The Spiritual Gosainkunda Trek should be the top of your list of go to places. Let our dedicated team escort you to a land of alpine, mythological delight and enchant you with historic legends and spiritual tales.
This trek is immersed in mythological pastimes of Hindu gods and goddesses such as Lord Shiva and Parvati, the central deities of the ancient Himalayan Mountains.
Parvati is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion, as well as divine strength and power. Her nature is gentle and nurturing, she is the mother goddess in Hinduism and has many attributes and aspects, along with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity and Saraswati, goddess of knowledge and learning. Parvati is the wife of the illustrious Hindu God Shiva, and she is also the daughter of the mountain king Himavan. Beautiful goddess Pavarti is the mother of the Hindu deity, Ganesha and is also considered to be the sister of the god Vishnu and the river-goddess Ganga.
In Hindu belief, she is the recreative energy and power of Shiva, and she is the cause of a bond that connects all beings and a means for spiritual release.
Shiva meaning “The Auspicious One” is considered the protector and regenerator of the universe and all life, and is believed to reside in the picturesque Langtang region of the breathtaking Himalayas.
Lord Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent and unchanging, and has many benevolent and fearsome forms. He represents an omniscient yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash. He is the loving, eternal partner of Parvati and is regarded as the celebrated patron God of yoga and arts.
The distinguishing attributes of this iconic personality are the third eye on his forehead, the mystical cobra snake Vasuki around his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, theTrishula as his weapon and the damaru as his musical instrument.
According to Hindu mythology, the supreme creator churned ocean to create the elixir of eternal life. During this churning process, poison came from the ocean. The poison was very toxic and to save the world from its effect, Lord Shiva drank it and collected it in his throat. Due to the burning of the poison, his throat turned blue. Burdened by this burning, Lord Shiva wandered from place to place and eventually arrived in the cool and tranquil environment of Langtang Region where he struck his trident, Trishul, forming three famous lakes—Bhairabkunda, Saraswatikund and Gosainkunda. Finally, he drank water from Gosainkunda and was soothed. At this very moment he was completely immersed in the ocean of peace. He attained a godly state and he was liberated from the chain of birth and death. It is believed that the drinking of this ocean quenched the thirst of all past lives and represents a transformation into the vast ocean of light.
The Spiritual Gosainkunda Trek offers the scenic beauty of many majestic snowcapped peaks. This place is braced by the world-renowned Langtang National park where your senses and your consciousness become immersed in exquisite countryside and mystical treasures. Make this a priority tour on your itinerary and be delighted by the charismatic tales and legends of the eternal residents of this beguiling wonderland of peace and tranquility.
The earthquake of 25th April, 2015, badly shook entire Langtan Region. Although many houses and teahouses en route to the site were damaged but gradually life is getting back to normal. Most of the teahouses are built and people are back to the business. From earthquake tourism point of view this site worth visiting.
Namaste and welcome to spiritual land—Kathmandu! The representative of Crimson Nepal Adventure will pick up you from Tribhuvan International Airport and drives you to the hotel. After taking rest for some time you can roam around Thamel and enjoy the city.
Your tour begins from Kathmandu, Durbar Square. Here you observe centuries old temples, feel their energy, have the opportunity to experience and understand an ancient culture. As you begin to put all of your previous learning and conditions aside you will be left feeling refreshed and unburdened.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located at the heart of the city. According to stone scriptures, Kings in Lichhavi period constructed palaces and temples in the 3rd century. At present, no remains of that period are found as the place has been renovated and reestablished several times since then.
With the rise of Ratna Malla in 1484, the palaces in the square turned out to be Royal Palaces for Malla Kings. Different Malla Kings built many temples on the site in different time periods.
There are 50 temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square. The entire Durbar Square premise is divided into two quadrangles—inner and outer. The main palace and Hanuman (Monkey God) Dhoka (door) is located in the inner quadrangle whereas the outer is comprised of Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar and Shiva-Parvati Temple.
Kashtamandap is the temple of Gorakhnath (Lord Shiva in the form of cow protecting Lord) built in 16th century by King Laxmi Narasingha Malla. It is a pagoda style wooden temple. The name of Kathmandu is derived from Kashtamandap. This temple was built from the timber of one single tree.
Hanuman (Monkey God) Dhoka (door) was built outside the palace by King Pratap Malla in the 7th century with the belief that the god will protect his kingdom and palace. He built several other temples including Sundari and Mohan Chowk in the north part of the palace.
Kumari Ghar (house) is another major attraction of Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is the residence of the Kumari, a living goddess. Kumari is a pre-pubescent girl who is worshipped in the form of Devi or female energy. It is believed that the Kumari is the bodily incarnation of Taleju or Godess Durga.
This site is very beautiful as it is located on a hilltop. The prayer flags, prayer wheels and lit butter lamps make the environment very aesthetic. This is a place where seekers lose themselves in unison with cosmic energy. It is a place where people really endeavor to know the difference between transcendence and mortality.
Visiting Swoyambhu is all about rediscovering your personal inner connection with divinity. It is not about getting something spiritual but rather cleansing your unnecessary thoughts and feelings and preparing yourself for supreme consciousness.
