The Sacred Lakes of Gosainkunda 13 Days

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Jul

The Sacred Lake of Gosainkunda trek is ideal for people with less time who do not wish to travel too far from the Kathmandu Valley. This trekking is nice and comfortable lodge based trekking in the beautiful alpine region of Langtang National Park to the north of Kathmandu bordering Tibet. Most of the inhabitants of this region are Sherpas and Tamang people although the Sherpas of this region differ in their practices from their cousins in the Everest region.

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The Sacred Lake of Gosainkunda trek is a perfect introduction to the rich cultural heritage and the amazing treks that Nepal offers. One of the shortest treks possible and the only that starts right in the edge of the Kathmandu Valley, this trek takes you through striking landscape as we trek on a north south ridge towards the Langtang Valley, the third most famous trekking destination in Nepal. Along the way, we pass simple villages of different ethnic groups with their rich culture. A few days into the trek and as we cross altitudes in excess of 3400m, we start coming into alpine area with spectacular views. This medium length trek has everything – exotic villages, wilderness, and sacred lakes and is amazingly accessible.

Commence with an overland journey to Dhunche, the main trading post of the area, we reach Syabrubesi. From here we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley to Kyangjin where we rest for a day for some exploration of the high mountains and glacial systems. The trek passes through some beautiful forests and very interesting villages on route. It has unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. This 13 days Sacred Lake of Gosainkunda trek takes you through a narrow valley sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. The three major areas you will explore Langtang, Gosainkunda (a holy lake at 4300m) and Helambu. Trek back for three days before a journey to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda major pilgrimage sight for both Hindus and Buddhists. Gosainkunda is a sacred lake, which is very important for both Hindus and Buddhists. We cross the Laurebina pass (4600 meters) and drop into the lush Helambu region and different cultural experiences eventually finishing the trek an hour’s drive from Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu / Syabrubesi (1450 m) – 8 hours drive
Day 02: Trek Syabrubesi / Lama Hotel (2480 m.) – approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
Day 03: Lama Hotel / Langtang village (3541 m.) – approx. 5 to 6 hrs walk
Day 04: Langtang / Kyanjin Gompa (3900 m.) – approx. 3 hrs walk
Day 05: Day hiking and back to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa /Ghoda Tabela (2950 m) – approx. 4 to 5 hrs walk
Day 07: Ghoda Tabela / Bamboo (1980 m). – approx. 4 to 5 hrs walk
Day 08: Bamboo / Sing Gompa (3584 m) – approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
Day 09: Sing Gompa / Gosainkunda (4381 m). – approx. 5 to 6 hrs walk
Day 10: Gosainkunda / Ghopte (3430 m) – approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
Day 11: Ghopte / Kutumsang (2471 m)– approx. 6 hrs walk
Day 12: Kutumsang / Chisapani (2194 m)– approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
Day 13: Chisapani / Sundarijal (approx. 3 hrs walk) and drive to Kathmandu – 1 hour drive

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu / Syabrubesi (1450 m) – 8 hours drive
A scenic drive for 8 hours reaches Syabrubesi. We pass through the town of Kakani where there are great views of the Himalayas. For part of the way the road clings to the edge of a steep mountain. After reaching Dhunche, there is a police check post where we must show our entry permit for the Langtang National Park, which you’ll be trekking through. There are excellent views of Gheng (6581m) and Langtang Lirung (7246m) to the north and Ganesh (7460m) to the west from Dhunche. Traversing up and down after crossing a suspension bridge over the Langtang River, we reach Syabrubesi.

Day 02: Trek Syabrubesi / Lama Hotel (2480 m.) – approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
Today our trail continues down the ridge until we come to the east that drops sharply off the ridge and through a dense forest. Trail starts meandering through the cool deciduous forests of oak and maple that cover the lower sections of the valley and climbs through massive stands of spruce, fir and blue pine. Towering walls close in and our paths will skirt precipitous drops, which fall into a silt-laden river below. Cross a bridge (1960m) over a tributary of the Langtang Khola and then climbs up from the river and in an hour, shortly after the trail levels off, we join the old Langtang trail from Sherpa Gaon and Syabrubesi. Another hour from this trail junction brings us to the Lama Hotel in the tiny village of Chongong.

