• Gosainkunda Lake Trek
  • Gosainkunda Lake Trek
  • Gosainkunda Lake Trek
  • Gosainkunda Lake Trek


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Gosainkunda Lake Trek

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Activities

    Activities: Nepal Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Tea house/Guest House

  • Meals

    Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Transportation

    Transportation: local bus

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 4165m

  • Group size

    Group size: 2-12

  • Best Season

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

Gosainkunda is a beautiful lake in the Langtang region of the Himalaya. It is not only a beautiful place but also a sacred place with spiritual vibes. Gosainkunda Lake Trek is the adventure to explore the beauty of the lake and the surroundings that it goes through. The adventure offers a short and beautiful Himalayan trekking experience.

What is Gosainkunda Lake Trek like?

Just a 5-day trip from Kathmandu, Gosainkunda Lake Trek is a beautiful trekking adventure in Langtang. Although this adventure doesn’t take you on a trek to Langtang valley, it shows you wonderful mountains and nature in the region.

This trek can also be combined with Langtang Valley Trek before heading to the Gosainkunda Lake. But while you are on this particular package, you are going to explore the Gosainkunda region only.

Just a 3-day trek from Dhunche in Rasuwa district completes the trek. It is a short but incredibly beautiful trekking adventure. If you do not have enough time to spend on the holiday, you can choose to go on this trek.

Gosainkunda Lake is a sacred spiritual site for Hindus and Buddhist faith believers in Nepal. We can see a lot of people trekking to the lake for pilgrimage purpose. In addition to being a sacred place, it also has beautiful surroundings that keep your heart and mind excited.

The peaceful trail that leads to the lake has beautiful small villages along. You will be able to witness and experience the rural lifestyle of the people living in the region during the trek.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche Bazaar

The scenic drive from Kathmandu heading towards Dhunche Bazaar starts from Sundarijal.  Dhunche Bazaar is the headquarters of Rasuwa District. It usually takes 7-8 hours to reach Dhunche Bazaar on a local bus. Private transportation like jeep also can be arranged at a little extra cost. On the way, you can enjoy the amazing sceneries leaving the Kathmandu valley surrounded by white glittering Himalayas. The jungle on one side of the road and the villages with agricultural lands and rivers on the other side look very stunning. The whole way to Dhunche Bazaar is full of overwhelming nature. Overnight stay at a hotel at Dhunche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

Meal: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Start of the trek from Dhunche Bazaar to Chandanbari

Early morning breakfast followed by trek destining towards Chandanbari today. When you stand at Dhunche Bazaar, the panorama of the beautiful giant mountains pacifies your heart and soothes your eyes. The cold breeze simply raises the excitement of the trek to Chandanbari. On the way, you can see many pasture lands, unused lands, and forests of pines and rhododendrons. The beautiful waterfalls let you cool. You might encounter some wild animals and birds while passing through the jungle. After walking about 5 – 6 hours, you will arrive at Chandanbari for the overnight stay. 

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trek from Chandanbari to Gosainkunda

Today’s walk is destined to Gosainkunda. This place is famous for Gosainkunda lake as a sacred place where Lord Shiva put down his Trident (Trishul) and Gosainkunda lake and many other lakes were originated from the crack in the earth. There is a mass gathering here on Janai Purnima day with the belief that if they take bath in the Gosainkunda lake, their ailments and sins are washed away. Tamang community is the major settlement here in this region followed by Brahmin and other castes. The gorgeous view of Langtang Lirung Himal on the way is mesmerizing. You can enjoy the great scenic beauty of dainty villages like Lauribinayak and terraced plantations all the way to Gosainkunda. Today’s trekking time is about 5 – 6 hours.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek returning to Dhunche Bazaar

You will return today to lower elevation at Dhunche Bazaar following the same trail as descending is quicker. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Accommodation: Tea house/Guest house

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu

Early morning drive back to Kathmandu on a local bus or jeep. The exhausting but incredible 3 days trekking to Gosainkunda is an amazing chance to enjoy the cool weather of the soaring Himalayas. Step On Himalaya will organize all the program for you and do the necessary documentation required. 

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Local transportation (local tourist coach or bus) from Kathmandu to Dhunche Bazaar to Kathmandu. Jeep also can be hired as private transportation at an additional cost
  • National park Entrance fees
  • Local and Government taxes
  • All 3 standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea or coffee during the trekking
  • All the accommodation during the trekking
  • A well-trained experienced and English speaking trekking guide

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses like beverages like Alcohol and drinks
  • Tips and Gratuities


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.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

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.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

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.

No, there is no acclimatization break during the trek. Although it is a Himalayan trekking trip, it does not require you to take any extra days for acclimatization. You can adjust in the climate as you trek to the higher elevation.

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.


Laura Gutierrez

It was an awesome experience from Nepal trekking, unforgettable and special. Super satisfied with Step on Himalaya services and exceptional guidance by Hari to Gosainkunda Lake Trek. We were really lucky with the climate and the treat we were given was wonderful. Unexpectedly achieved more than what we expected. Highly recommended, you won't regret it! 100% assurance!