Gosaikunda Helambu Trek - 9 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March - May and Mid - Sep - Mid - Dec
  • Trip Area Langtang Region
  • Maximum Altitude 4610m.|15124ft.

Highlights

  • Explores the beautiful Langtang region and later joins the undisturbed Helambu region
  • An adventurous trek in the not-so-crowded part of the Himalayas and offers heavenly mountain landscapes
  • Trek inside two national parks- Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park
  • Escape in nature and unwind while learning about the ancient religious roots of Nepal
  • Learn a lot about Hindu beliefs connected to Gosaikunda Lake and Surya Kunda Lake
  • Spend nights in the homes of the locals and have intimate interactions
  • Come across diverse vegetation, flora, fauna, and many species of birds
  • Numerous stupas, mani walls, and prayer wheels are scattered around the trail
  • Cross isolated and untouched Surya Kunda pass that connects the trail to Helambu
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and heartwarming welcomes of the locals throughout the trek

Gosaikunda Helambu trek goes north of Kathmandu & explores the beautiful Langtang region, and later joins the Helambu region. This is an adventurous trek in the not-so-crowded part of the Himalayas and offers heavenly mountain landscapes. You will be trekking inside two national parks- Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park on Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu trek. 

Gosaikunda Helambu trekking is a short 9 days trek that lets you escape in nature and allows you to unwind. As much as the journey is adventurous, you will be at the heart of the ancient religious roots of Nepal. The trek is very immersive. You get to learn a lot about Hindu beliefs connected to Gosaikunda Lake and Surya Kunda Lake. Spend nights in the homes of the locals and have intimate interactions.

Not to mention, the Gosaikunda Helambu trek route is packed with diverse vegetation, flora, and fauna. You may come across animals, herders, and many species of birds on the way. The Helambu Gosaikunda trek is guided by a native guide, so expect a lot of insight into the region and the residents. 

Likewise, numerous stupas, mani walls, and prayer wheels are scattered around the trail. And any major area is marked with colorful prayer flags. Even though you will be traversing the great Himalayas with a difficult environment, you will be tied with the Nepalese cultural sentiments. This is what makes the Gosaikunda Helambu trek of 9 days very special. 

Gosaikunda Helambu trek itinerary summary

From Dhunche, it takes only two days of walking to reach Gosaikunda. You will then, ascend to the sacred Surya Kunda, an isolated area, and gradually hike to the Surya Kunda pass (Lauribina Pass) that connects the trail to Helambu.

Gosaikunda lake is a holy lake surrounded by hills and mountains. The stunning view of the lake and the tranquility around it are surreal. Likewise, Surya Kunda lake is also a holy lake but is not visited by most travelers. From the top of the pass, you get to witness a dramatic view of the lake and a stretching view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains.

Once you cross the pass, the trail descends to Ghopte. Now we trek through mud and stone houses, meadows, and lush alpine forests. This part of the Gosaikunda Helambu trail has a guest house stay. Hyolmos are the indigenous group of Helambu. 

You will be mesmerized by their simple lifestyle, traditions, and beliefs. The trail goes through remote villages like Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghyang, and Sermathang. You will end the trek at Sermathang and drive back to Kathmandu. 

Views during the Gosaikunda Helambu trek

Talking about the mountains, we will catch the breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal (7422m), Langtang Lirung (7234m), Naya Kang (5844m), Gaurishankar Himal (7134m), Mt. Kang Guru (6981m) Mt. Shishapangma (8027m), Dorje Lhakpa (6966m), Gangchenpo (6387m), Yala Peak (5500m), and several other mountain peaks, during the Gosaikunda Helambu Trek. Similarly, the sceneries from the lakes and pass are phenomenal too. 

Every village will present you with a different view and a heartwarming welcome. You will find yourself in complete solitary on the Gosaikunda Helambu trek, not disturbed by a crowd of fellow trekkers or the noisy sounds of the cities. 

Why trek with Nepal Nirvana Trails?

Joining us on our Gosaikunda Helambu trek 2024 departure lets you trek with friendly native guides. The trip is organized by experts who have been working in the Himalayas for more than a decade. There will be no delays or cancellations problems of flights as this trek is reachable by road transport. 

Likewise, you will not have to pay any hidden fees. Our Gosaikunda Helambu trek cost covers all the necessities. You can check in detail about package cost service in our cost include and exclude section. 

