Gosaikunda Lake- Holy Lake

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Gosaikunda 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. Uncountable Hindu devotees trek every year just to bath in this Holy Lake called Gosaikunda, just because they believe that if one who dip into this lake, their sin will be washed away out of their body.


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Gosaikunda is a famous holy lake for Hindu devotees situated at an altitude of 4380 meter.  Its waters are considered holy and of particular significance during the Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima festivals when thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. Gosaikunda 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. Uncountable Hindu devotees trek every year just to bath in this Holy Lake called Gosaikunda, just because they believe that if one who dip into this lake, their sin will be washed away out of their body. And the interesting thing is this water in the pond is always warn/hot even in cold season.

This is not just the reason people go for Gosaikunda trek, beside this trek passes through delighting landscapes, ever green forest, beautiful waterfall etc. There are many more other lake apart of Gosaikunda such as Nagkunda, Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Suryakunda. While the trekkers go through the ever green forest they witness Rhododendron and Bamboo Forest along with exiting wildlife. And much eye capturing waterfalls.

Gosaikunda is a significant place of interest on the Dhunche-Helambu trekking route. This trek adjoins the famous Langtang Valley trek in the same district. Both treks can be combined. Basic accommodation is quite easily available. Tea houses offer a variety of food and snacks.

The trek to Gosaikunda starts in Dhunche Village or Syabru besi in the Langtang Himal, or in Sundarijal in the Kathmandu Valley. When starting from Dhunche, the first day involves a long steady climb to reach Chandan Bari at an altitude of about 3,200 m (10,500 ft). Laurebinayak at about 3,700 m (12,100 ft) can be reached on the second day. At this point, some trekkers choose to climb ahead to Gosaikunda, though altitude sickness is a concern as the ascent is rather steep. Many trekkers choose to stay at Laurebinayak, which also provides sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The descent from Gosaikund to Sundarijal takes about four days and involves a short climb to Laurebina La at 4,610 m (15,120 ft), a rapid descent to Phedi and onwards to Ghopte. Depending on pace, there are options to stay at Thadepati, Mangengoth, Kutumsang and at many villages farther downhill. The trails are well marked, except between Ghopte and Thadepati.

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