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The mountain lake of Gosainkunda is considered sacred to many, especially as a favored hangout of Shiva. The lakes lies in the highlands between the Langtang Valley and Helambu trekking regions. It is located at an astonishingly beautiful locale at 4,381 m (14,374 ft) and is one of the top trekking destinations of Nepal. Views from the pristine lake include a broad panorama with a feast of dazzling Himalayan peaks on the horizon. There are several smaller, serene alpine lakes in the Gosainkunda area to explore, too.
The Langtang Valley Trek and beyond combines Gosainkunda with a journey up the magnificent Langtang Valley as well as the scenic Helambu Region, too. Langtang and Helambu are connected near Gosainkund Lake by a high mountain pass known as the Laurebina La (4,610 m/ 15,110 ft).
The trek to Gosainkunda Lake trek with Langtang and Helambu combines the astonishing wonders of each region. It is ideal for those seeking a Himalayan experience with jaw-dropping beauty and fewer of the crowds than Everest and Annapurna. The mountain scenery and experience of the lifestyle and culture in the hills people will be remembered as a highlight and can rejuvenate mind, body and spirit along the way. The vistas from Gosainkunda Lake are especially vibrant at dawn and dusk when colors drench the mountainous skyline.
The best season for trekking in Nepal is considered to be October to December and March to mid-June for the clearest weather and views, although all seasons are open for a visit. Secrets of the Himalaya has regular departures to Langtang, Helambu and Gosainkunda year-round, and we can customize the journey according to preferences. (Please find more about Nepal's seasonal variety here, When to Visit Nepal.)
Please contact us any time with questions or concerns and details on booking. We truly look forward to hearing from you, and ultimately, Secrets of the Himalaya hopes to be given the pleasure of guiding you along one of Nepal’s favorite and most sacred treks.
Adventure in central Nepal is calling, and Secrets of the Himalaya is ready to answer that call with you.
Special note: the epicenters of the 2015 earthquakes were in this area, and many homes were destroyed and lives lost. The area is recovering, and the people are hoping to revive their lives and economy through tourism, and very much looking forward to your visit. The following article about Nepal's earthquakes and their aftermath was written by SOH founder Alonzo Lyons and ublished online with Foreign Policy Journal--Nepal's Lost Horizon
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu’s International airport (1350 m / 4,450 ft)Welcome to Nepal. You will be greeted at the arrival area of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu's international airport by our representative and escorted to your hotel. Take time to refresh yourself after your international travel. The first evening is open to enjoy as you like, rest and relax at the hotel or explore the surroundings.
Day 02Full Day Tour, Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley After a leisurely breakfast, our skilled guide leads a tour of Kathmandu Valley’s highlights and attractions, including magnificent World Heritage Sites of cultural and historical significance. After the tour, we will hold a pre-departure discussion with our Trek Leader and staff.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1417 m / 4,646 ft) We start our journey early in the morning and head north from Kathmandu valley through scenic foothills with lush greenery and terraced fields. The first leg of the drive to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path then becomes more rugged as we rise to Dhunche where our permits are checked and then descend to Syabru Besi.
Day 04Trek to Lama Hotel (2470 m / 8,104 ft) Our first day of trekking begins pleasantly as we cross the Langtang River on a suspension bridge and gradually ascend up the valley. We pass groves of bamboo and birch and if we are lucky we might see some of the exotic wildlife of the region, including the red panda.
Day 05Trek from Lama Hotel to Ghore Tabela (3000 m / 9,843 ft) We cross the Langtang River and continue upward through dense forests, with occasional glimpses of peaks along the way. At Ghora Tabela the valley will widen. There was once a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it has an army post and a few lodges.
Day 06Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3860 m/12,664 ft)We continue past water-driven prayer mills and prayer flags to the serene village of Langtang with a nearby monastery. Langtang village was damaged heavily by the earthquakes of April and May but it is on the way to recovery and residents will be very happy to have visitors. The trail continues to climb gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens up and the views become more far-reaching. After crossing small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the highest settlement of our journey at Kyangjin Gomba.
Day 07Rest and excursion day from Kyangjin Gompa There is much to see and do as we take time to enjoy an exploration of the area. Attractions include a visit to the monastery and cheese factory, a hike for up-close views of glaciers, viewpoints of Kyangjin Ri, directly north of the village and even Tsergo Ri if were are feeling ambitious.
Day 08Trek back to Lama Hotel (2470m/8104 ft) We descend downriver through the scenic valley passing from glacier formed areas to river formed areas and stopover for the night at the settlement known as Lama Hotel.
Day 09Trek to Syabrugaon (2581 m/ 8,460 ft)We descend to the village of Pairo (aka, Landslide) and from here we diverge from our journey on the way up the valley to climb to the scenic village of Syabrugaon, with spectacular views of Langtang Peak and mountains in Tibet.
Day 10Trek to Sing Gomba (3,330 m/ 10,925 ft) We ascend through remote area with small settlements and pass through dense groves of rhododendron, oak and some majestic hemlock trees on the charming journey to Sing Gomba with a monastery and another chance to sample yak (or more precisely nak, female yak, and cheese of a crossbreed between yak and cow) cheese at their factory.
Day 11Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4460 m / 14,633 ft) The trail ascends through more forested area and part of a sanctuary for red panda. We reach Lauribinayak as the rugged route climbs through alpine landscape with marvelous views of a broad range of peaks. Eventually, we emerge at our destination, the shimmering lake of Gosainkunda in a magnificent setting. There are about a dozen lakes to explore in this region, with Gosainkunda being the largest and the focus of attention by pilgrims as it is believed to have been created by Shiva himself. Don't miss the sunset and sunrise views from here!
Day 12Trek to Ghopte (3440 m / 11,286 ft) via the Lauribina Pass (4609 m / 15,111 ft) We climb up above Gosainkunda through rugged terrain passing smaller lakes with fascinating views back at Gosainkunda. After a brief climb we reach the highest point of this trek with accompanying, spectacular views of the Himalayan landscape and surrounding mountains. We then descend steeply to Ghopte.
Day 13Trek to Kutumsang (2600 m / 8,525 ft) We make a hike through serene forests of pine and rhododendron with views of the majestic mountains as we eventually descend to our destination of peaceful Kutumsang.
Day 14Trek to Chisopani (2195 m / 7,200 ft) Another charming walk as we pass through rural villages and their nearby fields. It is a steady downhill to Pati Bhanjyang before a short uphill to our splendid overnight stop at Chisopani with a splendid panorama of the Himalaya.
Day 15Trek to Sundarijal (1380 m/4530 ft) and drive to KathmanduWe descend through scenic fields and villages and the lush jungle of Shivapuri National Park along the way to Sundarijal and a short return drive to the ancient capital of the Himalaya. The rest of the time is available to explore the city on your own, search for souvenirs for friends and loved ones back home, and relax and enjoy yourself after the high elevation trekking. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Day 16Transfer to the international airport for your final departureOur representative will escort you to the airport for your departure back home. We are sure that you will have enjoyed the experience and our services. As you travel to your own country, hopefully you will remember us and Nepal very fondly. Farewell friend.
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