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Gosaikunda Lake Trek - 8 Days

Gosaikunda Lake Trek

The Gosaikunda Lake trek falls within Langtang National Park and takes in the high altitude freshwater lake of Gosaikunda (4,380m). Gosaikunda is not only a Ramsar site (since 2007), meaning that it is a wetland of international importance, but is a site considered holy to both Buddhists and Hindus. On this week long trek (with the possibility to extend longer), there are dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung, as well as the three lakes of Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda.

In Hindu mythology Gosaikunda is the abode of the gods Shiva and Gauri. In fact it is believed that Lord Shiva formed the lake when he thrust his holy trident into the mountain to extract water to drink. The waters are considered of particular significance during the Janai Purnima festival at the full moon in August, when thousands of pilgrims gather.

The Gosaikunda Lake trek discovers the lakes and mountains of the area as well as following ridges, crossing ravines and suspension bridges, winding through rhododendron, oak and pine forests, and provides an insight into how the people of this area live. For people who have a fascination for culture and mythology as well as a passion for mountains and nature but don’t want to trek at high altitude, this is the perfect trip!

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)1550 m7 - 8 hr
Day 2Trek to Lama Hotel2380 m6 hr
Day 3Lama Hotel to Thulo Syafru2330 m5 - 6 hr
Day 4Thulo Syafru to Shin Gompa3330m4 - 5 hr
Day 5Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda4460m5 - 6 hr
Day 6Gosaikunda to Chandanbari2000 m5 hr
Day 7Chandanbari to Dhunche1300 m6 hr
Day 8Dhunche to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Langtang National Park Entry Permit and TIMS card
  • Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi by private jeep
  • Dhunche to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 8 days
  • Porter for 8 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 7 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 8 x breakfast, 8 x lunch and 7 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Gosaikunda Lake Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Gosaikunda Lake Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Trip Facts

  • 4460 m
  • Syafrubesi/Dhunche
  • Moderate

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