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Starts at: Syafru Beshi Ends at: Dhunche
Trek Region: Langtang Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 8 days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 4460 m / 14632 ft (Kyanjing Ri) Accommodation: Teahouse

The Gosaikunda Lake trek is 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 it is also a site considered holy to Buddhists and Hindus.

On this week-long trek (which can be extended longer), you will have 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. 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 significant during the Janai Purnima festival at the full moon in August when thousands of pilgrims gather.

The Gosaikunda Lake trek explores the area’s lakes and mountains, following ridges, crossing ravines and suspension bridges, winding through rhododendron, oak, and pine forests, and providing an insight into the people of this area.

This is the perfect trip for people fascinated by culture, mythology, mountains, and nature but don’t want to trek at high altitudes.

Gosaikunda Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)

Syafru Beshi a – 1,550 m / 4921 ft – 7 to 8 hrs (Drive)

Day 2: Trek to Lama Hotel

Tikhe Dhunga – 2380 m / 7808 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syafru

Thulo Syafru – 2330 m / 7644 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Thulo Syafru to Shin Gompa

Shin Gompa – 3330m / 10925 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 5: Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda

Gosaikunda – 4460m / 14,632 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Gosaikunda to Chandanbari

Chandanbari – 2,000 m / 6561 – 5 hrs

Day 7: Chandanbari to Dhunche

Dhunche – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hrs

Day 8: Dhunche to Kathmandu (Drive)

Kathmandu – 1380 m – 6 hrs

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Gosakunda Lake Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)

  • Drive Time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 120 km/ 74 miles

Our guide will come to your hotel to pick you up, and you will drive to the bus station with your guide in a taxi. 

The distance between Kathmandu and Syabru Besi is approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles). The drive can take anywhere from 7 to 9 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. 

The road starts relatively smooth but becomes increasingly bumpy and winding as you ascend into the mountains. Be prepared for some adventurous driving!

As you leave the bustle of Kathmandu behind, you’ll be treated to stunning views of lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque villages. The majestic Himalayan peaks come into view as you gain elevation. 

Day 2: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel 

  • Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 14 km (8.7 miles)

The trail begins with a gentle descent through lush forests to the Bhote Kosi River. You’ll cross a suspension bridge and begin a steady ascent as the trail winds through beautiful bamboo forests and rhododendron trees (especially vibrant during spring blooms).

Landmarks & Stops:

  • Riverside Lunch: A popular lunch spot is by the river, where you can refresh and enjoy the scenery.
  • Ghoda Tabela: Midway through your trek, you’ll pass through Ghodatabela where there’s a permit checkpoint.
  • Landslide Area: The trail takes you through a section of a landslide area. Be cautious with your footing.
  • Lama Hotel: Your destination for the day! Lama Hotel is a small village offering basic teahouse accommodations.

Challenges & Tips:

  • Moderate Climb: The ascent on Day 2 is gradual but sustained, requiring moderate fitness.
  • Pace Yourself: Take breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Altitude Awareness: While the altitude gain is not drastic, listen to your body and watch for any early signs of altitude discomfort.

Day 3: Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru (2210m)

  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)

Day 3 offers a diverse trek through lush forests, scenic landscapes, and local villages. Here’s what to expect:

  • Forest Walk: Start by walking through dense forests with rhododendrons and oak trees, where you may spot wildlife like monkeys or birds.
  • Landslide Area: Navigate a section of the trail affected by landslides and cautiously proceed.
  • Steep Descent: Experience a fairly steep descent down towards the Langtang River.
  • Bamboo: Pass through a charming village named Bamboo, a nice spot for a short break.
  • Final Ascent: The final stretch involves a steep uphill climb, testing your stamina.
  • Thulo Syabru: Arrive at Thulo Syabru, a Tamang village perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the Ganesh Himal range.

Challenges & Tips:

  • Mixed Terrain: Be prepared for changing gradients, both ascents and descents.
  • Steep Sections: Pace yourself on the steeper sections of the trail.
  • Hydration: As always, stay hydrated throughout your trek.
  • Enjoy the Views: With shorter trekking time on this day, you have more time to soak in the spectacular scenery of the surrounding valleys and peaks.


