Gosainkund and Helambu trek

Trip Overview

If you put your eyes straight to the North of Kathmandu valley you’ll come to see black rocky Mountain range in between snow-capped mountains where the Hindu pilgrimage site of Gosainkund is situated.

Usually during the month of Aug/Sep each summer thousands of Hindu devotees from all over Nepal and India make the trek up to Gosainkund lake during the Janai purnima festival to nullify their sins. Once climbing up on the rocky slop of Surya peak (5145m) takes few hours from the Holy lakes of Gosainkund, it is said you’ll get good view of Kathmandu valley to the South and panoramic view of Annapurna Range, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Range and Jugal Himal from west to the east.

Leaving this Holy place you’ll stretch your leg to the eastwards entering Helambu region where you’ll see typical Sherpa villages through human made terraces on the rolling middle hills in the country. You wouldn’t miss the rich Sherpa culture, tradition and their way of life which has survived here for many centuries. Visiting different Gompas brightly painted new Stupas along the way in different places, you’ll imagine their society is highly guide by Buddhism which is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism around 500 years ago. Those you’re looking for a short easy trekking destination just outside Kathmandu valley for a few days, this will be your taste and good introduction of the country.

Day to Day Activity

Day  01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day  02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m),
Day  03: Drive to Dhunche (1950m),
Day  04: Trek to Sing Gompa (3250m),
Day  05: Trek to Gosainkund lake (4380m),
Day  06: Climb to Surya peak (5145m), for good view.
Day  07: Trek to Ghopte Cave (3430m),
Day  08: Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2560m),
Day  09: Trek to Sermathang (2590m),
Day 10: Trek to Gyalthum (848m) and drive back Kathmandu.
Day 11: Morning Everest mountain flight and free afternoon.
Day 12: Final depart.

Note: Bed and Breakfast is provided in Kathmandu. Full board is provided during the trek.

Trip Highlight

» A short drive from Kathmandu- superb mountain foot hill trek.
» Passing the Holy lake of Gosainkund and crossing the Laurebina La pass,
» A beautiful lodge trek with incredible panoramic mountain views from the summit of Surya peak (5145m).
» Culturally rich trek into the heart of the Tamang and the Yolmo people in the Helumbu region.
» All meals, snacks, welcome drink and 'bed tea' included on trek
» First rate local leader, guide and support crew
» 5 star hotel, a walking tour and time at leisure in Kathmandu

Itinerary
  • Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU:
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 02: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU(1,350m/4428ft),
    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city.Here is the old Royal palace,with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers.There’re several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images  including the resident for  Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th  century.You’ll get mangnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. You’re free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    DAY 03:
    DRIVE TO DHUNCHE (1,950m/6396ft): 6 hours driving.
    Your morning transport from Kathmandu takes you through Trisuli Bazaar, a small town situated at the bank of the river all the way to Dhunche, administrative centre of Rasuwa district. It’s a scenic drive through little mountain villages and man made terraces where the people grow crops twice a year for living. You stay at this little town today which provides all the important srevices for the people in the district.BL
    Overnight tea house, included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    DAY 04: TREK TO SING GOMPA (3,250m/10,663ft): 6 hours walking.
    Leaving Dhunche, you head north east to Sing Gompa. The trail climbs steeply through terraces, and small local villages. After 45 minutes of your walk you will reach to a stupa. There are spectacular views of the valley below with “Ganesh Himal” reaching up to the west and to the north a range of unnamed peaks just over the border in Tibet. There are a few teashops on your climb and after about 3 hours of climbing through huge forest of pine, rhododendron and fir trees, you reach to the top of the ridge where you will be pleased to have refreshments and lunch at Phoprang Hill. From here you head south contouring around the western side of the ridge. The trail leads you again through a forest, over another ridge before climbing a ladder to cross a wall and into Sing Gompa itself, which is a small village with a few lodges, a gompa (from which the village derives its name) and its own cheese factory. ‘Sing’ is the Tibetan name for the trees in the area.BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    DAY 05: TREK TO GOSAINKUND LAKE (4,380m/14,369ft):  5 hours.
    Leaving Sing Gompa you head north east. There is a 30 minute climb before reaching an even stretch. You then cross to the other side of the forested ridge you are following. After another short climb you pass through the hamlet of Chalang Pati. From here you continue climbing and rise above the tree-line just over 11,483ft/3,500m. After another few hundred meters climb, you will gain stunning panoramic views of the mountains around. Ganesh Himal rises up to the north and Langtang Lirung is to your east. To the left of Ganesh Himal you will be able to see Manaslu and even the Annapurnas including Machhapuchare (the “fish tail” peak) and Annapurna II. You pass through Laurebina Yak, which means “yak without a stick” and after a moderate climb you will reach a stupa, again with stunning views all around. The land becomes more rugged as you follow the trail, passing a lake on your right called “Saraswate Kund”. After crossing the shoulder of a ridge, you descend a little and another lake comes into view. This one is called “Bhairav Kund”. In Nepali there are at least two words for lake. The most common is “tal”, however “kund” is used when a lake has a sacred property. After another short climb you crest a ridge and the sacred lake Gosainkund opens out before you.BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    Holy lake of Gosainkund,
    Usually the month of August each summer thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all over Nepal and India make the trek up to Gosainkund Lake during the Janai Purnima festival to nullify their sins. Hindulegend states that the lakes at Gosainkund were formed when Shiva pierced a glacier with his trident. There is also another legend that states that the water from Gosainkund emerges at a spring at the Kumbeshwar temple in Patan. The lake has a black rock in the middle, which is said to be the head of Shiva.

