Gosaikunda or Gosainkunda or गोसाइँकुण्ड is an alpine freshwater sacred lake located in the Langtang region of Rasuwa district, inside the Langtang National Park, at an altitude of ~4380m. It's one of the popular places for high altitude trekkers as well as divine and religious destination for Hindu pilgrims. The area consist of many (believed that there are 108 lakes of different sizes) holy lakes. It is thought that the holy water of Gosainkunda washes off the sins ;). Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake is grand and picturesque. Every year during one of the Hindu festivals - Janai Purnima in August, thousands of pilgrims visit the lake. Visitors get wonderful reflection of surrounding hills in very clear water of Gosainkunda lake during the summer season where water is iced during the winter. People trek to this amazing place to fulfill their cultural as well as natural hunger as the trail passes through different landscapes - subtropical to alpine environment, terraced fields, waterfalls, streams, hills and the most importantly super scenic majestic mountains.
Hindu mythology attributes Gosaikunda as the home of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati. It is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (holy Trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison that was generated after Samudramanthan and saved the world from possible destruction.
You can start the trek to Gosaikunda from the place of your choice - Dhunche or Syabru Beshi or Thulo Syabru or Sundarijal. The latter option takes more days to reach the lake, I had trekked to Gosainkunda from Sundarijal in mid 2007 . Most people prefer Dhunche or Syabru option from where one can reach Gosainkunda in second day of the trip. With private vehicle you can reach Dhunche via Galchhi (Dhading) or Tokha (Kathmandu) as the road via Kakani is closed for maintenance purpose. If you choose Dhunche option, you have to follow multiple highways : ~46 KM of Prithvi Highway (Kathmandu to Galchhi), ~26 KM of Galchhi - Trishuli Road (Galchhi to Nuwakot) and ~54 KM of Trishuli Highway (Nuwakot to Dhunche). If you opted to travel via Tokha road, you have to drive through ~70 KM of rough road inside Shivapuri National Park for some distance then passing Chhahare until Battar, where you reach Trishuli Highway to Dhunche. Syabru Beshi is ~18 KM far from Dhunche (Pasang-Lahmu Highway). From Syabru Beshi you need to trek through Thulo Syabru - Mul Kharka - Cholang Pati - Lauribina - Buddha Mandir to reach Gosainkunda or directly to Foprang Danda - Buddha Mandir then Gosainkunda. You can also skip the trekking trail from Syabru Beshi to Thulo Syabru by directly following the road to Thulo Syabru, which goes via Thulo Bharkhu and Brabal leaving the Trishuli Highway and follow the above mentioned trek route. The road to Thulo Syabru is still under construction, so not yet opened for public vehicles but you can drive private vehicle. Road condition is good.
63 Hours : Kathmandu - Gosainkunda - Kathmandu
Somebody said somewhere "Don't think too much, just do what makes you happy" and we did the same - Peace, Freedom and Happiness were what motivated us for this trek. Here, 'we' is referring to three guys whose desire was to get rid of the 'Dustmandu' and spend few days in the lap of Himalayas - Sunil, Prachesh Dai ;) and myself. Before a day, bike was serviced, bag was ready, camera was charged and most importantly mind was already starting to feel the thrill. All required things were set and we were ready to move early next morning.
Day 1: Merciless Ride and Walk