• GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

    A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope towards Laurebina Pass (4650 m), with the blue surface of Gosainkunda shining in the morning sun below
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    A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope towards Laurebina Pass (4650 m), with the blue surface of Gosainkunda shining in the morning sun below

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

A GUIDE TO THE TRAIL

In this guide we share detailed trail notes about the Gosainkunda Helambu trekking route. This route starts in the Langtang Valley, ascends to Gosainkunda, crosses Laurebina Pass, then descends to join the Helambu trekking route, finishing at Kutumsang or Sundarijal north of Kathmandu (or vice versa). This guide includes section-by-section stats, plus info about food, services, and accommodation options along the way. There is also a description of the trail and we offer a downloadable route map for online or offline use. As a visual accompaniment to this written guide you can watch our Gosainkunda Trek film, and for everything else you need to know to plan your trek, check out our complete Gosainkunda Trekking Guide.

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GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREK OVERVIEW

    • DISTANCE | 45 – 75 km (depending on route taken)
    • DURATION | 5 – 8 days (+ 2 days travel to/from Kathmandu)
    • START/END | Syabrubesi / Kutumsang (or Sundarijal)
    • PERMITS REQUIRED | Langtang National Park Fee 3000 NPR (payable at checkpoint near start of trek), Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park Fee 1000 NPR (if starting/ending Sundarijal, payable at checkpoint at NP entrance), TIMS NOT Required (subject to change)
    • TREKKING SEASON | Best Seasons: Mid-March to April, October to Mid-November; Shoulder Seasons: Early-March, May, September, Mid-November to December; Avoid: June to August, January to February
    • TREK DIFFICULTY | Moderate
    • ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS | +/- approx 4500 – 7000 metres (depending on route)
    • MAX ALTITUDE | 4420 m (Gosainkunda), 4613 m (Gosainkunda viewpoint), 4650 m (Laurebina Pass)
    • GUIDE MANDATORY | Debatable: From April 1st 2023, trekking guides became mandatory for all foreign trekkers in Nepal, however the rule isn’t necessarily being enforced on the ground
    • ACCOMMODATION | Teahouses/Guesthouses in villages along the trail
    • TREK COST | $29 – 100 USD per person, per day (budget independent trekker to fully inclusive package)
    • ADD-ON TREKS | Langtang Valley, Tamang Heritage Trail
    • RECOMMENDED TREKKING AGENCY | Himalayan Masters, Quote HOGG5 for 5% discount

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREK OVERVIEW

DISTANCE
45 -75 km
(depending on route)

DURATION
5
– 8 days
(+ 2 days travel to/from Kathmandu)

START/END
Syabrubesi / Kutumsang (or Sundarijal)

PERMITS REQUIRED
Langtang National Park
Costs 3000 NPR
(payable at checkpoint near start of trek)

Shivapuri-Nagarjun
National Park

Costs 1000 NPR
(only if starting/ending at Sundarijal, payable at NP entrance checkpoint)

TIMS NOT Required
(subject to change)

TREKKING SEASON
Best Seasons
Mid-March to April
October to Mid-November
Shoulder Seasons
Early-March, May, September
Mid-November to December
Avoid
June to August
January to February

TREK DIFFICULTY
Moderate

ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS
+/- approx 4500 – 7000 metres
(depending on route)

MAX ALTITUDE
4420 m (Gosainkunda)
4613 m (Gosainkunda viewpoint)
4650 m (Laurebina Pass)

GUIDE MANDATORY
Debatable: From April 1st 2023, trekking guides became mandatory for all foreign trekkers in Nepal, however the rule isn’t necessarily being enforced on the ground

ACCOMMODATION
Teahouses/Guesthouses in villages along the trail

TREK COST
$29 – 100 USD per person, per day (budget independent trekker to fully inclusive package)

ADD-ON TREKS
Langtang Valley, Tamang Heritage Trail

OUR RECOMMENDED TREKKING AGENCY
Himalayan Masters, Quote HOGG5 for 5% discount


GOSAINKUNDA TREK FILM

 Get a sense of the Gosainkunda Helambu trekking route in our ‘silent hiking’ style ambient film.

Watch the behind the scenes version of our Gosainkunda Helambu trek on Instagram stories

Watch the behind the scenes
version of our
Gosainkunda
trek
on Instagram stories 

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

MAP & GPX DOWNLOAD

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE //

MAP & GPX DOWNLOAD

We have created a detailed trekking map to accompany this Gosainkunda Helambu trekking route guide. The route between Syabrubesi and Sundarijal via Gosainkunda and Laurebina Pass is marked, along with stats for each section. Alternative routes via Chandanbari and Dhunche are also marked. Guesthouse settlements and tea shops are pinned, as well as key sights and practical info such as checkpoints. Guesthouses as per our own trek itinerary (ending at Kutumsang) are marked, including prices and services, phone numbers (where possible), and a copy of the menu. Photos are included with most pins.

You can use the digital map online, or download it for offline use with a mapping app such as Organic Maps, Maps.me or Gaia GPS. This is very helpful for navigation assistance on the trail. It also allows you to quickly pinpoint key places and services along the way and to calculate distances between destinations.

Note that while we’ve tried to be as accurate as possible when recording and mapping the route, changes on the ground are inevitable and this map should not be solely relied upon for navigation.

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREK ITINERARY

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE //

ITINERARY

In the itinerary table below and in the detailed trail notes throughout this guide, we outline a 6 day trek starting at Syabrubesi and ending at Kutumsang (with 2 extra days for travelling to and from Kathmandu), and with the option of continuing for a further 1.5 days to finish at Sundarijal. This is the itinerary we followed on our own trek, joining the trail beyond Pairo at the end of our Langtang Valley trek and finishing at Kutumsang. If you are already well acclimatised when starting the Gosainkunda Helambu trek, this is an ideal itinerary to follow. If you are not pre-acclimatised, we would suggest adding an extra night at Chandanbari and Cholangpati on the way to Gosainkunda, in order to ascend to high altitude at a safe rate (see our recommended Gosainkunda Trek itinerary for a non-acclimatised trekker).

In our detailed trek description below we break down each day into sections with individual stats and trail notes in order to make this route guide as helpful as possible, regardless of the specific Gosainkunda trek itinerary you choose to follow.

