Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

13 Days

The Gosainkunda trek is one of the most popular treks within the Langtang National Park region of Nepal. The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek presents a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Nepal’s natural and cultural treasures. This captivating trekking route seamlessly weaves together the rugged beauty of the Langtang Valley with the spiritual allure of the sacred Gosainkunda Lake.

The name of Gosainkunda is taken from a glacier lake which has a crucial role in Hindu pilgrimage. From exploring various landscapes, tall mountains, and lush forests to meeting kind-hearted people with great hospitality, this trek experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put your step into the refreshment world. This trek focuses on Langtang trekking routes i.e. Gosainkunda, Langtang Valley, and Kyanjing Valley.

The Langtang Gosainkunda trek overall gives you the experience of the elite beauty of nature while carrying the culture along. Out of many trekking routes, Gosainkunda is one of the sacred places to be in, providing the experience of a holy lake situated in a naturally challenging climate and conditions. So join us while we take you through the immense wonder of nature via Himalayan 360.

Permits required for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

A permit is a legal document or authorization that grants you the legal right to access, visit, or engage in a particular area, activity, or location. In the case of trekking in Nepal, permits are typically required for entering protected areas like national parks and conservation areas.
There are two permits that are required in order to participate in the Langtang Gosainkunda trek.

Langtang National Park Permit

Langtang National Park is one of the key areas you’ll be trekking through. To enter the park, you need a Langtang National Park Entry Permit, which can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance in Dhunche or Syabrubesi. The permit fee varies for foreigners, SAARC nationals, and Nepali citizens. The permit fees are as follows:

  • For Foreigners – NRP 3,000 including VAT (about USD 26)
  • SAARC nations – NPR 1500 including VAT (around USD 12)
  • For Nepalese residents – NPR 100 (about USD 1)

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card

Through the TIMS system, information is collected from trekkers to track their locations and provide emergency rescue services as needed. For those seeking a TIMS card for trekking in Nepal, the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu offers a convenient and efficient solution. Not only can individuals apply for a TIMS card at this location, but they can also apply for other area permits.

Best season to trek

The best seasons to trek the Langtang Gosainkunda Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months offer the most favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and stunning views, making them the preferred times for trekkers to embark on this journey. Here’s why:

Spring (March to May):

Spring is a popular time to trek in the Langtang region because the weather is mild and stable.
The trekking trails come alive with blooming flowers, lush greenery, and vibrant landscapes.
The skies are generally clear, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding peaks and natural beauty.
The temperatures start to warm up, especially in higher altitudes, making the trek more comfortable.

Autumn (September to November):

Autumn is another prime trekking season in Nepal, including the Langtang region.
The monsoon rains have cleared the skies, ensuring excellent visibility and spectacular mountain views.
The weather is generally dry and stable, which makes for comfortable trekking conditions.
The temperatures are moderate during the day, and the nights are cooler but not excessively cold.
The trails are well-defined, and the scenery is captivating with clear views of the snow-capped peaks.

Both seasons for trekking Gosainkunda are best. The decision depends upon the weather conditions and the type of environment you would like.

Short Outline Itinerary of Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

DateItineraryTrek DistanceWalking hr
Day 01Drive to Syabrubesi (1,503m)
Day 02Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m)11.3KM6hr
Day 03Trek to Langtang village (3,430m)14.8KM6hr
Day 04Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m)6.8KM4hr
Day 05Exploration Day at Kyanjin Gompa
Day 06Trek to Lama Hotel (2,470m)21KM7hr
Day 07Trek to Thulo Syabru (2,210m)13KM6hr
Day 08Trek to Cholangpati (3,654m)11.5KM6hr
Day 09Trek to Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m)11KM5hr
Day 10Trek to Ghopte (3,530m) via Laurebina Pass (4,610m)14KM8hr
Day 11Trek to Kutumsang (2,470m)15.6KM7hr
Day 12Trek from Kutumsang (2,470m) to Chisopani (2,295m)13.3KM6hr
Day 13Trek to Sundarijal (1380m) and drive to Kathmandu (1350m)10.5KM6hr
Short itinerary for Langtang and Gosaikunda Trek

Trip Info


The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek presents a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Nepal’s natural and cultural treasures. This captivating trekking route seamlessly weaves together the rugged beauty of the Langtang Valley with the spiritual allure of the sacred Gosainkunda lakes.

The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek can typically be completed in about 10 to 14 days, depending on your pace and the specific route you choose. The trek often starts from Syabrubesi, a village accessible by road from Kathmandu. From there, the trail takes you through the Langtang Valley and eventually up to the Gosainkunda Lakes. The trail winds through the Langtang Valley, passing through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages. The villages provide opportunities to interact with the local communities and learn about their culture and way of life.


