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Gurja Himal Trek
Gurja Himal Trek
Gurja Himal Trek

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Gurja Himal Trek

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Country
Nepal

Duration
16 days

Maximum altitude
3900 m

Activity
Trekking

Difficulty
Moderate/Difficult

Best Season
September, October, November, December, February, March, April

Accomodation

Meals
Excluded

Start/End Point
Okhala (20310 m) / Beni (900 m)

Trek Highlights

Dhaulagiri I: 8172 meters, best views Rugachaur pass, Jaljalla pass, Gurjaghat pass, Mudi, Dansilek pass, and between Dharapani and Machim.

Dhaulagiri II: 7751 meters, best views Dhamja pass and Dansilek.

Dhaulagiri III: 7751 meters, best views Dhamja pass and Dansilek.

Dhaulagiri IV: 7661 meter, best views generally hidden by Gurja Himal

Dhaulagiri V: 7618 meter, best views jaljalla pass, Dhamja pass and Dansilek.

Dhaulagiri VI: 7268 meter, best views generally hidden by Gurja Himal.

Gurja Himal: 7193 meter, best views Gurja khani Deorali, between Dharapani and Machim; Rugachaur pass, jaljalla pass, Gurjaghat pass, Dansilek, Dhamja pass and tributaries along Dhaula canyon.

Churen Himal: 7372 meter, best views Rugachaur pass, jaljalla pass, Gurja Deorali and Gurjaghat pass.

Pyutha Hiunchuli: 7246 meter, best views Rugachaur pass, jaljalla pass, Gurjaghat pass and Dhamja pass.

Trek Overview

Gurja Himal trek route offers spectacular mountain view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range. It is really Hidden jewelers in the Annapurna area. While the less tourist has been visiting Gurja Himal trekking trail. The trekking trail passes through the wild and beautiful Dhaula valley, the village nestles on a sunny shelf beneath the snows of the Dhaulagiri range. The hidden village is an undiscovered gem consequently. Hence it can experience to well-beaten routes with an encounter with local people and your expenditure goes to help those most innocent villagers. 

GURJA HIMAL TREK SUMMARY

Gurja Himal trek highlights are to a close-up view of 7th highest mountain Mount Dhaulagiri (8172 m). The dazzling white beautiful mountain Dhaulagiri(8172 m), Gurja Himal (7193 m) and Churen Himal (7371 m) mountain range. The Chhantyal village the most people of “Bishwakarma” subsist on farming and herding. They are view practice their traditional blacksmith skills. About the dress of theirs, the men wear thick wool jackets woven by women and felted to make them waterproof. While in summer season they ascend as high at 5,000 meters with their herds. In winter when snow falls in the village they descend to temporary dwellings in the lower valley Dhaula. The village is a labyrinth of narrow alley ways the houses so tight that the slates of one roof touch those of the opposite house. The older homes display intricately carved wooden windows for which Gurja Khani craftsmen are renowned.

Gurja Himal trek most pleasant village is Gurja Khani where can spend a few days for extra activities. Early morning can hike Gurja Himal view point. The trail continuous climbs gently up to an old apple orchard just lap of the Gurja Himal. The trail follow through the clusters of rhododendrons before the trail descend to Khegas a pleasant meadow and shepherds huts. After lunch can hike old copper mines , honey hunting area and bird watching. Gurja Himal Trek route can view typical local cultural dance performing by mothers group or youth club. In Gurja Khani has a several family run home stays. The owner has well training in hospitality and tourism.

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Outline Itinerary

1:

Arrival in Kathmandu

2:

Drive to Pokhara.

3:

Drive Pokhara to Darbang.

4:

Trek Dharapani to Lulang

5:

Trek Lulang to Gurjakhani

6:

Trek Gurjakhani to Rugachaur Pass

7:

Trek Rugachaur Pass Gurjaghat

8:

Explore Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

9:

Trek Gurja Ghat to Bonga Dobhan

10:

Trek Bonga Dobhan to Rum

11:

Trek Rum to Tarakhola Gaon

12:

Trek Tarakhola Gaon to Tatopani

13:

Drive Tatopani to Pokhara

14:

Extra day in Pokhara.

15:

Drive to Kathmandu

16:

Transfer to Kathmandu International airport

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Detailed Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. O/n at Kathmandu hotel

Kathmandu hotel
Orientation program
Kathmandu (1,350m)
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu
Included
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Drive to Pokhara. O/n at Pokhara hotel

Pokhara hotel
Driving (7hrs)
Breakfast
pokhara
Drive to Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara
Included
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Drive Pokhara to Darbang. Trek to Dharapani (1560m). O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/tent
Driving, Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dharapani (1560m)
Drive Pokhara to Darbang.
Drive Pokhara to Darbang.
Included
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Trek Dharapani to Lulang (2450 m). O/n at home stay/Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lulang (2450m)
Trek Dharapani to Lulang.
Trek Dharapani to Lulang.
Included
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Trek Lulang to Gurjakhani ( 2620 m). O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gurjakhani (2620m)
Trek Lulang to Gurjakhani
Trek Lulang to Gurjakhani
Included
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Trek Gurjakhani to Rugachaur Pass (3850 m) . O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rugachaur Pass(3850m)
Trek Gurjakhani to Rugachaur Pass
Trek Gurjakhani to Rugachaur Pass
Included
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Trek Rugachaur Pass Gurjaghat (3015m ) . O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Gurjaghat (3015m)
Trek Rugachaur Pass Gurjaghat
Trek Rugachaur Pass Gurjaghat
Included
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Explore Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Exploration
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
 Explore Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Explore Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Included
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Trek Gurja Ghat to Bonga Dobhan(1420 m). O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bonga Dobhan(1420m)
Trek Gurja Ghat to Bonga Dobhan
Trek Gurja Ghat to Bonga Dobhan
Included
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Trek Bonga Dobhan to Rum(1904 m). O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rum(1904m)
Trek Bonga Dobhan to Rum
Trek Bonga Dobhan to Rum
Included
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Trek Rum to Tarakhola Gaon(1800 m). O/n at home stay / Tent.

