Gosaikunda Circuit 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 – Syabru Besi (1,440m/4,750ft), 7-8 hrs, ~132km drive
The journey northwest from Kathmandu on the Northern Highway follows a torturous route over the middle hills through picturesque forest and farmland. Views of Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal and Kyirong to the north are possible from high ridges. At Devighat the road turns north into the Trisuli Valley and meets the river at Trisuli. A secondary road then winds up the river valley to Betrawati, before snaking over the hills to Dhunche; the largest village in the region. Continue down to the riverside village of Syabru Besi where the river (that cuts through the ranges from Tibet) is now named the Bhote Koshi. Overnight in Syabru Besi.at Lodge
Day 04: Syabru Besi – Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km
From Syabru Besi the trail follows the Langtang Khola which rises from the Langtang Glacier below Langtang Ri: on the finger of land that pushes north to the border with Tibet. After crossing a couple of suspension bridges it leads precipitously along and above the south bank of the stream, passing through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. These are home to a wide variety of wildlife: numerous birds, grey langurs, and red pandas, wild boars, Himalayan black bears. Overnight in Lama Hotel at Lodge.
Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km
Today’s trail climbs a 1,000m/3,300ft, beginning easily at first, then more steeply as it climbs through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron, maple and hemlock. Tantalising views of the approaching Langtang Himal appear to the north. The trail then drops back to a picturesque tea house on the river, climbs a pass to the hotel-settlement of Ghora Tabela and then rises with the river, as it gradually enters the ancient, broad, U-shaped glacial valley carved by the Langtang, Shalbachum and Lirung Glaciers.
The path then climbs the hillside; through forest and open terraced fields of buckwheat, barley and potatoes, to the villages of Thangshyap, Chamki and Ghumba (with an interesting gompa). Finally it rises, past water driven mills and prayer wheels, to the large village of Langtang: headquarters of the National Park. Impressive twin waterfalls drop from a cliff-cleft above this Tibetan village of flat-roofed stone and wooden homes. Cattle and yaks graze above the town. Langtang Lirung is directly north of the village. Local cheeses, breads and apple pie pamper to foreign tastes. Overnight Langtang at Lodge.
Day 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa, (3,870m/12,697ft), 3-4 hrs, ~5km
Today is a short day: which should aid acclimatisation. Climb a ridge beyond the village to a Chorten and continue gently up passed a long mani wall to Mundu and Sindum. Then drop (passed an impressive boulder) back to the river before climbing to Yamphu: and a yak-wool shop. The trail then crosses the Laja Chu before rising up a moraine to a view point: with views of the dramatic icefall from the Langtang Lirung and Kinshung peaks as well as the monastery ahead. Surmount a final ridge and drop to the teahouse-village that has developed below the gompa. Consider afternoon walks to the cheese factory or to Kyanjin Gompa or to the Kyanjin Glacier to assist with acclimatisation. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa at Lodge.
Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa: rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration
Kyanjin Ri (4,850m/16,005ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,500ft) both offer excellent viewpoints of the area. After breakfast, walk up to Tsergo Ri for spectacular views to the north of the Langtang Range and in particular Langtang Lirung (7,227m/23,712ft), Kinshung (6,781m/22,248ft) and Yansa Tsenji (6,567m/21,546ft). Below is the impressive snout of the huge Langtang Lirung Glacier. To the west and south is: Dorie Lakpa (6,966m/22,855ft), Ganchenpo (6,387m/20,956ft), Dshabu Ri (5,202m/17,068ft) and Urking Kanggari (5,863m/19,565ft). Return to the guest house for lunch and then stroll around the Kyanjin Valley. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.at Lodge.
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,150ft), 3-4 hrs, ~5km
Retrace your steps, back down to the Lama Hotel, enjoying the views on this easier walk. Take it slowly to assist with acclimatisation. Overnight in Lama Hotel at Lodge.
Day 09: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru (2,230m/7,350ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km
Continue to retrace your steps, stopping for lunch at Pairo. Then ascend: with great northeast views of the Ganesh Himal before dropping to cross to the south side of the river above Bamboo and continue up to a ‘T’ junction: (straight on for Syabrubesi). Turn south (left) and trek upwards to U Kyang and on to the large village of Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru at Lodge.
Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3,330m/10,925ft), 4-5 hrs, ~8km
Today’s trail involves another 1,000m/3,300ft ascent with splendid views of the Ganesh Himal to the northeast plus the Langtang Range and Valley to the north. A broad path zigzags up the hill from the village through potato fields. Follow the routes that lead to Dursagang and then climb up through oak and hemlock forests followed by rhododendron forest and open pastures to summit on a ridge at Phoprang Danda. A large trail to Shin Gompa follows the top of the ridge through old forest, then up to a higher ridge of spruce forest: and a final climb to a third ridge and the village of Chandan Bari – and Shin Gompa. The Gompa runs a cheese factory; opened initially under the auspices of a Swiss company. Both are worth a visit. Overnight in Shin Gompa at Lodge.
Day 11: Shin Gompa – Laurebina Yak (3,950m/12,960ft), 3-4 hrs, ~4km
The trail ascends smoothly through rhododendron forest with continuing views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals and the tranquil Langtang valley. The northern slopes of today’s route have been declared a sanctuary: dedicated to the preservation of the endangered red panda: which the Nepali call a ‘cat bear.’
The tree line of the north facing forests is now replaced, by the scrub vegetation of the southern slopes as the path rises higher; to a perfect tea spot at Cholang Pati. The trail continues to climb to Laurebina Yak with wider ranging and more breathtaking scenery that now includes views, from west to east, of the distant Annapurnas, the Manaslu (8,156m/26,760ft) range, the full Langtang Range and also mountains visible beyond the border into Tibet. This is a perfect place to relax – and enjoy magnificent sunset/sunrise photographic possibilities. Overnight in Laurebina Yak at Lodge.
Day 12: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikunda (4,380m/14,454ft), 3-4 hrs, ~3km
After a tranquil early morning photo shoot, the trail climbs to a ridge and on up, past waterfalls from the small Saraswati Kund (Lake, 4,100m/13,530ft). It then follows an exposed route, high above the Trisuli Valley to the west, to a spur and views of the second, Bhairav Kund. Beyond, Gosaikunda lies on the north-western shore of the largest lake. There are good viewpoints on a ridge behind the village. Several semi-frozen lakes lie to the south. Afternoon exploration. Overnight in Gosaikunda at Lodge
Day 13: Gosaikunda – Laurebina La (4,610m/15,213ft) – Gopte (3,440m/11,286ft), 6-8 hrs, ~8km
Ahead is the Laurebina La which needs about 1½ hrs to summit along a trail that passes four more lakes. Summit views over Sura (Sun) Kund and the surrounding countryside are splendid. The trail then descends beside a stream to a rustic high camp “lodge” before dropping down the centre of the valley to Phedi. Below Phedi, the trail becomes rocky and climbs up and down several ridges, dropping eventually into rhododendron and pine forest beneath the cliffs of the Thare Danda. It negotiates several ravines before reaching Gopte which lies on a ridge. Overnight in Gopte at Lodge.
Day 14: Gopte – Tharepati (3,640m/12,012ft), 2-3 hrs, ~8km
Today is a short walk. The trail continues to negotiate rocky ravines and crosses old boulder strewn moraine beds before ascending to a high, windy, ridge and the village of Tharepati. Magnificent (distant!) views to the northeast include Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar and ranges into Tibet. Overnight in Tharepati at Lodge.
Day 15: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2,450m/8,085ft), 4-5 hrs, ~10km
The trail drops 1,200m/3,900ft today over a succession of ridges. At first it descends steeply through dense pine forest towards distant Mangengoth. It then climbs the Mera Danda from where some of the last good views of the Langtang peaks appear to the north. Another valley crossing leads to Yuldu Bhanjyang for the last peak views. The trail then passes a waterfall and ridges down through fir and rhododendron forest and farmland to Kutumsang. Explore the village. Overnight in Kutumsang at Lodge.
Day 16: Kutumsang – Chisopani (2,160m/7,125ft), 5-6 hrs, ~11km
At first the trail climbs past granite cliffs and on to the Tamang village of Golphu on a ridge. It then continues its general upward trend to Thotong and Lapcha Danda. There are great views of the softer Helambu District to the south from high ridges. From here the trail drops through fields and new forest to the large village of Chipling. It then undulates over two lower ridges before climbing gently to Chisopani from where there are good, distant mountain views. Overnight in Chisopani at Lodge.
Day 17: Chisopani – Sundarijal – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 4-5 hrs, ~10 , 1 hr, ~20km bus ride
Chisopani lies at the northern border of the Shivapuri National Park; which is also the main water catchment area for Kathmandu. The trail passes through dense forests, rising gently to the Borlang Bhanjyang before undulating to Mulkharka and then dropping to Sundarijal on the southern border of the park. From here a jeep will return you to Kathmandu and your hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast.
Day 18: Final departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination
Note: Above trekking hours and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.
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.