1. Visit to the beautiful and holy Gosaikunda lake.
2. Watching many endangered animals and birds like the red panda, himalayan black bear, impeyan pheasant, snow leopard etc.
3. Visit to Shin Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery.
4. Close by view of the Langtang Lirung, Langshisha, Lakpa Dorje and Pemthang peak.
5. Homestay with the Tamang people, who have a rich tradition and culture.
6. Hiking across green and dense forests in the subtropical hills.
Gosaikunda lake is a famous tourist and pilgrimage destination in the north of Kathmandu valley. The lake is encircled by beautiful snow clad mountains. It is accompanied by other equally beautiful lakes like the Surya Kunda, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda. Gosaikunda Trek provides you an opportunity to hike through lush rhododendron, pine and bamboo forests.
Streams, rivulets and waterfalls enrich the area. You will encounter rare and beautiful animals like the red panda, himalayan black bear, langur monkey, snow leopard etc. The Impeyan Pheasant (Danphe), which is the national bird of Nepal, is another attraction of the mountains.
Gosaikunda lake is of special religious importance to Hindus as well as Buddhists. Hindus believe the lake originated when Lord Shiva struck the ground with his Trident. Devotees visit the lake during the time of Janai Purnima (Raksha Bandhan). There is a huge mela (religious gathering) in the lake during Janai Purnima.
There are many Buddhist monasteries surrounding the area and the lake is a pilgrimage destination for the Buddhist people. The lake holds symbolic meaning to people following shamanic traditions.
The area surrounding the Gosaikunda lake is mostly covered in snow. Visit to the lake will provide you an all round view of the mountains including the Langtang Lirung, Langshisha, Lakpa Dorje and Pemanthang peaks.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Dhunche- Lauribinayak- Gosaikunda Lake- Dhunche- Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft). Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1,950 m /6,435 ft), 7-8 hours of drive.
Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (2,230 m /7,350 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3,330 m /10,925 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 06: Shin Gompa- Lauribinayak (3,950 m /13,035 ft), 3-4 hours of walk.
Day 07: Lauribinayak – Gosaikunda Lake (4,380 m /14,454 ft), 3-4 hours of walk.
Day 08: Trek back to Shin Gompa (3,330 m /10,925 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 09: Trek to Dhunche (1,950 m /6,435 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel, 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 11: Departure or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/ 4,264 ft
We will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International airport. Our representatives will transfer you to your hotel. After you freshen up, we will take you for a short walk around Thamel and Basantapur. You will be provided a complimentary traditional Nepali dinner in the evening. You can enjoy Nepali folk music or head back to your hotel for rest after dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation
There are many cultural and religious sites in Kathmandu. Many of these sites are among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites attract thousands of tourists each year. The ancient Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Chovar Gorge, Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, Changunarayan Temple, Budhanilkantha are some of the major sightseeing destinations in the valley. We will shop for trek gears and supplies in the evening.
Day 03: Drive to Dhunche
Altitude: 1,950 m/6,435 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
Dhunche is the headquarter of Rasuwa district and the starting point of our trek. We will drive to Dhunche, which normally takes around 8 hours. There are two alternative routes for Dhunche. One is to travel southwest from Kathmandu to Galchhi in Dhading district and then travel straight north to Dhunche via Trishuli Bazaar. Another option is to travel directly north from Kathmandu to Dhunche via Kakani-Trisuli Bazaar route. We will have dinner and rest in Dhunche overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Thulo Syabru
Altitude: 2,230 m/7,350 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
Thulo Syabru is a beautiful Tamang village. The trek to Thulo Syabru takes 5-6 hours on average. The road to Thulo syabru is dominated by dense bamboo, rhododendron, oak and hemlock forests. We get a beautiful view of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan peaks during our trek. The section between Dhunche and Thulo Syabru is also a famous apple growing destination. There are many apple orchards in the region. We will enjoy the hospitality of the Thulo Syabru villagers tonight.
Day 05: Trek to Shin Gompa
Altitude: 3,330 m/10,925 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
The bamboo forest slowly changes to a mix of rhododendron and pine trees as we move upwards from Thulo Syabru. Our destination for the day is Shin Gompa, a Buddhist Monastery. The trek normally takes 5 hours on average. We will travel by Garda Gaon, Phulung Ghyang and Chandanbari before reaching Shin Gompa. Chandanbari has a cheese factory where we will enjoy fresh mountain cheese.
