Gosaikunda also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal's Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres). Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size and was designated a Ramsar site on 29 September 2007.
The lake melts to form the Trishuli River; it remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. There are 108 lakes in this area, small to medium in size. The challenging Lauribina La pass at an altitude of 4,610 m (15,120 ft) is on its outskirts.
Start of the trek
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.
Location: Rasuwa district
Trip Duration: 9 days
Trip Grade: Moderate
Activities: Hiking/Trekking Tour
Group size: Any
Best Season: Autumn and Spring (Other seasons: Considerable)
Itinerary for the trek
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1,300m), check-in at the hotel
Day 02: Drive to Dhunche (1,960m), Duration: 6/7 hours' drive
Day 03: Trek to Sing Gompa (3,335m), Duration: 4/5 hours' trek
Day 04: Trek to Gosainkunda (4,380m), Duration: 5/6 hours' trek
Day 05: Trek to Ghopte (3,530m), Duration: 7/8 hours' trek
Day 06: Trek to Kutumsang (2,470m), Duration: 5/6 hours' trek
Day 07: Trek to Chisapani (2,215m), Duration: 4/5 hours' trek
Day 08: Trek to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu, Duration: 4 hrs trek, a 40-minute drive
Day 09: Departure to the airport
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