• Gosainkunda Frozen Lakes Trekking
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Gosainkunda Frozen Lakes Trekking

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Nepal

  • Activities

    Activities: Nepal Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 meals during the trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car- By Bus from Kathmandu to Dhunche by car from Sundarijal to Kathmandu.

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 5050m

  • Group size

    Group size: 1-12

  • Best Season

    Best Season: February to May & Sep to second week of the December

Gosainkunda Frozen Lakes Trek takes you to the Langtang region to explore the freshwater lakes of Gosainkunda. The region situated in the north of the Nepalese capital city, Kathmandu, has an expansive view of mountains to enjoy. The lakes in Gosainkunda are considered to be sacred from spiritual and religious point of view.

Trekking to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda brings you a chance to explore the beautiful nature and enthralling views of mountains. This trek is one of the nearest Himalayan adventure from Kathmandu.

What is Gosainkunda Frozen Lakes Trek like?

Our trekking package to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda a 12-day trip in total. While you are on this adventure, we take care of you from your arrival in Kathmandu to departure after the trip.

Although the trek is in the nearest Himalayan region from Kathmandu, you will need to drive a full day to reach the trailhead. The trek begins from Dhunche in Rasuwa district where the Langtang region of the Himalayas lies.

But you will go for a full day of sightseeing tour in Kathmandu before driving to Dhunche. The sightseeing tour is a wonderful immersion in the history and culture of Kathmandu valley. It gives you a perfect start of the trip in Nepal.

When you go for the trek, the trail leads you through beautiful places of Dhunche, Thulo Syabru, Sing Gompa and eventually to Gosainkunda. You will also trek past a mountain pass called Lauribinayak Pass along the trail. It brings you a wonderful panoramic view of mountains in the Langtang range.

While this trip is an independent trip leading you to Gosainkunda Lake, it can also be combined with Langtang Valley Trek.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)

Arrival in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport. We will check into the hotel by private transportation. If we have enough time, our representative will take you to our office for a briefing about the trip, if not we will brief in the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: n/a

Day 02 : Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan (1400m/4593ft)

After early morning breakfast, our tour guide will take you to the sightseeing in the historical monuments, world cultural heritages like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, etc. After the tour, we will head back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1960m/6430ft)

Today we will head to Dhunche via local tourist bus or private transportation (Jeep/Land cruiser or bus depending on group size). We will drive through famous places like Kakani, Ranipauwa, Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, Kalikasthan then finally to Dhunche. The drive will last for about 6 – 7 hours from Kathmandu. Overnight at the Guesthouse.

Accommodation: Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 : Dhunche trek to Sing Gompa (3330m/10925ft)

From Dhunche, we will start our trek. On the first part of the trail, we will gradually ascend up to Ghatte Khola crossing a suspension bridge following the trail of the river on the north side. Then we will pass through the Deurali village at an elevation of 2660 m., continuing to the ridge walking through the forests of firs and rhododendrons. The trail will slowly climb down to the Dimsa reaching to the Sing Gompa at the height of 3330m. via an army camp. We will stay overnight at the teahouse.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 : Sing Gompa trek to Lauribina Yak (3920m/12869ft)

We will start our trail from Sing Gompa ascending up to Lauribinayak. A rocky trail will lead to Gosaikunda via the moist forests on the northern inclines and the lush vegetation on the incline facing south. The trail crosses the Langtang Lirung valley viewing the amazing snowy peaks like Ganesh Himal (7406m.), Manaslu (8156m.), Himal chuli (7893m.), and many more. The sanctuary on the northern slope protects the red panda and many other wild animals. We can reach the Gosainkunda on the same day but for the reason of acclimatization, we will stay overnight at Lauribinayak at the guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 : Lauberina Yak trek to Gosainkunda (4460m/14632ft)

Today, we will walk via Trishuli valley from Lauribinayak to Gosainkunda. There are numerous basins in Gosaikunda but mainly 3 are of more religious importance; Gosaikunda, Bhairabkunda, Saraswatikunda. It is believed that Lord Shiva created the lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison. So this day is celebrated during the full-moon festival each August by the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the Gosainkunda lake. We will stay overnight at the lodge or guesthouse enjoying the amazing views of the Himal chuli, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and many more.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 : Gosainkunda trek to Ghopte (3440m/11286ft) Over the Lauribina Pass (4610m/15125ft)

