Dhorpatan Trek with Gurja Khani (Hidden Village) 10-Days

Dhorpatan Trek

Trip Highlights

Dhorpatan is a national park covering 1325 sq km which was managed for conservation and the hunting of blue sheep and other game by the royal family and paying for foreign parties. Now, of course, with the king deposed, official hunting has ceased and blue sheep, along with the musk deer, wolf, red panda, and leopard are strictly protected.

Besides wildlife reserves, Nepal Government has also set aside a hunting reserve at Dhorpatan where controlled hunting of some species is allowed. Covering an area of 1,325 sq. km., the reserve is situated on the southern flanks of Mt. Dhaulagiri I in districts of Rukum, Baglung & Myagdi in western Nepal. The area’s vegetation is characterized by well-developed mixed-hardwood forest at lower elevation & many plant species of drier climate to North.

Tree species include fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper, and spruce. As in many other protected environments of Nepal, the reserve includes several villages inhabited by hill tribes as well as people of Tibetan descent who supplement farming with trade and animal husbandry. The reserve is one of the prime habitats of blue sheep, a highly prized trophy animal, which is the main target of hunters. Other game species are general, serow, Himalayan tahr, black bear, pheasant, and partridge. Endangered species of the area include the red panda and cheer pheasant. Controlled hunting is allowed with proper license and certain seasons of the year. The game license is issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. Dhorpatan is also an attractive destination for the trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts as protection has enabled animal numbers to increase in this rarely visited.

There are infinite scenic mountain villages in Nepal but few so hidden, remoted, and inaccessible as Gurja Khani. Nestling on a sunny shelf in its very own private valley beneath the Dhaulagiri range, Hidden Village is far flung from all its friends. The nearest village lies an afternoon’s walk to the south throughout a 3,300m pass; to the east, the method is blocked by an impenetrable gorge; to the west lies the terrain of snow leopards within the excessive-altitude desolate tract of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve; while northwards, the slope rises steeply above the slate roofs of the village to buttress the majestic south face of Gurja Himal peak – over seven kilometres high and a mere ten kilometres from the village in the horizontal area. Only a handful of trekkers and climbers have determined their way to Gurja Khani village over the beyond a decade. But if you wish to break out the well-crushed routes, enjoy a better encounter with neighbourhood communities, or ensure that more of your expenditure goes to assist the ones most in want – yet nevertheless revel in beautiful perspectives of the Himalayas – that is the destination and trekking manual for you. In Hidden Village, you will discover an exceedingly huge, bustling network incomes their dwelling from the land, barely touched by using the cutting-edge international. Here you step returned in time to a place in which survival relies upon the generosity of nature and one’s very own resourcefulness.

Why Dhorpatan?

  • Trekking through Nepal’s one and only hunting reserve, with its abundance of the natural world.
  • Best available option for trekking within a short period of time to see a part of Nepal where very few foreigners visit each year.
  • Close-up view Dhaulagiri as well as hidden peaks & hidden village in west Nepal.
Days 10

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 4,493m
  • Activity Level Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Flying to Kathmandu is thrilling with the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost delighted, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu at any time you will be welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. Our representative will also explain the program in detail. You can relax at the hotel since we do not have any plan for this day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After hot breakfast drive 200km to Pokhara and it takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu by tourist bus. It is an exciting and romantic drive that we can enjoy the beautiful scenic view of terraced rice field, eye-catching landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and spectacular panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of Annapurna Himalayan Range are seen. The tourist coach stops for breakfast at 09:00 am and at around 12:00 for lunch on the way to Pokhara.

From Pokhara take a Bus/Car to Beni (3 hours) on the Kali Gandaki/Jomosom road. From Beni, we will a Taxi to Darbang (2 hours). This is a bumpy dusty ride. In Darbang there are several basic hotels such as the Thakhali Guest House. Cross the suspension bridge over the Myagdi Khola and follow the jeep track northwards along the right bank of the river. After half an hour cross a side tributary on a suspension bridge and rejoin the jeep track. After the second hairpin bend, take the old footpath on the right which zigzags steeply up a pine-clad spur overlooking the river below. Higher up the footpath rejoins the jeep track and continues to climb until the attractive village of Dharapani (1500 m). Ethnic groups here are largely Chhettri and Magar with a few Dalit households. There are small teashops we spend the night at Dharapani.

