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.
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!
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)||1550 m||7 - 8 hr|
|Day 2||Trek to Lama Hotel||2380 m||6 hr|
|Day 3||Lama Hotel to Thulo Syafru||2330 m||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 4||Thulo Syafru to Shin Gompa||3330m||4 - 5 hr|
|Day 5||Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda||4460m||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 6||Gosaikunda to Chandanbari||2000 m||5 hr|
|Day 7||Chandanbari to Dhunche||1300 m||6 hr|
|Day 8||Dhunche to Kathmandu (Drive)||1380 m||6 hr|