Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park located at an altitude of 4380m in the Rasuwa District.

The lake melts and sips down the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months in winter (October to June). There are 108 lakes in the area, small to medium in size. The Gosaikunda area is also a religious site. The holy water holds particular significance during the Janai Purnima. During this time thousands of Pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area.There is a belief that the creation of Gosaikunda comes from 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.

This Gosaikunda Trek of 7 days 6 nights is famous for its scenic and breathtaking beauty. It is a popular trekking destination for both domestic as well as foreign tourists. It is one of the best short treks in Nepal and is ideal for those who are short on time. There are various routes to reach Gosaikunda. One starts from Dhunche village, Rasuwa and the other from Sundarijal in the Kathmandu valley.

One of the reasons behind the importance of Gosaikunda Trek among locals is the holy and pilgrimage lake of Gosaikunda. However, the trek is equally popular among foreign tourists. As it provides an opportunity to explore the unspoiled and underdeveloped section of Nepal.

The Gosaikunda trek is not too far from the capital of Kathmandu. Thus, its proximity with the Capital city is also another reason why this place has been a trekking destination for many foreigners.

Besides the Holy Lake of Gosaikunda, here you can also witness spectacular snow-capped mountains most of which are the Langtang Mountain range.

Main season of Gosainkunda trekking is starting from March to May and September to December.


Destination: Nepal

Trekking destination: Gosainkunda, dhunche

Activities: Trekking, sight seeing

Trekking duration: 7 Days

Maximum altitude: 4381m (at Gosainkund  pass)

Minimum altitude: 1450m (at Kathmandu)

Walking hour: 6-7 hours each day

Transportation: local bus/private jeep

Season: September to December and February to June

Food: healthy and nutritious meals provided on the trails with Seasonal fruit

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek

Day-1 : Kathmandu 1300m (arrival and transfer to hotel)(b)

Day 2:  Drive to Dhunche by Jeep/ Land cruiser (1950 m)-lodge(b/l/d)

Day 3:  Trek to Chandanwari(3580m)

Day 4:  Trek to Gosainkund(4381m)-overnight at lodge(b/l/d)

Day 5: Trek back to dhunche(1950m)

Day 6: Return to Kathmandu(1300m)

Day 7: Drive back to airport

Day-1 : Kathmandu 1300m (arrival and transfer to hotel)

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu you will be greeted by a representative from Top of the World Adventure office who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Top of the World Adventure’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Top of the World Adventure. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to Nepalese food culture.

Day-2 : Drive to Dhunche by Jeep/ Land cruiser (1950 m)-lodge(b/l/d)

The day starts early in the morning. After you have your breakfast you will move to a bus station to start your journey towards Dhunche. Top of the World Adventure office’s private jeep/land cruiser will take you through beautiful villages and you will see snow-capped mountains along the Langtang Himal. This will give you the feels of a pleasant trekking experience ahead. After 6 to 7 hours drive you will reach Dhunche. Dhunche is the starting point of your actual trek to Gosaikunda.

Dhunche is the headquarter of the Rasuwa district. Make sure you have the necessary documents since there are many checkpoints along the way. You need to show your permits.You will spend the night in Dhunche.

Day 3: Trek to Chandanwari(3580m)

After breakfast, you will leave Dhunche and trek to Deurali. There are good choices of restaurants and cafes so you can take a little rest in one of them. Later, you will start your trek to Chandanwari with our Top of the World Adventure guide.  In Chandanwari, there is a famous monastery called Singompa. You can visit and offer respect at the monastery.

This place also provides a glimpse into the local culture of Rasuwa district. The area is also famous for its cheese factory. You can visit the factory if you reach early in Chandanwari. One thing you don’t have to worry about is spending the night at Chandanwari because there are a lot of good tea houses and lodges here.

Day 4:  Trek to Gosainkund(4381m)-overnight at lodge(b/l/d)

After an amazing night in Chandanwari, your trek starts with an ascend till you reach Cholangiopathy. Further, you will trek onwards to Lauribine. This is the most difficult part of the trek. But keeping the beautiful destination in mind, you will continue your trek till you reach Gosaikunda. Here, once you reach, you can explore the area and try to see all the 108 lakes. You can also either choose to relax and embrace the beauty and magnificence of the Gosaikunda lake. If you want, you can take a dip in the Gosaikunda lake because people believe it is a holy lake and dipping in the water washes off their sins.

The mighty mountains surround the lake from all sides. From here you can also witness the best sunrises and sunsets. Some of the famous lakes around Gosaikunda lake are Bhairav Kunda, Nagkunda, and Suryakunda etc.

Overnight at Gosaikunda.

Day 5: Trek back to dhunche(1950m)

Today after breakfast you will trek back from the way you came. You will stop for lunch at Singompa. Here you can enjoy the view of the Pine and the Rhododendron forests. You will also see the view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Manaslu range, Hiunchuli, and Tibetan peak.From Singompa, the trail directly drops you downhill to Dhunche via small village of Ramche and other villages along the route.

For some, the descent is more difficult. Thus, having a trekking pole can be of great help to keep up with the balance.

Overnight at Dunche.

Day 6: Return to Kathmandu(1300m)

After a night at Dhunche, you will drive to Kathmandu by our Top of the World Adventure office’s private jeep/ cruiser. Once in Kathmandu, the remaining day is at your disposal. You can choose to relax or explore the beautiful city.

We hike below Ghopte on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas.

Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay in our lodge

Day 7: Drive back to airport

After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Top of the World Adventure will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in Nepal and this beautiful region of Langtang will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Sayonara friends! Till we meet again.!