Gosaikunda Short Trek | Map | Itinerary | Cost | Season

5 Days
4 - Excellent
( Based on 6 travel reviews )

The Gosaikunda Short Trek is a delightful journey through the unspoiled landscapes of the Langtang region in Nepal. This trek of around 5-7 days, takes adventurers on an unforgettable exploration of nature’s wonders and cultural richness. The trek is renowned for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. It leads adventurers to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake, a gem that holds deep religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists.

The trek introduces you to the enchanting mountain landscapes and interaction with local traditions. As we move forward through dense forests, peaceful villages, and alpine meadows, trekkers are treated to a symphony of experiences that represents spirituality, adventure, and the wonders of the Himalayas. The Gosaikunda Trek stands as a remarkable expedition that encapsulates the essence of Nepal’s natural beauty, spiritual significance, and cultural diversity. Leading trekkers to the sacred shores of Gosaikunda Lake, this journey weaves together the grandeur of the Himalayas with the vibrant tapestry of local traditions. The trek’s path, marked by dense forests, serene villages, and alpine meadows, offers a profound connection to the landscape and its people.

So if you want to get enrolled in a trekking experience that offers every aspect of natural beauty with a hint of typical Nepali traditions, Gosaikunda Short Trek is the one for you. Let’s make this trip possible via Himalayan 360.

Permits required for Gosaikunda Short Trek

There are mainly two permits required for the Gosaikunda Trek. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card and Langtang National Park Entry Permit.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card

TIMS is a paper card that carries all the information about the trekkers. It is a very important document you need before going on a trek. However, you may not require TIMS card in cases like:

  • If you are a guest under the invitation of the Government of Nepal
  • If you are an expedition member and have a permit to climb a mountain
  • If you have restricted area permits from the Department of Immigration
  • If you are an authority on a diplomatic mission
  • If you have a residential visa in Nepal
  • If you are a visitor on a mission under the Government departments

Likewise, from October 2018, TIMS has also become invalid for Gosainkunda trek. You now need to get a Local Area Permit to trek in this region.

Langtang National Park Permit

Gosaikunda lies in the Langtang National Park region of Nepal. So in order to trek to Gosaikunda, you need to obtain Langtang National Park Permit. You can get these permits at the Nepal Tourism Board office, Kathmandu or at Dhunche. For foreign nationals, this entry permit costs $30 whereas for SAARC citizens it costs $15. If you are trekking with children under the age of 10, you will not need to pay for their entry permit. Both of these costs do not include 13% VAT (Value Added Tax).

What Happens If I Don’t Have a Permit?

Permit is required for trekking in any part of Nepal. It is illegal to trek without a permit so you must get a permit for your trek as soon as possible. You can buy a permit in Kathmandu as well as the starting point of the trek i.e. Dhunche. If you don’t you may even have to pay a fine and get a permit on the spot.

Best season to trek Gosaikunda

The ideal season for trekking in Nepal has always been Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). At this time, the weather is clear and the temperature is ideal. The view from the top is also not disturbed by any fog or rain.
If you are planning to trek Gosaikunda, make sure to trek in these seasons for the best experience.

Trip info


The Gosaikunda Short Trek is a captivating Himalayan adventure that takes trekkers through the stunning landscapes of Nepal’s Langtang region. This trek is renowned for its mix of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and spiritual significance. At the heart of the journey lies Gosaikunda Lake, a holy site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The trek’s path winds through lush forests, quaint villages, and alpine meadows, providing a blend of diverse experiences. It is easily accessible from the capital city and offers a relatively shorter trek compared to some other popular routes. The trek’s duration can vary based on your starting point and the specific itinerary you choose. Generally, it takes about 6-7 days to complete the trek, but it can be extended or shortened depending on your preferences and the trails you take.


  • The trek is named after the holy Gosaikunda Lake, which is one of the major attractions. It's a high-altitude lake believed to have religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, including the Langtang Lirung range.
  • Along the trail, you'll pass through traditional villages inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa communities, providing a glimpse into their culture and way of life.
  • It is relatively short and easy trek located near Kathmandu Valley.
  • Gosaikunda lies in Langtang National Park region so it is home to many endangered species like red panda, snow leopard and many more.


Day 1:
Drive to Dhunche

Travel hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude: 2,030m
We will start our journey early in the morning by taking a bus from Machha Pokhari (Kathmandu) to Dhunche. Dhunche is the starting point of Gosaikunda trek. On the way, we will be able to experience the natural beauty of Nepal through green hills, flowing rivers and rugged roads. It will take us around 5-6 hours to reach to Dhunche. Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 2:
Trek to Chandanwari/Singgumpa

Trek hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude 3200m
We will start our trek after the breakfast in Dhunche. Then we will ascent towards Chandanwari. After hiking roughly for 2 hours, we will reach Deurali (2,500m), a small village on the way to Chandanbari with a few tea houses. Through beautiful trails we will reach to Dhimsa (2,900m) after 3 hours of hiking. From there, the climb is slightly difficult as the trail goes uphill. We have to hike steep uphill sections to reach Chandanwari(3200m), a settlement located at the lap of a pine forest.

A Yak cheese factory and a monastery are the major attractions of Chandanwari. We will try the delicious Yak cheese and visit Sing Gompa. Overnight at Chandanwari.

