Langtang Gosaikunda Trek Nepal (5 days)
Gosaikunda is the most famous glacier lake with several others glacier lakes adjoining it. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lakes during a full moon festival in August and Hindu people believe that the god Mahadev (Shiva), intoxicated by grief due to his wife’s (Parbati) death, felt thirsty so he hit the stone with his holy stick, thus creating the lakes. In the same place Lake Gosaikunda originates and Hindu people believe that the image of Mahadev can be seen in the middle surface of the water.
Gosaikunda Trek is known as a holy and a pilgrimage lake trek that combines the remote and spectacular hidden valleys of Langtang with the holy lake of Gosainkunda which is unique. It is definitely one of the best trekking trails in Langtang Himalayan ranges.
The five-day trek to Gosaikunda, a frozen lake in the Langtang Himalaya region, is a great challenging trek. The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres).
The Gosainkunda Pilgrimage trek climbs more steeply through farmland and above the tree line up an alpine ridge that offers a huge Himalayan panorama, to reach a rocky bowl studded with scared high altitudes lakes.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche, 6-7 hours’ Drive
Day 02: Dhunche to Chandanbari: Walking Distance 4 hours
Day 03: Chandanbari to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m) via Lauribinayak: Walking Distance 6 hours
Day 04: Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa (3330m): walking distance 4 hours
Day 05: Sing Gompa to Dhunche (1950m): walking distance 7 hours
Day 06: Dhunche to Kathmandu (1320m) 7-8 hours’ Drive