The Gosaikunda Lake trek discovers the lakes and mountains of the area as well as following ridges, crossing ravines and suspension bridges, winding through rhododendron, oak and pine forests, and provides an insight into how the people of this area live. For people who have a fascination for culture and mythology as well as a passion for mountains and nature but don’t want to trek at high altitude, this is the perfect trip.
The Gosaikunda Lake trek falls within Langtang National Park and takes in the high altitude freshwater lake of Gosaikunda (4,380m). Gosaikunda is not only a Ramsar site (since 2007), meaning that it is a wetland of international importance, but is a site considered holy to both Buddhists and Hindus. On this week long trek (with the possibility to extend longer), there are dramatic views of the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung, as well as the three lakes of Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda.
In Hindu mythology Gosaikunda is the abode of the gods Shiva and Gauri. In fact, it is believed that Lord Shiva formed the lake when he thrust his holy trident into the mountain to extract water to drink. The waters are considered of particular significance during the Janai Purnima festival at the full moon in August, when thousands of pilgrims gather.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Next day we will departure to Dhunche for exciting holy lake.
This trip begins with drive to Dhunche, there is few options either to choose public coach or 4wd private jeep. However, we choose the private jeep for your safety as road conditions is still poor.
Day 2 Kathmandu drive to Dhunche (2000m) 6 hours’ drive
Early morning breakfast in the hotel is followed by drive to Dhunche. The journey forwards through the hilly winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, we get to experience fun mixing adventure as well as the great view of rivers, forest and terraced fields.
Day 3 Trekking Dhunche to Chandanbari (3300m) 4 – 5 hours’ trek
After the breakfast we follow gradual uphill trail along the bamboo & oak forest, pass the village of Deurali and Dimsa and reach to Sing Gompa for overnight stop. Sing Gompa has a very famous monastery, so the place has great religious fame in the whole region. The place also offers the gigantic view of Langtang Himalayan ranges.
Day 4 Trekking to Gosaikunda (4210m) 5 - 6 hours’ trek
On this day, we trek to Gosaikunda from Sin Gompa. We walk through the trail passing Laurebena. Gosaikunda is place where several glacial lakes are located. Gosaikunda is the biggest lake among them and it has a rock in the middle which is believed to be God Shiva’s shrine.
Day 5 Explore the lake around and back to Chandanbari (3900m)
Early morning climb to Lauribina pass (4610m) enjoy the view of Mt. Annapurna, Langtang, Dorjelakpa and enjoy watching various glacial lake (Nagkunda, Bhairav Kunda, Suryakunda) then back to hotel and backpack to Chandanbari, stay overnight there.
Day 6 Trekking down from Chandanbari to Dhunche
We will take journey all the way to Dhunche, which we already made, however it will be more intriguing as we mostly descent. Stay overnight at Dhunche.
Day 7 Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu
After breakfast at hotel we will drive to Kathmandu and evening we will provide farewell diner.
Day 8 Departure to your next destination or home.
Well our representative will drop off you at the airport for your further destination couple of hour before your flight schedule.