Gosainkunda Helambu Trek

The main attraction of Gosainkunda Helambu Trek is holy Gosainkunda Lake which is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations among both Hindu and Buddhist religious groups of people. Especially during full moon in the month of August, this sacred lake is visited by large number of people. There is also some festive moment when many shamans gather to show their shamanism rituals thus claiming their rights traditionally. According to a legend Lord Shiva had created this holy lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident weapon Trishul to obtain water to slake his thirst after consuming poison. The holy Gosainkunda Lake has a black rock in the middle which it is said to be the head of Lord Shiva and white rocks under the water that is said to be the remnant of an ancient shrine. Around Gosainkunda Lake, there are few other lakes also namely Bhairabkunda, Suryakunda, Sarswotikunda and Nagkunda. These lakes are worth to observe and enjoy the views as well. After visiting this sacred lake, you will be crossing Laurebina Pass (4,610m) and now, the trail will be dropped down towards Helambu valley.

One of the most beautiful valleys, Helambu, offers you to enjoy real cultural hospitality and breathe taking views of Langtang Himalayan region. In the higher elevation, mostly the villages are inhabited by Sherpa and Tamang communities. So, the local traditional culture reflects eventually the similar themes of other regions inhibited by Buddhist society. Particularly, villages like Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghyang and Sermathang are large settlements of the trek and are worth to explore. Together you will glimpse magnificent views of the towering peaks of entire Himalayan range while passing through lush forests of pine, oak and rhododendron flowers.

Gosainkunda - Helambu trekking itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/ Nepal/overnight at hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley/overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche (1950m, 8-9 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek Dhunche (1950m) to Sing Gompa (3350m, 5-6 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Trek Sing Gompa (6 hrs) to Gosainkunda (4380m, 5-6 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Exploration day – visit Holy Gosainkunda Lake around/overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek Gosainkunda (4380m) via Laurebina Pass(4610m) to Ghopte (3420m, 6-7 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Trek Ghopte (3420m) to Melamchigaon (m, 3 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Trek Melamchigaon to Tarkeghyang (2560m, 5-6 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Trek Tarkeghayang (2560m) to Sermathang (2621m, 4-5 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Trek Sermathang (2621m) to Melamchipul (846m, 5-6 hrs)/overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Drive back Melamchipul to Kathmandu (5 hrs)/end the trek/transfer to hotel

Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu/ shopping/sightseeing/overnight at hotel

Day 14: Transfer to airport for International departure


If you wish to have onward programs- wildlife safari tour, whitewater rafting/ kayaking, paragliding, sightseeing or visiting main tourist attraction of around please let us know we are happy to organize as you wish. 

Last Updated: 2014-06-03 by
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Trip Highlights

Gosainkunda Helambu trip highlights

Whole Package Duration: 14 days

Trek Duration: 10 days

Region of Trek: Langtang Rigion

Maximum Altitude: Gosainkunda (4380m)/Laurebina Pass (4610m)

Trekking Grade: Moderate- Strenous

Mode of Trek: Tea House Organize  

Food & Accommodation: 3 meals per day & Tea House stay

Starting and Ending Point: Dhunche and Melamchipul

Maximum per day walking: 5-6 hour in average

Transportation: Chartered Vehicle  

Best of the trek: Total Himalayan cultural experience and breathtaking views

Best Time to Do: Spring and Autumn Season

Cost Includes/Excludes

Trip Cost: Please contact us for cost details

Trek Package Cost Includes

  1. Airport transfers - pick up and drop upon arrival and departure 
  2. Full board basis on the way of trekking- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation at tea house lodge.
  3. Transportation- to starting point and ending point
  4. Necessary trekking permit, national park, conservation and TIMS fee.
  5.  Supporting staffs (trekking guide and porter), as well as their necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
  6. Accommodation in Kathmandu 3-nights in BB basis before and after the trek.
  7. One day guided historical & cultural sightseeing- visit Nepal’s world heritage sites.
  8. Wildness First aid kit pack for the trekking.

Trek Package Cost Excludes

  1. Hotel in Kathmandu extra days stay except mentioned in package.
  2. Food (Lunch & Dinner) before and after the trip in Kathmandu.
  3.  Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral/hot water), tips etc. 
  4. Travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  5. Additional costs- extra days stay, incase of flight cancellation due to the natural calamities, bad weather forecast and other unforeseen circumstances
  6. Personal trekking gear for the trek.
Equipement for this trip

Equipment or clothing required for trip

Personal Equipment

  • 3-4 season sleeping bag with hood
  • Thermo rest self-inflating pad or foam mat
  • Main luggage- Rucksack or Duffel
  • 30 - 40 liter Daypack- to carry water bottles, camera, lunch & extra clothing
  • Stuff sacks and plastic bags for keeping your gear dry and organized
  • Water bottles with a wide mouth
  • A pair adjustable trekking poles
  • Insulated plastic mug (optional)
  • Pocketknife Swiss army style (optional)
  • Toiletries bag for toilet paper, soap, saving items, tooth paste & toothbrush etc


  • Running shoes or sandals-to used in camp/ teahouse lodge
  • Hiking boots- good quality
  • Gaiters- a pair to use to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground
  • Woolen or Pile Socks-heavy weight wool to be worn over the liner socks
  • Liner Socks-smooth thin liner socks to reduce of getting blisters
  • Knee or ankles support pad

Clothing items for trip

  • Gore-Tex pants and jacket with hood
  • Medium weight down jacket with hood
  • Light trekking trouser
  • Long sleeve light colored polypropylene shirts
  • Polar Tec fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear for both top & bottom
  • Polar Tec fleece pant
  • Personal under garments
  • Quick dry type towel
  • Casual wears before after the trek

Hand wear

  • Polypropylene liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Good quality mittens or gloves


  • Warm woolen or fleecy hat/balaclava
  • Sun hat or cap with bandana for shading the neck
  • Bandana or scarf
  • Headlamp for use at night around the camp with extra batteries and spare bulbs
  • High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Dust mask

Other Travel Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip salve SPF 30 or above
  • Insect repellant
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • Favorite snack items
  • Reading & writing materials, ipod and cards
  • Camera, memory card and extra battery
  • Passport photo copy & photos
  • Insurance certificate copy
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Baby wipes (optional)
  • Anti bacterial hand gel (optional)

Personal first aid kit pack

  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Antibiotics capsules
  • Imodium and anti amoebious, bacterial tablets
  • Blister treatment plasts
  • Dehydration solution
  • Analgesic- Paracetamol, aspirin
  • Anti cold tablets
  • Diclofenac gel
  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic cream & throat lozenges
  • Diamox for AMS
  • Sanitary pad (for women)
  • Ear & eye drop
Useful Information

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