We will slowly climb further through the rocky mountains passing through the lakes towards Laurebina La pass at an elevation of 4610m. after walking through the pass, the trail will descend along the stream through an alpine realm to the national park post at Bhera Goth. We will slowly then descend to the Phedi valley (3740m.) and then climbing to the scrub bamboo to the crest at 3750m. We will pass through Dhupi Chaur crossing the moraines to the bottom then to a steep climb to the Kasturee Danda heading to Ghopte valley at 3440m. overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 : Ghopte trek to Kutumsang (2450m/8038ft)

We will walk from Ghopte down to the rocky roads with numerous ups and downs across the rivers and moraines. Then the trail will ascent to Tharepati. From here, we have two routes: one going to Melamvhi Gaun for longer Helambu valley trek ending at Melamchi Pool while the other goes to Kutumsang for short Helambu valley trek ending at Sundarijal. We will take the short trek and walk through the alpine country with amazing meadows and shrubs. After that, we will reach Mere Danda at 3150m. before descending through the amazing dense rhododendron forests. Overnight stay at the teahouse or guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 : Kutumsang trek to Chisapani (2140m/7020ft)

This day destined to a beautiful classic village, Gul Bhanjyang (2140m.). We will walk to the forest ridge to the Thorlang Betini village (2260m.), then to Jhogin Danda (2420m.)m descending to Chipling (2170m.) and then to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m.). Finally, we will reach Chisopasni (2140m.) after a gentle climb up through the amazing meadows and fields and the Brahmin and Chettri villages. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse or Teahouse.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Chisapani trek to Sundarijal drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)

Early wake up for not missing the heart-touching view of the sunrise with the stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Mt, Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Gaurishankar, Mt. Ganesh Himal and Annapurna range. After breakfast, we will climb up to the Borlang Bhanjyan (2440m) close to Shivapuri Hill then slowly descend to the Mulkharka, a tiny Tamang hamlet. We will then walk to Sundarijal passing through the local water supply system and then water pipe to this village. From Sundarijal, we can take local or private transportation to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 : Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur

The tour guide of Trekking Trail Nepal will take you around the Kathmandu valley for sightseeing and then drive back to the Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 12 : Depart Kathmandu

Today, we will farewell you to your destination. The Representative of Trekking Trail Nepal will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Cost Details

What is included?

  • All the necessary ground transportation from and to the airport.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with Lodging during the Trekking
  • Trekking guide (Trained, Government Licensed, Experienced and English speaking)
  • Porter carrying a maximum weight of 15 kgs per trekker
  • All expenses of Staff (Guide, porter and if any other staff) like Food, Accommodation. Insurance, Transportation, Taxes, Salary, etc.
  • First Aid kit
  • All the required documentation
  • Trekking permits, TIMS, National park entrance fees
  • All the government and local taxes with tourist service charges

What is not included?

  • International Airfare
  • Entrance visa to Nepal
  • Meals during Kathmandu stay
  • Beverages during trekking
  • Personal expenses like laundry, bar bills, hot shower, recharging of the battery, etc.
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Rescue charges
  • Any other extra expenditures that are not included in “Service Includes” section.
  • Tips and Gratuities for the staff

Trip Map


A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

As a Himalayan trekking adventure, you will trek through mountainous landscape. Walking up and down the hill during the trek is quite common characteristic of trekking in Nepal.

Yes, definitely. Elevation change is an important part of the trek. As there is a lot of walking up and down the hill, there is an elevation change every day. However, the range of change differs from day to day. It is mostly an uphill trek up to the destination and downhill on the way back. However, the trail winds up and down the mountains throughout the trek regardless of the elevation difference for the day.

Although age is not a bar to go on a trekking adventure in Nepal, you certainly need to consider a few factors before going on a trek. The basic requirement for trekking in Nepal is good fitness level regardless of your age. Since the activity involves a lot of walking up and down the mountains, you need to be fit enough to indulge in the activity for multiple days.

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.