Highland of Sacred Alpine Lakes
This trek takes you on a mystical journey to places of enormous cultural importance.
In the Hindu mythology, when the Primordial Ocean was churned to produce the elixir of eternal life, a powerful poison came into existence as well. Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe from it. To obtain water to cool his throat burning from the poison, Lord Shiva struck his trident into the rock and thus forming beautiful lakes. The very lakes you will encounter on the trail.
This cultural importance is reflected in the local festivals: A big fair takes place during Janai Purnima with thousands of Nepali and Hindu participants. On this occasions, many shaman dances from different regions of Nepal are displayed - an unforgettable experience.
This area is situated north of Kathmandu. Beyond the cultural aspects, the Helambu-Gosainkunda trek is famous for the biological diversity enabled through the lakes. This trip is an excellent way to experience the rich cultural traditions of Nepal as well as the stunning Himalayan landscape.
Escape your daily routine and join Incredible Himalayan Adventure on this journey to the heart of the Himalayas.
- Visit the holy Shiva lake Gosaikunda
- Spectacular sunrises, sunsets & high mountain views from the Lauribinayak La & Tharepati La
- Experience the unique Tamang culture
Scenic drive to Thulo Syabru (2260m/7414ft.),5hr drive
Initial journey commences with drive to Thulo Syabru (2260m) following the highway towards the Northwest to Pokhara which will be tiring but we will enjoy the scenery and the typical Nepali house on the way. After driving all the way through the Trishuli valley the road gradually leads to uphill and reach Thulo Bharkhu (1860m). We continue walk and 3hr of walk bring us to Thulo Syabru (2210m).
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Sing Gompa (3330m/10925ft.), 3-4hr walk
From the village we start our trek close to the trailhead of Thulo Bhakhu, which lead the easiest route to the village of Dursangang (2735m). Then we have to climb up the steep uphill through the hemlock and rhododendron forest to the top of the ridge at Phoprang Danda (3190m). We cross the ridge and climb up to the cluster of village called Chandan Bari, also known as Sing Gomba (3330m). We will find some yaks around the Chandan Bari grazing aside the route to the village.
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Laurebina Yak (3920m/12860ft.), 2-3hr walk
We follow the up root to the forest which enter the Gosainkunda protected area. Around two hours of trekking up through forest lead to Chalang Pati (3550m). As we pass the forest it will get thinner to the height and the view of the Himalayas become clearer. The reward is a vista spanning the Annapurnas, Manaslu (8156m), the four peaks of the Ganesh Himal (with Paldor Peak), some enticing unnamed peaks in Tibet and finally Langtang Lirung. After climb up around 370m reach to the Laurebina Yak (3920m) which is our today’s destination.
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Gosainkunda (4400m/14435.7ft.), 3-4hr walk
Initial trek begins with gentle ascend to the uphill which lead to the alpine country above the tree line. After an hour we pass the white Chorten with stone wall & follow the narrow & often exposed trail aside the rocky mountain. We have a wonderful view of Saraswati Kunda descending down & then arrive Bhairab Kunda which is right below the Gosainkunda Lake (4380m), is said to be created by the Lord Shiva piercing a glacier with his trident (trishul) to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison gathered from the churning of the ocean. From India & Nepal around 8000 peoples climb up this lake for the sacred occasion of Janai Purnima (Full moon day) each august. We have half day exploration around the Gosainkunda peripheral lead by the often exposed trail through the hundreds of cairn and prayer flags to the north. Following the fainted trail to southeast from main trail, we have a wonderful view of lakes lined up which are Dudh Kunda (Milk lake), Chandra Kunda (Moon lake), Ragat Kunda (Blood lake) & finally Ama Kunda (Mother lake 4540m).
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Gopte (3440m/11286.09ft.), 7-8hr walk
We start walk edge of the lakes which leads aside the holy lake of Gosainkunda & ascend to the Laurebina La (4610m) which possess a dramatic view of the Lakeland & it is the highest point of our trek. From here we descend down beyond the pass to the high camp of Bera Goth. Following the route, we encounter a junction & follow the gentle one which is the lower trail that lead to Phedi. Descending the trail through forbidden cliff and the stunted rhododendron flower by passing sparkling clear stream, we gradually reach at Gopte (3640m).