*Read more about other possible Gosainkunda itineraries in our Guide To The Gosainkunda Trek

If viewing on a mobile device or tablet, scroll to the right to see the full table or flip your screen to landscape mode.

DAYROUTEDISTANCE & TIME

ELEVATION GAINELEVATION LOSSSLEEP ALTITUDE
TRAVEL DAYDrive KATHMANDU → SYABRUBESI5.5+ hours1500 m
DAY 1*SYABRUBESI → THULO SYABRU8.2 km / 4 hours1195 m453 m2230 m
DAY 2**THULO SYABRU → LAUREBINA8.1 km / 6 hours1747 m39 m3930 m
DAY 3LAUREBINA → GOSAINKUNDA3.75 km / 3 hours595 m110 m4420 m
DAY 4GOSAINKUNDA VIEWPOINT
(4613 m)
1.25 km / 1 hour195 m195 m4420 m
DAY 5GOSAINKUNDA → LAUREBINA PASS
(4650 m) → GHOPTE
11.2 km / 6.5 hours783 m1775 m3425 m
DAY 6GHOPTE → KUTUMSANG13.5 km / 6 hours749 m1702 m2470 m
DAY 7
(Option 1)
Drive KUTUMSANG → KATHMANDU4.5+ hours1400 m
DAY 7
(Option 2)
KUTUMSANG → CHISAPANI16.4 km / 7 hours1313 m1608 m2170 m
DAY 8
(Part 1)
CHISAPANI → SUNDARIJAL9.8 km / 3.5 hours355 m1145 m
DAY 8
(Part 2)
Drive SUNDARIJAL → KATHMANDU1.5 hours1400 m

* If joining after the Langtang Trek or Tamang Heritage Trail, trek from Lama Hotel/Rimche/Sherpagaon to Thulo Syabru (approx 10 km, 5 – 6 hours, +1126 m, -1377 m)

** There are two trekking routes between Thulo Syabru and Laurebina. If you are well acclimatised already, it’s possible to skip Chandanbari and go directly to Laurebina via Mulkharka as per this itinerary. If you are not pre-acclimatised we recommend adding an additional 2 nights by trekking from Thulo Syabru to Chandanbari (6.6 km, 5 hours, +1264 m, -185 m, sleeping altitude 3300 m), then Chandanbari to Cholangpati (3.8 km, 2 hours, +395 m, -75 m, sleeping altitude 3615 m), then Cholangpati to Laurebina (1.6 km, 1 hour, +307 m, sleeping altitude 3930 m). For more details, see our recommended Gosainkunda Trek itinerary for a non-acclimatised trekker.

OUR RECOMMENDED TREKKING AGENCY

We partnered with Himalayan Masters for our Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda, and Everest Three Passes treks, and found them to be professional and committed to a high level of service

To enquire about booking your own trek, get in touch via email at info@himalayan-masters.com and mention the code HOGG5 to get a 5% discount off the cost of your trip


GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREK ELEVATION PROFILE

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE //

ELEVATION PROFILE

The image below shows the elevation profile of our own route for the Gosainkunda Helambu trek, joining the trail at the Gosainkunda turn-off after trekking the Langtang Valley, crossing Laurebina Pass, and finishing at Kutumsang. Elevation is displayed in metres and distance in kilometres.

An elevation profile for the Gosainkunda Trek, from tthe Gosainkunda turn-off in the Langtang valley to Kutumsang

3D ROUTE MAP

Watch our 3D relief map video of the route to visualise the landscape and get a sense of the trek to Gosainkunda.


GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE BREAKDOWN

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE //

ROUTE BREAKDOWN AND TRAIL DESCRIPTION

Below is the breakdown of the Gosainkunda Helambu trekking route outlined in the itinerary table above. Each day includes an overview, distances, elevation gain and loss, estimated trekking times without breaks, a detailed description of the trail, and info about food, services, and accommodation options.

TRAVEL DAY: DRIVE to SYABRUBESI

TRAVEL DAY:

DRIVE to SYABRUBESI

5.5 – 9 hours

5.5 – 9 hours

Syabrubesi is the trailhead for the Gosainkunda Helambu trek as outlined in this itinerary. It’s a small town approximately 115 km north of Kathmandu. You can get there by public bus or private jeep and the journey takes around 5.5 – 9 hours, depending on your mode of transport. The road is narrow and twisting at points with occasional steep drop-offs, and includes some bumpy sections on rough non-tarmac roads.

Whether you travel by bus or private jeep, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant (with a toilet) and then again at the Langtang National Park entrance checkpoint, where you can pay your entrance fee and your bag will be checked.

Syabrubesi itself has numerous guesthouses lining the main street, along with a few small shops. It’s common for people to stay overnight here at the start and/or end of their Gosainkunda, Langtang Valley, and Tamang Heritage Trail treks.

Early morning sun and shadow on the quiet main street of Syabrubesi

Early morning on the main street of Syabrubesi



Early morning sun and shadow on the quiet main street of Syabrubesi

Early morning on the main street of Syabrubesi



Read more about getting from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back again in the transport section of our Gosainkunda Trekking Guide.

OUR SYABRUBESI ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | New Yala Peak Guesthouse, Syabrubesi
    • ROOM | Small double + single bed. Pillows, duvets with cover and sheets, blanket
    • ROOM COST | 1000 NPR attached bathroom/ 500 NPR shared bathroom
    • BATHROOM | Attached bathroom with sit-down toilet and hot shower
    • DAL BHAT | 600 NPR
    • SHOWER | Very hot, solar
    • CHARGING | Sockets in room, no fee for electricity use
    • WIFI | Free
    • PHONE | NCell, NTC
    • SHOP | Numerous
    • OTHER | Sizeable town with numerous facilities

OUR SYABRUBESI ACCOMMODATION

  • NAME | New Yala Peak Guesthouse, Syabrubesi
  • ROOM | Small double + single bed. Pillows, duvets with cover and sheets, blanket
    ROOM COST | 1000 NPR attached bathroom/ 500 NPR shared bathroom
  • BATHROOM | Attached bathroom with sit-down toilet and hot shower
  • DAL BHAT | 600 NPR
  • SHOWER | Very hot, solar
  • CHARGING | Sockets in room, no fee for electricity use
  • WIFI | Free
  • PHONE | NCell, NTC
  • SHOP | Numerous
  • OTHER | Sizeable town with numerous facilities

NEW YALA PEAK GUESTHOUSE MENU

Click into the slider to see this food and drink menu from Syabrubesi.

