Gosaikunda; a trek to remember

Gosaikunda - a frozen lake high up in Himalayas, in Nepal's Langtang National Park

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Travelling in the Himalayas has always been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travellers, explorers, and adventurers. One will rapidly get enamoured with the Himalayan culture and atmosphere, creating amazing memories to treasure for a lifetime, with some obsessed with the desire to return to the Mountains and others living with it. The Langtang Valley Trek and the Gosaikunda Lake Trek are the two most popular treks in Nepal’s Langtang area. The Langtang area is located in central Nepal, 20 miles north of Kathmandu, and borders Tibet.

Unlike other hikes, the Gosaikunda Lake Trek is inexpensive yet provides a stunning view of the Himalayas. The less commercial hiking path to the towering Himalayas and holy Gosaikunda lake in Langtang valley, with its overwhelming gorgeous physical surroundings, allows travellers to enjoy breathtaking views and rich rhododendron woods.

Trekking in Himalaya Gosaikunda trek for hikers tourists
Trekking in Himalaya Gosaikunda trek for hikers tourists

Gosaikunda Lake, a glacial freshwater that supports only a few species of organism, thought to have religious importance and located at a height of 4,380 meters, is the land of Lord Shiva and Gauri. Lord Shiva formed Gosaikunda lake to satiate his thirst after drinking poison, according to Hindu legend. The hundreds of numerous lakes in the region of Gosaikunda lake constitute the Gosaikunda lake walk, one of the most fascinating treks in Nepal’s Himalayas. Throughout the walk, the magnificent Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal monopolize the horizon.

The hike is best done in the autumn and spring. However, some individuals choose to travel to Gosaikunda Lake in the winter when the snow-covered slopes and hills along the Gosaikunda walking path are breathtaking. The grandeur of iced Gosaikunda Lake is heart-stirring scenery that seems like it belongs in a movie. The bulk of trekkers, however, favour the fall and spring season when the weather is excellent, and the blue skies and diverse scenery add to the experience of your journey. During the spring and fall seasons, especially in March, April, and May, the magnificent Langtang Valley presents itself in a stunningly lovely manner.

Main road to the sacred Gosaikunda lake in the heart of Nepal
Main road to the sacred Gosaikunda lake in the heart of Nepal

Health and Fitness are the most important considerations for any trip or journey. It is critical that you really are conscious of your wellness before embarking on the walk. Whatever region of the globe you’re visiting, the most important and apparent factor to consider is your overall fitness. Because the Gosaikunda walk is considered easy, the total estimated time is at least 4-5 hours every day. It is suggested that you exercise every day for a few months before the expedition. This journey is suitable for beginners, however, it is strongly advised that you remain physically healthy. A daily routine of cardio workouts or a bit of trek is considered helpful.

Preparing your backpack for the trek can be confusing as a beginner, luckily we have prepared a list of necessary items for you.

  • Trekking pants and shirts
  • Thermal jackets
  • Waterproof and fleece jackets
  • Warm Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Burly hiking footwear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water purifiers (tabs)
  • Towels
  • Trekking poles
  • Lip balm
  • Headlamps
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof zip lock bags

Furthermore, it is possible but not a mandatory requirement to hire a guide and carrier for the Gosaikunda Trek; nevertheless, it is highly recommended that you do so. It’s always a joy to go on a Himalayan trip with a native guide. The primary benefit of hiring a guide is the assurance of a safe and successful journey. A guide will also assist you in gaining access to the trek’s scenario and dealing with the challenging circumstances. In the end, it’s the memories that matter, and your porter and guide will do everything they can to ensure that you have fantastic experiences to reminisce about for the rest of your life. Sherpa guides are by far the greatest in terms of guiding. Sherpa is a native mountaineer who is well-versed in altitude and mountains. Their adventure and climbing abilities are commendable.

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