At Nepal Nirvana Trails, we make your journey hassle-free and memorable. 

Optional Trekking Packages

These are some of our other trekking packages in the Langtang region: Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek, and Tamang Heritage Trek. 

Below are some of our other famous trekking packages in Nepal- Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. All of these packages are beginner friendly.

If you are an experienced trekker, then check out these packages- Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, and Makalu Base Camp Trek

Major Attractions of Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Gosaikunda Lake

Gosaikunda Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake located in the Langtang National Park in Nepal. It is situated at an elevation of 4,380 meters (14,370 feet) above sea level and is considered a sacred site in Hinduism.

According to legend, the lake was formed when the Hindu god Shiva thrust his trident into the ground to create a place to quench his thirst after swallowing poison. The lake is named after the Hindu god, Gosaikunda, who is believed to reside in the lake.

Janai Purnima Festival

Janai Purnima, also known as Raksha Bandhan, is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal and other parts of South Asia. It falls on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shrawan (usually in August) and is a day to honor the sacred thread (Janai) worn by Hindu men.

Gosaikunda Lake is also an important site for Hindu pilgrims, who visit the lake during the full moon in August to participate in the annual Gosaikunda Mela festival. During the festival, thousands of devotees come to the lake to take a dip in the holy waters, which is believed to cleanse their sins and bring good luck.

Helambu Sherpa Culture

The Helambu region, located in the Himalayan foothills in Nepal, is home to the Sherpa people, who are known for their cultural traditions and their skills in mountain climbing and trekking. Sherpa culture is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, and the Sherpa people have a strong spiritual connection to the mountains.

Sherpa culture is centered around the family and community, and there is a strong emphasis on helping others and being hospitable. Helambu Sherpa communities are traditionally agricultural, with many families relying on farming and livestock raising for their livelihoods. In recent years, however, tourism has become an increasingly important industry in the region, with many Sherpa people working as guides and porters for trekking and climbing expeditions.

Hyolmo Culture

The Hyolmo people are an ethnic group native to the Helambu region of Nepal, located in the Himalayan foothills. They are closely related to the Sherpa people and share many cultural traditions and practices.

Like the Sherpa people, the Hyolmo are predominantly Buddhist, and their culture is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The Hyolmo have a strong spiritual connection to the mountains and believe that the mountains are sacred and protected by powerful deities.

Hyolmo culture is known for its traditional clothing, which includes the chuba, a long, ankle-length garment worn by both men and women, and the doppa, a traditional cap worn by men. The Hyolmo also has a rich tradition of music and dance, with several traditional instruments and styles unique to the region.

Tarkeghyang Gompa 

Tarkeghyang Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located in the Tarkeghyang village in Nepal. The monastery was founded in the 15th century and is home to many Buddhist antiques and relics. The temple is an important cultural and spiritual center for the local community. 

Tarkeghyang Gompa is known for its beautiful murals and thangka paintings, which depict various scenes from the life of the Buddha and other important figures in Buddhist history. The temple also has a large collection of Tibetan manuscripts and religious texts.

Melamchi Gompa

Melamchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located in the Melamchi Valley in Nepal. It is a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims who come to see the beautiful temple and its surrounding gardens.

The monastery was founded in the 17th century by the Tibetan lama, Ngawang Lobsang, who was a famous meditation master and teacher. The temple is home to several Buddhist relics, including a sacred stone that is believed to have the power to grant wishes.

The Melamchi Gompa is an important cultural and spiritual center for the local community and is visited by many people who come to pray, meditate, and seek blessings. The temple is also a popular destination for tourists who are interested in learning more about Buddhist culture and traditions.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you can visit several places which are within a short walk from the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel. In the afternoon, at 3 pm you will be introduced to your trek guide at our office. There will be a brief trip meeting, and your clothes and equipment for the treks will be checked.

  • 1400m.|4593ft.

The guide will come to your hotel to pick you up. You can ask the hotel for an early breakfast. Then, we'll have a short drive to reach the Machha Pokhari bus station. From there, we'll take a local bus to Dhunche. You will get a Langtang National Park permit at Dhunche, the main town in the Rasuwa district. After that, we'll start our trek by entering the Gosaikunda Trekking Trail. Our hike continues with a short walk through the narrow pathway reaching a suspension bridge which will take us to the Ghattekhola. Following the river bank, we will then start the uphill hike to reach Khendi, where we'll spend the night.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2300m.|7545ft.

