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.

On a full moon night in August novice shamans gather at a lake 4300mts above sea level to the beat of drums and chanting to cross a final hurdle before graduating to full shamans. The spectacle that accompanies the graduation of apprentice shamans to full shamans is a sight to behold and not missed.



  • This event takes place once in a year.
  • Pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Sights of Shamans performing rituals.
  • This happens in holy site of Gosaikunda.


  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • Land transportation (Public Bus).
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Langtang Conservation Area permit.
  • All government Taxes


  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights.
  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control. 
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses
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.

  • 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. .

  • 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.

  • lodge
  • trek
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.

  • lodge
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Self
  • jeep
Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Dhunche TREKKING | Day 1 jeep lodge -
2 SIng Gompa TREKKING | Day 2 trek lodge -
3 Laurebina TREKKING | Day 3 trek lodge -
4 Gosainkunda TREKKING | Day 4 trek lodge -
5 Gosainkunda TREKKING | Day 5 trek lodge -
6 Thulo Syabru TREKKING | Day 6 trek lodge -
7 Syaprubesi TREKKING | Day 7 trek lodge -
8 Kathmandu TREKKING | Day 8 jeep Self -
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
  • "young shamans performing at Gosainkunda"

  • "young shamans performing at Gosainkunda"

  • "Shamans - local doctors from Langtang"

GEAR LIST | What to bring on this Trek?

Think only safety. Safety from the rain, the cold, the heat and the altitude. So simply put the bare essentials would be

  • RAIN - a rain jacket and if required during monsoon, rainproof pants
  • COLD - layers of clothings - thermals, tee shirt, fleece, windstoppers and down. Sleeping bag and liner for the night
  • HEAT - Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • ALTITUDE - Water bottle, snacks and a great Attitude! The rest is all about building an itinerary thats going up slow!

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