Holy Gosainkund Lake Trip
The Langtang Gosainkund trek is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets, situated in the shadow of the spectacular Langtang Range bordering Tibet. The Langtang valley is a region of unique Tamang heritage, alpine forests and soaring Himalayan peaks, with sacred Gosainkund Lake just to the south, relatively untreked region of Sherpa villages just above Shivapuri National Park.
Langtang was Nepal’s first national park, and is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7245m), the highest peak in the area. The trek offers more breathtaking views in a short time than any other drive-to trek in Nepal, with the possible exception of the Annapurna Sanctuary. One of the highlights of trekking in Langtang is hiking through the beautiful and traditional Tamang villages. The Tamang ethnic group originally came from Tibet and now practice a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism, and are famed for their craftsmanship, unique dress and architecture.
It is believed that the lake is formed by digging of the holy Trishul (trident) of lord Shiva as after he drank the ‘Kalakuta’ poison from ‘Samudramanthan’ and desperately wanted cold water to quench the overwhelming heat of the poison. Gosainkunda is a regular hindu pilgrimage site from where the frozen lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli river. Gosaikunda, also known as frozen lake, is situated at an elevation of 4,380 meter in Rasuwa district of Nepal. There are other nine famous lakes such as Saraswati, Bhairav, Surya and Ganesh Kunda in periphery of Gosaikunda.