, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.
As of adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as the prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.
Things to do in Nepal
The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.
For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up to the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.
Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.
Trekking Seasons in Nepal
The country lies on the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is during March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled blooming flora, and the temperature is just the right.
Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.
Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.
(Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):
This trek for all age group, however, children of above 14 years including elderly people of maximum 65 years old can join in this lovely walks, it will be an exciting holiday as well for adults, where walk leads to ups and down with high country at Langtang valley to reach Kyanjin and the over high Gosainkund pass the highest spot of the journey. On this treks less chance of catching altitude sickness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness),
where walks lead with the slow gain in elevation, while you get acclimatized before reaching at Kyanjin at the height of 3,780 m high and then altitude gains more around Gosainkund with over 4,609 m/15,100 ft.
Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks
Before trip departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules
of the company. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before
signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.
From a minimum 5-6 person in the group with a maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for a single person as well, running independently at extra cost than in groups.
As per the season wise, where the best time is from March to May when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas. Where most of the morning till mid-days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. April to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees too short bushes.
Tea-House the word used in early days when there were smaller numbers of lodges on route
trekking, at present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms
accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.
Some village above 2,500 m and 3,000 m do have a nice lodge, but due to freezing cold
temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some
inside as common bathrooms and restrooms. All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.
Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after main villages,m where much of electric supply is private and individual of the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones. Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above.
Langtang valley and Gosainkund some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas. At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have an assist to cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.
In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and
medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where
nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to
reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.
Scenic views of world’s highest mountains with Langtang-Ganesh and Jugal Himal range
includes interesting culture on route treks, where walk leads you around Buddhist country
interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans. The walk leads to visit Tamang villages encountering many farm fields and terraces of interesting traditional life of the local villagers.
The Tamang tribes are high hills people of Nepal spread around Himalaya throughout the country, where most concentrated within Langtang and Ganesh Himal area of Buddhist religion and origin, these hill tribes are famous as craftsmen as well merrymaking with dance and music, and Tamang is mostly farmers and cattle herders as a traditional profession.
Absolutely the best months of the year and seasons for botany students, flower and nature lovers, where hills and valley alive with wildflowers in full bloom with riots of different colors, rhododendron from tall trees too short bushes will be in flowering times, rhododendron national flower of Nepal also.
Checklist for all season:
- Travel document: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, and a passport-sized photo.
- Hand Sanitizer
- Reading/Writing materials
- Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
- First-aid kit (containing lip balm, aspirin/ paracetamol, Band-Aid, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenge, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or
- Ciprofloxacin, antibiotic for
- Giardia, Diamox and any extra
- prescription drugs you are currently taking)
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruit, candies, and snack foods
- Swiss Army Knife
- Sleeping Bag
- Lightweight towel
- Toiletries (quick-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clipper, face, and body
- moisturizer, feminine, hygiene
- products, small mirror
- Day pack (with waist straps)
- Alarm clock and
- Insect repellent
- Earplugs and eye mask
- Small padlock
- Refillable water bottle
- Sun hat Sunglasses, Scarf
- Bag Liner
- Sewing kit
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
- Running shoes or sandals
- Comfortable walking shoes
Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Underwear and shorts
- T-Shirt 2 Or 3
- Long sleep shirt
- (Special Checklist for summer)
- Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
- Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
- Special Checklist for winter and High Altitude:
- 34. Layered clothing /Thermals and extra warm clothing during winter (December-March)
- 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
- Down jacket or down vest
- Fleece Or wool trousers/pants
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- wool or fleece with a waterproof shell outer
- A four-season sleeping bag/sleep
- sheet Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Gaiter (optional)
- Special Checklist for summer
- Lightweight wool
- Umbrella/waterproof jacket and
- trousers (May—September)
- Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
- Water bottle