Nepal's one of most famous religious places for both Buddhism and Hinduism is Gosaikunda lake situated at an altitude of about 4381 m. in north east of Kathmandu surrounded by Himalayas. Every year during Full Moon day in August, thousands of Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims come here for pilgrimage and it is quite a sight to visit during the festival as well as the lake is worthwhile to visit all year round.
Gosaikund Lake is religious symbol of a Shiva shrine. According to religious belief channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan (Kathmandu Valley), 60 km south west. In the occasion of Full Moon Festival, Shamans ("Dhami Jhankris") come from all over Nepal arrive to the lake and have religious dancing and singing ceremony.
On Janai Purnima, a full moon day, Hindus chant the powerful Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai), while a Rakshya Bbandhan, a red or yellow protection cord, is tied around the wrists of other Hindus and Buddhists by the priest. Here they emulate Lord Shiva by bathing in the sacred lake of Gosainkunda. Here, a pool with an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water believed to have come from Gosainkunda.
Drive by tourist coach which takes about 7-9 hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides. Your drive from Kathamandu to the destination is to be made by either local bus or land cruiser. Overnight hotel
The first part of the trails ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, you begin to trek steep up until you reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests with marijuana plants. There is an old cheese factory at Sing Gompa. Overnight Lodge
Trek to Gosaikunda Which takes about five and half hours. The first part of the trails emerges gently ascent up to Lauribinayak and the top of Lauribinayak gives you an exotic feeling. Then the trails steeply ascend all the way to Gosaikunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west Himal chuli (7893m) Manaslu range (8156mm), Ganesh Himal ranges (7406m), Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world.
Full day participate in festival, explore the Lauribina pass and Surya Peak, overnight in Lodge.
Trek to Dhunche which takes about 5/6 hours. The first part of the trails is dry land and steeply down and second part of trails is descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to you cross suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Now the path stretches at flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. It is a small town and headquarters of Rasuwa district. Overnight Hotel
Early morning drive by tourist coach and it takes about seven to nine hours. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel, diner and last preparation.