  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi
  • Langtang Valley Trek food and drink menu from New Yala Peak Guesthouse in Syabrubesi

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

DAY 1: SYABRUBESI → THULO SYABRU

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE DAY 1:

SYABRUBESI →
THULO SYABRU

 8.2 km | + 1195 m / – 453 m | 4 hours

 8.2 km

+ 1195 m / – 453 m

4 hours

The day starts with a gradual climb up the Langtang Valley, following the Langtang Khola (river) east. The route then departs from the Langtang trekking route and climbs more steeply to the southwest, ending at the picturesquely situated hillside town of Thulo Syabru.

Elevation profile and figures for the Syabrubesi to Thulo Syabru section of the Gosainkunda trek


PLACES ON THE ROUTE

The table below details the tea shops, villages, and services available along the route from Syabrubesi to Thulo Syabru. The distances and times noted cover the sections between the stops, not the total from the start.

If viewing on a mobile device or tablet, scroll to the right to see the full table or flip your screen to landscape mode.

NAMETIWARIDOMEN

TEA SHOPTHULO SYABRU
APPROX TIME45 min30 min1h15m1h30m
DISTANCE2.75 km1.5 km1.15 km2.8 km
ELEVATION1555 m1660 m1960 m2220 m
GUESTHOUSE~ 2~ 2✖️15+
RESTAURANT✔️✔️Tea✔️
SHOP✔️✔️✔️✔️
ELECTRICITYSolarSolar✖️✔️
WIFI??✖️✔️
PHONE SIGNAL??✖️✔️
HOT SHOWER??✖️✔️
OTHERSmall town with road access to Syabrubesi and Dhunche

Syabrubesi →  Gosainkunda Turn-off

4.7 km | + 456 m / – 191 m | 1.5 hours

Syabrubesi →
Gosainkunda Turn-off

4.7 km

+ 456 m / – 191 m

1.5 hours

There is a passport and permit checkpoint in Syabrubesi which you must stop at before starting your trek. From the checkpoint, the trail leads down the road and along to a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi. Turn right after crossing the bridge, following the trail around the hillside to the old town of Syabrubesi. Sticking to the north of the Langtang Khola, the trail continues gradually up the valley to a small teahouse settlement at Tiwari, with just a couple of guesthouses here. Shortly after Tiwari you’ll cross a bridge over to the southern side of the Langtang Khola, then continue climbing up the valley to the small teahouse settlement of Domen.

Leaving Domen, the trail climbs more steeply and you’ll reach the Gosainkunda turn-off after about 15 minutes. At this point the Langtang and Gosainkunda trails diverge.

Gosainkunda Turn-Off → Thulo Syabru

3.5 km | + 739 m / – 262 m | 2.5 hours

Gosainkunda Turn-Off
→ Thulo Syabru

3.5 km

+ 739 m / – 262 m

2.5 hours

If you are combining the Gosainkunda Trek with a Langtang Valley or Tamang Heritage Trail Trek, this is the joining point. From the trail junction, it’s a steady 260 metre climb uphill through bamboo forest on a zig-zagging trail, to a small tea shop up top. Beyond here the trail is flat or gently undulating for around 1 km, with views across the valley to Thulo Syabru and some lovely big trees arched across the path. You’ll then descend steeply to cross a long suspension bridge spanning the valley.

A view across the valley of Thulo Syabru on a misty afternoon

A view across the valley of Thulo Syabru on a misty afternoon



Two locals and a trekker walk along the forested trail to Thulo Syabru at the start of the Gosainkunda trek

Forest trail to Thulo Syabru



A view across the valley of Thulo Syabru on a misty afternoon

A view of Thulo Syabru on a misty afternoon


Two locals and a trekker walk along the forested trail to Thulo Syabru at the start of the Gosainkunda trek

Forest trail to Thulo Syabru



After crossing the bridge the trail descends briefly before climbing to Thulo Syabru. The lower part of the village has lots of fields, terraces, and houses, plus a few basic older guesthouses. More modern guesthouses and hotels can be found in the upper part. To reach them, just keep climbing uphill on the concrete path and dirt road.

Thulo Syabru is a sizeable town with lots of guesthouses, some of which are more like hotels. It is connected to Syabrubesi and Dhunche by road, so shops here are pretty well stocked. There are also services available like WiFi, network data connections, device charging, and hot showers. There is a monastery in the town, too.

OUR THULO SYABRU ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | Langtang View Hotel And Lodge
    • ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow (ask for blanket) + attached bathroom
    • ROOM COST | 1000 NPR
    • BATHROOM | Attached bathroom; sit down toilet; hot shower (solar)
    • DAL BHAT | 650 NPR
    • SHOWER | Solar (nice and hot)
    • CHARGING | Sockets in room
    • WIFI | 300 NPR, unlimited use
    • PHONE | NCell, NTC (weather permitting)
    • SHOP | Yes
    • OTHER | More like a modern hotel than traditional guesthouse

OUR THULO SYABRU ACCOMMODATION

NAME | Langtang View Hotel And Lodge

ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow (ask for blanket) + attached bathroom

ROOM COST | 1000 NPR

BATHROOM | Attached bathroom; sit down toilet; hot shower (solar)

DAL BHAT | 650 NPR

SHOWER | Solar (nice and hot)

CHARGING | Sockets in room

WIFI | 300 NPR, unlimited use

PHONE | NCell, NTC (weather permitting)

SHOP | Yes

OTHER | More like a modern hotel than traditional guesthouse


LANGTANG VIEW HOTEL AND LODGE

LANGTANG VIEW HOTEL

Click into the slider to see this food and drink menu from Thulo Syabru.

