Bigu Gompa Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major Attractionoldest Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal
  • Maximum Altitude2516 Meters
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

  • A delightful walk along with the rustic villages
  • Alluring views of Rolwaling Himalayas such as Melungtse, Mt Gaurishankar, and so on
  • Relish the beauty of Chortens, Mani walls, Prayer Flags, and many more
  • Explore around the stunning Bigu Gompa Monastery
  • Overwhelming hospitality of the Buddhist nuns

Bigu Gompa Trek is a beautiful trek that takes the trekker to the Bigu Gompa Monastery, located on the top hill of the Dolakha district. Trekking along the trail of Rolwaling Valley Trek up to the Bigu village, you will experience the lifestyle of the Tamang and Sherpa people. The magnificent views of Mt Gaurishankar, Melungtse, and many other mountains add excitement to your trek to Gompa.

Bigu Gompa is one of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal and is famous as the Nunnery school. Drukpa Rinpoche established the Gompa in the year 1931. An earthquake in 2015 demolished the Gompa and the village. However, it has reopened. Your visit to the Gompa will somewhat aid the locals' living. If you wish, you can ask the nuns to volunteer your trek to the Bigu village. Spending some quality time with them, you will appreciate their hospitality. Further, the chanting of mantras and the melodic sound of instruments provide a fascinating experience. Being a Buddhist pilgrimage destination, many people include this destination on the list of Monastery Tour in Nepal.

Apart from these, you can also join some recreational activities during this trek. The region is well known for recreational activities such as cycling and rafting. You can experience more adventure and thrill. The short walk to the Gompa commences after the long drive from Kathmandu to Sorung Khola. Passing through the beautiful rhododendron forest, charming villages, and narrow trails, we will finally reach Bigu Gompa. Strolling around the Gompa for a full day, the next day, follow the path back to Dolangsa. Further trekking from Dolangsa returns to Kathmandu via Barabishe. Interacting with the local sherpa and the nuns makes the trip reminiscing.

Despite the short trek to Bigu Gompa, you will feel happier throughout your journey because the serene ambiance of the Gompa is genuinely outstanding. Hence, if you are opting for the easy cultural trek in Nepal, then without any hesitation, join this Bigu Gompa Trek.

What to expect in the Bigu Gompa trek 

A significant addition to the Rolwaling Trek is one of the must-see paths. You can experience a  variety of scenery, numerous cultures, and charming settlements on the Bigu Gompa to Rolwaling  Trek. This Bigu Gompa to Rolwaling Trek is appropriate for hikers seeking a straightforward cultural trek, and many athletic hikers may choose to combine it with rafting and sport. While walking through Nepal's Rolwaling Valley, Bigu Gompa is a short, heavily cultural, and sparsely touristed stop. Bigu is the name of a well-known Buddhist temple. You will also spend a few days with nuns at a female Buddhist school and house as a volunteer traveler. 

A great adventure with the opportunity to climb the Pachermo, a gorgeous gazebo! The Rolwaling  Himal, at the foot of the Gaurishankar, is a genuine valley in remote Nepal. During your rigorous hike, you walk through rice and millet fields to the Na wild valley, where Sherpa communities meet snow-capped hills. Crossing the Tashi Lapsta allows access to the Khumbu Himal from wherever the views of Everest, the mountain summit, and Ama Dablam are spectacular. The nonmandatory ascent of Pachermo is the trek's high point. A fantastic introduction to mount within the chain in the wild. 

The Dudh Koshi in the east and the Bhote Koshi in the west encircle the Rolwaling Himal region. The preferred peaks in this area are the Holi Mountain Gauri Shankar, Numbur, and consequently the Mountain Melungtse, which is bright white. However, none of the peaks within  the height are higher than 8000 meters

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Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our team member will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. You will spend the night at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Full Day
  • 1320m

On this day, we will take you sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. We will mostly visit religious and historical places such as Pashupatinath temple, Syambhunath, Boudha Stupa, and Durbar Square. After seeing such beautiful sites, we will return to the hotel overnight. You will also get to interact with the trekking team here.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Full Day
  • 1320m

Today we will head towards Sorung Khola from Kathmandu. Though the journey from Kathmandu to Sorung Khola is quite lengthy, you will love the ethereal scenery on the way. We will stay overnight at Sorung Khola.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1300m

After the morning breakfast, we will start our trekking from Sorung Khola. Ascending uphill and trekking along with the remote villages and river valleys, we will reach the Bigu Gompa Monastery. On the way, we will cross various suspension bridges and see the numerous small Chortens and the Buddhist footprints. This Buddhist Monastery offers simple meals and accommodation for tourists.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2516m

Today we will stroll around the village and explore the Bigu Monastery. Interacting with the nuns in the monastery, you will get overwhelmed. Moreover, the warm hospitality of the locals makes your trek more exciting and memorable.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2516m

After enjoying the morning breakfast, we will head to Dolangsa village, crossing the Tingnasa Pass(3200m). The trail today offers spectacular views of various mountains, including Mt Gaurishankar. We will spend overnight at the teahouse or homestay. Staying at the homestay, we will get to taste the local food. Further doing conservation with them, you will get to know more about the culture and lifestyle of the locals.

