Gosaikunda Short Trek: 7 days

Gosainkunda Lake
Trip Information
  • Duration7 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude4,336 m/14225 ft
  • ActivityTrekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Group Size+1
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeAll Month of the year but March-June and Sept-Dec best time
  • Discover the sacred pilgrimage site of Gosaikunda Lake, located amidst the beautiful Langtang region.
  • Explore the life style of the Tamang community and immerse in their rich hospitality with culture, dance, and festivals.
  • Get a view of 108 lakes in the Gosaikunda area like Bhairab, Saraswati, Surya Kunda, and many more,
  • Witness the views of mountains like Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna range.
  • Trek through the lush rhododendron forests, glaciers, terraced fields, and traditional villages,
  • Exploring diverse flora and fauna, including red pandas and Himalayan Tahr.
  • During the annual Janai Purnima festival have a dip in the holy water, which is believed to wash away all your sins.

Advantages of planning your trip with us

  • Pick-up and drop-off services for all passengers upon international arrival and departure.
  • Well-trained, experienced, fluently English-speaking guide, and a strong sherpa or porter for carrying the duffel bag.
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival with cultural Nepali dances.
  • Three meals a day and tea or coffee during the trek, with accommodation in the mountains.
  • First-aid kit box and first-aid services.
  • We provide Holiday Planner Nepal’s maps, t-shirt, and cap.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags are available for rent.
  • We organize custom services as per the requests of our clients.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (must be paid by the client or insurance).
  • We provide an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate.
  • We provide oxygen cans during high-altitude treks.
  • We provide SIM cards for travelers, so there won’t be any communication issues.

Introduction: Gosainkunda Short Trek

Embark on this Gosainkunda short trek as it takes visitors through the heart of the Langtang region. The Gosaikunda Lake is situated at Langtang National Park region, which is 41.5 kilometers from the capital of Kathmandu.

Gosaikunda, situated at 4,380 meters, is surrounded by several mountain peaks. The Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri lay for a panoramic view of these snow-capped towering peaks in the Gosaikunda region.

Gosainkunda Short Trek is a moderate trek suitable for all travelers coming solo and in groups. Couples or people with children can also complete the trek. Getting travel insurance for the Gosaikunda trek is optional. However, taking travel insurance to safeguard against any unforeseen circumstances is recommended.

The places of interest in this short Gosaikunda trekking itinerary are the Langtang Valley, Sing Gompa Lauri Bina Pass, and Gosaikunda and its surrounding lakes. Similarly, the Gosaikunda Lake needs various permits to enter as it is a protected area. Some documents required to enter the region are the Langtang National Park Entry Permit and the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

History of Gosaikunda lake

The Gosaikunda Lake is believed to have been formed by a Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, when he threw his trident into the earth's surface to pull water to calm his throat after consuming poison. Thus, for religious reasons, this pilgrimage site was visited by many during the time of Janai Purnima, which is an entire moon festival in August.

During the Janai Purnima festival, it is believed that bathing in the holy lake of Gosaikunda can wash away human sins, so many visitors come to the lake during August to pay respect to the Hindu god Shiva. The best time to embark on the Gosaikunda route is spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September to November.

Why Gosainkunda trek?

Gosainkunda Short Trek starts from the capital city and moves towards Dhunche to finally reach Gosaikunda Lake. The Tamang community inherits the area, which holds its own distinct culture. Likewise, the serene Gosaikunda hosts 108 other kundas, or lakes. Some of the renowned lakes alongside Gosaikunda are Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, Naga Kunda, Rakta Kunda, Chandra Kunda, Ama Kunda, Dudh Kunda, and many more.

As mentioned, the Gosaikunda Lake lies in the Langtang National Park. Thus, Langtang National Park is a protected and conserved area, home to various wild animals and birds. The place is home to some of the most exotic flora and fauna found on the planet. The animals in Langtang National Park include Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Wild Dog, Ghoral, Serow, and many others.

