The Gosainkund Helambu Trek offers spectacular views of the high Himalaya that stretch for a distance of 150km. Distant views of the Annapurna range to the west; closer, to the north, the snow covered giant of Langtang Lirung (7227m), and more distant Shisha Pangma (8046m) in Tibet and Ganesh Himal in the northwest.
Bamboo, rhododendron and pine forests abound and host a wide variety of bird life and animals including shy red pandas. Displays of flowers are at their best during the summer season, although epiphytic orchards and other flowers bloom at different times. Lauribinayak a fabulous view point offer tremendous view of sunset, sunrise and 360 degree view from Annapurna to mighty Everest region. The holy Gosainkund lakes, waterfalls and turbulent rivers add to the enjoyment of this Langtang Gosaikunda trek.
A mountainous bus ride to the north of Kathmandu winds over the Middle Hill ridges to the important Trisuli Nadi, and then follows it upstream to Dhunche; the start of the trek. On the up-route we visit a traditional cheese factory: the produce manufactured by hand. The second afternoon, at Shin Gompa, offers your first full views of the towering, snow-covered Ganesh Himal (7600m) and the Langtang Himal.
On the fourth afternoon you will reach the beautiful and holy Gosainkund Lakes, revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Beyond the Laurebina La (4610m), the altitude gradually drops as you descend through terraced rice paddies and several villages with splendid monasteries. Good boots, warm/waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essential items.
Our Gosaikund Helambu trekking package includes transport, local porters, meals, tea house accommodation, drinking water and showers. Additional beverages and snacks will be for your account.
Spring (March - May) and autumn (September -November) are the best months to trek, but we offer this Gosaikunda trek in all four seasons.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1,950m /6,435ft) 7-8 hrs. drive
- Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (2,230m /7,350ft)5-6 hrs
- Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3,330 m /10,925 ft.) 4-5 hrs
- Day 06: Shin Gompa- Laurebina Yak (3,950m /13,035ft) 3-4 hrs
- Day 07: Laurebina Yak – Gosainkund Lake (4,380m /14,454ft) 3-4 hrs
- Day 08: Gosainkund Lake- Gopte (3440m /11,286ft) 7-8 hrs
- Day 09: Gopte- Tharepati (3,640m /12,012ft) 2-3 hrs
- Day 10: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2,450 m /8,085ft) 4- 5 hrs
- Day 11: Kutumsang - Chisopani (2,160m /7,125ft) 5-6 hrs
- Day 12: Chisopani – Sundarijal, Short drive to Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft) 4-5 hrs trek, 1 hr. drive
- Day 13: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Langtnag Gosaikund Trekking Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our Mountain Mart Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1,950m /6,435ft), 7-8 hrs drive
Drive on a northern highway that twists and climbs ridges to Trishuil Bazar. The journey will take 7-8 hours through picturesque landscapes, Himalayan sceneries and local villages. On the way, we have magnificent views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan mountain range including Mt. Kerung.. Overnight in Dhunche at Lodge.
Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (2,230m /7,350ft), 5-6 hrs.
Trek starts through bumpy off road to Thulo Bharku a little Tamang village.about 2 hour and ascent gradually through rhododendron forest. There is fantastic lunch spot in the apple field with marvelous view of Ganesh Himal and Tibet range Mountain. After Lunch trail leads moderately flat and descend down. Approximately 2 hours walk, finally you will arrive a large Tamang heritage village to Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru at Tamang family Guest House.
Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Shing Gompa (3,330 m /10,925 ft.),4-5 hrs.
We take the broad trail climbing up to Dimsa village and trial continues less steeply, through rhododendron, hemlock and Oak forests to Shing Gomba. On the way of your trek you will see fantastic views of Ganesh Himal ranges, Langtang ranges and langtang valley. Shing gomba has Yak Cheese factory opened on the association of Swiss govt.. Overnight in Shing Gomba at Lodge.
Day 06: Shing Gomba - Lauribina Yak (3,950m /13035ft11715ft), 3-4 hrs
We ascend smoothly through the rhododendron forest offering free view of Ganesh Himal range and Lantang ranges including tranquility view of Langtang valley. The area in-between Shing gomba to Laurebina Yak is a sanctuary for the red panda, an endangered species that the Nepalese call cat bear. We leave tree lines behind reaching after perfect tea break Cholang Pati (3,550m /11,715ft) Trail continues to climb to Laurebina Yak with the wide range breathtaking view of Manaslu(8,156m) range, Langtang and Tibetan range mountain. It’s just perfect place to acclimatize for AMS, evening sunset and sunrise. Overnight in Laurebina Yak.at Lodge.
Day 07: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikund Lake (4,380m /14,454ft), 3-4 hrs.
After morning tranquility photo shooting, we climb to a pass and then continues on an expected trail through the small ridge, with view of Sarswati Kund (Sarswati Lake. 4100m, 13530ft) Bhairav Kund and finally emerge Goidanda Kund overnight by the lakeside. Afternoon explore vicinity of Gosiakund Lake. Overnight in Gosaikunda at Lodge
Day 08: Gosainkunda Lake- Gopte (3,440m /11,286ft), 6-8 hrs.
