Lake Gosaikunda is a high altitude lake (4390mtrs) in the Langtang region. Known throughout the Hindu world as Shiva's holy lake, the site attracts pilgrims from all over, especially during the August Full Moon Festival when local apprentice Shamans come to worship Shiva through song and dance, prove their powers and become a full Shaman. The trek is one of the most accessible from Kathmandu, as we walk right from the northern edge of the city, through the Shivapuri National Park and into the Langtang National Park. The trek ends in Dhunche, and can be combined with other treks in the Langtang region.
Day 1 – Drive to Sunarijal on the outskirts of Kathmandu and trek through the Shivapuri National Park to Chisapani (2300mtrs, 6 hrs).
Day 2 – Trek from Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang (2130mtrs, 5-6 hrs).
Day 3 – Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Magen Goth (3150 mtrs, 5 hrs).
Day 4 – Trek from Magen Goth to Phedi (3500 mtrs, 4 hrs).
Day 5 – Cross the Laurebina Pass (4610 mtrs) and descend to Gosaikunda (3490 mtrs). Stay overnight.
Day 6 – Trek from Gosaikunda to Laurebinayak (3950 mtrs, 4 hrs).
Day 7 – Trek from Laurebinayak to Dhunche (1950, 7-8 hrs). Celebration night. Farewell to staff.
Day 8 – Drive from Dhunche back to Kathmandu (6 hrs).