Continue on the jeep track – it is dusty or muddy in a few places but little traffic except
for mule trains and there are stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range to compensate. It passes through woodland interspersed with terraced fields, where you will see villagers busy with different tasks depending on the agricultural season – ploughing, planting, harvesting, or threshing. In about an hour you arrive at the even more picturesque village of Takam – slate roofs, stone walls, front façades of white and ochre mud plaster, and a small pagoda temple sitting on a wide crescent of rice fields with an unbelievable backdrop of snowy mountains. Just before Takam, take the lower right fork in the track (shorter, and less dusty) which leads past a stone Dhara water spout. Homestay accommodation is available here as well as teashop lodges. Continuing, follow the jeep track as it climbs to negotiate a landslide-prone cliff section and winds around to reach Sibang (1790 m) in 30 minutes.
From Phaegaon the path descends gently (passing below the village of Muna) to reach a bridge across the Dar Khola (a tributary of the Myagdi) in less than an hour. Looking westwards upstream the villages die out and the mountains rise higher and steeper, the ridges intersecting each other like a fat braid of mountains. Across the river, there is a single teashop (cannot be relied upon to be open – and it is a longish climb to the next teashop at Lulang). Just past the teashop, there is a choice of trails. The lower (left) trail keeps closer to the river and climbs gently to reach Lumsung village (in Lulang VDC) while the upper right trail climbs steadily to the large and fascinating village of Lulang.

Follow footpath up through Lulang to reach the main trail which emerges from the village on the upper left side as you look uphill. It is a pleasant climb through oak-rhododendron forest – not too steep except for the final section. The branches and trunks are almost hidden by a thick cloak of moss, ferns, and orchids. Follow the only path down the north slope of the ridge. A landslide in the monsoon of 2014 felled many of the majestic Himalayan cedar trees and destroyed sections of the path. The path has been repaired and the landslide opened up views of Gurja Himal which can be enjoyed much of the way down. In December and January you may encounter snow on this section. After descending moderately steeply, the gradient lessens as the path heads in a more Lulang Village. Lulang is an unusual village because all of its 200 households belong to the Dalit caste of metal-workers (Kami). Fanned around a steep stadium of terraced fields, the village is colourful with marigold flowers, rows of pumpkins and maize drying on roofs and verandahs, the houses decorated with splashes and stripes of red, white and black muds. It is, however, a very poor and neglected village, with a high rate of absentee men who have gone to seek their fortune in the Gulf countries. westerly direction for the final hour of the descent to the bridge over the Dhaula Khola. On the opposite side, you will see fields and temporary dwellings of the Gurja people, who descend to live in these when snow falls up in the village.

Accomodation:

Lodging will be in simple family-based ‘homestays’ or basic ‘tea-shop’ lodges which exist to serve the local population. There are no tourist lodges such as you find on the Annapurna circuit, except in Baglung and Beni. In the teashop lodges you are most likely to be given a simple private room though you might have to share a common room. Mattresses may be nothing more than two rice-straw mats covered by a blanket. There will be no glass in the windows and the shutters are unlikely to be a tight fit. Warm bedding in the form of heavy cotton-filled seracs (like a duvet) or blankets will be provided, but you may not be the first person to have slept in those sheets and covers! Toilet facilities will be a pit latrine in the courtyard with a bucket of water. But what these lodges lack in facilities they generally make up for in the friendliness of their personnel.