  • Local Culture: Encounter the unique culture and lifestyle of the Tamang people in Thulo Syabru.
  • Ganesh Himal Views: Admire breathtaking views of the Ganesh Himal range.
  • Relax & Recharge: Use the extra time at Thulo Syabru to recover and prepare for the next leg of your trek.

Day 4: Thulo Syafru to Shin Gompa

  • Trek Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)

Get ready for a day with a short distance but a significant altitude gain. The trail offers picturesque views and the chance to visit a local cheese factory!

  • Steep Ascent: The trek starts with an immediate steep ascent out of Thulo Syabru.
  • Open Landscapes: As you gain elevation, enjoy vast landscapes and panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Dursagang: Pass through this small settlement offering a potential rest stop.
  • Foprang Danda: Reach the top of the ridge, offering even more spectacular mountain views.
  • Cheese Factory: Visit the cheese factory in Chandan Bari, a popular stop to learn about local cheese production. Depending on the season, you might be able to try some!
  • Shin Gompa: Your destination for the day, Shin Gompa welcomes you with its peaceful atmosphere and nearby monastery.

Challenges & Tips:

  • Altitude Gain: The most significant challenge today is managing the change in altitude. Walk slowly and steadily.
  • Acclimatization: Listen to your body and watch for any signs of altitude discomfort. Rest and hydrate if needed.
  • Snack Break: Have some snacks handy for energy during the steep climb.
  • Monastery Visit: Consider exploring the monastery at Shin Gompa in the afternoon or evening for a culturally enriching experience.


  • Mountain Panoramas: Relish the incredible Himalayan scenery unfolding around you.
  • Unique Culture: Learn about the yak-herding culture at Chandan Bari and admire the beautiful monastery at Shin Gompa.
  • Rest & Recovery: Allow yourself extra time for rest to acclimatize to the higher altitude properly.

Day 5: Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda

  • Trek Duration:  5 – 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 11 km (6.8 miles)

Day 5 offers a challenging yet rewarding trek as you ascend to the sacred Gosaikunda Lakes, surrounded by panoramic mountain views.

  • Initial Climb: Begin with a steep climb offering breathtaking views back towards Shin Gompa.
  • Lauribina La Pass: Cross the challenging Lauribina La Pass (4610m), the highest point of your trek. Take your time, enjoy the accomplishment, and admire the 360-degree mountain vistas.
  • Rocky Trail: The trail descends, becoming rocky and potentially icy depending on the season. Proceed with caution.
  • Sacred Lakes: Witness the first glimpses of the stunning Gosaikunda lakes – a series of glacial lakes considered holy in Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
  • Gosaikunda Village: Arrive at the village nestled by the lakes, offering guesthouses and a serene atmosphere.

Challenges & Tips:

  • Altitude: The primary challenge is the high altitude. Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and rest if needed.
  • Steep Sections: Both the ascent to the pass and the initial descent involve steep sections. Take your time and place your footing carefully.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially at higher elevations. Dress in layers and have rain gear handy.
  • Sacred Significance: Respect the religious importance of Gosaikunda for locals, and dress modestly at the lake.


  • Triumphant Ascent: Feel the sense of achievement upon reaching Lauribina La Pass.
  • Stunning Lakes: Marvel at the beauty of the glacial lakes and the surrounding mountain peaks.
  • Spiritual Connection: Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Gosaikunda. It’s a truly special place.

Day 6: Gosaikunda to Chandanbari

  • Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)

It is a long but mainly downhill trek, allowing you to retrace some of your steps through the beautiful Langtang Valley.

  • Lakeside Farewell: Start by taking some extra time to appreciate the beauty of Gosaikunda in the morning light.
  • Retracing Steps: The initial section follows the same trail as your ascent, winding your way back towards Lauribina La pass.
  • Downward Trek: Enjoy a sustained descent through alpine meadows back towards Chandanbari after the pass.
  • Chandanbari (Sing Gompa): Arrive back at the familiar surroundings of Chandanbari or ‘Sing Gompa’ with its cheese factory and monastery.

