Gosainkunda-Laurebina La Pass

Gosainkunda is an alpine fresh water lake, located at an altitude of 4,380 m, cradled amidst craggy peaks. There are 108 lakes in this area, small to medium in size. Together with associated lakes, the Godainkunda Lake complex is 10.30 sq. km. in size and has been designated a Ramsar site in September 2007. Gosainkunda is believed to have formed from the digging of the land by the Trishul (holy Trident) of Lord Shiva. Thousands of people trek to this glacial lake every August, on the occasion of Janai Purnima, to pay homage to Lord Shiva.

This trek starts either from Dhunche or Syabrubeshi, both from the Langtang side or alternatively from Sundarijal, which lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu; Langtang being the popular side. The trek passes through varied landscapes ranging from evergreen forest, cascading waterfalls and turbulent streams to alpine grass and barren mountainsides.

Trek Profile:

Grade : Moderate
Average walking per day : 6 hrs
Maximum altitude : 4,610 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Dhunche
Ending Point : Sundarijal

Standard Itinerary:


Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.

After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hrs to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 3

Drive to Dhunche (1,950 m)

After early breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche which takes between 6-7 hrs on a narrow and rough road through scenic foothills and ridge-line vistas. After driving along the mighty Trishuli River, you will get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal. Although some parts of the road may be bumpy and under construction, terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. On the way, we enter the Langtang National Park, where the trekking permits are checked. Overnight at lodge, Dhunche

Day 4

Trek to Singompa (3,270 m)

After breakfast, start walking towards Singompa. After walking for 1 hr, the trail follows a steep climb through rhododendron and pine forest. A long way up (approximately 4.30 hrs) through beautiful forest leads to Singompa, a settlement surrounded by mixed green forest. Also known as Chandanbari, Singompa provides panoramic views, exhilarating nature and a yak cheese factory. The cheese produced here is considered the best in Nepal. Overnight at lodge, Singompa

Day 5

Trek to Laurebinayak (3,910 m)

After breakfast, walking on a relatively flat trail through the mixed green forest for 2 hrs you arrive to Cholangpati, a place from where one can enjoy the great panorama of the Langtang Valley and the green valley on the south along with the view of Langtang Lirung and Langtang II. From here, it is a 1 hr steep climb to Laurebinayak. By the time you arrive to Laurebinayak, the tree line completely disappears, leaving you on grassy and rough landscape. Laurebinayak is an excellent viewpoint, considering the views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang range mountains from one point. Overnight at lodge, Laurebinayak

Day 6

Trek to Gosainkunda (4,380 m)

After breakfast, following a steep climb up to a Shakyamuni Temple and climbing further, you will have a nice view of Sharaswatikunda and Bhairabkunda. Then, it is a gentle climb to Gosainkunda. Gosainkunda is a holy lake for the Hindu people, especially for the followers of Lord Shiva. In this area, altogether there are 108 holy lakes, Gosainkunda being the biggest and the most important one. There are a few nice lodges and a temple of Lord Shiva on the side of the big lake. Overnight at lodge, Gosainkunda

Day 7

Rest day for exploration

After breakfast, spend the day walking around the big lake, exploring other lakes around, and enjoying the great view of Chhyarkung Chuli, Surya Peak and other surrounding mountains. Overnight at lodge, Gosainkunda

Day 8

Trek to Ghopte (3,440 m) via Laurebina La Pass (4,610 m)

After breakfast, follow the trail that leads to the northern side of Gosainkunda Lake, crossing a moraine, passing three smaller lakes; you will reach Laurebina La (4,610 m). The trail descends to a National Park Post at Bheda Goth (4,240 m) and to Phedi (3,740 m). From Phedi, the route drops and climbs through the scrub bamboo to Dhupichaur (3,630 m) and descends finally to Ghopte. Overnight at lodge, Ghopte

Day 9

Trek to Tharepati (3,640 m)

After breakfast, descending from Ghopte, the trail makes several ups and downs across moraines, and then makes a final ascent to Tharepati, observing the fine scenery along the path. Overnight at lodge, Tharepati

Day 10

Trek to Gul Bhanjyang (2,140 m)

After breakfast, walk onwards passing through forests to Mangengoth and Panghu. The trail descends through fir and rhododendron forest observing the view of beautiful and glittering peaks on its way to Kutumsang (2,450 m). Finally, the trail descends to the delightful hill village of Gul Bhanjyang. Overnight at lodge, Gul Bhanjyang

Day 11

Trek to Chisapani (2,134 m)

After breakfast, continue the trek along the forested ridge climbing to Thodang Betini (2,260 m) and to Chipling (2,170 m). Making a very steep descent, the trail heads to Pati Bhanjyang (1,860 m), a Brahman and Chhetri Village. Then the trail heads to Chisopani, where you can see the mountain views and the sunrise on the Himalaya. Overnight at lodge, Chisapani

Day 12

Trek to Sundarijal (1,410 m) & drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, walk through the forest of oak and rhododendron to Borlang Bhanjyang (2,440 m). After a while, you will get to the Army Check Post, where your Shivapuri Entrance Permit is checked, then to Mul Kharka (1,800 m) from where you will have a spectacular view of Kathmandu Valley. Descending through the forest, you will reach to Sundarijal, where there is a large water project, supplying water to various part of the valley. From Sundarijal, it’s an hour drive to the center of Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 13

Departure

After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.