Day 06: Trek to Lauribinayak
Altitude: 3,950 m/13,035 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
We will wake up in Shin Gompa, enjoy the beautiful sunrise and head for Lauribinayak. The trek takes upto 4 hours. The hilltop at Lauribinayak provides a wonderful view of the mountains. The climb today will be steeper than other days. We will take a break in between, preferably at Cholangpati. We will enjoy the sunset at Lauribinayak and rest at a guesthouse there.
Day 07: Visit to Gosaikunda Lake
Altitude: 4,380 m/14,454 ft
Time: 3-4 hours of walk
We will wake up at Laurabinayak and head for the holy lake of Gosaikunda today. The trek normally takes about 3-4 hours. We will enjoy the beautiful view of mountains in the Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang himal range on our way. You can enjoy holy dip at the lake. The dip at the lake is believed to wash away all sins. If you are willing, you can enjoy trek to other lakes in the vicinity of Gosaikunda. We will rest at the lakeside tonight.
Day 08: Trek back to Shin Gompa
Altitude: 3,330 m/10,925 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will head back to Shin Gompa. We will be going downhill. Today we will cover two days of uphill journey that we took earlier. The trek will take up to 6 hours. We will rest in Shin Gompa after a long walk. If you had not had the opportunity on the way to Gosaikunda then you can enjoy fresh cheese produced at the local cheese factory in Chandanbari. The factory was opened with help from the Swiss government and is one of the oldest cheese factory in the region.
Day 09: Trek to Dhunche
Altitude: 1,950 m/6,435 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will trek back to Dhunche, the place we started our Gosaikunda trek. This will end our trek as we will drive back to Kathmandu on the next day. We will be going continuously downhill and we will only stop for a short tea break at Thulo Syabru, where we had stayed overnight on our way up. We will freshen up at Dhunche and take a stroll around the town. We will enjoy wonderful local food in the evening and take an early sleep today.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
Time: 6-7 hours
We will drive back to Kathmandu today. There are two alternative routes - one via Kakani and another via Galchhi. Once we reach Kathmandu, we freshen up and enjoy a mesmerizing musical night in Thamel. This will be followed by traditional Nepali dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. You can also opt for traditional Nepali folk dance and cultural show in place of music. If we happen to arrive to Kathmandu early then you can go for a short walk around the streets of Thamel.
Day 11: Departure
You will head back to your destination today. We will pick you up from your hotel, bid you farewell with a small traditional Nepali ceremony and drop you off at the airport. You will pick a flight back to your destination from the airport. You also have the option of extending your trip by taking part in other treks.
- Airport pickup and drop services by private vehicle including before and after the trek
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary / with complimentary breakfast
- All ground transportation by private vehicle in city and Kathmandu to Dhunche and back by Local bus (optional private jeep)
- All required trekking permits and necessary paper works
- Meals on full board during the trek [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cup of hot drinks]
- Accommodation in lodge/guest houses during the trek
- Trekking Guide [English speaking, eco-friendly, Government licensed, Ministry of Tourism Trained, First Aid Trained] with salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Strong porters [1 porter shared between 2 paying people] with porter salary, foods, accommodation, transportation and insurances
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking map, Ambition Himalaya T-shirt and Duffel Bag [Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag have to be returned after completing the trek]
- First aid medications / medicines with the guide
- Necessary paper works, government and local taxes, company service charges
- Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant
- Certificate of Achievement signed by director of the company and your guide
- International Airfares, Visa Fees,($ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days) Travel and Rescue Insurance, Emergency Evacuation
- Bars and Beverage bills, cold drinks, mineral water, hot shower, telephone bills, laundry
- Extra activities than mentioned in the itinerary, extra porter charges
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu [Meals not included also in the cases of early returns from the trips]
- Extra accommodation caused due to early arrival, flight delays, natural disasters etc.]
- Tips / Gratitude for Guides and Porters
- Any services not mentioned in Service Includes Section unless specified on booking of the trekking
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.