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Gosainkunda Trek - 10 Days

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Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.

The origin of the word "travel" is most likely lost to history. The term "travel" may originate from the Old French word travail, which means ‘work’. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the word travel was in the 14th century.

It also states that the word comes from Middle English travailen, travelen (which means to torment, labor, strive, journey) and earlier from Old French travailler (which means to work strenuously, toil). In English we still occasionally use the words "travail", which means struggle. According to Simon Winchester in his book The Best Travelers’ Tales (2004), the words "travel" and "travail" both share an even more ancient root: a Roman instrument of torture called the tripalium (in Latin it means "three stakes", as in to impale).

 

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Gosainkunda trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A

Day 2
Trek preparation and shopping

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan - N/A

Day 3
Drive Kathmandu (1350m) to Syabru Besi (1462m) by private Jeep / Mini bus, via Trisuli Bazaar - Dhunche.

We board a vehicle to Syabru beshi in the morning. The bus ride takes around 8 hours. We make our way to Trishuli bazaar, Dhunche and further to Syabrubesi, after multiple, refreshing breaks in between. We unload our backpacks and rest the night at Syabrubesi and get ready for the trek on foot. Meanwhile, on the way we get glimpse of the mountains in the Langtang and Manaslu region. Overnight in Syabru. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 4
Trek to Thulo Syabru. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Majority of the day is spent on the ascent and primarily on flourishing hill, dense at times but not very challenging. Keep your eyes open Langur monkeys in this section of Langtang valley trek as it is a common sighting. On the other hand, it homes some other species like martens, wild boars, red pandas and Himalayan black bear. We cross several waterfalls and streams until we reach dry and arid land followed by our destination of the day Thulo Syabru. Meal Plan B,L,D.

Day 5
Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa

We leave behind the beautiful village of Thulo Syabru, a village which displays remarkable wood carving on the windows.. The trail makes its way through forest of Rhododendron, hemlock and oak, almost until we reach Sing Gompa. The best capture of this part of the trail is the blossom of season as Langtang is famous for the same reason. There are 3 trail options from Thulo Syabru and 2 of them leads in and out of Sing Gompa; famous for cheese production and Newari style monastery. We spend a night in Sing Gompa. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 6
Trek to Gosainkunda

With the views of Ganesh Himal at the back, we embark on the trail we left on the previous day and into the dense forest of Rhododendron. The views of mountains Manaslu, Annapurna, 4 peaks in Ganesh himal range and many unnamed peaks of Tibet and finally Langtang lirung is seen clear and right in front of our eyes. Further we make our way through alpine, par trees zone and further up towards zenith of the Gosainkunda trek. Lookout for red Panda’s on the earlier stage of the trek. We spend overnight in Gosainkunda. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 7
Gosainkunda to Dhunche

From Gosainkunda we trace back on the same trail on our way north. There is a different option from Ghopte but since the trail is hazardous and very technical at time of snow. However, on our way down we trek for around 7 - 8 hours all the way down to Dhunche. Overnight in Dhunche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 8
Dhunche to Kathmandu

We board vehicle early in the morning and head out to Kathmandu. We will embark on the same highway on our way to Syabrubesi and head towards the capital of the country. We make our way to Trishuli bazaar, and further to Kathmandu, after multiple, refreshing breaks in between. We unload our backpacks and chill out, take hot shower and enjoy a relaxed evening. Once we reach Kathmandu we will transfer you to your hostel/hotel our Gosainkunda trek comes to end. Meal Plan B.

What Is Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Trekking Map
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

Overview

Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.

The origin of the word "travel" is most likely lost to history. The term "travel" may originate from the Old French word travail, which means ‘work’. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the word travel was in the 14th century.

It also states that the word comes from Middle English travailen, travelen (which means to torment, labor, strive, journey) and earlier from Old French travailler (which means to work strenuously, toil). In English we still occasionally use the words "travail", which means struggle. According to Simon Winchester in his book The Best Travelers’ Tales (2004), the words "travel" and "travail" both share an even more ancient root: a Roman instrument of torture called the tripalium (in Latin it means "three stakes", as in to impale).

 

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate

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