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Gurja Himal Expedition (7193m/23,599ft)

Gurja Himal (7193m/23,599ft) expedition is known locally as the lowest Dhaulagiri peak of the Dhaulagiri range. Many mountain lovers had plans to climb this unclimbed peak from 1956 till 1969 but many climbers spent so much time searching the condition of the mountain and possible climbing routes and the peak did not see a successful ascent. Many climbers had been disappointed when the Nepal government closed the peak for expeditions from 1968 till 1979. Gurja Himal was first climbed on November 1, 1969 from the West ridge by Mr. T. Saeki, Lhakpa Tenzing, A. Lnouye, S. Kanayama, H. Sakai, K. Shimoda and Y. Yakushi.The expedition was lead by a Japanese expedition team which included Y. Yakushi. The 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. After arranging permits and final preparations for the expedition in Kathmandu you will be depart to Pokhara to Durbang by car. 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.

Your success or failure in climbing will be determined by your front end preparations and experiences. Satori Adventures advices clients to have at least two successful 6000m peaks, very good knowledge of ice and rock climbing and how to ascend and descend fixed lines. You don't need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatize.

Before summiting Gurja Himal, Satori Adventures climbing Sherpa guide will fix camp I at  height of 5300m(17,388ft)camp II 5900m(19,357ft) and camp III at (6500m/21,325ft.) for better acclimatization. When you arrive at base camp, our staff will set up the camp and you will have time to rest and continue to acclimatize. Upon completing a Puja ceremony at base camp, our team of Sherpa’s will begin to open the route to camp I. When this is completed, our guides will begin to take clients and loads to camp I. Depending on your physical fitness and bodies’ reaction to altitude, you may stay at camp I for a second night, or move up to camp II and then descend back to base camp. Our team will then open the route and fix lines to camp II and supply the camp with gear, equipment and food. If required for acclimation and if the weather conditions allow, you may sleep a second night at camp II. During your rest and time at base camp our team will continue to open the route, fix camp III and prepare for the summit push. After your camp I and II acclimatization, our climbing guides will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery conditions. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and conditions are good, we will begin the summit push. On the summit push, you will move from camp I, II and then camp III before moving to the summit. At camp II you will wake at 3:00am to begin your summit push.

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Facts of the Trip

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: 37 Days

Group Size: 02-10 People per group

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

Accommodation: Three star to five stars as request

Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu, Pokhara & 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

Include Activity: Side tour to Pokhara & Kathmandu

Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Magar

Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping

Climbing route: Northwest Spur and North Ridge

Himalayan sights: Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Putha Hunchuli,

  • Itinerary Details
  • Price for the Trip
  • Full board Service
  • BC Service
  • Climbing Information
  • FAQs

Itinerary Details of Gurja Himal  Expedition(7193m/23,599ft)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350m/4,429ft). Transfer to hotel. Hotel accommodation.

Day 02: Preparation, briefings, last minute shopping and permit formalities.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs.Lodge accommodation.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs Lodge accommodation.

Day 05: Trek from Darbang to Takum via Dharapani village (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs.Camping accommodation.

Day 06: Trek from Takum to Lumsang village (2120m/6,955ft.)6 hrs Camping accommodation.

Day 07: Trek from Lumsang to Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 7 hrs.Camping accommodation.

Day 08: Trek Gurja village to Darsinge Khark (3600m/11,811ft) 6 hrs.Camping accommodation.

Day 09: Trek from Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (3415m/11,204ft)5 hrs. Camping accommodation.

Day 10: Trek from Burjunga  Kharka to Gurja Himal BC (4600m/15,091ft)3 hrs.Camping accommodation.

Day 11-29: Climbing period Gurja Himal (7193m/ 23,599ft)

Day 30: Clean up base camp and trek fromGurja BC to Burjunga Khark(3415m/11,204ft)5 hrs. Camping accommodation.

Day 31: Trek from Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 6 hrs.Camping accommodation.

Day 32: Trek from Gurjagoan village to Lulang village(2200m/7,218ft)Camping accommodation.

Day 33: Trek from Lulang to Dharapani Darbang (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs.Tea house accommodation.

