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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Gosainkunda Holy Lake Trek

Trip code GHLT-35
Package name Gosainkunda Holy Lake Trek
Duration 10 Days
Max. elevation 4460 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation private vehicle, Overland journey both ways
Accomodation Three-star Hotel in Kathmandu; best Available Lodges on route trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Dhunche-Chandanbari-Sing Gomba-Gosainkunda-Ghopte-Laraubinaya-Kutumsang-Chisapani-Sundarijal-Kathmandu
Cost USD 818 per person

Highlights

Overview

Holy Gosainkunda Trek, a marvelous and short adventure of a week duration allows travelers to enjoy spectacular mountain views. In the harmony of impressive age-old traditional villages enriched with colorful culture within pristine surroundings and enchanting woodland. For all Hindu and Buddhist religions, the Himalayas is an abode of god, goddess, and holy spirits. Gosainkunda is regarded as one of the major mountainous pilgrimage destination, where thousands of devotees, pilgrims visits for worship.

As well as to purify their soul, mind, and body to relinquish the sin of hundreds of lifetimes. Taking a bath and a dip in the icy pond, a great religious festival is held called ‘Jani Purnima’ (change of new holy threads for Hindu men). Which falls in the full moon around an auspicious month of August during the monsoon season according to the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Thousands of Nepalese pilgrims as well from India visit to pay homage to pray and worship Lord Shiva. The creator of Gosainkund, the local believes 108 small and large ponds existed hundreds of years ago. Besides the main Gosainkunda, at present nine ponds exist such as Saraswati, Bhairab, Surya and Ganesh-Kunda, Sagarkund, Yeklekund with Raja-Rani Kund. For Hindus taking a dip in the Gosainkunda, pond means salvation and virtue, one of the highest glacial ponds in Nepal. Located at 4, 460 m high within the district of Rasuwa, which is straight north of Kathmandu valley.

Holy Gosainkund Trek, starts with an overland journey to reach a cooler region of Langtang Himal. Which is at a close distance of 43 k.m. and 27 miles from Kathmandu, but takes more than 4 to 5 hours. Due to hilly and mountainous highway with many switchbacks, narrow winding uphill to Dhunche at 2,030 m and 6,660 feet high. Dhunche, headquarter and administrative town of Rasuwa district, is dominated by Tamang ethnic tribes interwoven with Buddhism and Bon religion. The Bon an ancient sect of pre-Buddhism, worship of natural spirits which you will witness on this lovely walk to Gosainkunda and beyond.  
 
Dhunche the main entrance of Langtang National Park also, the first mountain park ever established in Nepal in the year 1976. The park covers an area of 1,710 sq. km to Chisapani near the end of the trek. Walk from Dhunche town takes you high to Sing Gomba, with a steep climb into the cool shade of dense woodland. Lined with tall pines and rhododendron trees to reach a small settlement at Sing Gomba. Which is also the name of the monastery perched high above the village, the next morning on the high trail to Gosainkunda. The second-day trek progress with a climb uphill to enter a forest with views of Langtang Himal towards the north.

The walk leads to more ups as tree lines end for a short alpine bush towards a high ridge of west Laraubinaya. Then on a gradual path past Bhairab-Kund to reach our major highlight at Gosainkund and sacred crystal clear pond. Enjoy time at Gosainkund a holy spot with a few small tea houses that serve as a lodge for travelers.

The highest overnight stop at 4, 460 m is enclosed by a high rocky cliff wall and towering peaks. From Gosainkunda after a pleasant stay within tranquil surroundings in the shade of holy spirits. The walk continues with a climb to traverse the highest spot of the adventure over East Laraubinaya-La Pass at 4, 609 m. Overlooking grand views of surrounding dramatic landscapes of the eastern side of Langtang Himal range.

Walk follows long downhill to reach back into a dense forest of juniper, rhododendron, and pine trees heading further southeast. As walk enters around the Helambu region at Kutumsang, a nice farm village populated with Sherpa, Tamang, and Hyalmo hill tribes. At Kutumsang village, where the motorable road has reached from Kathmandu on the rough and bumpy mountain tracks. Our trek follows on old walking trails avoiding the main road as possible, then past the nice Tamang village of Gul-Bhanjyang. Along the walk enjoy lovely views of green rolling hills and valley with Langtang and Jugal Himal Mountain range.

Last overnight stop on a scenic ridge top of Chisapani, famous for stunning sunrise and sunsets over Himalayan peaks. Enjoy the last day on the high viewpoint at Chisapani, situated on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley's eastern rim. The final day walk is pleasant down into a serene forested area and through several Tamang farm villages.

The walk continues to wonderful Sundarijal, a famous picnic spot for city folks on weekends within a tranquil green environment. Within the backdrop of fresh streams and cascading waterfall, and then reaching at the end of trekking at Sundarijal town. A short drive brings you back into the heart of Kathmandu, after a glorious adventure and marvelous experience on Holy Gosainkund Trek.  

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel:

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.

Day 2 : In Kathmandu free day for a sightseeing tour at places of interest:

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.

Day 3 : Drive to Dhunche town 2, 030 m, -05 hours.

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.

Day 4 : Trek to Chandanbari / Sing Gomba 3, 330 m, -05 hours:

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.

Day 5 : Trek to Gosainkunda 4, 460 m, -05 hours:

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.

Day 6 : Trek to Ghopte 3, 440 m crossing Laraubinaya La, -07 hours:

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.

Day 7 : Trek to Kutumsang 2, 440 m, -06 hours:

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.

Day 8 : Trek to Chisapani 2, 190 m, -07 hours:

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.

Day 9 : Trek to Sundarijal 1,520 m short drive to Kathmandu, -04 hours.

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.

Day 10 : Departure Day for International flight homeward bound:

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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