|Package name||Gosainkunda Holy Lake Trek|
|Max. elevation||4460 Meter|
|Transportation||private vehicle, Overland journey both ways|
|Accomodation||Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; best Available Lodges on route trek|
|Trip route||Kathmandu-Dhunche-Chandanbari-Sing Gomba-Gosainkunda-Ghopte-Laraubinaya-Kutumsang-Chisapani-Sundarijal-Kathmandu|
|Cost||USD 818 per person|
On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, received by our guide and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms, and then meet other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing. The briefing includes important information regarding Holy Gosainkunda Trek, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.
A free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek includes a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of great historical and religious interest. The city is steeped with ancient world heritage sites, where the tour takes you around renowned landmarks, like the old Durbar / Palace Square with old Swayambhunath of more than 2,500 years old Stupa, a Buddhist religious monument. Includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and large dome stupa of Bouddhanath of great cultural and religious interest.
Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, a scenic and exciting drive to reach high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting ride of little more than 4-5 hours, during the drive, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns. As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 2, 030 m high. The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park.
At Dhunche with many good lodges and a small hotel for an overnight stay, our guide will check in the best available lodge or guest house. The town and whole area of Rasuwa are inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.
The morning starts with easy short downhill and then leaving the motorable road, walking towards a stream to cross a small bridge, near a small settlement with some shades serving as tea houses and shops. After the bridge a steep climb most of the way into a dense forest of tall rhododendron, oaks, magnolia, pines, and fir trees to reach large grazing pastures field on a hilltop with some small tea-shops. The climb continues for another hour into beautiful woodland to reach Sing Gompa, also called Chandanbari, which means a sandalwood tree area. Check into a nice small lodge within a small village with few good lodges and a guest house, an old monastery stands on top of the village where your lodge is situated.
Today's walk takes you to our major highlights and a place of great religious importance at Gosainkunda. The morning walk offers more views of the snow-clad peaks of Langtang and Ganesh-Himal towards the northwest with Manaslu and Annapurna range in the far west. The adventure leads to gradual up for an hour entering oaks, pines, and rhododendron forest. Enjoying brief stops with facing grand views, the walk continues with a climb uphill on leaving forest and tree lines behind for short, dwarf rhododendron, juniper shrubs, and bushes.
The path unwinds uphill passing through a few teahouses at Laurabina, which means a place with walking sticks, (an auspicious time in August with the full moon as per the Nepali Luna calendar, pilgrims visiting Gosainkunda for ritual bathe and dips where belief is, it delivers one into paradise and drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. This is the spot where Hindu devotees leave their walking stick here, hence the name Laurabina. From the high ridge with short descend and then up reaching across Saraswati and Bhairab Kund, with the little climb, brings you at Gosainkunda within its holy pristine glacial pond. One can witness some traces left behind by the pilgrims during the great festival event of Janai Purnima that falls in monsoon time of August, in a full moon day, where a large crowd of worshippers and pilgrims makes a hard trek to be in this sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva and the creator of many ponds around.
Morning from Gosainkunda, gradual walk along the shore of a pond, and then climb to a small creek in between rocks and boulders, as walk leads close to small Surjakund pond, then with winding straight up to Gosainkund pass or East Laurabina La the highest spot of the adventure. From the top, enjoying tremendous scenery of rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks, then towards long downhill to reach at the bottom known as Phedi (bottom) at near 3,694 m. A small place with few teahouses, possible lunch stop and then walk continues heading east within Helambu area and back into green vegetation’s and tree lines of junipers, rhododendron and then reach at Ghopte (meaning overhanging rocks) for an overnight stop.
After being around the complete wilderness, walk from this small settlement where trails of Helambu and Kathmandu route joins; morning a short day trek with a pleasant walk into the forest for an hour, with an hour uphill near the hill of Tharepati 3, 650 m, as our route heads to a place called Mange-Goth. A place for a cattle grazing field probably stops here for lunch as time permits. From Mange-Goth, a nice pleasant walk downhill into the cool shade of woodland to reach an open area with many farm fields and terraces at Kutumsang village for overnight halt. A nice interesting farm village of Tamang, Sherpa, and some Hyalmo hill tribes follows the same Tibetan Buddhism religion, which you can notice around the villages with prayer monuments.
From Kutumsang, one of the longest day walk to reach Chisapani, start early morning on a winding path with few ups and downhill past several farm areas and villages to reach Gul-Bhanjyang located on a ridge top. After a short refreshing break trek continues on a pleasant trail with some ups and down to a nice place of Pati Bhanjyang village. From here short climb towards our last overnight stop at Chisapani, a scenic small village situated on a hilltop north of Kathmandu Valley rim. Chisapani offers stunning sunrise and sunsets over a vast range of peaks from Langtang and Jugal Himal in the north, extending to Ganesh Himal-Manaslu and Annapurna range towards the west.
Enjoy sunrise views as the light shines on a range of snow peaks, after breakfast our last day trek heads downhill into lovely forest and farmlands with a short climb on top of Burling and Chepu Bhanjyang at 2,438 m high. Facing views of Kathmandu Valley, the path descends to Sundarijal (which means beautiful water) a lovely spot with a cool patch of forest with fresh streams. On reaching the roadside at main Sundarijal town, a short drive to Kathmandu after an enjoyable and great moment on Holy Gosainkund Trekking. Drive leads past Jhorpati and Bouddhanath into a busy road and then reach your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs, evening farewell group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with Folk culture programs as entertainment.
On your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure and experience on Holy Gosainkunda Trek, as a time for your international flight our staff transfer you to the airport for homeward bound.
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