Gosaikunda Festival Trek

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 situated at an altitude of about 4381 m in north east of Kathmandu surrounded by Himalayas and other holy lakes(Kunds) like Saraswati kunda,Ganesh Kunda,Surya kunda,Bhairav kunda. 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 minut 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 bathing in the sacred lake – 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 sacread 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.

Outline Itinerary

  • 01:
    Arrive in Kathmandu and stay at the hotel.
  • 02:
    In Kathmandu - cultural city tour and trek breifing
  • 03:
    Drive to Dunche / approx 5 - 6 hrs drive
  • 04:
    Trek from Dhunche to Simgompa(5-6) hrs. trekking.
  • 05:
    Trek from Simgompa to Gosainkunda(6-7 hrs.):
  • 06:
    Rest day to enjoy the festival with the locals.
  • 07:
    Trek to Dhunche(1950m):
  • 08:
    Drive back to Kathmandu / stay at hotel
  • 09:
    Trip ends and airport transfer

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