‘Adventure to Sacred Glacial Gosainkund Lake and Crossing High Scenic Pass’
Gosainkunda Pass Trekking is an exciting adventure of a week's duration. It takes you to the lovely mountain and hill villages in the close shade of high Central Himalayan peaks.
Gosainkunda Pass Trekking route lies to the north of Kathmandu valley. About 5-6 hours of long winding road drive reaches you to the trekking starting point at Dhunche town, 132km from Kathmandu.
Dhunche is a major headquarters town of the Rasuwa district. It lies within the Langtang Himal region. It lies on the main route to our destination Gosainkunda glacial holy pond and beyond.
The trekking starts from the town of Dhunche close to the Langtang National Park. This is the country’s first mountainous park established in the mid-1970s. The park has a beautiful forest of rhododendron, oaks, birch, magnolia, and fir trees. It has an ideal blend of exotic flora/fauna.
Spending an overnight time at Dhunche the walk begins. You are in for a climb leaving the motorable road for some days. The forward climb is steep as it enters into dense lovely woodland to reach Sing Gompa.
A nice small village on the route to Gosainkunda is fascinating. Here the tree lines drop as the climb continues with a superb panoramic view of the mountain peaks. Such as the Langtang, Jugal with Ganesh, and Manaslu as far as Annapurna on the far western horizon.
You climb to a high ridge of the Laraubinaya hill. This is a place with a few nice shades and houses serving as tea shops and lodges. A slow and steady walk brings you to our main highlight at Gosainkunda and the holy pond.
Gosainkunda is an important pilgrimage spot for Hindu religious followers. Every year a great festival takes place in August. Thousands of pilgrims visit here for a holy dip.
Gosaikunda lake is the most sacred lake in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva. It carries a belief that he created the pond to dilute himself from the deadly poison. He swallowed it to save the world and mankind. You get plenty of time to enjoy walks around its many glacial ponds.
From Gosainkunda, a climb takes you to the highest point of the adventure. It reaches the top of Gosainkunda Pass at the height of 4,609 m and 15,100 feet high. The rewards you get are fantastic. Mesmerizing views of the surrounding beautiful landscapes and snow-capped mountains.
After completing your major goal and highlights of the trek you are in for the descent. It takes you downhill back into the green forest and within the lovely farm villages. Soon you enter the Helambu region. This is marvelous countryside. It lies on a high ridge that faces the grand views of the mountain range.
The area around Rasuwa, and Helambu belongs to the Tamang, Hyalmo, and Sherpas. They are the hill tribes of the Central and Eastern Himalayas. They follow an interesting Buddhism religion and its colorful culture. All this and more you get to witness on your walks.
The Trek comes to an end with short up and long downhill walks to reach the Kathmandu valley rim in Sundarijal. You will be spending your last final overnight at Chisapani. A scenic high ridge view of a striking sunrise over an array of snow peaks is awe-inspiring.
Sundarijal is a small farm town located in Kathmandu. It lies to the North Eastern Valley rim where our adventurous and scenic walk ends. A short drive from here reaches you back into the civilization and city life of Kathmandu. A memorable adventure of Gosainkunda Pass Trekking finally comes to an end.