Overview

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Diffculty: Moderate Plus 
  • Best Time: August
  • Max. Altitude: 4400 m

Gosaikunda Janai Festival Trek - Full Moon Festival

Gosainkunda Lake is Nepal's one of the most famous and holy lakes for both Buddhist and Hindu people. The holy lake is situated at an altitude of about 4381 m in the northeast of Kathmandu surrounded by the Himalayas. Besides the peaks there are other holy lakes like Saraswati Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, Surya Kunda, Bhairav Kunda also surrounds. 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 the 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 southwest). 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 customize the Gosaikunda festival trek to coincide with this special festive in the Langtang region.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Special festival trekking in Langtang
  • Traditional culture on display
  • Full board meals and drinking water on the trek
  • Medically trained trek guide with comprehensive first aid kid
  • Accompanied with trek guide and porters
  • Trek gear for the use

Itinerary

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

    Today after having breakfast your city guide will take you to two world heritage sites, 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 sightseeing tour. In the afternoon will be free to explore the city in Kathmandu. Trek briefing and preparation in the afternoon.

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

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

          Today the trail begins climbing uphill to Lauribinayak. The top of Lauribinayak gives you 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 (7,893 m) Manaslu range (8156 m), Ganesh Himal ranges (7,406 m), 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.

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

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

                    Gosaikunda Janai Purnima festival trek itinerary

                    What's Included
                    • 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 a trek
                    • Accommodation at local teahouse while on a trek
                    • Tims and Langtang National park entry permit
                    • Trek gear sleeping bag and down jacket for the use on a trek
                    What's Excluded
                    • Airfare to Kathmandu and back home
                    • Main meals in a city like Kathmandu
                    • Travel insurance of any kind
                    • Tips to trek crew and personal expenses and drinks etc.

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