Day 03: Lama Hotel / Langtang village (3541 m.) – approx. 5 to 6 hrs walk
Today we start getting the first tantalizing glimpses of snow-capped peaks. From the Lama Hotel the trail climbs steadily to Ghora Tabela with glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7246m) through the trees. At Ghora Tabela the trail leaves the forest and a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung appears. Continuing up the valley, leaving the forests behind, the trail ascends steadily up to Langtang village, passing below a monastery about 30 min beforehand. Langtang is an interesting Tibetan-style village with stone- walls enclosing houses and fields where we just might see first yaks.

Day 04: Langtang / Kyanjin Gompa (3900 m.) – approx. 3 hrs walk
Our trail ascends gradually to a chorten behind which is a very long Mani wall. The trail passes two small villages and the village widens. We cross some streams and a moraine before arriving at Kyanjin Gompa. Between Langtang and Kyanjin Gompa, the views just get better and better where we’ll see Yansa Tsenji (6580m) and Kimshun (6750m) to the north and the Langtang Himal to the northwest. Take a good rest and allow the body to acclimatize with the high altitude as much as possible to be fully prepared for more ascending during the next day.

Day 05: Day hiking and back to Kyanjin Gompa
The trail further up the valley past the airstrip will provide more spectacular views that include Langtang Lirung (7246m), Ganchenpo (6400m), Langshisa Ri (6320m), Dorje Lakpa (6700m), Lenpo Gang (7100m), and Urkinmang (6170m). Four hours walk to the east of Kyanjin Gompa from the village is 5000m Tserko Ri. If we start early in the morning and are well-acclimatized, we should be able to climb this peak and return to Kyanjin Gompa in 1 long day. The reward for climbing to the prayer flags on its summit is a magnificent view of the 7246m Langtang Lirung, the mountain that dominates the valley. Several of the more moderate local peaks are quite climbable and provide breathtaking panoramic views of mountains in Tibet, including the 8027m Chisa Pangma.

Day 06: Kyanjin Gompa /Ghora Tabela (2950 m) – approx. 4 to 5 hrs walk
Since we will be acclimatized and will be descending, we trek down all the way to Ghora Tabela through the same trail in a day’s walk from Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 07: Ghora Tabela / Bamboo (1980 m). – approx. 4 to 5 hrs walk
Today, we have to trek descending all the way passing various oaks forest and follows the rivers with suspense bridges to reach the Bamboo. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Bamboo / Thulo Syabru (2200 m) – approx. 4 to 5 hrs walk
The trail is little bit descending up to the Pahiro and then we have to climb up to reach to Thulo Syabru. On the way we will see various animals like monkey, bear, and various species of birds. This place is the settlement of Tamangs and also famous as Tamang village. We will see the culture of Tamang along with various monasteries and stupas.

Day 09: Thulo Syabru / Sing Gompa (3584 m) – approx. 5 to 6 hrs walk
During our trail, we can see few houses and potato fields’ steep trail and pleasant teashops in the settlement of Dursagang. The trail continues less steeply, now mostly in forests, past an old chorten to the top of the ridge and two shoddy teashops. Coming out of the forest, the trail climbs a bit more before reaching the top of the ridge. The trail continues across the head of a second valley, and then reaches a final ridge. The small Buddhist monastery of Sing Gompa is about 100m along the trail to the left.

Day 10: Sing Gompa / Gosainkunda (4381 m) – approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
From Sing Gompa the trail continues climbing steadily through rhododendron forest with the Trishuli Khola far below. The trail crosses over to the Langtang side of the ridge we are climbing and stays in deep forest for a while, then emerges onto a saddle at Cholang Pati then entering the Gosainkunda protected area where the killing of animals, lighting of wood fires, and grazing of goats is prohibited. There are good views of Langtang Lirung from the north side of the ridge, and looking west, you can see the Mustang, Himalchuli, and Manaslu. We cross high altitude summer pastures for sheep and goats before going back to the south side of the ridge overlooking the Trishuli Khola. When we cross to the south side of the ridge the trail becomes much narrower than it has been up to now, and finally be able to see the first of the largest lake, the holy Gosainkunda, which is evident from the large stone Shiva lingam and the guesthouses around its shores, Saraswati Kunda from here.

Day 11: Cross over the Laurebina pass (4600 m.) descend to Thare Pati (3600 m.) – approx. 8 hrs walk
The trail skirts the shore of the lake before ascending towards the Laurebina Pass 4610m. The trail now descends, steeply at first but becoming more gradual, to the southeast on a rocky path. In about an hour we’ll come to some roofless stone herders’ huts, and from here the trail descends another ridge, crossing several streams and passing two waterfalls. After passing another stone hut, we climb to another ridge and Ghopte, where overhanging rocks form a cave that is used as a campsite by trekkers can see the lights of herders. From Ghopte, the trail descends to more caves and enters a thick forest of Pine and rhododendrons. After crossing a stream, which is dry for part of the year, the trail will make a final ascent to Tharepati (3490m), a grouping of small stone huts used in the summer months by herders.

