Trekkers will encounter number of exciting ethnic and holy shrines in different trekking trails in Nepal but to see very rare frozen lakes & beautiful waterfalls situated in 4380 meters above from sea level, Gosainkunda could be the only right choice for any adventure seekers around the World.
Gosainkunda, also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Thaan is an alpine freshwater lake located at an altitude of 4380 meters ( 14370 ft) lies in Langtang National Park in the Rasuwa District northeast of Kathmandu Valley has covered an area of 13.8 ha (34 acres).
Gosainkunda is the source of Trishuli River which melts and slips down and remains frozen for six months in winter from October to May. Due to this, it is also known as “Frozen Lake” in Nepal. There are 108 lakes in this area, small to medium in size have been the other attraction for trekkers.
The Gosainkunda area not only well-known because of its magnificent views and only water lakes but additionally, the area has been defined as a religious site. According to Hindu mythology attributes Gosainkunda as the abode of Hindu deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri.
The Hindu scriptures Bhagavat Purana and Vishnu Purana, and the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to Samudramanthan, which is directly related to the origin of Gosaikunda. Its holy water is considered of particular significance during Gangadashahara and the sacred thread festival Janai Purnima when thousands of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. Gosaikunda is believed to have formed from the digging of the land by the Trishul (holy three-pointed sword) of Lord Shiva after he drank the poison from Samudramanthan and desperately wanted cold water to quench the overwhelming heat.
Among the three main choices to commence this trek from Kathmandu, there are two major routes to start the journey on foot. It can be begin in the ancient city of Kathmandu: from where you will embark a bus to Dhunche, the one starting point of your trek or else you can also start the trek from Sundarijal (15KM northeast) of Kathmandu. . However, the other side from Sundrijal to Gosainkunda pass via Helambu Village is not suggested due to continuous ascent till the Laurebinayak Pass. The challenging Laurebinayak La pass at an altitude of 4,610 m (15,120 ft) is on its outskirts.
The other part of Langtang valley has been described in our Langtang Trekking section. Once in Chadan Bari (3,330m/10,925ft), having travelled through Lama Hotel, you can relish magnificent views of the towering snow-covered Ganesh Himal (7,600m/24,934ft) and Langtang -II (7,227m/23,711ft) peaks. If lucky you might be able to spot the shy Red Panda that inhabits the Langtang region. Moving on to Gosainkund, watch the sun rise over a multitude of glistening Lakes of this sacred pilgrimage site. After Laurebinayak pass 4,610 m (15,120 ft)) you will also trek through some beautiful rice fields and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages of Tarkeghyang and Sermathang (2,621m/8,599ft), before heading back to Kathmandu
We have organized many treks and tours across Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan as well but having amazing adventurous diversity of spectacular views of the Himalayas across the ice Lake Gosainkunda has been a part of our main trekking product to represent our adventure agency in Nepal among the people wishing to visit Nepal.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
We will meet you at the Kathmandu ,Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you have had 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. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits etc.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU TO SYABRU BESI [2000M]
After an early breakfast at the hotel we make our departure from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi our trekking point, which is of 7 hours drive. On the way from Kathmandu we get to observe views of the Himalayan, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. Overnight stay at the local lodge at Syabru Besi.
DAY 03: SYABRU BESI TO LAMA HOTEL [2748M]
We start out trek from northwest of Syabru Besi to a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi. Turning right at the eastern end of the bridge we walk into a small settlement of Syabru Besi and visit to a Gompa, then follow the stone-paved street to a bridge over the Langtang Khola, trail on the south side of the river, forests- make a steep climb over a rocky ridge, then to a junction from where the trail climbs over and reaches at Rimche and from here descend to Chantang, widely known as Lama Hotel. Overnight stay at the local lodge at Chantang.
DAY 04: LAMA HOTEL TO LANGTANG VILLAGE [3500M]
To begin our trek for the day we start climbing through a forest of hemlocks, oaks and rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola, then move to Gumanchok, 15 minutes from here we will be at Ghunama and climb to Ghora Tabela at an elevation of 2970m. From this point we proceed to Chamki through Thaugshyap, then descend into a valley to cross a stream passing several water- driven mills to the large settlement of Langtang. Overnight stay at Langtang Village.
