Gosaikunda Frozen Lake Trek

  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Trekking in Nepal 2022
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Max. Altitude 4,600
  • Transportation Jeep
  • Group Size 5- 6

The Frozen Lake trek is a week-long trek to one of Nepal’s oligotrophic lakes, Gosainkunda, located inside Langtang National park. Gosainkunda is famous as a frozen lake trekking destination in Nepal because the lake freezes during the winters when the temperature of this region falls below zero degrees celsius. The trek route starts from Dhunche, which is the headquarters of the Rasuwa district. You can reach Dhunche by bus or any other local transport. The trek’s difficulty level is not so high; however, you might find crossing the Laurebina Pass at 3910 meters quite challenging.

The trekking route offers a splendid view of the Lantang mountain range. Likewise, the mountain range includes some of Langtang’s highest peaks like Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, and Dorje Lakpa. These peaks have an altitude of 7234 meters, 7205 meters, and 6966 meters, respectively.

About Frozen Lake (Gosaikunda)

Gosaikunda is the first Himalayan protected area in Nepal since 1970. The lake is situated at an elevation of 4380 meters and remains frozen for six months, from October to June. In the summer/rest of the month, Gosaikunda melts into river Trishul. In 1970, royal approval designated the establishment of Langtang National Park as the first protected area in the Himalayas.

Besides the natural beauty, Gosainkunda also carries religious significance:

  • Hindu pilgrims regard the frozen lake (Gosaikunda) as the residence of Shiva and Gauri (Hindu deities).
  • Additionally, they also believe that the origin of the frozen lake is related to the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) mentioned in many Hindu scriptures like Bhagavat Puran, Vishnu Purana, Ramayan, and Mahabharat.
  • During some of the Hindu carnivals like Janai Purne, many Hindu pilgrims worldwide come to Gosaikunda and take the holy water of Gosainkunda with them.
  • Similarly, in August, people also take a sacred bath in Gosainkunda and pray with religious beliefs.
  • Many Tamang people and Buddhist shamans residing in the nearby surrounding come to Gosainkunda to summon their ancestral deities. While arriving at the frozen lake, they dance to the beat of the traditional drum ‘Dhyangro’.

Frozen Lake Trek highlight

The frozen lake trek is a fantastic place to travel not just because of the lake but also the beautiful surrounding and captivating climatic conditions. You walk through a route full of rhododendron and pine forests during the tour. Besides, let’s have a look at some of the major highlights of the frozen lake:

  • Gosaikunda (The frozen Lake) at 4,360 meters
  • Get to observe 108 lakes in the surroundings.
  • Trekking inside Nepal’s first Himalayan protected area, ‘Langtang National park.’
  • Nearby villages represent Buddhist culture.
  • Buddhist monasteries and Shrine
  • Hindu temples and Shrine
  • Dense forest with varieties of flowers like rhododendron and wildlife all over
  • Trek through the highest pass, ‘Lauribinayak’, situated at 4,600 meters
  • Sensational nature views

The Frozen Lake Trekking has a starting fee of USD 860. However, this amount will vary based on the choices you make for your tour. Essentially, you must categorize your spending into two groups. The first one will be the costs you incur on your own, and the second will be the cost you incur to pay the travel company to take care of all of your necessary costs while trekking.

The costs you pay for them in the included area will be covered by Trekkers Nepal. You may also find the include, exclude part in this blog. All purchases that you make that are not shown in the included section are your own personal expenses. Traveling and accommodation will be the main aspect of your expenditure. You will have to travel by public/private vehicles during the trek. Besides, Trekkers Nepal offers many other benefits if you plan to travel with your group.


