Gurja Himal Trek

Trip Highlights

1.      Newly explored trekking destination.
2.      Panoramic view of Annapurna, Gurja Himal, Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. 
3.      Warm hospitality of Magar people.
4.      Walk through the lush greenery, wild valley, glacial streams and wild flora and fauna. 
5.      Trek to village of Gurja in Mid west Nepal.    
Gurja Himal Trek
Photo People resting at the Dhamja Pass with spectacular view of Himalayan Range in the backdrop.
Trip Duration: 13 days(s) / Trek Duration: 7 days(s)
Max Altitude: Rugachaur Pass (3850m)
Trip Grade: 2
Lodging: Homestay / Local House / Community House
Transportation: Private Vehicles
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Mar-Apr / Oct- Nov

Trip Overview

Located subsequently to the Churen, Konaban, Putha Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri IV, Gurja Himal got its name after the village of Gurja in Mid west Nepal, provides the life time memorable experience of trekking. This magnificent trek provides an ample opportunity to explore virgin and serene nature comprising wild valley, lush forests, speedy glacial streams with wild flora and fauna. You can also experience the warm culture, traditions and hospitality of indigenous Magar people. This trek is for all the people who want to enjoy the natural wilderness with the panoramic view of Annapurna, Gurja Himal, Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. 

This trek will lead you out of the beaten trail inside a region where very few trekkers are traveling. This area is situated in western Dhaulagiri Range and the central attraction of this trek is passing through the warm hospitable Magar communities / villages, especially Gurja Gaon where you can find a highly populated Magar people. 

This is newly explored trekking routes which help to promote and make possible to trek to newly explore trekking routes to areas of scenic and natural as well as cultural interest in Nepal. As a community-based and pro-poor initiative it has the express support of Gurja Khani inhabitants and other villages along the described trekking routes. By trekking through these trails you will be supporting and helping to guarantee that your tourism expenses goes to those poor and needy people of remote areas.     

Outline

Route I

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1300m) 
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation. 
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200km/6 hours). Boating and free time in Pokhara. 
Day 04: Drive to Dharapani (1560m), 5 hrs drive. 
Day 05: Trek to Lulang (2450m), 6 hrs walk. 
Day 06: Trek to Gurjakhani (2620m), 8 hrs walk. 
Day 07: Trek to Rugachaur Pass (3850m) and Gurjaghat (3015m), 9 hrs walk.
Day 08: Explore Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. 
Day 09: Trek to Jaljala Pass (3400m) and to Lumsung (2190m), 7 hrs walk. 
Day 10: Trek to Darbang (1070m), 8 hrs walk. 
Day 11: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu 
Day 13: Final Departure.   

Route II 

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation 
Day 03: Drive to Baglung 
Day 04: Trek from Baglung to Okhle (2310m), 7 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Tarakholagaon (1800m) and to Phedi (2210m), 7 hrs walk
Day 06:  Trek to Rum (1904m), 5 hrs walk 
Day 07: Trek to Bonga Dobhan (1420m), 7 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek to Gurjaghat Pass (3380m) and to Gurjaghat (3015m), 8 hrs walk 
Day 09: Trek to Rugachaur Pass (3850m) and to Gurjakhani (2620m), 8 hrs walk 
Day 10: Trek to Lower Arche (1820m), 8 hrs walk 
Day 11: Trek to Sibang (1680m), 6 hrs walk 
Day 12: Trek to Darbang (1070m), 4 hrs walk 
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Final Departure.    

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • 3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • TIMS and Permit fees.
  • Trekker's information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Please contact for detailed itinerary at amn.holidays@gmail.com

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The Rubina-la circuit trek is a slightly challenging trekking with. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

 Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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