How does the Gosainkunda short trek start and end?

The Gosainkunda short trek begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu. The trip continues to Dhunche, which lies in the Rasuwa district of Nepal, through a scenic drive on the Pasang Lhamu Highway. The road trip moves through dense forests and along the Trishuli River while passing many waterfalls. The road to Dhunche is under construction, so some sections might get bumpy. Despite the road conditions, the drive to Dhunche is a fantastic experience.

Similarly, Dhunche is the headquarters of the Rasuwa district of Nepal, which lies around 120 kilometers from Kathmandu. Trekkers must pass numerous prominent villages, including Kakani, Ranipauwa, Bidur, Trishuli, Betrawati, and Ramche, to finally reach Dhunche.

Dhunche is a big village that is also the gateway of the Gosainkunda journey; the settlement is on the terraced side with hills and mountains surrounding it. Some of the mountains seen from Dhunche are Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal.

After Dhunche, the Gosaikunda trek continues toward Sing Gompa or Chandanbari via Deurali and Dimsa. Sing Gompa is a scenic village located inside Langtang National Park. It is a small but beautiful village with a monastery and a yak cheese factory. Ganesh III and Ganesh IV can be seen from Chandanbari as the exploration of Chandanbari completes the trek march towards the main highlight of the trek, the Gosaikunda Lake. As visitors pass Chandanbari, they will come across Chyolangpati, Laurebina, and Bouddha Temple to finally reach Gosainkunda Lake.

Gosainkunda is a freshwater glacier lake that has a religious background, with its origin story existing in various Hindu scriptures. Upon arriving at Gosainkunda Lake, trekkers can explore numerous lakes like Bhiarav Kunda, Surya Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Ragat Kunda, Nau Kunda, and Nag Kunda with views of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range, and many more.

As the holy lake is explored, the Gosainkunda Short Trek Itinerary takes travelers back to Dhunche. The return journey is through the same route as approaching the lake. Trekkers will now meander down the rhododendron and pine forests while revisiting Langtang National Park to reach Dhunche. The end of the journey to this Gosaikunda trekking is when trekkers drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu.

So come together with Holiday Tours Nepal in this comprehensive Gosainkunda Short Trekking Package for a once-in-a-lifetime experience through the rugged terrains of the Langtang region.

Best season and time for Gosainkunda short trek

Gosaikunda short trek can be done all around the year in Nepal. Nepal mainly faces four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. However, spring and autumn are the best seasons and times to plan a holiday for the Gosaikunda trek in Nepal.

Spring Trek

The Gosainkunda route becomes vibrant and clear during spring, which lasts from March to May. These months are one of the most recommended trekking times for a holiday in Nepal. The skies are clear, with an unobstructed view of the Himalayan range of Nepal. The rhododendron forests come to full bloom alongside the greenery of pine and oak forests. The pleasing smell or aroma in the air provides a comfortable walk in the rugged terrains of the Langtang region. The average temperature during the spring season in the Gosaikunda area is 18 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius, with very low to almost no rainfall or snowfall. As it is one of the best seasons to travel in Nepal, the Gosainkunda trekking trail may be crowded with trekkers.

Autumn Trek

Another best and recommended season for a short Gosaikunda trek is autumn, which lasts from September to November. The weather is warm and stable during this season, with clear skies. The average temperature in autumn ranges from 20 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius, which can drop to 6–10 degrees Celsius at night. As the autumn season is dry, there is no chance of rainfall and fog. This enables a clear view of the mountain peaks and surrounding hills. The Autumn season consists of the festive month of the Gosaikunda region. Janai Purnima is a festival celebrated in the full moon where pilgrims bathe in the holy lake, which is believed to wash away all sins. Thus, the trek to Gosaikunda in Autumn can be crowded.

Besides spring and autumn, traveling in winter and summer is also possible. However, these seasons are challenging and only recommended for hardcore trekkers and adrenaline enthusiasts.