Challenges & Tips:

  • Long Descent: While mostly downhill, the descent can be tiring on your legs and knees. Take breaks and use trekking poles for support if needed.
  • Rocky Trail: The trail in some sections is rocky, so maintain good footing.
  • Re-acclimatization: Take it easy despite the descent, allowing your body to adjust to the lower altitude gradually.
  • Repeat Experience: Enjoy the familiarity of the trail and spot details you might have missed during your ascent.


  • Relaxed Pace: Enjoy a more relaxed tempo as you descend back into the valley.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: Reflect on your incredible trek around the Gosaikunda lakes.
  • Restful Evening: Relax and unwind back at the familiar teahouses of Chandanbari.

Day 7: Chandanbari to Dhunche

  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 13 km (8 miles)

long descent through forests back to Dhunche. Prepare for a “knee-tester”!

  • Forest Walk: Descend through lush rhododendrons and pine forests, enjoying the cool shade.
  • Langtang River: The trail joins the Langtang River, following it downstream for a while.
  • Villages: Pass through several small villages, offering glimpses of rural Nepali life.
  • Final Stretch: The last portion of the trail involves a gradual descent until you reach the bustling town of Dhunche.

Challenges & Tips:

  • Prolonged Descent: The most challenging aspect of this day is the continuous descent, putting a strain on knees and joints.
  • Pacing: Take your time and descend slowly. Rest when needed and use trekking poles for support.
  • Hydration: Even with the descent, stay hydrated to aid in recovery.
  • Reaching Civilization: Be prepared to transition from the tranquil mountains to the busyness of Dhunche.


  • Varied Scenery: Witness the landscape transform from alpine to sub-tropical as you descend.
  • Sense of Completion: Feel a sense of accomplishment as you trek.
  • Dhunche Exploration: If time permits, explore Dhunche before your onward journey.

Day 8: Dhunche to Kathmandu (Drive)

  • Drive Time: 120 kilometers (75 miles)
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Distance: 120 kilometers (75 miles)

After a well-deserved rest in Dhunche, prepare for your return journey to Kathmandu. Here’s what to expect:

  • Retracing the Route: The drive follows the same winding mountain road you experienced when you reached Syabru Besi.
  • Scenic Views: As you descend, enjoy the familiar yet breathtaking views of terraced fields, waterfalls, and lush green hillsides.
  • Trisuli Bazaar: You’ll likely stop at Trisuli Bazaar for refreshments or a quick lunch break.
  • Traffic in Kathmandu: As you approach Kathmandu, expect increased traffic and a return to the city’s bustle.

Tips for the Drive:

  • Early Start: Aim for an early morning departure to beat the worst traffic.
  • Comfort: You can choose a comfortable seat on the bus or opt for a private jeep for a smoother ride.
  • Reflect on Your Trek: Use the long drive to reminisce about your incredible Langtang Valley adventure.

Arrival in Kathmandu:

Celebrate your successful trek back in the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Treat yourself to a delicious meal and a comfortable bed!


  • 7 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Guide for 8 days
  • Kathmandu Syafru Beshi, Dhunche Kathmandu local bus
  • Langtang national park permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 8 x breakfast, 8 x lunch and 7 x dinner while on trek
  • One porter for 8 days USD 184 (Optional)
  • Private Jeep USD 260 (Optional)

Gosaikunda Lake Trek Map

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Frequently Asked Question

General Trek Information

How difficult is the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

It’s considered a moderate-level trek, suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness and some hiking experience.

How long does the Gosaikunda Lake Trek take?

The typical trek duration is around 7-8 days, including travel to and from Kathmandu.

What is the best time of year for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

Autumn (Sept-Nov) and Spring (March-May) offer the most ideal weather conditions and stunning mountain views.

What kind of accommodation is available on the trek?

