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Bigu Gompa Trekking Trail - 13 Days

Bigu Gompa Trekking Trail
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Trip FAQ 

Trip Highlights

  • Extremely next best drive from Kathmandu to Charikot.
  • Standout villages and well-brought-up villagers along the trails.
  • Beside wayfaring and exploring Rafting and Cycling can be done.
  • The uttermost mesmerizing Bigu Gompa chanted by nuns.
  • Chortens,Mani walls prayer flags and tuneful Buddhists song is top prize.
  • Whilst getting back cycling is incredibly hysterical.
  • Eventually,Kathmandu awaits for delectable dinner and enlightening program.    

Bigu Gumba route is appropriate for trekkers opting for an easy cultural trek, which can be combined with rafting and cycling for more sportive trekkers. The trek starts from Charikot after a day's bus ride from Kathmandu. It goes along the Tamang, Brahmines and Chhetries villages and lush green forests before terminating at Barhabise, a border town with Tibet. On the way you will pass the Bigu Gumba, a monastery with nuns only. On the way back, you can choose to raft, cycle, bus ride or combine the events. Rafting is available along the Bhotekoshi river from Barhabise to Dolalkhat. You can complete the remaining journey either on a bus or a bi-cycle. You could also choose to complete the entire or part of the return journey on bicycle.

Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport (T.I.A) and pick up by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square and rest of the time, preparation for trekking. O/N in hotel. (B)

Day 03: Depart pour Charikot (1950 m) to Dolakha (1900 m), avillage of Newar about 6 hrs bus drive and O/N in tent camp. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Dolakha - Piguti (1020 m) 5/6 hrs walk and O/N in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Piguti - Sarang Khola (1300 m) 5hrs of walk and O/N in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Sarang Khola - Bigu Gompa (2450 m) 6hrs of walk and O/N in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Bigu Gompa - Tingsang La (3300 m) 5hrs of walk and O/N in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 08: Tingsang - Karthali (1900m) 5hrs of walk and O/N near to a village. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Karthali - Arigal Danda - Barabise – Dhulikhel (1700m) 3hrs of walk, 2hrs30min bus drive and O/N near to a village. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Dhulikhel - Namo Boudha - Panauti (1500m) 6hrs of walk and camp on hill "Jogi danda". (B, L, D)

Day 11: Panauti – Lakuri Bhanjyang (2000m) 5hrs of walk and O/N in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Lakuri Bhanjyang Godawari – Kathmandu 2hrs of walk up to Godawari and 1hr drive by bus to Kathmandu and rest of the time for shopping (B)

Day 13: Final departure to the airport by our private vehicle. (B)

Cost Includes:

  • Transfer: Airport / Hotel pick up & drop by private car/van as per group size.
  • Fluent english speaking license holder sightseeing tour guide
  • Sightseeing tour guide fee
  • Sightseeing entrance fee
  • Transportation: Kathmandu/Charikot traveling by private reserve
  • Full board basis during the trekking in tent, camping equipment will be provided such as two-men tents, dining tent, foam mattresses, stools and all cooking and kitchen gear, meals will be prepared by our kitchen staff (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and coffee.), (Except beverage).
  • An Experienced & Professional Government license holder English speaking trained Trekking guide.
  • New Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) permit to the trekking region.
  • 4 nights in hotel Manaslu at Kathmandu or Similar category on a twin sharing bed and BB basis.
  • First aid kit will be available during the trek.
  • All personal gears and group equipment will be carried by porter i.e. (1 porter for 2 clients, one porter carry max 20 kg).
  • Staffs Insurance.

Cost Exclude:

  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu (Near about $US 10 – 15 per day/person)
  • Nepal entry Visa Fee (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal ’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • International Airfare and Airport Taxes.
  • Entrance fees in the Historical site /Monument at KTM.
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks or bar menu.
  • Personal trekking Equipment, travel and medical insurance & helicopter in case for emergency Rescue evacuation, personal expenses,
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as roadblock due to natural climates and accidents and unforeseen events etc…,
  • Tips and Gratitude.

Where is Nepal?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.

Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?

The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.

Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.

As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.

Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.

Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa? 

You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?

The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?

There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

How to Enter Nepal?

In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal? 

The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?

Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?

It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home
  • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel

What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.

What is the currency of Nepal?

Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?

Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What are health requirements to visit Nepal? 

Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?

The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.

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