Gosainkunda lake Trek

Trip Duration 15
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, Sep to February

Trip Overview


The Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a captivating and rewarding adventure that combines the mesmerizing beauty of the Langtang Valley with the serene spirituality of the sacred Gosainkunda Lake. Situated in the Langtang National Park, Nepal, this trek is also a perfect blend of natural wonders and cultural encounters. The journey typically begins from Kathmandu, where trekkers embark on a scenic drive to Syabrubesi, the trailhead of the Langtang region. The trek gradually winds through lush forests adorned with rhododendron blooms, charming traditional villages, and breathtaking landscapes. Trekkers can also immerse themselves in the warm hospitality of the Tamang and Tibetan communities, experiencing their unique culture and traditions.

Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek: A Journey to Himalayan Grandeur and Sacred Waters

As the trek progresses, the trail unveils awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa. The Langtang Valley, often referred to as the "Valley of Glaciers," offers a surreal ambiance that captivates trekkers with its raw beauty. One of the highlights of the Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is the sacred Gosainkunda Lake. Nestled at an altitude of about 4,380 meters, the lake is of great religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Legend has it that the lake was created by Lord Shiva's trident, and during the Janai Purnima festival, pilgrims from all over Nepal visit this holy site to take a ritual bath in its sacred waters. From Gosainkunda, the trek continues to ascend through rugged terrains, passing by other enchanting lakes like Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda. The diverse landscapes and ever-changing scenery offer a photographer's paradise and leave trekkers in awe of the Himalayan grandeur. The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek demands a moderate level of fitness, making it accessible to a wide range of adventurers. The best seasons to undertake this trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild, and the views are clear.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Langtang Gosainkunda Trek promises an unforgettable expedition through captivating landscapes, cultural riches, and spiritual encounters. Trekkers are sure to create lasting memories as they journey through this Himalayan wonderland, leaving with a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural heritage of Nepal.

 Trip Highlight

  • Experience one of the must-do treks in Nepal
  • No need to book Plane. You can do it in 6 to 7 hours
  • Pass on through the riverside along with the beautiful landscape and green surroundings
  • Wander inside the lush forests of Rhododendron, pine, and magnolia trees
  • Perform puja in Gosainkunda, the holy lake for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Get to observe other holy lakes such as Saraswati Kunda, Suryakunda, Bhairabkunda, Nagkunda, etc.
  • Get an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the locals (Tamang community)
  • Experience Langtang National Park’s fauna and lovely vegetation.
  • Walk along an ancient trade routes connecting Kathmandu and Tibet
  • Understand the local mountain lifestyles of Nepal
  • Enjoy a challenging trek that’s accessible from Kathmandu
  • Benefit from the opportunity to get knowledge about the Red Panda.
  • During the Gosaikunda trekking, you will walk through the beautiful Rhododendron and Pine forests.
  • Beautiful vistas of the Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, and Hiuchuli mountain ranges.
  • Interact with Tamang people to learn about their way of life, customs, and cultures.
  • Discover the sacred Gosaikunda Lake and other nearby lakes like Bhairab, Saraswati, and Surya Kunda.
  • Explore Gosaikunda Lake and the historic Sing Gompa.
  • Experience the beauty of mountain lakes considered the abode of Lord Shiva
  • Visit Langtang – the valley of glaciers, pine forests, green meadows, terraced fields.
  • Beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, deep gorges, stone-driven mills, and suspension bridges
  • The majestic views of Langtang Lirung (7,345m), Gang Chenpo (6,388m), Naya Kanga (5,846m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Kimsung (6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m), Tibetan peaks, Hiunchuli, Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu range.
  • Beautiful Lirung and Kim Sung glaciers
  • Local cheese factory at Kyanjin Gompa
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, and chorten
  • Side trip to Kyanjin Ri (4,773m), Tsergo/Cherko Ri (4,984m) Viewpoints


Half-day guided city tours (tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple – Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath – The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).

Included meals:B


You will start early bus journey to Syabrubesi; the starting point of the trek. Behind Trisuli Bazaar the road is tricky because of the grubby road. During the travel you will pass through many small villages on the way will be fascinating you with snippets. Overnight in Syabrubesi (1,440m/4,724ft).

Included meals:BLD

Crossing through the suspension bridge and heading precipitously along a stream. The River you are following is mostly the Langtang River. You can enjoy the walk going through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. There is also a variety of wildlife in these forests: yellow-throated martens, wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears. Overnight in Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft).

Included meals:BLD

After having breakfast you will continue your trip to your next destination. You are starting your trip descending towards a steep forest slope to the Langtang River. You cross a bridge and head up with a winding path. The trail descends into a valley to cross a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang .Overnight in Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft).

Included meals:BLD

You pass through the tiny village, stone-built houses and climb to a Chorten and passed a huge mani along a gentle path of a hill. The valley relocates to a U-shaped one as you enter into a level of riverbed. Today is short walk; allowing time to acclimatize and explore the surrounding.This place is famous for cheese and curd. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft).

Included meals:BLD

Kyanjin Ri (4,800m/15,748ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) are the good viewpoints in the area that you can climb. After the breakfast visit Tserko Ri (5000m) for spectacular view of the langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge lirung Glacier. Back to guest house for Lunch having short rest and walk around the Kyanjing valley with guide. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

Included meals:BLD

Today you retract to Lama Hotel. All the way downhill but you will see fantastic views of towering mountain what you have missed on the way up. Take more time and suggested you to walk very slow. Overnight in Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft).

Included meals:BLD

First trail decent to river, cross the river and ascend to Thulo Syabru. You will see the fascinating view of Langtang Himal and more. On the way of your trek you will pass through pine and Junieerps forests. Overnight in Thulo Syabru(2,230m/ 7,316ft).