  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Langtang View Hotel in Thulo Syabru
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Langtang View Hotel in Thulo Syabru
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Langtang View Hotel in Thulo Syabru
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Langtang View Hotel in Thulo Syabru
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Langtang View Hotel in Thulo Syabru

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

DAY 2: THULO SYABRU → LAUREBINA

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE DAY 2:

THULO SYABRU
→ LAUREBINA

8.1 km | + 1747 m / – 39 m | 6 hours

8.1 km | + 1747 m / – 39 m | 6 hours

A day of continuous climbing. First up through local villages and beautiful rhododendron forest to a ridge, then up a wide path and concrete steps to Laurebina. In clear weather the views from the ridge are fantastic, looking over to the Manaslu Range, the Ganesh Himal Range, and the Langtang Range. The morning views from Laurebina are spectacular, when the weather is usually clear.

Elevation profile and figures for the Thulo Syabru to Laurebina section of the Gosainkunda trek


PLACES ON THE ROUTE

The table below details the tea shops, villages, and services available along the route from Thulo Syabru to Laurebina. The distances and times noted cover the sections between the stops, not the total from the start.

If viewing on a mobile device or tablet, scroll to the right to see the full table or flip your screen to landscape mode.

NAMEKARMU GUESTHOUSE + HOTEL SHERPA COTTAGEMULKHARKACHOLANGPATILAUREBINA
APPROX TIME2 hours1 hour2 hours1 hour
DISTANCE2.5 km1.3 km2.7 km1.6 km
ELEVATION2720 m2990 m3615 m3930 m – 3970 m
GUESTHOUSE2223
RESTAURANT✔️✔️✔️✔️
SHOP✔️✔️✔️✔️
ELECTRICITYSolar

Solar

SolarNo Charging
WIFI✔️✔️✖️✖️
PHONE SIGNAL✖️NTCNTC phone signal (no data)NTC phone signal (no data)
HOT SHOWER✔️✔️Bucket✔️

Thulo Syabru → Mulkharka

3.8 km | + 795 m / – 32 m | 3 hours

Thulo Syabru → Mulkharka

3.8 km

+ 795 m / – 32 m

3 hours

Leaving Thulo Syabru, continue uphill past the monastery and take the stairs towards the white stupa, following the painted signs for Gosainkunda. You will soon join a trail leading uphill through the forest, passing a small army base. After about 1 km and climbing around 225 metres you’ll meet a trail junction: the route to the right heads towards Sing Gompa/Chandanbari and the route to the left heads towards Cholangpati/Laurebina. There is a painted sign marking the spot. Go left, following the sign marked Cholang Pati.

Continue up the trail and you’ll soon enter a scenic village of scattered houses and terraced fields. Carry on climbing through the village. Higher up, you’ll come across a gorgeous cluster of rhododendron trees around Karmu Guest House, with striking pink, white, and red blossoms blooming in spring. Around the corner there is a picturesque prayer water wheel with a tinkling bell and small wooden bridge. Sherpa Cottage is just around the corner from here.

Leaving Sherpa Cottage you’ll pass an old chorten then enter a beautiful forest section, full of moss-covered rocks and rhododendron trees. You’ll soon pass another prayer water wheel with a small wooden bridge. When you meet the next water wheel, take the right trail heading uphill, marked by a wooden ‘Gosainkunda’ sign. From here, keep climbing through the forest for a further 1.3 km and 250 metres in elevation to reach Mulkharka. There are two guesthouses here both offering rooms and food. This makes an ideal lunch stop.

A prayer waterwheel in a small stone shelter surrounded by prayer flags and blooming rhododendrons, in the forest enroute from Thulo Syabru to Laurebina on the Gosainkunda trek

Prayer flag waterwheel



A distant snowy mountain view with red rhododendron flowers blooming in the foreground

Spring flowers and snowy mountain views from the trail



A distant snowy mountain view with red rhododendron flowers blooming in the foreground

Spring flowers and snowy mountain views


A prayer waterwheel in a small stone shelter surrounded by prayer flags and blooming rhododendrons, in the forest enroute from Thulo Syabru to Laurebina on the Gosainkunda trek

Prayer flag waterwheel



Mulkharka → Cholangpati

2.7 km | + 645 m / – 7 m | 2 hours

Mulkharka → Cholangpati

2.7 km

+ 645 m / – 7 m

2 hours

Above Mulkharka you’ll pass by the edge of a pine forest then continue climbing on a rocky path through more attractive forest all the way up to the ridge. It’s a 640 metre climb, mostly steady with a few steeper sections towards the top. The small teahouse settlement of Cholangpati is situated on the ridge, at the top of the climb. The trail approaching from the right is the one leading up from Sing Gompa/Chandanbari, with Cholangpati the meeting point of these two trails. There are two guesthouses here, both offering food and rooms.

Cholangpati → Laurebina

1.6 km | + 307 m / – 0 m | 1 hour

Cholangpati → Laurebina

1.6 km

+ 307 m / – 0 m

1 hour

The final climb to Laurebina follows a wide concrete path and steps, with handrails for much of the way, a telltale sign that this is a popular pilgrimage route. It’s a gradual climb as the path works its way up to 3900 m, with fantastic views on offer (weather permitting!).

There are three guesthouses at Laurebina. The first you’ll come to is Hotel Mount Rest View, with the other two a further 40 metre climb up the hill. The views from all of the guesthouses are spectacular, especially in the morning when the weather is generally clear and you have uninterrupted views of snowy peaks.

Sunny morning view of the upper guesthouses in the snow at Laurebina and the snowy mountain ranges beyond

Morning view of the upper guesthouses at Laurebina and the snowy mountain ranges beyond



Sunny morning view of the upper guesthouses in the snow at Laurebina and the snowy mountain ranges beyond

Morning view of the upper Laurebina guesthouses
and the snowcapped mountain ranges beyond



OUR LAUREBINA ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | Hotel Mount Rest View
    • ROOM | Twin beds, sheet, pillow and blanket
    • ROOM COST | ? NPR
    • BATHROOM | Shared toilet (1 x sit down, 1 x squat); shared shower (gas)
    • DAL BHAT | 700 NPR
    • SHOWER | Gas (bucket shower available if pipes frozen)
    • CHARGING | None
    • WIFI | None
    • PHONE | NTC (calls only, no data)
    • SHOP | Yes
    • OTHER | Old wooden guesthouse but atmospheric and comfortable

OUR LAUREBINA ACCOMMODATION

NAME | Hotel Mount Rest View

ROOM | Twin beds, sheet, pillow and blanket

ROOM COST | ? NPR

BATHROOM | Shared toilet (1 x sit down, 1 x squat); shared shower (gas)

DAL BHAT | 700 NPR

SHOWER | Gas (bucket shower available if pipes frozen)

CHARGING | None

WIFI | None

PHONE | NTC (calls only, no data)

SHOP | Yes

OTHER | Old wooden guesthouse but atmospheric and comfortable


HOTEL MOUNT REST VIEW

Click into the slider to see this food and drink menu from Laurebina.

