Trekking & Hiking
BiguCompa trek is one of the most affected trekking routes in Nepal after the earthquake on April 25 of 2015. The Bigu village and BiguGompa monastery were completely damaged and many houses were damaged in the area after the earthquake. However, the local people have rebuilt the village. With the help from local people, government, and volunteers who come to the Bigu village as trekkers the village is getting back on its feet and becoming better than ever before. On your way to the trek, you will be spending time at local homestays and hotels where you can know about the culture of local Tamangs and Sherpas.
This trek will be more of a cultural trek rather than a touristic trek which lies in the east north region along the Rolwaling valley trek of Nepal. Besides it being a cultural trek, there are also options for rafting and cycling for more sporting trekkers on the way. The name and fame of the place BiguCompa is after a famous Buddhist Monastery Bigu. It is a female Buddhism school and monastery that you can visit. You can even spend some days there as a volunteer with the nuns to get a closer look at the people in that place.
You will be walking along with the Tamang, Sherpa, Brahmins, and Chhetri villages along with lush green forests on your trek starting from Jiri to Putchar. The climate and environment would vary on moving from Kathmandu to Jiri to Putchar to reaching up to your last point. But the natural sceneries that you will see on the way, the people and their culture will make you forget about everything else. You will not be worried about the climate but will be left in awe. Going to the Bigu Trek and spending some days there visiting Buddhist Stupas, homestays, and the monastery you might get the feeling as if you are a Buddhist so you’ll be gaining a new experience to cherish for the lifetime. Chances are you might want to come back to this place one more time after your first experience.
Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal,
Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA
who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors.
Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore BoudhanathStupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and SwayambhunathStupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city.
Going to Jiri from Kathmandy by drive is an almost 200 km journey via the Aranika Highway and LamosaghuRamechhapMarga. It will take around 6 to 8 hours to complete the journey by drive. You will be seeing beautiful natural sceneries along with the small villages beside the road. Jiri is also known as Switzerland of Nepal. The unique climate and the clean and fresh environment will welcome you on this journey. This welcoming environment is likely to help you rejuvenate for the coming trek.
This will be the first day when your journey starts on feet. When everything will start moving slowly and you can take time to absorb everything around you. There are lush forests with a lot of species and bird watching can be another fascinating thing for people who love bird watching. There will be people from Buddhist and Hindu culture on this way and since these villages get very few tourist you are likely to get a warm welcome from them.
Early in the morning after breakfast we will descend through the forest to KaichapaKhola and after crossing it we’ll start climbing through the forest. There’s a small village on the way. After passing it we will get to Tama Koshiriver and there is also a small pond aside. Going to Barle; we will reach a small town with market and resturants to stop and have lunch. After lunch we’ll pass through a suspension bridge and continue trekking with streams and rice fields on the way. After passing the streams we shall reach a village inhabited by chettris, newars and Tamangs and that is where we will camp our tents or stay at a homestay to rest the night.
As we leave the village behind early in the morning after having our breakfast, you’ll know that this is going to a challenging and long trek day. Through the rice fields we will be entering the forests and pass through rivers, stupas and enter a small settlement of Soysan. There’s again another river which we’ll cross to pass a small school in a village called Charsapa. We shall see snowcapped mountains on the way and pass Loting to descend down to Singatikhola. As we cross the river our ascending towards BiguGompa starts. We will pass village of Alampu with several stupas and mini walls to finally reach to BiguGompa and camp there for the night.
It would not be that hard for you to spend your day around BiguGompa because there are stupas, monasteries and the nun school BiguGompa. Since the school and monastery welcome tourists to work as volunteers there always you can spend the day working in the monastery. You shall get to know Buddhist people, culture, about the monasteries and the experience from the old monks and nuns. Everyone will be happy to share their story to you. You might just sit down with someone to hear their story and might end up having a conversation for hours. Besides the hospital people there monuments and natural sceneries will make you feel like the day passed in the blink of an eye.
After the fun day at BiguGompa with enough rest you will be ready for another long trek day to rejoin the trail. The trek shall begin with descending through the forest to reach a bridge and after crossing it we shall trek to a dirt road. We will take shortcuts away from the dirt road while observing changes in landscapes. We will be going bamboo forest, grassy and rocky landscapes and through Rhododendron and pine forests. As we move higher we will be welcomed with the view of mountain peaks like Gaurishankar, Mt Chekigo and Mt Bamogo. A few more hours trekking and we will start seeing the valley we are about to enter to reach Dolangsa village. There’s another monastery in Dolangsa there with agricultural fields and streams. By hopping through the stones to cross the stream we will enter the road again. We will pass another village Photeng and continue descending until we reach Durumthali village which has a few lodges and bus top to spend the night.
This will be the last day of our tiring trek as we begin descending after having our breakfast. We trek until we reach Barabise for lunch. It’s a market area with some lodges, resturants and a bus stop. After having our lunch in Barabise we will take a vehicle to go to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel to get refreshed and relax. You can even go out in the evening to explore the night life in Kathmandu if you are hungry for more. We will accommodate the night here.
The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you have collected on the BiguGompa Trek over the past ten days. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer!
Today’s breakfast is included.
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1. Domestic Flight
Domestic flights in Nepal are often affected by weather conditions and congestion which may cause delays, sometimes even for several days. We request you to ensure that you have planned for spare days to account for moderate delays, but can't guarantee against longer delays which can even affect your international flight.
2. A typical Trekking hours per day
A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, instead of any Western time schedule. You’ll be walking 5-6 hrs each day on an average.
3. Health Issues
We recommend you to consult the doctor to discuss the health issues associated with your trek. We also suggest you to bring your own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive. Although, the first aid kit is carried by the Trek Leader.
4. Altitude Sickness
Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you must give your body the time to acclimatize. If you ascend faster than your body can adapt then you will likely start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Headache is the most common symptom, while nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances are some others.
The best way to adapt to higher altitude is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common method is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m. If traveling to above this height remember to have extra acclimatization days.
5. Safety and security
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety:
We recommend you to have an appropriate insurance policy which covers travel in such isolated and mountainous areas, and also includes helicopter rescue from a trusted agency. We recommend you to do a good research and find a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist.
7. Recommended Equipment
We will run our booked trips under normal situations. There is an opportunity to go for the trip even if other hikers cancel at the end moment. We will not cancel the entire trip even if there is a fewer number of people. Please note that we cannot carry on the trip if there is a political riot, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemic or catastrophes, etc.
You will be provided continental food which you can choose from the menu. Every vegetable served in the tea houses is nearby shaped. Such type of foods is organic and good for your health. If you love non-veg, you need to make sure whether the meat is fresh or not.
Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trail. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But in case of an emergency you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby.
You can find various ways to access the web. If you have purchased a SIM card, you will be able to use data to access the internet. However, the network connection for both communication and internet access might not be consistently good. As you progress higher, the connection may get weak. You will be able to get Wi-Fi service from the tea houses, but please expect to be charged for this.
Trekking needs few days of walking that is continuous. You may find it difficult and boring at some times. Sometimes, you also need to fight with the high altitude. Trekking is not exhausting if you are reasonably fit. We design our trek to make your journey comfortable.