Homestay/Tent
Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tarakhola gaun
Trek Rum to Tarakhola Gaon
Trek Rum to Tarakhola Gaon
Included
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Trek Tarakhola Gaon to Tatopani (890 m). O/n at home stay / Tent.

Trekking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tatopani (890m)
Trek Tarakhola Gaon to Tatopani
Trek Tarakhola Gaon to Tatopani
Included
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Drive Tatopani to Pokhara. O/n at Pokhara hotel

pokhara Hotel
Driving
Breakfast
pokhara
Drive Tatopani to Pokhara
Drive Tatopani to Pokhara
Included
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Extra day in Pokhara. O/n at Pokhara hotel

Pokhara hotel
Rest day
Breakfast
pokhara
Extra day in Pokhara
Extra day in Pokhara
Included
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Drive to Kathmandu. O/n at Kathmandu hotel

Kathmandu hotel
Driving
Breakfast
kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu
Included
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Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for final departure

Departure
Breakfast
Home
Transfer to Kathmandu International airport
Transfer to Kathmandu International airport
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Trek FAQs

You don't need to carry all your stuff which is not required for trekking. You can be left at your hotel or Himalayan Smile Treks office in Kathmandu. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit but we do not store clients valuables in our office. Also the hotel you will provide locker their you can store your valuables things. After you come back from trekking, we handover your luggage and other stuff to you.

We assign one of our officers to look after you, who constantly stay in touch with you during your stay in Nepal. We give you his mobile number. Or you may directly contact to our office number also.

In fact you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.

If you're doing camping trek we offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Just let us know if you want vegetarian meals when you book your trek. But we can't fulfill every trekkers requirement(i.e., dietary requirements or special meals ). Also tea house trekking you will get vegetarian meal. Please tell about your trekking guide about details of your food allergy.

If your solo trekkers we will provide you on single room in tea house. In peak season (October, November, December , March, April) you have to share room with a member of the same sex but it is rarely.

You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package

Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m

To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks), If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness.

You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Himalaya trekking. The Himalayan Smile Treks advise to do trek who has with heart conditions, knee problems, severe asthma or pregnant should not participate in the trek. The Himalayan Smile Treks could not be responsible in Himalaya trekking due to the lack of the medical facilities any problems due to your special dietary requirements or medical condition

There is no government restriction on the age limit for the Nepal trekking. If the trekkers children under the age of 8 years old and adults over 70 years old. The Himalayan Smile Treks recommend to hire an extra porter(our package price including one porter for two people).

In our trek packages one porter is including for two people. The one porter can carry 20-25 kg your luggage( per person 12 KG). If you're interested to hire extra porter we will recommend to hire in Lukla for Everest base camp trek. The porter cost approximately USD 15. If you want to hire a porter then please let us know at the time you make your trek booking. After Lukla it is very difficult to get porter. if your hire porter above the Lukla or Namche bazaar the porter cost USD 20 to 30 but they cannot always be reliable.

As general rule, it is hot enough during the days to wear an open-neck shirt with shorts and you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets cold so, long trousers and a warm jersey is essential.

Please consult your local doctor and follow his advice. However, if you are taking any particular medicines, it would be best to bring them with you.

There are trekking shops at Thamel, in Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags and other equipments on reasonable price.

We will recommend you to rent or buy sleeping bags as low as -30 °C. This temperature is suitable for Everest base camp trekking(above 4000m). We will suggest to buy /rent sleeping bags and so you can try it out. Also you can rent /buy sleeping bag in Kathmandu trekking store.

If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, you should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.

Trekking areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, all most tea houses/ mountain lodges have telephone facilities. From there you can make international calls to your home and friends staying any part of the world.

Nepal is absolutely safe country to travel. Our staffs do take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in few trekking destinations. But today they have also come to peaceful political stream. So there is no more any fear and need to give donation for any party.

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for every two trekkers.

Our group size is minimum 2 and maximum 12 however we will start trek from One people. We can organize trek according to customer requested date.

In Everest region trekking we offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Around 5000 m trekking you don't need crampons but if you're going cross the high pass like Larkya la pass(5,235 m), Throng la Pass(5216 m) and Cho La Pass( 5,420 m) it is recommended. We will provide clean sleeping bag during the trekking.

Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also available hot water for shower. The hot shower is bucket shower(not running hot shower) except Namche bazaar. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version.

In tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. In tea house your will get vegetarian food. Also we will recommend to eat Vegetarian food. Also in tea house has western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants

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