After having breakfast, we begin our trek with a short and steep climb towards a ridge, passing through the small village of Deurali. We then journey through a forest filled with oak and rhododendron trees. Continuing our ascent, we reach the Dimsa village and proceed to the picturesque village of Chandanbari/Shin Gompa. Shin Gompa provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang. We'll take a break for lunch in Sing Gompa and then resume our walk through a pine forest to reach Cholangpati, where we will stay overnight.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3250m.|10662ft.

Today marks a thrilling day on our Gosainkunda Helambu trek. We will have our breakfast at the teahouse, and our journey begins with a steep climb to Laurebina. There, we take a tea break and enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang mountain range. Continuing to Buddha Danda, the top of the hill, we will get closer to the sacred Gosainkunda Lake. Though it seems closer we will walk about one hour to reach Gosaikunda Lake which holds immense religious significance, with Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages visiting here during the August full moon for the Janai Purnima festival. Pilgrims believe that a dip in the icy waters cleanses sins of a hundred lifetimes, as the area is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. After lunch and resting for a bit, we will explore the lake and temple. The lake, surrounded by hills and other smaller lakes, serves as our overnight stay at a teahouse in Gosainkunda.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4380m.|14370ft.

After enjoying a hearty mountain breakfast at Gosainkunda, we walk through the gradual paths towards Lauribina Pass (also known as Surya Kunda Pass) at 4,610 meters. In the Gosaikunda Area with its 108 lakes, we'll witness about 10 of them before reaching the Surya Kunda Pass, and the lake near the top is the Surya Kunda. The pass offers stunning views of Dorje Lakpa Himal and the Jugal Himal Range.

If you have an extra day, a highly recommended adventure is hiking to Surya Peak, standing at 5,145 meters (16,876 feet), and the best part is that no climbing permits are needed.

After Pass, our journey takes us into the Helambu region. The trail descends to the Phedi Valley, where we will stop for lunch. Continuing through rhododendron and bamboo forests, we eventually reach Ghopte, where we'll spend the night at a tea house.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4610m.|15124ft.

Today, we will start our trek after a wholehearted breakfast, rambling through rhododendron and bamboo forests towards Tharepati, where you may have the chance to spot wildlife such as red pandas, langur monkeys, wild boars, and Himalayan black bears. Moving on from Tharepati, the trail gradually descends, passing through pine and rhododendron forests and offering splendid views of the Helambu Valley. The pathway leads you to Melamchi Gaon, where you'll spend the night.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2530m.|8300ft.

After having breakfast, we'll begin our descent along the trekking trails towards the Melamchi Khola. We'll cross a suspension bridge and continue along the road towards Gekye Gompa. From here, we'll ascend uphill to reach the village of Tarkeghyang, where we'll stay overnight.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2600m.|8530ft.

After our breakfast in Tarkeghyang, we begin a two-hour hike on a sloping path leading to Ghangyul village. We will pass through a scenic pine forest, providing stunning vistas of the Dorje Lakpa Himal and Gauri Shankar mountain summits before reaching Ghangyul. We then proceed our journey through the enchanting forest towards Sermathang, where we will spend the night.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2590m.|8497ft.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

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Route Map

Gosaikunda Helambu Trek - 9 Days map

What's Included

  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea or coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fresh fruit each day
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • English-speaking government licensed trekking guide
  • Guide salary, meals, and insurance
  • All required National park, and TIMS permits
  • Public bus services Kathmandu - Dhunche and Trek ending point to Kathmandu
  • Water purifications Tablet
  • Souvenir: T-shirt, Trekking map
  • Official charge and Government tax, vat.

What's Excluded

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa
  • Travels and health Insurance which include emergency rescues and evacuations
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water, WI-FI, battery charging, hot shower, etc.
  • Porter: 1 porter recommended between 2 trekkers
  • Optional Private Jeep 
  • Hotel and Food in Kathmandu
  • Tips for trekking guide (it is appreciated)

Useful Info

Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Challenges 

Gosaikunda Helambu trek challenges are moderate. The later part of the journey may get a bit difficult because of the high elevation and remote region, but overall any beginner and fit individual can do Gosaikunda Helambu trekking with us without any worries. The trail begins through lush forests and uneven foothills and crosses a mountain pass before joining the Helambu region.

