Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek Highlights
- Drive to Syabribeshi through twisting roads is an unforgettable experience with scenic beauty.
- Finding yourself in these untouched Tamang settlements, interacting with the locals (The Tamangs), and knowing their time-honored song, culture, flora, and fauna is a great new experience.
- Getting to Langtang village through the extensive valley which in reality is a true territory of the yaks and their grazing pasture is something that leaves you with satisfaction.
- Exceptional walk to Kyanjin Gumba, a beautiful valley at the lap of Langtang Lirung.
- A great option to visit Nepal's first cheese factory established by Swiss volunteers in the late 1950s.
- Side excursion to Kyanjin Ri (4770 m) or Tsergo Ri (4980 m) for the view of grandiose mountains is a must-do activity that is simply remarkable.
- Walk to Sing Gompa is fabulous with a panoramic mountain view where you have an option to visit the monastery and the cheese factory.
- The further trail leading to Gosaikunda Holy Lake is the HOME OF RED PANDAS that offers you the most stunning views.
- Being at Holy Gosaikunda, the habitat of the Hindu supreme deity, Lord Shiva which is a great pilgrimage place for Hindus in the month of August is very distinguishing.
Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek Overview
This 11-day Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek in the sacred valley of Langtang region is another spectacular trek. It includes a stopover to the holy Gosaikunda Lake at an altitude of 4380 m/14,370 ft which remains frozen for 6 months in the winter.
Holy Gosaikunda Lake is religiously significant as it is believed to have been created by the supreme deity, Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Lord Shiva crafted it when he shoved his trident into the mountain to get fresh water to cool his poisoned throat.
The Gosaikunda festival is an extraordinary event celebrated in August every year. During this time, the full moon of Janai Purnima is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. This festival is celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists alike. On this particular day, thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India including the Shamans visit Gosaikunda to worship Lord Shiva.
They light lamps and perform rituals, often staying up all night to witness the beauty of the full moon. It is also a time of great joy and celebration, with music and dance performances. The Gosaikunda festival is a grand occasion and of remarkable sight. A spectacular event that gives people the chance to witness the magnificence of the full moon and the beauty of the lake and its surroundings.
Holy Gosaikunda Lake 4380 m/14,370 feet
Gosaikunda Lake holds immense religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists alike. According to Hindu mythology, Gosaikunda is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in the Hindu pantheon. Legend has it that when Lord Shiva drank the poison produced during the churning of the cosmic ocean, he created several lakes to cool the burning sensation in his throat.
Gosaikunda is considered to be one of those sacred lakes, believed to have been formed by Shiva's trident. Each year, during the full moon day in August, thousands of devotees undertake a challenging pilgrimage to Gosaikunda. They believe that taking a dip in the holy waters of the lake purifies their sins and brings them closer to divine blessings.
The serene and pristine beauty of Gosaikunda, coupled with its religious significance, makes it a revered destination for spiritual seekers and nature lovers alike.
Fascination of Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek:
Legend speaks that while following a runaway yak a Lama (Buddhist monk) discovered the valley of Langtang. The monk after discovering the valley names Langtang where Lang means ‘Yak’ and Tang means ‘follow’. Though a less visited area Langtang happens to be the most popular destination besides Everest and Annapurna.
Langtang region, definitely one of its kind also very commonly known as 'the home of red pandas'. The Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek transfers you into the spiritual valleys of Langtang which is away from the world.
The settlement in this region dates back to 300 years when Tibetan migrants traveled over the highland passes and took refuge. These migrants who now consider themselves to be the 'Tamangs' are peace-loving people. They are of Tibetan origin people in their day-to-day life Tibetan culture still reflects, unlike the Tamangs.
Despite them being the Tibetan origin- the generosity of the people and the flawless surroundings create a center of attention for thousands of tourists every year.
Additionally, the charismatic views of the mountain can't be denied. Walking on the trail of the longstanding forest of rhododendrons through a time-honored Tamang settlement is magical. Furthermore, the view of deep gorges along with majestic mountain views at the backdrop is beyond belief.