Trekking & Hiking
Gosaikunda trek is considered a medium-hard trek to the Holy Glacial Lake to Gosaikunda. It is one of the lakes at the highest point in Nepal at 4380m height. It is a great escape for someone who wants to take some time off in the mountains and lakes. For beginners or first-time trekkers you might need more enthusiasm, but the views and experience at the top will keep pulling you up until you reach your destination. In August during Hindu festival called JanaiPurnima the place will be full of Hindus so if you want to watch all the holy people and be along thousands August is a good time.
However, if you are someone who prefers peace and quiet environment any other time of the year is good. Choosing the time of the year or the season might help you determine your difficulty level as the trek with be a tough one during the winters when it snows. So make your decision wisely. You will be ascending through forests, mountains on the first few days as you start moving from Sundarijal. On reaching CholangPati you will get the first glimpse of some of the mountains like Ganesh Himal, LangtangHimal and Annapurna Himal in the far distance. Staying at the local homestays and teahouses you will get closer with the local people and get a warm welcome and good treatment. The trek offers a great accommodation so you would not need to bring in a lot of gear.
You will get a chance to trek in the mountainous regions in the Nepal, know a lot of new things about Nepal and discover breathtaking places. There will be many Rhododendron forests, rivers, streams and villages on your way up to Gosaikunda which will leave you in awe. It is a somewhat difficult trek for someone with very less experience in trekking during the winter but the views will be the best during winter as there will be snow everywhere and even the lake might be freezing cold. You can choose the time and take the risk if you want more challenges and a better experience. However to suggest, the time during October-May would be the best.
Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal,
Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA
who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors.
Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore BoudhanathStupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and SwayambhunathStupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city.
In a few hours drive from Kathmandy you shall reach to Sundarijal from where your trekking will start. The journey will start with you ascending through the foress of Sundarijal along the Mulkharka hiking route. Through the Army check post you will reach at BorlangBhanjyang where you can see forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Ascending up through the beautiful forests you will reach Chisapani in about 5 hours or more.
After spending the night at Chisapani and having our breakfast we will start moving further up. On moving up from Chisapani we will start seeing mountains and Himalayas along the trail. We will be moving from PatiBhanjyang ascending upwards to Chipling and then to ThodangBetini along the forested edge to reach Kutumsang. We can spend our night there at a tent or find a teahouse.
After having our lunch in the morning we will start moving to another tiring day where we might be walking for around 6 hours. Along the trail there will be Fir and Rhododendron forest. The beautiful and glittering views of the peaks will be welcoming us on the way. Through the forests we will reach Khutumsang and then to Magen Goth to finally reach Tharepati. There are plenty of guest house with great servie at Tharepati so we will be spending our night there.
Still ascending upwards from tharepati we will be able to see some famous boarder Himalayas like Xisapangma and Helambu village. There are fine scenaries on the way across moraines. Still moving upwards we will reach to Ghopte and then to Phedi to spend the night and take rest.
After staying overnight at Phedi we will be going through the scrub bamboo to Dupichaur. From Phedi we will be going to a National park post at Bhera Goth ascending upwards. We will get to Laurebina La from where other many small lakes will start appearing. Besides Gosaikunda we shall pass through other three small lakes and maybe many more because there are as many as 108 lakes in that area. We shall spend the night beside Gosaikundalake on that day.
Through the backwoods of Oak, Hemlock and Firs we will start descending towards Chandanbari. There is a Tibetian monastery on the way in Sing gomba so you can visit there. Langtangmountain can be seen extending to Ganesh himal from there. We will reach Chandanbari which is also known as Singompa there. On the way we can stop as there are a bunch of inns and a DDC’s manufacturing plant to purchase some cheese. Chandanbari is a good place to spend the night off.
We shall get enough rest at Chandanbari and start moving to Dhunche early in the morning passing through woods of oak, Hemlock and Firs. We will reach a Deurali tea shop to take a little rest and maybe have a cup of tea. After around a 30 minute walk strolling through the woods we will reach Cholangpati and then to Dhunche.Dhunche/Dhunchebajar is a great place to stay overnight in a lodge. They have good place and good food and we can enjoy the scenic drive later through Trisuli town along the tiny villages, rivers, valley and mountains.
We will move from Dhunche early in the morning after having our breakfast and lunch through the villages, valleys and mountains on our vehicle. During your journey from Dhunche to Kathmandu you will miss all the sceneries and will miss your time and already start rejoicing your memories back to Gosaikunda. In no time you will reach Kathmandu and you can maybe go out in the night to observe the nightlife at Kathmandu.
The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you have collected on your Gosaikunda Trek over the past 11 days. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer!
Today’s breakfast is included.
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1. Domestic Flight
Kathmandu to Pokhara and return flight are often affected by weather conditions and congestion which may cause delays, sometimes even for several days. We request you to ensure that you have planned for spare days to account for moderate delays, but can't guarantee against longer delays which can even affect your international flight.
2. A typical Trekking hours per day
A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, instead of any Western time schedule. You’ll be walking 5-6 hrs each day on an average.
3. Health Issues
We recommend you to consult the doctor to discuss the health issues associated with your trek. We also suggest you to bring your own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive. Although, the first aid kit is carried by the Trek Leader.
4. Altitude Sickness
Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you must give your body the time to acclimatize. If you ascend faster than your body can adapt then you will likely start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Headache is the most common symptom, while nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances are some others.
The best way to adapt to higher altitude is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common method is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m. If traveling to above this height remember to have extra acclimatization days.
5. Safety and security
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety:
We recommend you to have an appropriate insurance policy which covers travel in such isolated and mountainous areas, and also includes helicopter rescue from a trusted agency. We recommend you to do a good research and find a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist.
7. Recommended Equipment
Gosaikunda Trek is considered medium hard trek but it can be hard for novice trekkers and beginners. Also the difficulty will depend upon the climate in the region as there will be thick snow during winters. This trek involves up and down hill walk to reach 4300 meters from the sea level in a few days. The trek will offer a standard walking time for gradual gain of the altitude to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
We will run our booked trips under normal situations. There is an opportunity to go for the trip even if other hikers cancel at the end moment. We will not cancel the entire trip even if there is a fewer number of people. Please note that we cannot carry on the trip if there is a political riot, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemic or catastrophes, etc.
You will be provided continental food which you can choose from the menu. Every vegetable served in the tea houses is nearby shaped. Such type of foods is organic and good for your health. If you love non-veg, you need to make sure whether the meat is fresh or not.
Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trail. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But in case of an emergency you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby.
You can find various ways to access the web. If you have purchased a SIM card, you will be able to use data to access the internet. However, the network connection for both communication and internet access might not be consistently good. As you progress higher, the connection may get weak. You will be able to get Wi-Fi service from the tea houses, but please expect to be charged for this.
Trekking needs few days of walking that is continuous. You may find it difficult and boring at some times. Sometimes, you also need to fight with the high altitude. Trekking is not exhausting if you are reasonably fit. We design our trek to make your journey comfortable.