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Gosainkunda Festival Trek

Gosainkunda Festival Trek is also known as Gosainkunda Walking Festival and Trekking in Gosainkunda Festival. Gosainkunda Festival Trek is a 11- day long package to Gosainkunda Lake which is located at 4360m altitude towards north of Kathmandu and just south of the Langtang Range.
Gosainkunda Festival Trek is organized every year during Janai Purnima which coincides with the full moon of August during which thousands of pilgrims gather around from far and wide to take a holy dip in Goshainkunda Lake. During Gosainkunda Festival Trek, we will meet Jhakris (traditional faith healers) who are dressed in belted white robes and hat made of porcupine quills and peacock feathers who will be performing ritual dance synchronizing their steps to the beat of their drums known as Damphu.
Gosainkunda is believed to be the rest place of Lord Shiva (The destroyer God). Having a bath in this lake in Janai Purnima(sacred thread wearing ceremony) is believed to cleanse off all the sins of the devotees and they are believe to ascend to Kailash Dhaam (ultimate shelter of Lord Shiva) after their death if they bath in this sacred lake. Besides religious basis, bathing in this lake is also claimed to cure the skin disease.
Thus Gosainkunda Festival Trek aptly blends adventure with religion.

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
Day0 6: celebrating a festival at Gosainkunda
Day 07: Trek back to Chandanbari
Day0 8: Trek back to Dhunche
Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Kathmandu free day
Day 11: Final departure from Kathmandu
 

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 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 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
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 to 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 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 Goshainkunda 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 to 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 to Dhunche. 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: Kathmandu free day
Make your body at ease in Kathmandu. Spend the day shopping souvenirs from Thamel or taking a casual stroll down the street. Enjoy your dinner with a Local cultural show in evening.

Day 11: Final departure from Kathmandu
It’s the day to say goodbye. Our representatives 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!!!


 

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