Gosaikunda is at an altitude 4, 380meter and 14,370 ft. is one of the renowned pilgrimage sites. Gosaikunda Lake is one of the Hindu pilgrimage sites where thousands of Hindu devotees visit this place during the month of August in the period of full moon festival. Publics believed that lord Shiva had created this lake so; lots of believers take a dip in to this lake to wash-down away their sins, pains and sorrows. This holy lake is also scared places for Buddhists. The near outlooks is Langtang Himalayan ranges alongside also get the lucky to explore local Tamang heritages are the pivotal magnetisms of Langtang Gosaikunda trek with the high elevation lakes trek with great adventure.
Gosaikunda trekking starts from Kathmandu to Dhunche 1950meters which will take almost 6 hours to reach where we will be passing through alluring forests like rhododendron, oak, bamboo, gorges and landscapes. From Dhunche to Syabru, we will be ascending uphill where you will perceive the flawless and spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Kerung and many other snowcapped peaks. On the trail to this trek you will be visiting some of the Sherpa and Tamang communities which they will greet you and mostly are religion of Buddhists. Subsequently trekking along we then reach at sing Gompa exiting the syabru behind. After suitably adapting for the day we carry on our trip to Gosaikunda Lake. Gosaikunda holy Lake where is the great mythical story about Lord Shiva about this lake. This lake also offers the glittering sights of other ponds close by finest viewed during sunrise. Hence, we will be following the steep trail to Ghopte followed by Kutumsang and Pati bhanjyang over forests, terraced meadows and small hamlets. Finally our Langtang gosaikunda trek finally comes to the ends after trekking towards Sundarijal followed by an hour drive back to Kathmandu.
This trekking is the picture-perfect timing to Gosainkunda trekking is commencement from the month of March to May and also from September to December.
Langtang Gosaikunda trek is certified organized by GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) which gives you a delightful chance to visit and get insight to the famed pilgrimage site along with the magnificent views of Himalayas. Attempting this trek one requires good level of physical fitness as it encompasses trekking round high passes. If you have any enquiries about any of our trips, call us. We are always there for your help.
Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day
On the first day, you will meet our representative at the international airport in Kathmandu. The representative will take you to a nearby hotel. After you reach the hotel and get fresh, we will have a small meeting to brief you about the trekking program. You shall stay overnight in the hotel and have rest.
Day 2 - Drive to Syabrubesi, Trek to Dhunche
Next day, we take you to Syabrubesi. It is a village/town at an altitude of 1610 meters. It will take seven hours to reach Syabrubesi on a vehicle. From Syabrubesi, we are going to start trekking on the same day. Today’s trekking will be just a warmup which will last for about an hour. In the evening, you will reach Dhunche at 2030 meters altitude. We will arrange a hotel for your night stay.
Day 3 - Trek to Changthang/Lama Hotel
The actual full day trekking session starts from the third day. The trail goes mostly up along the Langtang river passing through the forest of fir and rhododendron. We will be crossing the river and other smaller tributaries several times using suspension bridges. After six hours of walking, we will reach Lama Hotel at an altitude of 2480 meters in Changthang. Overnight stay will be in the hotel.
Day 4 - Trek to Langtang village
From Changthang, we will continue our journey. We are now getting to higher altitudes, so the vegetation is sparse with fewer trees. On this day, we will ascend more than 1000 meters to reach Langtang village. It takes five hours to reach the village where you can observe the typical features of a Tibetan style village in the houses, people and lifestyle. There at an altitude of 3540 meters, you will stay in a guest house.
Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Moving ahead from Langtang village, we will walk slowly but steadily to the higher altitudes. You can now see the chortens, prayer flags and prayer (mani) walls along the way. The trail becomes rocky and only few bushes and trees can be seen now. After four hours of walk, we will reach Kyanjin Gompa, a popular monastery at an altitude of 3910 meters. From the monastery, a wide range of peaks and landscapes can be viewed. A guest house will serve us for the night stay.
