The Frozen Lake Trip

Gosainkunda Trek

Gosainkunda (4160m) is the place lying under the Langtang Himalayan Range of Rasuwa district. Deciding to go for the exploration of the sacred Gosainkunda within 5 days was the best decision that we ever made. The trip was a mixture of challenges to obtain the breathtaking and mesmerizing views of all times. Not to miss any scenery, we made sure that it was spring season around the area, which would be months of September-November. However, our guide suggested that months of February-May are also equally exciting for the trek. For the observation of the impressive Janai Purnima festivals, end of August is most suitable.

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Langtang Valley Trek

As we started our journey, the first day we took a bus to reach Dhunche, which is the headquarters of the Rasuwa district. Dhunche is a small town with all sorts of accommodations. It took us almost 8 hours to reach there but the road was readily providing us the occasional views of trees, terraced farms, small streams, and many more. The Trishuli River was the highlight of the spectacular view inspiring us for rafting in the swift flow of the white river to be in our next wish list.

We were a small group of different residents and non-residents. Hence, the non-residents required a TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) card to continue the trek further.

The next day we arose with the sunrise and excitedly went for the breakfast to stack up our energy for the trekking. We had some scrambled eggs and masala tea. Then we started our uphill journey to Cholangpati. It is a long yet impressive road. Going through the flight of stairs for half an hour and trekking uphill for three hours, we reached Deurali. Then, through Dhimsa we climbed till Singompa (also known as Chandanbari). For the lovers of dairy products especially cheese, the treasure chest lies in the DDC factory. If possible, reaching Cholangpati would make the trek shorter. This took us an additional two hours through the marvelous journey. We stayed at a hotel that day.

As the new daylight kissed our cheeks, we trekked further to our main destination, Gosainkunda.  Acute mountain sickness (AMS) was our major concern for the day. We light-headedly started climbing again with sufficient intake of water and being cautious. We went through the fabulous Lauribinayak, which is famous among the people with different unique names of their own. The day was the toughest and most challenging part of our journey as we rose up to the astounding Buddha Mandir through the steep trail using walking sticks as our support. We were able to catch sight and spend time in the Bhairav Kunda, Naagkunda, and Gosainkunda. It took us 5 hours to reach our main destination.

Moreover, we realized we were able to admire heaven on earth that day. The magical lake of Gosainkunda surely had us stunned with its mystical hypnotizing beauty. The time of October was just the right choice as the lake is frozen for five months time from October-May. A large rock structure lied in the center of the lake, which was supposed to be Lord Shiva. There is a legendary story about the formation of the lake that makes it special. We could tell that it is an eminent pilgrimage as many Hindus mostly residing in Nepal and India were the visitors of the place. Our guide informed us that the crowd would be even larger at the end of month August as the Janai Purnima, a festival of Hindu lies in the month.

To be a little more adventurous, we dipped into the cold water of the freezing lake. As we discussed after the trek, we were amazed at how we could obtain the courage to do so! It was agreed that the particular moment and the beauty of the lake really did hypnotize us.

As we thought that the trek could not provide us more, the deep gorges, flushing waterfalls, magnificent ravines and the gorgeous faces of mountains lied ahead of us waiting to prove us wrong. The Himalayan ranges we were able to view were Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna. Luckily, there was no mist due to clear weather (spring season) providing us the view that was dramatically memorable.

These amazing places are all situated within the Langtang National Park. The grand opportunity of enjoying the flora and fauna of the place amidst the welcoming Tamang people were the best days of our lives. Oak, maple, pine and rhododendron forests lined up including the Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan Tahr, and red pandas.

Then, we routed back to Dhunche downhill. We were expecting the trek downhill to be easier but it was as challenging and rewarding as the uphill trek. Many of the group parted for the dip in the natural hot spring, Tatopani. Unfortunately, we had only 5 days for the trek, so we took rest in Dhunche and then took an early bus to Kathmandu the next morning. We were bound to think that the trip fulfilled all our expectations, if not more than what we did!



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Nepal, a country known for its natural beauty, rich culture and colorful festivals. It never fails to disappoint and amaze people coming from different backgrounds. One of such cities of Nepal is Bhaktapur which is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Here are top things to do in Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is considered as a cultural gem because of its fascinating history and religious sites. The city is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa that was founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla. It was one of the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until 15th century.

The “City of Culture” is located about 20 km east of the Kathmandu- filled with monuments mostly terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces, and temples with detailed carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. Listed in one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is renowned for their quality woodwork and wood craftsmen.

Getting a chance to experience traditional lifestyle of the ancient Bhaktapur is best done on foot. Four things that you should not miss when visiting this place are:

A tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- a collection of pagoda and shikhar- style temples, grouped around a fifty- five window palace of brick and wood is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley which highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The major attraction of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are: 55 window palace, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate, Mini- Pashupatinath Temple, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple.

Take a pottery workshop at Dattatreya Square

enowned for its pottery work, the place has the facility of teaching pottery at Dattatreya Square which is Potter’s Square. It gives you an opportunity to indulge in the traditional lifestyle of people of Bhaktapur where you’ll see potters at work, sun drying their pots in the open air. So, if you’re interested in throwing clay, you’ll find workshop studios where you can learn how to make traditional pottery.

Witness Bisket Jatra

Bisket Jatra is one of the most popular Jatra celebrated every Nepali New year, where thousands of visitors involved in erecting lingo (pole), pulling chariots of deities, and worshipping them. The highlights of this festival are the tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town which then is moved down in a steep road leading to a river, Jibro Chhedne (Making Hole in Tongue) and Sindoor Jatra.

Must have dessert- “Juju Dhau”

The sweetened custard-like yogurt which is the specialty of Bhaktapur is a dessert you must try during your visit. Juju Dhau meaning “King of Curd” in the Newari language is delicious, thick, smooth and creamy yogurt- a dish perfect to end your day tour of the city.


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