Gauri Shankar Trek

12th year anniversary
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This remote and relatively un-trekked region is ideal for the one who is looking for something unique. There are still not so many tourists , you will see himalayan culture , untouched villages and dramatic mountain views. You stroll through sparsely populated areas near the Tibetan border , you catch a glimpse of Sherpa Buddhism at Bigu Gompa , you will walk through rhododendron forests , there are long stretches of jungle , alpine meadows and always the stunning views of Mount Gauri Shankar as the backdrop.
The region is rich in water resources and is catchment of the rivers : Khimti , Bhotekosi , Sunkhosi and Tamakhosi which are source for some major hydro-power projects in the country.
The region is also famous for the many water-falls and glacial lakes , particularly the Tsho Rolpa Tal.
The region is home to several ethnic groups namely Tamang , Sherpa , Thangmi , Chhetri , Brahmin, Newar , Jirel , Gurung , Magar , Kami , Damai and Sarki. Many of these groups speak their own language and follow different beliefs. Hinduism , Buddhism and Shamanism/ Animism are practiced by this mosaic of ethnic groups. To a large extent , the historical importance of the region as lying along the famous trade routes has contributed to the current ethnic diversity. Agriculture is the mainstay of the majority of the population.
The region has a rich biological diversity as well. The diverse habitats range from sub-tropical Chirpine forest to moist alpine scrubs. There are some endangered specious found such as snow leopard , red panda , grey wolf , musk deer and burmese rock python.

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu , transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 : Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Transfer from Kathmandu to Barabise by road.

Trekking from Barabise to Karthali. We leave Kathmandu after an early breakfast and follow the road to Bhaktapur over the recently opened Highway and continue our journey over the Arniko Highway to Dulikhel and Dolalghat ( here is the crossing with the road to Jiri ). Then we drive the last fifteen minutes or so to Barabise , the starting point of our Gaurishankar-trekking. The Arniko Highway continues all the way to Tibet. After having lunch we start climbing to our first camp in Karthali ( 1650 m ). The trail starts in the middle of the village and we ascent steeply on a stone staircase to Parati. We pass through Gurung and Tamang villages.We see many terraces with rice and millet. Bougainville and Turkish cap are blooming. We encounter a lot of children and are greeted by their: Namaste. Parati is the highest point of today and we have a nice view on the Arniko Highway and the Sunkhosi Madi river. From Parati we contour to our destination Karthali. The village is nicely situated amidst cultivated terraces.

Up : 780 meters , Down : 15 meters.

Walking : 3 hours.

Day 4 : Trekking from Karthali to Dolangsa.

We climb to an altitude of about 1800 meters to a very old Shiva temple. The trail leads us through agricultural fields , along narrow paths. We continue over a dirt road and all of a sudden we turn left and ascent through the fields and climb from one terrace to another. Mani-walls and chortens are scattered in the fields. The trail goes on through the jungle and we reach the village of Photeng ( 2255 m ). Here we take our lunch. The trail continues over narrow paths again and we have to cross a river. Waterfalls are everywhere. We arrive in Dolangsa , it is an attractive village. We pass the school and keep on climbing , cross a side-river on a wooden bridge. More mani-walls , chortens and prayer flags are to be seen. Today we camp above the big Gompa on an altitude of 2500 meters. In the afternoon we can visit the Gompa.

Up : 970 meters , Down : 120 meters.

Walking : 6 hours.

Day 5 : Trekking from Dolangsa to Bigu Gompa crossing the Tingsang-La ( 3200 meters ).

We leave our camp and climb steeply on a trail forested with rhododendron and pine. We pass a few big Kharka's at the altitudes of 2800 meters and 2900 meters.The trail continues through a big landslide , the route is marked by cairns. Looking up we can see the Tinsang-La through flocks of clouds. From the Tinsang-La we have a good view back into the valley we came from. We descend to the small village of Tewa ( 3150 m ) to have lunch. After lunch the trail drops very steeply through the jungle to an altitude of 2100 meters. The region is very remote and we only hear the sound of birds. The last stretch of today is to Bigu Gompa. The trail is heading up through the jungle and pen spaces to our camp on an altitude of about 2465 meters. Bigu Gompa is a very nice Gompa only for women.

Up : 1060 meters , Down : 1100 meters.

Walking : 8.45 hours.

Day 6 : Trekking from Bigu Gompa to Loting.

Today we have enough time to bring a visit to the Gompa. It is a big nunnery with about 60 nuns living there. Everything is well kept and very clean. It is worth spending some time here. The trail starts winding through cultivated area and then drops down to Alampu and the Syakhu Khola. We get a glimpse of the mountain Sumir Parbat ( it has a snow capped summit and people say there is a lake nearby ). After crossing some small side-rivers on wooden bridges we follow the riverbank and soon we arrive at Loting. We have an unexpected encounter with Languur monkeys. After lunch there is plenty of time to enjoy the village life in this nice Hindu place. We pitch tent in Loting.

