Gosainkunda lake and Helambu Trek

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Trip Overview


The Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu Trek is a breathtaking journey through the majestic Langtang region of Nepal, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and spiritual significance. This trek, spanning approximately 80 kilometers, is also a perfect combination of challenging terrains, serene lakes, and picturesque landscapes. The adventure begins in Kathmandu, where trekkers embark on a scenic drive to Syabrubesi, the starting point of the trek. The trail also gradually ascends through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, captivating the senses with the sweet aroma of blooming flowers and the melodious chirping of birds. As you ascend, the views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal, become increasingly captivating. One of the highlights of this trek is the sacred Gosainkunda Lake, nestled at an altitude of about 4,380 meters. Hindus and Buddhists also consider this pristine glacial lake to be of immense religious importance. During the full moon festival of Janai Purnima, pilgrims from across Nepal and India visit the lake to take a holy dip in its freezing waters, believing it will cleanse them of sins. The Helambu region, known for its Tamang and Sherpa communities, offers a unique cultural experience. Trekkers get the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals, explore their traditional lifestyle, and taste authentic Nepalese cuisine. As the trail winds through quaint villages and terraced farmlands, you'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Everest ranges. The mesmerizing landscapes, from lush valleys to snow-clad peaks, create an enchanting backdrop throughout the journey.

Conclusion and Summary

The trek concludes in Melamchi Pul Bazaar, where trekkers can take a jeep back to Kathmandu or choose to continue their adventure in the Langtang region. The Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu Trek is a perfect choice for trekkers seeking an unforgettable Himalayan experience that also combines spiritual exploration, cultural immersion, and stunning natural beauty in a relatively short time frame. However, trekkers should prepare for varying weather conditions and challenging terrains, making it suitable for those with moderate trekking experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Explores the beautiful Langtang region and later joins the undisturbed Helambu region
  • An adventurous trek in the not-so-crowded part of the Himalayas and offers heavenly mountain landscapes
  • Grand Panaroma views of Ganesh Himal (7422m), Langtang Lirung (7234m), Naya Kang (5844m), Gaurishankar Himal (7134m), Mt. Kang Guru (6981m) Mt. Shishapangma (8027m), Dorje Lhakpa (6966m), Gangchenpo (6387m), Yala Peak (5500m), and several other mountain peaks
  • Visit Yak Cheese Factory at Singh Gompa
  • Visiting rural Tamang farm villages and monasteries of immense ancient culture
  • Enchanting deep forest of beautiful rhododendron and pines and firs tree lines
  • Trek inside two national parks- Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park
  • Escape in nature and unwind while learning about the ancient religious roots of Nepal
  • Learn a lot about Hindu beliefs connected to Gosaikunda Lake and Surya Kunda Lake
  • Spend nights in the homes of the locals and have intimate interactions
  • Come across diverse vegetation, flora, fauna, and many species of birds
  • Country of rare and elusive Red Panda and other wild animals with exotic bird life
  • Numerous stupas, mani walls, and prayer wheels are scattered around the trail
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and heartwarming welcomes of the locals throughout the trek
  • On the high trail to holy Gosainkund glacial pond and crossing high scenic Laurabina pass.


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m) and Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to capital city Kathmandu, Nepal. At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on fresh arrival you will be warmly received and greeted by Life Himalaya Trekking representative and then with transfer to your hotels in the Kathmandu. After checking in your hotel rooms and get refreshed and rest of the day you may have short excursion over the main places of Kathmandu. In evening, you will be introduced with your trek guide and try a Nepali cuisine as a welcome dinner hosted by Life Himalaya Trekking. Overnight stay at star rated hotel in Kathmandu.

Altitude1,350 m/4,461 ft.)

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1960m) (6-7hrs)

Our first day journey begins with day early morning breakfast at the hotel. Then our guide will pick up you from your respective hotels and take a private vehicle i.e. (Land Cruiser or Bus depend upon your group size). We drive through the famous places like Kakanki, Ranipauwa, Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and finally towards Dhunche-the beautiful settlement of Tamang community. It takes about 6/7 hour’s drive from Kathmandu. Rest of the day we would excursion over traditional Dhunche village. Overnight stay at tea-house in Dhunche.

Bus6-7 hr.
MealsB L D
Altitude1,960 m/6,430 ft.)

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 03: Trek from Dhunche to Shin Gompa (3330m) (6-7hrs)

Our day begins after having breakfast at teahouse. Our trek starts following motor road towards the Ghatte Khola stream. Our walk continue crossing suspension bridge over the stream and follows the river bank for a short while. The trial begins short steep climb towards the ridge and passes through the tiny village of Deurali. Giving continuity to our trek we passes through the forest of oaks Rhododendrons and towards the beautiful settlement of Tamang culture. Then after we continues to climb towards the Dimsa village where we stop for our lunch. After having lunch we continues our walk towards the beautiful mountain village Shin Gompa. Shin Gompa is famous for the Old Buddhist monasteries, Yak cheese factory as well place where we can enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Himalayas including Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang, and mighty of peaks. Overnight stay at tea-house in Shin Gompa.

Walking6-7 hrs.
MealsB L D
Altitude3,330 m/10925 ft.) 6-7 hrs.

