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Gosainkunda Lake is a famous sacred lake for both the devotees of Buddhism and Hinduism. It is also known for its wonderful scenenic beauty. Encircled by high mountains on the north as well as east sides, the lake cannot stand offeringanenthralling sight. Apart from its religious importance, the Lake is the space of challenges to the trekkers. Each year, in the month of August, especially during the festival of Janai Purnima, many tourists as well as pligrimages come inGosaikunda Laketo take a holy bathe. The huge rock at the mid of the lake is thought to be the remnants of a Shiva temple. In order to get inner solace, Lord Shiva is supposed to have drunk the entire water of the lake.
While crossing a small ridge through passing some huts in Lauribinayak La, we can have our first sights of the holy lakes. Apart from the three main lakes such as Bhairabkunda, Gosainkunda and Saraswatikunda, there are more than a dozen lakes in the Basin. This trek offers outstandingoutlooks of snow-capped mountains, striking valley and prevue of mysterious 108 sacred lakes with ethno-cultural diversity.
The jouney crisscrosses from side to side fine-looking low sub-tropical as well as alpine forests within the Langtang National Park, including the close-glimpse of the most beautiful endangered spice Red Panda. The trace of Tibetan Culture in Tamang culture, the Himalayan panorama of Langtang Lirung, the uppermost peak in the region, the holy monasteries like Kayngjin Gompa, and the holy highland Lake Gosainkunda etc. are the highlights of the Gosainkunda Trek.The hike starts off in lavish sub-tropical forest, taking you via rhododendron forests to the high scenic views. Returning over the Gosaikunda Pass is more challenging. Profuse wildlife, intense forest teaming with colorful wild flowers and wild species, makes more interesting in the Gosainkunda for the nature lovers.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi – It takes about nine hours to reach Sayabur Besi.You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche.
Day 2: Trek from Syabru Besi (1600m.) to Lama Hotel (2470m.) – It takes about five and half hours. From Langtang Khola, the trail is gradually ascent up to Bamboo passing through landslide and down gently to Rimche (2400m.), and at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel.
Day 3: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.)–It takes about six hours via Ghore Tabela The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders and you can reach the village of Langtang, the headquarter of the Langtang National Park.
Day 4: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.)- It takes about three hours.You should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding you in all directions.
Day 5: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion in and around.
Day 6: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2470m.) – It takes about six hours from Kyangjin, where you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela.
Day 7: Trek from Lama Hotel (2470m.) to Thulo Syabru (2260m.) -It takes about five hours.The beginning of the trail is a gentle descent up to landslide and then goes steeply up to Thulo Syabru.
Day 8: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Sing Gompa or Chandan Bari (3250m.)It takes about four and half hours following steep path passing through Dursagang (2660m.) along with the view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Mountain and oak, Hemlock, firs forests. Now, the path gently ascends for some distance and then follows flat level to Sing Gompa.
Day 9: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4361m.) via Lauribinayak La (3920m.) – It takes about five and half hours.The first part of the trail emerges gently ascent up to Lauribinayak. Then, the trail steeply ascends all the way to Gosaikunda.
Day 10: Trek from Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa (3250m.) or Chandan Bari (3250m.) – It takes about four and half hours.The trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa passing Lauribanayak with magnificent mountain views and forests.
Day 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche – It takes about six hours.The first parts of the trails descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to you cross suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream.
Day 12: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu by bus. It takes about seven hours. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu.
Gosainkunda Lake is a famous sacred lake for both the devotees of Buddhism and Hinduism. It is also known for its wonderful scenenic beauty. Encircled by high mountains on the north as well as east sides, the lake cannot stand offeringanenthralling sight. Apart from its religious importance, the Lake is the space of challenges to the trekkers.