DAY 05: LANGTANG VILLAGE TO KYANGJIN [3800M]
We wind up the trail through the village and climb onto a ridge then steadily climb passing through the small village of Mundu to Sindum. One more hour of walking will reach us to the pastures of Yamphu. Crossing the Laja Khola and weaving through some rocks we climb towards the Kyangjin Gompa. There are lodges in enough number at this place. We spend rest of our day relaxing and exploring the surroundings.
DAY 06: REST DAY IN KYANGJIN
To spend the whole day in Kyangjin and make it a pleasant one we can walk up the moraine north of Kyangjin Gompa to catch the glimpses of the magnificient views of Langtang Lirung, Yansa Tsenji and Kinshung as well as the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier.
DAY 07: KYANGJIN TO GHORA TABELA
Following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village we continue retracing the route from Kyangjin to Ghora Tabela. Overnight stay at Ghora Tabela.
DAY 08: GHORA TABELA TO SYABRU [2130M]
From Ghora Tabela we keep on retracing our steps to some part of Syabru Besi, and then move left up a path through the forest to encounter a view of Syabru and the area of terraces of millet. We make a night stay at Syabru or Thulo Syabru.
DAY 09: THULO SYABRU TO SING GOMPA [3330M]
From Syabru the trail takes a steep climb to Dursagang and then through the forests of hemlock and oak passing an old chorten to the top of the ridge at Foprang Danda and then to Chadan Bari which is at an elevation of 3330m, this place's main attraction is Sing Gompa. This place is commonly known as Sing Gompa than Chadan Bari. Overnight stay at Sing Gompa.
DAY 10: SING GOMPA TO GOSAINKUND [4460M]
Climbing steeply from Sing Gompa at several points the trail crossing behind the ridges moves in deep forests to Chalang Pati , walk from here will enter us to the protected areas of Gosaikunda. The other point where we trek on the way to Gosainkunda is Laurebina Yak. We continue to ascend to the ridge and then climb to Saraswati Kund and Bhairav Kund continue climbing gently and then drop about 20m to reach to the lake Gosaikunda. Overnight stay at Gosainkunda.
DAY 11: GOSAINKUND TO THAREPATI
Leaving Gosaikunda the trail moves to Gopte, passing three more small lakes, we reach to Laurebina La, then to Phedi, from where the route drops to a stream and crosses the head of the valley, descending to Dupi Chaur, with all these ups and downs we make a final ascent to Tharepati, a windy ridge, which stands high at an elevation of 3640m. Overnight stay at the local lodge at Tharepati.
DAY 12: THAREPATI TO GUL BHANJYANG [2580M]
From Tharepati to reach to Gul Bhanjyan it almost requires 6-7 hours walk for us. From Therapati we walk to Magen Goth and finally reach Gul Bhanjyang crossing Mere Danda 3510m, Panghu, rhododendron forests and Khutumsang. Overnight stay at Gul Bhanjyang.
DAY 13: GUL BHANJYANG TO CHISOPANI [2194M]
The magnificent views of the Himalayans can never be by passed, how much close you have reached to it. So we cannot avoid the majestic Himalayan scene that is seen from Chisopani. Thus, without skipping a night stay at Chisopani by directly coming to Kathmandu. From Gul Bhanjyang we hike till Chisopani and then make a night stay out there.
DAY 14: CHISOPANI TO SUNDARIJAL
From Chisopani, we pass through meadows and cultivated fields and climb through oak and rhododendron forest to Burlang Bhanjyang. From here we trek down to the Shivapuri ridge to the road at Sundarijal. After reaching Sundarijal we can drive to our hotels at the Kathmandu. Rest and overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 15: KATHMANDU
Breakfast at Hotel. Full day sightseeing. AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the "Monkey Temple". There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square- The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Lunch: 1300hrs-1400hrs PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath, Overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 16: DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport for your onward destination.
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