Up : 170 meters , Down : 890 meters.

walking : 4 hours.

Day 7 : Trekking from Loting to Laduk.

Today the trail levels between 1800 and 2000 meters. It is a pleasent and easy walk past many streams , terraces with rice , millet and corn , jungle , chortens , maniwalls , prayer flags. The trail is rocky in places , but grassy as well and leads us to Chitri. We cross a small river on a swaying suspencion bridge and enter a stretch of jungle with the ear deafening noise of many cicades. Before we round the corner we have a last view on Bigu Gompa , very far away. Our camp for the night at Laduk.

Up : 735 meters , Down : 460 meters.

Walking : 6 hours.

Day 8 : Trekking from Laduk to Orang Dandu.

We follow the trail forested with pine. After about 15 minutes we have a great view of Gaurishankar , the trail continues to Bulung Khadi and contours across fields , the trail traverses high above the village of Yarsa and crosses a few small streams. Soon we reach our camp site in Orang Danda. After lunch there is a possibility to go for a walk through the fields and the jungle to a ridge , some 600 meters higher. Enjoy life in the village and go for a cup of tea in one of the many houses. Besides tea , people offer you boiled potatoes with hot chili ! The walk will cost you about three hours.

Up : 265 meters , Down : 305 hours.

Walking : 3 hours.

Day 9 : Trekking from Orang Dandu to Gongar Khola.

The first part of the trail today goes a little bit up and down through terraces with millet , chortens , mani walls ; there are many side rivers to cross , we pass some stretches through the jungle. We climb to Thadi (2080 meters),aChherti village. Then the trail drops down , in places rather steep , to a tiny Shiva shrine. The trail keeps on descending ; again we cross some side rivers on wooden bridges and a suspencion bridge , there are huge waterfalls. The last part to Gongar Khola goes steep down to an altitude of 1400 meters. There is a dam being made by Japanese workmen to stabilise the Rolwaling Khola. There is no good place to camp , so tonight we will stay in a hotel in Gongar Khola.

Up : 340 meters , Down : 1050 meters.

Walking : 4.30 hours.

Day 10 : Trekking from Gongarkhola to Simigoan.

We follow the dirt road upstream the roaring Tama Koshi Nadi to the village of Chethnet. The road is under construction and leads to the border with Tibet. We hear and see huge waterfalls , we can even feel the damp coming from them. Gabions ( wire cages filled with rocks ) are everywhere to stabilise the riverbanks. We cross the river on a long , swaying suspension bridge and immediate the trail climbs steep through the jungle on a stone staircase ; the first part has a railing alomg the trail ! After a steady climb of 400 meters we reach the first houses and are welcomed by smiling children. The trail continues and keeps on climbing from terrace to terrace. Some parts are garnished with crops of stinging nettles. We come across chortens, mani walls , prayer flags spread out in the fields. It is a cultivated area. After another 300 meters climbing we arrive at the monastery of Simigoan situated on a ridge top. The village of Simigoan is nestled in an amphi-theatre shaped landscape. There are several places to camp. After lunch there is the possibility to go for a walk through the village or visit the monastery. In october the local people are very busy harvesting the crops. The small fields are ploughed by oxen. It is hard work for them. From Simigoan there is a good view on the mountains Gongar and Lamabogar and you can see the mountains in the Rolwaling Valley.

Up : 755 meters , Down : 75 meters.

Walking : 4 hours.

Day 11 : Trekking from Simigoan to Kelje.

Today's trail leads us through a breath-taking jungle as in a fairy-tale ! The trail is interlaced with tree roots , we pass moss-grown trees and stones. There are many side streams to cross on wooden bridges or just a crossing made of boards. Birds sing there attractive songs. The trail is forested with mixed woods and blue pine and follows the Rolwaling Khola ,the sound of water is always there. The valley is narrow in places ; the climb to Kelje seems endless. There is nice place to camp in Kelje ( a one-house-village) , owned by a hospitable family.

Up : 1050 meters , Down : 230 meters.

Day 12 : Trekking from Kelje to Beding

We continue the trail up and down to Don Kang. Just before the settlement we cross a side-river with a huge waterfall. In Dong Kang there are campsites as well. We choose for Kelje , because of the quiet atmosphere. The scenary all the way to Beding is outstanding : many side -streams to cross , rododendron , blue pine , mixed forest , stunning views. Gaurishankar feels very near. People thought for a long time this was the highest mountain of Nepal , because it was the most distinct mountain one could see from Kathmandu. After two hours or so we cross the Rolwaling Khola on a suspension bridge. We pass through an abundance of ferns. A little bit further on is the junction to the Daldung-La. We continue upstream through the forest. Languur monkeys can be seen ; white capped river chats dominate the river ; beehives are situated just under the rocks. We ascend to the village of Nyamare and in the end we leave the jungle behind us and head for Beding.
Beding is the capital of the Rolwaling Valley and is inhabited by Sherpa's. Here is the Hillary Mountain school , a monastery in the village and a small monastery a mere 220 meters up. The climb to this tiny monastery is a must ! The trail is rarely used and you have to find your own way , but the views from here are excellent. We encounter our first Yaks in Beding. There are many places to camp.