You will be crossing the Surya Kunda pass known as Lauribina Pass, situated 4,610 meters (15,124 ft) from sea level above the Surya Kunda lake. Once you touch down the Helambu trail, the region gets even more remote. There will not be many options for food, and you have to make do with authentic Nepali dishes. Therefore, endurance and determination to complete the Gosaikunda Helambu trek are very much needed. 

Altitude Sickness

The highest point you will ascend during the Gosaikunda Helambu trek 9 days is 4,610 meters (15,124 ft). At Gosaikunda Lake, you will be touching 4,380 meters (14,370 ft). Apart from these two points, the trail elevation ranges between 2,500 meters to 3,200 meters. Because of the relatively high altitude, there is a risk of altitude sickness during the Helambu Gosaikunda trek. 

However, our well-designed Gosaikunda Helambu trek itinerary and support from the team will let you do the trekking without any concern about altitude sickness. In the odd case, if you suffer from the symptoms of altitude sickness, our trained guide will provide you with first aid and help you subside the symptoms. 

Below are some of the early symptoms of altitude sickness:

  • shortness of breathing
  • loss of appetite
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • headache
  • vomiting

If you want to avoid altitude sickness while trekking in the Himalayas, which involves high altitude gain (above 2,500 meters), keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water and add liquids like soups to your meal. Avoid smoking and alcoholic drinks. Try maintaining your pace to not get out of breath and get tired easily. Have good food and take enough rest. 

Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Private/Group

You can either do a group or private trek with us. Whether you are trekking with your friends or solo, you have both options open to you. A group trekking is leaner toward being social and sharing the journey with unknown faces. Trekking in a group also reduces the per-head Gosaikunda Helambu trek cost, which is beneficial for you if you are on a budget. 

Similarly, private treks are more intimate. An experienced guide and between two people, one porter will be there to help with the duffel. You can customize the Gosaikunda Helambu trek itinerary as you wish and have your pace. You do not have to keep up with the team. Private treks are much more relaxed and personal. 

Our Gosaikunda Helambu trek 2024 booking for both group joining and private bookings are open. You can talk to us anytime to know more about the trek. 

Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Best Time

The best time to do the Gosaikunda Helambu trek is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (Mid- September to Mid-December) seasons. These peak trekking seasons welcome visitors from all around the world to the Langtang region. The best thing is not many travelers trek in the Langtang region and especially to Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu, so you find the trail less crowded. 

Spring & Autumn 

Spring is the glorious season of flowers. If you hit the trail early, you may come across some snow too. Nevertheless, the region begins to see life once again. The vegetation starts to grow, and rhododendrons and other flowers bloom throughout the trail. The meadows get greener, and the Gosaikunda lake unfroze gradually. 

On the other hand, trekking in the autumn season is much more meaningful because you can feel a festive spark in the air. As the climate begins to cool down and locals get ready to welcome their biggest festivals, the environment is just incredible. If you are on time, you may get to be part of some of the festivals too.

Spring and autumn both have stable weather and moderate climate. In the mountains, the daytime is perfectly sunny to walk freely and has slightly cold nights and mornings. While the cities see a mild climate best to explore the historical sites and the local markets. 

Off-season Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Trekking in the offseason may bring a lot of unseen events and pose risks. It is possible to trek to Gosaikunda lake and Helmabu in the off-seasons, but you have to be smart and precise with your itinerary & timing. For the best trekking experience, we recommend spring and autumn, though. The weather will keep fluctuating, and rain/snow will make walking very difficult. Likewise, some sections of the Gosaikunda Helambu trek route are highly-prone to avalanches/landslides. 

Accommodation & Food

We have guest house accommodation during Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu trek. Both are basic accommodations. The rooms have small beds with blankets. There are no charging slots in the room or heating system, so we recommend you have a sleeping bag. The bathrooms are mostly shared. There may not be modern amenities in the rooms. You get breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. Breakfast and dinner are given as per the menu of the place we spend the night. We have lunch on the way. The menu is short and simple too. There will be mainly Nepali and Tibetan dishes on the menu, with a few Indian and Continental options. Stick to dal bhat to get all the nutrients and energy to walk.

Other items like toast, eggs, sandwiches, porridge, soup, Tibetan bread, thukpa, momo, chow mien, pasta, roti, curries, etc., are available on the menu. You will get free boiled drinking water to refill your water bottles. It is better not to drink water directly from a stream or tap. You may not be able to digest it. 

