Gosaikunda Lake Pass and Helambu Trek - 9 Days

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At a Glance
Duration9 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeModerate
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Maximum Altitude4610m
Group Size1+ Pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
MealB/L/D
AccomodationTea House accommodation in Mountain and 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu
Best TimeSep To May

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek is a short adventurous trek in the Langtang and Helambu region. You will follow forested routes and traverse via different Tamang and Hyolmo villages. It is a 9 days trek that starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. You will get close to nature, witness spectacular mountain views, explore the holy Gosaikunda Lake, cross Lauribina pass, and the lush meadows of the Helambu region. The journey will change your life.

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek explores two beautiful trekking regions- Langtang and Helambu. Both of them are located close to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Compared to the famous trekking regions- Everest and Annapurna, the Langtang sees a low number of trekkers. So, the region is pristine and unspoiled.

If you have 4 to 6 days extra to travel, we recommend our Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek package. This package also covers the Langtang Valley.

Highlights

  • A short, adventurous trek in the Langtang and Helambu regions
  • Follow forested routes and traverse via different Tamang and Hyolmo villages
  • Get close to nature and witness spectacular mountain views
  • Explore the holy Gosaikunda Lake
  • Cross the challenging Lauribina pass and descend via the lush meadows of Helambu
  • Escape the crowd of the famous trekking routes in Nepal and embark on a peaceful journey
  • The trail is steep and offbeat, ideal for experienced and fit trekkers
  • Come across diverse flora and fauna as you trek within Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park
  • Get to see the lifestyle, culture, and beliefs of the local communities

What to expect during the Gosaikunda Lake trek?

If you wish to escape the crowd of the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp trails, then opt for our Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek 9 days. Starting from Dhunche, you will ascend following a steep, rugged route to the Gosaikunda Lake. It is a pilgrimage site in Nepal. From here, you will cross a mountain pass that connects the Langtang region with the Helmabu region.

The first few days of the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trail are inside the Langtang National Park. You will see different kinds of vegetation, flowers, birds, and butterflies on the way. You may come across langur monkeys and blue sheep as well. Discover the lifestyle, culture, and practices of the Tamang community- an indigenous group.

After crossing the pass, the trail winds through remote villages, meadows, and dense forests. This part of the trail is protected under the Shivapuri National Park. Trekking past the homes of Hyolmo communities, you will descend to Sundarijal, where the trek ends. Hyolmo’s are one of the indigenous communities in Nepal. They follow Tibetan Buddhism and incorporate elements of animism and paganism.

On this trip, you will witness breathtaking mountain landscapes. Witness majestic views of mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Gaurisanker (7,134 m/23,405 ft), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m/23,734 ft), Scout Peak (5,710 m/18,733 ft), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m/22,854 ft), Ganchhenpo (6,387 m/20,955 ft), Shishapangma (8,027 m/26,335 ft), and many others.

Who can do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trekking?

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek is for trekkers who are physically fit and can endure the challenges of a remote Himalayan region. There is no age limit for the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek. This is a difficult trek, so trekkers have to be in good shape and willing to push themselves.

Likewise, if you are looking for a short adventure in Nepal or a quick trip in the Himalayas from Kathmandu, then the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek 9 days is one of the ideal packages. You will explore lush forests, beautiful villages, alpine lakes, a mountain pass, meadows, waterfalls, and whatnot in a very short duration.

How to prepare for the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek 9 days?

Unless you are not a fit individual, we do not recommend you join the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek right away. Take some time to get yourself physically and mentally ready for the journey. Exercise to improve your stamina, endurance, and strength. Strength training, cardio, and walking are highly recommended.

Likewise, to mentally prepare yourself for the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trekking, you have to research the region. Watch videos or read blogs. Learn how life is in the mountains, what you can expect, and how different everything is from the cities you are used to. Set your expectations as per that.

Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek packing

Below, we have made a general Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek packing list. This list will provide you with a quick overview of things you will need during the trek. Do not worry if you are on a budget, you can rent most of the trekking clothes and gear in Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • Clothes- underwear, normal t-shirts/pants, thermal layer, windbreaker jacket/pant, raincoat, fleece top/bottom, down jacket, dry towel, gloves, scarf, sunhat, beanie, socks, trekking boots, normal slipper/crocs, etc
  • Gear and miscellaneous items- trekking poles, sleeping bag, reusable water bottle, water purification tablets, torch, travelers knife, adapter, power bank, spare batteries, journal, snacks, Nepali cash, travel visa, passport, passport sized photos, trek permits, etc
  • Toiletries and first aid- wet tissues, toilet paper, SPF, lip balm, moisturizer, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, comb, small mirror, deodorant, band-aid, general medicines, Diamox, pain reliever, etc

Are you ready for the trek?