Winter Trek

The winter season, which lasts from causes heavy snowfall with volatile weather conditions. The temperature can go below freezing point with chances of blizzards and avalanches. Trekking in winter requires intense physical and mental fitness and precise logistical preparation. Be sure to carry an extra layer of clothes and properly hydrate while touring towards Gosaikunda in winter.

Summer Trek

The summer season lasts from June to August and is dominated by heavy rainfall. The average temperature can be between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius and go as low as 17 to 21 degrees Celsius at night. Due to heavy rain, the trails become slippery with increased fog, which can block the Himalayan views. The abundance of leeches can also rise in the summer season, so extra packing of insect repellent, waterproof jackets, and ointment is necessary.

How to prepare for the Gosaikunda short trek?

Gosaikunda short trek is considered a moderately complex trek. Gosaikunda trekking does not require prior experience and can be easily encountered by beginner trekkers. However, proper mental and physical fitness is necessary to accomplish this trek with no difficulty.

Walking in the stone-embedded steps with steep ups and downs and increasing elevation is a challenge. So, it is necessary to maintain good stamina and endurance. For physical fitness, cardiovascular exercises like swimming, cycling, running, jogging, and walking can be done one month before embarking on the trek. Trekkers planning the Gosaikunda hike can change their daily habits by avoiding lifts and taking stairs. Similarly, walking for at least 45 minutes daily can significantly enhance the trekking experience.

Similarly, as the Langtang region is located in a remote part of Nepal, travelers do not expect luxury in the area. Besides Holiday Tours Nepal providing the best available services, travelers might need to compromise several factors during the trek. Whether walking uphill on the steepest slopes or facing the chilliest weather, trekking can become hectic without a strong mentality. So, keeping an open mind and not getting irritated with small changes is recommended.

Accommodation facilities during the Gosainkunda short trek

The Gosaikunda trekking trail accommodates various teahouses and guesthouses where trekkers can spend the night. The amenities these places provide might differ according to the cost; however, every settlement aims to give travelers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The following are some of the accommodation options available en route to Gosaikunda:

  • Teahouse: They are the primary accommodation facilities in the Langtang region. They provide comfortable bed and blanket facilities. Teahouses are small guesthouses with single or double beds. One room in the teahouse can accommodate a maximum of two individuals. They are the cheapest option for those on a budget. The bathrooms in teahouses are often shared, and they offer buckets, geysers, and solar showers. Travelers often need to pay extra for hot showers, electricity, and Wi-Fi in teahouses.
  • Guesthouses: They are relatively expensive accommodation options compared to teahouses. Guesthouses are available in highly populated areas and provide comfortable beds and blanket facilities with various other amenities. Trekkers can savor a variety of cuisines available on the menu. Another thing about guesthouses is that trekkers can communicate with the locals as they run them. For this reason, trekkers can gain insights into the mountain life of the people living in the Langtang area.

Rooms in guesthouses consist of single or double beds with attached bathrooms where one can sleep in a single room. So, they work on one individual one-bedroom basis. Those who wish to book a room with attached bathrooms should book in advance, as these rooms are the first to get booked. 

  • Luxury houses: These are the most expensive type of accommodation for visitors. Luxury houses are not found in remote or high-altitude places, meaning they are found only in prominent places along the Gosaikunda trekking route. They provide the highest amenities among all the options, with attached bathrooms and hot showers. Electric blankets and heating systems are also available in these places. Electricity and Wi-Fi costs are already added to the cost of the room, so charging and communication are fine.

Internet and electricity facilities at Gosainkunda Trail

Communication, charging, and electricity are critical for traveling anywhere, including Gosaikunda. As Gosaikunda is a high-altitude trip, communication and electricity may be limited in some areas because of the remoteness. The signaling station may not work at high elevations or inside forests, and specific routes are simple, aside from this communication infrastructure.