After breakfast, our trail climbs from the Gosaikund Lake to four more lakes en-route to Laurebina La (4610m /15213 ft) then drop down to Phedi. Nearby is the site of Thai International Airbus crash site into a mountain in 1992. Continue walking over side valley up and down crossing through rhododendron and pine trees, approach you to Ghopte. Overnight in Ghopte at Lodge.
Day 09: Gopte- Tharpati (3,640m /12,012ft), 2-3 hrs
Today is short walk. Trail descend down to the steam and moderate flat then rise up to barren hill Tharepari. It’s a view point to north east range of Himalaya such as Dorje Lakpa, Jugal himal range, Gauri Shankar and Tibetan range mountain including Shisa Pangma (8,012m) can be seen from Tharepati in the clear morning. Overnight in Tharepati at Lodge
Day 10: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2,450 m /8,085ft), 4-5 hrs.
Our trail for today descends down through the dense forest of rhododendron, oak and pines to Mangen goth. Walk through the ridge and steeply down to big village after Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Kutumsang at Lodge.
Day 11: Kutumsang - Chisopani (2,160m /71,25ft), 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast we continue descending and ascending passing typical villages along ridge with the view of Helambu lower valley, social sites and far left behind snow capped Himalayas. Overnight in chisopani at Lodge
Day 12: Chisopani – Sundarijal - Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft)), 4-5 hrs.
Today’s walk begins ascending moderately about an hour and half then descend through dense forest with scenic view of Kathmadnu valley via Shivapuri National Park. Trek continues big Tamang village, military post and drinking water supplying damp to Kathmandu. Follow drinking water pipe to the road and drive back to Kathmandu 15 KM. about an hour.Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel.
Day 13: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.
(updated: June 01, 2017 data from Department of Immigration - Nepal)
Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit
Nepal must hold a valid passport prior to applying for a Nepal visa. The passport
must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Foreigners can obtain a
Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration
office. One recent copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for
Tourist Visa to Nepal. Mountain Mart Trek has listed Nepal visa information tips for travelers to Nepal.
Tourist visas shall be granted for a maximum
period of 150 days in a visa year (January to December)
A foreigner who has departed before
the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year. If any foreigner who has entered Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to extend his/her stay into the new visa year, he/she may do so by purchasing another visa for the New Year. Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total period of the stay.
application for a Tourist Visa must be submitted in the format referred to in
A Nepali visa issued abroad
is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue. True -
Tourist Visa Exceptions
Citizens of the
following countries should be issue visa in their own country to Nepal embassy
Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia,
No foreigners except Indians are entitled to Nepal without a
Visas can be obtained from the following immigration offices
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
- Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
- Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
- Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Visa Application Forms
A copy of the Visa Form is available for use at the end of this
document that avoids you long queue to pick up the Nepal visa form at the international
The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on
arrival at any border are as follows:
- A Tourist Visa
with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
- A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40
payable only in USD dollars
- A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable
only in USD dollars
- Regardless of the provisions stated in points E1 and E2
above: Tourists with passports from South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation
(SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka) are not required to
pay visa fees for a 30 day visa.
- Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter into Nepal.
The fees payable (only in local Nepali currency) to extend
the duration of your stay, or to renew a visa are:
- US$ 2 equivalent, in Nepali currency, per day of the
- An additional US$ 20 or equivalent, in Nepali currency,
is payable on a single-entry visa in F1 if a MultipleEntry facility is requested for the
- If foreign visitors failed to renew their visa and need
to do so at an exit point, they have to pay an additional equivalent to US$ 3, in Nepalese
currency, on the regular visa extension fee.
- Foreign visitors who have overstayed their visa period of
150 days without extension are required to pay an additional visa fee as per provision
in F3, plus a fine as specified in Clause 10 sun-clause 4 of the immigration Act 2049.
- Regardless of the provision stated in F1: 15 days is
counted as a minimum extension period and the visa fee is charged accordingly. For an
extension period of more than 15 days, the visa fee is charged as per the provision of F1.
- A tourist visa can be extended for up to a maximum period
of 150 days in a single visa year (Jan. – Dec.).
It is cheaper to purchase a
30 day visa at the point of entry and then to extend it, for 15 days or more at the Central Immigration Office
in Kathmandu or Pokhara unless you are staying for 90 days or more
For an extension to a visa you
will need two additional passport photographs for each extension.
A transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal's
immigration offices at an entry point upon the production of a departure flight
ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The fee is US$ 5 or
equivalent convertible currency. A transit visa may not be extended.
A Nepali Visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy / Consulate
Offices in your country, or upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. It is also
possible to obtain the visa from other border points of entry. You'll need 1
passport photo each time.
