Gosaikunda Pass Trekking - 11 Days

Gosaikunda Pass Trekking
Trip Information
  • Duration11 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
  • Max Altitude4610m
  • ActivityTrekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-June and Sept-Dec
Highlights

“Trek through the Gosaikunda Pass to conquer the heights and witness the hidden treasure of Nature”.

  • Discover the Hindu destination of Gosaikunda Lake which is believed to be formed by Lord Shiva with his trident.
  • Immerse in the rich culture of Tamang tribe, experience their rich tradition, way of life and warm hospitality.
  • Witness the breathtaking view of Himalayas including Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna range.
  • Trek through lush rhododendron forests to glaciers while discovering natural flora and fauna.
  • Experience this short and accessible trek which provides without a doubt a taste of Himalayan panorama without any compensation.

Trip Introduction

Gosaikunda Lake is a revered Hindu destination located at a lofty height of 4380 meters above sea level. It is stated that Lord Shiva formed the lake when he drove his trident into a mountain to pull water to calm his throat after consuming poison. During Janai Purnima, thousands of worshippers go to Gosaikunda (a full moon festival in August). Gosaikunda Pass Trekking: This incredible undertaking offers wonderful perspectives of the Himalayas and the real society associated with the Tamang tribe, who came to the region from Tibet roughly 400 years ago.

The Gosaikunda pass is a popular trekking route in the Langtang area. This hike begins at Syabru Besi and continues to Kyanjing Gompa before turning higher up the hillside to Thulo Syabru and ending at Goisaikunda. It combines a natural heritage of spectacular Himalayan range perspectives and diverse landscapes, a social tradition of Tibetan establishments such as Tamang and Sherpa communities, and a religious legacy of both Hindus and Buddhists as a pilgrimage to Gosaikunda once in a lifetime.

Goisaikunda is a must-see destination for both locals and tourists. Thousands of Hindus make the trek to this lake in August to pay their respects to the Hindu deity Shiva. The Gosaikunda trek follows a rough trail with stunning views of Himal Chuli (7893 m), Manaslu (8156 m), and Ganesh Himal to the west (7406m). On a clear day, the Annapurna range may be seen rising behind you with your focused vision, while Langtang Lirung can be seen across the valley to the north. It also has natural wildness, artistic woods, wild blooms, and animals. The arrangements and assortments encountered during Gosaikunda Pass Trekking include oak and rhododendron woods, glaciers, and traditional Tamang towns.

This is a restricted foothill trip that is best suited to hikers who just have a few days in Nepal. Gosaikunda Pass Trekking is a short adventure trip that ascends to 4300m and is cherished by both expert and novice hikers. This wonderful attempt provides excellent perspectives on Himalayan travel and authentic civilization associated with the Tamang tribe, who came to the region from Tibet roughly 400 years ago.

Trek to Gosaikunda during festivals

Gosainkunda Lake is a famous and holy lake in Nepal for both Buddhist and Hindu people. The holy lake is located about 4381 meters above sea level in the northeast of Kathmandu, surrounded by the Himalayas. Other holy lakes such as Saraswati Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Bhairav Kunda surround the summits. Lord Shiva created this holy lake by piercing a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after swallowing a poison that threatened to destroy the world. Amar Singh Thapa (a famous warrior) spent the final minutes of his life in a cave just above the lake. Inside the cave is a half-body statue of Amar Singh Thapa.

Thousands of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims gather here every year on the Full Moon day in August to worship Lord Shiva and bathe in the sacred lake of Gosaikunda. Shamans known as "Dhami-Jhankris" perform sacred dances and sing mantras (holy prayers). According to Hindu belief, a conduit from the lake transports water directly from the lake to the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan, Kathmandu Valley (60 km southwest). Hindus sing Gayatri Mantra and alter their holy thread (Janai) for protection, as well as Rakshya Bandhan, a sacred red-yellow thread tied around the wrist by a priest. In this lake, we can see an image of Shiva in the center, which is filled with water. The Gosaikunda festival trip is tailored to coincide with this specific celebration in the Langtang area.

What is the best time/season for Gosaikunda Pass Trekking?

As they are for other Nepalese treks, spring and autumn are the finest seasons for the Gosaikunda trip. Spring hikers visit Langtang from late February to early June. In the autumn season, hikers visit Gosaikunda from early September until late December.

