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.
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!