Gosaikunda Trek 7N 8D is a journey to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m) hidden behind the northern hills of Kathmandu valley as a treasure of landmarks, isolated and preserved, less crowded, yet densely populated with the gift of nature behind the Shivapuri National Park in the Langtang Region of Rasuwa District of Nepal. Gosaikunda is actually a high-altitude freshwater oligotrophic lake at 4380m, can relate to this sacred lake being so pristine. Kunda stands for a holy lake. Pilgrims of Hindu flock at Gosaikunda Lake during Janai Purnima (one of the Nepalese festive days) to take a dip in the freezing Gosaikunda Lake to get rid of any sin and purify oneself, as believed. Hindu and Buddhist highly revere this sacred lake and as per the Hindu religion, this place considered as the abode of Lord Shiva and Gauri. Other beautiful lakes in the vicinity are the additional gems of the place. These lakes are Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda. Gosaikunda basin alone consists of a dozen lakes. However, there are 108 lakes in the area and most of these lakes remain frozen during the winter. Trishuli river flowing from this high altitude gets lively when the Gosaikunda Lake starts to melt.
Gosaikunda, being one of the most beautiful places in this Langtang Region, up close to Kathmandu, can be reached either by trekking through the regular trails, off the beaten path or up to the towns via road on a ground vehicle. There is also a helipad in the region to reach this holiest place. Helicopters are chartered by the travelers for an easy reach and expedite the trip while enjoying the stunning Himalayan ranges. The regular way to reach Gosaikunda is of course through the trekking route from Dhunche stretching towards Sing Gompa (Chandanbarri) at 3250m. This will take 2 days to reach the holy lake, and can be returned via the same route to Dhunche with an additional 2 days. The trail trails through the settlements, villages and beautiful vibrant forest of rhododendron with a stunning snowy mountain view at the backdrop. One can continue to explore the depth of the region following the southeast trail towards Ghopte and descending south towards Chisapani (2134m) all the way to reach Sundarijal in Kathmandu. This will take 6 days for a whole trek from Dhunche to Sundarijal.
This amazing Gosaikunda trek offers a stunning picturesque view of several snow-peaked mountains viz. Langtang Lirung (7227m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Yala (5500m), Langshisa Ri (6427m), Changbu (6251m), Kinshung (6781m), Yobra (6264m), Ganchenpo (6387m), Naya Kanga (5844m), Paldor Peak (5903m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m).
Both, the Gosaikunda Lake Trek and Langtang Trek usually start from Dhunche and can be merged in one package for the trekkers who want to explore more deeply into the region and who can endure the exhaustion of the trekking. The routes can always be customized as per need. Visit to Gosaikunda is best from April to early June and from August to October, the best time to avoid rain and cold.