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Shin Gompa to Gosainkunda (4380m) (5-6hrs)

Today is the most exciting day in our adventure Gosainkunda Helambu trek. Our day starts after having breakfast in the teahouse. We take a gentle walk following beautiful landscape and enjoying the magnificent views of Himalayas and passes the beautiful villages of Chandanbari. The trail crosses behind the ridge and stays in the deep forest for a while before emerging into a saddle of Cholangpati and trial steeply climbs up to Laurebina where we stop for the lunch. Then we follow a ridge to catch the glimpse of the first sight of the holy lakes. We cross the Gosainkund pass to enter a most important holy site of Hindu religion at sacred Holy Gosainkunda Lake situated at the altitude of (4380m). It is a glacial pond where every year pilgrimage to cleanse in the lakes during the August full moon a great festival of Janai Purnima takes place, thousands of pilgrims both Hindus and Buddhist visits the pond for a holy dip in icy waters, as the belief it washes the sin of hundred lifetime, the area dedicated to great Hindus God Lord Shiva. The lake is surrounded by all hills as like mountains almost and has a great ensemble of nine other lake. Overnight stay at tea-house in Gosainkunda.

Walking5-6 hrs.
MealsB L D
Altitude(4,380 m/14,370 ft.)

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Gosainkunda to Ghopte (3440m) via Lauribina pass (4610m) (6-7hrs)

Our day begins after having the breakfast at Gosahainkunda. Today we walk through the gradual paths and small lakes towards adventurous pass- Lauribina Pass (4,610 m). After the pass, we enter the Helambu region. Helambu region offers you an ample opportunities to explore unique and traditional villages, Tamang culture, religions and their lifestyles, snow-capped mountain ranges, view of glaciers from low elevations, flora and fauna and so on. The trial descends alongside a stream and rocky trial towards the valley of Phedi. Moving further, the trekking route follows the valley on rough trial towards Dupi Chaur. After having lunch at Dhupi Chaur, we walk across moraines and climb towards Kasturi Danda. We passes through small lakes, small hills and breathtaking natural scenarios, forest until we reach to the beautiful settlement at Ghopte. Overnight stay at tea-house in Ghopte.

Walking6-7 hrs.
MealsB L D
Altitude4,610 m/ 15,125 ft.)

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Ghopte to Kutumsang (2470m) (5-6hrs)

Today our trek begins descends from Ghopte. We walks through numerous uphill and downhill across the dense forests, boulders of old morainesuntil we reach to the village of Thadepati. Thadepati is the middle point from where the routes of longer Helambu valley treks separates. From here the two routes sepretes one towards the Melamchi gaun and another towards the Kutumsang. From here we follow the shorter trial o route of shorter Helambu valley trekking. The trial descend through the beautiful landscapes, Rhododendron forests and ridges towards the village of Mangengoth. We stop here for our lunch and after that the trial continues gently descends passing the beautiful Tamang settlements until we reach the beautiful Kutumsang village. This village is one of the popular village in the Helambu region with the settlement of Tamang communities and their own primitive living standard. Overnight stay at tea-house in Kutumsang.

Walking5-6 hrs.
MealsB L D
Altitude2,470 m/ 8,104 ft.)

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Kutumsang to Chisapani (2150m) (5-6hrs)

Today our day begins after having breakfast at teahouse. Our day starts descending through classical hills and delightful villages towards the Gul Bhanjyang. Giving continuity to our walk, we enjoy the panoramic views of Himalayas and descend through the ridges, beautiful Rhododendron forests, towards the village of Thotundanda. From here we descend through a stone staircase to the teashops at Chipling. After having our lunch at Thankune Bhanjyang we trek down towards Pati Bhanjyang-unique settlements of Tamang and Chhetries. Thereafter we continue our trek gently climbing up through meadows and growing fields until we reach the small settlements of Tamang people at Chisapani. Overnight at teahouse in Chisapani.

Walking5-6 hrs.
MealsB L D
Altitude2,150 m/ 7054 ft.)

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Chisapani to Sundarijal (1400m) (4-5hrs) and Drive to Kathmandu (1350m) (45min Drive)

Today is the last day trek in the land of Himalayas. Today we wake up early in the morning to watch the sunrise view over the snow-capped mountains. We can see the 180 degree panoramic views of mountains ranges including Mt. Gaurishankar, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Annapurna and Langtang ranges. We start our day after having late breakfast in the teahouse. We slowly trek climbing towards the small village of Borlang which is close to Shivapuri hills. From here our walk descends through the forests, army barrack, towards the Tamang settlements of Mulkharka village. After a short hike, we reach upon Sundarijal where we had our lunch. After having a lunch we take a short drive which take about 45 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Overnight stay at star rated hotel in Kathmandu.

MealsB L D
Altitude1,350 m/4,350 ft.

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 09: Final Departure and Farewell

Your marvelous trips ends today. If you have late flight schedule you can spend rest of your day with relax or do shopping or personal activities in the market. After having breakfast the end of service with the departure transfer to the International Airport, three hours before prior to your flight schedule with a warm farewell and greetings for your onward destination.


Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Price Includes

  • Private transportation throughout the trek.
  • 4*4 jeep land cruser trekking starting point Dunche from kathmandu.
  • Best available Lodge  (Tea House) accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and  Dinner, included chosen from  lodge menu and twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 3 passport size photos for permit)
  • Langtang national park entry  permit fee.
  • Shivapuri national park entry permit
  • Hot tea and coffee in cup with Meal
  • As per group size experience, government licence holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff. ( 5 trekkers 1 assistant guide )
  • Warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag will be provided during the Gosaikunda helambu trekking If necessary ( down jacket and sleeping bag are to    be  returned after the trip )
  • Friendship World Trek Duffelbag and T-shirt
  • Trek Map
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government taxes & office service charge.
  • Achievement Certificate for Completing the trek
  • Souvenir as a Friendship World Trek T-shirt and Cap

Price Excludes

  • Meals not quantified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverages and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses.
  • Battery charge,hot showers & international phone calls.
  • Service not mentioned above.
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