This article is my first blog post, and I want to share how I trek to route Kathmandu-Dhunche-Gosaikunda-Kathmandu. I am a student who travelled with my friends independently who does not belong to any travel agencies, so my experience of trekking Gosaikunda will be completely unbiased.
Saying I don’t have money to travel when you could buy clothes and accessories costing more than needed is entirely laughable. You can travel around Nepal in a small budget. We finish our whole journey in around Rs 6000 per person.
Trekking Route: Kathmandu-Dhunche-Gosaikunda-Kathmandu
Day 1: Ktm to Dhunche(1950m)
- We bought early morning tickets from Macchapokhari that cost us about Rs500.
- It was about 7 am when I got on the bus and reach Dhunche at about 4 pm.
- There are lots of hotels available in this place, and the price varies accordingly. I suggest sitting in hotels that are not on main roads but a bit away since they provide excellent service at cheap rates. It cost me about Rs 500 for dinner and room cost about Rs 800 – Rs 1000, which we divided into three of us.
Day 2: Dhunche to Cholangpaty(3600m)
Day 3: Cholangpaty to Gosaikunda
From the third day, we can get a real taste of Kathmandu – Gosaikunda’s journey. We should climb steep hills, and slowly trees and vegetation will disappear, seeing rocky mountains. We take some rest at Lauribina and then eat chiura and noodles near a small Buddha stupa. We realized that we are near our destination after walking for a few minutes. First, we saw BhiravKunda then NagKunda, and finally, we saw beautiful Gosaikunda. I can’t explain the feeling after reaching there.
To reach Gosaikunda from Cholangpaty, it takes about 4 to 5 hours. There are some hotels in Gosaikunda. It is expensive to stay and eat in Gosaikunda, if you are in the budget I don’t suggest to stay there. We were planning not to return Dhunche but reach Kathmandu by crossing the pass. We bath in the lake then start our returning journey at noon. Usually, people love to go to Gosaikunda in the winter season when the lake is frozen.
Day 4: Gosaikunda to Phedi
If we had left Gosaikunda a bit earlier, we would have reach Ghopte or Thadepati, but we take much time enjoying mother nature in Gosaikunda. After my insist, my friends decided to leave Gosaikunda, and I found that my Gosaikuna trekking map was also lost. Most people return to Dhunche and reach Kathmandu by bus, but we highly recommend to do Dhune- Gosaikunda- Kathmandu route. After passing Lauribina pass, it’s steep downhill, which you can’t imagine. Our all mobiles were switched off, so we were unable to click photos there. It will be best if you guys get a power bank or solar charger, which most of the foreigners were taking with them.
Gosaikunda to Phedi is the hardest route of this journey. It’s slope route and no human settlement in between. There is not any hotel between this area, so we should have at least some beverage and water with each person while walking. After walking for long hours, we finally reach Phedi, where we found two hotels. I have heard from my friends that these hotels will close in the winter season, so if you guys are planning for the winter season, you guys should leave Gosaikunda fast or the next morning.
Day 5: Phedi to Kutumsang
Day 6: Kutumsang to Kathmandu (by bus)
We wanted to reach Kathmandu entirely by walking, but due to some reasons, we have to reach Kathmandu much earlier, so we leave Kutumsang to Chanaute, and from there, we can get a bus to Kathmandu which will go via Melamchi. At 9 pm, we reach Chabahil, and our journey finished in this way.