Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour is a two and a half flight taking you to the holy Gosaikunda Lake. This lake is believed to be the ancient dwelling place of Lord Shiva and Parbati. Countless of pilgrims, especially from India and Nepal, come here due to their holiness. Also, thousands of trekkers trek come here as a part or extension of Langtang Valley Trek or Helambu Trek due to its beauty.
The regular trek to Gosaikunda Lake takes about a week to complete. You also have to cross a mountain pass called Laurebina La which is quite a difficult one. Of course, the trek is worth all the strenuous walking for hours for a week if you have the time and energy. Trekking also allows you to get more closely in touch with the local Himalayan culture. However, multi-day trekking in the Himalayas is not the best choice for everyone due to many reasons including lack of time or physical strength. This, however, should not be the reason to stop yourself from enjoying this outstanding Himalayan beauty, especially if you are someone looking for a spiritual retreat or being a part of the exotic Hindu culture.
Samudra Manthan has been referred to in many Hindu scripts like Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Purana, Ramayana and Mahabharata during which Lord Shiva drank the poison. It is believed that he derived water from the mountains and formed the Gosaikunda Lake to relieve his aching throat.
There is no risk of altitude sickness as long as you spend only the recommended amount of time while landing at the lake. There is no preparation required. The Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour can be an instant decision to add one more thrilling and rewarding activity to your Nepal trip.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the Gosaikunda Helicopter tour but, there is no bad time to do this tour. This pilgrimage tour is perfect for anyone wanting to visit an isolated and mythical lake situated at a high altitude within a few hours without any hassle.
Gosainkunda Lake lies at the height of 4,380 meters inside the Langtang National Park. This lake is visited by trekkers all around the world who seek to witness the serene and untouched beauty. It is also a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists, who believed that Lord Shiva drank poison after Samundra Manthan and hurt his throat in the process. He is believed to have come to this place to heal his throat. Pilgrims believe that taking a bath in the holy lake of Gosaikunda takes away pain, sorrow, and sins.
This sacred lake is visited by hundreds of pilgrims from Nepal and India during Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima. It remains frozen for 6 months in the winter (October to June). This lake lies within the rugged terrain and is surrounded by the views of snow-peaked mountains.
Helicopter Ride and Scenic Beauty
The flight is thrilling in itself and some amazing views can be seen from the helicopter during these two 45 minutes flights. It though depends on how clear the day is. Kathmandu valley surrounded by hills and mountains can be seen during the early minutes of flight while the mountains slowly start to get bigger.
Picturesque villages, lush forests, and rivers start to appear as you reach Gosaikunda. There are 108 lakes in this area, but the three major ones Gosainkunda, Saraswatikunda, and Bhairabkunda can all be seen from the helicopter.
During this helicopter flight, most of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu ranges, along with some Tibetan peaks can be seen. The aerial view of these lakes surrounded by snow-peaked mountains is something people all around the world can cherish.