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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 Himalayas, '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

A six hour drive from Kathmandu through terraced rice fields, meandering rivers and winding roads will take us to Dhunche at 1960mts which is the starting point of our trek. We stay tonight at Dhunche in a guest house .Lunch will be on the way in a roadside eatery at a place called Bidur.


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  • lodge
  • jeep
Day 2 | TREKKING | DAY 2

After an early breakfast we leave Dhunche for our next camp Sing Gompa at 3330mts. The walk is mostly uphill and would take approximately 5 hours to reach. The evening could be spent exploring the local monastery. Overnight at a local tea house. .


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 3 | TREKKING | DAY 3

The third day see us gain more altitude as we crawl our way up to Laurebina at 3910mts. from here we can feel the effects of high altitude as we walk. Our pace is much slower than when we initially started and the walk would be for about 4 hours. Overnight in a tea house.


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  • lodge
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Day 4 | TREKKING | DAY 4

On the fourth day after walking for about 4 hours we reach Gosaikunda our destination which is at 4300 mts. This is the highest point of our trek.Today is the eve of the festival and the place is overwhelming with pilgrims and shamans. We spend the evening intermingling with the people and observing the young shamans practice their art. Overnight could be in a local tea house or tents.


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  • camping
  • trek
Day 5 | TREKKING | DAY 5

The morning awakens us to the beat of drums and indigenous musical instruments and the young shamans in full flow. It is quite a colourful sight which will stay with you forever. We spend the day observing the young shamans from close quarters and witness them graduate to being full shamans by the time the moon rises over the lake. The pageantry on display will linger with you long after the drums have stopped beating. Overnight in a local tea house.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 6 | TREKKING | DAY 6

After breakfast we begin our descend to Thulo Syabru 2100 mts and the walk should be around 4 hrs. Lunch will be on the way in a local roadside eatery. Overnight in a tea house.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 7 | TREKKING | DAY 7

from Thulo Syabru we walk for about 4 hours downhill to Syabrubesi at 1600 mts. This will be our last day of walking before we catch the bus tomorrow to Kathmandu. Lunch will be on the way. Overnight in a teahouse.


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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 8 | TREKKING | DAY 8

Catch an early 6 am bus to Kathmandu and after around 7 hours of driving we reach Kathmandu with memories that will linger with us for a long time.


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  • 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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