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Gosainkunda Frozen Lake Trek (06 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-GFL

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 06 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3730 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land
Gosainkunda Frozen Lake

Gosainkunda Frozen Lake

The Gosainkunda Frozen Lake trek begins from Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district. A day’s walk through birch, rhododendron and oak forests takes you to Chandanbari which is home to Shing Gompa (a local monastery) and a cheese factory. The best and challenging part of the trek is the crossing of Laurebina Pass (3910m) on your way to Gosainkunda. The trail and pass affords splendid views of Lantang Himalayan ranges including Langtang Lirung (7234m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m).
 
You will reach Gosainkunda on the third day where you can spend time appreciating the beauty of the lake. During winter, the water in the lake freezes as temperature falls below zero degree Celsius. 
 
Designated as a Ramsar site, Gosainkunda is an alpine freshwater lake located at an altitude of 43780m. The lake lies within Langtang National Park in Rasuwa district and is regarded as a sacred site by both Buddhists and Hindus. 
 
Every year in August, during full moon, hundreds of pilgrims visit the lake to offer prayers and bathe in its freezing water. Buddhist shamans from Tamang community living nearby make a pilgrimage to the lake as they dance around to the beats of Dhyangro meant to invoke their ancestral deity. The Hindus on the other hand regard the lake as the home of Lord Shiva and Parbati.
 
Given its richness in biodiversity, Langtang has pristine natural vegetation that provides habitat for such endangered species as red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog etc. 
 
Afterwards, you will retrace your way back to Dhunche and then to Kathmandu. 
 
Gosainkunda Frozen Lake trek is  a tea house (lodge) trekking and has been graded ‘moderate’. The best time for doing this trek is Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) though the route is open throughout the year. There are buses operating regularly between Kathmandu and Dhunche. 
 

 Trip code: NET-TR-GFL
  Region Langtang Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 06 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3730 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Teahouse) Accomodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) takes about seven hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dhunche to Sing Gompa takes about five hours. The first part of the trail ascends gradually by a mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, you begin to trek steeply up until you reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests along with marijuana plants. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda (4361m.) via. Lauribina La (3920m.) takes about five and half hours. The first part of the trail is a gentle ascent up to Lauribinayak. The trail then ascends steeply all the way to Gosainkunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views of Himal chuli(7893m) Manaslu range (8156mm), Ganesh Himal range(7406m), Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north, across the valley, is Langtang Lirung. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Gosainkunda to Sing Gompa (3250m.) or Chandan Bari (3250m.) takes about four and half hours. The trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa passing Lauribana Pass with magnificent mountain views and forests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests along with marijuana plants. You then cross a suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. The path then stretches at a flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu by bus takes about seven hours. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu.


The Trip includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for Langtang National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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    Sylvia Safpie,
    Canada

    Gosainkunda Lake Trek - 15 Days

    We have just completed a 15 days trek to Gosainkunda. We had a most exhilarating trip - a highly stimulating experience. Our team of 9 porters, a guide and a cook were excellent. They took care of all our needs not only were they highly efficient, but also very lively and entertaining. Ram Chandra Ghising who was a wonderful organizer and Norbu Tamang our cook whose cooking was excellent and extremely inventive. The team as a whole took excellent care of us.

    Thanks for a great and a memorable trip.

    Sylvia Safpie

    301 Murray ST
    Montreal, Canada

    Marie-J.Musiol
    21- Vue Front
    Hull, Quebel, Canada

     


    Louis Jonathan Reinhardt & friends,
    USA

    Almost One Month Nepal Trip Including Various Adventurous Activities In Nepal

    Looking back on the last month, an amazing trek to Gosainkunda, a Buddhist wedding, Chitwan trip, Paragliding in Pokhara, Bungee jumping, Mountain biking, and also much more. None of which would have been possible without the constant assistance of Nava and his team. 
     
    Thank you all so much. Much appreciation and good fortune to go. 
     
    Louis Jonathan Reinhardt, 
    Brynna Simone MC Millan, 
    United States of America 

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