You’ll stay in basic teahouses along the trail, usually offering twin-bedded rooms and shared bathrooms.

Do I need a guide and porter for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

While solo trekking is possible, it’s highly recommended to have a guide for navigation, safety, and cultural insights. A porter can significantly ease your physical burden.


How do I get to the starting point of the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

The trek begins in Syabru Besi, accessible by a bus or private jeep ride from Kathmandu.

What permits do I need for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

You require langtang National park Permit and TIMS card for this trek.

Can I get a visa on arrival in Nepal?

Yes, most nationalities are eligible for a Visa on Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Please, check our Visa Section for more information.

Altitude & Health

What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?

Common symptoms include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping.

How can I prevent altitude sickness?

Ascend slowly, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, and listen to your body. If you experience symptoms, inform your guide and consider resting or descending.

Is there a risk of food poisoning on the trek?

To minimize risk, stick to freshly cooked meals, avoid raw foods where possible, and carry hand sanitizer.

Costs and Practicalities

What is the typical cost of the Gosaikunda Lake Trek?

Costs vary depending on the agency, inclusions, and your chosen trek duration. Budget for the trek itself along with additional expenses for visa, tips, meals in Kathmandu, and other incidentals.

Should I bring cash or a credit card?

Bring a combination. Nepali Rupees (NPR) are essential for the trek. Cards are accepted in Kathmandu but not on the trail itself.

Is there phone and internet connectivity on the trek?

Connectivity is limited and unreliable, especially at higher altitudes. Some teahouses may offer Wi-Fi for a fee.

Fitness and Preparation

I’m in my 60s and moderately fit. Is this trek doable for me?

Absolutely! The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is considered moderate, and with regular exercise and some pre-trek preparation, it’s well within reach for someone in their 60s.

What kind of training should I do before the trek?

Focus on cardio exercises (running, swimming, cycling), strength training for legs, and core work. Short hikes with some elevation gain are beneficial.

I have an old knee/ankle injury. Should I be concerned?

Consult your doctor beforehand. With proper preparation and informing your guide, the trek is still possible. You might consider trekking poles for extra support.

Trekking Experience & Expectations

I’ve never trekked in the Himalayas before. Is this a good starter trek?

Yes! The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is a great introduction to Himalayan trekking, offering a balance of challenge and accessibility.

I’m a solo traveler, is this trek suitable for me?

Definitely! The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is popular with solo travelers. You can join a group. Check our fixed departure date.

Things you should know before booking the Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Arrival in Kathmandu

We’re here to make your arrival as smooth as possible! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Airport Pickup (Optional):  For a hassle-free start, opt for our airport pickup service when booking the Gosaikunda trek. Let us handle the Tribhuvan International Airport bustle! During the booking process for the Gosaikunda Lake trip, you’ll be asked for your flight details and can choose to add the pickup option. Our team will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your Kathmandu hotel.
  • Hotel Recommendations: While our Gosaikunda Lake trek Package doesn’t include Kathmandu hotels, we suggest booking a hotel in the Thamel area. It offers easy access to shops for any last-minute gear, plus our office is conveniently located there. Consider using websites like booking.com or hostelworld.com to find a hotel that fits your style and budget.

Explore Kathmandu: You’ll have a free day in Kathmandu to discover the city’s rich culture and history. Explore at your own pace or enhance your experience with our private day tour. A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the city’s highlights, including some of the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ensuring a deeper understanding of Kathmandu’s unique charm.

Meals on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • What’s Included: Your Gosaikunda Lake Trek package includes three standard meals daily (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Teahouses along the trail offer a variety of menus.
  • Food Options: Expect a mix of Nepali dishes (like the classic Dal Bhat) and Western options. For optimal health and safety on the trek, we recommend avoiding meat as proper refrigeration may not always be available.
  • Lunch Stops: You’ll enjoy lunch at teahouses along the trail in the villages. If you need to pack
  • Drinks: Teahouses offer a selection of hot beverages to keep you warm and hydrated.
  • Food Costs: Be aware that food prices tend to increase as you ascend due to the effort involved in transporting supplies to higher altitudes.
  • Snacks: It’s wise to stock up on snacks in Kathmandu for those moments when you need an extra energy boost.