Day 6 - Hike to Chorka Ri
We will reach the highest point of our journey on this day. Ascending more than 1000 meters from Kyanjin Gompa, we reach Chorka Ri, a small peak at an altitude of 5053 meters. We can enjoy the view of a number of higher mountain peaks and Langtang valley from this altitude. It will be a memorable experience. After sometime, we get back to Kyanjin Gompa for night stay. It will take six hours of up and down walk altogether to reach Chorka Ri and return back.
Day 7 - Back to Changthang/Lama Hotel
From Kyanjin Gompa, we will first walk down to Langtang khola. After crossing it, the trail goes up passing along forests of juniper, fir and rhododendron. After seven hours, we will reach Nguegang at the altitude of 4520 meters. Nguegang is mostly known for its Yak pastures (Kharka) where yaks can usually be seen grazing in the grass fields. As there are no guest houses and permanent settlements here, we will have to stay in tented camps.
Day 8 - Trek to Thulo Syabru
This day is a very important and tough day. We will make a sharp ascent to the Gonja La pass, the main highlight of this trekking. The high altitude path is rocky and barren with few streams. The view from the pass at 5130 meters is amazing. After spending some time there, we descend down to Yangri river valley and finally reach Keldang. The total walk on this day will be around 7 - 8 hours. We will stay overnight in a tent.
Day 9 - Ascend to Shin Gompa
On this day, we will ascend significantly from Thulo Syabru. Passing through the forest, we will gain about 1150 meters in altitude in just five hours. By the end of today’s journey, we will reach another important monastery called Shina Gompa. It is at an altitude of 3350 meters. There are few lodges in this area among which we will select a suitable one for your night stay.
Day 10 - Shin Gompa - Gosaikunda
We will get higher through the rocky trails from Shin Gompa. It will be a tiring day ascending 1000 vertical meters again but the effort will be rewarded as you reach Gosaikunda lake, the ultimate destination of our journey. It will take five hours to reach the lake. There are several lakes around the main lake that remains frozen during the winter. It will be a gratifying experience to be close to such a magnificent lake. There are few guesthouses nearby which will provide shelter.
Day 11 - Trek to Ghopte
After spending a wonderful time near the lake, we will have another interesting day as we are going to cross a high altitude pass of Lauri Binayak. The pass lies at an altitude of 4620 meters and offers a wide panoramic views of high altitude mountains. After crossing the pass, the trek will almost entirely go downwards until we reach Ghopte at an altitude of 3420 meters. You would walk for about seven hours on this day. A guest house will be arranged for rest and stay during the night.
Day 12 - Down to Kutumsang
From Ghopte, we descend further getting down to a lower altitude which will be marked by increasing number of trees and vegetation along the way. After walking for about six hours on this day, we enter Helambu region and finally reach today’s stopping point. It is a village named Kutumsang that is at an altitude of 2540 meters. We will stay overnight in a guest house.
Day 13 - Trek to Chisapani
We are coming towards the end of our journey. Today’s walk will be relatively easier as we don’t have to ascend or descend heavily as in the previous days. The path is pretty comfortable with small descents that will take us to Chisapani in six hours. Chisapani is a hilltop village with few houses and lodges. This place is popular for beautiful sunset, sunrise and panoramic mountain views. Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse.
Day 14 - Trek down to Sundarijal
This is the final day of our trekking. After a heart warming sunrise view from Chisapani, you trek down for four hours to reach Sundarijal. At an altitude of 1300 meters, Sundarijal is a village in Kathmandu district that is known as the source of water supply for Kathmandu valley. Upon reaching there, our vehicle will take you to a hotel. It is just 30 minutes far from Kathmandu Metropolitan City. You will stay in a hotel for the last time during this program.
Day 15 - Final day, Departure
Finally, the day comes when we have to separate. 15 days of togetherness and exciting tour comes to an end. We will transfer you to the international airport while wishing for your nice journey ahead and hoping to see you again.
INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
What is included?
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) and 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in pokhara with breakfast
- 10 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
What is not included?
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 15 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas
hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014
We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.
Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.
Visited October 2015