For foreign investors, a business visa with a multiple entry
facility for a period of one year or five years can be obtained from the
Department of Immigration on the recommendation of the Department of Industry
and Commerce by paying US$ 100 and US$ 250 or equivalent convertible foreign or
Note: While we
try to make the information contained herein as accurate as possible, we accept
no responsibility for any loss,
disruption or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.
Information to Visitors
Foreign visitors are requested to keep a note of the dates
on their Nepalese visa and their passport number to avoid possible problems.
Visa extensions need to be applied for, within the valid period of the Nepalese
You are requested to ensure that you get the arrival/departure stamps on your
passport at the entry /exit points to avoid possible legal complications.
Living in Nepal without a passport or a valid visa is a
Deviation from the prescribed trekking routes mentioned on
your trekking permit will be treated as a violation of the law.
You are advised to be aware of brokers/cheaters and
counterfeit documents or visa/trekking permits to avoid legal complications.
Change of purpose of your stay without permission is not
allowed and employment or voluntary services while on a tourist visa is
strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offence.
Be certain to
register at the police and Immigration check points along any trail. It would
be wise to register your trekking destination and schedule at your Embassy or
If you encounter
problems along the trails, immediately inform the nearest police or Immigration
You are requested to change money with recognized dealers
and do not forget to take and keep formal receipts.
You are requested to inform the officials at an Immigration
Office or Police Station of any changes in the address previously given in your
visa application form or disembarkation card, and within seven days.
If, as a tourist, your stay is more than 120 days in one
visa year and you wish to visit additional places for longer than 24 hours, you
must register at the local police office of such places, your name, passport
number and address.
You are advised to be mindful to contact the Department of
Immigration to request a visa transfer in the case of getting a new passport or
travel document from your embassy, and within seven days.
Passport and trekking permits should be kept by each trekker
Filming in restricted or notified areas without permission
is strictly prohibited.
Please do not take out the visa stickers from your passport
and do not try to change records printed in your passport.
We request your
co-operation in observing the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal.
Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments, help to protect local
culture and maintain local pride.
- Respect privacy
while taking photographs.
- Respect holy
- Refrain from
giving money to children as it will encourage begging.
- Respecting local
etiquette will earn you respect.
Let the Himalayas change you – do not change them: so
remember while you are on trekking:
- Leave campsites
cleaner than you have found them.
- Do not light open fires.
- Burn dry papers
and packets in a safe place.
- Keep local water
clean and avoid using pollutants.
- Plants should be
left to flourish in their natural environment.
- Help your guides
and porters to follow conservation measures.
- Protect the natural environment.
Indian citizens are permitted to travel in Nepal provided
they have any one of the following documents:
Passport; Driving license with photograph; Identity card
with photograph issued by a governmental body; Ration card with photograph;
Voter identity card with photograph; Registration certificate issued by the
Indian embassy to Indian citizens residing in Nepal; Ad hoc/temporary identity
cards issued by the Indian embassy to the Indian citizen in the event of
exigency; Document with photograph and setting out identity, issued by the
sub-divisional magistrate or authority there above.
|Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
||977 - 01 - 4433934 /
4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868
||977 - 01 - 4433935
|Sunday to Thursday
||10:30 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. in Summer
||10:30 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. in Winter (Nov. to Jan.)
||10:30 a.m. -15:00 p.m.
Visa Application Hours
|Sunday to Thursday
||10:30 a.m. - 15:00 p.m.
||10:30 a.m. - 13:00 p.m.
Note: All of the
information above is based on information from the Department of Immigration of
Nepal’s office and may be found on
Trekking cards and
Permits for Conservation Areas, National Parks and Restricted Areas
All trekkers are required to carry a Trekkers' Information Management System card (TIMS card). It is available from the
Tourist Services Centre in Kathmandu: Sun – Fri 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 –
17:00. It is free, but requires two passport photographs. (Trekking agencies
provide the cards for their clients.) Show it at check points on trekking
Trekking Permits are required for all treks that pass
through Conservation Areas or National Parks.
permits can be purchased at the Tourist Services Centre for Rs 2000 plus
National Park entry
tickets cost Rs 3000 and require no photograph. Purchase at the Department
of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation office Sun – Fri 09:00 – 14:00 only
(next to the Tourist Services office).
Permits are required mainly for camping style trekking in remote areas near
the Tibetan border – for which a guide is strongly recommended. They can only
be purchased for two or more trekkers. The permits are issued by the Central
Immigration Office, require two working days, your original passports (not
facsimiles) and two photographs. Costs range from US$10/week to US$500/10 days
plus substantial additional amounts for each additional day. These will be
procured by your chosen trekking agency. Offices are open daily, but with
restricted hours on Saturdays.
The foreign tourist
visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa.
The tourist visa shall be
granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means
January to December).
A tourist who has departed
before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year
shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another
If any foreigner who has
entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the
period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other
visa year, he may use such facility.
Provided, however, that the
computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total
period of his stay.
Note: Above information is based on Department of
Immigration of Nepal office.