The skies are still clear, and the weather is pleasant. Alpine woods and lush pasturelands are at their most beautiful. In certain seasons, the vistas of the Himalayas are just spectacular. 

  • Autumn Trek to Gosaikunda (September, October, November) 

In the autumn, the average high temperature in Gosaikunda is between 28 and 20 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the average low temperature ranges from 10 to 6 degrees. Gosaikunda is a great time to visit since the weather is mild. This is one of the greatest trekking seasons in the Langtang area. The sky is still mostly clear. It's the ideal moment to capture the majestic Himalayas through your camera lens. Views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh, Himalchuli, Dorje Lakpa, and other peaks are stunning. You traverse valleys, ridges, mountains, highlands, alpine forests, and grasslands.

  • Spring Trek to Gosaikunda: (March, April, May)

Spring is another great time to go trekking in Nepal. Rhododendrons blossom across the woodland in the spring. It's far more pleasant to wander through woodlands full of bright rhododendrons. Isn't that right? This allows the trekkers to enjoy the full journey. In the spring, the average high temperature in Gosaikunda is between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the average low temperature ranges from 6 to 18 degrees. Early June is also a fantastic time to start trekking. Because the weather is dry until mid-June, you may also hike to Gosaikunda in the first or second week of June. Other than spring and autumn, there are no off-seasons for trekking in Nepal. As a result, relatively few hikers visit Gosaikunda during the winter and monsoon seasons. 

  • Winter Trek to Gosaikunda: (December, January, February)

In the winter, the average high temperature in Gosaikunda varies between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the average low temperature ranges from 2 to 6 degrees. Early and mid-December is still an excellent time to hike to Gosainkunda. As December draws to a close, high-altitude locations begin to receive snowfall. Among them are Gosaikunda and the Lauribinayak Pass. Despite the snow, the journey is still possible. However, keep in mind that heavy snowfall might close Lauribina Pass. The lake stays frozen in the winter and will remain so for several months.

  • Monsoon Gosainkunda Trek (June-July-August)

During the monsoon season, the average high temperature in Gosaikunda is between 30 and 22 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the average low temperature varies from 17 to 21 degrees. In the monsoon, the beautiful green meadows and rhododendron trees make the Langtang area appealing. However, the arrival of the monsoon in mid-to-late June significantly reduced the number of hikers. During the monsoon season, clouds and rain obscure the vistas. And the paths are muddy and slick. However, during the August season, Gosaikunda attracts a large number of Nepalese and Indian Hindu worshipers.

What are the accommodation facilities in/during Gosaikunda trekking?

The accommodation on the Gosaikunda Trek is minimal and in lodges and teahouses. Rooms might be twin or multi-share, with basic shared restrooms. Hot showers are also provided for a modest fee in some locations. In comparison to other treks, the walk does not have a lot of hotel options. As a result, it is vital to keep expectations low and prepare for alterations.

What local culture and tradition can be experienced during around Gosaikunda?

On the way to Gosaikunda, you will pass through various villages, each with its own culture and customs. Both Tamanags and Sherpas live in villages, and their culture is inspired by Tibetan culture. You will learn about the culture of these people who have been living in this manner for generations, denying themselves modern conveniences. There is a historic monastery in Chandanbari, locally named as Sing Gompa. You can stop there to light some butter lamps, listen to the praying monk, and keep your mind and body free from stress.

Is travel insurance required during Gosaikunda Pass Trekking?

Holiday Planner Nepal advises and recommends that all travellers get travel and medical insurance in case of unforeseen occurrences during their Himalayan holiday. Travel and medical insurance must be secured before traveling to the Himalayan areas.Every one of our guests is required to get travel and medical insurance before embarking on any vacation or trek with Holiday Planner Nepal. A sufficient amount of coverage should be included for treks and tours, including coverage for death, personal injury, medical bills, and repatriation charges for any mode of transportation used for emergency evacuations, such as a helicopter rescue, an air ambulance, or the appropriate baggage coverage.

Altitude sickness in Gosaikunda/Do we face altitude mountain sickness during Gosaikunda Pass Trekking?

