10 Days Gosainkunda Pass Trekking

  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu
  • Style Lodge/Tea House Trek
  • Group Size 2+
  • Max Altitude Gosainkund Pass 4,609 m / 15,100 ft
  • Best Time March to May and Sept to Dec
All Inclusive PriceUS $1099US $1299
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1 - 1 PaxUS $1299
2 - 4 PaxUS $1199
5 - 9 PaxUS $1099
10 - 20 PaxUS $999
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Highlights

  • Adventure within Nepal Central Himalaya around Langtang- and Jugal Himal
  • Super views of the massive bulk of Ganesh, Manaslu, and Annapurna Himalaya range
  • From the dense green forest of rhododendron and pines to arid and barren terrain
  • Walk to Gosainkund glacial pond one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage spots
  • Enjoy views crossing the high Gosainkund-la pass on the scenic route to Kathmandu

‘adventure to sacred glacial Gosainkund Lake and crossing high scenic pass’

The Gosainkunda Pass Trekking is an exciting adventure of a week's duration. It takes you to the lovely mountain and hill villages in the close shade of high Central Himalayan peaks.

Gosainkunda Pass Trekking route lies to the north of Kathmandu valley. About 5-6 hours of long winding road drive reaches you to the trekking starting point at Dhunche town, 132km from Kathmandu.

Dhunche is a major headquarters town of the Rasuwa district. It lies within the Langtang Himal region. It lies on the main route to our destination Gosainkunda glacial holy pond and beyond.

The trekking starts from the town of Dhunche close to the  Langtang National Park. This is the country’s first mountainous park established in the mid-1970s. The park has a beautiful forest of rhododendron, oaks, birch, magnolia, and fir trees. It has an ideal blend of exotic flora/fauna.

Spending an overnight time at Dhunche the walk begins. You are in for a climb leaving the motorable road for some days. The forward climb is steep as it enters into dense lovely woodland to reach Sing Gompa.

A nice small village on the route to Gosainkunda is fascinating. Here the tree lines drop as the climb continues with a superb panoramic view of the mountain peaks.  Such as the Langtang, Jugal with Ganesh, and Manaslu as far as Annapurna on the far western horizon.

You climb to a high ridge of the Laraubinaya hill. This is a place with a few nice shades and houses serving as tea shops and lodges. A slow and steady walk brings you to our main highlight at Gosainkunda and the holy pond.

Gosainkunda is an important pilgrimage spot for Hindu religious followers.  Every year a great festival takes place in August. Thousands of pilgrims visit here for a holy dip.

Gosaikunda lake is the most sacred lake in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva. It carries a belief that he created the pond to dilute himself from the deadly poison. He swallowed it to save the world and mankind. You get plenty of time to enjoy walks around its many glacial ponds.

From Gosainkunda, a climb takes you to the highest point of the adventure. It reaches the top of Gosainkunda Pass at the height of 4,609 m and 15,100 feet high. The rewards you get are fantastic. Mesmerizing views of the surrounding beautiful landscapes and snow-capped mountains.

After completing your major goal and highlights of the trek you are in for the descent. It takes you downhill back into the green forest and within the lovely farm villages. Soon you enter the Helambu region. This is marvelous countryside. It lies on a high ridge that faces the grand views of the mountain range.

The area around Rasuwa, and Helambu belongs to the Tamang, Hyalmo, and Sherpas. They are the hill tribes of the Central and Eastern Himalayas. They follow an interesting  Buddhism religion and its colorful culture. All this and more you get to witness on your walks.

The Trek comes to an end with short up and long downhill walks to reach the Kathmandu valley rim in Sundarijal. You will be spending your last final overnight at Chisapani.  A scenic high ridge view of a striking sunrise over an array of snow peaks is awe-inspiring.

Sundarijal is a small farm town located in Kathmandu. It lies to the North Eastern Valley rim where our adventurous and scenic walk ends. A short drive from here reaches you back into the civilization and city life of Kathmandu.  A memorable adventure of Gosainkunda Pass Trekking finally comes to an end.

Itinerary

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You will be arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport, in Kathmandu to take on the Langtang Gosaikunda Pass trek. After clearing immigration formalities you will be greeted by the representative of Trekking planner Inc. 

He/ She will transfer you to your destined hotel safely. Upon reaching the hotel room you will rest and relax until evening. In the evening you will be introduced to your trekking guide giving you all important brief on your onward trekking journey. Later in the evening you will be joining for the welcome dinner.

    The day starts with a delightful breakfast in the morning. Next you will be visiting the Kathmandu city and its UNESCO Listed World heritage sites. First up is the Swayambhunath temple which is popularly known as ‘Monkey Temple’ among tourists. 

