Days: 10 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Introduction to Shamanism Tour and Gosaikund Trek:
One of Nepal’s most famous religious places of pilgrimage is the Gosainkund Lake, situated at an altitude of about 4380m, surrounded by high mountains on the north and east. This lake is grand and picturesque. Every year during Janai Purnima (Full Moon), next year on the fullmoon of August 2011, thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here for blessings. The large rock in the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. Shamans ("Dhami") come from all over Nepal to the lake, to be there on full moon night. There are lots of dancing and singing ceremonies. This day is considered holy by the shamans, whereby apprentices or "Jhankris" graduate into full shamans. On this day, you can take shaman’s healing and other spiritual practices. Joining the Gosaikund 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 & Jhankris. Our company offers this trek to all our valuable clients.
Highest elevation: 4380m
Trek style: Lodge Trek
Major Attraction: Holy Gosaikund Lake, Typical Shamans Dance during the Full Moon in August, Traditional Tamang Culture, Excellent Himalayan scenery.
Fixed Departure Trek! 2018
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Dunche on 2030m by private vehicle (6/7 hours)
Early in the morning after breakfast, we pick up you in your Hotel and drive from Kathmandu to Dunche via Trisuli by private vehicle which takes about 6 hours. The road is quite smooth until reaching Trisuli through the terraced fields and Villages and we will have our lunch in there. After lunch, our road is roughly with dust viewing 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 Ganesh Himal from Dunche. After arrive in Dunche, we will visit Tamang Museum. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Dunche to Shing Gompa on 3250m/4-5 hours.
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village and follow the trail passing the terraced fields and cross a small stream by a wooden bridge to the opposite bank. Now the trail becomes steep ascent through the forests and traverse 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. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikund Lake on 4380m/3-4 hours.
Today we are going to Gosaikund Lake, while enjoying the Holy Lake and Himalayan View. We start after breakfast; we follow the trail that gently ascends the mountain flank with bare trees and cross over the ridge. We traverse the flank of the Langtang Khola and going through a forest full of moss and ferns. We follow the flank back to ridge and reach in Chalangpati from where we can see the Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal. Then, we follow the wide path that stretches on the high ridge ahead. We are approaching the forest limit and the view opens rapidly with Manaslu, Himal Chuli and Annapurna Himal behind of us. We keep ascending towards prayer flags above and will reach in Lauribinayak where we will have our lunch. After lunch, the wide trail on the ridge continues further even after lauribinayak and the ascent becomes strenuous. 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. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Exploration day:
Full day experience with shamanistic dances and spiritual songs as well as activities of local people and other devotees/pilgrims. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Gosaikund Lake to Sing Gompa on 3250m/3-4 hours.
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the lake and start to descend the rocky mountains of Gosaikund until reaching Lauribinak. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we keep descending to a ridge until reaching Shing Gompa viewing the spectacular mountains. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Sing Gompa to Dunche 2030m/4-5 hours.
Today, we start out trek after having breakfast. We climb down all the same way back through the Rhododendron forests and terraced fields until reaching Dunche. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Drive from Dunche to Kathmandu by private vehicle (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, our driver comes to pick up for us in Dunche and we drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle with rough road before reach Trisuli. We will have our lunch in there and after lunch, we continue to drive back to Kathmandu in smoothly road passing terraced fields and transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 3 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at3***hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Langtang National Park Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected, but not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
Note: In case of an emergency during the trip, Helicopter will by arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charge must be paid by the clients themselves.