Mountain altitude sickness may affect anyone. Because of a lack of oxygen, the drop in air pressure at high altitude makes breathing difficult. It is more prevalent above 3300 meters (10,000 ft). The signs and symptoms are as follows: Dizziness/headache, vomiting and nausea, tiredness and fatigue, sleeplessness, appetite loss, stress and ange, and so on. Dress appropriately for the temperature, drink enough water, eat properly, and move slowly to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If your body is not feeling well, you should request rest or sleep. Maintain a supply of water and follow the tour leader's instructions and mountain sickness warnings.

If small problems emerge during a walk, our guides are trained in first aid. Each consumer should have his or her own insurance before coming to Nepal in case of an emergency. All of our personnel are insured in the case of an emergency. If a helicopter evacuation is necessary in an emergency, we may arrange for Helicopter Rescue, which may be reimbursed by your insurance.

What are the water and toilet facilities while travelling to Gosaikunda?

Because of the limited natural and artificial resources accessible locally, the quality of services must be sacrificed as we travel towards the highlands. Hot showers are not accessible in some regions due to a shortage of gases and woodlands in higher elevations, which requires guests to pay an additional fee for the bio-mass necessary to create heat for creating hot water, showering, and drinking. Because mineral waters are not readily available owing to a lack of transportation, it is preferable to carry a bottle that filters the water as it enters or to carry water-cleaning capsules.

Due to the rural nature of the area and the scarcity of water, certain lodges, tea shops, and hotels feature squat toilets, which require you to squat in order to do bodily waste management. Not only that, but modern western toilets demand at least 2-3 liters of water for flushing, which is hard to meet owing to a lack of supply.

Is there electricity, internet, and battery recharge facility during Gosaikunda pass Trekking?

As a developing country, facilities linked to energy are not accessible in some locations, and even if they are provided, load-shedding and electrical shortages may occur due to natural or intentional causes. Carrying a power bank is advised for charging the batteries of mobile phones, cameras, flashlights, and other gadgets.

Some locations charge extra fees to recharge the battery because they acquire or use power from other sources. Generators, solar panels, and even private hydropower are examples.

Because of the power as well as the private poles and the amount of money that the locals have to invest extensively in poles, cables, and internet service providers, the internet demands a specific amount of payment but varies from place to place and is not applicable everywhere.

Itinerary
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When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted by a senior representative from Holiday Tours Nepal and transferred to your hotel. After you have refreshed yourself, your tour guide will arrive to pick you up for a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Return to the hotel and prepare for the cultural program supper.Stay the night at the recommended hotel.

    Today you have a full day of guided viewing excursions to the Buddhist and Hindu landmarks in Kathmandu, most likely to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath; a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism known as the Monkey Temple due to the presence of numerous sacred monkeys in the temple's north-west corner. Pashupatinath is a holy Hindu temple located on the Bagmati River's bank. Then travel to the Buddhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest and oldest stupas. A pre-trip meeting with your hiking guide will take place in the hotel later in the afternoon. Our office staff will update you about our walk and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the forthcoming trip with your guide. and stayed in Kathmandu overnight.

      Today, after breakfast at the hotel, the day begins with a 1-hour journey to Sundarijal, where the trekking will begin. The trail begins steeply ascending through a dense forest of oak, pine, and rhododendron, passing alongside a large water pipe that supplies water to Kathmandu, until you reach the ridge of Burlang Bhanjyang (2442m), from which you will have magnificent views of Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the east. Then you return to Chisapani via oak and rhododendron woodlands, agricultural farms, and meadows. Spend the night in the tea house.

        Chisapani is a lovely location from which to explore the Dorgelakpa and Langtang Himalayan ranges. After breakfast, you descend for approximately an hour and a half to Pati Bhanjyang, a huge Tamang hamlet, from which you rise to a pass of 2470m and then drop to Gul Bhanjyang, another Tamang town. The trail then climbs to a pass of 2620 meters before descending to Khtumsang. The views will be spectacular, spanning from the Annapurnas and Manaslu in the west to Numbur in the east. Spend the night in the tea house.

          The path ascends from Khutumsang through woodland with spectacular views of Numbur, Jugal Himal, and many other snowcapped peaks before reaching a ridge from which a short descent leads to Mangan Kharka at 3285m. The route now ascends steadily through pine and rhododendron woodland, with views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur. Finally, we arrive to Tharepati for the night.

            The route dips to a creek before ascending over a ridge through rhododendron and juniper trees to Ghopte at 3359m. We return to Phedi from here. This is a beautiful climb with incredible views of the Laurebina Pass. Spend the night in the tea house.

