GURJA HIMAL & DHORPATAN
Variation of Route 1, returning from Gurja Himal via Dhorpatan. The best circular route for Hidden Village. 3 passes with awe-inspiring views. Rugachaur Pass (3850m). Snow possible. Features traditional villages, panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, alpine scenery, Tibetan settlement and Bonpo Monastery. Sleep/eat in Homestays or Teashops.
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.It take 7hrs walk to lulang
From Pokhara take a bus to Beni (3 hours) on the Kali Gandaki/Jomosom road. From Beni catch a local bus up the Myagdi Khola river to Darbang (2 hours). Buses for Darbang leave from the western edge of Beni beside a road bridge over the Myagdi Khola. There are several every day; share taxis are also available (double the price, half the time). This is a bumpy dusty ride, sometimes teetering on the edge of landslides and precipices. If this doesn’t appeal, it is also possible to walk from Beni to Darbang (6 hours). It is a verdant scenic valley, strung with small hamlets, The original walking trail still remains in most places, though here and there you will have to walk on the dusty motor track.After darbang 1:45 hrs of walk to Dharapani
There is no habitation between Lulang and Gurja Khani except for a rudimentary teashop at the Pass.It will take 7hrs to gurja khani from Lulang.
Rest day in Hidden Village. Side trip to base of Gurja Himal 5 hrs
We will make an early start. Following the main path heading west from the village.If the sun is shining this is an idyllic gentle walk through alpine meadows and craggy peaks. After your exertions on the pass you will be tempted to relax in many spots.It will take 7-8hrs to Dhorpatan from Gurjakhai.
Follow the Uttar Ganga valley upwards, keeping the river on your right side (i.e. walking up the right bank). The trail is well-trodden and passes by many herders’ huts. After around two hours the path cross the Uttar Ganga (by now a small stream) and continue to ascend eastwards. In another hour or so the Jaljalla Pass is reached with magnificent views.The views continue to entertain as one descends. The path is clear and easy to follow. It takes around 7hrs to lumsung.
Lumsung to Darbang 6-7 hrs. Reverse of Days 1-2. Bus to Beni or Pokhara.
3 passes with awe-inspiring views.Rugachaur Pass (3850m),Features traditional villages, panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, alpine scenery, Tibetan settlement and Bonpo Monastery.
Only guide charge is included and for other things you have to pay on your own.