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek does not demand much preparation, especially if you are an active individual. You can easily book the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek 2024 to 2025 departure via our website and start preparing for the journey right away. Likewise, you can tailor-make the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek itinerary as well.

If you have any questions regarding our Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek cost, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or What's App us at 977-9851229400.

Why do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek with Trekking Guide Team Adventure?

Trek with a team of professional trekkers and travel lovers in Nepal with us. With over 17 years of expertise in the Himalayas of Nepal, we, Trekking Guide Team Adventure, curate some of the most fantastic and unique trips. Our professionalism, commitment to eco-travel, and guest satisfaction rate make us one of the best trekking partners in Nepal.

We offer affordable Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek cost along with a reliable and trustworthy Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek guide. Our prices and policies are transparent. Similarly, you can extend your trip to Nepal anytime. Get 24/7 support with us and an assurance of a safe trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Itinerary
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Our team will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can see them near the terminal gate holding your nameplate. We use a private vehicle for the hotel transfer. Settle in the hotel and meet us for a trek briefing later in the day. Pack the duffel bags and do any last-minute shopping.

Accommodation: Hotel

Leave the hotel in the early morning and drive to Dhunche. The ride will be comfortable and present you with alluring views of rivers, lush hills, terraced fields, and snow-capped mountains. The bustle of Kathmandu transitioned to the tranquility of the countryside. Dhunche is the starting point of our trek.

Max Altitude: 2,030 m/6,660 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Guesthouse

After a delicious breakfast, you will begin the trekking. The trail from Dhunche ascends through lush rhododendrons and pine forests. On the way, you will trek past Thulo Syabru and Shin Gompa. Shin Gompa is a very old monastery. Here, you will also visit a local yak cheese factory. While trekking, enjoy stunning mountain views. The route from Shin Gompa to Cholangpati is steep and rugged.

Max Altitude: 3,585 m/11,762 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Guesthouse

You will leave Cholangpati after a delicious breakfast. Following uneven cliffsides, trek to Lauribinayak. From here, the trail steeply ascends via dense forest to Gosaikunda Lake. It is one of the sacred lakes in Nepal. Around the Gosaikunda Lake, you can also visit the Bhairav Kunda and Saraswati Kund. The views of mountains like Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Range, etc, are superb along the way.

Max Altitude: 4,380 m/14,370 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Guesthouse

On this day, you will cross the Lauribina pass. The trail from Gosaikunda Lake follows rugged foothills and walks past many small glacial lakes. Gradually ascend to the top of the Laurinia pass following a steep trail. The views of the mountains are spectacular, as usual. The scenery from the top of the pass is extremely fantastic. The trail from the pass steeply descends via meadows and forests of pine and fi to Ghopte.

Max Altitude: 4,610 m/15,124 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Guesthouse

You are now trekking in the Helambu region, one of the less visited trekking regions in Nepal. The trail from Ghopte traverses via dense forests of pine and rhododendron. You will keep ascending and descending, following rocky tracks to Thadepati. Further, ascend to the Thadepati pass. The views of the Langtang range and Ganesh Himal are wonderful from the top of the pass. From the pass, descend through a forested route to Kutumsang for the night stay.

Max Altitude: 2,470 m/8,103 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Guesthouse

You are almost at the end of the trek. Get to see the lifestyle of the Sherpa and Tamang

communities in Kutumsang. From here, the trail drops down through lush forests. You will reach Pati Bhanjyang, mostly resided by the Chhetri and Brahmin communities. Further, follow a winding uphill and downhill trail via small settlements to Chisapani. This village offers a spectacular mountain panorama on a clear day.

Max Altitude: 2,215 m/7,267 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Guesthouse

Today is your last day of trekking. From Chisapani, the trail descends via stone staircases and enters the Shivapuri National Park. You will continue trekking via dense forests of oak, pine, and rhododendrons. Enjoy a peaceful environment, beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and soaring rivers on the way.

