Sundarijal Gosainkunda Trek

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Lodges
  • Group Size: 1-25
  • Max Altitude: 4,380m/14,370ft

Highlights of Sundarijal Gosainkunda Trek

  • Animals and birds of Shivapuri and Langtang National Parks
  • Shamanistic cultural practices of Tamang ethnic community
  • Crossing Laurivinayak Pass (4,610m)
  • Natural network of 108 glacial lakes of various sizes and shapes
  • Mesmerizing view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and many more sowy peaks
  • Highly beautified forests by colourful rhododendron forests

Sundarijal Gosainkunda trek is the perfect combination of natural beauty, cultural variety and religious serenity found in the popular Langtang region. It is one of the short trekking in Nepal that is most appropriate for those having limited vacation from their busy work schedule. It rewards you with the snowcapped peaks of Langtang region and the Sacred Gosainkunda Lake along with the diverse flora and fauna. This trek gives you the best lifelong memory while exploring the hidden valleys, unspoiled natural beauty and authentic rustic lifestyle.

As Gosiankunda trek leads you to the closest pilgrimage site from Kathmandu, it has been a growing tourism destination of Nepal. It is the ultimate choice for the domestic and international trekkers who want to have glimpses of alpine glacial lakes. Gosainkunda is a sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhist that thousands of people set for pilgrimage in Janai Purnima Festival. Janai Purnima (Holy Thread) festival, which falls in the month of August that the followers of Hinduism go to the lake for holy dip.

Gosainkunda short trek starts from Sundarijal, a gateway to Langtang region trekking quite close to Kathmandu or from Dhunche, Rasuwa. High altitude pristine lakes of Gosainkunda, waterfalls of Sundarijal, rugged trails are the attractions of this trek. The dense forests of Langtang National Park, the second largest Himalayan national park in Nepal, houses diverse flora and fauna. While walking through the least crowded trekking trail, you can enjoy different species of birds and animals en route Gosainkunda. You will explore the entire Gosainkunda region and the network of 108 glacial lakes of various sizes and shapes.

Moving ahead from Sundarijal towards the final destination, you have to walk past a few Tamang Villages who follow Pre-Buddhist culture. You can witness the shamanistic and animistic culture and tradition followed by Tamang villages of Langtang Gosainkunda region. You walk past the Shivapuri and Langtang National Park which are famous for bird watching tour and trekking. You can also have occasional sight of red panda, musk deer, snow leopard and Himalayan thar in rhododendron and pine forests. Finally by crossing the Laurivinayak Pass (4,610m), one of the high passes of Langtang region, you reach Gosainkunda Lake Valley.

There are many legends associated with the formation of Gosainkunda Lake, however, only one is accepted by most of the people. According to this legend, Lord Shiva swallowed the poison released during the Churning of the Ocean while a dispute between gods and demons. On the request of the gods, Lord Shiva swallowed the poison to protect the world from the destruction. As the effect of the poison started growing, Lord Shiva ran towards the Himalayas to pacify the burning throat. When he arrived in Langtang Valley, he thrust the mountain with this holy trident and the Gosainkunda Lake was formed.

Whatever the truth behind the formation of Gosankunda Lake, Gosainkunda Langtang trek gives you the stunning view of high Himalayas. The major peaks seen during Sundarijal Langtang trek are Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and other many peaks. Tamang and Sherpa cultural villages reflecting their centuries long culture and tradition in the Langtang valley within Langtang National Park are equally rewarding. To experience the intermingling of nature, culture and creature, you have Gosainkund Sundarijal trekking itinerary ranging from 5 days to 17 days.

FAQs:

1. Where is Gosainkunda Lake?

Gosainkunda Lake is a frozen lake located at an elevation of 4,380m in the Langtang National Park, Rasuwa district. To reach this lake intertwined with 108 glacial lakes of different sizes and shapes, you have to cross a challenging pass, Laurivinayak Pass (4,610m). You can do Gosainkunda Lake trek from 2 days to 11 days depending upon the trail and acclimatization days you choose.

2. What are the major peaks seen during Gosainkunda Lake Trek?

The major peaks seen during Gosainkunda Lake trek are Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Kinsung, Yala, Dorje Lakpa and Paldor Peak. You can also have the distant view of the snowy peaks of Manaslu region, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna region.

3. Which is the best time for Gosainkunda Sundarijal trek?

In fact, you can do this trek throughout the year without any doubt. However, the best time for Gosainkunda Sundarijal trek is spring and autumn when the weather is clear with fine days. On the clear day, you can have the 360-degree panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang region.

