9 days Gosainkunda Trek
Gosainkunda is not just a trekking destination – it is a pilgrimage. The holy Gosainkunda lakes, according to legends, were created by the Hindu god ‘Shiva’ himself.
The trek begins in Sundarijal and follows a splendid hiking trail as you cross rivers and forests, and walk mostly uphill before you reach the holy lakes. According to Hindu mythology, the holy lakes of Gosainkunda were created by Lord Shiva’s Trishul (three pointed weapon) so that he could drink it’s cold water and quench the heat that he felt in his throat after he drank poison from Samudra manthan.
This trek introduces the first time trekker to Nepal’s fine mountain ranges including the Langtang Himal. Besides a picturesque scenery, this trek also gives travelers an opportunity to observe the local people’s lives and culture. The Langtang region is the quietest of the main trekking regions and a favorite among our guides – close up mountain views and a good taste of rural life is what this region gives trekkers. Langtang is surprisingly quiet, that is, if you’ve been to the crowded Everest and Annapurna trekking regions.
- Day 1
Arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport, transfer to hotel.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
- Day 2
Kathmandu to Dhunche (1,960m)
It takes about 11 hours on a bus for us to reach Dhunche. Since tourist buses do not travel to this region we make our journey in a local bus. Overnight stay in Dhunche
- Day 3
Trek to Sing Gompa, O/N in Sing Gompa (3,330m)
From Dhunche we cross rivers, pass through forests and walk mostly uphill before we stop for an overnight stay in Sing Gompa.
- Day 4
Trek to Gosainkunda, O/N in Gosainkunda (4,380m)
The trail leading to Gosaikunda is mostly steep and rugged. According to Hindu mythology, the holy lakes of Gosaikuda was created by Lord Shiva’s Trishul (three pointed weapon) so that he could drink it’s cold water and quench his thirst.
- Day 5
Trek to Laurebinayak pass (4610m), O/N in Gopte or Tharepati (3,690m)
As we head towards the Laurebina pass (4610m) the trail climbs through rugged paths passing through small lakes in between.
- Day 6
Trek to Kutumsang, O/N in Kutumsang (2,470m)
From Tharepati the trail to passes through forests of fir and rhododendron as we arrive in Magen Goth (3420m), Panghu and finally Khutumsang.
- Day 7
Trek to Chipling, O/N in Chipling (2,170m)
The trail now descends to the beautiful hamlet of Gul Bhanjyang and then climbs up to Thodang Betini (2260m) and Chipling (2170m).
- Day 8
Trek to Chisopani, O/N in Chisopani (2,165m)
Today our trail makes a steep descent as we stop in Pati Bhanjyang (1860m), before finally arriving in Chisopani.
- Day 9
Trek back to Sundarijal (1,300m) and drive back to Kathmandu
Our 9 day trek ends in Sundarijal a beautiful place high above the Kathmandu valley. A short ride in a cab takes us from Sundarijal to Kathmandu. You can either fly to your destination today or you can stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.
- Transportation: return transfers from International airport to your hotel
- Hotel stay: one night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
- Entry fees: all government taxes and Langtang National park entry fees
- TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System)
- Guide & porter: One experienced English speaking guides & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guest = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipments, food and accommodation)
- Wages: 8 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipments
- Wages: 8 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipments
- 7 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
- Transportation: Kathmandu to Dunche via local bus
- Transportation: Sundarijal to Kathmandu via local taxi
- Trekking equipments: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to be return after the trek completed
- Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
- Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
- Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
- Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to be return after the trek completed
- Rescue arrangements: in emergency situation & worst weather condition
- Daimox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
- Map: Mardi himal trekking map
- Rubbish disposal
- government taxes & PNT official service charge
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
- Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on trek
- Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
- Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
- Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
- Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
- extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
- city visit: sightseeing in Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
- Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa: Fee 15 Days – 25 USD, 30 Days – 40 USD, 90 Days – 100 USD
- Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipments
Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu every tea houses.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
- Spring : March – May
- Summer: June – August
- Autumn: September – November
- Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
EQUIPMENTSCheck-list of personal equipment:
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Swim wear
- Sun Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Sun block
- Travel Towel
- Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
- Camera & lenses
- Memory cards
- GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
- Book/music player/pack of cards
- A plastic bag for waste
- Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets).