Langtang Trek | Gosaikunda Trek | UFO Adventure Travel
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Difficulty

Moderate

Max. Altitude

4380m

Duration

9 Days

Best Time

Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec

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Tour description

For many hundreds' of years pilgrims worldwide have trekked to this region to pay religious respect at many of the 100 glacial fed lakes of Lord Shiva and other Deities. The lakes are situated at about 4400m and is said that Lord Shiva, after drinking the poisons of the world, drove this three-pronged trident into the earth to drink pure water to quench his thirst. This amazing adventure combines the diversity of spectacular views of the Himalayas with a vast number of exciting ethnic encounters. The highlights of this Langtang circuit are numerous. From rhododendron and bamboo forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls flowing over mammoth boulders, a chance to bathe in soothing hot springs, magnificent views of the snow covered white giant Langtang Lirung (7,200m/23,622ft) and finally witnessing the ethereal beauty of the holy lakes of Gosaikunda. A truly remarkable Himalayan experience in Nepal!


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GOSAIKUNDA TREK

Is this Holiday for you ?

The trek is not a technically difficult undertaking. However, the high altitudes involved during the trek (between 3500 and 440 meters) and the cold of Himalayas, the temperature will go below freezing after sunset. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. There is a fair walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises. A good level of fitness will be required to enjoy this trek.

Trek to the sacred high altitude lake of Gosaikunda

Experience the Himalayan landscape in all its glory

Part of the Langtang circuit trek.





  • 9 Days,2 nights hotel, 6 night lodge
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • max group size: 10
  • In the high mountains of Nepal, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip will be around 15°C, with night-time lows way below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. We do not expect rain in that weather and can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

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  • Local guide & porters
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All equipment for activities
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Medical kit
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel & rescue insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide, porters and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Personal gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • We will be staying at lodges during our trek, and they, now, have extensive menu for your to choose from. The lodges have improved in quality so have the choice of foods with most lodges now offering an extensive menu. In order to allow clients to choose exactly what they wanted we now operate all our treks on a lodge only basis. You will need to budget for between $25-30 each day for all meals. Only 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners at Kathmandu will be included in the cost
  • During this trip the group will spend 2 nights hotel and 6 nights in mountain lodges. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Tribhuvan International Airport to hotel in Leh at 1300 hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Airport at 9 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at the Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you at around 7 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next destination. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your bag which will be transported safely to the next camp by a team of porters. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the day ahead. Lunch will either be packed or at hot lunch at the next campsite. We walk an average of 4 -5 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7.30-8 p.m. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their beds.

ITINERARY FOR THE TREK

DAY 1

LAND IN KATHMANDU.

Land at Kathmandu Airport where UFO guide will take you to the group hotel.  We would advise you to rest a bit and then get ready for a group meeting at the hotel. Evening is at leisure.



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
Dinner

DAY 2

DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO DHUNCHE (1966m)

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive upto Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path then moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides. However, we should probably not face any problem during December. Our drive from Kathmandu to the destination will be made in comfortable 4x4 SUVs.



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
Breakfast
  Time
7 hrs drive

DAY 3

TREK FROM DHUNCHE TO SING GOMPA (3250m)

The first part of the trails ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, you begin to trek steep up until you reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests with marijuana plants. There is an old cheese factory at Sing Gompa



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
5-6 hrs

DAY 4

TREK FROM SING GOMPA TO LAURIBINAYAK (3910m)

After our morning tea and breakfast,  with fine mountains views, we head for a beautiful walk through oak trees and breathtaking scenery to our next campsite, Lauribinayak. We can catch a glimpse of some high peaks like  Langtang Lirung  (7727mtrs), Ganesh Himal Range, Paldor Peak (5903mtrs), Dhoreje Lakpa  (6966mtrs) Manaslu (8163mtrs) and Annapurna range in the distance plus panoramic views of whole area in the early morning.



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
3-4 hrs

DAY 5

WALK FROM LAURIBINAYAK TO GOSAIKUNDA (4380m).

We steadily climb up from Lauribinayak and make our way to the holy lake of Gosaikunda. The trek undoubtedly gives an exotic feeling. You follow a rugged terrain trail littered with the dramatic views of the Manaslu Himalayan Range, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang Himal. On a clear day, even the Annapurna Mountain Range is visible to the North. The first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda with the turquoise waters gleaming, takes your breath away. There are around a dozen lakes in the Gosaikunda region. Others being the Saraswatikunda and Bhairab Kunda. According to the Hindu legend, lord Shiva created Gosaikunda lake when he pierced the glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after he swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the whole world. We will spend the night on the banks of the lake. 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
3-4 hrs

DAY 6

TREK DOWN FROM GOSAIKUNDA TO SING GOMPA (OR CHANDAN BARI)

After a filing breakfast, we head back down to Sing Gompa. A leisurely walk downhill through some classic Himalayan scenery 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
4-5 hrs

DAY 7

TREK FROM SING GOMPA TO DHUNCHE.

The first part of the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests.  We cross back on the suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream inching our way back to city life.. Now the path stretches at flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. It is a small town and headquarters of Rasuwa district.

 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
5-6 hrs

DAY 8

DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU.

We rendezvous with our transport and head back to Kathmandu and check into our hotel. Evening is at leisure to explore the city.



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
Dinner
  Time
7 hrs drive

DAY 9

DRIVE TO KATHMANDU AIRPORT AND ONWARD JOURNEY

After breakfast, there is a single departure to the Kathmandu Airport.



  Meals
Breakfast

Why trekkers love us?

I wanted to introduce my 9 year old girl to trekking & camping and make it like a yearly family ritual. UFO team made this experience for us so memorable. UFO team was very particular about small things & coordinated everything so well. It was a short 2 days trip to Benog Tibba in Uttarakhand where we trekked through quaint villages and beautiful trails and saw some amazing views.

Roopali Rawat

UFO are great partners when seeking adventure. I did an expedition to Mentok Kangri (6210M) & Kang Yatse II (6250m) in Ladakh, day hike to the double living root bridge in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya and camping in Hemis national park in Ladakh. UFO are very hospitable in accommodating their guests specially at high altitudes.

Suyesh Rawat

UFO is certainly the organizer to go for treks with if you want personalized and customized service. We did the Goecha La trek in Sikkim with UFO. The guides, food and equipment was spot on and the trek leader had specialist knowledge of the area. The days were planned way better than other groups we spoke with. Despite the high-end service, UFO prices are extremely competitive. Just go for it!

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Frequently asked questions

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE GOSAIKUNDA TREK?

If it were not for the altitude, the Gosaikunda trek would be considered fairly easy. However, when you take the altitude into consideration, the trek becomes moderate. On average you will be trekking 5 or 6 hours per day and you will need a good level of fitness. Some basic training and fitness will  help you enjoy the trek immensely. It is a perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal.

WHAT IS THE SCENERY LIKE ON THE GOSAIKUNDA TREK?

Rivers, valleys, forests, suspension bridges, monasteries, Nepalese villages and, of course, the stunning alpine lakes make up most of the beautiful scenery on this trek.

DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?

The trek is pretty popular so we always recommend booking at least 2 months in advance. We run with a small team of very experienced guides and with short trekking seasons we get booked up quite early.

WHAT KIT WILL I NEED FOR THE TREK?

The key challenge on this trek is the big variations in temperature you will increase both between day and night and as you increase altitude from Dhunche up to Gosaikunda. The best solution to this is lots of different layers of clothing that you can adjust to keep your temperature just right. And of course a really good sleeping bag.

HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED FOR THE TREK?

We have found that our 7 day itinerary has a great success rate and a  very low risk of altitude sickness. If you want to extend and include the whole Langtang Valley circuit, that will take about 14 days.

WHAT TRAVEL INSURANCE DO I NEED?

You will need a specialist high altitude trekking insurance that covers you up to an altitude of 5000m and that specifically covers you for helicopter evacuation. The profile of the trek means that it is not easy to descend quickly by foot and helicopter evacuation is sometimes essential.

WILL I NEED ANY VACCINATIONS FOR THIS TREK?

Any visitor to Nepal should have all their vaccinations checked as the list of what is recommended is lengthy and includes hepatitis A and B. You must check your vaccination record with your doctor

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE ON THE TREK?

Our  trek is based in lodges, which are often called tea houses. We have tried camping treks but find that staying in lodges is a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.  The standard of accommodation and the facilities available vary a lot but generally decrease as you go higher up the mountain.

WHAT WILL THE FOOD BE LIKE ON THE TREK?

Before the food in the lodges were relatively limited and the "Lodge" fixed menu was a good option. Since then, as the lodges have improved in quality so have the choice of foods with most lodges now offering an extensive menu. In order to allow clients to choose exactly what they wanted we now operate all our treks on a lodge only basis. You will need to budget for between $25-30 each day for all meals. 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Our crew are some of the very best paid in Nepal and tips are not a substitute for wages. Tipping is though part of the culture in Nepal and we recommend  $15 per day per guide and $8  per day per porter. These amounts are for the group as a whole and not per person.