Early in the morning, we will start our trekking follow the main path heading west from the village. Shortly afterwards take the left fork which leads down to the Dhaula river where there is a temporary bridge in the dry season. Cross and climb the limy-white landslide scree. Follow the path upwards for 30 minutes or so until it reaches a ridge and emerges into open fields with temporary shelters. Continue up past the shelters. Beyond these, the path passes through the dense vegetation of canes and trees, dipping up and down. At times it follows the precipitous route above cliffs and waterfalls. The feeling of exposure is lessened by the dense vegetation, but the sense of safety is an illusion and feet must be carefully placed. In rain this path becomes a treacherous mud-slide – canes make strong hand-holds if needed. From time to time the path descends to the stream bed and follows the gully upwards. There are no bridges for the multiple crossings of the stream, and if the water is high one has to wade. After about 4 hours, the path leaves the gully for good, and the really steep climb begins. It is challenging because there are hardly any spots where one can place two feet flat on the ground and no chautara for a rest stop. The rewards, however, are the amazing views that develop behind one. Finally, the path crests the Pass. There is a perfect picnic spot on a wide grassy meadow with a chautara. Alpine flowers abound in season. But it can be cold. Rugachaur means “the meadow where you catch a cold”! There are breath-stopping views (if you have any left) of Pyutar, Churen, and Gurja Himal with many of the other Dhaulagiri peaks also visible. Follow the broad grassy meadow gently downhill, keeping the small stream on your right. Pass a single isolated hut on your left. Continue to descend passing more huts on your left. Where the stream bed flattens, cross it to the right bank, and continue downstream. The path rises slightly above the stream bed and contours around before descending to cross a side tributary on a log bridge. This occurs approximately one hour or so from the Pass. Continue to follow the path downstream on the right bank. The stream drops steeply but the path continues more or less level, leaving it some distance above the river. After a further hour, the path descends to rejoin the river (locals know a dry season short-cut through the brush and your guide may lead you that alternative route). The path crosses the river to the left bank and shifts back and forth. After a further hour or so the path descends some steep stone steps and enters the broad flat valley of the Uttar Ganga river. Turn left (east) and in a short, while the settlement of Gurja Ghat is reached.

Cross over from Myagdi to Baglung and into the former Tibetian refugee camp, there is the entrance to Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. The valley is almost flat and the village of Dhorpatan lies a gentle couple of hour walk downstream. Although the high Himalayas are not visible (except for the tip of Annapurna), the Dhorpatan valley is reminiscent of an alpine valley with stands of conifers, rushing rivers, rocky crags, clear mountain air, and a rich silence broken only by bird song.

Exploration around and Spotting animals etc. And trek to Phagune Dhuri (pass) 4,493m, 4~5 hours. The trail ascends steeply up revel in the stunning scenery of the mountains, inexperienced jungle and landscape. The reserve includes several villages, humans with the aid of hill tribes in addition to people of Tibetan descent who supplement farming with trade and animal husbandry. We also can see Monastery, Chortens and nearby marketplace. Wooden roofs are any other enchantment of trekkers. We can also learn a typical existence style of people on this location.

Early in the morning, we drive from Burtibang to Pokhara along the way of Baglung. It takes 7 to 8 hours to reach Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

We drive to Kathmandu in the morning by tourist bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, we leave for our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu.Overnight in Kathmandu.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport picks up & drops by Private Vehicle.
  • All ground transportation.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing room, Bed, and breakfast only).
  • 2-night accommodations in Pokhara (twin sharing room, bed, and breakfast only).
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Sharing accommodation at Guesthouses during the trek.
  • 1 highly experienced,Eco Licenced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 trekkers), their food, accommodation, salary, types of equipment, insurance.
  • National Park and TIMS permit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Office service charge.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  •  Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist for the trekkers who are the age of under 65). For further details regarding the insurance policy, please contact us.
  •  International airfare to and from Nepal (please email at reservation to get a quote).
  •  Nepal entry visa fee. you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  •  Items of a personal nature.
  •  Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
  •  Tips for guide, porters, driver.

FAQs

  • Trekking through Nepal’s only hunting reserve, with its abundance of wildlife.
  • See a part of Nepal that around only 100 foreigners visit each year.
  • Close-up views of Dhaulagiri, as well as lesser-seen peaks in the west of Nepal.
  • Interact with the curious Magar locals.

Dhorpatan is best visited in the peak trekking seasons in Nepal when the weather is at its finest: March to May and September to November.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over types of equipment which are not necessary for the trek.
Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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