Up : 1050 meters , Down : 110 meters.

Walking : 6 hours.

Day 13 : Trekking from Beding to Na.

We have a pleasant walk today to Na , the summer settlement of the Beding villagers. The trail involves more climbing , but not so steep as the days before. We follow the Rolwaling Khola upstream and the trail gets more exposed and emerges on alpine terrain. Edelweiss , gentianes , azalea's are to be seen. We meet more yaks and local people heading for Beding. About 30 minutes before the village of Na is on the left handside the huge rock called Guru Rinpoche Rock , in bright colours. Some 150 meters up nestled in the mountains is a small monastery. From here you have stunning views on the Chekigo ( 6257 m ) and the Kang Nachugo ( 6737 m ). Na is a large village with many houses and a lot of places to camp. There is a monastery in the village as well. At the end of the Na Valley you see the Chobutse Peak rising from the morenes of Tso Rolpa Lake. Yalung-Ri can be seen from Na.

Up : 490 meters , Down : 45 meters

Walking :3 hours.

Day 14 : Dayhike to Tso Rolpa Tal fom Na.

After leaving Na we cross the Rolwaling Khola and stroll through alpine terrain , the trail ascends gradually. The last part to Tso Rolpa Tal climbs steep on a stone staircase. Then we are eye in eye with the glacial lake Tso Rolpa. Many cairns are placed around the lake ( 4500 meters ). The view is superb. Nowadays there is a dam to regulate the glacial water. The trail continues to Kabuk and over the Tashi Labtsa to Namche Bazaar. A small stream has some clear pools alongside the trail to Kabuk. After having our lunch we descend to Na and enjoy a pleasant afternoon.

Up and Down : 520 meters.

walking : 6 hours.

Day 15 : Trekking from Na to Kelje

We descend on the same trail as we came. From alpine terrain we enter the jungle.

Up : 195 meter , Down : 1465 meter.

Walking : 7 hours.

Day 16 : trekking from Kelje to Simigoan.

We descend through dense jungle. Now and then there is a steep , short climb. If the weather is clear we can still see the Gaurishankar. We sleep in a guesthouse near the gompa. The same place as a few days ago.

Up : 230 meter , down 1000 meter.

Walking : 4 hours.

Day 17 : trekking from Simigoan to Singali-Bazaar , passing Jagat.

We descend through fields full of millet , chortens , mani-walls and houses to the Rolwaling Khola to arrive in Chhetchnet over a swingbridge. From here we walk on the dirt road to Ghonkar and Jagat to arrive at 10.00 . Jagat is a nice village with a few lodges, but it is too early to stay. After tea and lunch we continue to Singali-Bazaar. We walk all the way on a dirtroad, passing many waterfalls. We even have to walk through a waterfall. A welcome shower on the hot road. We see rice fields, butterflies , children going home after school. These is a checkpost in Singali-Bazaar. At the end of the village there is a “hotel” , not really nice , but we have no choice. Route : Simi , Chhetchnet, Gonggar , Jagat , Manthali , Suri Dobhan , Singati – Bazaar.

Up : 280 meter , down 1245 meter.

Walking 8 hours.

Day 18 : from Singati-Bazaar to Kathmandu by road.

Singali-Bazaar , Charikot, Makaibari , Kathmandu // more than 8 hours. The first part to Dolakha is a very bad road (in 2011 ). We had lunch in Dolalghat. The road follows the Sun Khosi.

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 20: final departure, transfer to airport.

  • All transfer in a Non Air conditioned private vehicle
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel (tourist class) on BB basis
  • Trekking on organized camping basis
  • 3 meal during trek, sleeping tent, dining & toilet tent.
  • All kitchen utensils & other equipments
  • National park fees & TIMS fee
  • One English speaking guide (Sirdar)
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 members) one porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • 1 Sherpa (assistant guide) for every 4 members
  • Daily wages of Nepali staffs, meal and accommodation
  • Insurance of guide & porter
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Laundry, telephone calls, emergency evacuation if required, Donation, tips
  • All personal nature expenses

Please note: Clients are suggested to give maximum of 10 Kg. of personal luggage to the porter. Also, please note that on the domestic flight you are only allowed to carry your luggage of 10 Kg and 5 Kg as a hand carry.

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