Included meals:BLD

You take the broad trail climbing up to Dimsa village and the trial continues less steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and Oak forests to Shin gomba. On the way of your trek you will see fantastic views of Langtang Himala and langtang valley. Shin gomba is another popular place for Cheese. Over night in Shin gomba (3,330m/10,925ft).

Included meals:BLD

The trail ascends smoothly through rhododendron covered point to the top of the rim and through a forested area. The area in-between Shin gomba and Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that the Nepalese call cat bear. You return to the ridge path and climb a wider route through alpine country to arrive at a Gosainkunda. Explore around the Lakes and overnight in Gosainkund (4,460m/14,632ft).

Included meals:BLD

Today is a bit challenge day; the trail is climb, rough and crosses moraines. Passing three more small lakes, the trail ascend and cross Laurebina La (4,609m/15,121ft) after the pass, the path down to phedi and you continue walk up and down through out crossing a rocky hill with pine, rhododendron trees. Overnight in Gopte(3,440m/11,286ft).

Included meals:BLD

You slide down through a forested area and climb through a dry river-bed to arrive at a Kharka that is surrounded by rhododendron forest. You climb through the forest to arrive at the village of Thare Pati. Climbing the ridge directly above the village gives you a marvelous view of the Jugal area. Cross the village and enter a forested area, again descending to Melamchi River followed by yet again climbing to the Malemchigaon (2,560m/8,399ft) for overnight.

Included meals:BLD

The day you enter a cultural destination it call Helambu Region, walk up to Tarke Gyang where you can enjoy with Sherpa culture with traditional village and monasteries. The stone houses are close together with narrow alleyways separating them. Overnight in Tarke Gyang(2,590m/8,497ft).

Included meals:BLD

You will cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. Overnight in Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft).

Included meals:BLD

Short walk down to Malemchi Puul Bazaar with many Sherpa village and catch transport to Katmandu. Friendship World Treks will host a farewell dinner. Congratulations on the completion of your trek! Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:BD

We are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Friendship World Treks will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals:B

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from the trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Farewell dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Flight Ticket Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and Local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

Price Excludes

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and handbag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

Gosainkunda Trek Difficulty

The Gosainkunda Trek is rated as medium hard in terms of difficulty, but the difficulty of a trek depends upon the factors such as trekking days, trekking terrain, itinerary, route, distance, altitude, experience, etc.

There are different itineraries depending upon the route you choose. This particular Gosaikunda Trek journey is a 6-day plan where you will have to walk for four full days. You will arrive at the ultimate destination, Gosainkunda Lake at 4380 meters in just two days from Dhunche (2100m). The trails can occasionally get steeper and more difficult, but for the most part, they have a low angle of ascent and are simple to ascend. You will also have to walk for an average of 5-7 hours every day. So, you will need to be mentally and physically fit. You do need experience but we suggest you engage in some physical sports such as hiking, cycling, swimming, etc. for months before your departure for the trek.

Altitude Sickness could be a factor in making your Gosainkunda Lake Trek challenging as you will be trekking in a region higher than 3000m. However, if you ascend gradually and properly acclimatize, it shouldn’t have an impact on you during the journey. Many problems can be resolved by drinking lots of water and eating healthily. However, neglecting the symptoms could be dangerous. So, as soon as you notice a symptom inform your guide or go to a lower elevation where the air is sufficient. In addition, you can take Diamox, a medication that eases altitude sickness.

Another challenge you could face is due to your choice of the season (time) for the trek. So, choose your travel dates wisely.

Best time to do Gosainkunda Lake Trek

The Gosainkunda Trek can be done throughout the year but spring and autumn are considered the best period to get the best experience.

After the end of the dry, harsh, and cold winter, the spring season slowly brings warmness and life to the vegetation. The skies are clear, the weather is stable, the temperature is pleasant, and the trails are dry and easily traceable during the spring months of March, April & May. It is also the time when the forest blooms with rhododendron and magnolia blossoms, giving it a vibrant appearance. The views of the Himalayas and the surroundings are stunning without obstructions. The lake seems serene and is still sometimes frozen in the first month of spring.

Another best time to complete the Gosainkunda trek with the best experience is in the fall. This post-monsoon season offers a clear blue sky, fresh air, and awe-striking views of the Himalayan peaks and the Gosainkunda Lake. The days are warm, sunny, and long enough for long walks. The temperatures are pleasant, the weather is stable and the trails are dry and traceable. You will hike along the terraced farms getting ready to be harvested or being harvested.

Summertime before monsoon hits is also a great time for the Gosainkunda trek to enjoy lush and beautiful surroundings. However, after the monsoon begins at the end of June, the trails get slippery, the views get obstructed by the clouds and fogs, and the insects like leeches and earthworms might be a great concern. However, if you want to take part in this challenge, you can go for this 6-day journey with proper gear and great determination. You will be rewarded with stunning waterfalls, roaring rivers, and frequent rainbows.

The winter season begins in December and snow starts to fall in the Langtang region as winter approaches. It is still viable to do the Gosainkunda trek in early December when the skies are clear. However, as the days pass by and mid/late December gets underway and the temperatures rapidly drop, it will be quite hard to do this trek. The days will be sunny but short and the nights will be chilly for the rest of the winter months. Though the winter season is not recommended for the Gosainkunda Trek, it is still possible to complete it with the proper gear, and knowledge. You will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of mountains and hills covered in snow, frozen lakes, and snowfall.

Permits do to Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Trekkers are required to obtain the following permits for this wonderful Gosainkunda Trek.

1. TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit

2. Langtang National Park Entry Permit

Note: Both of these permit costs are included in the package.

Gosainkunda Lake Trek Route Map

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek Route Map


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