This is an amazing trek of the Great Himalayan Trek section. You will be trekking through isolated trail; we leave the tourist trail behind. We will trek through lush forests that are habitat to lots of species; this will make the trek interesting for trekkers who love bird watching. Along the trail we come across many villages with people following Buddhist and Hindu culture, these villages get very few tourists visiting them as the trail is a non-touristic route. At the same time the trek offers mesmerizing view of the Himalayas and especially of Mt Gaurishankar. However, this is an amazing trek for those who wish to trek through less touristic area.
Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.
- Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.
- Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 3: Kathmandu to Jiri (1,930m/6,332ft) 7hrs drive
We have an early breakfast in the hotel and get on the vehicle that will drive us to Jiri; it is a long ride through different landscapes. Jiri is a busy market area with many lodges and shops. After we reach Jiri we refresh and either relax or explore the town. We will accommodate the night here.
- Day 4: Jiri to Putchar Kharka(2,341m/7,680ft) 7hrs trek
Trek begins! From today we begin our trek from Jiri to Barabise; after breakfast we leave Jiri and trek towards or next destination. Just as we begin to trek the trail starts with a climb, from today we leave the tourist trail behind and there will only be few lodges through the trail. As we trek; we now reach the village of Nahbo, right after the village there is a dirt trail and right next to it is a small trail that steeply ascends, we will take this trail. As we ascend we trek through dense rhododendron and pine forest, soon we reach a pass after which we start to descend. We descend down and begin to continue trekking on the dirt road until we enter join trail entering the forest, you might witness various species of birds in the forest. Descending further we then cross Jhyaku Khola and enter the village of Sherakapti, it is a beautiful village inhabited by Jirel people. This village is suitable to stop for lunch. After having lunch we climb to the Jhyanku Dolakha monastery in the village and follow the trail behind it. We will climb for several minutes and then descend again; we descend through another forest with birds. After the forest the trail gradually climbs up again. Trekking for few more hours then we will arrive at another settlement of Basa, from where we descend down and cross the Kakchapa Khola. After crossing the river, which we will have to cross stone-hopping, we will gradually climb up for few minutes and then climb steeply through forest until we reach Putchar Kharka. It is a beautiful spot with only one house; the spot offers you beautiful view of Gaurishankar. We camp our tents and rest the night here.
- Day 5: Putchar Kharka to Laduk (1,790m/5,872ft) 5-6hrs trek
After having an early breakfast we leave Putchar Kharka and descend through forest to Kaichapa Khola, after crossing the river we then gradually climb through the forest. Few more minute from here we will reach a small, spread-out village of Suri. After the village we pass some mani walls and come to a Y-junction from where we choose to trek through the flat trail that later goes down gradually and further we reach a stupa from where the trail gets steeper. We continue to trek further down until we arrive all the way down to Bare at the Tama Kosi Nadi, after the village we trek through the small trail just over a small pond. We choose this trail because it is nicer to walk and leads through the countryside rather than trekking through the dirt trail. This trail saves more time as within few hours we will reach Barle, a small town with market are and restaurants. We can stop here for lunch; we can have “daal bhaat” here in a restaurant. After lunch we cross a suspension bridge and continue trekking along the road going up, we pass a small stream and join the trail along the rice fields that ascend steeply. Continuing to trek after few hours we will reach a spread out village known as Laduk, our final destination for the day. The village is inhabited Chettris, Newars and Tamangs. Once we reach the village we find a suitable campsite where we will camp our tents and rest the night.
- Day 6: Laduk to Bigu Gompa (2,500m/8,202ft) 8hrs trek
Today is a long as well as a challenging trek day; we begin to trek early right after having breakfast. Leaving the village behind, we follow the same trail along the terrace fields and soon entering the forest. After few minutes we will we climb further higher following the river below us, we then arrive at a Y-junction from where we choose the left trail that goes down. The trail passes stupas and enters a small settlement of Soysan, right after the village the trail goes further down to another small river. After crossing the river we gradually ascend passing a small school in a village called Charsapa, we trek through a rough landscape and along with views of snowcapped mountains. We pass the village of Chilankha and Loting, from Lhoting we descend down to the Singati Khola and as we cross the river we begin to ascend towards Bigu Gompa. Along the trail we will pass the village of Alampu, several stupas and mani walls till we reach our destination. After we reach Bigu Gompa we camp our tents here for the night.
- Day 7: Bigu Gompa to durumthali (2,505m/8,218ft) [via Tinsang La (3,310m/10,859ft)] 9hrs trek
Today is another long trek day; after having an early breakfast we rejoin the trail. Leaving Bingu Gompa the trail begins to descend through forest, after an hour of trekking we will reach a bridge and once we cross the bridge we trek to a dirt road from where we begin climb. The dirt trail leads straight up to the pass but there are many shortcuts away from the dirt road, we will be taking these shortcuts to the pass. Along the trail you can observe changes in landscapes as we will be trekking through bamboo forest, then more grassy and rocky landscapes, and finally through rhododendron and pine forests. As we trek higher we will be offered with view of Himalayan peaks (Gaurishankar, Mt Chekigo and Mt Bamogo). Few more hours of trekking will take us to the top of the pass, from here you will not get to see the views of the mountain but you can clearly see the valley that we are about to enter. After the pass, we descend down crossing the road several times, few more hours of trekking will take us to the village Dolangsa. In Dolangsa, if you want we can visit a monastery here, after the village we go further down through agricultural fields until we reach a stream. We have to cross the stream by hopping through stones and once we cross the stream, we enter the road again. Following the road we pass another village known as Photeng and continuing to descend we finally reach the village of Durumthali. It is a small village with few lodges and a bus stop. We will stay the night here.
- Day 8: Durumthali to Barabise (870m/2,854ft) 3hrs trek/ Barabise to Kathmandu 4hrs drive
Today is the last day of our trek; we have an early breakfast and begin to descend. We gradually trek along until when we are about to reach Barabise the trail gets steeper while we descend. We will reach Barabise for lunch. Barabise is a market area, which has some lodges and restraunts and a bus stop, after having lunch we take a vehicle that will drive us to Kathmadnu. Once we reach Kathmnadu you will be transferred to your hotel and you can refresh, relax in the hotel or explore the evening time of Kathmnadu. We will accommodate the night here.
- Day 9: Spare day in Kathmandu
We will wake up late and have a good proper breakfast. You will have the whole day to yourselves to either rest in your hotel or explore Kathmandu valley. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.
- Day 10: Back home
Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.
- Max altitude: Tinsang La (3,310m/10,859ft)
- Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
- Accommodation in the best selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
- Beautiful views of Gaurushankar, Mt Chekigo, Mt Bamogo and more other snow capped peaks
- Experience warm hospitality and traditional culture of Rai, Sherpa, Newar and Chettri people
- Visit traditional, ancient Buddhist monasteries and many stupa’s
- Adventurous and challenging trek climbing steep hills and crossing several passes
Trek on a off the beaten track and through lush forests that are habitat to lots of species
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