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    Gosaikunda-Helambu Trek

    Gosaikunda trekking in Nepal also spelled Gosainkunda. Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park which is a famous trekking in Nepal. It is located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres). Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size and has been designated a Ramsar site on 29 September 2007.

    Itinerary for Gosainkunda Helambu Trekking in Nepal

    Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival.
    Day 2: Drive to Dhunche (2030m).
    Day 3: Trek to Chandanbari (Shin Gompa) (3250m).
    Day 4: Trek to Laurebina (3900m).
    Day 5: Trek to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m).
    Day 6: Trek to Phedi (3630m).
    Day 7: Trek to Tharepati (3510m).
    Day 8: Trek to Melamchigaon (2530m).
    Day 9: Trek to Gangjawal (Ghang Yul) (2770m).

    Day 10: Trek to Kakani (1996m).

    Day 11: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar (870m).

    Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu.
    Day 13: Departure.

    View of Gosaikunda Lake, believed as a holy lake during trekking in nepal

    Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Route

    Gosaikunda Helumbu Trek starts from an agriculture center at Rasuwa District. It takes around 5-6 hours from Chandanbari to reach Laurebina through the dense forest. You can see panoramic views of mountains which is incredible. Some mountains are Sicapangma, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and much more including sunset and sunrise view of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

    Trekkers pass through different forests and villages on this trekking. There is the oldest Cheese Factory on the way to Gosaikunda. The highest pass in this trekking is Lauribinayak Pass situated at an altitude of 4,610 m. Gosaikunda trek is a classic and peaceful trek with a winding path.

    Gosaikunda Helumbu Trek in 5 days

    Gosaikunda Helumba trek can be completed in 5 days. From Kathmandu,

    Day 1: Drive to Dhunche.

    Day 2: Trek to Chandanbari (Shin Gompa).

    Day 3: Trek to Gosaikunda.

    Day 4: Trek back to Chandanbari (Shin Gompa).

    Day 5: Trek back to Dunche. Drive to Kathmandu.

    Gosaikunda Helumbu Trek Distance

    Normally, distance is not measured in km/miles in any region for trekking in Nepal. We measure distance as per walking hours. On average, 5-6 hours is the normal walking distance for trekking. Distance does not include trekker’s tea/coffee break, lunch break and any kind of rest during trekking.

    Gosainkunda Helumbu trekking in Nepal according to Months

    January

    Gosainkunda Helumbu Trekking in Nepal in January is very quiet with clear weather. January is regarded as a cold month; usually, snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature.

    Gosainkunda Helumbu Trekking is one of the seasons for trekking in Nepal. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in January is more than 75%. It rains below 3000m and Snowfalls above 3000m in this season trekking for Gosainkunda Helumbu.

    February

    Gosainkunda Helumbu Trekking in Nepal in February is very quiet with clear weather. February is also regarded as a cold month; usually, snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature.

    Gosainkunda Helumbu Trekking is also the season for trekking in Nepal. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in February is more than 80%. It rains below 3000m and Snowfalls above 3000m in this season trekking for Gosainkunda Helumbu.

    March

    March is the starting month of the warmth days leaving cold days behind and is considered as the best season for mountain climbing as well as trekking in Nepal.

    Gosainkunda Helumbu Trekking in Nepal in March is completely raining free warm days and cool nights with more than 90% chances of clear views of mountains and open sky. Sometimes there might be rainfall and hail fall which makes the weather cold during trekking in March.

    The famous festival of colors called ‘Holi Festival’ is celebrated in this month. March, April, and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    April

    April is the month of summer season considered as the best season for mountain climbing and trekking in Nepal. The weather is excellent during trekking in April with more than 90% chances of getting clear views of mountains and open sky. Climbing to higher elevation might get an experience of summer snowfall and hail fall during trekking in Nepal in April. Nepali New Year is celebrated in the mid of this month. March, April, and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    May

    During trekking in May, it is warm at lower elevations and a quite moderate temperature at the higher elevation which provides more than 90% chances of spectacular and excellent mountains view.

