Gosaikunda Festival Trek

  • Duration: 9 Days

Overview

  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Trip ModeTea House
  • Best TimeAugust
  • Max Altitude4,400

Gosaikunda Janai festival trek - full moon festival

Gosainkunda Lake is Nepal's one of the most famous and holy lake for both Buddhist and Hindu people. The holy lake situated at an altitude of about 4381 m in north east of Kathmandu surrounded by Himalayas. Besides the peaks there are other holy lakes like Saraswati kunda, Ganesh Kunda, Surya kunda, Bhairav kunda also surrounds it. This holy lake was created by Lord 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. Just above the lake there is a Cave where Amarsing Thapa (a great warrior) had spent his last minute of his life. There is a half body statue of Amarsing Thapa inside the cave.

Every year during Full Moon day in August, thousands of Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims come here to worship Lord Shiva and to take bath in the sacred lake of Gosaikunda. Shamans "Dhami-Jhankris" perform their religious dances and chant their mantra ( holy prayers). According to religious belief there is a channel from the lake which carries water directly from the lake to the Kumbheshwar Temple at Patan in Kathmandu Valley (60 km south west). Hindu people chant Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai) for the protection and Rakshya Bandhan - a sacred red - yellow thread tie around the wrist by the priest. We can see an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water in this lake. We customise the Gosaikunda festival trek to coincide this special festive in Langtang region.

Gosaikunda Janai Purnima festival trek detail itinerary

  • 1 Day
    Arrive in Kathmandu and stay at the hotel.

      Arrive in Kathmandu. Your trek guide will be Kathmandu Airport to welcome and transfer you to hotel. Welcome dinner and trek pre arrangement organise.

    • 2 Day
      In Kathmandu - cultural city tour and trek breifing.

        Today after having breakfast your city guide will take you to two world heritage site, first you go to visit Pasupati Nath Temple and after that you will go to visit one of the largest Buddhist Stupa. It is a half day seight seeing tour.after noon wil be free to explore the city in Kathmandu. Trek briefing and preparation in the afternoon.

      • 3 Day
        Drive to Dunche / approx 5 - 6 hrs drive.

          After having breakfast we will be driving by tourist coach which will takes about 7-9 hours to reach Dhunche. Driving through scenic landscape and different villages-you will be heading to north-east from Kathmandu. Drive from Kathmandu to Trishuli Bazar is smooth and from here path moves to gravel road and some times smooth road as well. During the rainy season the road will be blocked due to the landslide. Overnight at Hotel / teahouse.

        • 4 Day
          Trek from Dhunche to Simgompa(5-6) hrs. trekking.

            The trail ascends gradually through mineral water factory up to Ghatte Khola. You cross a suspension bridge and start climbing steep up hill. Walking through pine,silver oak and rhododendron forest Crossing a suspension bridge over this stream, then you start climbing steep up hill un eventually you reach Simgompa. There is an old cheese factory at Sing Gompa. Stay at the local teahouse.

          • 5 Day
            Trek from Simgompa to Gosainkunda(6-7 hrs.).

              Today the trail begin climbing up hill to Lauribinayak. The top of Lauribinayak gives you an beautiful views of Langtang Himal,Annapurna and Tibetan Himal. Then the trails ascend all the way to Gosaikunda. You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views; to the west Himal chuli (7,893m) Manaslu range (8156mm), Ganesh Himal ranges (7,406m), 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.

            • 6 Day
              Rest day to enjoy the festival with the locals.

                Janai Festival Day: Participate in festival, enjoy the dance performed by Shamans and explore the Lauribina La pass and Surya Peak,Ganesh kunda and Surya Kunda over night at Lodge

              • 7 Day
                Trek to Dhunche(1,950m).

                  Trek to Dhunche which takes about 5/6 hours. Today you will be walking all the down to Dhunche. It will takes about 6-7 hrs down hill. Today we will be walking through dry land,pine forest and marijuana plants.

                • 8 Day
                  Drive back to Kathmandu / stay at hotel.
                  • 9 Day
                    Trip ends and Airport transfer.

                    Trip Inclusion

                    • Airport transportation
                    • Hotel Accommodation on Twin share with breakfast in Kathmandu
                    • Welcome dinner and cultural tour with heritage entrance fees
                    • Private transportation Kathmandu Dunche Kathmandu
                    • Trekking guide and porter with all expense and proper insurance
                    • All full board meals while on trek
                    • Accommodation at local teahouse while on trek
                    • Tims and Langtang National park entry permit
                    • Trek gear sleeping bag and down jacket for the use on trek
                    • Airfare to Kathmandu and back home
                    • Main meals in city like Kathmandu
                    • Travel insurance of any kind
                    • Tips to trek crew and personal expenses and drinks etc.