Langtang National Park envelops freshwater oligotrophic lake called Gosaikunda Lake in Rasuwa district of Nepal. The lake is a source of Trisuli River. There are more than 108 lakes in this area varying from small to medium size. The Gosaikunda Lake is a religious site of Hindus. As per Hindu mythology, Gosaikunda is a place where Lord Shiva and Gauri dwell. Many Hindu scriptures talk about the lake which is the other reason for its significance. Many pilgrims from India and Nepal flock to the site during Janaipurnima in the month of Shrawan as per Nepali calendar. It is believed that Lord Shiva dug the land by his Trisul (Trident) to form Gosaikunda.
Gosaikunnda Trekking is a rugged trail with fascinating views of Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Manaslu (8,156 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,406 m) on the west. To the north, there lies Langtang Lirung. Passing through Lauribinayak gives the first view of holy lakes. Among dozens of lakes, Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda are the three main lakes. The trail offers exciting scenic views of different mountain ranges, green hills, local villages, dense rhododendron forests, and the lakes. Besides the gorgeous views, it also provides interactions with the cultural diversities in Nepal as many ethnic groups people reside here such as Tamang, Brahmins, Newars etc.
According to the extract of the Hindu mythology, to produce the elixir of eternal life god churned the primordial ocean. On the course of churning poison was also produced. To save the world from this poison Lord Shiva drank it but collected the poison in his throat. The reaction of the poison turned the throat into blue. To cool down his burning throat, Lord Shiva struck his trident into the land creating three springs which ultimately resulted in the formation of beautiful lakes. And, finally, Lord Shiva drank the water from the lake and got rid of burning.
Gosaikunda lake trekking starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche. The drive may last up to 7 or 8 hours. From the other day, trekking begins. Viewing different gompas and local villages, you reach to Gosaikunda through Lauribinayak la pass. Enjoying with beautiful nature in Langtang region, you return back to Dhunche via trekking and then take a return drive to Kathmandu. With many enjoyments, information and memories, the 6 days journey end in Kathmandu.
I highly recommended Nepal Trek Adventure!! Two thumbs up from the beginning and until the end of our first ever Nepal Gosaikunda Lake trek and (Kathmandu-Pokhara) tour. It was indeed a success with the help of Binod's Team. They are very accommodating, friendly and all the help we needed was provided, me and and my friend feel safe and has a great adventure from city tour to trekking paragaliding, transportation and accommodation are provided and we do not even worry about a thing. Our guide Suda and porter gives excellent service to both of us, they are happy to be with and not only guided us but make us comfortable in every way. All in all excellent! I would love to go back and explore more trek adventure with NTA. Thank you so much.
Size of Trekking Group
For Gosaikunda Trekking, there will be one leader and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.
We will spend 2 nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu. While on trek, we will spend 5 nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 290 US. But some places in this region do not allow single accommodations.
During our Gosaikunda Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.