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Highest access: 7193m (23,599ft)
First Ascent: November 1, 1969 from West ridge by Mr. T. Saeki, Lhakpa Tenzing, A.
Lnouye, S. Kanayama, H. Sakai, K. Shimoda and Y. Yakushi
Duration: 35 Days
Co-ordinates: 8°40′26″N 83°16′37″E
Location: Dhaulagiri Himal
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade: AD/Scottish Grade III
Meals: B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn
Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Magar
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: Northwest Spur and North Ridge
Himalayan sights: Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Putha Hunchuli,
Gurja Himal, known locally as Dhaulashri, is the lowest of the Dhaulagiri range, and has,
consequently, tended to be overlooked by the various expeditions in favour of the
higher peaks of Dhaulagiri itself, Churen Himal, Putha Hiunchuli, and so on. Gurja Himal
expedition is suitable for those climbers who are willing to summit 7000m peaks in a
less touristic area are and are not interested in climbing the crowded peaks like:
Himlung, Ama Dablam and Baruntse. From the summit you will have great views of
Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Dhaulagiri IV, Dhaulagiri V, Churen Himal (Main), Churen
Himal (East), Churen Himal (West),Dhaulagiri VI, Putha Hiunchuli (Dh VII),Gurja Himal,
False Junction Peak, Junction Peak. The peak is located at the coordinates of:
28°40′26″N longitude and 83°16′37″E latitude.
Autumn and spring are the best climbing seasons, within those seasons March, April,
September and October are the best months for climbing. The trekking caravan route
starts from Darbang and normally takes about 7 days to reach the Gurja Himal South
base camp via Dharpatan, Takum, Lumsung, Gurja village, Burjung Kharka and Darsing
Kharka. The base camp is located around the height of the 4600m/15,091ft.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs.Lodge
Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs Lodge
Trek from Darbang to Takum via Dharapani village (1670m/5,479ft.) 5
Trek from Takum to Lumsang village (2120m/6,955ft.)6 hrs Camping
Trek from Lumsang to Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 7 hrs. Camping
Trek Gurja village to Darsinge Khark (3600m/11,811ft) 6 hrs. Camping
Trek from Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (3415m/11,204ft)5 hrs.
Trek from Burjunga Kharka to Gurja Himal BC (4600m/15,091ft)3 hrs.
Climbing period Gurja Himal (7193m/23,599ft)
Clean up base camp and trek from Gurja BC to Burjunga
Khark(3415m/11,204ft)5 hrs. Camping accommodation.
Trek from Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 6 hrs.Camping
Trek from Gurjagoan village to Lulang village(2200m/7,218ft)Camping
Trek from Lulang to Dharapani Darbang (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs.Tea
Drive from Darbang to Pokhara. Hotel accommodation.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 6 hrs.
Transportation provided by tourist mini bus. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
Free and rest day at Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with
cultural program in the evening.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure.