4 days Gosaikunda Trek
The 4 days Gosaikunda Trek is a short, affordable, panoramic, and moderate-grade trek in Langtang National Park. To start this trek, you’ll take a drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. And from Dhunche, you’ll trek 17 km to reach the lake in two days. The end of this trek is Gosaikunda Lake, a beautiful freshwater lake at 4,380 meters. In between, the panoramic Langtang mountain range, including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and other few of the Annapurna range and Mt. Manaslu, leaves you in awe.
There are two ways by which trekkers reach the Gosaikunda Lake. One is a combined Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek, where trekkers first visit to Langtang Valley and then to Gosaikunda Lake. Second, the trekker plans a 3-4 day trek to the lake and returns, making it a shorter trek. Most foreign trekkers prefer the combined trek, whereas almost all Nepali trekkers prefer budget-friendly, shorter ones without trekking to Langtang Valley.
Gosaikunda Trek Highlights
- Trek to Gosaikunda and Bhairav Kunda Lake, two prominent freshwater lakes in the Langtang region.
- Panoramic mountain scenery with more than ten mountains, including Langtang Lirung, Annapurna South, and Manaslu.
- Short, moderate-grade, and best budget-friendly trek in Nepal.
- Absolute trek for beginners with no prior high-altitude trek experience.
- Full-board fixed departure trek in 2024 with a set group size of just seven pax.
- Two-way scorpio ride, one licensed trek guide, handpicked itinerary, and utmost trek safety.
Why Gosaikunda Lake Trek in 2024?
Absolute beginner trek
Gosaikunda Lake Trek is one of the short treks in Nepal. Also, difficulty-wise, this trek is moderately difficult. Considering the altitude, the lake sits at 4,380 meters. Trekking to this altitude barely causes altitude sickness among trekkers if trekked with a licensed trekking guide.
The distance from Dhunche to Gosaikunda Lake is 17 km one way. While trekking here with us, you’ll reach the lake on 3rd day morning. We’ve planned our 4 days in the Gosaikunda Trek Itinerary so that inexperienced trekkers get ample rest before pushing for the lake on 3rd day morning.
Also, with our slow-paced but on-time itinerary, novice trekkers barely experience any signs of altitude sickness. With our couple of years of guiding experience, we can proudly mention that our previous clients have yet to experience altitude sickness while trekking to Gosaikunda.
Also, while returning, we don’t make our clients trek down to Dhunche on a single day. Doing so lowers the possibility of getting cramps and extreme fatigue. We make our clients stay at Deurali, and the following day, we’ll trek down to Dhunche and take the Scorpio/jeep back to Kathmandu. On doing this, the itinerary remains the same and offers you the much-needed rest at Deurali from an all-day-long downhill walk from the lake.
Amazing mountain panorama
Gosaikunda Trek from Dhunche is in Langtang National Park, home to the beautiful Langtang mountain range. Almost all the mountains of this region are elegant and stand out during sunrise.
Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, and Loenpo Gang are best visible during this trek. Moreover, you’ll also get a glimpse of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain and Annapurna South, a 7,219-meter-tall mountain.
The best view of these mountains appears on the 3rd morning as you trek to Buddha Mandir from Lauribinayak. The golden sun rays paint this mountain elegantly. And if cloud covers the valley entirely, you’ll get blown away by the surreal panorama.
Gosaikunda Lake is a trekking destination and a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site. Considered as an abode to Lord Shiva and Gauri, the myth of this lake links with Samundramanthan during the Mahabharata and Ramayana eras.
Hinduism explains that after lord Shiva drank the poison during Samudra Manthan, he got thirsty and became a madman. He hit a mountain with his trident as he went to the Himalayas for water. The place is now called Trishul Dhara, a prominent feeder of Gosaikunda Lake. As the water started flowing, it got deposited in a natural dam-like place, Gosaikunda.
During Janai Purnima and Gangadasahara, thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit this lake and take a holy bath. Those who couldn’t trek up to this lake visited a pond at the Kumbeshwar Temple Complex in Patan. Legend has it that the Trishul Dhara, the feeder of Gosaikunda Lake, is also connected to a pond at Kumbeshwar Temple.
Gosaikunda Trek Itinerary
We’ve prepared a detailed Gosaikunda Trek Itinerary Breakdown Blog if you’re interested in knowing only the itinerary of this trek. But in the four-day package, we run this itinerary.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (6 hours). Trek to Deurali (4 hours, 2,790 meters, 5 km)
We’ll leave Kathmandu to Dhunche around 8 am in a private vehicle (jeep/Scorpio). You’ll have breakfast at the restaurant at Bidur. The jeep stops at Dhunche checkpost, where you’ll get your entry permits and your backpacks checked.
You’ll have your lunch at Hotel Habre in Dhunche.
