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Gosainkunda Lake

The Holy Lake

Gosainkunda LakeGosainkunda Lake, a sacred lake for both the adherents of Hindu and Buddhist faiths, is also known for wonderful scenery. Ringed by high mountains on the northern and eastern sides, the lake offers a fascinating sight. In addition to its status as a place of religious importance, the Lake also offers stiff challenge to the trekkers.

Fast Facts
Location North of Kathmandu, Langtang National Park region of the Annapurnas
Nearest Valley Langtang Valley
Accessibility Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk
Height 4300 m
Best Time to Visit September - November


Holy Bath
Every year, during the event of Janai Purnima in the month of August, number of Hindu pilgrims throng the lake for a holy bathe. According to popular belief, the huge rock at the center of the lake is the remains of a Shiva temple. Another legend says that a channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank of Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan, approximately 60km away.

The Trekking Route
Dhunche-Gosainkunda Lake Trek is among popular and medium range treks in Nepal. Lovely scenic views and glimpses of Sherpa life increase the delight of the trek manifold. One has to undertake steep ascent of 4380m while on trek trail to Gosainkunda. It is advisable to first acclimatize in Lauribinayak, Tharepati or Chandabari.

Exploring colorful Helambu region is an experience in itself. Itinerary of the trek is as follows.

Day 01
Drive from capital Kathmandu to Dhunche.

Days 02
Trek to Chandanbari.

Day 03
Trek to Gosainkunda passing Lauribinayak.

Day 04
Return trek to Chandanbari.

Days 05
Return trek to Dhunche.

Days 06
Drive back to Capital Kathmandu.

Accommodation
Tea houses and inns offer lodging and meals for the tourists. However, don't expect any five star lodging and dining facility here. If you get yourself understand this, you would take the facilities here as fine.


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