Gosainkunda Festival/ Holy Lake trek

8 Days


Gosainkunda lake is one of the holiest sites in Nepal for both Buddhist and Hindus pilgrims. It is situated at the North of Kathmandu at 4,310 m from the Sea level. Around 108 big and small lakes are found here which are believed by faith-followers to be sacred. The Saraswati Kunda, Naag Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, and Surya Kunda are nearby on the route.

According to the Hindu legend, the Gosainkunda lake was created by Lord Shiva who had swallowed the poison produced from the ocean when Gods and Demons were churning the ocean to get elixir from the bottom of the ocean. As the legend goes, the poison was spreading all over the world risking to destroy every living being.

When nobody dared to swallow the poison, Lord Shiva came forward and swallowed it and stuck it at his neck. Fluttered by the burning poison, he went to the mountains and hit the glacier with his trident, produced water from and drank it to quench the burning pain. 

Every year during the full moon inAugust, thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims come here on a pilgrimage and worship Lord Shiva. Pilgrims believe that taking a bath in this sacred lake will wash all the sins and bad karma. During the festival time, you can see the many Shamans, Dhami-Jhankris (Psychic healers) perform their particular dance all the way to and from the lake praying the Lord.
On the way to Gosainkunda, breathtaking views of Mount Langtang range, Mount Ganesh range, and Tibetan mountain range can be seen. This region is rich in flora and fauna. Many wild animals such as deer, wild goat, protected red panda, mongoose, squirrels, pikes, and many different birds can be seen. The region is also popular for rhododendron forest.
Trip Highlight

  • Flora and fauna
  • Monks. Lama and Sadhus 
  • Tamang people and their culture. 
  • Landscape and Mountains 
  • Holy Gosikunda lake, Gosikunda festival 
  • Evergreen forest and wildlife.

Trip Duration 8 Days
Activity Nepal Trekking
Accommodation Normal
Start - End Dhunche - Dhunche
Group Size Min 2 Px
Max. Altitude 4310 m
Trip Season August full moon

Gosainkunda Festival/ Holy Lake  Trek Itinerary

Day 01, Drive to Dhunche 

From Kathmandu we take the ride towards Dhunche, dhunche is the headquarters for Rasuwa district in north west part of Kathmandu valley

Accommodation in Lodge.

Breakfast Included.

Day 02, Dhunche to Thulo Shaybru(2230m)5/6hrs

Starting from Dhunche  we will start with a gradual descent and to piaro and meet the Trishuli River, we will also view the pasang lamhu highway under construction along the way. The trial is very beautiful and scenic between the hills. From the trial we can view many villages on the other side of the hills and also have specular view of Langtang Mountain ranges. Walking through the juniper and pine forests and also with the view of red pandas along the way if you are lucky we reach Thulo Syabru after a camp trek.

Accommodation in Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03, Thulo Syabru to Shin Gompa(3200m) 5/6 hrs

On the 3rd day, we climb uphill at the Langtang national park and reach Dimsa village. The trial passes through Durdagang and then again to Foprang Danda which is between the dense hilly forest of Rhododendron and Oak trees. Also we view the Ganesh Himal and GosaiKunda Himal, Ganesh Himal is also known as time reference for Nepal as its latitude is taken as reference to represent +5:45 from the GMT time in Nepal. Finally after 5-6 hours of trek we reach Shin Gompa which has a beautiful monastery with a local cheese factory.

Accommodation in Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 04, Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda (4,310m) 6/7 hrs

From Shin gompa we will view the beautiful Langtang range from Cholang Pati after a quick ascent and pass the Langtang Lirung view point and gradually proceed ahead. The walk is again through the forests. Later we pass the Ganesh Mandir and Buddha Mandir and view the saraswati kunda and Bhairav Kunda before reaching the almighty Gosaikunda. Gosaikunda has a great religious importance among the people here in Nepal. Every year during the month of September-October, Many pilgrimages visit here to take dip into the lake during the festival of Janai Purnima here.

We reach Gosaikunda later in the afternoon.

Accommodation in Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05, Gosaikunda to Sin Gompa (3200m)5/6hrs

We follow our trial back to Sin Gompa on the 5th day bidding good bye to the religious Gosaikunda lake. We trek through the mountains and forests and reach Sin Gompa with amazing mountain views.

Accommodation in Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06, Sin Gompa to Dhunche

From sin Gompa, we walk the same trial and reach Dhunche in Rasuwa district, the starting point of our trek.

Accommodation in Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07, Drive back to Kathmandu 5/6hrs

From Dhunche, we take a drive to Kathmandu which is 5-6 hours ride through the curvy and mountainous roads. We view the majestic Himalayans along the way.

Accommodation in Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08, Drive to Airport and final Departure

Checkout from the hotel. And we end our trip with you dropping at the airport and seeing you goodbye and wishing for a safe flight back home. 

Accommodation in Hotel

Breakfast Included.


√ Airport picks up and drops by  Private Vehicle

√ Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant

√ 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast

√ Lodge during the Trek

√ All Private land Transportation

√ One  Govt. License holder Trekking Guide

√ Trekking Permit and TIMS Card

√Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)

√ Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks

√ Insurance for all staff


Not Included

× International Flight and Nepal Visa

× Food in Kathmandu  except Breakfast

× Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)

×Temple/Monastery entrance fees

× Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of trek

× Travel Insurance and rescue

× Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on

× Tip  to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)


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