Upon reaching Sundarijal, drive back to Kathmandu in a local jeep. The guide will drop you at the hotel. Spend the remaining day in the city, resting and shopping. In the late evening, we will catch up during the farewell dinner.

Max Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ftMeals: Breakfast and farewell dinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Our team will take care of your airport transfer. They will pick you up from your hotel in a private vehicle and drop you at the international airport terminal gate.

Meals: Breakfast only
Cost Details
Included
  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu 2-star category with breakfast for two nights, twin sharing basis. (On the arrival day and After the trekking)
  • Your daily meal breakfast-lunch-dinner (main course) during the trek as per the itinerary.
  • One experience trekking guide & one porter for each two tourists. If you are a solo traveler, porter is not included. It is available by additional 150 USD.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu Dhunche by local bus and Sundarijal to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • All necessary paper works and Langtang National Park Entry Permits.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System. (TIMS)
  • Insurance for guide & porters.
  • All accommodation during the trek available lodge/tea houses run by Nepalese family.
  • Our service charge.
  • Shivapuri National Park permit.
  • Government tax.
Excluded
  • Nepal visa fee 30 USD per person.
  • Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc. (You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu)
  • Personal travel insurance. The insurance must cover medical, accidental, natural disasters, emergency evacuation and trip cancellation expenses along with baggage and gears’ lost, theft or damage.
  • If you arrive early or depart late, extra night accommodations other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like tea, coffee, mineral water, beer, hot water, soup etc.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation which will be covered by your insurance.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.
  • Hot shower and laundry during the trekking.
  • Your personal expenses like laundry, phone call, shopping etc.
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter as per your main interest.
  • All the things that are not mentioned in cost include.
  • Wi-Fi, internet, phone calls, battery charging.
Add-ons & Options
  • Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc. (You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu)
     
  • Porter: For solo travellers porter is not included.It is available by additional 150 USD.
     
  • Single Supplementary; On our holidays tour/trek packages, rooms or tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not have another tour participant to share room/tent with according to your trip. When you are traveling alone, single supplementary charge must be paid.
     
  • Private Transport: If you want a private land cruiser it is available by additional USD 150 one way Kathmandu to Dhunche.
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Additional Info

Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek permit

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek requires these permits- TIMS Card, Langtang National Park entry permit, and Shivpuri National Park entry permit. Below, we have mentioned all permit costs. These costs are covered in our package cost, so you do not have to spend additional money.

  • TIMS Card cost: USD 20 + 13% VAT per person
  • Langtang National Park entry permit cost: USD 30 + 13% VAT per person
  • Shivpuri National Park entry permit cost: USD 5 + 13% VAT per person

Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek difficulty & altitude sickness

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek is challenging. It is an offbeat trek in a very remote section of the Langtang region. The trekking route has ample tea houses but limited facilities than other famous trek routes in Nepal. You will trek on steep, rugged trails ascending and descending through dense forest.

After Gosaikunda Lake, the trail ascends to the Lauribina pass (4,610 m/15,124 ft). Crossing the pass is very challenging and takes around 8 to 9 hours of walking. After the pass, you will trek in the Helambu region. This part of the trail gets even more remote with many uphill and downhill walking.

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek starts from Dhunche at 2,030 meters (6,660 ft) and ascends to 4,610 meters (15,124 ft). As this is a short itinerary, you will quickly gain the elevation and drop it. Because of this reason and the high altitude, there are risk of altitude sickness during the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek 9 days.

At the same time, if you keep yourself hydrated and maintain your pace and diet, you can avoid altitude sickness. In case, you see symptoms like vomiting, difficulty in breathing, headache, nausea, insomnia, etc, let your guide know. He will give you first aid.

Is travel insurance needed for the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek?

Yes, it is necessary to have travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation to do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek with us. It is a safety net for you during an emergency. You can also cover other things like medical bills, loss/theft of personal items, trip cancellation, etc, in the travel insurance.

Trekking in the Himalayas demands you to travel in remote, isolated areas where there are no health facilities or roadways. We do our best to arrange a safe trip, but we also have to be well-prepared for unforeseen circumstances. And helicopter evacuation coverage is a must.

Accommodation and meals during the trek

The accommodation during the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek will be a guest house, and you will get three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). In Kathmandu, you will stay in a nice 2-star hotel. Our package includes all breakfast in the hotel you stay at and a farewell dinner at the end of the trek. You will be responsible for other meals in Kathmandu.