    Gosainkunda Helumbu Trekking is warm on this month but it might be very windy on the higher elevation with thunderstorm and lighting during trekking in Nepal in May. March, April, and May are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    June

    June is the starting month of monsoon which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with nature while trekking in June. This is the best month for the farmers to cultivate which travelers also can enjoy.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in June will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon, the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which beliefs to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    July

    July is the month of monsoon which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with nature while trekking in July. This is also the best month for the farmers to cultivate which travelers also can enjoy.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in July will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon, the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which beliefs to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    August

    August is the month of monsoon and small festivals which takes ‘trekking in Nepal’ at different environment. Travelers can enjoy and interact with nature & culture while trekking in August. This is the month with small festivals to enjoy after hard works on cultivation.

    The environment of trekking in Nepal in July will be full of greenery below 3000m altitude. In monsoon, the chances of clear Mountain View is around 50% only. Leeches, which beliefs to purify the blood, is expected up to 3000m elevation and starts decreasing above 3000m.

    September

    September is the end of monsoon season continuing with small festivals. It may take up to the second week to end the rainy season but touristic season also begins from this month. The chance of clear sky with the good view of the mountain is around 75% during trekking in September.

    This is a starting of the peak season for trekking in Nepal. September, October, November, and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    October

    October season is considered as the best trekking season as well as very peak tourist season in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in October offers excellent weather and more than 90% chances of open sky and clear Mountain View with moderate temperature which makes the trekking in October wonderful. ‘Dashain’ which is the biggest festival of Nepalese people and ‘Tihar’ the festival of lights is celebrated in this month. September, October, November, and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    November

    November season is considered as the best trekking season in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in November offers excellent weather and more than 90% chances of open sky and clear Mountain View with moderate temperature which makes the trekking in November wonderful. September, October, November, and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    December

    December is regarded as a cold month; usually, snowfalls are in the higher elevations with high wind and colder temperature. But it is also the best season for mountain climbing and trekking in Nepal in December. The chance of clear Mountain View and open sky during trekking in December is more than 80%. September, October, November, and December are considered as a peak tourist season here in Nepal and travelers are suggested to book as early as possible.

    Trekking Without a guide

    Trekking in Nepal without a guide is possible but there are some restricted areas which are not possible to trek without a guide. The government has banned certain area for trekking in Nepal without a guide. People from different countries have been trekking without a guide in many unrestricted areas from the beginning. Travelers are suggested to take a guide for their safety, avoid language problem and for navigation.

    Trekking route

    Trekking in Nepal is easy as well as difficult depending on the route, age, and fitness level of the trekkers. According to your age and fitness level, you can choose the itinerary and/or customize it.

    There are various routes available for trekking in Nepal in different parts of the country. Some routes have local tea-houses and on some route, you need to take tents and kitchen types of equipment. In popular routes, you will find many tea houses with good facilities but less popular routes can provide tea houses with only basic needs. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley etc are famous trekking routes. Though there are many tea houses in these famous routes you may need to adjust in the dining hall in peak tourist season.

    The prices of food & accommodation vary as per their location & mode of transportation available in that region. Almost all trekking routes are fine for every season but months are divided as peak season & off-season as per vacation in different countries in the world. There isn’t any month in which trekkers cannot trek in Nepal so you can choose as per your convenient. If you love to travel with many other nature lovers and health conscious the Autumn & Spring (peak season) will be best for you and if you love greenery Monsoon is better otherwise rest of the months will be favorable to you.

    Trekking Cost

    Trekking Cost depends upon different conditions, (i) region (ii) number of trekking days (iii) category (iv) Trekking location (v) mode of transportation available. The cost is different according to the region, like Everest is expensive because it is popular as well as cargo is needed to be carried by flight and Upper Mustang is expensive because it is restricted by the Nepal Government and special permission needed, where Dhaulagiri is expensive because it is in the very remote area. Days spending for trekking in Nepal also lead to raise or decrease cost. The prices of food & accommodation vary as per their location & mode of transportation available in that region. The cost also differs in categories such as tea-houses or camping trekking because we need to carry almost everything in camping trek. Trekking below 3000 m elevation is cheaper compared to higher elevation trekking in Nepal.

