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Gosainkunda Festival Trek

langtang gosainkunda festival trek
Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : Trekking, Cultural tour, Festival
trip length
Total Days : 10 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 6 Days
difficulty
Difficulty : Easy-Moderate
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 4360 m Gosainkunda
season
Season : Sep is best

Gosainkunda Festival Trek is also known as Gosaikunda trekking and trek tour in Gosainkunda, specially designed for Hindu devotees and also for those people who has an interest in Nepal festivals can do this trek. This trek starts normally at the end of August to the first week of September. This festival is celebrated on Gosainkunda Lake which is situated in Rasuwa district. This is one of the sacred religious sites for Hindu pilgrims where the great festival is held on August on full moon day.

On the auspicious august full moon day, Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India gather in Gosainkunda Lake to take holy bath. According to various 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 be washed away and they get ultimate. On Janai Purnima, Hindus chants the Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai), and as Rakshya Bandhan, a red or yellow protection cord is tied around the wrists of believers by the priest. Here, a pool with an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water and is believed to have come from Gosainkunda.The scene of Gosainkunda is located at elevation 4360 meters, north of Kathmandu and just south of the Langtang range. It is quite exciting and is well worth the climb up to the site. The traditional faith healers also known as Krishna, dressed in belted white robes and crowned with porcupine quills and peacock feathers, performs ritual dances to sore drumbeats day and night day. People from all over Nepal and India gather in energetic song, dance and intense devotions, camping and cooking in makeshift shelters.

In Gosainkunda festival trek all the visitors are welcome. In the morning the lake’s edge turns red with vermillion powder and the air is saturated with sweet incense. It is one of the beautiful trees that you will ever see. 

Gosainkunda Festival trek/tour Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day0 3: Drive to Dhunche
Day 04: Trek to Chandanbari
Day 05: Trek to Gosainkunda via Lauribinayak
Day 06: celebrating a festival at Gosainkunda
Day 07: Trek back to Chandanbari
Day 08: Trek back to Dhunche
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Final departure from Kathmandu 

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representatives there at the Tribhuvan International Airport, ready to greet you when you land in at the International Airport of Kathmandu. They will receive you with your name and take you to the hotel where you will be briefly explained about the itinerary package.

Day 02: Sightseeing/Exploration in Kathmandu
On the second day, you will be taken out for an excursion to some of the chief sites in and around Kathmandu. Visits include temples of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Bauddhanath and Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.

Day 03: Drive to Dhunche
Early in the morning, we will head to Dhunche from Kathmandu which takes about 7 hours driving to cover the 119km journey. The road offers scenic views of mountains and waterfalls. We will stay overnight in a hotel at Dhunche—the headquarters of Rasuwa district.

Day 04: Trek to Chandanbari
Today we will climb all the way up the jungle covered with rhododendrons and other high alpine flowers till we reach Chandanbari which is a small town with few shelters and the monastery. We will visit the cheese factory in Chandanbari which is the oldest in Nepal.

Day 05: Trek to Gosainkunda via Lauribinayak pass
After passing through the easy walk to Lauribinayak, we will pursue the much narrow and misty track. We will notice the change in terrain from green pasture field too much deserted and rocky area. From Lauri Binayak, it takes about 3 hours of walking to reach Gosainkunda. Gosainkunda is a holy and sacred lake in Nepal popular among the Hindu pilgrims and is one of the major pilgrimage destinations.

Day 06: Celebrating festival at Gosainkunda
Every year in Janai Purnima, during the full moon of August, a ceremony is held in Gosainkunda during which devotees visit the Gosainkunda Lake to bath and worship Lord Shiva. Bathing in Gosainkunda Lake is challenging as the surrounding is much chilling but the bath itself is rewarding as it is believed to cleanse off sins. This day holds the most significance during the Gosainkunda festival trek.

Day 07: Trek back to Chandanbari
This day we will follow back the downward trail to Lauribinayak. From Lauribionayak, we will pass through forests of rhododendron and other high alpine flowers before arriving at Chandanbari where we will stay overnight.

Day 08: Trek back to Dhunche
After breakfast, we will pass through pine forest to reach Dimsa. From Dimsa, we will pass through forest and settlements to finally arrive at Dhunche. The whole trek from Chandanbari to Dhunche completes in about four and half hours.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu   
It takes about seven hours of drive through bends and curves to return to Kathmandu. The way offers scenic views of majestic mountain peaks including Ganesh Himal, Langtang range and some of the Tibetan mountains.

Day 10: Final departure from Kathmandu
It’s the day to say goodbye. Our representatives from Himalayan Recreation Treks will assist in your last moment preparation and will drive you back to Airport from where you will return to your beloved ones. We hope to see you again. Farewell!!!

Include/Exclude

Costs included in the Langtang Gosainkunda Festival Trek Package: 

  • Pickup and drop at Airport
  • Hotel stays in Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking period
  • Best available accommodations during the trek
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour inclusive of guide, entry fees and transportation
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage,
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entry Fees wherever required
  • Trekking Permits needed for Restricted Area Trekking
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure  

Costs excluded in the Langtang Gosainkunda Festival Trek package:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver 
  • Personal shopping, trekking equipment,  Gifts and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified. 

Equipment List

The basic equipments check lists for trekking:

  1.   Sun hat or scarf
  2.   Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  3.   Sunglasses
  4.   Sun protection cream 
  5.   Gloves
  6.   Camera
  7.   Basic First Aid Kit
  8.   Down vest and/or jacket *
  9.   Rain cote
  10.   Water bottles
  11.   Trekking shoes
  12.   Thick and thin both type of socks
  13.   Warm clothes
  14.   Tissue and Toilet papers
  15.   Tooth brush/paste
  16.   Large plastic bags – to keep items dry inside the trek bag
  17.   Towel etc…..
  18.   Extras Equipments:
  19.    Binoculars
  20.    Reading book
  21.    Travel game i.e. chess, card etc
  22.    Swimming customs 
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