Guest house is a simple type of accommodation that takes you very close to the homes of the locals. They are runned by the villagers along the trail. Twin shared rooms are common, and single rooms are only available in selected villages at additional cost. The washrooms are mostly shared as well.

We recommend you carry some Nepali cash during the trek to buy services like hot showers, charging, WiFi, etc. These services cost a few bucks every time you use them. It is not covered in our package cost. Likewise, the meals will be cooked and prepared by the guest house owners.

Dal bhat and thukpa will be our two main foods during the trek. They are affordable, delicious, and will keep you filled. Likewise, other food options like fried rice, rice with curries, Tibetan bread, momo, noodles, thenduk, porridge, soups, pasta, pancakes, etc, are also available. Likewise, boiled drinking water is available.

What is the best time to do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trekking?

The best time to do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek is March, April, May, September, October, and November. These are peak trekking months in Nepal because of stable weather and a moderate climate in the Himalayas. The trails are in good condition with stunning mountain views. Less humidity and clear, long daytime will allow you to enjoy the journey to the fullest.

Similarly, you can trek to Gosaikunda and Helambu region separately in December, January, and February. This is the coldest time of the year, and snow covers the entire route. Crossing Lauribina Pass is very difficult in winter, and the pass may be closed if the route conditions are extremely poor.

Guide and porter during the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek

Do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek with a local mountain guide and a porter. We will assign you the best trekking guide who will make sure you are enjoying the trek and are safe in the mountains. We work with experienced guides who are multilingual, friendly, and reliable. You can trust their judgments.

Likewise, the porter will make the trek manageable for you by carrying the duffel bags. Each trekker has a 10 kg duffel bag limit. You will pack all the clothing and gear for the trek in the duffel bag. One porter carries a duffel bag of two trekkers.

*Note: You have to tip the guide and porter at the end of the trek. It is culture in Nepal to tip your on-field crew members as a thank-you gesture. You can tip as much as you wish. USD 100 by each member of the group or 10-15% of the package cost is usually tipped by the trekkers.

FAQs

Yes, the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek is difficult. This trek follows the offbeat, steep section of the Langtang region. The trekkers have to walk 6 hours a day on minimum and also cross a 4,600-meter pass. It is best to do this trek with some previous high-altitude experience and good fitness.

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek takes 9 to 14 days, as per the itinerary. Our Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek itinerary does not include Langtang Valley, so you can complete it in under 10 days.

The Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek costs USD 950 to USD 1,200 per person. Your itinerary and services in the package determine the final cost of the package. You can contact us to customize the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek as per your budget.

The best season to do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The stable weather and moderate climate of the weather of these two seasons make them the top trekking time in Nepal.

Yes, the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek is safe. You will do this trek with a trained and knowledgeable guide. The trail is offbeat with caution, you can safely navigate it. There are also ample tea houses along the way, so you will not have any discomfort.

To reach Gosaikunda Lake from Kathmandu, you will need three days. First, you have to drive to Dhunche, and from here, trek to Gosaikunda Lake, spending an overnight at Cholangpati in between the route.

Yes, snow falls in Gosaikunda in the winter season- December to February. The winter snowfall at Gosaikunda Lake is phenomenal.

The Gosaikunda is a holy lake for Hindus. You can see the name of Gosaikunda mentioned in many Hindu scriptures that refer to Samudra Manthan. It is believed that Lord Shiva created the lake by thrusting his trident into a mountain while he was trying to extract water from it to cool his burning throat after swallowing poison that threatened the world.

From Kathmandu airport, it takes around 20 to 25 minutes to reach Gosaikunda Lake by helicopter. The helicopter lands near the lake, and participants get around half an hour of ground time to explore the area and do pooja. Check out our Gosaikunda Lake helicopter tour package for more information.

No, you will not get to see Mount Everest during the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek. This trek explores the Langtang Himalayas and offers views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range, Sishapangma, etc.

No, you cannot do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek without a guide. Since April 1st, 2023, TIMS Cards (one of the trekking permits for this trek) can only be issued to trekkers with the help of a licensed guide or a Nepali trekking company like us. It made trekking solo impossible for the foreign trekkers.

No, there is no age limit for the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek. If you are fit and can walk 6 hours a day, you can do this trek. Trekkers under 16 years old can do the Gosaikunda Lauribina pass trek with an identified guardian.

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