  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Hotel Mount Rest View in Laurebina
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Hotel Mount Rest View in Laurebina
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Hotel Mount Rest View in Laurebina
  • Gosainkunda trek food and drink menu from the Hotel Mount Rest View in Laurebina

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Snow covered guesthouses reflected in the bright blue waters of Gosainkunda
Trekkers enjoying mountain views and a well earned rest atop Kyanjin Ri (4586 m) in the Langtang Valley
Snowy mountain view with colourful prayer flags in the foreground, seen from the first Kyanjin Ri viewpoint (4300 m) on the Langtang Valley trek
Featured image for 'What to Pack for Trekking in Nepal', featuring trekkers, guides and porters crossing a suspension bridge on the Everest Base Camp route
A narrow trekking trail in Upper Mustang stretching off into the distance amidst some bizarre rock formations, with the snowy peak of Dhaulagiri in the background
Trekkers on a trail approaching a round orange rock formation with a plateau stretched out into the distance in Upper Mustang
Sunrise hitting the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal
Trekkers look out while descending from the Larke Pass on the Manaslu Circuit Trek
Featured image for the Everest Base Camp trek guide, featuring a trekker walking on a rocky trail with mountain peaks in the distance
With Ama Dablam as a backdrop, a trekker and guide stop to enjoy the views while doing the Nangkartshang acclimatisation hike on the Everest Three Passes trek
A hiker and guide cross a flat, rocky section before Kongma La on the Everest Three Passes trek, with the snowy ridgeline to the east visible behind
A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope towards Laurebina Pass (4650 m), with the blue surface of Gosainkunda shining in the morning sun below
Snow covered guesthouses reflected in the bright blue waters of Gosainkunda
Trekkers enjoying mountain views and a well earned rest atop Kyanjin Ri (4586 m) in the Langtang Valley
Snowy mountain view with colourful prayer flags in the foreground, seen from the first Kyanjin Ri viewpoint (4300 m) on the Langtang Valley trek
Featured image for 'What to Pack for Trekking in Nepal', featuring trekkers, guides and porters crossing a suspension bridge on the Everest Base Camp route
A narrow trekking trail in Upper Mustang stretching off into the distance amidst some bizarre rock formations, with the snowy peak of Dhaulagiri in the background
Trekkers on a trail approaching a round orange rock formation with a plateau stretched out into the distance in Upper Mustang
Sunrise hitting the Annapurna Mountains in Nepal
Trekkers look out while descending from the Larke Pass on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO LAUREBINA via CHANDANBARI/SING GOMPA

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO LAUREBINA via CHANDANBARI

If you are not already acclimatised, or if you just prefer not to climb nearly 1800 metres in one day, it’s best to take the alternative route from Thulo Syabru to Laurebina via Chandanbari (Sing Gompa). If you are pre-acclimatised, you could trek from Thulo Syabru to Chandanbari on Day 2, then on to Laurebina via Cholangpati on Day 3. If you are not pre-acclimatised, it’s wise to spend an extra night at Cholangpati before trekking to Laurebina on Day 4.

Thulo Syabru → Chandanbari/Sing Gompa

6.6 km | + 1264 m / – 185 m | 5 hours

Thulo Syabru →
Chandanbari/Sing Gompa

6.6 km

+ 1264 m / – 185 m

5 hours

The trail for Chandanbari (Sing Gompa) forks to the right about 1 km beyond Thulo Syabru, and climbs steadily to an altitude of 3230 m over a distance of about 3 km. The route passes by a few guesthouses at Dursagang, and another guesthouse at the top of the climb. The last 2.8 km section of trail works its way around the forested hillside, gradually ascending to Chandanbari at an altitude of 3300 m. There are about 10 guesthouses here. Chandanbari is a three-way junction for trails to Dhunche, Thulo Syabru, and Laurebina.

Chandanbari/Sing Gompa Cholangpati

3.8 km | + 395 m / – 75 m | 2.5 hours

Chandanbari/Sing Gompa
Cholangpati

3.8 km

+ 395 m / – 75 m

2.5 hours

The trail from Chandanbari works its way around the hillside to the southeast, climbing steadily for the first half of the route to reach the ridge at 3530 m. The trail then ascends gradually up the ridge to Cholangpati, a small teahouse settlement with two guesthouses offering rooms and food. This is the junction for the trail coming up from Thulo Syabru via Mulkharka. The route from here to Laurebina is described in the ‘Day 2’ section above.


GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

DAY 3: LAUREBINA → GOSAINKUNDA

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE DAY 3:

LAUREBINA →
GOSAINKUNDA

3.75 km | + 595 m / – 110 m | 3 hours

3.75 km

+ 595 m / – 110 m

3 hours

A wonderful day for scenery, climbing up a broad ridge and along a narrow path around a rocky hillside to reach spectacular Gosainkunda. It’s a fairly short day, giving you plenty of time to enjoy an afternoon at the lake. There are no tea shops or guesthouses between Laurebina and Gosainkunda.

Elevation profile and figures for the Laurebina to Gosainkunda section of the Gosainkunda trek


The day starts with a fairly steep climb up the hill to a stupa which sits at around 4200 m. From here a railing runs parallel to the trail the whole way to Gosainkunda. The trail leads around a rocky hillside with some narrow sections, ascending gradually for the most part. On the way you’ll get a view of Saraswati Kund to the right, followed by Bhairab Kund. If you look closely, you’ll spot the guesthouses at Gosainkunda perched on the rocky hillside ahead, blending into the backdrop.

