Gaurishankar Foothills Trek

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USD $ 1,099 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Tinsang La (3,300m) m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private and comfortable drive

  • Region/Type

    Less Touristic Trekking Destination
  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

The stunning landscape and time-locked city of Lapchi Kang are true gems of Nepal’s middle hill region. Follow this exciting journey ( Gaurishankar Foothills ) as we trek over hills and valley, 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 m Mount Gaurishankar peak as well as incredible mountain panoramas from the Tinsang La. This trek 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 (3300 m). The smooth 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 moderate level trek that is also 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.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Drive to Singati

🕑 6 hrs

Max Altitude: 950 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp

Day 4: Trek to Bulung

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,150 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 5: Trek to Chilingkha

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,920 m

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).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local tea house

Day 6: Trek to Bigu Gompa

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,110 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 7: Acclimatization at Bigu Gompa

Max Altitude: 2,110 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 8: Trek to Dolangsa via Tinsang La

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,300 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 9: Trek to Gorthali

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,710 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 19: Trek to Barabise & drive back to Kathmandu

🕑 2-3 hrs trek & 4-5 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 11: Leisure/free day in Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

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!

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu as per the 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 government taxes and official expenses

Excludes

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Personal Trekking equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the includes section

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 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 or 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.

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