Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
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Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda Trek

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.

Highlights:

  • Visit the holy Shiva lake Gosaikunda
  • Spectacular sunrises, sunsets & high mountain views from the Lauribinayak La & Tharepati La
  • Experience the unique Tamang culture

Trip Facts

Duration: 12 days

Altitude: 4610m

Difficulty: Medium to hard

Accommodation: Teahouse

Season: Spring/FallWinter

Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 03: Scenic drive to Thulo Barkhu & trek to Thu Syabrubensi,5hr drive+3hr walk

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).
[Included meals Bed and Breakfast]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 04: Climb to Sing Gompa via Dursagang, Phoprang Danda, 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.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 05: Tranquil forest way from Sing Gompa to airy ridge views of Laurebina Yak, 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.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse

 

Day 06: Superb ridge walk continuous & narrow way to reach Gosainkunda,4-5hr 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).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse

 

Day 07: Following the dramatic sightseeing route of Laurebina La to reach Gopte, 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).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 08: Ups and downs through ravines and final pass reach to Tharepati, 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.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse

 

Day 09: Climbing down the ridges all the way to Kutumsang, 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).
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 10: Descending down through the lush green forest & passing by several settlement to reach Chisapani, 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.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 11:Descend to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu, 5-6hr walk+45hr 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.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Hotel.

 

Day 12: Final departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included: Breakfast]

 

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide & preparation for the trek

+ Sharing bus from KTM to Syabrubensi and return

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Langtang  National Park Entry Permit for all members

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guides & Porters

- Hot shower, 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.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

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.

Luggage:

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:

1. Sunhat

2. A Bandana

3. Sunglasses

4. Warm hat

5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

7. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

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

Footwear:

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

Drinking Equipment:

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

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

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)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Additional Options:

+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.


Nepal Visas

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.

Travelers Insurance

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.

Helicopter Evacuation

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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Duration
12 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Langtang
Grade
Medium
Altitude
4610m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tea-house