Day 3:
Trek to Gosaikunda

Trek Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude: 4361m
After having breakfast, we will start our hike towards Gosaikunda (4361m). The hike will comparatively be difficult than the previous day. The trail gradually ascends up from the beginning. We will be hiking via rugged and narrow trail all the way to Gosaikunda through barren hills and cold breeze.
After hiking for nearly 1 and a half hour, we will get to Cholangpaty (3500m). Another 2 hours of the walk will take us to Lauribinayak (3900m). From Lauri Binayak, a panoramic view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Masalu and Langtang Ri can be enjoyed. Then, after hiking up for roughly 2 hours, we will reach a temple called Sakyamuni, which carries both Hindus and Buddhists values. After hiking for half an hour we will see the first lake, Saraswati Kunda, then Bhairav Kunda and the Mighty Lake Gosaikunda. We will visit other nearby lakes and spend the night in a tea house.

Day 4:
Trek back to Dhunche

Trek hours: 7-8 hours
Altitude: 2,030m
We will have our breakfast early in the morning and explore Gosaikunda then retrace our steps downhill to Dhunche via Lauribinayak, Dhimsa and Deurali. It is also the last trekking day so enjoy every bit of the trek. Enjoying the alluring views of mountains, pine forest and the flavourful cheese of Chandanwari, we will be hiking downhills. Since we will be descending, hiking will be a bit easier and fun. We will also spot different protected birds in the trail like Wood Snipe, Snow Partridge, Tibetan Snow Cock, etcetera.
After hiking for around 7 hours we will reach Dhunche.

Day 5:
Return to Kathmandu

Travel hour: 5-6 hours
Altitude: 1400m
Today is the last day of our trip. After a wonderful sleep in one of the tea houses in Dhunche, we will have our breakfast. Following our breakfast, we will catch a bus to Kathmandu and travel via a scenic route enjoying the beauty of immense Trishuli river, meadows and picturesque settlements. After driving around 6-7 hours, we will reach Kathmandu. Our trip ends here.


Cost Includes

  • TRANSPORTATION : Kathmandu - dhunche - Kathmandu by Local route bus.
  • PERMITS : Local Area Permit and Langtang National Park Permit
  • STAFF INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • MAP : Trekking map.
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
  • PORTER : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • GUIDE: One english speaking gov. license holder experience Guide
  • STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter's daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing

Cost Excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • FOOD : All kind of food during trip
  • All accommodation During trip
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  • RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included.
  • EXTRA PORTER : $25 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
  • TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.


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Is Gosaikunda trek difficult?

Gosaikunda is a moderate-level trek that does not require much training and can be easily done.

How to reach Gosaikunda?

You can reach Gosaikunda by driving from Kathmandu to Dhunche- Chandanwari- Gosaikunda after days of trekking and walking.

Where is the start point of Gosaikunda trek?

Dhunche is the starting point of Gosaikunda trek which can be reached by taking a bus from Kathmandu in about 6 hours.

What is Gosaikunda famous for?

Gosaikunda is famous for its purest holy lake which is related to the myth of the Hindu Lord, Shiva. Throughout the year, many visitors visit Gosaikunda for holy purposes.

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  1. Scenic Beauty
    (4 weeks ago)
    The trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Langtang region. From lush rhododendron forests to alpine meadows, the scenery is ever-changing and always breathtaking. The highlight, of course, was reaching Gosaikunda Lake itself – a pristine, high-altitude lake surrounded by towering peaks. The view of the turquoise lake against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains is something I'll cherish forever.
    Jiang Ge
    Date of Experience: August, 2023
  2. Experience of a lifetime
    (4 weeks ago)
    I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on the Gosaikunda Short Trek in Nepal, and I can wholeheartedly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. This trek offered a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of adventure that left me in awe every step of the way.
    Amrit Nepal
    Date of Experience: August, 2023
  3. Scenic Beauty
    (3 months ago)
    The trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Langtang region. From lush rhododendron forests to alpine meadows, the scenery is ever-changing and always breathtaking. The highlight, of course, was reaching Gosaikunda Lake itself – a pristine, high-altitude lake surrounded by towering peaks. The view of the turquoise lake against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains is something I'll cherish forever.
    Date of Experience: July, 2023
  4. Logistics and Accommodation
    (3 months ago)
    The logistics of the trek, including transportation, accommodations, and meals, were meticulously organized. The teahouses along the route were clean and comfortable, and the food provided was not only delicious but also a taste of authentic Nepali cuisine.
    Date of Experience: July, 2023
  5. Cultural Experience
    (3 months ago)
    One of the aspects that made this trek truly memorable was the chance to interact with the locals along the way. The teahouse stays in charming villages like Thulo Syabru and Sing Gompa provided insights into the rich culture and traditions of the Tamang and Sherpa communities. The warm hospitality and genuine smiles of the people we met made the experience even more special.
    Date of Experience: June, 2023
  6. Local Guide and Support
    (5 months ago)
    Our local guide was not just knowledgeable about the trekking routes and safety but also deeply connected to the local culture. They shared fascinating stories and insights throughout the journey, making it much more than a physical adventure. Our porter was a true superhero, carrying our backpacks and ensuring we had everything we needed.
    Date of Experience: May, 2023

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