    Trekking in Nepal advice

    There are many people who come to Nepal to add an adventure and gain full exciting moments in their lives. It is better not to judge yourself and have ‘Yes I Can’ attitude for any trekking in Nepal. You need to motivate yourself to complete any kind of trekking in any season. Whatever the motivation is, it will help you to enjoy your time during trekking. There is no competition if you are trekking in Nepal; just feel that you love nature, your own health and want to spend time in the company of people with the beautiful smile.

    Dehydration is the only problem faced by the normal trekkers so drink water regularly and keep moving as per normal itinerary which helps your body to adjust the altitude. But if you have any problem of the medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, neurological disorders, asthma, pregnancy, epilepsy, artificial limbs, previous dislocation, recent strains, recent breaks or recent surgery requiring stitches then you have to consult with the doctor before trekking in Nepal.

    Best time of years

    The best time for trekking in Nepal begins and lasts throughout the year. In autumn and spring season, you can see an open sky with the clear view of mountains. In monsoon season, the way is full of greenery. In the winter season, you can see incredible scenery. Therefore, you can choose any season for trekking in Nepal as per your convenient. If you love to travel with many other nature lovers and health conscious the Autumn & Spring (peak season) will be best for you and if you love greenery, Monsoon is better. So, you can choose the season as per your interest.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1:

    Kathmandu Arrival.

    Day 2:

    Drive to Dhunche (2030m).

    Day 3:

    Trek to Chandanbari (Shin Gompa) (3250m).

    Day 4:

    Trek to Laurebina (3900m).

    Day 5:

    Trek to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m).

    Day 6:

    Trek to Phedi (3630m).

    Day 7:

    Trek to Tharepati (3510m).

    Day 8:

    Trek to Melamchigaon (2530m).

    Day 9:

    Trek to Gangjawal (Ghang Yul) (2770m).

    Day 10:

    Trek to Kakani (1996m).

    Day 11:

    Trek to Melamchi Bazaar (870m).

    Day 12:

    Drive to Kathmandu.

    Day 13:

    Departure.

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    Day 1: Arrival

    Our representative will meet you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu and then transfer you to your hotel. You will be briefed about trekking and each day program. Permits & TIMS will be handover to you either the same day of arrival or next day.

    Day 2: Drive to Dunche (2030m)

    We drive to Dunche which is an agriculture center located at Rasuwa District. On the way, we are able to see Kerung Himal and Lantang Himal.

    Day 3: Trek to Chandanbari (Shin Gompa) (3250m)

    We pass through the forest and villages to reach Chandanbari or Shin Gompa which is a Tamang community. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach our destination which hosts one of the oldest Yak cheese factories of Nepal. We can taste some locally made cheese during the season.

    Day 4: Trek to Laurebina (3900m)

    Today’s trek is little difficult as we have to walk full uphill path to our way to Laurebina. It takes around 5-6 hours from Chandanbari to reach Laurebina through the dense forest. We can see panorama views of mountains which is incredible. Some mountains are Sicapangma, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and many more. We can also be able to view sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal.

    Day 5: Trek to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m)

    The way from Laurebina to Goisakunda is on all rocky area. We have to walk along the rocky path to reach Gosaikunda, a purest holy lake. Gosaikunda is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (holy Trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison. It is also believe that God Shiva, who meditated for several years in the Himalayas of Tibet and Nepal, took a bath in this lake and acquired purity of soul. Therefore many Nepalese visit Gasaikunda and bathe in its waters in the hope that their sins and sorrows will fade away.

    Day 6: Trek to Phedi (3630m)

    We have to pass a Lauribinayak pass which is the highest point of our route situated at an altitude of 4610m to reach Phedi. It is a classic and peaceful trek with a winding path which descends to Phedi.

    Day 7: Trek to Tharepati (3510m)

    After crossing Ghopte (3430m), Mera Kharka we reach Tharepati crossing a small river and passing through the Bamboo Forest. The way to Tharepati is gentle uphill climb. It is also popular as a view point for peaks of Langtang region.

