Gosainkunda Shaman Festival Trek is specially designed for those people who love Himalayan culture and Shamanism, which is still making alive by local Tamang people. Shamanism is not an archaic religion but rather a set of practices and beliefs from which Buddhism and Hinduism have borrowed fundamental tenets.
Nepal has ethnic groups in the multiple of hundreds and religious diversions who have their shamans. Shamanism involves traditional and ancient forms of spiritual healing with characteristics having a common link worldwide. In Shamanism, it is believed that there are good and evil spirits who inflict sickness or harm.
In the small towns and villages of Nepal, Shamans hold positions of great authority and respect among their communities. They are often viewed as the protector in Nepalese societies.
There are certain rituals in shamanism unique to Nepal. They include the shams wearing several accessories like beads and necklaces around hands and shoulders, a bell hanging at the waist and heavy drumming until they enter a trance to be possessed by a nearby forest spirit. There are lots of speculations and apprehensions and we understand and it might be hard to believe but according to the natives, proves are there. Hop on your ride and get prepared for new exploration in Nepal.
During august full moon Shaman festival is performed by the Tamang ethnic people in Gosaikunda Lake as well as all around the Mountain. 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 Trek could be important festival trekking trip for you which offer beautiful natural scenery with the local cultural flavors.
Day 1: Drive to Dhunche (1,966m)
Day 2: Dhunche to SingGomba (3,330m)
Day 3: Sing Gompa to Gosainkund (4,381m)
Day 4: Participate in Festival with local people (4,381m)
Day 5: Trek to Dhunche (1,950m)
Day 6: Drive to Kathmandu
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1. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
2. Foods (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast) during the Trek.
3. All mountain basic accommodation with sharing toilet in twin sharing basis.
4. All necessary paper work and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
5. Guide and porters salaries and insurance
6. All government and local taxes
7. 1 porter (Max. 20 kg) for 2 people
8. Sleeping Bags if needed.
9. Community Trek’s Duffel Bags.
1. Mineral water in bottle
2. Electronic device re-charge
3. Hot shower
5. Personal expenses
6. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
7. Tip for guide & porter
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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.
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.
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.
Full day participate in festival, explore the Lauribina pass and Surya Peak, overnight in Lodge.
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
Early morning drive to Kathmandu 6 hours finished festival Trekking trip.
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