Additional Tips:

  • Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is crucial on the trek. Consider bringing water purification tablets or a reusable water bottle with a filter.
  • Vegetarian Options: Nepal offers delicious vegetarian fare, making it a great destination for plant-based eaters.

Water Sources on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • Protecting the Environment: We strongly encourage you to avoid buying bottled water during the trek. It’s expensive and contributes to plastic waste in this pristine region.
  • Safe Drinking Water: Bring a reusable water bottle and use one of these methods for safe water:
    • Water Purification Tablets: These are readily available in Kathmandu. Remember to wait at least 30 minutes after adding a tablet before drinking.
    • Water Purification Device: Available in Kathmandu, but consider purchasing one from home for optimal results.
  • Natural Water Sources: During the trek, you’ll encounter water sources, streams, and rivers.  Use your purification method to make this naturally sourced water safe for drinking.

Let’s work together to preserve the beauty of the Gosaikunda Lake region!

Accommodation on the Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Accommodations along the Gosaikunda Lake Trek are simple and known as teahouses. Here’s what to expect:

  • Basic Rooms: Most teahouses offer rooms with two twin beds. You’ll need to bring your sleeping bag for warmth and comfort.
  • Shared Bathrooms: Bathrooms may be located outside of the main teahouse building.
  • Cozy Common Area: The dining room is usually heated, providing a warm space to socialize with other trekkers before and after dinner.
  • Additional Amenities: Hot showers are typically available for an additional cost. Electricity is also provided in teahouses, but charging your devices may incur a small fee (around USD 2 to USD 5).

Remember: The Gosaikunda Lake Trek offers a chance to experience Nepali mountain life’s authentic and hospitable nature. Embrace the simplicity!

  • Porter Services: Porters are not included in our standard package, but we highly recommend hiring one for your trek. They ease your burden and make your experience significantly more enjoyable, especially if you’re new to hiking or the Himalayas.
  • Benefits of a Porter:
    • Focus on the Scenery: Hike with a light daypack and fully appreciate the breathtaking surroundings
    • Support Local Communities: Employing porters directly contributes to the local economy.
    • Ease the Challenge: Enjoy the trek without the strain of carrying a heavy backpack.
  • Our Porter Services:
    • Capacity: Our porters can carry up to 20 kg of your gear. We share porters on a 2:1 ratio for optimal efficiency.
    • Equipment: If you hire a porter, we provide a duffle bag for your belongings.
  • Daypack Recommendation: Whether you hire a porter or not, we suggest carrying a small daypack for essentials like water, snacks, a camera, and a warm layer.

Typical Day in Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Morning in Gosaikunda Lake Trek:

  • Wake-up & Breakfast: You’ll usually rise early, around 6-7 AM, and enjoy a simple but nourishing breakfast like porridge, eggs, toast, or Tibetan bread. Hot tea or coffee will get you energized for the day.
  • Pack-Up & Departure: You’ll pack your daypack with essentials and leave your larger bags to be carried by porters (if you have one). The trek usually starts between 7 and 8 AM.

Trekking during Gosaikunda Lake:

  • Pacing: Maintain a steady pace along the trail, interspersed with rest breaks to admire the scenery, rehydrate, and take photos.
  • Terrain: Expect a mix of uphill climbs, descents, and relatively flat sections. The trails can be rocky, forested, or sometimes open with stunning mountain views.
  • Lunch Break: Around midday, you’ll stop for a lunch break at a designated spot or teahouse, typically lasting around an hour.
  • Afternoon Trekking: Continue your journey, often with a change in scenery as you enter different parts of the valley or climb higher.

