Gosaikunda is one of the most valued and famous treks in the Langtang region. It is at an altitude of 4380 meter (14370 feet) in the north of Kathmandu. You will experience an mountainside weather in Gosaikunda trek.
The major attraction of this trek is the exotic 108 glacier lakes. It has religious significance and is also a famous pilgrimage site.
The lake is grand and picturesque surrounded by high mountains in the north and east.
During winter the lake remains frozen. The weather is often wet. But the weather there is quite unpredictable so you will enjoy clear beautiful days too.
Gosaikunda trail passes through various landscapes. The subtropical to the alpine environment. You will come across varying terrain.
The waterfalls, streams and spectacular views of majestic mountains are enthralling.
And the abundant wildlife makes Gosaikunda a famous tourist destination.
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Gosaikunda Weather and Season
It is important to understand and study the risk factors before planning any trek. The local weather and climate are some of the major factors that you should consider.
Due to the varying land topography of Nepal, the weather and climate are unstable. This change largely depends on the region and the season.
Gosaikunda is no exception. Due to its alpine nature, the weather in Gosaikunda is ever-changing.
As your trek proceeds towards higher altitude, the weather changes. Hence, smart packing will get the best out of the trek.
With a little bit of preparation, Gosaikunda Trek is possible throughout the year.
Spring Season at Gosaikunda
During Spring, bursts of red, pink, and white rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests at the lower regions of the trek. There is very less chance of rain.
The advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to the higher elevation.
Spring is one of the best times of the year to trek to Gosaikunda. There isn’t much that you need to be careful on the equipment and gear. But, you are climbing to an altitude of 4380 meter (14370 feet) above sea level, it is good to prepare your body for the altitude.
Carry light clothes that doesn’t feel bulky. Say, half-sleeved T-shirts with lightweight trousers are super comfortable. And since you will be wearing in layers, do carry some warm clothing like a soft-shell jacket or a windcheater.
A proper trekking boot is a must for any season. But carry light and breathable socks for spring.
The rest of the packing gear and equipment like toiletries and daily use items should be quite similar for any trek.
Summer Season at Gosaikunda
During Summer ( June to August), the skies are heavy with monsoon rains. The average monthly rainfall reaches its peak in August in Dhunche with 500 mm.
From Dhunche, the trek upwards is drier. The monsoon is often said to start in mid-June, so early June may be dry though there are some pre-monsoon rains.
During August, a lively festival (Janai Purnima) at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims.
Mainly because of the rain it isn’t popular for trekkers looking for a comfortable trekking experience. However, if you seek adventure or are an enthusiastic botanist, this might be the best time of the year for you.
Well, if you enjoy the rain, why not enjoy it at Gosaikunda? After all the lakes will appear fuller than ever. Waterfalls and rivers are at their best.
But, no matter which season you choose to trek in, be sure to listen to your body. You will only get as far as your body will allow you, isn’t it? For the first time trekkers, it is best to choose a comfortable season.
Then again, if you are looking to enjoy Gosaikunda in all the four seasons, winter time will not bother you. Reminded you choose to go with a professional guide and proper gear.
Following are some of the things you should consider for Summer,
- A good pair of a hiking boot with proper grip for slippery trails.
- Raincoat to stay dry in rain and avoid catching a cold.
- Be sure to carry insect repellents and ointments.
- Since the weather in summer is warmer compared to another season, be sure to stay hydrated.
Autumn Season at Gosaikunda
Autumn is the best time to visit this cluster of lakes. September witnesses spectacular display of wildflowers.
This is the best time for those who enjoy flowers blooming and greenery around the trail. Basically, a lot of us.
Since monsoon has just come to an end there is less chance that you get disturbed by rain.
However, you can still have chances of little rain and it is best you prepare yourself with the necessary gear. The weather during this time is moderate and the skies are clear.
Dress in layers so that you cope with the changing altitude and temperature. Also, be sure to wear lightweight, durable, synthetic clothing.
Be sure to carry your rain gear, why? The weather at Gosaikunda is quite wet. And in case of rainfall, you need to stay prepared to escape rain drenching.
Although the weather in autumn in perfect, the night can get chilly. Do carry long sleeve T-Shirts and jacket for mornings and nights. An insulating jacket will do no harm.
Autumn offers the best scenic view. It is the best time of the year especially if you are a novice trekker.
Winter Season at Gosaikunda
During winter it is definitely cold and relatively dry but the sky is clear with sunny days. You could have snowy January-February.
The Gosaikunda lake remains frozen and covered by snow during winter. Winters give you one of the best views and ambiance is just perfect.
But, you should be sure if your body can adapt to the cold. If not you should opt for a warmer season. Else, winters are just perfect for you.
There are a lot of ways you can cheat winters. Well, proper winter gear will help you out on this. A warm and insulating jacket would be super awesome.
Snow gaiter for the snow, warm pair of socks to keep your feet warm. Fleece beanie cap to keep your head warm and the kitchen fire at the teahouses.
It is cold in the mornings and at night, the times of the day you will be indoors.
A good pair of goggles for the snowy days and trekking poles to help you walk in the now. You can also consider crampons.
Highlights of Gosaikunda Trek
- The exotic wildlife, flora, and fauna of the Langtang National Park.
- Lush green Pine and Rhododendron forest.
- Holy Gosaikunda lake, Bhairav kunda and many other lakes.
- If you choose to stay at Laurebina Yak, you will get to witness beautiful sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal.
- The socio-cultural lifestyle of the Sherpa and Tamang.
- The descent from Gosaikunda to Sundarijal takes about four days and involves a short climb to Laurebina La at 4,610 m (15,120 ft). It is a rapid descent to Phedi and onwards to Ghopte.
- Depending on the pace, there are options to stay at Thadepati, Mangengoth, Kutumsang and at many villages farther downhill.
- The trails are well marked, except between Ghopte and Thadepati.
Interesting facts on Gosaikunda lake
- Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater lake and a wetland site.
- Gosaikunda Lake remains frozen for almost 6 months of the year (October-June).
- There’s a myth that the holy water of Gosaikunda washes off the sins.
- It is one of the holiest lakes for both Hindus and Buddhist.
- Hindus believe that Lord Shiva created the lake when he thrust his Trishul (holy trident) into a mountain to extract water. So as to cool down his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison.
- Every year many pilgrims visit this lake during Ganga Dashahara and Janai Purnima festival.
Gosaikunda trek is a short and easy trek in the Langtang region of Nepal. It is possible to trek to this region any time of the year.
No matter what the season or the weather of the place is, the main thing is your need. You should take care of your body and choose the season that you are best comfortable in.
Since it is a moderate trek, with a little bit of physical training and exercise before the trip, you can complete the trek comfortably.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our pleasure to be able to plan your trek and guide you to the best of our knowledge.