After lunch and 30 minutes of rest, the trek to Gosaikunda begins. You’ll trek to Mini-Gosaikunda, Ghatte Khola waterfall, and Deurali. It takes 4 hours to reach Deurali from Dhunche.
You’ll settle in for overnight accommodation at Hotel Deurali Viewpoint in Deurali.
Day 2: Trek from Deurali to Lauribinayak (7.5 km, 6-7 hours, 3,660 meters)
You’ll start the trek at 8 am after breakfast at the tea house in Deurali.
Right after leaving Deurali, you’ll start climbing for two hours to Dhimsa. The trail between Deurali and Dhimsa can be challenging for some. However, you can stop for a few minutes at multiple rest spots and photographic points.
You’ll reach Chandanbari from Dhimsa in one hour. The route to Chandanbari from Dhimsa is simpler than that of Deurali-Dhimsa.
You’ll stop at Hotel Yak and Nak at Chandanbari for a tea and rehydration break.
From Chandanbari, you’ll trek for 2 hours to Cholangpati and stop for lunch. The trail section between Chandanbari and Cholangpati is one of the most beautiful sections on the route. Also, this section is flat and offers a comfortable trek.
After lunch at Cholangpati, you’ll start the climb to Lauribinayak. The route is short, but your trek guide instructs you to trek slowly, taking almost two hours.
Overnight at Hotel Mount Rest at Lauribinayak.
Day 3: Trek from Lauribinayak to Gosaikunda Lake (3 hours, 3 km, 4,380 meters)
You’ll reach the lake on the 3rd day of the 4 days Gosaikunda Trek.
You’ll start the trek around 5 am from Lauribinayak. There are two main reasons for this. First, when you reach Buddha Mandir atop Lauribinayak, you’ll witness a majestic sunrise on the Langtang mountain range. Second, starting the trek earlier gives you ample time to return to Deurali before sunset.
The route to Buddha Mandir is steep ascend. However, the route gets easier past Buddha Mandir. From here, you’ll trek for two more hours to Gosaikunda Lake.
Upon reaching the lake, you can take a cold water bath at the lake or go sightseeing around.
You’ll have breakfast at 10 am at Hotel Lakeside.
After lunch, you’ll descend to Lauribinayak, Cholangpati, Chandanbari, and Dhimsa and settle overnight at Deurali.
Overnight at Hotel Deurali Viewpoint at Deurali.
Day 4: Trek from Deurali to Dhunche (2 hours). Drive to Kathmandu (5-6 hours)
You’ll leave Deurali after breakfast at the tea house.
After two hours leaving Deurali, you’ll reach Dhunche and stop for lunch. With lunch at Dhunche, you’ll prepare to leave Dhunche.
Our Scorpio (private vehicle) will be at Dhunche to pick you up in Kathmandu. You’ll reach Kathmandu five hours after leaving Dhunche.
With this, your 4 days Gosaikunda Lake Trek come to an end.
Additional Trek Info
For 4 days Gosaikunda Trek, you'll get a scorpio or private jeep for transportation. The transportation for this trek mainly includes Kathmandu to Dhunche and Dhunche to Kathmandu transfer. Hence, the two-way jeep fare gets included upon paying us the package fee for this trek. Also, we only run a fixed group size of just seven pax. With just seven pax, the jeep ride becomes comfortable.
If you're flying to Nepal for this trek, you'll get an airport to hotel transfer on a taxi as a complimentary from us.
Tea houses en route to Gosaikunda Lake are good and offer comfortable overnight accommodations. Also, you'll have several meal options during lunch and dinner that you'll love to eat.
You'll get four breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners during this trek.
Breakfast includes chapati with curry, omelet, boiled eggs, noodle soup, bread, and more. The hot drinks for breakfast include lemon tea, milk tea, coffee, and black tea.
For lunch and dinner, the meal menu consists of similar dishes. However, you'll have options to choose different meals. Dal Bhat with lentil soup is the most common dish. You'll also have a choice of chicken curry and fried meat at tea houses during lunches and dinners. Other container dishes include momos, noodles, thukpa, Tibetan bread, and chapati.
Every tea house on this trek offers twin-sharing rooms. They also provide 3-bedrooms, 4-bedrooms, and even 5-bedrooms. You'll get a twin-sharing room for overnight accommodation based on availability. However, except at Deurali, you won't have the option of attached bathrooms.
For your 4 days Gosaikunda Trek with us, you'll get an experienced licensed trekking guide. Our guide will guide you and take good care throughout the trek. Most trek guides at NepTrek have first-aid knowledge and are friendly, supportive, and good companions. Your guide for this trek manages the trek logistics, pre-books the tea houses en route, manages transportation, and does other things to make your trek experience the best.
