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Gosainkunda Trek is a hidden gem in the region of Langtang, aside from the popular Langtang Valley Trek. This trek lasts for 5 days, with a challenging climb and out-of-this-world view as we make our way to the shore of Gosainkunda.
The lake of Gosainkunda has a great religious significance to the Hindus and Buddhists in South Asia. Both religions have stories and tales about this seasonal lake that turns into ice for more than half of the year. So, the time of trekking is also significant when it comes to trekking Gosainkunda.
From Kathmandu, we drive to Dhunche, which is the starting point of this trek. From this point onwards, it is the sheer determination and will to climb that will define how the trip unfolds for each individual. Even though a 5-day short trek, Gosainkunda will test your limits when it comes to beating altitude sickness and showcasing your commitment to trek off the beaten path.
When is the best time to do the Gosainkunda Trek?
October is definitely the best season for trekking in Gosainkunda. However, spring trekking as well as pre-winter trekking are equally captivating. To be specific, February – May and late September – early December are preferable for this journey. It is also wise to consider the purpose of the trek, as all-season comes with their own distinctive effect on the climate and experience. Extreme winter seasons should be avoided at all costs.
Permits required for the Langtang Valley Trek
You will need to pay for the TIMS Card permit and the entry fee to the Langtang National Park to make this journey happen. TIMS keeps your information in the database for your safety during the trek. On the other hand, the National Park Permit is both government tax as well as a contribution to the conservation of the area.
What can I expect from this trek?
Expect to walk 5-6 hours every day. At the climax, you will be climbing hard against the steep terrain of Lauribina. Expect to see exotic birds, animals, and domestic mammals along with natives that roam around the valley. Meal and accommodation facilities are appreciable. A panoramic view of snow-clad mountains awaits at Gosainkunda. Stargazing is also a great activity at night. A tripod and a decent camera would definitely bring back a lot of such memories of this pristine lake.
Get ready for a 5-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Dhunche. The terrain gets rocky as you find yourself driving along narrow valleys and picturesque villages. Once at the town, relax and spend a restful night as you prepare for the hardcore climb the next day.
After breakfast, we will start the trek viewing different mountain and hills. We will go through Dhimsa 2600m
and Deurali 2900m, we will be reaching at Chandan Bari by Evening.
After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Cholangiopathy and later to the base of Lauribina. Take some deep breath as the name “Lauribina” literally translates to “without stick”, meaning that the hill can’t be climbed without one! You are about to climb the toughest section of this whole trip. According to Hindu mythology, only the purest of the souls can climb this hill without the help of a stick. Don’t take it to heart though, as with slow pace and sheer determination, we will be over the hill in a short time. There are a total of 108 lakes in the area. However, we will find a teahouse near the Gosainkunda Lake and stay there for the night. Enjoy the serene view of a calm high-altitude lake. Good time to reflect on life.
Trekking Duration: 5/7 Hours
After enough exploration of the lake in the morning, we will trace back to Dhunche with lunch stop at Singompa. At Dhunche, we will take rest and prepare for a trip to Kathmandu the next day. Enjoy hot shower and good meal.
Trekking Duration: 4/5 Hours
After breakfast, take an early ride to Kathmandu. It will take around the same amount of time to return back to the capital, about 7 Hours. Spend a blissful night in Kathmandu with a farewell dinner together.
Destination: Langtang Region
Duration: 5 Days
Trip Grade : Fairly Hard
Best Season:Autumn and Spring
Max altitude:4380 meters/14370.079 ft
Daily walking: 4-8 Hours a Day
Transportation: Express Bus
Accommodation:3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Guest House/Tea Houses during the trek
Group Size: Min-02 Person