Holiday Tours Nepal provides a free SIM card with a data allowance of 20 GB. This will allow users to communicate and surf the internet while staying in Nepal.

All of the accommodations have charging stations and electricity. Cell phones and cameras can be set up in lodges, hotels, guesthouses, and luxury homes' rooms.

However, anyone staying in the teahouse must charge their electronics in the hotel lobby. Charging in the teahouse is additional, ranging from $3 to $5. Charging is not an option while traveling or camping; thus, taking power banks, a different set of batteries, and solar chargers is recommended to ensure an unrivaled power supply.

Permits and documents required for Gosaikunda

The Gosainkunda Lake lies in the Langtang region, which the Government of Nepal has labeled as a protected area. Due to this reason, various permits and documents are required to enter the Gosainkunda area, and visitors need to show these permits and documents for Gosainkunda at various check posts and permit points. The following are the types of permits and documents required for trekkers and visitors to enter the Gosaikunda region:

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card

The TIMS card is a must-have document for all trekkers. The TIMS card keeps track of trekkers and their destinations, allowing authorities to update information during an emergency during the walk. The cost of a TIMS card is estimated below:

Tourists from outside SAARC countries
NRS 1,000 (about US$ 10) for every trekking route, per participant, per entry for group trekkers and NRs. 2,000 (approximately US$20) per trekking route, per participant, per entry for individual trekkers.
Tourists from SAARC countries
NRS. 300 (about US$ 3) for each trekking route, per person, per entry for group trekkers and NRs. 600 (approximately US$ 6) per trekking route, per participant, per entry for independent trekkers.
  • Passport
  • Other documents
  • Valid Visa to Nepal
  • Two copies of Passport Size Photo

Can trekkers get altitude sickness during Gosaikunda trek?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), often known as altitude sickness, is common for those who hike at high altitudes. A rapid climb to higher heights without adequate time for acclimatization is the primary cause of altitude sickness. At higher elevations, the body must adapt to lower oxygen levels. A headache, dizziness, nausea, exhaustion, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath are common symptoms. Things may become complicated if any necessary precautions are not taken. High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) are extreme manifestations of AMS.

The most severe kind of HAPE affects the lungs and causes them to fill with fluid, but it can create serious health concerns.

Similarly, the most severe kind is HACE, when altitude sickness causes the brain to swell. This is the most hazardous condition and must be treated immediately.

Note: If you experience any uneasiness or discomfort in your health while trekking in the Everest zone, you should seek immediate medical attention. The condition must be disclosed to the guide, who is an expert in this area.

Holiday Planner Nepal has prepared the following considerations to prevent altitude sickness during the Gosainkunda short trek:

  • Acclimatization: Acclimatization is required for decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations. This means that people must rest periodically before ascending to higher elevations. This will acquaint the body with the environment, reducing the probability of altitude sickness. It is also recommended to gain at most 300-500 meters of elevation each day and to rest every 3-4 days.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated to avoid dehydration, which can exacerbate altitude sickness. Hikers should avoid caffeine and alcohol since they dehydrate the body.
  • Medicine: To avoid altitude sickness, have garlic soup or consider taking medicine. Consult your doctor before taking any medication, and ensure you take the correct dosage.
  • Descend: If you develop altitude sickness symptoms, descend swiftly to a lower altitude. When your symptoms have subsided, you should stop climbing.
  • Determine Symptoms: Notify your guide or trekking partner if you notice any altitude sickness symptoms. Headache, nausea, vertigo, and dyspnea are some of the symptoms.
  • Fitness: Train well before the trip to prepare for the ascent's physical demands and lower your chances of altitude sickness. This will increase your endurance and fitness.

Is travel insurance required for the Gosaikunda Short Trek?