Arrival & Evening while trekking Gosaikunda Lake:

  • Reaching the Teahouse (3-5 PM): Arrive at your destination for the day and check-in.
  • Relax & Recharge: Rest your legs, take a hot shower (if available for a fee), socialize with fellow trekkers, and enjoy a cup of tea.
  • Dinner: A hearty meal is served in the communal dining room, often a Nepali staple like Dal Bhat (rice, lentils, vegetables) or other options available on the teahouse menu.
  • Early Bedtime: Since the days start early and there’s limited electricity, most trekkers retire to their rooms relatively early to rest up for the next trek.

Important Notes:

  • Flexibility: This schedule can vary slightly depending on distances, weather, and your group’s pace.
  • Altitude: As you ascend, your pace will naturally slow down and you might include extra rest breaks to acclimatize.
  • Teahouse Simplicity: Remember, evenings are spent in simple teahouses with shared facilities and cozy rooms.

Tipping tips to Guide and Porter

Here’s a guide to tipping your guide and porters on the Gosaikunda Lake trek, along with some cultural considerations:

General Guidelines

  • Tipping is Customary: While not mandatory, tipping is expected in Nepal and is a way to show your appreciation for the services of your guide and porters.
  • Group Tipping: It’s standard practice to collect tips from the entire trekking group and present them as a collective gesture at the end of the trek.
  • Currency: You can tip in Nepali Rupees (NPR) or US Dollars (USD). Both are widely accepted.

Tipping Amounts (Per Person, Per Day)

  • Guide: USD $10-15 or NPR 1000-1500
  • Porter: USD $5-10 or NPR 500-1000

Example for a 7-day Trek:

  • Guide: USD $70-$105 (total for the trek)
  • Porter USD $35-$70 (total for the trek)

Factors Affecting Tip Amounts:

  • Group Size: In smaller groups, you might tip at the higher end of the range.
  • Service Quality: Feel free to increase your tip if the service was exceptional.
  • Trek Difficulty: Consider tipping slightly more often for longer and more challenging treks.

Tipping Ceremony:

  • Communal Tip: Your guide will usually help coordinate the collection of tips from the group.
  • Thank You Speech: Consider making a short speech to thank the guide and porters. This adds a personal touch.
  • Individual Envelopes: It’s a good idea to prepare separate envelopes for the guide and porters.
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Communication in Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • Remote Locations: As you trek deeper into the Langtang Valley, mobile phone networks and internet access become increasingly limited. Expect patchy signals or no service at all in higher altitude areas.
  • Teahouse Wi-Fi: Some teahouses offer Wi-Fi for a fee, but the connection is often slow and unreliable, especially with multiple users.
  • Power Supply: Electricity in teahouses may be scarce or limited to certain hours. Conserve your phone battery and bring a power bank for emergencies.
  • Weather Impacts: Weather conditions can further affect connectivity in remote areas.

Trip Extension after Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • Langtang Valley Exploration: Extend your trek within the Langtang Valley. Visit Kyanjin Gompa for spectacular mountain views or venture towards remote villages like Tserko Ri for a more off-the-beaten-path feel.
  • Helambu Trek: Combine the Gosaikunda Lake Trek with the nearby Helambu circuit, known for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful forests.
  • Tamang Heritage Trail: Immerse yourself in the Tamang culture along this trail, experiencing traditional villages, homestays, and stunning mountain landscapes.

Gosaikunda Lake Trek Difficulty

The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is considered a moderate-level trek, suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness and some prior hiking experience.  Here’s why:

  • Altitude: The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 4380m at Gosaikunda. Altitude sickness can be a concern for some, so gradual acclimatization is crucial.
  • Terrain: The trail includes a mix of ascents, descents, flat sections, and some rocky areas. Some climbs, especially to Lauribina La Pass, can be steep and challenging.
  • Daily Trekking Distance: Daily distances are moderate, usually around 5-7 hours of walking. There are no extremely long trekking days.
  • Facilities: Accommodation is in basic teahouses, and most places may have shared bathrooms. Expect simple, but comfortable conditions.

