Gosaikunda Spiritual Trek

7 Days

Trip Facts

Duration

7 Days

Fitness Level

Demanding

Max. Altitude:

4380 meters

Location

Nepal

Meals

Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Accommodation

3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouses during the trek

Group size

1-16

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Major attractions For Gosaikunda Spiritual Trek

  • Perfect for those wishing to go to the himalayas but have limited time.
  • Explore the holy and spiritual lakes such as Gosaikunda, Surya Kunda and Bhairav Kunda.
  • Panoramic views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and more.
  • Home to a diverse flora, fauna and the endangered red panda, snow leopard among others.
  • A picturesque hike with an immersion into the lifestyle of the local people.

Overview

Gosaikunda Spiritual Trek in Nepal is a popular trek that leads to the holy lakes of Gosaikunda. Located in Langtang National Park, this lake holds religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Moreover, the lake holds more religious significance to Hindus, as it is believed that the god Mahadev, due to grief over the loss of his wife, struck a rock with staff and caused waters to flow, forming the river. There are scientific reasons for forming the lakes, but the lakes are associated with spiritualism. During the full moon day of September (janai purnima), the lakes get many visitors from domestic and Indian pilgrims. Legend has it that a dip into these holy waters washes away one’s sins, pain, and sorrows.

Sitting high at 4380 meters above sea level, the trail to the lake is an adventurous and equally beautiful one. The trail leading up to the lake also boasts picturesque views, Tamang ethnic people, diverse wildlife, and an array of flora and fauna. In addition, the surrounding views of the mountains from the lakes are awe-inspiring. The trail passes through the high and challenging Lauribinayak pass, from where one can see all the mountains of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, Sisanpangba, and the eight thousand Manaslu.

The trek starts from Dhunche, a Tamang village on the banks of the Bhote Koshi River. It is a steep climb through the town of Chandanbari and then gradually to Cholangpati, a city offering picturesque views of the mountains and surrounding hills. Then, another steep climb takes you to Lauribinayak Pass (4300 meters). From there, another 2-3 hours of gentle walk takes you to the holy and spiritual waters of Gosaikunda. The trek is also one of the spiritual tours in Nepal. One can take a round tour of the Langtang Valley (link) and couple it with Gosaikunda for a more extended immersion into the Langtang region. 

  • Perfect for those wishing to go to the Himalayas but have limited time. 
  • Explore the holy and spiritual lakes such as Gosaikunda, Surya Kunda, and Bhairav Kunda. 
  • Panoramic views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and more
  • Home to a diverse flora, fauna, and the endangered red panda and snow leopard, among others. 
  • A picturesque hike with an immersion into the lifestyle of the local people. 

Gosaikunda Spiritual Trek Difficulty

The trek is short, and one can complete it in just four days. It covers an approximate distance of 60 kilometers, and the average walking distance per day is 12-14 kilometers. The trail is steep, especially from Cholangpati to Lauribinayak Pass, where some even feel altitude sickness. However, someone with a moderate fitness level can easily accomplish this trek. Old pilgrims also visit this spiritual lake for religious purposes, so this trek is deemed a more leisurely walk than others. 

Accommodation and Food in Gosaikunda Spiritual Trek

The accommodations in Gosaikunda trek are basic ethnic teahouses, which you will find aplenty. The teahouses are mostly built with stones and wood, providing a cozy and authentic experience. You will find a hallway acting as a dining area and an indoor firewood heating area where you can rest your legs after a hard day of climbing. You will see travelers sitting around the fire, allowing you to interact with other travelers. The bedrooms are shared between 2-3 people and have a shared bathroom. 

These mountains’ food is primarily local cuisines, such as Tibetan Bread, momos (dumplings), potatoes, dal bhat (rice, lentil, and curry), and other Tibetan-inspired offerings. In addition, you will also have some choice of Western food, such as pancakes, noodles, oatmeal, and even pizzas in the lower regions.  

Best Season For Gosaikunda Spiritual Trek

The best seasons to trek the Gosaikunda lakes are the autumn (September to November) season and the spring season (March to May). Trekking to the Gosaikunda lakes is possible during monsoon season and winter, but it comes with difficulties. For instance, the monsoon season brings quite a bit of rainfall, the trails can be slippery, and there will be abundant leeches. The winter season can be harsh due to the cold temperature and a lot of snow, making it difficult to traverse the terrain. The lakes can be frozen and blanketed by snow, making up for poor visibility. However, the monsoon and the winter can be a good option if you like solitude while trekking. But make sure to carry enough warm clothing for the winter and rain jackets for the monsoon. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will be waiting for you at the airport displaying a playcard imprinted with your name. He/she will then transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening we can enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Naata Trek and Tours. During the dinner we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

We will have a pre trip meeting after breakfast where you will be introduced to your Guide. During the meeting you can assure yourself with any queries regarding the trip.
We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 3: Drive to Dhunche (2030meters) and trek to Deurali (2600 meters)

After breakfast, we start our drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. The roads are mostly unpaved till Dhunche but are scenic still. We have lunch at dhunche and start our trek. The trail is gradual till we come across a suspension bridge after which the trail is steep throughout till we reach Deurali. We stay the night in Deurali.

  Maximum Altitude : 2600 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours
 Driving Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 4: Trek to Lauribinayak

After breakfast, we start our drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. The roads are mostly unpaved till Dhunche but are scenic still. We have lunch at dhunche and start our trek. The trail is gradual till we come across a suspension bridge after which the trail is steep throughout till we reach Deurali. We stay the night in Deurali.

  Maximum Altitude : 3900 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 5: Trek to Gosaikunda (4380 meters) and back to Chandanbari

We continue on the steep trail and pass by a small Buddhist Mane. Continuing further the trail starts getting more cautious and we walk on a small trail on the edge of the hills with searing drops down below. Walking for a further two hours we pass by Bhairav kunda and reach the holy lake of Gosaikunda. We spend a couple of hours there and retrace our steps back to Chandanbari where we stay the night.

  Maximum Altitude : 4380 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 6: Trek to Dhunche

Walking on the same trail for about 4-5 hours we reach our starting point that is dhunche. We have lunch at Dhunche and drive back to Kathmandu

  Maximum Altitude : 2030 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse

Day 7: Departure

Our trip concludes today and a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will escort you to the international airport for your departure.

 Meal : Breakfast

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Teahouses accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner programs
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-liscensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Naata Trek and Tour’s trekking bag, t-shirt and trekking map (which are yours to take)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Dhunche in case 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 porter, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • All other not mentioned in cost includes section

Traveler Reviews

Samantha Jhonson
Samantha Anderson
October 12, 2023

Good hike and thankfully I went there in good weather. I could literally see mountains just few meters ahead from my eyes. This was my first time and I really miss it alot already.

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