Travel insurance is not mandatory for the short trekking trip to Gosaikunda. However, with travel insurance, individuals can safely guard against unforeseen circumstances. Travel insurance can be purchased from any insurance company; however, Holiday Tours Nepal will not provide any insurance facility and should be bought on your own. Travel insurance will have various types of policies and conditions, so be sure to purchase the one that will cover all the following points:

  • Medical coverage: Having travel insurance can help to cover any medical emergencies. Check that the insurance covers all the medical expenses in case of emergency medical care and evacuation.
  • Trip interruption and cancellation: Sometimes, trekkers need to forfeit the trekking experience due to unforeseen events, illness, injury, natural calamities, or any other reason. Due to this, the trekking might need to be postponed or canceled. So, buy travel insurance to compensate for any interruption and cancellation.
  • Lost or stolen items: Theft is uncommon in Nepal; however, it is better to buy insurance that will cover any stolen or lost items, such as gear, equipment, accessories, and belongings.
  • Pre-existing conditions: Check to see if the insurance covers your pre-existing medical conditions or if you can get a waiver if you have any.

Gosaikunda short trek outline itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu 
Day 2: Drive to Dhunche (1,950 m/6398 ft) for 6 to 7 hours.
Day 3: Trek to Sing Gompa-Chandan bari (3,254 m/10676ft), about five 5-hour walk.
Day 4: Trek to Gosaikunda Lake (4,336 m/14226 ft) 5- 5 hours walk
Day 5: Trek to Dhunche (1,950 m/6398 ft), about 6 hours of walking
Day 6: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1350 m/4430 ft), about a 5-hour drive
Day 7: International departure

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As you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Holiday Planner Nepal will wait for you in the arrival section. Upon meeting, the member will transfer your luggage to the private vehicle. Afterward, you will drive toward the bustling city of Kathmandu and reach the tourist hub, also known as Thamel, where the hotel is situated. After checking in, you will rest and meet the company owner later in the evening for a short briefing about the trek. After the meeting, we will have a welcome dinner at one of the authentic Nepalese restaurants with cultural music and dances.

After dinner, return to the hotel and rest. Spend overnight in Kathmandu.

*You can choose between Welcome Dinner or Farewell Dinner

  • Accommodation:3/4 star hotel
  • Meals:Welcome dinner

After waking up, have breakfast and pack your bag for the trip. After completing all the preparations, our company representative will pick you up from the hotel lobby and take you on a scenic drive towards Dhunche in a public, shared, or private vehicle. On the way, you will pass through beautiful scenery along the Trishuli River. You will pass along various waterfalls and picturesque settlements, which take about six to seven hours. After arriving in Dhunche, stroll around the village and explore the area. Settle in an accommodation place and have dinner. Stay overnight in Dhunche.

  • Max. Altitude:1,950 m/6398 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea House
  • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner

Today, after you wake up, get refreshed and have breakfast. After breakfast, begin the trek towards Sing Gompa, also known as Chandanbari, which takes about 5 hours. Initially, you will pass through the rhododendron forest through a flat route. After completion, you will enter the Langtang National Park. Then, you will reach Sing Gompa, where a beautiful monastery resides. After exploring the monastery, you will continue towards the yak cheese factory. After savoring some yak products, you will settle down in a place of accommodation and have dinner. After dinner, rest and stay overnight in Chandanbari.

  • Max. Altitude:3,254 m/10676 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea House
  • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner

After breakfast, you will go towards the Gosaikunda lake, the trek's primary destination. The trail from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda is initially a narrow path with a gradual uphill climb. You can witness many mountain ranges, including the Langtang range, with Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli views. As you walk along this section of the route, you will come across a prominent Tamang settlement known as Lauribina, where lunch is served. After lunch, cross the Lauribina pass and descend, followed by an uphill climb to Gosaikunda Lake. There are 108 lakes in the vicinity which are waiting for exploration. A dip in the holy Gosaikunda lake, believed to wash away human sin, can be done. If not, you can have peace of mind or click photographs.

After spending time in Gosaikunda, you will find accommodation and settle for dinner. After dinner, rest and spend overnight in Gosaikunda.