4. Can I get altitude sickness during Gosainkunda Lake trek?

There is always chance of altitude sickness during trekking to the high Himalayas. While Gosainkunda Lake trek, you spend most of the time above 3,000m that you must take enough precaution to avoid altitude sickness. First of all, we suggest you to drink enough water and eat hygienic food items. Walk with slow pace and pack some medicines like Diamox Oral to prevent and cure Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The trekking guide of Orbit Alpine Adventure will help you if any kind of health problem is seen in the course of trekking.

5. Can I do Gosainkunda Sundarijal Langtang trek solo?

Yes, you can definitely do Gosainkunda Sundarijal Langtang trek solo as there is not any restricted area in it. However, we highly recommend you to hire a professional guide and a porter to avoid any kind of troubles. There are some cases when the trekkers have missed the main trekking trail and got lost on the way. Sometimes, the trekkers have also lost their lives by falling from the ridges because they missed the trekking route. If you hire a professional guide, he helps you to find the right trekking route and avoid the mishaps.

6. What are the main lakes of Gosiankunda region?

The main lakes of Gosainkunda region are Gosainkunda, Saraswatikunda, Bhairavkunda and Surajkunda.

Day to Day Itinerary

OPEN ALL DAYS Outline Itinerary

On your arrival day, the representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure receives at the Kathmandu Airport. Then he transfers you to the hotel booked for your accommodation. After taking a short rest, you can take a stroll around the tourist hub, Thamel to collect the stuffs you require for the trekking. In the evening, our agency organizes welcome dinner at a cultural restaurant as a part of welcome function. The trekking guide gives you all the information about Gosainkunda short trek.  

  • Meals: Wellcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After a 45-minutes’ drive from the hotel, you reach Sundarijal, one of the popular spots for picnic and recreational activities. From here, you enter into the Shivapuri National Park and reach Mulkharka Village by walking along the rugged trail. Moving through the lush forest of the national park, you reach Chisapani, a beautiful Tamang village located on the edge of a ridge. You can enjoy the beautiful valley and splendid mountain vistas from the village. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chisapani
  • Altitude: 2,167m/7,110f
  • Time: 5 Hours

After having breakfast, you continue the trekking towards Tuksang village by enjoying the Himalayan view. On the way, you go across some Tamang ethnic villages close by the dense forests. Sometimes, you might see some Shamanistic and animistic cultural practices of Pre- Buddhist religion followed by the Tamang people. Having the glimpses of birds and rare animals like red panda of Shivapuri and Langtang National Park, you reach Tuksang for the night station.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tuksang
  • Altitude: 3,180m/10,433f
  • Time: 6 Hours

The trekking trail of today is more interesting as you walk past the scantly resided area almost attached to the dense forests. You come to witness the wonderful birds and animals in the dense rhododendron and pine forests. Although you gain a little higher elevation, the scenery are wonderfully captivating as you come to have the glimpses of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang region. Overnight stay at Ghopte by enjoying the local organic food items with the Tamang people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Place: Ghopte
  • Altitude: 3,340m/10,958ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

You start the trekking of the day quite earlier as you have to follow the steep rugged trail to cross the Laurivinayak Pass. After walking slowly but continuously for about seven hours, you reach the final destination: Gosainkunda Lake. Here you are with the sense of victory because you have almost done Gosainkunda Langtang Valley trek! You can enjoy the mountain peaks reflected on the water of the holy Gosiankunda Lake and the amazing landscapes surrounding the valley. If you are making Sundarijal Gosainkunda Lake trek in August, you can find thousands of Hindu pilgrims taking holy dip into the lake for religious purpose.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Gosainkunda
  • Altitude: 4,380m/14,370ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

After taking breakfast relishing the sunrise view of the mountains of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang region, you begin the retreat journey. Descending through the lush rhododendron and pine forests of Langtang National Park, you move downhill via Laurivinayak Pass. Enjoying the birds and animals of the Himalayan conservation area, you come to Chandanbari, a stop of Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trek. Finally, you arrive Dhunche, the 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dhunche
  • Altitude: 1,764m/5,787ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

Enjoy the morning view of the majestic mountains of Langtang region and Manaslu region while having breakfast. By catching a public bus, you begin the roadway journey to Kathmandu. On the way, you can enjoy the mountain sights, amazing landscapes and human settlement areas on top of hills. After arriving Kathmandu, the representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure transfers you to the hotel. You can take a short stroll around Thamel Bazaar to collect some souvenirs or cloth items to present to your people at home. In the evening, our agency organizes farewell dinner as a part of hospitality. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Time: 7 Hours