Gosainkunda Shamanism Trekking

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Gosainkund Lake is one of Nepal’s most famous religious and pilgrimage place of Shamans and Hindus, situated at a height of 4380m, encircled by high mountains on the north and east. This lake is splendid and scenic. Each year during Janai Purnima (August Full Moon day), thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here for blessings. The large rock in the center of the lake is believed to be the head of lord Shiva. Shamans ("Dhami or Jhankri") are called Bon-Po in Tamang language, a different pre-Buddhist sect, and come from all over Nepal to the lake, to be there on full moon night. Shamans perform spiritual dancing and singing during the ceremony and this day is considered holy by the shamans, whereby apprentices or "junior Jhankris" obtain graduation from their masters or senior shamans.

Legend says; Lord Shiva created this high altitude lake when he pierced a glacier with his trident to get a water to quench is thirst from consuming some poison. On this day, you can take shaman’s healing and other spiritual practices. Joining the Gosainkund Lake full moon festival means, your trek almost becomes like a pilgrimage, watching all the activities done by local people, Hindu and Buddhist visitors and the Shamans. The Guide in Himalaya offers this trek to all our valuable clients. The major attraction of this trek is Holy Gosainkund Lake, Naagkund, Bhairabkund, typical shamans dance during the full moon in August, unique and long-established Tamang Culture and Excellent Himalayan scenery.
 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and pick up from airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Dunche from Kathmandu (6/7 hours), Stay overnight in lodge. 
Day 04: Trek to Shing Gompa on 3250m/4-5 hours. Stay overnight in lodge. 
Day 05: Trek to Gosaikund/4380m 3-4 hours.  Stay overnight in lodge. 
Day 06: Observation day for shamanistic dances and spiritual songs. Stay overnight in lodge. 
Day 07: Trek down to Sing Gompa/3250m 3-4 hrs walk down. Stay overnight in lodge. 
Day 08: Walk to Dunche/2030m, 4-5 hours. Stay overnight in lodge. 
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu in the morning after breakfast and transfer to hotel.
Day 10: Free Day in Kathmandu, last hour shopping and relax.
Day 11: Fly to home country. I will drop you at International Airport for departure.
 

A Short Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet your guide at airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing and about your trip and relax.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu with Tour Guide by private car. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Dunche from Kathmandu (6/7 hours), pick you up from your Hotel. The road is fairly smooth until getting Trisuli Bazaar through the terraced fields and Villages and we will take the lunch there. After lunch, the road goes through scenic valley until reaching large Tamang settlement of Dunche. We will check in our Langtang National Park Permit near the Dunche. We can see Langtang Lirung and other peaks from Dunche in clear weather. After arriving in Dunche, we will have a walk around to explore the village. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Shing Gompa on 3250m/4-5 hours. After breakfast, we leave the village and follow the trail passing the terraced potato fields and cross a small stream by a wooden bridge to the opposite bank. Now the trail becomes steep ascent through the forests and climb up the cliff like a flank and commanding a view of the rocky mountain of Gosaikund deep in the valley. We are gaining a high elevation each step and will come to a wide flat area. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue again steep ascent on a ridge with Rhododendrons. This steep ascent will be over in a while and join to the path coming from Kyanjin Gompa. After we come to a flank with bare trees and short ascent, we will arrive in Shing Gompa. There is small Cheese Factory and Old Buddhist Monastery which we will visit in the evening. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Gosaikund/4380m 3-4 hours.  After breakfast we follow the trail that gently ascends the mountain flank with bare trees and cross over the ridge passing the side of the Langtang Khola and going through a forest full of moss and ferns. We follow the edge back to the ridge and reach in Cholangpati from where we can see the Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal, afterwards the view opens for Manaslu, Himal Chuli and Annapurna Himal behind of us. The trail goes passing prayer flags above and gets in Lauribinayak.  After lunch at there, the wide trail on the ridge continues further even after Lauribinayak and the ascent comes laborious. We keep climbing towards the rocky mountains of Gosaikund and the ridge becomes a narrow rock ridge until reaching third Lake Gosaikund passing the first Lake Saraswoti Kund and second Lake Bhairav  Kund. On the Gosaikund Lake, there is a Shrine in which a lingam symbolizing Shiva is kept and revered. Gosaikund Lake is a site for the great pilgrimage in August each year. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 06: Exploration or observation day for shamanistic dances and spiritual songs as well as activities of local people and other devotees/pilgrims. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 07: Trek down to Sing Gompa/3250m 3-4 hrs walk down. After breakfast, start walk down the rocky mountains of Gosaikund until reaching Lauribinak.  After lunch at Lauribinayak, we keep descending to a ridge until reaching Shing Gompa viewing the spectacular mountains. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 08: Walk to Dunche/2030m, 4-5 hours. We start out trek after having breakfast. We climb down all the same way back to Dunche. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu in the morning after breakfast, we will have lunch in Trisuli and after lunch, continue drive back to Kathmandu drive through smooth road passing beautiful landscape and terraced fields and transfer to Hotel.

Day 10: Free Day in Kathmandu, last hour shopping and relax.
Day 11: Fly to home country. I will drop you at International Airport for departure.

Trip Cost Includes

  •  Free airport-hotel-airport pick up ad drop by car or van.
  • Well experienced, government registered, fluent English speaking and friendly guide.
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  •  Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary with tour guide and private car.
  •  Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee and hot water during the trek.
  •  All ground transportation during the trip
  • Office Service charge, government taxes and vat etc.
  •  Langtang National Park permit and all necessary permits.
  •  Tourist service charge, Vat and TIMS permit.
  •  Necessary porters to carry your trekking stuff.
  • Insurance, food, accommodation and salary of entire trip crew
     

Trip Cost Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, sprite etc
  • Laundry service, phone call, internet and wifi services.
  • Travel insurance, international air fare to and from Nepal.
  •  Nepal Tourist Visa fees and  Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Personal Trekking Equipments
  •  Gratitude and tips for your guide, porters and driver

Fixed Departure Dates

Start Dates End Dates Status  
07 Aug, 7201 18 Aug, 2017 Available Book

Trip Facts

Total Duration:
11 Days
Difficulty
Moderate
Group Size :
1-12 Pax
Best Season:
August Full Moon
Max. Altitude :
4380m

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