  • Max. Altitude:4,336 m/14,226 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea House
  • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner

After waking up, have breakfast in the accommodation in Gosaikunda. After breakfast, you will return to Dhunche and bid goodbye to the tranquil Gosaikunda Lake. You will return on the same path you came before, through several ups and downs. You will continue descending on narrow, steep paths and cross the rhododendron forests. After which, you will finally reach Dhunche. After reaching Dhunche, you will settle in a place of accommodation and have dinner. Stay overnight in Dhunche.

  • Max. Altitude:1,950 m/6398 ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Tea House
  • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner

As you wake up in Dhunche, you will be refreshed and have breakfast. After breakfast, you will pack your stuff and go to the Dhunche bus station, where you will take a shared or private vehicle to drive towards Kathmandu. The drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu will last 5 hours, depending on the road and traffic conditions along the Trishuli Highway.

As the drive comes to an end, you will finally reach Kathmandu. You will then meet with the company owner and describe your journey. Afterward, you will return to the hotel and have a rest. Later in the evening, you will have a farewell dinner at one of the restaurants in Kathmandu.

After dinner, return to the hotel and stay overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1350 m/4430 ft
  • Accommodation:3/4 star hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch +Farewell Dinner

Today, you will leave Nepal and head towards your next destination or home country. You will buy souvenirs for yourself or friends and family. After all the preparations, we will arrange a private vehicle to take you to the international airport. You must reach the airport before 2 hours of your departure time. After getting the airport, you will enter the terminal and wait for the plane. You will savor all the memories made in Nepal after boarding the plane. Goodbye!!

    Route Map

    Gosaikunda Short Trek: 7 days map
    Cost Details
    What's Included
    • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle.
    • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant and farewell dinner.
    • 02-night twin/double-shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Kathmandu to Dhunche to Kathmandu by local bus (if you want both-way private vehicles, they are also available at an additional cost).
    • Langtang National Park entrance fee and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS card).
    • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, government license-holding guide. The price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
    • 02 guests = 01 porter, with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment paid.
    • Twin or double-sharing lodge accommodation in the mountains during the trek.
    • Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and tea or coffee during the trek.
    • First, the aid kit box.
    • Holiday Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirts, caps, duffel bags, and city and trekking route maps, if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (which will be paid by the trekker or travel insurance company).
    • Oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate during the trek (very useful to check altitude sickness (AMS) symptoms). Insurance ensures your trip is in the safest hands possible.
    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
    What's not Included
    • Your Nepal Visa fees.
    • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary.
    • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.


    Useful Information

    Equipment and Gear List


    • 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


    • 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


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


    • 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 nighttime
    • 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.

    What to pack for nepal trekking?

    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.

    Gosaikunda Short Trek: 7 days FAQs

    • The wildlife seen on Gosainkunda includes red pandas, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, wild dog goral, serow, and more than 200 species of birds. If we count the migratory birds, more than 250 species of birds can be found.

    • Gosainkunda is a place in Nepal that is situated at an altitude of 4336 m (14226 ft) at Langtang. Gosainkunda is a famous place for pilgrims and are considered sacred and holy for Hindus and Buddhists.

    • The Gosainkunda trek is moderate in difficulty and involves trekking at high altitudes. Trekkers must walk in steep places for at least 5–6 hours per day. The area is relatively basic and rural, and the tea houses and lodges provide basic food and lodging facilities, which might be a problem for luxury seekers.

    • The Gosainkunda short lake trek takes at least seven days, starting from Kathmandu and ending in Kathmandu. Fast-paced walkers will still take 5–6 days to walk quickly by reducing the number of camps.

    • The accommodation options at Gosainkunda are fundamental compared to modern hotels. There are tiny tea houses with harmonium halls for dining, and the rooms have two beds, light, and a table inside them.

    • Yes, a Langtang National Park permit is required, which costs 3000 rupees. Nepali and trekkers information management system cards cost $2,000; these two permits are compulsory for the Gosainkunda trek.