    DAY 06: CLIMB UP TO SURYA PEAK (16,875ft/5,145m): 5 hours.
    You begain your climbing to Surya peak very early today for good views.You follow the trail around the edge of Gosainkund lake to the eastwards and start climbing towards north on the rocky boulders for while.You keep on ascending on the edge of the rocky slope which zig zags sometime and continues climbing steeply for about an hour or so to the summit of Surya Peak (5,145m/16,875ft). On a clear day from the summit, you’ll get breath-taking views of Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal, langtang range and Jugal Himal from west to the east and over looking down to the holy lakes of Gosainkund and the great views of Kathmandu valley in between the rolling hills to the South is worth while.BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    DAY 07: TREK TO GHOPTE CAVE (3,430m/11,253ft): 6 hours.
    You follow the trail around the edge of Gosainkund and start to climb past assorted prayer flags and even a trident, apparently left by Shiva! You will pass smaller lakes to your left and then a coal-black lake to your right. The Laurebina La (15,124ft/4,610m), just past this lake, is decorated with hundreds of prayer flags which flutter in the icy breeze and you will have excellent views of the Helambu valley below. From here it is a long descent to the river which you will cross. You then follow a boulder-strewn trail which climbs in and out of ravines for a few hours before arriving at Ghopte Cave.BL
    Overnight lodge, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    DAY 08: TREK TO MALAMCHI GAON (2,560m/8,399ft): 6 hours.
    From Ghopte Cave the trail contours round and climbs up for a couple of hours to the village of Tharepati which sits on a ridge. After this the trail makes a rapid descent through fir forest, then through oak, rhododendron and juniper. At one point you will have a good view of the peak “Dorji Lakpa”. The descent will take you at least a couple of hours, after which you cross a short suspension bridge with a waterfall to your left before climbing to the village of Malamchi Gaon. The gompa here is particularly impressive.BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    DAY 09: TREK TO SERMATHANG (2,590m/8,495ft: 7 hours.
    From Melamchi Gaon you continue to descend before crossing the Melamchi Khola. You climb up through the terraced fields of Paraghang village spreads out over the valley side. We then continue climbing to reach another beautiful village of Tarke Gyang where you visit its impressive Monastery. From here the trail is gentle and gives great views of the Helambu valley below. Keep an eye out for the Langur monkeys which inhabit the valley. After a short while you will see the terraced fields of Gangjwal stretching down the hillside. After passing through Gangjwal you will continue round the valley side passing a newly constructed “peace” stupa, before ending this lovely day’s trek in Sermathang.BL
    Overnight tea house, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

    DAY 10: TREK TO GYALTHUM (848m/2782ft) AND DRIVE BACK KATHMANDU:  5 hours walking and 3 hours driving.
    In the morning you spend some time looking around some of the beautiful monasteries in Sermathang as it is the last large village of the Hyolmo community. The trail towards Kakani village is wide and obvious and you pass a huge statue of Guru Rinpoche which is situated on top of a little hillock and the views are superb. You can see Dorje Lakpa and Gangchhenpo and other peaks in the range. You now walk downhill through the Tamang and Hyolmo villages to Kakani. From here you continue descend through villages down at the valley floor at Gyalthum. From here it’s about 3 hours drive back to Kathmandu.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch,

    DAY 11: OPTIONAL EVEREST MOUNTAIN FLIGHT AND FREE AFTERNOON:
    You may start early in the morning today to go to the airport for the flight to Mt. Everest. It’s about an hour scenic flight towards Everest viewing other beautiful peaks in the Himalaya en route. You have free afternoon to see more “hippie’s capital” Kathmandu or you’ll have enough time to do last minute shopping in Kathmandu valley.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    DAY 12: FINAL DEPART,
    You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

»  Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage and laundry
»  Meal in Kathmandu
»  International flights and departure taxes
»  Visa and passport fees
»  Travel insurance
»  Emergency evacuation
»  Tips and gratuities
»  Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

NOTE:
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

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