This trek is specially designed for Hindu Devotees however everyone who has an interest of Nepal festivals can do this trek. This trek is starting normally end of August to First week of September.
On the festival of Janai Purnima the most pious Hindu devotees who have time and can afford it, make a pilgrimage to Gosainkund, the mountain lakes which are regarded as sacred to Lord Shiva. A dip in the lakes on this day is believed to add considerably to a devotee’s stock of merit.
The scene of Gosainkund, located at elevation 4360 meters, north of Kathmandu and just south of the Langtang range, is quite exciting, and is well worth the climb (often through rain) up to the site. Traditional faith healers called jhankris, dressed in belted white robes and crowned with porcupine quills and peacock feathers, perform ritual dances to throbbing drumbeats night and day. Thousands of people from all over Nepal and parts of India gather in boisterous song, dance and earnest devotions, camping and cooking in make-shift shelters. Visitors are welcome. In the morning the lake’s edge turns red with vermillion powder and the air is impregnated with sweet incense. Devotees dip in the freezing waters and change their sacred threads.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
Days 1: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.
Days 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Return to the hotel.
Days 3: Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche: which will take some 7 hrs by bus or can drive by the Landcruiser. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Dhunche from where you will have a majestic mountains view including Ganesh Himal, few peaks of Langtang range and the Tibetan peaks.
Days 4: Dhunche to Chandanbari: You will climb all the way in the jungle. Chandanbari is small town with few lodges and Monastery. The Cheese factory here is the oldest in Nepal.
Days 5: Chandanbari to Gosainkunda passing Lauribinayak: After passing the lauribinayak the trail becomes much narrow & misty as well as change in vegetation too as the green vegetation becomes much deserted & rocky. From lauri Binayak takes about 3 hours to reach to Gosainkunda from the top you will see the beautiful Himalayan Ranges.
Days 6: celebrate a Festival. Take a holy bath in a Gosainkunda lake.
Days 7: Gosainkunda Lake back to Chandanbari.
Days 8: Trek back to Dhunche.
Days 9: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Days 10: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with Nepali dinner, hotel.
Days 11: Final departure: transfer to airport