Six reasons to do the Gosainkunda trek
1. The trek can start or finish in Sundarijal, which is only a short taxi ride (less than 1
hour) from the heart of Kathmandu. Perfect for those who want to minimize long
jeep/bus rides and means less time is spent getting to the start of the trek and more
time trekking! This also provides the unique experience of literally walking from the
outskirts of Kathmandu into the Himalaya.
2. The trek is perfect for those looking for a shorter trek as it can be done in under one
week. More adventurous trekkers may only take 5 days; however, most expeditions
will take 6 or 7 days.
3. Compared to the adjacent Langtang Valley trek, Gosaikunda is much less traveled by
foreign tourists. Perfect if you want to get away from the crowded teahouses of the
main trekking routes.
4. The Gosainkunda lakes, some of the highest altitude lakes in the world, are
extremely beautiful and sure to be a highlight of the trek.
5. While the Gosainkunda trek does not bring you as close to the Himalayans
mountains as some other treks (for example, in the Langtang Valley), this trek does
not sacrifice on spectacular panoramic mountain views, which can be seen from
6. As Gosainkunda is located on the ridge between the Langtang and Helambu valleys,
the Gosainkunda trek can be used to link expeditions in Langtang and Helambu.
Indeed, the Gosainkunda trek is very versatile—with a number of variations enabling
it to be tailored to meet the needs of many different trekkers.
The Gosainkunda Trek is located in the Langtang National Park at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft).
The lake of Gosainkunda itself is one of Nepal’s most famous religious pilgrimage sites. The Gosainkunda area has 108 glacier lakes. UNESCO’s Ramsar Convention recognizes Gosainkunda as one of the world’s most important wetland areas.
Buddhists and Hindus consider Gosainkunda to be holy. They believe that Lord Shiva created the lake by thrusting his trident into the mountain to release water so that he could make a drink to cool his burning throat after he had swallowed poison. It is believed that bathing in the holy lake will wash away all your pain, sorrows and sins.
With a maximum altitude of 4,610 m (15,124 ft), the trek offers panoramic scenery the Langtang range as well as Himalchuli (7,893 m / 25,895 ft), Manaslu (8,163 m / 26,781 ft) and Ganesh Himal range. On a clear day, there is also a chance to see the Annapurna range. For those seeking extra height, the trek can be combined with a summit.
When to trek
The best time for Gosainkunda Trekking is from late-February to the early-June, and from September to December. Trekking in January and February is possible; however, the weather is much colder and can be more unstable. You can also journey in July and August; however, the monsoon rainfall hides the mountains from view. For a very special experience, plan your trek around the Janai Purnima festival, which is observed in late August. Thousands of Hindu devotees flock to the lake to bathe and change their Janai, the sacred thread worn by Brahmins and Chettris.
It is great trekking trail to go Lauribina and Gosainkuna lake and Surya Kunda and many of them around.
Sundarijal to Dhunche
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1 hour); trek from Sundarijal – Mulkharka –
Borland Bhanjyang – Chisapani (4 hours).
Day 2: Trek from Chisapani – Gul Bhanjyang – Kutumsang (5 hours).
Day 3: Trek from Kutumsang – Mangengoth – Tadepati (5 hours).
Day 4: Trek from Tadepati – Ghopte – Phedi (4 hours).
Day 5: Trek from Phedi – Laurebina Pass – Gosainkunda – Laurebina (6 hours).
Day 6: Trek from Laurebina – Cholangpati – Chandanbari (Shin Gompa) – Dimsa – Deurali –
Dhunche (4 hours)
Day 7: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu (6 hours)
It is also possible to walk from Laurebina to Dhunche and reach Kathmandu in one day
Dhunche to Sundarijal
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (6 hours); trek from Dhunche – Dimsa – Deurali (2
Day 2: Trek from Deurali – Chandanbari (Shin Gompa) (3 hours).
Day 3: Trek from Chandanbari – Chonlangpati – Laurebina (3 hours).
Day 4: Trek from Laurebina – Gosainkunda – Laurebina Pass – Phedi (6 hours).
Day 5: Trek from Phedi – Tadepati – Mangengoth – Kutumsang (6 hours).
Day 6: Trek from Kutumsang – Gul Bhanjyang – Chipling – Pati Bhyanjyang – Chisapani (5
Day 7: Trek from Chisapani – Mulkharka – Sundarijal (3 hours); drive from Sundarijal to
Kathmandu (1 hour).
Jeep access is available to both Chisapani, Kutumsang and Melamchigaun for those seeking
to shorten the trek.
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