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One of the most famous pilgrimage destinations of Nepal is Gosainkunda Lake which is situated at an altitude of about 4,36m. The best approach to Gosainkunda is through Dhunche, 132km to the northeast of Kathmandu. Dhunche is linked with Kathmandu by a motorable road. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and the south, the lake is grand and picturesque. There are other nice nine famous Lakes such as Saraswati, Bhairav, Sourya, Ganesh Kunda etc. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here to lake holy bathe in the lake. The large rock in the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine and it is also claimed that channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan, 60 km to the south.

Gosainkund is the most famous of a string of lakes and renowned among Nepali Hindus. This can be trekked on its own in as little as four days, but because of its rapid ascent to high elevation. It is best done after some acclimatizing in Langtang or Helambu. From either Dhunche or Syabru, trails ascend steeply through mossy rhodendron forest to the monastery and cheese factory of Sing Gompa. Above here, the trail climbs through tall fir stands before emerging above the tree line for increasingly panoramic views of the high peaks and finally entering the barren upper reaches of the Trishuli River, where glacial moraines and rockslides have left a string of half a dozen lakes (kund). You can also climb a nearby summit for awesome views.

Gosainkunda Pilgrimage Tour Itierary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport Meet assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel. O/N in Hotel.

Day 02: Visit to Pilgrimage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Budhanilkhanta. O/N in Hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m.) which takes about five hours. You drive along well paved road up to Zero Kilo and then you travel through gravel and bumpy path. This is a picturesque journey as you will be surrounded by green hills, terraces, streams, human settlement respectively from place to place. Melamchi Pul Bazaar, at the bank of Melamchi river is a small town where people from surrounded villages come to buy commodities as there are numerous shops, lodges and few small hotels.

Day 04: Trek from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Shermathang (2590 m.) and it takes approximately five hours. The trail gradually ascends all the way to Shermathang through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. Walking this day is quite pleasant with views of green hills and interaction with local and friendly people. There you can see Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.

Day 05: Trek from Shermathang to Tarkeghyang (2743 m.) which takes about four hours. This day the trail is quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. There is situated a beautiful village on the half way to Tarkeghyang. To add your joy, Tarkeghyang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belong to Helmu caste.

Day 06: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Melamchi Gaon (2640 m.) and it takes about six hours. The early part of the trek descends until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you trek steep up to Melamchi Gaon passing through Sherpa settlements such as Nakotegaon which you come across before crossing Melamchi bridge. After you cross this Iron Bridge and trek for steep up trail for nearly two hours you reach Melamchi Gaon. There is a monastery, a school, chorten, prayer flags fluttering in the sky and few guest houses and lodges. In terms of scenery is green hill which has surrounded this village. Most notably, there is an ancient cave with legendry story that Guru Ringboche once took shelter here.

Day 07: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Ghopte (3430 m.) via Tharepati pass (3490 m.) which takes about six hours. The first part of the trails ascends up to Tharepati the rhododendron forests until Thearepati. Before you reach Tharepati, a group of herders' huts at 3579m, you cross a stream after coming through rhododendron, oak and juniper forests. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through blue pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. There is an ancient cave at Ghopte which is surrounded by verdant forest of bamboo, juniper and rhododendron. There are only two tea houses.

Day 08: Trek from Ghopte to Lauribinayak pass (4610m.) and trek to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m.) and it takes about seven hours. The trail climbs through rugged country, rocky trail and small streams to reach Phedi. You leave the last tea house at Phedi until you reach Gosaikunda Lake. To cross Lauribinayak pass you trek steep up passing through scenery of green hills. From the top of Lauribinayak pass, you get an excellent view of Rolwaling, Jugal Himal, and Gang Chhenpo (6388m.), Langshisha (6427 m.) and many other snow caped mountains and peaks. You climb 300 m. down passing four lakes with spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna to reach Gosaikunda Lake. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikund, Bharab Kunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world. There are few tea houses and lodges at the lakeside. Gosaikunda Lake is a holy lake where people gather during the month of August to pay homage to God Mahadev (Shiva). There is held a big fair during this time on full moon day.

Day 09: Trek from Gosaikunda Lake to Sing Gompa via Lauribinayak pass and it takes four hours. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west lie Himal Chuli (7893m.,) Manaslu (8156m,) and Ganesh Himal (7406m.) On a clear day, even the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak pass and trek downhill passing through rocky trail with magnificent mountain views. There are few lodges and hotel at Lauribinayak pass. There lies a small village, Chyolangpati at the bottom of Lauribinayak pass. Now you trek gentle descent path which is quite pleasant until you reach Sing Gompa. There is a well managed local cheese factory and a Buddhist Monastery.

Day 10: Trek from Sing Gompa to Dhunche (2030 m.) which takes about four hours. You trek downhill all the way to Ghatte Khola (stream) passing forest, a small village Dimsa and terraces. Now you trek over levelled path along Ghatte Khola (stream) till Dhunche.

Day 11: Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu and it takes about eight hours. You drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Kathmandu. The first part of your drive upto Trishuli Bazaar is through gravel and bumpy road and then well paved road up to Kathmandu.

Day 12: Transfer to the International airport to connect onward flight.

Service Cost Includes:

  1. All transportation by tourist vehicles.
  2. Room Accommodation on BB basis.
  3. City Tour Guide
  4. Sightseeing fees
  5. All meals like Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during treks,
  6. Service charge.

Service Cost excludes:

  1. Medical/personal high risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
  2. International airfares and departure tax.
  3. Major meals in kathmandu              
  4. Cost of personal expenses
  5. Tips
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