Day 12: Thare Pati / Kutumsang (2471 m) – approx. 6 hrs approx.
Today our trail descends all the way and can have panoramic view of Mountains including Annapurna, Manaslu. If we are trekking in spring season, we will see the forest covered with Rhododendron. Overnight at lodge

Day 13: Kutumsang / Chisapani (2194 m) – approx. 6 to 7 hrs walk
In early morning from Kutumsang, we can see the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. After breakfast, we start our trek to Chisopani (2194m). It takes about six hours to reach there. Chisapani is another view point of sunrise and sunset. Besides, we would explore tribal culture and mountain lifestyle. Overnight at Chisopani.

Day 14: Chisapani / Sundarijal (approx. 3 hrs walk) and drive to Kathmandu – 1 hour drive
Chisopani is one of the best places from where one can enjoy the super views of Himalayas, wonderful, Hills & sunrise/sunset views can be seen. You will see the Tamang Habitants and will follow the trail across the Mulkharka and Shivapuri National Park. Then drive Sundarijal to Kathmandu which takes approximately an hour from Sundarijal

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Langtang Region
The Langtang area in Nepal is just north of Kathmandu, accessible either via a trek that originates at the edge of the valley, or from Syabrubesi, an eight hour drive from Kathmandu.  The Langtang Valley is popular due to its snow-covered peaks, a mild climate and friendly and hospitable inhabitants. Langtang valley stretches north of Gosainkunda. The trek passes through a varied landscape ranging from evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to sub-alpine grasslands and stark, beautiful mountainsides. This isolated valley is inhabited by the Tamang, the second most important ethnic group of Nepal. Its religious rites, its language and dress are very similar to the Tibetan ones. Travelers travel through pristine forests to the village of Ghora Tabela, and then the valley opens out into a high, Himalayan river plain full of beautiful camping sites, spectacular peaks and wide glaciers. One can hike to the back of the valley or take numerous optional trips to explore glacier-filled side canyons. During trekking in Langtang region, we stay overnight in family run lodges, and our trekking hours are limited between 4 hours to about 7 hours of walking per day.

Gosainkunda Lake
One of Nepal’s most famous religious places of pilgrimage is Gosainkunda Lake situated at an altitude of about 4312 meter. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake is grand and picturesque. Gosainkunda Lake is the sacred lake for both the adherents of Hindu and Buddhist faiths. It is also known for wonderful scenery where pilgrims congregate on specific days of the year wash off their sins During Janai Purnima (Full-moon festival in August), hundreds of Hindu and Buddhists pilgrims visit the area. Jhankris (Shaman priests) come from all over Nepal to dance in an induced trance to all night singing and drum beating. It takes about 45 minutes to circumambulate the lake. It is ranged by high mountains on the northern and eastern sides; the lake offers a fascinating sight. The trek passes through varied landscapes ranging from evergreen forest, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to alpine grass and barren mountainsides. Besides the famous Gosainkunda Lake, boasts hundreds of holy lakes and attracts thousands of pilgrims i.e. Nagkunda, Bhairabkunda, Saraswatikunda and Surajkunda to the north-west. Cross Laurebina Pass, (4,615 m), adjoining the Gosainkunda and beautiful Sherpa village Helambu regions and descend on steep mountain trails high above the valley towards the Helambu region near Kathmandu valley rim, a remarkable spot with beautiful scenery of the valleys in the back drop of snow capped peaks which ranges from Annapurna to Everest. Langtang (23771 ft.), Dorje Lakpa (22929 ft.), Loen Pogang (23238 ft.), Phurbi Ghyachu (21844 ft.) are the peaks that can be viewed from Gosainkunda whereas Mt. Annapurna, Himalchuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal can view from Ghopte. Nearby this lake are other lakes including Nagkunda, Bhairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda and Surya Kunda.

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Mini 2 – Max – 12 pax
  • Best Season:Sept – Dec, March – May
  • Trip Code:NT-N223
  • Duration:13 Days Treking
  • Maximum Altitude:4381m
  • Region:Langtang
  • Start:Kathmandu
  • End:Kathmandu
  • Trekking Type:Tea House/Camping
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