A trekker and guide take in the view and lean on the railing on the snow covered path to Gosainkunda

A railing runs along this popular pilgrim trail



A misty view of Bhairabkunda from the trail to Gosainkunda

Misty view of Bhairabkunda from the trail



A misty view of Bhairabkunda from the trail to Gosainkunda

Misty view of Bhairabkunda from the trail


A trekker and guide take in the view and lean on the railing on the snow covered path to Gosainkunda

A railing runs along this popular pilgrim trail



There are three guesthouses at Gosainkunda, the first overlooking Bhairab Kund, and the next two overlooking Gosainkunda itself. At 4420 m, this is the highest altitude that you’ll sleep at on the trek. The facilities here are understandably basic, but the views are fantastic.

OUR GOSAINKUNDA ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | Gosainkunda Hotel Namaste
    • ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow (ask for blanket)
    • ROOM COST | 1600 NPR
    • BATHROOM | Outside squat toilets (2), accessed via covered path from door behind rooms
    • DAL BHAT | 850 NPR
    • SHOWER | Bucket
    • CHARGING | Solar (300 NPR/hour)
    • WIFI | 250 NPR, unlimited use (not guaranteed to work)
    • PHONE | No signal
    • SHOP | Yes
    • OTHER | Fantastic lake views from rooms, dining room and outdoor terrace

OUR GOSAINKUNDA ACCOMMODATION

NAME | Gosainkunda Hotel Namaste

ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow (ask for blanket)

ROOM COST | 1600 NPR

BATHROOM | Outside squat toilets (2), accessed via covered path from door behind rooms

DAL BHAT | 850 NPR

SHOWER | Bucket

CHARGING | Solar (300 NPR/hour)

WIFI | 250 NPR, unlimited use (not guaranteed to work)

PHONE | No signal

SHOP | Yes

OTHER | Fantastic lake views from rooms, dining room and outdoor terrace


GOSAINKUNDA HOTEL NAMASTE

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  • Food and drink menu from the Gosainkunda Hotel Namaste
  • Food and drink menu from the Gosainkunda Hotel Namaste
  • Food and drink menu from the Gosainkunda Hotel Namaste

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

DAY 4: GOSAINKUNDA DAY HIKES

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE DAY 4:

GOSAINKUNDA DAY HIKES

3.1 km | + 248 m / – 248 m | 2 hours

3.1 km

+ 248 m / – 248 m

2 hours

Staying two nights at Gosainkunda is good for acclimatisation, and allows you to spend a full day enjoying the fantastic scenery around the lake. An early morning climb to the Gosainkunda Viewpoint is recommended for the best chance of clear views, followed by a circuit of the lake. Depending on the conditions, other small trails branch out from the lake which could be worth exploring, notably the trail leading along the western side of Bhairab Kund.

Elevation profile and figures for the Gosainkunda viewpoint and lake circuit


Gosainkunda → Gosainkunda Viewpoint (4613 m)

1.25 km return | + 195 m / – 195 m | 1 hour

Gosainkunda →
Gosainkunda Viewpoint (4613 m)

1.25 km return

+ 195 m / – 195 m

1 hour

The trail leads up the hill to the north of Gosainkunda, behind the first couple of guesthouses. Take the path between those guesthouses and follow the trail as it climbs steeply, zigzagging up the hillside on a series of switchbacks. When you reach the saddle, turn left and climb the last bit up to the viewpoint, adorned in prayer flags. From here there are stunning 360° views. To the southeast, you can get a good view of the trail up to Laurebina Pass, and directly below, Gosainkunda and many other smaller lakes lie sparkling in the morning sun (weather permitting of course). Return the same way.

A snowy panoramic view of Gosainkunda and Bhairabkunda, seen from the prayer flags at the viewpoint above the lakes

Panorama of Gosainkunda (left) and Bhairabkunda (right) from the prayer flags at the top



A snowy view of Gosainkunda, seen from the prayer flags at the viewpoint above the lake

Looking down on Gosainkunda from the viewpoint



Gosainkunda Circuit

1.85 km return | + 53 m / – 53 m | 1 hour

Gosainkunda Circuit

1.85 km return

+ 53 m / – 53 m

1 hour

Descend the stone steps beyond the guesthouses to the lakeside and follow the path straight ahead. This will take you around the lake in a clockwise direction (turning right at the bottom of the steps will take you to the concrete platform pilgrims use when bathing in Gosainkunda). Just before the steps at the eastern end of the lake (the trail to Laurebina Pass), take a right and follow the shoreline. There isn’t always a clear path but a series of small cairns (stacked stones) show the way. A small bridge leads over the stream at the southeast corner of the lake and from here a fairly clear trail leads to the pilgrim bathing area and back to the start.

A trekking guide stands on a rock on the edge of the lake, with the guesthouses of Gosainkunda nestled below rocky mountains in the background

Walking the circuit around Gosainkunda



Nepali pilgrims in orange robes prepare to bathe in the icy waters of Gosainkunda

Hindu pilgrims preparing to bathe in the lake



A trekking guide stands on a rock on the edge of the lake, with the guesthouses of Gosainkunda nestled below rocky mountains in the background

Walking the circuit around Gosainkunda


Nepali pilgrims in orange robes prepare to bathe in the icy waters of Gosainkunda

Hindu pilgrims preparing to bathe in the lake



GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

DAY 5: GOSAINKUNDA → GHOPTE

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE DAY 5:

GOSAINKUNDA → GHOPTE

11.2 km | + 783 m / – 1775 m | 6.5 hours

11.2 km

+ 783 m / – 1775 m

6.5 hours

Today is a long day, consisting of three distinct parts. First, a fantastic morning ascending to Laurebina Pass (4646 m), accompanied by spectacular lake and mountain views, then a big descent from the pass to Phedi, and lastly an undulating trail around forested hillside and the final descent to Ghopte. Plan on having lunch at Phedi and be sure to have plenty of water and snacks with you when leaving Gosainkunda.

Elevation profile and figures for the Gosainkunda to Ghopte section of the Gosainkunda trek


PLACES ON THE ROUTE

The table below details the tea shops, villages, and services available along the route from Gosainkunda to Ghopte. The distances and times noted cover the sections between the stops, not the total from the start.