As you arrive in Kathmandu, you will see the views of Mountain peaks covered with snow on a clear day. A representative from our office will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The staff member will help you check in to the hotel of your choice. After that, a briefing covering your whole program will be given to you at the hotel. Spend your first day in the Kathmandu hotel and enjoy the local cuisines.
On the second day, we drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche which might take around 7 hours. After eating breakfast in the early morning, we begin the trip from Kathmandu to Dhunche. We will see a lovely village and a snow-covered mountain along the Langtang Himalaya as we go by bus, which will make our trekking enjoyable and touch our hearts. We leave Kathmandu and travel to Dhunche amid picturesque slopes and ridgeline panoramas. Our trip up to Trishuli Bazaar is very uneventful in the beginning. The route then continues along the dirt road. The route can occasionally become closed by landslides during the wet season. At night we rest at a teahouse. The elevation of Dhunche is around 1950 meters.
On the third day, we trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru which is situated at an elevation of 2260 meters. It will take around 4 hours of trekking to reach Thulo Syabru from Dhunche. The initial section of the paths gradually climbs up to Ghatte Khola through a mineral water industry (stream). Our track leads us to Thulo Syabru after a little landslide (2,260m). As we reach ThuloSyabru, the breathtaking view of the Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal can be seen from the lovely Sherpa and Tamang settlement. We stay at Thulo Syabru overnight and rest.
On the fourth day, we trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gumba which will take around 6 hours. Sing gumba is situated at an elevation of 3250 meters. The walk starts after breakfast in the settlement of Thulo Syabru. We begin our ascent steeply until we reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak, and rhododendron forests filled with marijuana plants after crossing a suspension bridge over this stream. At Sing Gompa, there is a former cheese factory. To get to Sing Gompa and visit the cheese factory in the Langtang region of Nepal, where we will spend the night, we will pass by various mountain villages along the way.
Finally, the day comes when we trek to Gosaikunda (Frozen lake). It is believed that after ingesting a poison that threatened to kill the world, Shiva penetrated a glacier with his trident to gather water to quench his thirst. This is how Gosainkunda is said to have been created. On the 4th day, we trek from Sing Gomba to the Laurebenayak which is situated at an elevation of 3920 meters. After that, we trek from Laurebenayak to the frozen lake (Gosainkunda) situated at an elevation of 4361 meters. It takes roughly six hours to hike from Sing Gompa to Gosainkunda through Laurebenayak. The initial section of the trail gradually climbs up to Laurebenayak. Then, the routes continue to climb steeply till we reach Gosainkunda. To the west, the Himal Chuli (7893 m), Manaslu range (8156 m), Ganesh Himal range (7406 m), Tibetan peaks, and Langtang Lirung are visible from our rough trail. On a clear day, even Langtang Lirung and the Annapurna range can be seen over the valley to the north. We travel through a few cabins in the Laurebenayak high grassland, cross a short ridge, and get our first glimpse of the holy lake. The primary three lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. Additionally, there are roughly a dozen others. We stay at Gosainkunda overnight camping and resting.
On our 6th day, we conduct a return trek from Gosainkunda to Chandan Bari situated at an elevation of 3250 meters which might take around 5 hours to walk. Chandan bare is a tiny village with a monastery and a few inns. The oldest cheese factory in Nepal is located here. The trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa while passing through Laurebenayak, a beautiful mountaintop with trees. Along the walk, we can see rhododendron and pine trees as well as views of the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu range, Hiunchuli, and Tibetan peaks. At Chandan Bari, we spend the night in the inn.
Return Trek from Chandan bari to Dhunche which might take around 6 hrs walk. After eating breakfast in Chandan Bari, our trail descends steeply to Dhunche, passing through the little town of Ramche and other communities along the way. Our journey will be more pleasant and beautiful today. The trail first descends through marijuana-filled pine, silver oak, and rhododendron forests. The Sing Gompa Stream is then crossed via a suspension bridge. Up to Dhunche, the trail passes a few communities and mineral water manufacturing facilities. It is the district's administrative center and a small town. We arrive in Dhunche at last and spend the night in the inn.
On the 8th day, we return to Kathmandu from Dhunche with the help of any local vehicle like a bus or microbus. The drive back to Kathmandu is enjoyable as you take in Nepal's natural beauty. After eating lunch en route, we arrive in Kathmandu after an eight-hour trip and transfer to the hotel. We conduct a farewell dinner for you on the successful completion of the trek.
On your final day in Kathmandu, Nepal our vehicle and a representative will be waiting to drop you off a few hours before your flight's departure time at the international airport. Trekkers Nepal will be overjoyed to see you again because it has been a wonderful honor to meet you. We will think back on the lovely days we shared while praying for your safe return. Happy Travels! We look forward to your return someday.

What’s included?

  • A professional guide with guide you and takes care of all the expenses that might come during the trek
  • Picking the participant
  • Trek Map
  • Tea accommodation during the journey
  • Brief Kathmandu tour
  • Meals during the journey (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Nepalese Government taxes.

What's Not Included?

  • International airfare.
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa for entering Nepal
  • Personal trekking supplies
  • Expenses for other miscellaneous things

Equipment Checklist

There are certain things you carry during this trek. We have divided things to carry into two categories: Essentials and miscellaneous.

Essentials Equipment for Gosaikunda Frozen Lake Trek
  • Map
  • T-shirt
  • Thermal top
  • Rain jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Warm woolen jacket
  • Underwear
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Sleeping Trousers
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lightweight camp shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Backpack
  • Warm gloves
  • Wollen cap and head kerchiefs
  • Warm woolen or synthetic hat
  • Sleeping bag
  • sunscreen
  • UV protected sunglasses
  • Torch with additional bulbs and batteries
  • Neck warmer and Ear Muffs (optional)
  • Toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, towel
  • Moisturizer for your face, lips, and body
  • Nail cutter
  • Sanitizer
  • Baggage keys and lock
  • Snacks and chocolates


How long will it take for the completion of Frozen Lake Trekking?

The completion of the Frozen Lake Trekking might differ with several aspects like weather, route, the hour of walk per day, and others. Besides, the average duration to complete the Frozen Lake Trekking is around a week if done in the perfect season and with feasible means of transport covering all the above-mentioned itineraries.

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