We reached Gosaikunda on the second day of leaving Kathmandu. Extremely tired after a six-hour bus journey and an as long uphill trek, we felt greatly relieved the next morning. Not only our eyes but also our hearts were delighted to see Gosaikunda’s beauty. The natural beauty of the place took our breath away. We felt energetic and refreshed.
Our bodies were yet to get fully accustomed to an altitude of 4380 meteres, given the fact that we had reached there just on the second day of leaving Kathmandu which lies at around 1400 meteres from sea level. But our hearts felt fantastic. As we had been to high-altitude places in the country’s mountains before, we weren’t afraid of high-altitude sickness.
Gosaikunda (Kunda means lake or pond in Nepali) is a lake of religious and historical importance situated in the Langtang National Park in Rasuwa district with a surface of 13.8 hectares. The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen in winter from October to April.
The challenging Lauribina La pass at an altitude of 4,610 m is on its outskirts. According to locals, there are 17 smaller lakes of religious and cultural importance in the immediate vicinity of Gosaikunda such as Surya kunda, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairav Kunda.