    The major attractions of the temple are Spherical dome, Mani wheels, huge bajra, holy stupas, and reckless monkeys.  Then we make way towards Patan, the city of festival, feast, art, and culture.

    The main highlights of the tour are Patan Durbar square, Krishna Temple, Ganesh, and Temple. Besides that a visit to a museum which is an architectural master class is important and refreshing.

    Boudhanath is the next one in the list. This stupa here is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. It is the most sacred shrine of Buddhists where Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims worship throughout the year.

    Finally, we visit Pashupatinath temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter inside the premises of the temple. 

    At Pashupatinath, we inspect the traditional cremation ceremony from the opposite bank of the holy Bagmati River and lens moments in the camera.  This marks the end of our Kathmandu city tour. We return back to our hotel room and prepare for the early morning wake up for early morning drive. 

      After a good night's rest you will get up early in the morning for a drive to Dhunche. An interesting overland drive takes you through to the winding uphill and downhill road
      It then goes past various small hamlets and farm villages. Further as you drive you will be reaching the Trisuli Bazaar. 

      The road then climbs upwards reaching you towards the cooler region. Moving on you will be leaving for the rice paddy fields and terraced fields behind.  You will experience a noticeable change in the climate and the weather. 

      The people staying here are distinct in terms of culture and habits. Finally you will be arriving at Dhunche. It is one of the bigger towns that you will come across in the Langtang area. This town is also a gateway to the Langtang National Park.

        Today you are in for an uphill walk that is set on a winding uphill path that takes you above the Monastery. Once you are up splendid views of Ganesh-Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and the Annapurna range in the far west is mesmerizing. 

        You will then ideally make few refreshing stops on the teahouse route to get your feet back. The onward journey than continues for about an hour or so on the uphill from farmlands into the cool shade of alpine forest. 

        Soon you will come across a wide open meadow that nestles few teahouses. It is an ideal place to settle down for a lunch break.

        The walk from here becomes comparatively easy and refreshing. You will be passing through the pines and rhododendron forest with views of Dhunche town down below. 

        In no time you will be arriving at Singh Gompa. It is place renowned for a cheese processing factory. You will be making an overnight stop here. Overnight at a lodge

          This is one of the most significant days of your Langtang Gosaikunda Pass trek. Today you get to witness extraordinary views of an array of snow peak mountain ranges. First up is the Langtang which lies to the north, Ganesh-Himal to the northwest, followed by Manaslu and Annapurna range in the west.

          Having a good look at it you will be ascending initially for an hour or so. Later you will be entering the woodland of oaks, pine and rhododendron and subsequently enter few teahouses that are located over here. 

          After refreshing stop here amidst excellent views of the Langtang range, the trail continues ahead. Next you will be leaving the tree lines and lush vegetation behind for dwarf rhododendron, juniper, and alpine shrub bushes.

          The walk from here is an uphill trek that passing through few teahouses at Laurabina, with more views of the north western Himalayan range. 

          This is the place of walking sticks to move onwards. In and around the auspicious month of August during the full moon this place becomes illuminated with spirituality. 

          The pilgrims throng in huge numbers to pay homage and take a holy dip in Gosainkunda pond. As per the legends it is believed that taking a dip it relinquishes the sins of hundred lifetimes. 
          All these activities take place at an altitude of around 4,165m and is also an indication of leaving the sticks. From here the trail descends for half an hour for meeting the first of the two ponds that exists here. 

          These are the Saraswati and Bhairab kund respectively. Then after a pleasant walk and making a short climb you will reach to the shores of the Gosaikunda. 

          Here you will find traces of holy rituals and cultural impressions that had taken place along the shores of Gosaikuda.

            Today you will be leaving the Gosaikunda area and follow the trail that climbs through rugged country. On the way you will go past four more small lakes to the Laurebina La [4,610m], the highest point of this trek.

            As you keep trekking you will be surrounded by the stunning views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Lirung. You are then in for a good steep descending trail that leads all the way to Ghopte.

              It is a day meant for both downwards descend and an uphill ascends. At first you will be descending on the trail for some time and then make an ascent. While doing so you will be crossing the lovely green meadows and fields.

               Sometimes later you will then descend through the Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail here begins to climb over the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to reach a pass at 2,620m. You will then soon find a grassy meadow that leads you towards Kutumsang by making an ideal descend.

                Having a picture perfect memories of Kutumsang you will be making an easy climb forward. Next you will then cross a pass before descending down to Pati Bhanjyang. This large hamlet is inhabited by Tamang ethnic tribes.