  • Trekking through the Langtang Valley exposes you to a diverse range of landscapes, from lush forests to rugged terrains, providing an ever-changing backdrop of natural beauty.
  • The sacred alpine lakes of Gosainkunda are a central highlight of the trek. The shimmering blue lakes surrounded by snow-capped peaks create a peaceful and awe-inspiring sight.
  • The wildlife of Langtang region provides you a chance to get a sight of some of the rare animals in the world.
  • The Gosainkunda Lake holds spiritual significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. During the Janai Purnima festival in August, pilgrims flock to the lakes for religious rituals.
  • Along the trail, you'll find teahouses and lodges that offer basic accommodation and traditional Nepali meals, allowing you to experience the warmth of Nepali hospitality.


Day 1:
Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m) to Syabrubesi (1,503m)

Driving Hours: (122km / 75.8miles) 7- 9 hrs

After the breakfast, we start our journey on a local bus from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. On the way, you can see beautiful scenery of the villages,
green hills, snow-capped peaks and many rivers. The road is smooth up to Trishuli Bazaar. Then the rugged road starts from Dhunche and descends back down to Syabrubesi. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2:
Trek From Syabrubesi (1,503m) to Lama Hotel (2,470m)

Trek Distance: 11.3km
Highest Altitude: 2,470m
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

Here begins the first day of our trek. We cross the Bhote Koshi to Langtang River and then follow the Langtang River through the fertile jungle and terraced fields. Up ahead, we climb to Bamboo, and gradually ascend to Rimche, located at the bank of Langtang River. On the way, we can see many rural settlements, rich forests and also can spot many wildlife including Red Panda then continue to trek up to the Lama Hotel village.

Day 3:
Trek from Lama Hotel (2,470m) to Langtang village (3,430m)

Trek Distance: 14.8km
Highest Altitude: 3,430m
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

We continue our trek alongside the Langtang River while ascending through dense forests. On the way we can get the glimpse of tall snowy peaks too. Eventually, the narrow river valley widens out at Ghoda Tabela. There will be a stop at Ghoda Tabela army check post to register our papers. Then we cross the east side of the river as we get closer to the Langtang Valley. We continue past the prayer wheels driven by flowing water and prayer flags to scenic Langtang village, inhabited by Tamangs. Overnight.

Day 4:
Trek from Langtang village (3,430m) to Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m)

Trek Distance: 6.8km
Highest Altitude: 3,865m
Trek Duration: 3 hrs

We continue ascending as we pass through small abandoned villages and meadows. Our route crosses several tributaries and a glacial moraine. We, then, finally arrive at what once was the largest settlement of our journey, a place known as Kyanjin Gompa, named after the nearby, ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa. The Kyanjin Gompa is mostly abandoned after being badly affected by the 2015 earthquake. After lunch, we climb to Kyajo Ri Viewpoint at 5,150m to catch spectacular views of several mountain ranges and Langtang Valley. However, this is an optional trek. Overnight at guest house.

Day 5:
Exploration Day at Kyanjin Gompa

We will stay at Kyanjin Gompa for acclimatization. The upper Langtang Valley offers stunning close views of thetall mountains and glaciers. We will be visiting several sites, such as the Yak cheese factory and Kyanjin Gompa Monastery. If you want, you can trek to Langshisha Kharka and the Tserko Ri (5450) viewpoint, from where you can catch the beautiful mountain views of the Himalayan peaks – including Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Langtang II (6,596m), and Yala peak (5,500m). We return to Kyanjin Gompa for the evening. Overnight at guest house.

Day 6:
Trek from Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m) to Lama Hotel (2,470m)

Trek Distance: 21km
Highest Altitude: 2,470m
Trek Duration: 6 hrs

From Kyanjin Gompa, we will be descending on a route that will take us out of the valley. We follow the same path that took us to Kyanjin Gomba. On the way, we will pass the Langtang Village and then stop for lunch at Ghora Tabela, where we register our exit at the army check post. After the lunch, we descend through the dense forests of the river valley to Lama Hotel. Overnight at Lama guest house.

Day 7:
Trek from Lama Hotel (2,470m) to Thulo Syabru (2,210m)

Trek Distance: 13km
Highest Altitude: 2,470m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

This day you will descend to the banks of Langtang Khola and cross a small waterfall. The route will take us through rhododendron and bamboo forest, teeming with wild lives like wild boar and monkeys. You can also see great views of Ganesh Himal from the route. At the end of this day’s trek, we will cross a suspension bridge to reach the bottom of the Thulo Syabru village.

