Gosaikunda Lake, a pristine and clear lake, is at a high altitude of 4,380m in Langtang National Park with religious value and wetland of international importance (RAMSAR site). 8 Days Gosaikunda Lake Trek supplies the view of other lakes as Saraswati Lake and Bhairab Lake along with scenic mountains, ridges while passing Lauribinayak La pass. Gosaikunda is also said to have a network of 108 lakes with religious significance however, only a few of them are accessible to trekkers due to hardship.
Gosaikunda Lake and the mythological tales
Gosaikunda Lake holds the high religious value as per the Hindu mythology. As per the local people's beliefs, Gosaikunda Lake was created by Lord Shiva by his trident. When Lord Shiva was balancing the war between Dev (Gods) and Devil, he had to swallow the poison of the world to save it. It was extremely hard to hold the poison for Lord Shive and the poison made him stinging thirsty. Then, he pulled off his trident and perforated the mountain. The shot of trident made the flow of water from the mountain, which created the Gosaikunda Lake. Lord Shiva satisfied his thirst. It made the Gosaikunda Lake a holy lake with major religious value. Every year, on the occasion of Janai Purnima, the full moon of August, pilgrims from different places visit Gosaikunda with the hope to fulfill their wishes, get blessings and reside in heaven by cleansing all the unknown fault of their life. Early morning despite too cold weather and freezing water, they take bath in the Gosaikunda Lake and carry worshiping. During the time of Janai Purnima, the Gosaikunda Lake gets too crowded by the pilgrims. Mostly, the pilgrims of Hindu and Buddhists visit Gosaikunda Lake with a religious purpose.
Besides, the religious value of Gosaikunda Lake, Gosaikunda Lake Trek treats trekkers with its unique trail decorated by woods, cattle, wildlife, majestic mountains, ridges, Saraswati Kunda lake, Bhairab Kunda lake, and huge rocks. Gosaikunda Lake Trek begins from Dhunche, the small town of Rasuwa district and Langtang Region, where the trails are much crowded by trees and accompanied by rivers. Trekkers need to keep climbing until they pass Lauribina La Pass. Until Lauribina La Pass, trekkers are always accompanied by woods and wildflowers. While moving through Lauribinayak, mountains welcome the trekkers whereas trekkers can also see the ridges they have climbed up. Then, shrubs and rocks can only be seen until trekkers reach Gosaikunda Lake. The trail is small which is made through the rocky mountain and the views observed vary with the season. However, the tranquil environment remains the same which makes the mind peaceful and heart pleasing. Nature can be seen in the most unspoiled form with the added beauty of lakes as Gosaikunda, Saraswati, and Bhairab. Langtang National Park is widely popular for conserving and increasing the number of rare red panda and the Gosaikunda Lake Trekking trail is through Langtang National Park. So, there is a high chance of encountering rare red panda as well as other wild fauna and flora.
Gosaikunda Lake Trek is much suitable for the new trekkers and the enthusiasm of wildlife, culture and mythology. Nepal Adventure Team has been severing Gosaikunda Lake Trek of 8 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu) which would support trekkers to explore the Langtang Trekking Region in a short period of time. All the required arrangements for the trek from lodging, flooding to guidance are made by Nepal Adventure Team.