                From here a good 3 hours hike reaches you to Chisapani. This is a nice scenic small village that glorifies the northern hills of the Kathmandu Valley rim.

                A scenic spot offers stunning sunrise views over Langtang, Jugal Himal with Ganesh Himal and Manaslu as far to Annapurna range in the far west. 

                It is known for its exquisite mountain views and the landscapes that stretch out from the mountains south of Everest to the Manaslu range.

                  The morning begins with a trail that goes past the meadows and cultivated fields. It then gradually climbs through to the oak and rhododendron forest until it reaches Burlang Bhanjyang. 

                  It is from here that you get to witness the outstanding views of Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the east. This excellent ridge forms the northern rim of the Kathmandu Valley. 

                  Similarly you will be making way from Chisapani to reach an entry point of the Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve. This is the trail that you will be using for moving uphill and then descending down to reach Mulkharka.

                  It is an excellent vantage point from where the capital city of Kathmandu becomes visible. Making a downward descend with number of stairs to step on you will finally reach to the exit point to reach Sundarijal. 

                  Once you are here you will then board a vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. It is a 45-minute drive that will reach you to your hotel for an overnight rest.

                    This is the final day of your 10 Days Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Trekking in Nepal. One of our office representatives from Trekking Planner will personally escort you to the airport safely. 
                    You will be flying back home taking memories of a wonderstruck journey that you made in Nepal. We are certain that you will come back a again to relive the moments but with a different destination in mind.

                      While it is our intention to adhere to the Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Trekking route as described. However there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. 

                      Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip details document is a general guide to the trekking tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
                       

                      Cost Details

                      Includes

                      • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
                      • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
                      • Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                      • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with privet vehicle entrance fees extra
                      • Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Dhunche to Kathmandu by local bus (if you want both way private vehicle also available on additional cost)
                      • Langtang National Park entrance fee and Trekkers' Information Management System( TIMS card)
                      • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
                      • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment paid
                      • twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
                      • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
                      • First add kit box
                      • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffel bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                      • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                      • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                      • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

                      Excludes

                      • Your Nepal Visa fees 
                      • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                      • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu
                      • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                      • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
                      • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
                      •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                      • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                      • Anything not included in service includes column

                      Essential Info

                      Best Season for Gosainkund Pass Trekking:

                      The months range from March to May and September till November months are the best seasons.

                      From March to May, you can have a pleasant walk with enough sunshine under bright daylight. It offers excellent views of the snow-capped peaks.  This is spring when the wildflowers are in their full bloom. Especially the rhododendrons of various species from trees to the bushes. Blooming with other bright flowers makes this trek more interesting and exciting.

                       During spring, the days are clear from morning till late in the afternoon. It can get cloudy sometimes with great chances of snow on higher elevations. The morning and night times are much colder. The temperatures drop (not adding extra wind-chill factor).

                      The months of September to November are the autumn season. During this time of the year, most of the days are crystal clear. It remains clear right from morning till afternoon. But it has shorter daylight.  In the autumn or winter months the temperature freezes.  both in the morning and night times. (not adding extra wind-chill factor).

                      Langtang Himal and Gosainkund Pass region Culture / Religion:

                      The Langtang Himal area of the Gosainkund Pass belongs to the Tamang people. They are the inhabitants and the main tribe of the North Central Himalayas region in Nepal. They follow Buddhism as well as the ancient practice of the Bon sect of pre-Buddhism. They worship five earth elements. Such as sky, water/cloud, thunder/fire, vegetation/forest, and soil/earth.

                      One can notice that in every house there is a Buddhist colorful prayer flag to drive away evil spirits.  As for the lower hills, it comprises some Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Dalits.

                      After you cross over the Gosainkund-la pass you will find a mixture of hill tribes. They are Tamang, Hyalmo of Helambu, and some Sherpas. Their way of life and culture is interwoven with Buddhism. This makes the trek very interesting and is a great sight to watch. Getting to observe various cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism religions is sensational. It's heartening to see that they continue to follow an ancient traditional farm way of life

                      Climate ans Weather:
                      Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

                      Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.

                      Other months from September to November another great times for treks around Kanchenjunga base camp and other areas of Himalaya, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter. 

                      EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

                      • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner Inc duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
                      • Day pack
                      • Trekking shoes
                      • Sports shoes or sandals
                      • Sun Hat/cap
                      • Warm woolen cap
                      • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
                      • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
                      • Pullover or warm sweeter
                      • Raincoat
                      • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
                      • Hand gloves
                      • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
                      • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
                      • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred)
                      • Sun glasses
                      • Water bottle
                      • 4 season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
                      •  Flash or Torch light
                      • Camera and batteries

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