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Gosainkunda Frozen Lakes Trekking

gosainkund trekking

The Gosaikunda trekking is lies north of Kathmandu. The Gosaikunda loop is quite remote and thinly populated area. Gosaikunda, a glacier lake, is the most famous one with several others glacier lakes adjoining it. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during a full- moon festival in August and Hindu people believe that the god Mahadev (Shiva), intoxicated by grief due to his wife’s (Parbati) death, felt thirsty so he hit the stone with his holy stick, thus creating the lakes. In the same place Lake Gosaikunda originates and Hindu people believe that the image of Mahadev can be seen in the middle surface of the water. The lake is also scared to Buddhists.

This is a journey with numerous highlights, stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna massif as far as you can see. The Tamang and Sherpa people living here, physically and culturally resemble the Tibet inhabitants and their unique lifestyle is still thriving under their traditional attitude. Abundant wildlife, intense forest teaming with wild flowers and animal species, adds interest to this trek for nature lovers. After explore the holy Gosainkunda Lake your next step to climb Lauribina Pass (4610m) to go for Helambu valley it is bit challenging but very exciting trekking trip in Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Drive to Dhunche (1960m)
Day 04: Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m)
Day 05: Trek to Lauribina Yak (3920m)
Day 06: Trek to Gosainkund (4460m)
Day 07: Trek to Ghopte (3440m) Over the Lauribina Pass (4610m)
Day 08: Trek to Kutumsang (2450m)
Day 09: Trek to Chisapani (2140m)
Day 10: Trek to Sundarijal (1400m) then drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 11: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 12: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 13: Depart Kathmandu


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Langtang and Helambu
Trek Start Point:  Dhunche
Trek End Point: Sundarijal
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-Hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4610m
Duration: 13 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan

After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1960m)
Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in morning to go for new bus park to catch the public bus to Dhunche but if you prefer to hire private vehicle then private vehicle (Jeep/Land cruiser or bus depend on group size) will pick up from hotel and directly drive to Dhunche. You head north of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche (1960m) through the famous places Kakani (2145m), Ranipauwa, Trisuli Bazaar (548m), Betrawati (620m), Kalikhastan (1390m) and finally you reach at Dhunche (1960m) It takes about 6/7hours drive from Kathmandu. Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Dhunche trek to Sing Gompa (3330m)
Today is steep, hard that climbs more than 1300m. Few minutes walk in motor road then you will meet the sign for trail, the first part of the trails ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, the trail follows the north side of the river for short while, then begins the steep climbs towards the ridge. After the initial climb, the trail levels a bi, Passes through tiny village of Deurali (2660m) and then continues up to this ridge. Climbs through a forest of firs and rhododendrons for about two hours you reach at very basic teahouse from where you will see views of back down valley. After that the trail continues to climb to the Dimsa (3030m). Beyond trek continue up past an army camp, and then climb up through scrub and oaks to Sing Gompa (3330m) overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Sing Gompa trek to Lauribina Yak (3920m)
The trail of today climbs steeply up the ridge, which creates a transition zone between rich, moist forests on the northern slopes and dry scrub vegetation on the slope facing south. The area on the northern slope is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that the Nepali calls cat bear. The trail crosses behind the ridge and stays in the deep forest for a while before emerging onto a saddle at Chalang Pati (3650m) from here we enter the Goisakund protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires and grazing of goats is prohibited. As the trail steeply climbs up to Laurebina today you will enjoy the outstanding views of Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang lirung.  It is possible to continue to Goisakund on the same day, but for acclimatization reasons as well as morning view from here is excellent so it is better to stay one overnight in Laurebina Yak (3920m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Lauberina Yak trek to Gosainkund (4460m)
Today we start by climbing further along the ridge till we see the first lakes at around 4100 meter. The trail now leaves the ridge and heads high above the Trisuli valley. After the trail crosses a spur, the second lake in the chain (Bhairav Kund) comes into view. The trail climbs gently but continuously to the third and largest lake known as Gosainkund (4460m). Goisakund Lake has a black rock in the middle, said to be the head of Shiva. According to the legend, Shiva created the lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival each August. It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the lake. Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Gosainkunda trek to Ghopte (3440m) Over the Lauribina Pass (4610m)
The first part of the trek trail climbs further through rugged country passing three more small lakes towards Laurebina La pass (4610m). There is a good view from this pass in both directions. After the pass, the trail descends alongside a stream through alpine country to the national park post at Bhera Goth. We continue descending over a rocky trail along the middle of the valley to Phedi (3740m). From Phedi the route drops to a stream and then climbs through scrub bamboo to a crest at 3750 m. The trail cross the head of the valley on an extremely rough trail, descending to Dupi Chaur (3630m) after that across moraines to the bottom then steep climb to the Kasturee Danda. Beyond the trail descends though forests, climbing in and out of ravines across the head of valley to Ghopte (3440m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Ghopte trek to Kutumsang (2450m)
Today the trek trail descends from ridge at Ghopte, the trail makes numerous ups and downs across ravines and across boulders of old moraines, then make a final ascent to Tharepati (3640m) from. Here are two routes one goes to Melamchi Gaun (2530m) for longer Helambu valley trek that trek end at Melamchi Pul and another trail goes Kutumsang for short Helambu valley that trek end at Sundarijal so we follow the short trail right hand side trail that lead to Kutumsang (2450m), we walk through the alpine country side with meadows and scrubs typical for high elevation. We will enter the forest again and follow the ridges before descending to Magen Goth (3420m). After that the trail gently climbs to a small pass at Mere Danda at 3510 meter before descending through rhododendron forest inhabited by only a few shepherds’ huts. The trail continues further down to Kutumsang (2450m) overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Kutumsang trek to Chisapani (2140m)
Today, the trek trail gently climb and descends to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m), the delightful and classical hill village. We start by gradually ascending a forested ridge to the long, strung-out village of Thodang Betini (2260m). From here we climb up around 200 meters to the top of the Jhogin Danda (2420m) and descend over a stone staircase to the teashops at Chipling (2170m). Continuing trek down to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m), Brahman and Chhetri villages and continue trek gently climb up through meadows and fields we finally reach at Chisopani (2140m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Chisapani trek to Sundarijal (1400m) drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Today is better to wakeup early morning for the sunrise view with magnificent  views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt.Dorje lakpa, Langtang Himalaya ranges and Annapurnas.  First part of trek climb up the last pass of the trek Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) close to Shivapuri Hill. From here we descend steeply through deeply eroded chasms towards the Tamang settlement of Mulkharka (1800m). From here on it is a short bit to Sundarjial as we walk past the local water supply system and follow the water pipe to this village. From Sundarijal we can take local transportation, or have our private transport waiting for us to bring us back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 12: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Depart Kathmandu

After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Dhunche overland transportation by public mini bus
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two tourist get one porter)
  • Langtang national park entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Sundarijal to Kathmandu overland transportation by public bus
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International or domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? Please click here to request the price.

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