Gosaikunda trekking via Melamchi
Gosaikunda trekking via Melamchi Overview
Gosaikunda Lake is a beautiful Lake laying at the height of 4380m. It is a freshwater lake that lies in the Langtang region, Rasuwa district. The origin of Goisaikunda defines the Hindu mythology involving Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri. Therefore legends consider it as the holiest lake in Nepal. The surface area of Gosaikunda Lake is 40 square km, and there are 108 other lakes nearby. It falls under Langtang National Park which was established in 1976 BS in order to protect all the rare animals and plants. The Gosaikunda trekking via Melamchi is one of the most interesting and adventurous treks. This trek takes us through the lush green forest of Langtang National Park, colorful Rhododendrons flowers, and finally to the holy lake along with small beautiful villages of Tamang people in Helambu. Along with amazing beauty, both Melamchi-Helambu and Gosaikunda hold great religious value.
According to Hindu myth, bathing in the holy water of Gosaikunda washes all the sins and blesses with good fortune. Many people visit Gosaikunda on several occasions, especially in Janai Purnima. Once you reach Gosaikunda the trek continues to Helambu by crossing the Lauribina pass. Helambu is a beautiful place where Sherpa and Tamang people are there mostly. From Helambu, you reach the beautiful Melamchi Bazar.
Gosaikunda trekking via Melamchi takes around 16/17 days with proper rest and days off. It might cost you around 300-400$ including the transportation, food, accommodation, and permits.
Highlights of Gosaikunda trekking via Melamchi
- Explore the glorious and holy Gosaikunda Lake.
- Stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himalayas, Manaslu, and Annapurna range.
- Tradition and culture of Tamang people.
- Walk through the beautiful Rhododendron and oak forest.
- Day 1 : Kathmandu to Syafru Besi, 7-8 hours drive
- Day 2 : Syafru Besi to Lama Hotel, 6 hours walk
- Day 3 : Lama Hotel to Langtang Village, 6 hours walk
- Day 4 : Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa, 4 hours walk
- Day 5 : Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 6 : Lama Hotel to Thulo Syafru, 5 hours walk
- Day 7 : Thulo Syafru to Sing Gompa, 5 hours walk
- Day 8 : Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 9 : Gosaikunda to Ghopte, 2 hours walk
- Day 10 : Ghopte to Melamchi Gaun, 2 hours walk
- Day 11 : Melamchi Gaun to Tarkeghyang, 4 hours walk
- Day 12 : Tarkeghyang to Shermathang
- Day 13 : Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazar, 4 hours walk
- Day 14 : Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu, 4 hours drive
Safety and difficulties of EBC
Gosaikunda via Melamchi trek is relatively an easy and short trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Gosaikunda is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This reason alone is enough to make this trek slightly difficult. The trails somewhere are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is 4380m, of the Lake itself. There is also a risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
Travel insurance– trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits,
The government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports– if you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.
Dates of Trip
October 2, 2023 - October 16, 2023