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NAMEPHEDI HIGH CAMPPHEDIUPPER GHOPTEGHOPTE
APPROX TIME3 hours1 hour1h45m45 min
DISTANCE4.7 km1.8 km3.1 km1.6 km
ELEVATION4215 m3750 m3692 m3425 m
GUESTHOUSE1212
RESTAURANT✔️✔️✔️✔️
SHOP✔️✔️✔️✔️
ELECTRICITYSolarSolarSolarSolar
WIFI✖️✔️✔️?
PHONE SIGNAL✖️✔️ No data✔️ No data✔️ No data
HOT SHOWER✖️BucketBucketBucket

Gosainkunda → Laurebina Pass

2.6 km | + 253 m / – 24 m | 2 hours

Gosainkunda →
Laurebina Pass

2.6 km

+ 253 m / – 24 m

2 hours

From the guesthouses at Gosainkunda you can see the trail towards Laurebina Pass, leading up the hillside on the eastern side of the lake. Follow the stone path around the lake, passing the temple, then go up the stone steps complete with black railing. You’ll reach a cluster of prayer flags (a bit of an obstacle course to pass through with a big bag on!), after which the railing stops and you’ll be climbing on trail all the way to the pass.

It’s a fairly gradual climb. Turn round on occasion for spectacular views over the lake, and in clear weather, the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges will even come into view as you ascend. You’ll pass two more lakes on the way to the pass, with a third, Surya Kund, seen on the final approach. There is a blue emergency shelter at the pass, and a lot of prayer flags. The view looking south is quite different, with layers of green hills and forested slopes. Expect it to take around 1.5 – 2 hours to reach the pass from Gosainkunda.

A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope towards Laurebina Pass (4650 m), with the blue surface of Gosainkunda shining in the morning sun below

A snow and ice covered Surya Kund and craggy snow covered mountain peaks, the view from Laurebina Pass (4650 m) on the Gosainkunda Helambu trek

Bright prayer flags against a deep blue sky at Laurebina Pass (4650 m) on the Gosainkunda Helambu trek

A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope towards Laurebina Pass (4650 m), with the blue surface of Gosainkunda shining in the morning sun below

Climbing the snow covered slope towards Laurebina
Pass, with the surface of Gosainkunda shining below


A snow and ice covered Surya Kund and craggy snow covered mountain peaks, the view from Laurebina Pass (4650 m) on the Gosainkunda Helambu trek

Snow and ice covering Suryakunda and the
surrounding mountains, seen from
Laurebina Pass (4650 m)



Laurebina Pass → Phedi

3.85 km

+ 17 m / – 912 m

2 hours

Laurebina Pass → Phedi

3.85 km

+ 17 m / – 912 m

2 hours

The descent from Laurebina Pass to Phedi is largely on stone staircases and paths, and is more steep than the ascent on the opposite side. After descending 435 metres, you’ll reach Phedi High Camp, home to a single basic guesthouse. You can get food here but we’d recommend continuing to Phedi for lunch instead, where there are two guesthouses. It’s a big descent from the pass to Phedi but the trail is straightforward and in good condition, making the going relatively easy.

After climbing up from Gosainkunda, a trekker and guide descend the snow covered valley from Laurebina Pass (4650 m) towards Ghopte

Heading down from Laurebina Pass, just before the start of the big stone steps descent



After climbing up from Gosainkunda, a trekker and guide descend the snow covered valley from Laurebina Pass (4650 m) towards Ghopte

Heading down from Laurebina Pass, just
before the start of the big stone steps descent



Phedi → Ghopte

4.75 km | + 513 m / – 839 m | 2h30m

Phedi → Ghopte

4.75 km

+ 513 m / – 839 m

2h30m

You’ll reach the treeline shortly before Phedi, and the trail between Phedi and Ghopte is completely different to the earlier part of the day. Winding around a forested hillside, the trail has a lot of up and down, with a few fairly steep climbs up stone staircases. You’ll pass a number of mini waterfalls, with wooden bridges crossing each. After a couple of hours you’ll reach the lone guesthouse at Upper Ghopte, the Himalaya Sherpa Hotel and Resort Upper Ghopte. From here it’s mostly downhill on a forest trail to Ghopte, no more than an hour’s walk. There are two guesthouses in Ghopte, and lovely views of layered green hillsides stretching out ahead.

OUR GHOPTE ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | Mendo Hotel
    • ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow, ask for blanket (small room)
    • ROOM COST | 800 NPR
    • BATHROOM | Squat toilet x 2, end of hallway where bedrooms are
    • DAL BHAT | 650 NPR
    • SHOWER | Bucket 500 NPR
    • CHARGING | 400 NPR per hour
    • PHONE | NCell (weak service), NTC (phone signal)
    • SHOP | Yes
    • OTHER | Basic

OUR GHOPTE ACCOMMODATION

NAME | Mendo Hotel

ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow, ask for blanket (small room)

ROOM COST | 800 NPR

BATHROOM | Squat toilet x 2, end of hallway where bedrooms are

DAL BHAT | 650 NPR

SHOWER | Bucket 500 NPR

CHARGING | 400 NPR per hour

PHONE | NCell (weak service), NTC (phone signal)

SHOP | Yes

OTHER | Basic


MENDO HOTEL

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  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte
  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte
  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte
  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte
  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE

DAY 6: GHOPTE → KUTUMSANG

GOSAINKUNDA HELAMBU TREKKING ROUTE DAY 6:

GHOPTE → KUTUMSANG

13.6 km | + 749 m / – 1702 m | 6 hours

13.6 km

+ 749 m / – 1702 m

6 hours

The day starts with a bit of a climb to Thadepati, where you’ll join the Helambu trekking route for the remainder of your trek. From Thadepati, the trail descends through beautiful forest to Magingoth, a good place to stop for lunch. After lunch, you’ll drop down to Kutumsang (2470 m) on a mixture of forest trails and open hillside paths.

Elevation profile and figures for the Ghopte to Kutumsang section of the Gosainkunda trek


PLACES ON THE ROUTE

The table below details the tea shops, villages, and services available along the route from Ghopte to Kutumsang. The distances and times noted cover the sections between the stops, not the total from the start.

