Gaurishankar Foothills Trek

Gaurishankar Foothills Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

12 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Tinsang La (3,300m)

Group Size

Max- 20

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

The stunning landscape and time-locked city of Lapchi Kang are veritable gems of Nepal’s Middle Hills region. Follow this exciting journey ( Gaurishankar Foothills ) as we trek over hills and down vales, through remote villages and on old trails in the region that some of the very first expeditions to the Himalayas traversed. We begin our passage from Jiri and proceed along ridges and across rivers to enjoy spectacular views of 7000-meter Gaurishankar summit as well as incredible mountain panoramas from the Tinsang La. This expedition is a great way to experience the age-old culture of the region away from the vigorousness of city life. Expect to accumulate a healthy amount of elevation without actually gaining much net elevation. We remain well below the tree line, with our highest point being at Tinsang La (3300m). The undulating nature of the terrain requires active hiking capabilities and provides a good workout for the muscles. There should be no issues related to acclimatization as we will not gain much net elevation. Gauri Shankar Foothills Trek is a challenging trek that is best for first-time hikers and regular trekkers.

Why Gaurishankar Foothills Trek? 

  • Trekking through the exceptional landscape of Nepal’s Middle Hills.
  • Unspoiled mountain scenery.
  • One of Nepal’s highest passes and stunning views of Cho-Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, and Makalu.
  • The unique Kargyupa Nunnery at Bigu Gompa.
  • Spectacular mountain panorama from the Tinsang La.

Starting Price

USD 1099 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan trekkers and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the time enjoy strolling the surrounding area.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour guide will take you to the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu city presents a fabulous mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Singati (950m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We begin our trek from Kathmandu with a leisurely drive along ‘Friendship Highway’ to Lamosangu from where we continue on to Jiri and then Charikot. We continue northwards along the Bhote Kosi Valley up to Singati (950m). We set up camp close to this small town.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Bulung (2,150m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The first day of our climb begins with a steady ascent through alpine forests that leads out into open pastures. The Bhote Kosi is a constant presence, in our sight throughout the day. Perched on the high ridge beside Bulung (2150m), we relax to a spectacular view of Gauri Shankar.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Chilingkha (1,920m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This day of hiking is mostly relaxing as we head downhill, all the while following the Sangawa Khola. It is a joy to experience the indigenous flora and fauna in the region. We finally descend to our campsite at Chilingkha (1920m).

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Bigu Gompa (2,110m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We begin the day with ease hiking downhill for about three hours till we reach the Samling Khola (1720m), a tributary of the main river. We cross the tributary across a narrow but sturdy bridge and begin the ascent to Bigu Gompa (2110m). We pitch our tents by the nunnery and settle in for a quiet night.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Acclimatization.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We take a leisure day to rest and recoup our wits after the last couple of days of rigorous hiking. We explore the famous nunnery of Bigu Gompa that was built in the 1930s and houses spectacular gardens which are a delight.

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 8

Trek to Dolangsa (2,490m) via Tinsang La (3,300m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Another easy start to the day with a downhill descent of over 800m to the river is followed by a sharp ascent to the highest point of our trek, the Tinsang La (3300m). We rest atop the Tinsang La and gather our strength while we take in the stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan range. We then descend sharply to set up camp at Dolangsa (2490m). All in all, this is the most exacting day of hiking.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Gorthali (1,710m) and bidding farewell to our local guides and staff with celebration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A fun-filled day of hiking along banks and through varied woodland ecologies awaits us as we set off through grazing pastures littered with yaks. The terraced fields that are characteristic of such high regions are a wonderful vision for first-time hikers to the area. We even pass some waterfalls along the way and soon arrive at the village of Gorthali (1710m) where we make our final camp of the trek. From here on out, we will not have any Sherpas or guides attached to our group as we can find our way back to Kathmandu quite easily from here. So on this day we will enjoy with our crew members and give a remarkable farewell to them.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 19

Trek to Barabise and drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BL

The final day of our trek follows long, winding and level trails that are frequented by the locals. We make our way through swaths of rhododendrons and prickly oak trees before crossing a tributary stream and arriving by the Bote Kosi River. From atop this ridge, we catch our final glimpses of the majestic Himalayan range and then head down the hillside to Barabaise. Retracing our journey, we take the ‘Friendship Highway’ back to Kathmandu having come to a whole loop.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs trek and 4-5 hrs drive

Day 11

Leisure/free day in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today either you can visit some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu or you can spend your day by exploring the market area and shopping.

In the evening, joining the team of Himalayan trekkers for farewell dinner with cultural show.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12

Departure from Kathmandu.

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Have a safe journey and please do visit Nepal again!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Private Transfer to/from Trekking Starting Point
  • Heritage & Monuments Entrance fees in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Gaurishankar Conservation Fees, TIMS fees, and Local Province Fees
  • An experienced Guide and required Sherpa Porters
  • Best Available Guest House/Homestay Accommodation during the trek
  • All Meals ( BLD) During the Trek
  • All Wages, equipment, Allowance, Insurance for Guide & Porters
  • A Comprehensive Medical Kit/First Aid
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Personal Trekking equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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