    Day 8: Trek to Melamchigaon (2530m)

    The path today is the downhill walk. The place we trek today is a religious place where the ‘Guru Rimpuche’ had meditated. The trek goes through the forest of Fir, Oak, Rhododendron. The trekking way today is steep and sometimes it could be slippery. There are no lodges or settlements until we reach the beautiful Melamchigaon which takes around 4 hours from Tharepati. Melamchigaon is the the most pleasant village of whole region.

    Day 9: Trek to Gangjawal (Ghang Yul) (2770m)

    We descend further down towards Melamchi River and start ascending uphill towards Gangjawal via small village called Nakotegaon (2000m) and then we reach another village called Tarkeghyang (2740m) on the top of hill where we can find oldest and biggest monasteries of whole region. After that we head toward Gangjawal, a Sherpa village with few lunch places for trekkers.

    Day 10: Trek to Kakani (1996m)

    Today we continue further from Ghyangyul which takes us to Sermathang village (2590m), a huge village including an old and beautiful Buddhist monastery and then start descending down towards Kakani village. Kakani is another small village situated on top of a hill with few lodges for trekkers.

    Day 11: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar (870m)

    From Kakani, we trek to the Melamchi Valley which is typically narrow, steep Himalayan River-Valley. The path is mostly downhill walk via paddy fields most of the time. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is a small town that has frequent buses to Kathmandu. This town is also popular for delicious local fishes from the river.

    Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

    Drive back to Kathmandu on this day. Evening is a free time.

    Day 13: Departure

    Today is the last day of our memorable trip. You are free until your airport reporting time and we take you to airport for outbound flight back to your destination.


    Checklist

    Clothing:

    Clothing for the travelers during ‘Tour in Nepal’ are suggested to check as per the season you are travelling and high altitude trekkers should bring / take as per during ‘Trekking in Nepal’ as well as ‘For above 3500 m altitude’.

    Winter Season (October – February)

    • Warm Hat / Cap, Sunglass
    • Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna
    • Warm gloves
    • Jacket
    • Long-sleeved clothes (Shirts, Sweaters)
    • Trousers
    • Woolen Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes

    Summer Season (March – September)

    • Hat / Cap, Sunglass
    • Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna
    • Light / Windproof Jacket
    • Half Shirts / T-Shirts
    • Trousers
    • Cotton Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes
    • Raincoat / Umbrella

    During Trekking in Nepal,

    • Trekking Stick,
    • Light T-shirt / Shirt,
    • Half / Quarter Pants,
    • Towel,
    • Slipper,
    • Water bottle,
    • Thermos,
    • Personal medication and First-Aid-Kit with Sun-screen Lotion, Cold-cream, Lip-protector,
    • Chocolates & Snacks along the way,
    • Small back-pack (self-carry) to carry instant stuffs,
    • Backpack – carry by porter(s),
    • Flashlight / head-light / torch-light with batteries,

     Also Required

    • Personal entertainment (Reading book / I-pod / portable MP3),
    • Digital Camera with batteries,
    • Multi-plug,
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Ear plugs
    • Locks for bags
    • Money belt
    • Insect repellent
    • Pocket knife
    • Toilet articles
    • Waterproof backpack cover

    For above 3500 m altitude,

    • Warm Hat / Cap,
    • Warm Scarf / Masks / Tissue / Bandanna,
    • Waterproof Hand-gloves,
    • Down Jacket,
    • Gore Tex Jacket,
    • Warm Sweaters,
    • Woolen Shirts,
    • Warm Muffler,
    • Gore Tex Trouser,
    • Warm Trousers,
    • Thermal Underwear,
    • Woolen Socks,
    • Comfortable shoes (light but full trekking boot-waterproof),
    • Light sleeping bag
    • Waterproof backpack cover.

    Documents needed while trekking in Nepal,

    • Flight info
    • Insurance info
    • Passport
    • required visas
    • vaccination certificates
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information
    • Passport size photos
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