Gosaikunda Trek takes you the most beautiful lake of Nepal with many religious value. It is in fact a famous religious and pilgrimage sites of Nepal located at 4,380m from sea level. Hundreds and thousands of tourist and pilgrimage make a week-long trek to Gosaikunda each year. Along the fascinating beauty of nature, the place also has century-old culture well-preserved. Here is a trekking guide to Gosaikunda trekking in Nepal, like Religious importance of Gosaikunda, Gosaikunda trekking, Gosaikunda trek best season, Hotels is Gosaikunda and so on.
About Gosaikunda Trek
Gosaikunda (or Gosainkunda) is an alpine freshwater lake which is also a Ramsar site since 2007 which (Ramsar site means a wetland site). The beautiful Gosaikunda Lake is situated in Langtang National Park, Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha.
The exotic small and medium-sized 108 glacier lakes that are scattered around the region is the main attraction of the place. The view of majestic Himalayas range, delightful forest, and the lush wild nature makes it a heavenly destination. The valley is rich in the pine tree, rhododendron, bamboo type of Flora and also other Fauna. The place reflects the traditional civilization of Tamang people and their culture. They are renowned for the cheese business.
Climbing to Gosaikunda is not so difficult. However, the roads are a little steep and rocky. You need to be careful during the trek as you will encounter lots of worms while walking through the forest.
Religious importance of Gosainkunda
Gosainkunda is a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. Each year in Janai Purnima (August full moon day), thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake to worship God Shiva. Dhami or Jhaakri, also called Bon-Po and pre-Buddhist make a special visit during that day.
Sharmans are the one who performs spiritual dance and song during the trek until they reach Gosaikunda. Also, on that very day, the ‘junior Jhaakri’ gets the graduation from their masters. In Hindu myth, Gosaikunda is an abode of Lord Shiva and Gauri. Hindu scriptures as Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana, and Ramayan, Mahabharat refers to Samundra Manthan, which is related to the Gosaikunda.
As per the myth, Lord Shiva created the lake when he thrust his Trishul (holy trident) into the mountain in order to extract water so that he could cool his throat after he had swallowed poison.Hindus believe that a bath in the holy lake takes all your pain, sorrows and sins. The lake remains frozen for six months in a year.
Gosaikunda Trek map:
Gosaikunda trekking is a short, easy and scenic trek from Kathmandu. The trip from the capital to Gosaikunda takes six to seven days.
The trek starts from Sundarijal- a scenic recreation and a picnic spot. After two hours of walk, you will reach to Mulpani village. After lunch, you can climb for two an hour to reach Chisapan. Chisapani is another popular hill stations.
Next day, you can trek to Tuksang- a Tamang community which takes 5-6 hours. From Tuksang to Ghopte (3340 m) is also a 6-7 hours trek. The next trek is a long walk from Ghopte to Gosainkunda. The lake is all covered around by the hills. The lake is spread over 1,030 ha in the area.
While returning you can walk from Gosaikunda to Dhunche (1764 m)- 5-6 hours walk. From Dhunche, you will get on the bus to arrive in Kathmandu. You can also extend the trek as Langtang Gosaidunda Trek.
Gosaikunda trek best season
Like other tourist destination of Nepal, Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to visit Gosaikunda.
End of February to the starting of June and the beginning of September to the end of December is the most preferred time.
Gosaikunda Trek Cost
Gosainkunda Trekking needs a permit from Nepal Tourism Board from Kathmandu and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
The total trekking cost per person is USD 500, including transportation, accommodation, meals and a tourist guide. Read more in details.
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