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4Night, 5days trek at Gosaikunda

Gosaikunda is a sacred lake that is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva’s trident. It has become a significant religious site for both Buddhists and Hindus, as it is associated with the myth of Lord Shiva using his trident to extract water to cool off the poison he ingested during Samundra Manthan. During Janai Purnima celebrations, the waters of Gosaikunda is considered to be especially sacred. New hikers in this area have a high chance of getting altitude sickness.

Trekking in the Himalayas has always been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many touring souls, globe-trotters, and wanderers. Gosaikunda Lake Trip is a short, easy and fabulous trek in Nepal’s sacred Himalayas and a wonderful journey to sacrosanct lake. The trekking path passes through lavish rhododendron, oak, and pine timberlands, curious Tamang community town with outlandish greenery and fauna, while offering unparalleled views of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal. For those looking for a quick getaway to a less touristic area, Gosaikunda Trek is the perfect option. Situated at an altitude of 4,380 metres above sea level in the Langtang National Park in Rasuwa, the 13.8 hectares of Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake. Several other lakes such as Suryakunda, Bhairav Kunka are located over and underneath this lake. Each lake has its own religious significance and the area was designated as a Ramsar Site on 29 September 2007 (international agreement for the conservation and feasible utilization of wetlands).

Gosaikunda Temple/Mandir

A short two-story temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near the Gosaikunda lake, where devotees take a dip in the holy waters before paying their respects. This temple is only a minute away from the lake.

Trihsul Dhara

The Trisul Dhara is located in close proximity to the Gosaikunda temple, around a 10-15 minute walk away. It is thought to be the source of the lake and river of Gosaikunda, with three taps of waterfalls visible from the trekking trails with coins scattered around. People believe this is the spot where Lord Shiva struck his trident.

Gosaikunda Mela/festival

Every year around June 3, the largest festival is held at Gosaikunda with thousands of devotees from various locations attending. On this special day, many people take a dip in the Gosaikunda Lake and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. Additionally, a large number of Shamans also visit the lake for the festivities and it is estimated that over two thousand devotees come to celebrate the Janai Purnima festival.

Itenary

1. Take a bus from Machhapokhari in the early morning to ensure you have enough time to reach Chandanbari.

2. Trek from Chandanbari to Gosainkunda; the route is teeming with natural beauty, offering spectacular views of snow-covered mountains.

2(Optional). Night stay at Gosainkunda personal choice.

3. Spend a day exploring the area around Gosaikunda, then return to Lauribina for the night.

4. Trek down to Dhunche.

4. Back to Kathmandu

Gosaikunda Trek Highlights

Trekking in Langtang National Park will provide you with the chance to observe the rare wildlife and vegetation in their natural habitat, as well as to immerse yourself in the unique cultures and traditions of the distinctive villages in the region. The lush green forests of rhododendron and pine, as well as the holy Gosaikunda Lake, are just some of the wonders to be discovered. You can also enjoy panoramic views of Langtang Lirung(7,234m), Langtang Ri(7,205m), Ganesh Himal(7,422m), and more, as well as catch a glimpse of endangered species such as red pandas and snow leopards. Other nearby lakes, such as Bhairav Kunda and Surya Kunda, are also worth exploring.

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