    • Since Gosainkunda is a short trek lasting five days, try to stay light. Two to three pairs of trousers, T-shirts, turtleneck vests, thermals, water bottles, power banks, fleece jackets, and down jackets are recommended.

    • Acclamation is not necessary, but going slow can be an ideal choice, as it's a slow acclamation process throughout the trek.

    • Gosainkunda Trek can be done solo, but either a guide or a porter is recommended as solo trekking is banned in Nepal, and at high altitudes, health issues and accommodation issues may occur, which the guide or porter will take care of times of need.

    • The main highlight of the Gosainkunda trek is the 108 lakes at the top, which are dedicated to many gods. Visitors dip at the lake during Janai Purnima to wash away their sins. The trek's significant highlights are the landscape and awe-inspiring views of mountains and the Nepali traditional villages.

    • Trekkers can reach the starting point of the Gosainkunda trek by bus from Kathmandu to the town of Dhunche, from where the journey begins.

    • There are no such cultural or religious considerations to be aware of. Still, trekkers must avoid disrespecting the locals, keep their feet in holy places, and drain properly inside religious monasteries and gumbas.

    • The maximum altitude of Gosainkunda Lake is 4336 meters, which is roughly 14226 feet above sea level.

    • Gosainkunda trekking can be combined with Langtang Valley trekking, and the same trekking permits can be used in both treks as both treks start and end at the exact location. Trekkers can go to Gosainkunda after the Langtang Valley Trek, which can be really refreshing.

    • Children above three and elders below 75 can complete this trek very quickly. In rare cases, the itinerary must be explained by a day, or Gosainkunda can be done soon by children and older adults.

    • The emergency medical facilities are the local health posts, and rescue through mules, horses, and helicopters are the emergency medical facilities. The guide can organize emergency facilities and first aid at times of need, so having a guide can be beneficial.

    • Travel insurance is not required, but one can be better in unforeseen circumstances and unexpected events.

    • There are various types of foods, from Nepali dishes, Indian dishes, Chinese dishes, and Western dishes. The water sources are springs, but the locals and trekkers mainly use bottled water. Foods like Dal Bhat, spaghetti, Momo, noodles, burgers, pizza, and steaks are very commonly found, and there is a wide choice of menu items from which items can be selected.

    • Yes, during Janai Purnima and Gangadasahara, people gather. The place is home to the Hindu goddess Gauri and Lord Shiva, so many people come during these festival times, and the festival is associated with these places.

    • Leave no trace must be practiced; carrying your waste down, keeping the environment clean and plastic-free, and avoiding trampling can be reasonable conservation efforts for the Gosainkunda area.

    • The Gosainkunda trek can be done anytime throughout the year. It involves walking for 4-5 days max, and since it's a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists, the trip can be done year-round at any time.

    • Gosainkunda holds significance for Hindu and Buddhist followers because the place is holy and is considered sacred. Lord Shiva threw his Trishul (trident) up at the hill after he consumed poison, and the lake formed up there from where he dipped and rinsed himself up to relieve his body, which was burning from poison.

    • Trekkers can manage waste by carrying it down, collecting it, and throwing it in the dustbins and waste collection centers. They must also carry sanitizers, toilet paper, soap, shampoos, and other sanitation products.

    • Yes, guides and porters are available for hire, and they can be arranged through trekking agencies at a very affordable rate. However, hiring guides and porters in the middle of the trek can be two to ten times more expensive.

    • There are no such visa requirements; anyone can go on this trek, and trekkers can apply even if they travel by plane with a visa or when they come by road from the border.

    • Trekkers with average physical fitness can complete the trek as the trek doesn't involve that much of a high-altitude stay, and the trek involves walking for 6-7 hours max per day so that this trek can be completed even by beginners.

    • The costs involved in completing the Gosainkunda trek on a full-board package can range from $599 to $699.

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