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.
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
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,
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.