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Trip Facts

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
Country: Nepal
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,

Tour Details
Overview

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.

Includes & Excludes

Price Includes

  • Experienced and government licensed trekking and climbing Sherpa guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Appropriate number of porters during the trekking period.
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu-Durmang- Beni-Kathmandu for all climbing members, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All Climbing stuff like kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, client tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs and cooking utensils for trekking and at base camp.
  • Common climbing equipment such as: Rope, ice bars, ice screws, and snow bar.
  • 3 meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee.
  • Accommodation at hotel/lodge/guest house or tent camps during the trekking period.
  • All camping accommodation for members and staff during trekking and climbing period. You will be sharing sleeping quarters with one other member.
  • All food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the climbing period.
  • 40kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking period. This will be carried by porters/mules.
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at advanced base camp.
  • Trekking Permit (Annapurna Conservation Park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and permit of Nepal government to climb Mt. Gurja Himal.
  • Nepalese government royalty.
  • One experienced, trained, government licensed and summiteer climbing guide (Sherpa) per person.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurances for all involved staffs during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for all involved expedition staff.
  • Medical consultation services at the base camp with the HRA clinic at base camp.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen assistant and government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carried by guide for communication.
  • Appropriate high altitude food for all clients and staff at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for the dining tent.
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator provided upon request of client with requirement appropriate charge.
  • Each client will have an individual North Face V25 tent available in the Gurja Himal advanced base camp.
  • Solar panel for light and electronics charging.
  • All tents for camp I, II and III.
  • Ice fall charges.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable hyperbaric chambers) for high altitude sickness.
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing and insurance.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • EPI cooking gas and stove will be provided above base camp for cooking food.
  • Generator will be providing to back-up the lighting in base camp.
  • Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp by porter/mules.
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information.
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu before departure.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.
  • Transportation services includes only what is listed on the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be appropriately charged.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Summit bonus minimum USD$700.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Filming permit (if you have a special camera).
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition equipment.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa insurance is easy upon arrival).
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs.Lodge
accommodation.

Day 02: Pokhara to Darbang .

Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs Lodge
accommodation.

Day 03: Darbang to Takum.

Trek from Darbang to Takum via Dharapani village (1670m/5,479ft.) 5
hrs.Camping accommodation.

Day 04:Takum to Lumsang.

Trek from Takum to Lumsang village (2120m/6,955ft.)6 hrs Camping
accommodation.

Day 05: Lumsang to Gurja Village.

Trek from Lumsang to Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 7 hrs. Camping
accommodation.

Day 06: Gurja village to Darsinge Khark.

Trek Gurja village to Darsinge Khark (3600m/11,811ft) 6 hrs. Camping
accommodation.

Day 07:Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark.

Trek from Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (3415m/11,204ft)5 hrs.
Camping accommodation.

Day 08: Burjunga Kharka to Gurja Himal BC .

Trek from Burjunga Kharka to Gurja Himal BC (4600m/15,091ft)3 hrs.
Camping accommodation.

Day 09-27:Climbing period.

Climbing period Gurja Himal (7193m/23,599ft)

Day 28: Gurja BC to Burjunga Khark.

Clean up base camp and trek from Gurja BC to Burjunga
Khark(3415m/11,204ft)5 hrs. Camping accommodation.

Day 29:Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village .

Trek from Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 6 hrs.Camping
accommodation.

Day 30: Gurjagoan village to Lulang village.

Trek from Gurjagoan village to Lulang village(2200m/7,218ft)Camping
accommodation.

Day 31: Lulang to Dharapani Darbang.

Trek from Lulang to Dharapani Darbang (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs.Tea
house accommodation.

Day 32:Darbang to Pokhara.

Drive from Darbang to Pokhara. Hotel accommodation.

Day 33 :Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 6 hrs.
Transportation provided by tourist mini bus. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Day 34 : Farewell celebration dinner.

Free and rest day at Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with
cultural program in the evening.

Day 35 :Final departure.

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure.

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