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Dancing with Shamans

A once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the best cross cultural, multi religious event to observe the graduation rituals of apprentices at 4300m as they transition into full Shaman.

Come August and when there is a full moon Shamans from all over Nepal gather at the Gosaikunda lake at 4,380mts  to take part in a ritual not seen anywhere else. This is the day when apprentice shamans will showcase their skills to the senior shamans in the hope that they too will graduate to full shamans. Combined with a three day walk through stunning landscape of the central Himallayas, 'Dancing with the Shamans' is a lifetime experience showcasing culture, belief and tradition of the mountain people.

 

 

 


Includes

  • Transportation (Sharing Basis)
  • Guide and Porters
  • Accommodation with all meals in teahouses
  • Crew Insurance
  • Permits
  • All Nepal government taxes

Excludes

  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal Medication
  • Emergency Evacuation Charges
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips and Gratitude
Day 1 | TREKKING | DAY 1

After a 6 hrs drive by public transport to the north from Kathmandu, we will reach Dhunche, 1960m. (6430 ft). As it will be full of local pilgrim trekkers, we make sure that we get rooms at a teahouse and spend the overnight here.


  • L | D

  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 2 | TREKKING | DAY 2

After breakfast, we head towards Sing gompa, 3330 m. (10,925 ft.). The hike is mostly uphill from Dhunche to Sing Gompa which will take around 5 hrs and we will have a lunch break in between. We will also be spending overnight at a teahouse run by a local there.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 3 | TREKKING | DAY 3

The next day, we will be hiking uphill to Laurebina, 3910 m. (12,828 ft.) which will take around 4 hrs.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 4 | TREKKING | DAY 4

Our next stop is Gosainkunda where the festival takes place. The hike is mostly uphill from Laurebina to Gosainkunda and takes around 4 hrs. As today is the eve of the festival, people will start the rituals and we will just see how the preparations are done. And since the ow of locals is very high, there is no chance of hotel rooms so we camp in the tents which we will take ourselves but we will eat with the locals.


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  • camping
  • trek
Day 5 | TREKKING | DAY 5

Today is the main festival day. The festival will start from early in the morning and you can hear the prayers, drums and it will be an experience for a lifetime. And you can also dance with local pilgrims.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 6 | TREKKING | DAY 6

Today we will observe the calm morning and hike downhill to Thulo Syabru, 2210 m. (7250 ft.) which is around 7 hrs.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 7 | TREKKING | DAY 7

Our very last stop is Syabrubesi, 1503 m. (4931 ft.) which is downhill and takes around 4 hrs.


  • B | L | D

  • lodge
  • trek
Day 8 | TREKKING | DAY 8

And finally we will drive back to Kathmandu.


  • B | L | D

  • Self
  • jeep
Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Dhunche TREKKING | Day 1 jeep lodge L | D
2 SIng Gompa TREKKING | Day 2 trek lodge B | L | D
3 Laurebina TREKKING | Day 3 trek lodge B | L | D
4 Gosainkunda TREKKING | Day 4 trek camping B | L | D
5 Gosainkunda TREKKING | Day 5 trek lodge B | L | D
6 Thulo Syabru TREKKING | Day 6 trek lodge B | L | D
7 Syaprubesi TREKKING | Day 7 trek lodge B | L | D
8 Kathmandu TREKKING | Day 8 jeep Self B | L | D
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