Gosaikunda: A Gem in the Lap of Himalayas
We are aware of the fact that Nepal is one of the most beautiful counties anyone can ever visit. With all the photogenic places to visit and diversity on its own, Nepal remains at the top when it comes to beauty. While we talk about beauty, What comes to your mind?
Pokhara, Chitwan, Rara, Mardi Himal, Gosainkunda and many more. We Nepalese are really gifted with the awesomeness of Natural beauty. While we mention Gosainkunda, only thinking about it brings that positivity to yourself. What will it look like if you just visit there? This Blog is all you need to know before visiting the Gosainkunda.
Where is Gosaikunda Located?
Gosainkunda often spelt as ‘Gosainkunda’ is said to be one of the purest holy lakes which is located in the Rasuwa district of central Nepal. This lake is situated in the north of Kathmandu in between Helambu, Langtang Valley, and Langtang National Park. The lake stands steadily 4,380 meters above sea level.
In Ancient mythology, the Gosainkunda lake is said to be connected with lord shiva, the god of power and destruction. It is believed that the lord shiva used to meditate in the Himalayas of Nepal to acquire the purity of nature.
The major highlight of the Gosainkunda trek is Mountain views which include. Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh and Langtang mountains. One gets to see a beautiful sunset from Gosainkunda. The Gosainkunda is an amazing experience in regards to the wonderful Trek. It is the best memory to take home.
Why should you Visit Gosaikunda?
Every year thousands of internal and foreign make visits to this holy place to take a dip in the divine water to purify their souls and clear their sins. People majorly visit this holy lake during the Full moon day of Shrawan on the occasion of Janai Purnima. During this festival, a lot of devotees gather around the Gosaikunda lake to change their old Janai, take a bath for purity and replace the Janai with a new one. It is said that all the impurities and sins are washed off due to the pure environment of the lake.
The visitors may have noticed a large rock that is around the lake, people believe it is a Shiva Shrine. There is also a belief that only people with pure souls can see Lord Shiva lying under the lake. There are a lot of religious beliefs of this lake and it is still providing devotees with positive persuasion for people to visit. An interesting fact is that there are 108 lakes around Rasuwa, Gosaikunda being the most visited one.
This lake receives devotees from all around the world including Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and many other ethnic groups. A lot of Indian Hindus come to the lake to take a frozen cold dip in the lake to wash off the impurities. It is said that for almost half a year, the Gosainkunda lake goes frozen. In the months of October to June, the lake gets frozen due to the winter season and High Altitudes.
The best time to have a Gosaikunda Trip is around September to November and March to May. Years back, Gosaikunda was an underrated tourist area that only international tourists used to visit. But in the past few years, We have noticed a lot of domestic tourists showering interest and contributing to travelling to Gosainkunda. A Nature lover and a trek lover definitely have to enjoy this once in a life Gosainkunda trek to feel nature.
The best part of Gosainkunda is that it is not focused on one certain cultural group. We can find Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Tamang people, and Foreigners equally enjoying the Gosainkunda pilgrimage. This prestigious lake has to offer a lot of diversity which has contributed a lot to its development over years.
Best Season to Visit Gosaikunda
The best season for the Gosainkunda trek is from October to December and March to May. Gosaikunda Lake is believed a holy lake in this area, there is a pilgrimage festival going to hold every year on the full moon day of July/August.
Trek Route to Gosaikunda?
Gosaikunda trek is one of the most popular treks to travel and to visit the pilgrimage too. As mentioned above, Gosaikunda is located 4,380 meters above sea level, so it is not so easy to trek for trekkers. To reach Gosainkunda, one has to go through a long pass and walk for a few days to reach the place. But on reaching, you get to discover the Himalayas and a lot of new places. So, the Gosaikunda trek is worth it. To trek towards the Gosaikunda, one has to start from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you will then travel to Dhunche.
After you arrive in Dhunche, You get to roam around in the villages and spend some quality time with the locals. The next day, you will need to trek to Chandanwari. This will take you about 7-8 hours to reach the destination. Chandanwari is a village area located in the lap of a pine forest. Chandanwari receives a lot of visitors every year due to its Yak cheese factory and monastery. After reaching Chandanwari, you have to trek for 5 to 6 hours to reach Gosaikunda.
PS: The trek to Gosainkunda gets comparatively more difficult than a trek to Chandan wari. You have to face a narrow trail and walk through the cold breeze.
How to Reach Gosaikunda from Kathmandu?
