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Gurja Himal: A Hidden Village Trail

TRIP INTRODUCTION

Gurja Himal a part of jaljalla areas lays in the west of Dhaulagiri range. This trek follows one of the most valuable route for providing trekking holidays the land of Hidden village to explore along with stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range with some exceptional close up of Gurja Himal south face. This destination includes 5 trekking routes. 5th trekking route offers the best overall view of the complete Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges that you will find in Nepal. This range contain different mountains peak including seventh highest mountain peak in world that is Dhaulagiri I.

Hidden  village indicates Gurja khani and it is one of the best hidden villages in the Nepal. It is awesome because it is so hidden and untouched. It is preserved natural beauty with various tenders and unexploited wild life, eastwards access to this village blocked by an impenetrable gorge; westward lays the high- altitude wilderness of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, and in northern ward  the majestic south face of Gurja Himal – 7 kms high, 10 kms horizontal from hidden village.  You can find your self back to the time when life used to depend on land because people still depend upon the generosity of nature and the resources fullness of the local availability.

To have a unique and adventurous trekking holidays experience in a hidden village is the best option to choose from with a expectation of exploring area which has not been fully discovered. To enjoy the encounter with local people and ensure that most of your expenditure goes to help those most in need and also to enjoy the close up view of great range of Dhaulagiri trekking to Gurja Himal  is better then any other option. People living here are from Tibeto-Mongolian ethic group of Nepal

They have their own distinct language. According to the local this village was established by there forefather some eight generation ago.

Trekking route to hidden village

Hidden village is best place for trekking. This site includes 4 trekking route which are as follows:

1. Baglung to Gurja khani via Gurjaghat and Gurja khani to Darbang via lulang

After reaching Baglung from pokhara though bus trek start. This trek include two passes, Gurja Ghat Deorali and Rugachaur and several minors one. It takes 8 -9 days to complete this trek.

1st day: Baglung to Okhle (7 hours crossing Raato maato, Dikichaur, kalimati, Bhim Pokhara, Sima, Majh Kateri and finally Okhle)
2nd day: Okhle to Tarakhola gaon or Phedi (6-7 hours crossing Sirkhu, Halpu, Waba, Bhat khane dhara and Tarakhola gaon)
3rd day: Phedi to Rum (5 hours)
4th day: Rum to Bonga Dobhan (7 hours crossing Pakhapani, lammela, Taman, bonga Dobhan).
5th day: Bonga Dobhan Gurja Ghat (8+hours Bonga khani followed by lamachaur to Gurja Ghat)
6th day: Gurja Ghat to Gurja khani vie Rugachaur pass (at 3900 m after 8 hours walk).
7th day: Gurja khani to lulang (8 hours) no habitation between lulang to Gurja khani except one teashop. Occasional snow on pass December to January but the pass is normally open.
8th day: lulang to Dharapani   (5-6 hours) following main trial heading northwest passing village of Takam, Sibang, Machim and phalegaon (2.45 hours) up to the large village of lulang (2.45 hours).
9th day: Dharapani to Pokhara-  (5 hours bus +1.45 hours trek)

Baglung to Gurja khani to tatopani via Gurjaghat and Lulang Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival TIA Katmandu (1310), welcome by Himalayan Nepal Trek staff than transfer to hotel on BB plan.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Katmandu valley Patan, Pasupathinath, Bauddhanath, Syambhunath n stay in hotel on BB plan.
Day 03: Drive to Baglung 7 hrs stay in hotel.
Day 04: Treks to Okhle 2310m-7 hrs, Homestay.
Day 05: Trek to Tarakhola gaon (local lodges) or Phedi (homestay) 2210m – 7 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Rum 1904m-7 hrs, home stay.
Day 07: Trek to Bonga Dobhan  1420m, -7 hrs lodges
Day 08: Trek to Gurja Ghat 3015m-8 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Gurja khani 3900m- 8 hrs Camping .
Day 10: Trek to lulang 2450m, 6 hrs homestay.
Day 11: Trek to Dharapani 2600m, 6.3 hrs, local lodges
Day 12: Trek to Tatopani (hot spring) camping – 6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Beni 5hrs and drive to pokhara stay in hotel
Day 14: Tour in pokhara valley whole day.
Day 15: Drive to Katmandu stay in hotel
Day 16: Transfer to airport for final departure.

2. Gurja khani to Darbang via dhorpatan.

Routes two include two passes, Rugachaur and jaljalla. It takes 3-4 days.  We can have views of western Dhaulagiri.

1st day: Gurja khani to Gurja Ghat (8-9 hours).
2nd day: Gurja Ghat to lumsung (7 hours).
3rd day: this follows days one and two route to reveres direction Darbang can be easily reached in one day from lumsung.

Darbang to Gurjakhani to tatopani via dhorpatan Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival TIA Katmandu (1310), welcome by Himalayan Nepal Trek staff than transfer to hotel on BB plan.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Katmandu valley Patan, Pasupathinath, Bauddhanath, Syambhunath n stay in hotel on BB plan.
Day 03: Katmandu to Pokhara 7 hrs, stay in hotel.
Day 04: Pokhara- Dharapani 2600m (5 hours bus +1.45 hours trek), stay in local lodge.
Day 05: Dharapani to Lulang 2450m (5-6 hours) homesaty.
Day 06: Lulang to Gurjakhani 3900m (8 hours) camping.
Day 07: Gurjakhani to Gurjaghat 3015m (8-9 hours) lodge.
Day 08: Gurgaghat to Dhorpatan 2870m, Dhorpatan to Gurjaghat 3015m (8 hours) lodge.
Day 09: Gurjaghat to Lulang 2450m, 6 hrs homestay.
Day 10: Lulang to Dharapani 2600m, 6.3 hrs, local lodges
Day 11: Dharapani to Tatopani (hot spring) camping – 6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Beni 5hrs and drive to pokhara stay in hotel
Day 13: Tour in pokhara valley whole day.
Day 14: Drive to Katmandu stay in hotel
Day 15: Transfer to airport for final departure.