We hire a trekking porter from Dhunche if needed. Since the entire trek route is an uphill walk, most trekkers need help to carry their backpacks, so they opt for a trekking porter to carry their bags. If you need a trek porter during this trek, kindly inform your trek guide. Your trek guide makes the arrangement of trek porter for the trek. Please note that you'll be the one paying for the porter fee.
A steep ascending trail with quick altitude gain makes this trek challenging for novice trekkers. Fatigue, cramps, and, However, for the trekkers with previous high altitude trek experience, Gosaikunda is an easy trek.
Having said this, the most trekkers you'll find in this route are first-time trekkers. More than 80% of trekkers who trek to Gosaikunda Lake are first-time hikers with no prior hiking and multiple-day trek experience.
We've made a separate Gosaikunda Trek: Easy yet arduous trek blog to help you better understand the trek difficulty.
Due to quick altitude gain, trekkers on Gosaikunda Trek often suffer from altitude sickness. Primarily, trekking from Dhunche to Chandanbari in 5-6 hours causes altitude sickness during the next day's trek to the Gosaikunda Lake, prominently past Lauri Binayak.
Headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are common symptoms among altitude sickness-affected trekkers. Some even struggle to breathe and experience troubled sleep.
If you feel any of these, kindly report your symptoms to your trek guide. Your guide will then assess the situation and try methods for its prevention.
Descending to a lower altitude is the only option you'll get once you get affected by the mountain sickness. To prevent getting involved, you must rehydrate frequently and consume proper meals each day on the trek. Other healthy practices like avoidance of caffeinated drinks, smoking, and alcohol keep you away from mountain sickness.
Langtang National Park entry permit is the only permit you'll need for this trek. Unlike Everest and Annapurna regions, you don't need to purchase municipality permits and other locally issued permits.
Langtang National Park permit is available at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and the national park checkpost at Dhunche. The package fee for this trek includes the trek permits you'll need. Also, our representative or trek guide gets these permits for you.
If you're considering Gosaikunda Lake Trekking in 2024 without a trekking guide, you must visit the above-listed places to get the trek permit. For Nepali, the permit fee is just Rs. 100. For foreign nationals, this permit costs Rs. 3000. And for SAARC nationals, it costs Rs. 1500. Also, the entry fee is free for children below 10.
NepTrek guarantees your utmost safety and security during the four-day Gosaikunda Lake Trek. You'll get an experienced trekking guide for this trek. Moreover, our trek guides are wilderness first-aid responders as well. Thus, you'll get a professional trek guide with wilderness first aid experience while trekking.
Also, the trek porters we employ for this trek take good care of your backpacks and trek gear. Your belongings remain safe and sound even at the tea houses.
For Gosaikunda Trek 4 days, you have no compulsion to purchase a travel insurance policy. Since this trek is short and easy with a low-altitude seated destination, you'll be less likely to get affected by altitude sickness. Also, there's less chance that you'll get injuries while trekking. However, travel insurance is a must if you're on Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek.
Having said this, however, with travel insurance, you'll always be on the safer side. If you get affected by altitude sickness or get sick at the lake, you can get helicopter rescue on time with your travel insurance policy. Also, if you get critically injured while returning, a helicopter evacuation can save your life.
Moreover, travel insurance covers most of your hospital and medication bills and compensates for lost and damaged personal gear and belongings.
Gosaikunda Trek is doable throughout the year. Spring, Autumn, and Summer are the best times for this trek. With clear weather, extended sunshine hours, and rain-free days in these months, you'll have an excellent walk to Gosaikunda Lake. However, during extreme snowfall in winter, with tea houses closed, early December- late January are not ideal times to plan this trek.
The weather in Gosaikunda Region remains best during Spring and Autumn. The clear weather gives you a fantastic, unobstructed sightseeing experience. The panoramic Langtang mountain range stands spectacular throughout the trek. Also, with the clear weather around the lake, you'll get excellent photographic opportunities.
The deep snowfall often turns the weather terrible during winter, from December to February. Also, it's the time when almost all tea houses remain closed in the Gosaikunda Lake area.
Summer months, from June to early September, are rainy in Nepal. You can also trek to the lake during these months, but the weather barely remains fair. Moreover, leeches, bugs, and frequent rain sometimes ruin your trek in summer.
The daytime temperature at Gosaikunda Lake remains 4-5˚C during the Spring and Summer months. However, the nighttime temperature falls close to freezing, around -1˚C. These two months are warmer months at the lake. Lower regions' temperatures during late Spring and throughout Summer remain warm and humid. As a result, you'll feel the heat and often sweat a lot during the first-day trek to Deurali.
The Gosaikunda Lake freezes in winter and remains frozen even till early Spring. With this, you can expect a drop in temperature to -10˚C to -15˚C. The daytime temperature during December-February remains around 2-3˚C.