Day 8:
Trek from Thulo Syabru (2,210m) to Cholangpati (3,654m)

Highest Altitude: 3,654m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

From Thulo Syabru, we gradually climb upwards and pass Langtang National Park’s army checkpoint. Within half an hour of uphill trekking, we reach Daragang. The trail is less steep from here, as it passes, through the hemlock and oak forest. While passing the forest you may also spot the rare red panda. We continue our trek forward through Dhimsa and Sing Gompa to Cholangpati, where we will stop for the night.

Day 9:
Trek from Cholangpati (3,654m) to Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m)

Trek Distance: 11km
Highest Altitude: 4,380m
Trek Duration: 5hrs

As you climb up, the beautiful Langtang Himal (7234 m) – the most famous peak in the entire Langtang Range, will be greeting you. We start walking on a desolated barren mountain trail. As you climb higher, you will see more mountains on the horizon – the majestic Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and even the Annapurnas on the west horizon. A few hours later, we arrive at Laure Binayak, then we will begin the uphill climb to Gosainkunda. After two hours of the steep climb, we will reach a chorten, and after an hour of trekking, you will see views of beautiful waterfalls and lakes – Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda, both of these lakes are formed by water flowing from Gosainkunda. Hindus consider this site holy as they believe that this is a favorite place of Lord Shiva. Gosainkunda receives thousands of pilgrims each year for a holy Hindu festival in the fall.

Day 10:
Trek from Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m) to Ghopte (3,530m) via Laurebina Pass (4,610m)

Highest Altitude: 4,610m
Trek Duration: 8-9 hrs

Today, you will cross the Laurebina La High Pass to the scenic Helambu region. From Gosainkunda lake, the path first descends from the lodges to the lake. Then our walk along the northern shore starts to get steep as we approach the Laurebina La Pass, but before reaching this pass, you will walk past three or more small lakes.

The Laurebina La Pass is marked with a stone stupa and many praying flags. This pass forms the highest point of the Langtang Trek. We then descend through a wide valley to High Camp (4240 m) and walk further down on a steeper and rocky path to Phedi. Right after Phedi, we descend to a footbridge across a stream. The journey from Phedi to Ghopte is demanding with long ascents.

Day 11:
Trek from Ghopte (3,530m) to Kutumsang (2,470m)

Highest Altitude: (3,530m)
Trek Duration: 5hrs

We start trekking through groves of juniper, rhododendron, and pine in a remote, unpopulated area before we reach the peaceful highland setting of Tharepati. From Tharepati, the path descends gently through the forest on the western ridge slope. After walking for a while, we will pass a large meadow with ruins of shepherd’s huts. From the route, you can see Gangchempo and Dorje Lakpa peaks. Then the descent gets steeper as it leads through a forest to Magin Goth (3265m). After a short walk, we will pass Kuala Bhanjyang (3335m) and descend to the village of Kutumsang (2470m).

Day 12:
Trek from Kutumsang (2,470m) to Chisopani (2,295m)

Highest Altitude: 2,295m
Trek Duration: 5-6hrs

From Kutumsang, we will ascend for a while and then descend to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) Village. Then we climb up to reach a dusty wide road at Thorong Danda (2500m) and continue on a steep and rocky path to Chipping village.

We then drop down steadily and reach Pati Bhanjyang (1760m) – a village between Chipping and Chisopani. After walking half an hour from here, we reach Chisopani, famous for spectacular panoramic views of several mountains.

Day 13:
Trek from Chisopani (2,295m) to Sundarijal (1380m) and drive to Kathmandu (1350m)

Highest Altitude: 2,295m
Trek Duration: 4hr
Driving Hours: 1hr

After a few minutes walk after Chisopani, we reach the Shivapuri National Park checkpoint. From here, we take a wide road leading down the hill, then on a paved path up the hill. Eventually, walking past a few water reservoirs and large water pipes, we reach Sundarijal (1460m), where we say goodbye to the trails and take local transport to Kathmandu.


Cost Includes

  • AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : Stay at a hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome or Farewell Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • PERMITS : Langtang National Park Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • 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.
  • FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing a twin bedroom at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
  • PORTER : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter's daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.

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).
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • 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 Gosainkunda trek difficult?

Langtang Gosaikunda is a moderate-level trek. Like the transport mode, the route you pick, or the weather of the season to which you’re trekking. Such factors determine the trek difficulty.

What is Gosaikunda famous for?

Gosaikunda is a famous name for the purest holy lake. It is situated in Rasuwa district of Nepal covering a surface of about 13.8 ha (34 acres). It lies, north of Kathmandu between Helambu, Langtang Valley, and Langtang National Park.

How far is Kathmandu from Gosaikunda?

The direct distance from Kathmandu to Gosaikunda Lake is 67.5 km, and it typically takes around seven days to cover the 32.4 km distance from Sundarijal Chisapani to Gosainkunda.

Which mountain is near to Gosaikunda?

One of the main attractions of the trek is the marvelous views of the mountain ranges which include Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Range.

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