There are various ideas to visit Gosaikunda, you can always plan according to your budget and the number of days you’ve managed to travel. However, in this section, we’ll discuss two plans which can be executed in 5 days and 7 days.
5 Days Itinerary to Gosainkunda
Day 1- Kathmandu to Dhunche (6-7 hours Bus Ride)
You can take a bus route from Kathmandu to Dhunche which takes around 6-7 hours. Dhunche is a small town in the Rasuwa district where tourists come and prepare themselves for a long trek to come. You can find decent hotels and lodges in Dhunche on arrival, however, it is always better to make reservations before you reach the place itself. The elevation of Dhunche is 2,030 meters from sea level.
Day 2 – Trek to Chandanbari (5-6 hours walk)
You can start your trek once you take enough rest in the fairly cosy hotels in Dhunche, Rasuwa. It is recommended to start your trek early in the morning to get yourself to your destination before the sunset. The trek is quite tiring as you have to reach an altitude of 3250m approximate climbing more than 1200 meters.
Day 3 – Trek to Gosainkunda (7- 8 hour walk)
After residing in Chandan bari on day second, your third day will take you to the heavenly lake. You have to walk for about 7-8 hours reaching a steep elevation of 4380 meters by climbing about 1100 meters. You’ll see a majestic view of not just Gosaikunda but can have this opportunity to witness some other popular lakes or ‘kundas‘ such as Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda etc.
Day 4 – Trek down to Dhunche
After getting your eyes and soul rejuvenated, you need to trek down to the place where you started. With a heavy heart, bid farewell to all the serene natural beauty, the lakes, the snow caps, and the grasslands and get yourself ready for a long downhill slope with a beautiful peace of mind. It would feel much easier for you to get down because of the downhill terrain. Book yourself a motel/hotel and take a rest at Dhunche.
Day 5 Drive to Kathmandu
It is time you need to get a bus to go back home. It’ll take about 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu with little bumpy roads along the way. You may enjoy the journey with rivers, forests, native people, and the beautiful view of the Himalayas in the north.
7 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Dunche / 6-7 hours drive by bus / (2030m).
Day 2: Trek to Thulo Syabru Besi / 4-5 hours trek / (2230m).
Day 3: Trek to Sing Gompa / 5-6 hours walk / (3330m).
Day 4: Trek to Gosaikunda / 6-7 hours walk / (4380m).
Day 5: Hike Surya Peak and trek to Cholangpati / a 6-7 hours walk / (3600m).
Day 6: Trek down to Dhunche / (2100m).
Day 7: Drive to Kathmandu.
How Difficult is the Route?
Your trek Journey to Gosaikunda depends upon your stamina and how habituated you are to adapt to totally new environmental conditions, it also differs from place to place as there are steep slopes both upwards and downwards. Also, there might be many physical, environmental, external and other various factors to add adventure to your journey. If you are planning to travel during the winters, it might get difficult due to high altitude levels.
Your journey from Kathmandu to Chandanwari might be comparatively easy. Your journey from Chandanwari to Gosainkunda might be tough due to cold weather. A beginner who is trekking for the first time is suggested to have a 7-day long trip.
What needs to be Improved?
Gosainkunda has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations for people to visit. The Gosaikunda is said to be a holy lake where if you reach, your sins will get washed away. This holy pilgrimage definitely has a wonderful range of tourists. However, the Holy lake promotions are not up to date. Today, we people want recreation in every tourist area, Gosainkunda has been lacking on that part.
The development of the Rasuwa district can also contribute to more tourists to Gosaikunda. There can be a Direct way to Gosainkunda for people, who can’t trek but want to visit the Holy lake. This can ensure people fulfil their wishes to visit the Gosaikunda and also it would benefit Nepal’s Tourism.
This particular place has been considered a holy and breathtaking destination which serves as a tourist area and at the same time is a pilgrimage too. This trek is known for getting various lakes, mountain crossings, ravines, suspension bridges, pine forests, and beautiful rhododendron discovered and provides an insight into the lifestyle of people and the way how people survive here.
There are only a few lakes which have a holy meaning. It’s a magical place, a perfectly balanced mixture of culture and a mini vacay at the same time. Gosaikunda is such a place that everyone should visit once in their lifetime to enjoy the blend of holiness and serene scenes. So, if you are in need of some sort of break from your hectic schedule, take your time to pack your baggage and step out on a hike to this piece of heaven on Earth, trust me it’ll be definitely worth it.