Travel Insurance

Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu trekking is a remote venture. It is better to get travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation as there are no hospital or health posts all around the trail. In any emergency, the best sort to get out of the region immediately is by taking a helicopter flight. 

Without travel insurance, convincing the rescue to provide is tough and consumes lots of time. As you cannot buy travel insurance in Nepal, it is best to get one in your country and bring the document with you. 

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

Charging: To charge your device while trekking, you may have to pay a few extra bucks to the accommodation owner. There is no charging slot in the room you'll sleep in. Charging areas are made in the reception or dining room. You should carry a power bank or spare batteries with you. 

Internet: WiFi may not be available in most of the villages. It's better if you get a Nepali sim and use data for the internet. The connection may not be stable all the time, and you may not get a network at all in some places. You can ask our team to help you get a Nepali sim. 

ATMs: The trail does not have ATMs, so you have to withdraw enough cash to use during the trek in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, all ATMs support international cards. 

Tipping: We encourage our guests to tip our on-field crew- guides, porters, and drivers. You can tip as per your wish and of course if you are happy with their service. Trekking in a group allows you to pay a small amount (by each individual) in a group.

Luggage: During the trek, if you trek without a porter, then take a backpack of 60-75 liters otherwise, the porters will carry all the duffel bags. Get yourself a daypack to have essentials with you all the time. Any additional luggage you can store in the locker room of the hotel you are staying in or even at our office.

FAQs

  • Yes, you can join our Gosaikunda Helambu trek as a beginner. The trek is not challenging but not easy as well. You have to walk 5 to 6 hours a day and be okay with a simple tea house accommodation & limited food options. If you can endure and walk, then feel free to contact us to join our Gosaikunda Helambu trek 2023 departure. 

  • The Gosaikunda Helambu trek is a moderate to difficult trek. The trek starts at a gentle pace and gradually follows a trodden path that leads to the Gosaikunda lake and beyond it. The trekking region is quite remote and undisturbed. Therefore the facilities along the way are not that great. 

  • Gosaikunda is a holy lake in Nepal and a religious site. On the contrary, it is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake. The Gosaikunda lake is famous for its stunning panorama and the trekking experience it offers to reach this point.

  • To reach Gosaikunda lake from Kathmandu, you can either trek or charter a helicopter flight. To trek, first, you have to reach Dhunche, which is a 6-hour drive from Kathmandu. From here, you will trek for two days to reach Gosaikunda Lake.

  • Our Gosaikunda Helambu trek itinerary is 9 days long. It is a short trek, so anyone bound by time can join this trek. You will trek for 7 days, and the remaining 2 days are for your arrival in Kathmandu and ride back to Kathmandu from the ending point of the trail.

  • Yes, you can do the Gosaikunda Helambu trek without a guide. It is one of the least popular trekking routes in Nepal, so we recommend doing this trek with a guide. If your itinerary involves crossing the Surya Kunda pass, it is better to do it with a guide because the trail is not well-defined and needs professional navigation.

  • Helambu is one of the unspoiled trekking regions in Nepal. Located close to Kathmandu, not many travelers trek in this region, which makes the trail less crowded. The landscapes and mountain view in this region is exceptional. Likewise, the apples of Helambu are very famous for their sweetness. And one gets to see the lifestyle of an indigenous group called Hyolmos.

  • It is better to carry a good-quality sleeping bag during the Gosaikunda Helambu trek to keep yourself warm. The tea houses give blankets, but the cold climate in the morning and night may need more layers.

  • Helambu is located in the Sindhupalchok District of Bagmati Province of central Nepal.

  • From Kathmandu, you have to drive to Sundarijal, which is around a 1.5 to 2-hour drive. From here, trek to Chisapnau and follow the trail through Shivapuri National Park to Helambu. On the way, you will walk past small villages like Gulbhanjyang, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang.

  • Whether Gosaikunda lake is frozen, or not, depends on the season you are traveling in. During the winter season, from December to February, the lake remains frozen and may see avalanches in the surrounding mountains.

  • The Gosaikunda lake depth is 26.5 m. It is an alpine lake made from the melting snow from nearby mountains.

  • Yes, Gosaikunda lake is located inside the Langtang national park. The trail to the lake also winds within the national park, and you'll need the Langtang National Park permit for trekking.

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