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Gosaikunda Sacred Lakes

Trek to Sacred Lakes

This is a holy trek that finely blends with adventure which takes you to the sacred mountain lakes of Gosainkunda, Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda. The lakes are holy to Hindus and during the full

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This is a holy trek that finely blends with adventure which takes you to the sacred mountain lakes of Gosainkunda, Saraswatikunda and Bhairabkunda. The lakes are holy to Hindus and during the full moon day of July, many Hindu pilgrims gather to Gosainkunda to take a ritual bath for purifying their soul and body. The walk goes through high passes with magical Himalayan Panorama in view. The trip is ideal for all those trekkers who are searching spirituality in wilderness.

This one of a kind trek goes through off beaten trail which is blessed with wonderful scenic beauty and unique cultural experience. We will make our way through dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak. As this is newly formed trekking trek, it is devoid of usual trekking crowd. Throughout the whole trekking period, you will be blessed with panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Langtang Lirung along few other Tibetan peaks.

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay

Day 3: Drive to Nuwakot(1200m); 5hours

Early in the morning we will take a ride to Nuwakot via Kakani. Nuwakot is a historically important place of the country. During 1767AD, King Prithvi Narayan Shah had made Nuwakot the second capital of the country. Situated in a hilltop the seven storied palace Sattale Durbar, Ranga Mahal, Garadhar Palace and few other temples are the major attractions of this historic town. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4: Trek to Badahare(1250m); 8hours

From Nuwakot we will commence a walk to Sano Khola where we will stop to have lunch. Later we cross the stream by bridge and climb uphill for around 3hours to reach our camping site in Badahare which situated near a Pine forest.

Day 5: Trek to Betang(2250m); 7hours

Making our way through Tamang village , observing the everyday lifestyle of local people and paying homage to different gompas coming in our way we will trek to the Tibetan look-alike village of Betang.

Day 6: Trek to Lapung(3300m); 8hours

The trail continues to gain altitude through the dense forest of Rhododendron and Tamang villages to our camping site in Lapung. We will camp at the middle of blissfully bloomed Rhododendron forest.

Day 7: Trek to Chodang Kharka(3850m); 8hours

From Lapung the trail goes uphill to the Tamang settlement of Chodang Kharka. In the evening one can enjoy the astonishing view of setting sun over the Himalayas from the Kharka. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Rest day in Chodang Kharka(3850m)

We will take a day rest to get acclimatized with the rising altitude. in the afternoon we will visit local cheese factory and explore the area. The place is blessed with high altitude Himalayan flora and fauna making it a nature lover’s paradise.

Day 9: Trek to Jumacho Kharka(4100m); 7hours

Today the trail goes through the alpine zone where alpine flora cover the land to Jumacho Kharka which is situated near the mountain river a tributary of Lamo Kund( sacred lake of the area). The area offers the surreal Himalayan view of Langtang Lirung, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu.

Day 10: Trek to Gosainkund(4381m); 7hours

From Jumacho Kharka the trail gradually goes uphill to Gosainkund Lake. The area has three lakes, at first the trail descends to, Saraswati Kund, secondly to Bhairab Kund and lastly to Gosain kunda. According to Hindu mythology, Gosainkunda Lake was created by Lord Shiva when he threw his trident in a glacier to get water to quench thirst after swallowing the Kalkut poison that was supposed to destroy the world. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek to Sing Gompa(3250m); 5hours

From Thulo Syabru the trail steeply goes uphill passing Dursagang(2735m) through the align of chortens. Observing the astonishing vista of Lantang Himal, Ganesh Himal and mountains in the Tibetan side the trail continues to go uphill through the forest of Oak and Hemlock to the top of the ridge of Phoparng Danda(3190m). a short descent from the top of the ridge takes us to Sing gompa. The area has a Buddhist monastery and a small cheese factory. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Dunche; 4hours

From Sing Gompa the trail continuously descend to our camping site in Dunche.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu; 8 hours

From Dunche we will take a ride back to Kathmandu and transfer into the hotel.

Day 14: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is high\low. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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