  • Homestay
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Full Day
  • 2431m

Trekking along with the charming villages and paddy fields, we will reach Barabise. We will stop at Barabise for lunch. After lunch, we will take a drive to Kathmandu Valley. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1320m

It takes us a full day to travel to Kathmandu by local bus. To get to Kathmandu, the bus travel can take about 11 hours.        

    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • Free Day
    • 1320m

    We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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    Cost Details

    Includes

    • Airport Hotel-Airport picks up and drops by car/van depending on group size.
    • 2 Nights twin deluxe bedroom in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Government registered, well experienced, and friendly, helpful guide.
    • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
    • Tea, coffee, cookies, and fresh fruits during the trek.
    • All necessary camping equipment.
    • Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porter.
    • All ground transportation.
    • Necessary insurance for your guide and porters.
    • Conservation Area Permit and TIMS Cards.
    • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag.
    • All transportation, tourist service charges, vat, tax, and Office Service charge

    Excludes

    • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, Fanta, sprite, and mineral water.
    • Travel insurance, Nepal Tourist Visa fees, Items, and expenses of personal nature.
    • Sightseeing tour, lunch, and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Personal Trekking Equipment and rescue operation in case of an emergency.
    • Any costs arising due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, political trouble, strikes, etc.
    • Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge, and wifi services.
    • Tips for guide, porters, driver. (is expected)

    Dates & Price

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    Essential Info

    Accommodation and Food For Bigu Gumba Trek

    You will be provided with a bed and breakfast accommodations at a 3-star hotel (Value) in  Kathmandu and the best hotel, lodge, or guesthouse feasible while on the trek. Please read the material below for more details on accommodations for the tour. 

    In other words, the lodges at higher altitudes have a basic level of toilets, you will have to spend the night in a twin-sharing room, and you won't find an attached bathroom. The accommodation amenities of the lodge also decline as you ascend higher during the journey. 

    Your body requires energy because you are hiking close to mountains, which means you are trekking at a greater altitude. You will acquire that energy from the food you eat. The foods we give you are balanced regarding their carbohydrate, protein, and fat content. All three square meals— breakfast, lunch, and dinner—will include these. 

    Guide For Bigu Gumba Trek

    Our hiking guides have completed training in using the first aid equipment and dealing with altitude mountain sickness. They are also taught to care for hikers around-the-clock if they become ill while on the trail or experience altitude sickness. If you require emergency evacuation,  a helicopter will be made available. 

    Travel Insurance For Bigu Gumba Trek

    It would help if you had travel insurance because you will be trekking at the height of more than 3000 meters close to the mountains. Before traveling to Nepal and beginning your journey, you must make sure in your home nation. Please include a copy of your insurance card, and your insurance must cover all medical costs, helicopter evacuation from 5000 to 6000 meters above sea level, and other health-related fees. Give a copy of it to the TRAVEL MAX GUIDE, please. If you use the mountain above rescue operation, it will submit the information to the insurance provider. 

    Drinking Water for Bigu Gumba Trek

    When engaging in physical activity of any kind, staying hydrated is crucial. At altitude, consuming at least 3 to 4 liters of fluid per person per day is typically advised. We firmly advise against purchasing bottled water while on a hike, as this adds to the expanding issue of plastic pollution in Nepal's hiking regions. 

    If requested, all tea establishments will give cold water away without charge. Though this shouldn't be consumed untreated, we advise using water purifications. 

    If you don't want to buy water purifiers, the tea shops sell boiled water for about Rs150-300  per liter (the price rises as you go higher in the walk), which should not be treated. This is also ideal for a bedtime refill because it may function as a hot water bottle. 

    During a camping trip, boiled water is available for drinking. 

    Best Season for Bigu Gompa Trek

    When it comes to the best times of year to go trekking in Nepal, spring/fall and winter are suggested. During these periods, the trip was rampant in the esoteric wonders of nature and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. 

    You can choose any day from December to February to avoid the traffic. Additionally, it is said that during the winter, the area's low temperatures present difficulties for passengers. Apart from botanists, the monsoon or summer from June to August is frequently too wet for trekking in this region. 

    Physical fitness and Experience for Bigu Gumba Trek

    Walking at higher elevations is more physically demanding than walking at lower altitudes, but if we are in excellent health, are in average shape, have a positive outlook, feel good about ourselves,  and have a strong sense of resolve, we can complete the trek successfully. 

    We are frequently jogging for a few weeks before the trip is an excellent idea to increase our strength and stability. Although prior hiking experience would be a plus, no technical knowledge is required for this excursion. However, before making a decision and planning the mountain peak hike, we must have a consultation with our doctor. 

    Permits for Bigu Gompa Trek

    As part of the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, the Rolwaling is now protected. Therefore, your permits will be checked at Monjo as you pass the Tashi Labsta in the Sagarmatha National Park. The cost of a  trekking permit in the Gaurishankar and Lamabagar zones, as of August 2019, is US$10 per person per week. Plus, the NRs 3000 (foreigners), NRs 1000 (SAARC nationals), and NRs 100  (locals) per person entrance cost to the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (Nepali nationals). You should also have your Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. 

