Gosainkunda Lake Trek
Gosainkunda Lake Trek is one of our holiest and sacred pilgrimage treks in Nepal. North of Kathmandu, also it is one of the nearest pilgrimage sites from the capital city. Easily accessible without flight, Gosainkunda Lake trek is suitable for those seeking pilgrimage trek as well as adventure holidays in the mountain region. Gosainkunda Lake trek provides beautiful mountain sceneries, alpine villages of Tamang and Sherpa people with their unique culture and traditions. The trails are well-established by the decent guesthouses hence the trek to Gosainkunda Lake is popular among pilgrimage trekkers.
Fascinating holy Gosainkunda lake also known as frozen lake, high altitude lake and alpine Lake at an elevation of 4,380 meter is believed to have been created by lord Shiva when he thrust his trishul (trident) in to a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his burning throat after swallowing poison. There is a large rock in the center of the lake, which is said that the remains of a Shiva shrine. People often claim that they see Shiva lying in the water. Thousands of devotees visit Gosainkunda during the full moon night of August to take holy dip in the lake.
Gosainkunda lake trek begins with a scenic 9 hour drive from capital city of Kathmandu to Dhunche, the large Tamang and Sherpa villages of friendly Tibet origin people. The trek gets continue to Gosainkunda Lake passing through terrace farming lands, lush forests and crossing ancient monasteries and alpine yak pastures staying in the decent mountains lodges. The mountain views for Gosainkunda Lake are breathtaking. On our way back we follow the same route to Dhunche and drive back to Kathmandu or we can combine Helambu region and trek all the way from Gosaindkunda to Sundarijal crossing the amazing Lauribinala Pass.
Attraction of the Langtang Region
Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.
In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures
Flora & Fauna:
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.
The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.
In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.
Gosainkunda Lake trekking short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, 9 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek from Dhunche to Chandanbari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Chandanbari to Gosainkunda passing Laurebina Yak, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Gosainkunda Lake back to Chandanbari, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Chandanbari to Dhunche, 4 to 5 hours.
Day 08: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu, nine hours drive.
Day 09: Kathmandu free day.
Day 10: Final departure.
Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.