Factors Affecting Difficulty:

  • Fitness Level: Your overall fitness plays a significant role. Regular exercise and preparation hikes will make the trek more manageable.
  • Altitude Awareness: Be aware of your body’s response to altitude. Acclimatize slowly, stay hydrated and inform your guide if you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Porters: Hiring a porter to carry your heavy backpack significantly reduces the physical strain and makes the trek much easier.
  • Weather: Rain, snow, or extreme cold can increase the challenge of the trek.

Who is this trek suitable for?

  • Trekkers with a good base level of fitness and who enjoy a moderate challenge.
  • Individuals who are comfortable with basic accommodation and can adapt to the changing environment.
  • Those who are mindful of altitude and the need for proper acclimatization.

Tips for a Successful Gosaikunda Trek:

  • Pre-trek Training: Build your stamina and practice hikes with some elevation gain before the trip.
  • Pace Yourself: Maintain a steady pace and take breaks when needed.
  • Mental Preparation: Be prepared for a simple lifestyle, potential plan changes, and the physical challenge of mountain trekking.

Best Season for Gosaikunda Trek

  • Autumn (September – November):  This is widely considered the absolute best time of year for the Gosaikunda Lake Trek. Here’s why:
    • Clear Skies: Expect stable weather with mostly sunny days and stunning mountain views.
    • Comfortable Temperatures: Days are pleasantly warm, and nights are cool but not freezing.
    • Festive Atmosphere: Trekking season coincides with major Nepali festivals like Dashain and Tihar, adding a vibrant cultural element to your experience.
  • Spring (March-May): Another excellent season offering:
    • Blooming Rhododendrons: Witness the forests explode in vibrant colors as rhododendrons (Nepal’s national flower) are in full bloom.
    • Milder Temperatures: Warm days and cool nights, perfect for trekking.
    • Wildlife Sightings: There is a higher chance of spotting wildlife as they return to lower elevations after winter.

Other Season for Gosaikunda Lake Trek

  • Late Winter (February): Trekking is doable. Expect colder temperatures and possible snow, but fewer crowds on the trail.
  • Monsoon (June – August): The monsoon brings heavy rainfall and cloudy skies, making trails muddy and obscuring mountain views. 

Essential Expenses:

  • Visa: If eligible for a Visa on Arrival, the cost ranges from USD $30 to $125, depending on the duration of your trip.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters: While not mandatory, tipping is customary in Nepal. Budget around USD $5-10 per day for your porter and USD $10-$15 per day for your guide.
  • Hot Showers: Most teahouses charge for hot showers (around USD 2-5 per shower).
  • Charging Electronics: Charging your devices usually incurs a small fee in teahouses.
  • Snacks: Bring some snacks from Kathmandu for energy boosts between meals.

Optional Expenses:

  • Meals in Kathmandu: Costs will depend on where you choose to eat. Budget accordingly before and after the trek.
  • Internet/Wi-Fi: Some teahouses offer Wi-Fi for a fee, which can be unreliable. Alternatively, consider purchasing a local SIM card with a data plan in Kathmandu.
  • Souvenirs & Shopping: Factor in any purchases you want to make in Kathmandu or along the trail.
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for trekking in Nepal to cover medical emergencies, evacuations, etc.
  • Alcohol & Other Beverages: Drinks besides tea and coffee often cost extra.

Visa of Nepal

Visa on Arrival for Most Nationalities

Nepal offers convenient Visa on Arrival for citizens of most countries. This means you don’t need to apply in advance and can obtain your visa at designated points upon arrival in Nepal.

Eligible Countries

Check this official list to confirm if your country is eligible for Visa on Arrival: https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/visa-on-arrival

Visa on Arrival Procedure at Tribhuvan International Airport

  1. Fill out an Arrival Card: You’ll be provided with one on your flight or can find it at the airport.
  2. Proceed to the Visa Kiosk: Use the automated kiosks to enter your details and generate a payment receipt.
  3. Make the Payment: Visit the designated payment counter with your receipt and pay the visa fee in cash (major currencies accepted).
  4. Immigration Clearance: To receive your visa stamp, proceed to the immigration desk with your passport, payment receipt, and completed arrival card.