Swoyambhunath is one of the oldest religious sites of Nepal and is regarded as the greatest Buddhist shrine. It is also known as the Monkey Temple. People of any religion can visit here. According to history, King Vrsadev founded Swoyambhunath in early 5th century AD.
It is said that Lord Buddha visited here in 5th century and spread his message of truth, love and compassion. The dome based Stupa is of cubical structure with painted eyes of Buddha in all four directions. The literal meaning of Swoyambhu is self-existing. It is said that settlement in Kathmandu Valley began with Swoyambhu.
According to legends, King Shantikarcarya built the stupa here. He later became monk or Bhikchu. It is also said that a lotus seed was planted here by Bipaswi Buddha on a full moon night. This seed later grew as a sparkling lotus with many petals and pistils. Bodhisattva Manjushree saw this spiritual lotus. Manjushree was so much occupied by the beauty of the lotus and was determined to settle a village in the Kathmandu Valley for the first time. Despite the fact that the valley consisted of a lake, he cut a gorge at Chovar, creating passage for water to flow. This is the reason why the very foundation of Kathmandu Valley is spiritual.
Pashupatinath is the national deity of Nepalis. The temple is a great Hindu shrine and is the greatest pilgrimage site of Hindus all over the world. The literal meaning of Pashupatinath is Lord of animals. The temple is built in pagoda style. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Linga here. It is a stone structure of Lord Shiva with four faces in four sides of a cylindrical black stone. The temple is located in the bank of Bagmati River.
Among 12 jyotrilingas, Pashupatinath is considered as the head whereas the remaining 11 collectively make a body. All of 11 jyotrilingas are in different parts of India.
There are many sadhus (saints) in search of truth who wander in Pashuptinath area. To the south of the temple is Aryaghat where people are cremated after death. You will observe this cremation for some time as it is one of the meditational techniques developed by Lord Buddha. After some time of observation, we move towards east of Pashupatinath following stone steps to reach Guheshwori. This temple is worshipped as female energy. From here we move westward to arrive at Gaurighat where Lord Gauri is worshipped. She is Lord Shiva’s wife.
Your next destination is Bouddhanath.
Bouddhanath along with Swoyambhunath is a major religious destination for Buddhists. As you approach the temple you are greeted by the painted celestial eyes of Lord Buddha. The eyes of Lord Buddha are meditated upon whilst roaming the Temple. Rotating prayer wheels for some time, we enter the stupa. The stupa was built by Lichhavi King Shivadev, originally in 590 AD. The base of the stupa is surrounded by a brick wall and 108 depictions of Amitabh Buddha are seen there. There are 50 monasteries in Bouddhanath area.
Early in the morning after breakfast we leave Kathmandu for Dhunche. It is situated in north-east from the capital. It is a beautiful drive as you get opportunity to see green hills, rice fields and rivers.
It is a small drive till Thulo Bharkhu which is the starting point of our trekking. We ascend following stone steps till Tamang Village. Here we will get opportunity to see lifestyle of local people—Tamang. Our trail continues till we reach Thulo Sybru. On the way we will enjoy scenic beauty of green hill dotted red by rhododendrons and snowy peaks.
It is five hours trek today. It is steep walk in the beginning. We pass through Foprang Danda (hill) and Dursagang. The view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu among others is beautiful from here.
It is a jungle walk where we will see oak, rhododendron, firs and hemlock. After arriving in Chandanbari we will have time to explore the village. The meaning of Chandanbari is field of sandal.
The essence of Spiritual Gosainkunda Trek really begins from today morning as we are going to realize our dream by the noon. Trail fromto Lauribinayak from Chandanbari is easy. From Lauribinayak we take uphill walk to reach Gosainkunda. We will enjoy snowcapped peaks on the way. On the ridge of Gosainkunda Lake is situated Gosainkunda. We will see many lakes in this area. It is such a peaceful area accompanied by beautiful and silent lakes where you will find yourself in unison with nature.
This is a day of your dream. You will enjoy every minute of life here. Probably, this is the first dawn of your life which your inner being was waiting to witness since your birth. You feel as if sunrays are penetrating you deep. You will clearly see the bottom of the lakes as water is so clear and the lake so silent. It is such a moment of your life when, for the first time, you realize that your breathe is disturbing your eternal silence. Throughout the day you will be busy with yourself but in complete awareness.
After exploring Gosainkunda you will simply say the title of the seventh day should have been Exploring Self instead of Exploring Gosainkunda.
It is seven hours hike to Dhunche. We arrive at Dimsa passing through lauribinayak and Chandanbari. It is a beautiful walk watching mountains and pine forests.
We will leave Dhunche for Kathmandu. We will retrace the same route by bus. You will get some time to stroll around Thamel. You can purchase souvenirs like khukuri, pashmina and other traditional items of your choice.
CNA will make your evening memorable. We will offer you typical Nepali cuisine for dinner.
Here ends our Spiritual Gosainkunda Trekking! A representative of CNA will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport three hours earlier to scheduled flight. When we meet next time, we believe that we will see new aware individual in you because our sole objective is not just business but: Tourism for consciousness!