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Langtang – Full Moon festival of the 108 Holy Lakes of Gosaikunda

Trip Title: Langtang – Full Moon festival of the 108 Holy Lakes of Gosaikunda

Trip Length: 9 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Langtang

National Park: Langtang       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 3+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Full Moon Festival

Months: July, August,

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Description:

Teahouse trek viewing the 108 sacred lakes of Gosaikunda. During full moon in August each year both Hindu and Shamans hold a festival called Janai Purnima where important rites can be observed. We will arrive at Gossaikunda Lakes a day before this date. On this day Hindu men, especially the Brahmans and Chettris perform their annual change of Janai, a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand. This thread is only given to males during a lengthy and impressive religious ceremony called the Bratabandhan. This cord initiates them into manhood and commands them to faithfuly the follow the relegion. The Janai must be worn everyday of their lives from this day onwards. The triple cord is a symbol of body, speech and mind, and when the knots are tied the wearer is supposed to gain complete control over each. This cord is changed if it becomes frayed or defiled, for example, when the wearer touches a woman in menstruation, during which she is considered unclean. But according to Hindu rules the cord must be changed without fail by a Brahman on this day, Janai meaning sacred thread, and Purni meaning Purnima or the full moon, thus pointing to the change of the thread on the auspicious full moon day.

Itinerary:

We always have trip going in August

Day 01.
8 hours drive to Dunche from Kathmandu. From Dhunche you will have splendid views of the mountain Ganesh Himal.

Day 02.
A steep but gentle trek up to Singompa (3,350m).

Day 03.
Rest (acclimatisation) day.

Day 04.
A steep climb with fine views of the Langtang range. The trail keeps you up to Gosainkunda (4,380m.). First you will see the holy alpine lakes of Saraswoti Kunda, the second Bhairavkunda and the third main Gosainkunda.

Day 05.
Rest (acclimatization) day. August 19th – Full Moon Day.

Day 06.
Rest at Gossainkunda. Visit some other Kundas (Lakes) and observe the festival with its colouful mass of worshipping pilgrims Continue hiking up to Laurebena pass (4,610m.) and drop down to Gopte (3430m.) then to Tharepati (3,510m.).

Day 07.
Trekking down to Kutumsang (2,470m.) through the rhododendron forest of Helambu.

Day 08.
Trekking to Chisapani (2215m.) passing along the stone path of Thodang.

Day 09.
Trekking down to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu.

This trip can be joined with the classic Langtang Valley trek.

Price:

Because of Nepali Pilgrims there is no room in the lodges – Camping only.

Date: July / August

Type of Trekking: Camping

The below cost is quoted under the basis of per day per person:

Group size:

Minimum
2 Pax – 74
3-6 Pax – 64
7-10 Pax – 60
10 or more – 53

For groups of 10 or more, the group leader will be offered this trek for free, but will have to pay any internal flights and taxes and any personal expenses. Please enquire for further information.

The Price includes:
Camping accommodation in tents, food (except bar bill), staffs (Guide, sherpas, cook, kitchen boys, porters) and their all expenses including insurance, Langtang National Park entry fee, ground transportation and governmental taxes.

Price doesn’t include:
Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc.

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