Gosaikunda trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu and remains remarkably beautiful. The people are all Tamang, which is the ethnic group prevailing in this area. Explore their culture and way of living is a major part of the trek.Langtang National Park is crossed with hiking and trekking paths and mountaineering trails allowing visitor’s great accessibility. You will often see musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan black beer, now leopard, wild goat, Goral and more than 250 species of birds.The trek offers spectacular views of Naya Kanga (5,846m), Ponggen Dopku (5,930m), Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) Dorje Lakpa(6966m).
We will travel through Chandan Bari or Sing Gompa to a high plateau, where the sacred lake Gosaikunda is located. Gosaikund Lake has a black rock in the middle, said to be the head of Shiva. According to the legend , Shiva created this high altitude lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident (trisul) to obtain water to quench his thirst after consuming poison gathered from the churning of the oceans (the poison is the reason why Shiva is depicted with a blue throat).
There is a white rock under the water which is said to be the remnant of an ancient Shiva shrine. It is also said that the water from this lake disappears underground via a subterranean channel and makes surface again in Kumbeshwar pool, next to the five-story Shiva temple in Patan , more than 60km away. Thousands of people come here to worship and bathe during the full moon festival each august. Crossing the Laurebena Pass (4610m), we will continue south, leaving the Langtang region behind us as we travel through the Helambu valley. From here, it’s just a few days trek back to Kathmandu.
Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple) with your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
As soon as having a breakfast in the hotel, we will have a jeep drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche Bazzar. Drive ascends Dhunche check point. Your guide will arrange all entrance permits and their fees and you drive to Dhunche Bazzar. Dhunche Bzzar is located above 2800 meter above sea level offering several local shops, tea houses and tourist standard hotels. Dhunche is the starting point of our trek. It is a beautiful village and has nice views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh himal and Dhorje Lakpa and Langtang valley.
The views of mountain will be wider day by day. We will see Langtang range, Ganesh himal, Buddhist Monastery, once we reach at Sing Gompa. We walk through forest of oak, hemlock and firs. We also will visit local cheese factory there.
Trek through the forest until reaching Cholang Pati. The trail from here over Lauri Binayak until Gosaikunda is normally not easy to ascend. From the top of the Lauribinayak hill to Gosaikunda there are very good trails as it is wider and the vegetation changes going from greeny to desertic vegetation.
The trail leads to the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake, crosses a moraine and passing three more small lakes we will reach Laurebina La (4610m). The trail descends to a National Park Post at Bhera Goth (4240m) and to Phedi (3740m). From Phedi the route drops and climbs through scrub bamboo to Dupichaur (3630m) and descends finally to Ghopte.
From Ghopte the trail makes several ups and downs across moraines, then makes a final ascent to Tharepati observing the fine scenery along the path. Afternoon, hike to the view point to explore the whole Helambu village as well as the famous boarder Himalayas including sisapangma (Above 8000 m)
From Tharepati the trail goes through forests, to Magen Goth (3420m) and to Panghu. The trail descends through rhododendron forest, views of beautiful and glittering peaks on its way to Khutumsang are to be enjoyed (2450m). Finally the trail descends to the delightful hill village of Gul Bhanjyang.
The trail continues along the forested ridge climbing to Thodang Betini (2260m) and to Chipling (2170m). Making a very steep descent, the trail heads to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m), a Brahman and Chhetri village. Then the trail proceeds to Chisapani where you can see the mountain views and the sunrise over the Himalayas.
We drive back to Kathmandu From Chisapani. The route goes forward through the forest of oak and rhododendron and brings you to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m). After a while we will get to the Army check post where your Shivapuri entrance permit is checked, then to Mulkharka (1800m) from where you will have a spectacular view of Kathmandu valley. Descending through the forest you will reach to Sundarijal.Then get back to Kathamndu. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (3 nights in star level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
05. Langtang National Park Conservation entry permit fees and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
06. Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
07. Experienced English speaking guide / leader, necessary experience local helpers
08. All program according to itineraries on full board
09. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekking Equipments.
08. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
10. Warm hat
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.
Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.
1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.
1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.
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