5 day 4 nights
Gosaikunda Trek is a pilgrimage site in the Longtong Himalayan Range of Nepal. In winter it freezes. Gosalkund Pilgrimage Trek to Gosalkund Pilgrimage Here you will get a chance to see the sacred lakes of Gosalkund, a very revered Hindu pilgrimage. Gosaikunda lake is believed to have been built by Lord Shiva.
There are also very small lakes called Kunda. We can see Saraswati Kund and have views of Bhairav Kund, Surya Kund and Gosai Kund, which are famous and important. People believe that the water of the lake goes directly to the Kumbheshwar temple in Patan in the Kathmandu valley (60 km to the west). Hindus chant the Gayatri mantra and change their sacred sutra (janai).
A sacred red-yellow cord is tied around the wrist for protection and safety by the priest. We can see the image of Lord Shiva filling this lake with water in the middle. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit these holy places every year during the Gosai Kund Lake trek in Holy Gust.
According to the festival management committee, more than 6000 pilgrims visit Gosalkund Lake every year. Pilgrims of different ages take part in the festival, but mostly middle-aged and old people take holy baths, and many young and tourists visit the lake. Some people use lemons, garlic to eat, and some cornflour to avoid alt-sickness during trekking.
After morning breakfast, we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 6- 7 hr. During the driving. We can see the snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, View of Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks along the route. We also enjoy the view of the green landscape of hillock, rivers, and villages. We can observe the local people’s lifestyles through terraced fields and rustic villages. We are driving through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati before arriving at Dhunche. You can spend the first overnight of your Gosaikunda trek at Dhunch a small town.
On the first day of our journey along with the breathtaking views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain, the trail continues steeply through the forests of oak and hemlock and then less steeply through rhododendron forest and pastures. Watch the langur monkeys playing in the woods and an exceptional sunset views over the Ganesh Himal. As we are getting higher we are leaving the silent moss-covered forests. Then the path gently ascends for a while and follows a flat standard to the Sing Gompa. You can see the Cheese factory and the Buddhist monasteries here. The place will provide the best panoramic views and exhilarating nature. Spend your night at the teahouse.
The trail today takes two parts. the starting journey goest to a steep climb up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The slope is the sanctuary for the red pandas and providing a magnificent view of snowcapped Ganesh Himal. all the way climbing up hills about 3 hours take us to the Lauri Binayak (3920m). We are stopping here for a lunch break and continue following a rough trail. We can get the dramatic views to the west of the Mount Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks. Langtang valley and Langtang Lirung are in our north.
Now we need to climb for Gosaikunda lake as the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. After crossing the small ridge we get the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are many other small lakes nearby by the Gosaikunda basin. some of the popular ones are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Surya Kunda. Local people believe that the Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva. There are many Hindu pilgrimages who visit this place to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.
Enjoy your breakfast at the highest lake before heading down to Dhunche, on the last day of our trek. The trails descend all the way to Sing Gompa, passing Lauribanayak with magnificent mountain views and forests. Stop lunch at Singompa and have some rest. from here the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to you cross the suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Now the path stretches at the flat level. Here are a mountain Mineral water factory and some human settlements. Overnight at Dhunche, the district headquarter of Rasuwa district.
Today We are driving back to Kathmandu. Get ready after your breakfast to take a local bus. There are options for private Jeeps also. We are driving through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills, and along the Trishuli riverside. It takes about 6 to 7hours drive, depends on road traffic to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, join a farewell dinner in a Nepali typical Restaurant with the memories of your trekking adventure. Have some time for a stroll over the streets.