Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda trek the perplexing trek, with great diversity of glamorous Himalayans covered with snow, interesting ethnic group. Gosaikunda is a famous holy lake for Hindu devotees situated at an altitude of 4380 meter. Gosaikunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishula (trident) into a mountain to extract water. Uncountable Hindu devotees trek every year just to bath in this Holy Lake called Gossinkunda, just because they believe that if one dip into this lake, their sin will be washed away out of their body. And the interesting thing is this water in the pond is always warm/hot even in cold season.

This is not just the reason people go for Gosaikunda trek, beside this trek passes through delighting landscapes, ever green forest, beautiful waterfall etc. There are many more other lake apart of Gosaikunda such as Nagkunda, Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Surajkunda. While the trekkers go through the ever green forest they witness Rhododendren and Bamboo forest along with exiting wildlife. And much eye capturing waterfalls. When the travelers will reach Langtang valley in the way of Gosaikunda they will be welcomed warm hospitality by the so kind and friendly Sherepa of Kyaning Gompa where travelers will get chance to experience the spiritual life style of most dedicated Buddhist monk who follow the ancient rituals  dating back to  circa 1300 A.D. There will also be the chance to see the way how the people make cheese traditionally by their own hand. Here in hordes on the full moon night of August to take holy dips in the lake.  

We pass a few huts in the high picture of Laurebina La, cross a small ridge and have our first views of the holy Gosaikunda Lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda Basin. The main three are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda.We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west Himal Chuli (7893meter) Manaslu (8156meter) and Ganesh Himal (7406m).

Day 01:    Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.)   

Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to show you the shopping Centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day.  Overnight at hotel.


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Pashupatinath Temple:It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa:One of the biggest Stupas in the world is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03:    Drive to Syabrubesi (1,420m/4,658ft) 8-9 hours

After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridge line vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.

Day 04:    Trek to Lama Hotel (2340m/7,675ft)

After breakfast we start to walk own our pace and the trail ascends for around two hours through the forest followed by a climb of about an hour to reach Bamboo village (1,850m/6,068ft) where we'll stop for lunch. This forested path with well stabilized trails and following the upstream and can be seen birds life around the bushes. Bee hives hanging on a cliff are another attraction for the visitors. From here we'll again steeply climb through the bamboo forest to reach the Lama Hotel where we'll rest and overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 05:    Trek to Langtang village (3,480m/11,415ft)      

Today we'll have a pleasant walk and follow the trail through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghora Tabela where we'll stop for lunch. This surrounding area dense wild habitat area and many small babblers with lot of herbal can be found here. After lunch we'll walk another three hours on the scenic trail takes us to Langtang village where we'll relax for the evening.    

Day 06:Trek to Kyanjing Gompa (2,920m/9,578ft) 3-4 hrs trek

After breakfast this morning we'll leave the village and start our trek leisurely to visit Kyanjing Gompa. From here we'll also have beautiful views of Mt Ganchempo and Langtang Lirung. We'll visit surrounding area like Yak cheese Factory, Monastery and local houses as we relax for the evening at teahouse.      

Day 07: Explore Kyanjin Gompa.     

Today you may have full day of rest and relaxation at the surrounding area. We'll be able to simply relax and enjoy the views or to explore the local area or visit some highlights of Cherku-Ri (5,150 meters), glacier walk or Langshisha Kharka depends on your fitness and interest. We'll back to hotel for overnight stop.  

Day 08:    Trek to Lama Hotel (2340m/7,675ft.

This morning we'll retrace our steps somewhat as we head back from the Gompa. We have a easy downhill and pleasant walk through the rhododendron forest to Lama Hotel where we'll rest for the night before continuing our journey tomorrow for the Thulo Syabru village.

Day 09:    Trek to Thulo Syabru Village (1,900m/6,232ft) 

Today our trail leads again through bamboo & rhododendron forest where we may see the local wild boar as well as other animal and bird life on the route to Thulo Syabru. En route we'll have marvelous views of Mt Ganesh Himal, so close it seems like it's beside us. Firstly easy downhill follows the river bank but last part steeply uphill for couple of hours to get to the village. We'll rest overnight at Thulo Syabru.      

Day 10:    Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m/10,922ft)3-4 hr.    

We'll walk   today through dense forest of pine and rhododendron to reach Sing Gompa (Chandan Bari) where we'll stay overnight. The trail from here is mostly uphill with typically Himalayan terrain and last few hours remaining forested with open areas giving excellent views when looking back the way we have come. After arrival in hotel refreshed and enjoy visiting cheese factory as well as terrain forested lands.      

Day 11:    Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4380m/14,366ft)    

Today we'll follow a wonderfully quiet and less trekked trail to reach at holy Gosainkunda Lake passing through Cholagpati and Lauribinayak. From Cholagpati it's a steep climb today but with spectacular views and landscape. The area around here is the homeland of the Tamangs and Bhotias and even a short time spent here provides an insight into their rural mountain lifestyles and the cultural contrasts between Hindu and Buddhist villages. We'll be able to simply relax or take a stroll around the lake and surrounding area.           

Day 12:    Explore day in Gosainkunda lake           

Today you may have full day of rest and relaxation at the surrounding area. We'll be able to simply relax and enjoy the views or to explore the lake. or day hike to Lauribinayak pass. Walk around Saraswati lake, Bhairabkunda lake and Gosainkunda lake. There is so many small hill for day hike and from there can see great view of Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal mountain range in the clear day. 

Day 13:    Gosainkunda to Dhunche 4hrs trek       

Today after breakfast we trek to long downhill come to Sing Gompa for the lunch through the same way back after lunch at Sing Gompa we steeply trek downhill through the pine and rhododendron forest and some bamboo bushes. When we reach at stream then cross the river and walk to downstream and an hour gently uphill through the farm field will reach at District headquarter of Rasuwa called Dhunche for the overnight at remaining time stroll around the area.

Day 14:    Drive back to Kathmandu.          

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu via same way takes 6-7 hrs to get in Kathmandu valley. Arrival in Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the time simply relax at the hotel or explore the local area and overnight at hotel.     

Day 15:    Leisure at Kathmandu     

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and overnight at hotel.

Day 16:    Departure from Kathmandu       

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
3.    All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
4.    Accommodation. (Tent & 2 night local house)
5.    All Camping Gear( Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket, sleeping bag,
       matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
6.    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
7.    All transportation.
8.    Trekking permit.
9.     Four nights Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu.
10.  Sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.
11.   All temples Entry Permit in kathamndu.
12.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
        transport etc for Nepalese staff.
13.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any
       kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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