GOSAINKUNDA SHAMAN FESTIVAL TREK 9 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  9 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking and Tour
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  12 Pax.
  •  Price:  From 1100 US $ PP.
  •  Trip Style:  Lodge and Camp
  •  Diffculty:  Medium
  •  Transport:  Bus/Jeep

Overview

Gosainkunda Lake is situated in Rasuwa district, Langtang mountain region. This is one of the sacred religious sites of Hindu pilgrimage people where great festival held on August full moon day. On the auspicious august full moon day Hindu pilgrimage people from Nepal and India gather in Gosainkunda Lake to take holy bath. According to different Hindu religious books Gosainkunda Lake is directly related to Lord Shiva and Hindu people believe that if they take holy bath in this lake once in their life time their past sins will washed away and they get ultimate. Beside the religious importance Gosainkunda is also naturally attractive from where stunning glimpse of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and other numerous beautiful peaks can be seen. During Gosainkunda trek trekkers will crosses the several attractive ponds such as Dudh Kunda, Bhairab Kunda and Nag Kunda, can see the attractive waterfalls and pristine Rivers. Moreover, the trekking route of Gosainkunda goes through the Tamang villages where takers can know the unique Tamang culture.

 

During august full moon Shaman festival is performed by the Tamang ethnic people. According to Tamang Language Shaman means Dhami and Jhankri and the dance performed by these Dhami and Jhankri is called Shaman festival. For Shaman festival Tamang Dhami and Jhankri all over the Nepal gather in Gosainkunda Lake premises to perform their singing and dancing. On the full moon night of august Dhami and Jhankri spend whole night by singing and dancing. Moreover, Tamang Dhami and Jhankri believe that those who perform singing and dancing they become holy. In this festival junior Dhami and Jhankri obtain graduation from the senior Dhami and Jhankri. During this festival visitor also can see the Dhami and Jhankri’s way of deep spiritual practice. Gosainkunda Shaman festival is another important festival trekking trip of Nepal which offer beautiful natural scenery, important Hindu and Tamang festivals.

 

Highlights of the trek: Gosainkunda Lake, Shaman festival, Janai Purnima festival, numerous sacred ponds, artistic waterfalls, pristine rivers, stunning glimpse of the beautiful peaks such as Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and unique Tamang culture.

Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (1350 Meters ) (Hotel )
  • Day 02

    Kathmandu half day sightseeing and Trip preparation

    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple) with your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Breakfast ) (1350 Meters ) (Hotel )
  • Day 03

    Drive to Dhunche

    Drive by tourist coach which takes about 7-9 hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides. Your drive from Kathamandu to the destination is to be made by either local bus or land cruiser.

    (6-7 hours drive by Local bus) (BLD) (Lodge )
  • Day 04

    Dhunche to SingGomba

    The first part of the trails ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola (stream). Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, you begin to trek steep up until you reach Sing Gompa through pine, silver oak and rhododendron forests with marijuana plants. There is an old cheese factory at Sing Gompa.

    (BLD) (5-6 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 05

    Sing Gompa to Gosainkund

    Trek to Gosaikunda Which takes about five and half hours. The first part of the trails emerges gently ascent up to Lauribinayak and the top of Lauribinayak gives you an exotic feeling. Then the trails steeply ascend all the way to Gosaikunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west Himal chuli (7893m) Manaslu range (8156mm), Ganesh Himal ranges (7406m), Tibetan peaks and Langtang Lirung. On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts in the high pasture of Laurebinayak, cross a small ridge and have your first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Gosainkunda was created by Shiva when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world.

    (BLD) (4381 Meters ) (5-6 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 06

    Participate in Festival with local people

    Full day participate in festival, explore the Lauribina pass and Surya Peak, overnight in Lodge.

    (BLD) (4381 Meters ) (Lodge )
  • Day 07

    Trek to Dhunche

    Trek to Dhunche which takes about 5/6 hours. The first part of the trails is dry land and steeply down and second part of trails is descend through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants up to you cross suspension bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Now the path stretches at flat level through some human settlements and mineral water factories up to Dhunche. It is a small town and headquarters of Rasuwa district. Overnight Hotel

    (BLD ) (1950 Meters ) (5-6 hours ) (Lodge )
  • Day 08

    Drive to Kathmandu

    Early morning drive to Kathmandu 6 hours finished festival Trekking trip. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

    (6 hours drive ) (BLD) (1350 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 09

    Final Day

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (1 hour drive to Airport from your Hotel ) (Breakfast )

Services

Cost Include:
1. All Airport Pick up and drop
2. 3 night standard hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis
3. All transport as mentioned in Itinerary
4. All foods and accommodation in trek and Village
5. Porters and Guide salaries
6. All necessary government permits
Cost Exclusive:
1. Meals in Kathmandu
2. Bottled drinks
3. Personal expenses
4. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
5. Tip for diver, guide & porter (normally they expect)

Equipment List

BASERI VILLAGE TREKKING & TOUR Gear List

Please make sure to download and print a copy of this list for your reference. Questions? Email communitytreks@gmail.com

 

1. Sleeping bag
2. Backpack
3. Trekking shoe (durable, waterproof hiking boot)
4. Flip flops or light sandals
5. Trekking pants or synthetic pants
6. Synthetic t-shirt
7. Fleece jacket
8. Rain jacket
9. Rain pants
10. Trekking socks
11. Underwear
12. Insulated jacket for cold weather
13. Sunhat/cap and wool cap
14. Lightly insulated gloves
15. Solar glasses
16. Personal hygiene kit
17. Personal medicine
18. Sun cream and lip protector
19. Personal kitchen kit (plate, spoon, fork, penknife)
20. Multifunctional tool (Swiss knife style)
21. Passport or personal identification card
22. Headlamp and extra battery
23. Water bottles (minimum 2 Liters total)
24. Steri-pen or water purification tablets
25. Camera (optional)

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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