Hindu pilgrims walk to sacred Gosainkunda Lake high in the Nepali Himalayas on August full moon. Pic copyright Timothy Allen. http:/humanplanet.com

Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater lake that is located at an altitude of 4380 m. It is a lake of religious and historical importance situaed in the Langtang National Park in Rasuwa district with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres). Gosaikunda is known for the thrilling and breathtaking scenic beauty.

The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and it remains frozen for six months from October to June. There are 108 lakes in this area. The Lauribina La pass at an altitude of 4610 m (15,120 ft.) is on its outskirts.


Gosaikunda is 26.8 mi away from Kathmandu. You can reach Gosaikunda in an hour on a vehicle with an average speed of 60 km per hour.

Religious Significance

Gosaikunda is considered one of the religious sites. According to Hindu Mythology, it is the abode of Hindu deities Shiva and Parbati. The water of Gosaikunda is considered sacred. Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India come to visit this area during Janai Purnima and Gangadasahara. It is believed to be created by Lord Shiva when he shove his holy Trident (Trishul) into a mountain to extract water to cool his throat after he swallowed poison that was obtained from Samundra manthan (churning of the ocean). Samundra manthan is one of the well-known episodes in Hindu Mythology.

Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda trek grants the chance to the trekkers and adventure admirers to explore the land that is far behind the time. It undoubtedly offers the views of perfectly placed terraced slopes, settlements of different ethnic groups, rare wild animals and diverse range of flora and fauna.

Gosaikunda is an important place in the Dhunche-Helambu trekking route. This trek adjoins the Langtang Valley trek in the same district. Basic accommodation is easily available. You can find tea houses that offer a variety of foods and snacks.

The trek to Gosaikunda starts in Dhunche Village or Syabru Besi in the Langtang Himal, or in Sundarijal in the Kathmandu Valley. When starting from Dhunche, the first day involves a long steady climb to reach Chandan Bari at an altitude of about 3,200 m (10,500 ft). Laurebinayak at about 3,700 m (12,100 ft.) can be reached on the second day. At this point, you can choose to climb ahead to Gosaikunda or to stay at Laurebinayak, which also provides sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The descent from Gosaikund to Sundarijal takes about four days and involves a short climb to Laurebina La at 4,610 m (15,120 ft), a rapid descent to Phedi and onwards to Ghopte. Depending on pace, there are options to stay at Thadepati, Mangengoth, Kutumsang and at many villages farther downhill. The trails are well marked, except between Ghopte and Thadepati.

The best time for the trek is February to May and October to November.

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