    What Should you pack for Bigu Gompa Trek? 

    The purpose of the gear is to keep you comfortable during the evenings and at night while keeping you warm, dry, and protected from the sun. The weights of your daypack and significant duffle bag should be between 8 and 10 kg and 15 kg, respectively. 

    Generally speaking, you should bring a good pair of trekking boots, thermal clothing, fleece or down jacket, a light wind cheater, trekking shorts and pants, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, a  duffel bag, a day pack, gloves, enough pairs of socks, sunglasses, a headlamp, woolen beanie hats,  water bottles, personal toiletries, technology, and books.

    Here is the list of equipment for the Bigu Gompa trek: 

    • T-shirts 
    • Fleece Vest 
    • Rain Jacket 
    • Down Jacket 
    • Thermal long-sleeved t-shirts 
    • Trekking Trousers 
    • Thermal Long Underwear 
    • Underwear 
    • Hiking Shorts 
    • Rain Pants
    • Packs & Bags 
    • Day Pack 
    • Sleeping bag
    • compression sack 
    • Hiking Boots 
    • Socks 
    • Camp Shoes
    • Miscellaneous Items 
    • Water Bottles 
    • Water purification drops
    • Sunscreen 
    • Lip Balm 
    • First Aid Kid 
    • Sunglasses 
    • Flashlight/ Head torch ∙ Travel towel 
    • Gloves 
    • Sun Hat 
    • Warm hat 
    • Trekking poles
    • Toiletries 
    • Mosquito Repellent 
    • Sanitizers 
    • Book/Journal

    FAQs

    • Q1. What are the best season for trekking to Bigu Gompa?

      Well, trekking to Bigu Gompa is possible throughout the year. Spring and Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in any part of Nepal. The weather remains moderate during this season. The clear skies offer captivating views of mountains. Further trekking to this reason during the spring season you will get to witness varieties of Rhododendrons and other wildflowers.

      If you love to trek during the cold season then winter is also not bad.  However, it is not recommended to trek for this reason during the monsoon season. During the monsoon season, the trails get slippery and landslides may occur. Therefore, in order to avoid such a natural disaster, it is better not to trek during the monsoon.

    • You will be served continental cuisine from which to chose. Every vegetable offered at tea shops is fashioned similarly. Such foods are organic and beneficial to your health. If you enjoy non-vegetarian foods, you should check to see if the meat is fresh.

    • Typically, your guide would encourage you to use the restroom in the tea houses before departing to avoid having to go along the trail. However, there may be a few houses along the trail that may let you use their restroom. However, if there are no houses nearby, you will have to trek into the wilderness in an emergency.

    • There are numerous ways to connect to the internet. You will be able to utilize data to access the internet if you have acquired a SIM card. However, the network connection for both communication and internet access may not be reliable on a constant basis. The connection may become weaker as you climb higher. You will be able to access Wi-Fi from the tea shops, but you will be charged for it.

    • Trekking necessitates a few days of steady walking. It may be challenging and tedious at times. You must sometimes contend with the high altitude. Trekking is not physically demanding if you are in good shape. Our expedition is designed to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

    • We will operate our scheduled trips as usual. Even if other hikers cancel at the last minute, there is still a chance to go on the trip. Even if there are fewer persons, we will not cancel the entire trip. Please keep in mind that we will be unable to continue the journey if there is a political riot, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics, or catastrophes, etc.

    • Bigu Gompa, located below Rolwaling Himal, is a rural uphill walk below 3500 meters height where visitors can experience local culture and enjoy spectacular mountain views. It is one of the greatest places to explore, despite the fact that it is not as well-known as Annapurna, making it a PERFECT area to spend time with locals.

    • Mid-September through November, post-monsoon/autumn. This is Nepal's main hiking season. Daytime temperatures in Kathmandu are generally above 20oC. The skies are frequently clear, and the days on the walk are sunny and temperate, with stunning vistas of the mountains. Although the days can be beautiful and sunny at the highest altitudes, temperatures can plummet to 10oC or below. The nights will be colder, with temperatures as low as minus 10oC at the highest mountains.

      March through May (pre-monsoon/spring). Temperatures will be warmer both throughout the day and at night, but haze will often form in the afternoons. The lowlands are quite hot, with temperatures reaching 35oC in Kathmandu. This is one of the reasons why flowers blossom during this season.

    Client Reviews

    • magnificent Bigu Gompa Monastery

      After the long drive from Kathmandu to Sorung Khola, the short trek to the Gompa begins. I had the opportunity to tour the magnificent Bigu Gompa Monastery. The short and delicious hike It was fantastic.

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      TurnerAustraliaDecember 01, 2021
    • enjoyable hike

      In November, we went on an 8-day trek to Bigu Gompa. A hike was enjoyable, as were the rustic settlements. Views of the Rolwaling Himalayas, including Melungtse, Mt Gaurishankar, and others. The brief but refreshing hike

      D
      DianeUnited KingdomAugust 05, 2021
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