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Tharepati (3640m/11942.26ft.), 5-6hr walk
Today’s our trek is mostly through the ravine which lead ups and down on the narrow trail. Then walking through the forest will lead to the base of the Tharepati (3640m) & finally ascend the pass to reach the Tharepati which lies on the exposed windy ridge mark as the highest point of Helambu Circuit trek. Alternatively, you can extend the trip & continue to the Helambu from Tharepati.
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Kutumsang (2450m/8038ft.), 5-6hr walk
After breakfast we start our trek all the way down from the ridges with the sight of beautiful mountain range and the valley on both side. We will find the scattered human settlement on the way and among them Magin Goth is the biggest one. The trail then lead through the lush green forest to reach the today’s destination at Kutumsang (2450m).
Overnight at Teahouse
Trek to Chisapani (2251m/7385ft.), 5-6hr walk
We take our breakfast and start our trek down from kutumsang. The trail leads all the way through the forest & before descending down to Golphu Bhanyang we have one more pass to cross. After passing through lush green forest, we trek down through the village of Thotong, Lapchu Danda and Chipling (2170m). Continuing our trek towards the south, the trail involves steep climbing just before arriving Chisapani (2251m) the place where spectacular sunrise view and fresh environment for the inhabitant. This is the place where we have our final night at the Himalayas.
Overnight at Teahouse
Descend to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu, 5-6hr walk+3-4hr drive
Today is our last day of the Gosainkunda Lake Trek which is of few hour and mostly downhill. On the initial trek we need to take gentle uphill till Borlang Bhanjang (2438m) and descent down to Sundarijal (1350m). We will find Mul Khara along the way and there we can have our lunch. After an hour of descent down to Sundarijal which is the part of Kathmandu valley. From here we don’t need to walk as our company vehicle will be waiting for us and we drive to hotel and conclude our trek.
Overnight at Hotel
We offer 3 packages: Basic, comfort & Full Board. Our Basic takes care of your trek, comfort include trek with your stay in Kathmandu along with all airport transfers personally while Full Board include entire meals in the mountains during the trek. Three can be flexibly adjusted to your requirements.
- Trek with an English speaking govt licensed trekking guide
- 1 porter (betn two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 24 kg; i.e. 12kg pP)
- Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary
- Sharing bus from KTM to Syabrubensi and return
- Duffel bag and trekking map
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
- Langtang National Park Area Entry Permit
- Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu by the host family at Typical Nepali Cultural Restaurant
- First aid medical kit, oxymeters to check pulse, heart rate & oxygen saturation carried by guide
As Basic and
- 2N in 3* and 1N in 4* hotel in KTM on B/B plan as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]
- Airport pick up & drop off personally
Full Board Offer
Price: Have a kindly make an enquiry for the Full Board tour cost. Because the cost depends on the meals chosen by you.
As Comfort and
- Full board meals in the mountains during the trek
There is a further discount for larger groups. Please contacts us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trek duration can be shorten or extend depending on time and fitness
- International Airfare to and from your country
- Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days, two passport photographs required). For the further more information, have visit Nepal Immigration Department official website.
- Insurance - Following stated things must be submit while you do trips through (IHSA)
- You must submit copy of your insurance certificate included standard policies that covers trekking activities up to 5000m
- Your Insuarnce policy must cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue upto 5000m and it is excluded in the trip price
- At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not
- IHSA also recommends your insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects
- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek
- Tipping is a culture in Nepal and is expected by your staff (guides, porters, drivers)
- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)
- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc
- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt
Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.
01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.
Head and Face Gear:
2. A Bandana
4. Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor
7. An emergency light
1. Lightweight gloves
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
4. 2 shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm
1. down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.
Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius
Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror
+Additional porter: 144 USD [16 USD per day]
We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.
Have a take small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.
+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]
If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.
You need visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.
While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.
Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In any cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be coverage in this cases.
Money and Tipping
Tipping is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to tip their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Tipping, it is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in a major currency [some currencies are not convertible to NPR]. USD, GBP, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally fine. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu / Pokhara and USD 30 – 35 per day whilst trekking in the Annapurna region (if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.
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