Gosainkunda - Shamanism Culture Trek

The three main Gosainkunda lakes high in the Langtang National Park are believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishula (trident) into a mountain to extract water to cool his stinging throat after he swallowed poison. There is a large rock in the center of the lake which is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine.  People often claim that they see Shiva lying in the water.  Devotees gather here in hordes on the full moon night of August to take a holy anointment in the lake.

Hinduism, Buddhism and Shamanism are the three principal religions of Nepal.  All three religions participate in various mystical ways in the annual Gosainkunda Festival.  We will be "participant-observers" of all three of these traditions.  The degree of your participation in Buddhist meditation, Ganja puja with Hindu Sadhus or Shamanistic mind-journeys is entirely voluntary.  This trek combines the challenges and scenic rewards of high altitude Himalayan trekking with the cultural colour and spectacle of one of the great regional festivals of Nepal.


Day 1. Kathmandu arrival (1,300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 2. Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani (1,350m)

After breakfast, drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu. During the 1 hour drive, we reach an altitude of 1400 meters which is the location of Sundarijal and also the starting point of the trek. Then we start the trek from Sundarijal to reach Chisopani for the overnight. We flex our muscles for 4 hours during the trek to Chisopani.

Day 3. Chisopani to Kutumsang (2,446m)

After breakfast, we trek from Chisopani crossing the pasture and field and arrive at another village Gul Bhanjyang. Then take the short ascending trail that leads to pass from where we descend to reach Kutumsang for overnight. During the 7 hours trek, we gain a height of 150 meters.

Day 4. Kutumsang to Tharepati (3,510m)

After breakfast, we take the gradually uphill trail that runs through fir and rhododendron forests to reach Yurin danda then finally arrive at Tharepati for overnight. During 6 hours trek, we gain an altitude of 1200 meters.

Day 5. Tharepati to Ghopte via Tharepati Pass (3,650m)

After breakfast, we trek on the undulating trail passing through pine, bamboo, and rhododendron forest and also crossing another place Ghopte to arrive at Phedi for the overnight. During the 5-6 hours trek, we gain an altitude of 250 meters witnessing the diverse species of birds.

Day 6. Ghopte to Gosainkunda (4,380m)

After breakfast, we trek on the gradually uphill trail till we reach Suryakund which is at the height of around 4600 meters then descend for 1 hour to reach Gosainkund; bluish glaciated lake encircled by towering peaks and believed to be created by Lord Shiva piercing the trident.

Day 7. First day of Gosainkunda Shamanism culture program (4,380m)

Rest at Gosaikunda. The large lake Gosaikunda is at an elevation of 4361m. There are several small stone shelters for pilgrimage on the north-western side of the lake. Hundreds of people come here to worship and bath in the lake during the full moon festival each August. You will witness some black and white stones in the lake with an individual story about Lord Shiva and his creation.

Day 8. Second day of Gosainkunda Shamanism culture program (4,380m)

It is interesting to see shamanism culture program with some hindu and buddhist culture in same time. visit Gosaikunda lake 4380m. or SHAILUNG HILL 3245 m. high from sea level. This year.beside that, landscape and mountain scenery are always there to show their beauty.

Day 9. Gosaikunda to Chandanbari (2,350m)

After breakfast, we descend from the Gosainkund till we reach Chandanbari for the overnight. During the 4-5 hours trek, we will be rewarded with excellent natural scenery. And we also explore the cheese factory and monastery during today’s trek.

Day 10. Chandanbari to Dhunche (1,980m)

Trek from Chandanbari to Dhunche and it takes about four and half hours. You trek along gradual descent path. On the way you walk through several forests and villages.

Day 11. Dhunche to Kathmandu (1,300m)

After breakfast, we leave Chandanbari on the downhill trail through pine, silver, oak, rhododendron forest taking 3 hours then drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu.

Day 12. Final Departure (1,300m)

All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya.