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NAMETHADEPATILAMA GUESTHOUSE AND RESORTMAGINGOTH HOTEL GREEN VIEW AND LODGEKUTUMSANG
APPROX TIME2 hours1h30m30 min2 hours
DISTANCE3.2 km4.3 km1 km5 km
ELEVATION3630 m3235 m3335 m2470 m
GUESTHOUSE411~ 5
RESTAURANT✔️✔️✔️✔️
SHOP✔️✔️✔️✔️
ELECTRICITYSolarSolarSolar✔️
WIFI✔️✖️✔️✔️
PHONE SIGNAL✖️✖️NCell ✖️
NTC ✔️
(phone no data)
✔️
HOT SHOWERBucket✔️✔️✔️

Ghopte → Magingoth

8.5 km | + 683 m / – 777 m | 4 hours

Ghopte → Magingoth

8.5 km

+ 683 m / – 777 m

4 hours

From Ghopte the trail leads downhill and along an undulating stone path through beautiful rhododendron forest, eventually leaving the forest and climbing to Thadepati. There are four guesthouses here and wonderful views of the surrounding landscape from the village’s hilltop position. This section takes around 2 hours.

Continue climbing uphill through Thadepati to reach a flat stretch of trail leading around the hillside. You’ll soon come to a fork. Here you can go straight on a narrow trail which crosses a couple of short landslide sections with steep drop-offs, or climb steps to the top of the hill then down the other side again. Whichever route you choose, the two trails meet again after a further kilometre or so.

Continue descending on the stone steps through the lovely rhododendron forest, the trees blanketed with thick moss. At an elevation of 3335 m, next to some old stone ruins, you’ll meet another junction in the trail, with a yellow signpost directing you to the right, downhill towards Magingoth. After about 20 minutes you’ll reach the Lama Guesthouse and Resort, and the neighbouring Darjeeling Resort Hotel which was closed when we passed by. It’s a further 30 minutes, mostly uphill, to the Hotel Green View and Lodge; the fantastic views from the outdoor tables here make this an ideal lunch stop.

A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope from Thadepati on the Gosainkunda Helambu trek

Climbing up from Thadepati, after which it’s mostly downhill to Magingoth



A trekker and guide climbing the snow covered slope from Thadepati on the Gosainkunda Helambu trek

Climbing up from Thadepati, after which
it’s mostly downhill to Magingoth



Magingoth → Kutumsang

5.1 km | + 66 m / – 925 m | 2 hours

Magingoth → Kutumsang

5.1 km

+ 66 m / – 925 m

2 hours

After Magingoth, it’s mostly a descent all the way to Kutumsang. You’ll remain in the forest for the first couple of kilometres before emerging on an open hillside with expansive views of terraced green slopes, dotted with villages and patterned with wiggling zig-zag roads.

You’ll soon be back in the forest again, descending quite steeply at times on rough, rocky forest paths. With the big descent done, you’ll pass an army checkpoint where your bags and permit will be checked once again, and then it’s just 20 minutes or so along a stony forest path to Kutumsang. Here you’ll find a handful of guesthouses, with the possibility of a hot shower and room with an attached bathroom for the first time since Thulo Syabru. WiFi and a data connection are also available.

The village of Kutumsang shining in the afernoon sun

Kutumsang in the afternoon sun



The village of Kutumsang shining in the afernoon sun

Kutumsang in the afternoon sun



From Kutumsang, it’s possible to take a public bus or pre-arranged jeep back to Kathmandu. See the transport section in our Gosainkunda Guide for more information. Otherwise, you can continue trekking to Chisapani, and on to Sundarijal the following morning, where public buses and taxis are readily available for the short journey back to Kathmandu.

OUR KUTUMSANG ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | Hotel Namaste
    • ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow (ask for blanket) + attached bathroom
    • ROOM COST | 500 NPR
    • BATHROOM | Attached bathroom; sit down toilet; hot shower
    • DAL BHAT | 500 NPR
    • SHOWER | Solar (nice and hot)
    • CHARGING | Sockets in room
    • WIFI | Free
    • PHONE | Yes
    • SHOP | Yes

OUR KUTUMSANG ACCOMMODATION

    • NAME | Hotel Namaste
    • ROOM | Twin beds, sheet and pillow (ask for blanket) + attached bathroom
    • ROOM COST | 500 NPR
    • BATHROOM | Attached bathroom; sit down toilet; hot shower
    • DAL BHAT | 500 NPR
    • SHOWER | Solar (nice and hot)
    • CHARGING | Sockets in room
    • WIFI | Free
    • PHONE | Yes
    • SHOP | Yes

HOTEL NAMASTE

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  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte
  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte
  • Gosainkunda food and drink menu from Mendo Hotel in Ghopte

CONTINUE TO SUNDARIJAL

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO LAUREBINA via CHANDANBARI

From Kutumsang you can continue on the Helambu route to end your Gosainkunda Helambu Trek at Sundarijal if you prefer. This section of the trek remains below 2600 m, so it can be much hotter and less comfortable for trekking than the previous few days at high altitude. The highlight of this section is the trail passing through Shivapuri-Nagarjun NP between Chisapani and Sundarijal. Between Kutumsang and Chisapani, the route is a mixture of trail and dirt road with a lot of up and down.

The usual route is:

Day 7 | Kutumsang → Chisapani

16.4 km | + 1313 m / – 1608 m | 6 hours

Day 7

Kutumsang → Chisapani

16.4 km

+ 1313 m / – 1608 m

6 hours

There are guesthouses along the route at Thotundanda (4.9 km), Chipling (9.5 km), and Pati Bhanjyang (13.8 km), where you can have lunch, and there are around 8 guesthouses at Chisapani.

Day 8 | Chisapani → Sundarijal

9.8 km | + 355 m / – 1145 m | 3 hours

Day 8

Chisapani → Sundarijal

9.8 km

+ 355 m / – 1145 m

3 hours

The entry point to Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park is on the southern side of Chisapani. Here you’ll need to pay an entrance fee of 1000 NPR. This section is almost entirely on trail through the NP, coming to the village of Mulkharka after about 6.6 km. There are guesthouses here where you can get tea and food. From Mulkharka you’ll descend to Sundarijal, passing through another NP checkpoint.

Drive Sundarijal → Kathmandu
45 – 90 minutes
Drive Kathmandu
→ Sundarijal
45 – 90 minutes

The local bus to Kathmandu departs from a spot near the end of the trail. See the transport section in our Gosainkunda Guide for more information.