3. Gurja khani to Darbang via the Dhaula canyon.

This route doesn’t have very high pass but a vertiginous descent. This route takes 3 days to complete.

1st day: Gurja khani to lower Arche (8 hours).
2nd day: Arche to Sibang (5-6 hours following trial around a precipitous cliff).
3rd day: Sibang to Darbang (4 hours this is same as day one and day two of route one in the reveres direction.)

Darbang to Gurjakhani to tatopani via dhaula canyon Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival TIA Katmandu (1310), welcome by Himalayan Nepal Trek staff than transfer to hotel on BB plan.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Katmandu valley Patan, Pasupathinath, Bauddhanath, Syambhunath n stay in hotel on BB plan.
Day 03: Katmandu to Pokhara 7 hrs, stay in hotel.
Day 04: Pokhara- Dharapani 2600m (5 hours bus +1.45 hours trek), stay in local lodge.
Day 05: Dharapani to Lulang 2450m (5-6 hours) homesaty.
Day 06: Lulang to Gurjakhani 3900m (8 hours) camping.
Day 07: Gurjakhani to lower Arche 1820m (8 hours) homestay.
Day 08: Arche to Sibang 1680m (5-6 hours) local lodge.
Day 09: Sibang to Darbang 1560m (4 hours) local lodge.
Day 10: Darbang to Tatopani (hot spring) 6 hrs, stay in hotel.
Day 11: Trek to Beni 5hrs and drive to Pokhara stay in hotel
Day 12: Tour in pokhara valley whole day.
Day 13: Drive to Katmandu stay in hotel
Day 14: Transfer to airport for final departure.

4. Mini trek Baglung to Tatopani

This small 2 days mini trek it include one pass Dhamja pass. The panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges during the descent on day two are among the best in Nepal.

1st day:  Baglung to Okhle (7 hours).
2nd day: Okhle to Tatopani (4 hours).

Baglung to tatopani mini trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival TIA Katmandu (1310), welcome by Himalayan Nepal Trek staff than transfer to hotel on BB plan.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Katmandu valley Patan, Pasupathinath, Bauddhanath, Syambhunath n stay in hotel on BB plan.
Day 03: Drive to Baglung 7 hrs, stay in hotel.
Day 04: Treks to Okhle 2310m-7 hrs, Homestay.
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani 890m- 4hrs, stay in hotel.
Day 06: Trek to Beni 5hrs and drive to Pokhara stay in hotel
Day 07: Tour in pokhara valley whole day.
Day 08: Drive to Katmandu stay in hotel
Day 09: Transfer to airport for final departure.

Trekking  to Gurja Himal  Activities – Itinerary

Day01: Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and briefly describes about the trekking plans.
Day02: Guided Sightseeing tours in Kathmanbdu valley. Visit Boudhanath temple, Pasupatinath and many heritage places.
Day03: Drive early morning Kathmandu to Baglung by Bus.
Day04: Trek Baglung to Okhle 2310 Mtr. 7 hrs.
Day05: Trek Okhle to Tarakholagaon-Tarakholagaon Phedi 2210 Mtr.7 Hrs
Day06: Trek Phedi to Rum 1904 Mtr.5 hrs.
Day07: Trek Rum to BongaDobhan 1420 Mtr.7 hrs.
Day08: Trek BongaDobhan-Gurjaghat Pass- Gurjaghat 3380 Mtr.8 Hrs.
Day09: Trek Gurjaghat- Rugachaur-Rugachaur Pass Gurjakhani Pass 3850 Mtr.8 Hrs.
Day10: Trek Gurjakhani to Lower Arche 1820 Mtr 8 hrs.
Day11: Trek Lower Arche to Sibang 1680 Mtr.6 hrs.
Day12: Trek Sibang to Darbang 1070 Mtr.4 hrs.
Day13: Trek Darbang to Pokhara 820 Mtr 7 Hours By bus.
Day14: Trek Pokhara Guided sightseeing.
Day15: Trek Drive to Kathmandu. Or extend you stay visiting other Tourist places.
Day16: leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Fly back to your home

Trip Cost: US$ ….00 per Person in on Twin Sharing Basis

Extra: Optional (if fly): Kathmandu- suketar- Kathmandu both way flight ticket

Cost Includes:
4 night’s  hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast, Trekking Permit ,TIMS , Meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, dinner during the trek best available restaurant, One experience trekking guide 1 porter for 2 trekker, Life, Medical Insurance for Guide & Porter,  All accommodation during the trek best available hotel/guesthouses, Our service charge

Cost Excludes:
Personal equipment for trekking, Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal, Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,  Emergency Rescue evacuation during the trek incase needed, Personal expenses, Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter, Bar bills, Beverage and mineral water during the trek, The cost not mentioned in cost includes

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