What's Included

    • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
    • Twin /Double sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 to3 star hotel with breakfast
    • Kathmandu / Sundarijal by private vehicle / Dhunche / Kathmandu by local bus
    • Accommodation in Normal tea house during trek
    • Meals (Breakfast with 2 cups of tea/ coffee, lunch, dinner) in trekking
    • Seasonal sleeping bags
    • Langtang trekking map for group
    • TIMS
    • National Park Fee
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staffs
    • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek
    • First Aid Kit
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement
    • All government taxes
    • Farewell dinner

What's Not Included

    • International Airfare
    • Extra meals in Kathmandu
    • Drinking water during trek, extra charges levied for any hot shower or electricity for device charging
    • Tea coffee lunch & Dinner time during trek
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    • Personal gear & clothing – these may be available for hire
    • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client’s insurance
    • Soft/hard drinks
    • Any uninsured medicall emergency evacuation costs
    • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual cost.
    • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 per person for 30 days)
    • Anything not specified in the Cost Include section

Equipment Check List

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket


Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.


Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.

Other equipment

Sleeping bag (5 seasons),  lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.

Other Items

Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.

Important Note

Itinerary and Dates: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. Your guide, and their Sherpa assistants, will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Our aim is to return you safely to Kathmandu in time for your departure flight booking.

Experience Required: This Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for 6 – 7 hours each day, with a light rucksack. Some of the days are quite long, and walking feels more strenuous at altitude. Generally, the trail is a good quality, but occasionally it will be uneven and rocky.

Food & Accommodation: You will be accommodated in a teahouse each night, unless the itinerary stipulates tent camping is necessary on some nights. Teahouses are simple, locally-run guesthouses with twin-share or single rooms. Toilets and showers are of varying standards. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food at the lodges.

What about our luggage: One porter will be shared between two trekking clients. Porters will carry a maximum of 12kgs per client. If you wish to, you may keep excess clothing and items in a storage room at your Kathmandu hotel.

What will the temperature be like: The weather obviously varies considerably by season and may also change drastically within a single day, particularly at high altitude. If your itinerary takes you above 3,000m need to be prepared for conditions that may range from -10 to 25 degrees on any day. Some useful weather data is available here: https://bit.ly/3vi7rHX You will also need good protections from sun and wind exposure. Contact us for a suggested trek packing list to suit your itinerary.

How much money should we bring: You will need to carry Nepali Rupee to pay for things not covered by your itinerary package. This may include bottled water; evening hot showers; additional food treats; additional hot drinks; equipment replacement or repairs; battery charging and gifts and tips. Shopping can also be done on your last day in Thamel. Talk with us in our office before departing on your trek and we can provide more advice and currency exchange.

What about Acute Mountaineering Sickness (AMS): AMS is essentially impossible to predict. Some people are affected, and other not. Only a very small percentage of people suffer serious effects. Effects may become apparent at any altitude, not just at the extremes of your itinerary.

Signs of AMS includes:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drowsiness
  • Flatulence
  • Peripheral Edema (Swelling of extremities)
  • Fluctuation in body temperature

Prevention of AMS:

  • Adequate rest prior to the trek.
  • Adequate hydration maintained throughout the trek.
  • Adequate salt and sugar in your bloodstream. So, eat plenty and don’t skip meals.
  • Adequate warmth. Use clothing layers to maintain warmth without sweating excessively. Controlled and regular breathing. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm to use all your lung capacity. Try and walk to a pace that maintains controlled and steady breathing. Breathe through your nose to protect you throat from drying. Consider wearing a muff over your mouth and nose at high altitudes.
  • Managed exertion. Trekking is not a race to the next pass or teahouse. Go at a constant, manageable pace, do not chase after the person in front. Keep a slow steady pace rather than pushing too hard and needing to stop frequently. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

Trip facts

  • Region
  • Activity
  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Grade
  • Best Time
    February- May- August- September- October- December-
  • Max. Altitude
  • Group Size
  • Transportation
    Local Bus / private transportation

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