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Gosaikunda Trek

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Trip Overview of Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda Trek is unique and one of the best pilgrimage trails in Langtang Himalayan ranges. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day in August in the lake. The Gosainkunda Janai Festival trek climbs more steeply through farmland and above the tree line up an alpine ridge that offers a vast Himalayan panorama, to reach a rocky bowl studded with scared high altitudes lakes. Gosainkunda Janai Festival Trek allows you to get right in among the Himalayan peaks and to get off-the-beaten-track, walking through some fascinatingly remote and relatively unpopulated areas.

Gosainkunda Trek provides you an opportunity to view the sacred lakes of Gosaikunda situated here a much-revered Hindu pilgrimage site. Gosainkunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his burning throat after swallowing poison, which threatened to destroy the world. There are 108 Kunda in this area, and mainly visible from the routes are Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Gosainkunda is the famous and most important one.

According to religious belief, there is a channel from the lake which carries water directly from the lake to the Kumbheshwar Temple at Patan in Kathmandu Valley ( 60 km southwest). Hindu people chant Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai) for the protection and Rakshya Bandhan-a sacred red-yellow thread tie around the wrist by the priest. We can see an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water in this lake. Every year, these sacred places are visited by thousands of Hindu Pilgrims during August.

The principal inhabitants of the Gosaikunda region are Tamang and Sherpa, an origin of Tibetan, whose religion, culture, languages, and dress are similar to the Tibetan people. Gosainkunda Janai Festival trek offers an ideal trek for those without much time but wishes to experience Nepal’s unique combination of cultures, landscapes, stunning mountains, and diverse wildlife and vegetation.

Most of the Hindus, mainly from Nepal and India, visit this place on the occasion of Janai Purnima and Gaijatra. It is believed that taking a bath in this holy lake will save from worldly worries, troubles and also receive religious benefits. The surroundings of this lake are beautiful and scenic. About 108 other small lakes are found in this area. Among all of them, some of the famous lakes are Dudh Kunda, Jageshwar Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, Nag Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda. It is believed that the Great National Hero Amar Singh Thapa went to Gosainkunda to lead the life of Hermit and passed away there.

Gosaikunda Lake has great importance in the religious aspects. Traveling in such a beautiful and sacred place by feeling nature and learning about the history and origin of the lake can be a fun and memorable experience if you are planning to visit the Holy lake Gosainkunda than joining our team of experts who will help you with the trek as well as give you a brief knowledge about the origin of Gosainkunda Lake.


Gosaikunda Trek - Trip Info

Duration: 09 Days
Max. Altitude: Gosaikunda Lake (4460m)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February – June, September – November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay, and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during a trek
Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Bus
Activity: City tour, Trekking

Detailed Itinerary of Gosaikunda Trek

We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.

It will take some 7 hrs by bus or by private car. The administrative headquarters of the region, Dhunche, is a reasonably pleasant place. This is the main entry point to the Langtang national park. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Dhunche.

You will climb in the jungle. Chandanbari is a small town with few lodges and Monastery. The Cheese factory here is the oldest in Nepal.

The trail today takes two parts. Initially, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The path to Lauri Binayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks, and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.

Trek down back to Sing Gompa for about four and a half hours working. The trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa, passing LauriBinayak with magnificent mountain views and forests. Also, you can enjoy the back views of beautiful mountains with a returning path.

The trail begins with descending through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants reaching to the tiny village of Deurali (1660m). Then start the steep down journey from the ridge crossing wooden Bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Follow the road uphill that follows the south bank of Trisuli Ganga through the fields and pastures. From this point, our path goes even through some human settlements and reaches Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district.

Drive back to Kathmandu by bus, which is about 7-8 hours journey. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the natural varieties of Nepal. You will have lunch on the way bus stop stations.

Pack up your entire luggage and check for anything you left. This can be the last minute preparation to leave. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with an expert tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Langtang Trekking.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Trek start point transfer by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate cost)
  • Trek finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus/Private vehicle depending on trek ending point.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T-shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot ( tea & coffee) and cold drinks, mineral water, hot water.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, dessert, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration

    Trip Duration
    09 days

  • Tri Destination

    Destination
    Nepal

  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size
    2-12 People

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Accomodation
    Hotel & Lodge

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    Maximum Altitude
    Gosaikunda Lake (4460m)

  • Trip Difficulty

    Trip Difficulty
    Strenuous

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