Journey to the sacred Gauri Shankar Mountain (7134m) - meaning the goddess and her consort in Hindi. It is the second highest mountain in Rolwaling area after Melungtse (7181m) and is situated on the Tibetan border. Gauri Shankar is in the relatively less trekked and remote Rolwaling Himal and in the western part of the Rolwaling Himal, approximately 100 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu and lies between Kathmandu and Mt.Everest. It can be seen from Kathmandu.
The Gauri Shankar Himal trek is a great opportunity for those with a reasonable level of fitness and one that offers exquisite mountain views, amazing fauna and flora, and a trek that takes you into Tibetan Buddhist villages. The trek naturally offers stunning panoramas of Gauri Shankar (7134m.), Melungtse (7181m), Ramdung (5925m) and Pharchamo (6273m) and many more above 6000m. A real eye-opener of this trek is meeting the Sherpas and visiting their villages that are often adorned with prayer flags, chortens and other Buddhist decorations. The trail takes you to the glacial Tsho Rolpa Lake (4580m) and to the Rolwaling Glacier.
Gauri Shankar Himal Trekking follows trails through deep, and at times wide, valleys into rhododendron forests and through uniquely Tibetan villages with their monasteries, such as Bigu Gompa (2500m) a deeply religious village. You can expect to see an array of animals, such as musk deer, Himalayan bear and Thar. The ideal time to take this trek is in spring when the rhododendrons are exhibiting their pink blossoms, and before the heavy snows of winter.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking has been in business for more than 40 years and takes pride in having an excellent reputation for taking care of their clients.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Gauri Shankar Himal Trekking is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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