Day 34: Drive from Darbang to Pokhara. Hotel accommodation.

Day 35: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 6 hrs. Transportation provided by tourist mini bus. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Day 36: Free and rest day at Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with cultural program in the evening.

Day 37: Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure.

Satori Adventures has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Satori Adventures has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.
  • We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.
  • The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.
  • The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.
  • Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.
  • Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Satori Adventures or individual (private arrangement) expedition.
  • Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require
  • Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.
  • Type of high camp food that clients require. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.
  • Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Satori Adventures for any information about in your selected package.

In Full board service

Satori Adventures offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship mountaineering expeditions to all 7000m peaks. Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, base camp service and high camp service executed by your Sherpa climbing guide. All of our full board clients will have a personal Sherpa climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.

Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route. Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions, oxygen and prepare high altitude food for the client. Full board also indistinguishable client on the route while ensuring their safety and well being.We move at the clients preferred pace and ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with the clients safety and wellbeing being the overriding priority.

High camp service for the Full Board Service will consist of all of the equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps.

Full Board Service Cost (Includes)

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from KTM international airport with other necessary transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at Kathmandu international airport by Satori Adventures during your arrival and departure.
  • 4 night request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis.
  • Two night hotel accommodation in Pokhara in B/B basis.
  • 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 Satori Adventures 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. Available to clients at a cost of $3USD per minute.
  • 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.
  • Satori Adventures t-shirt and scarf.

Full Board Service Cost(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.

In Base Camp

Satori Adventures provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize your summit opportunity.

In the base camp our chefs and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day. We will also ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the base camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.

Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and organize base camp operations. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.

Base Camp Service Cost (Includes)

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from international airport with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the Kathmandu international airport by Satori Adventure during your arriving and departing flights.
  • 4 Nights request category hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • 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-Pokhara- Durbang - Pokhara-Kathmandu for all clients,Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All Satori Adventure kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, client tents, toilet tents, tables, chairsand cooking utensils at base camp.
  • Common climbing equipment like: 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 during climbing period.
  • 40kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking period. This will be carried by porter/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.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurance for all involved staff 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 the base camp.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for chefs, kitchen assistants and government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carried by the guide for communication available upon request for clients at a cost of $3USD per minute.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for the dining tent.
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator provided for clients if needed. Appropriate charge will apply.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the Gurja Himal advanced base camp.
  • Solar panel for light and electronics charging.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable hyperbaric chambers) for high altitude sickness.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • 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.
  • Satori Adventures T-shirt and scarf.

Base Camp Service Cost (Excludes):

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutra-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Expenses incurred from usage of landlines, mobile devices, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than the specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa insurance is easy upon arrival).
  • Ice fall garbage deposit fees(Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Walkie talkies.
  • Filming permit. (if you have a special camera).
  • Ice fall charges if any.
  • All tents for above camps I, II, III
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Personal climbing Sherpa Guide(s).
  • Satori services will not be involved in any capacity above the advancedbase camp. This means we do not allow any staff or equipment from Satori Adventure above ABC.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and clients.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition equipment.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.

Why climb with Satori Adventures

How to Choosing a experience Provider

It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Satori Adventures for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Satori Adventures runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.

Diminutive climbing Team members

We are always developing and growing our operational systems to ensure you participate will provide as much as facilities provided. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there are less window days for summit in Everest. In big size of group offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days. We feel like our climbing members are feeling that they are climbing as a family and friends team even on international people. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.

Maximum summit Success;

The Satori Adventures methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Everest.

Highly Qualified Sirdar/Team leader

Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition, or many years of mountaineering experience on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experience in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding on Everest.

Advanced Communication method

Satori Adventures Everest expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our Everest expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staff is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.

Facilities camp setup at Base Camp

Satori Adventure focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services.We find this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.

Highlights of the Trip:

  • Magnificent view of Himalaya
  • Unforgettable view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
  • Abundant flora and fauna
  • Sleep at the base of Dhaulagiri
  • A good test of isolation and psychological endurance
  • Spectacular & challenging 7000m Himalayan peak
  • Difficult technical climbing
  • Metabolic boost to your fitness, wellness and creativity

Route Map:

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