              The path ascends to the 4610m Laurebina pass, passes four tiny lakes, and then descends over tough terrain to Gosaikunda. Saraswati Kunda, Bharavi Kunda, and Gosaikunda are the three holy lakes at Gosaikunda. This third lake is especially holy and is a summer pilgrimage site. According to tradition, Lord Shiva created this lake by piercing a glacier with his trident to collect water to satiate his thirst after drinking the poison produced by "Suras" and "Asuras" when churning the ocean for ambrosia. Spend the night in the tea house.

                The route ascends to a hill from the lake—Saraswati Kunda. There are excellent views of Langtang Lirung over the Langtang valley. Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu may be seen to the west. From here we descend to Sing Gompa through Laurebina. Sing Gompa is home to a small monastery as well as a cheese factory. Spend the night in the tea house.

                  After breakfast, you will descend all the way to Dhunche via an oak, fir, and rhododendron forest. Rasuwa's district headquarters are at Dhunche. Spend the night in the tea house.

                    After an early morning meal, your guide will transport you to the bus station for a lovely rural trip back to Kathmandu along the rocky route to Betrbati Bazaar. The road improves after Betrabati Bazaar. Stay at the hotel for the night.

                      After a wonderful time in Nepal, you will be transferred to an international airport according to flight time or you can join us for the next trip.

                        Cost Details
                        What's Included
                        • private vehicle transportation for all airport pickups and drop-offs.
                        • In Kathmandu, three nights of luxury twin/double sharing lodging on BB.
                        • All of the required entrance fees and private transportation are included in all guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.
                        • Local buses are available to take you from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and from Dhunche to Kathmandu (for a surcharge, private transportation is also available for both directions).
                        • entry fees for the Langtang National Park, the Shivapuri National Park, and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.
                        • A guide who is fluent in English, Nepali government licensed, insured, and registered, as well as someone who has completed safety-related training,
                        • 02 guests = 1 porter who has had their insurance, salary, food, lodging, and equipment paid for.
                        • During the trek, lodging will be provided in tea houses or lodges in the mountains that are twin or double occupancy.
                        • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are the three meals each day, along with tea or coffee while on the trek.
                        • safe water to drink.
                        • According to the itinerary, all local and federal taxes are included.
                        What's not Included
                        • Your Nepal visa fees (bring two passport-size photos, exact fees in USD).
                        • All international flight costs, both from and to Kathmandu (international flights do not require payment of departure tax).
                        • Kathmandu's noon and night meals
                        • Insurance for personal travel, health, and helicopter evacuation
                        • In the event of an extra night's lodging, lunch, and dinner in the city due to an early arrival or a late departure, as well as an early departure from the mountain or trek (for any reason),
                        • Personal costs like laundry, baggage fees, phone calls, battery recharges, bar and beverage bills, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold showers, additional porters, etc.
                        • Tips for the trekking teams and driving
                        • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control
                        • Anything that isn't part of the service or that hasn't been included.
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                        Useful Information

                        Equipment and Gear List

                        GeneralGeneral

                        • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                        • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                        • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                        CatUpper Body

                        • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                        • warm woolen hat
                        • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                        • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                        • Polarized sunglasses

                        TorsoTorso

                        • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                        • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                        • Waterproof rain jacket
                        • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                        • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                        LowerLower Body

                        • thermals inner
                        • Hiking pants at least 3
                        • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                        • Waterproof, windproof shell
                        • Hiking shorts

                        glovesHands

                        • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                        • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

                        feetFeet

                        • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                        • Hiking socks
                        • Liner socks
                        • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                        • Crampons (For passes)
                        • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                        • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                        undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

                        • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                        • Sports bras (women)
                        • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                        FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                        Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

                        • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                        • Lip balm or Vaseline
                        • ointment cream
                        • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                        • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                        Optional Other Essentials

                        • Passport
                        • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                        • Reusable water bottle
                        • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                        • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                        • water bladder for the day bag
                        • small towel for personal use
                        • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                        • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                        • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                        • Power bank or extra batteries
                        • Cameras and mobile phone
                        • Cards/book
                        • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                        • Trekking poles
                        • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                        • Thermos for hot water during the night
                        • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                        • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                        • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                        • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                        • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg (33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                        • A down jacket with a hood (cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                        • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                        • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                        Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

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