Visa Fees (Tourist Visa)

  • 15 Days: USD $30
  • 30 Days: USD $50
  • 90 Days: USD $125


  • Passport: Valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay.
  • One Passport-Size Photo: Though kiosks have photo-taking facilities, it’s best to have one on hand.
  • Cash: For the visa fee payment.
  • Onward Travel: Proof of return or onward travel may be requested.

Visa Extensions

You can extend your tourist visa for up to 150 days in a calendar year. Extensions can be done at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Travel Insurance

What to Look for in a Policy

  • Emergency Medical Coverage: Ensure your policy has high coverage limits for emergency medical expenses, including helicopter evacuation.
  • Trekking Altitude: Choose a policy that specifically covers trekking up to at least 5000m, as the Gosaikunda Lake Trek reaches altitudes above 4000m.
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption: Coverage for unforeseen circumstances that disrupt your trip.
  • Baggage & Personal Belongings: Coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • Adventure Activities: Make sure your policy covers trekking and related activities if applicable.

Group vs Private Trip For Gosakunda Lake Trek

Group Trek

  • Pros:
    • Cost-Effective: The most affordable option as costs are shared among the group.
    • Social Experience: Meet new people, share experiences, and build camaraderie with fellow trekkers.
    • Support & Safety: Trek with a guide and porters, who offer security and assistance along the way.
    • Set Schedule: This is ideal for those who prefer a structured itinerary and like having all logistics taken care of.
  • Cons:
    • Less Flexibility: The group’s needs determine the pace and itinerary.
    • Limited Privacy: You’ll share accommodation and meals with other trekkers.
    • Potential Dynamics: Group dynamics can be unpredictable, and you may need to adjust to different personalities and paces.

Private Trek

  • Pros:
    • Tailored Experience: Customize the itinerary, pace, and meal choices to suit your preferences.
    • Flexibility and control: You can start and stop, take breaks whenever needed, and adjust the plan as you go.
    • Privacy & Comfort: Enjoy exclusive accommodation and a more intimate trekking experience.
    • Ideal for specific needs: Perfect for families, couples, or those seeking a more personalized and solo adventure.
  • Cons:
    • Higher Cost: Private trips are pricier as you’re not splitting costs with a group.

Factors to Consider for a Ground and Private Trek

  • Budget: Group treks are significantly cheaper.
  • Social Preference: Do you enjoy meeting new people or prefer your space?
  • Fitness Level: A private trek allows you to set your own pace fully.
  • Customization: How important is it to tailor the trek to your individual desires?

The Gosaikunda Lake Trek is enjoyable in both group and private settings.

  • A group trek is a great option if you’re budget-conscious, social, and comfortable with a set itinerary.
  • A private trek may be the better choice if you prioritize flexibility, privacy, and customization.

Why Booking with Magical Nepal

  • Local Expertise: We are a Nepali-owned and operated trekking company with deep, first-hand knowledge of the Langtang region, its trails, and its culture. This translates to well-planned itineraries and insightful advice throughout your trip.
  • Safety Focus: Your safety is our top priority. Our experienced guides are trained in high-altitude trekking and equipped to handle potential emergencies. We prioritize responsible and safe travel practices.
  • Excellent Guides & Porters: Our team is skilled and passionate about sharing Nepal’s beauty with you. They’ll be your companions, ensuring your trek is enjoyable and successful.
  • Personalization: We understand that each trekker has unique preferences. We’re happy to tailor your itinerary, pace, and additional interests alongside the Gosaikunda Lake Trek journey.
  • SuperbCompetitive Pricing: We offer exceptional value for the quality of our services. Our direct, local connections mean you get the best prices without sacrificing trip quality.
  • Commitment to Sustainability: We practice responsible tourism, minimizing our environmental impact and supporting local communities along the trek.
  • Excellent Reviews: Our track record speaks for itself – check out our testimonials from satisfied trekkers who have had amazing experiences with Magical Nepal.

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