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.

Gosainkunda Lake, located at an altitude of 4,380 m. (14,370 ft.) in Rasuwa District is famous because
in the August Full Moon, Shamans come here from all parts of Nepal for a full moon festival. It is a
graduation ceremony for Shamans, as apprentice shamans prove themselves full Shamans.
A major highlight of the trek is obviously the sacred lake as it is believed to have been created by Lord
Shiva to cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison by piercing the mountain to extract
water. It is also quite an experience to be trekking along with locals to the high mountain lake and
know about the place and tradition in depth. As it takes place in the o season, the tourists ow will
be very low and you will experience something dierent and how the people live on a daily basis.


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


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • lodge
  • trek
Day 8 | TREKKING | DAY 8

And finally we will drive back to Kathmandu.

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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
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
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  • "young shamans performing at Gosainkunda"

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