Dhorpatan Trek with Gurja Khani offers a fantastic trail through an off-beaten path for a moderately challenging experience. It takes us to the western part of Nepal that is as unscathed by modern times as it is embellished by nature. Moreover, the wildlife, the vegetation, the mountain views, and the ever-so-friendly people, will make you think about extending your trip. The short 6-day Dhorpatan trek is for those adventure seekers who want a short trek at a friendly budget. Unlike other popular treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp trek, Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek, this trek is shorter and way more affordable.
Highlights of the Dhorpatan Trek with Gurja Khani
- You will get a chance to experience the panoramic view of snow-covered Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range from close.
- There are many traditional villages, monasteries on the way which reflects the ancient culture there.
- The major attraction of the trek is Gurja Khani which is a hidden village.
- You can do activities like bird watching, hiking through the honey hunting area, copper mines, and you can also watch the typical cultural dance of local villagers.
- Dhorpatan Hunting reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal which consists abundance of wildlife.
- Day 1: Pokhara- Beni-Darbang – trek to Dharapani (1565m) 2.5 Hours walk
- Day 2: Trek to Lulang (2450m) 6-7 hours
- Day 3: Trek to Gurja Khani (2650m) via Gurja Pass (3255m) 8 Hours
- Day 4: Gurja Khani to Dhorpatan 4-5 hours
- Day 5: Exploring Dhorpatan
- Day 6: Dhorpatan to Pokhara
Hunting yet Preserving Sanctuary
The primary destination of Dhorpatan Trek is the famous Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. It is the only Hunting Reserve in Nepal and covers an area of 1325 km2 spanning over the districts of Baglung, Rukum, and Myagdi. As per its name, the park provides controlled hunting opportunities for Nepalese and foreigners alike. The park allows the hunting of game birds and animals like blue sheep, serow, pheasants, and partridge, among others. However, Dhorpatan is also a sanctuary of several endangered wildlife and vegetation.
Dhorpatan Trek is not necessarily a hunting trip. However, we can arrange a hunting package for you during this trek. You need to have a permit from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation to participate in the controlled hunting.
Best Season to plan the Dhorpatan Trek
Autumn (September- November) and Spring (March to May) is the best season to do the high altitude trekking in Nepal. The weather is clear with moderate temperature offering a mesmerizing Himalayan view.
You can do the Dhorptan trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March to May or September to November. Any other time, it is either too hot, too cold or too humid.
Guide, Food, and Accommodation with us
We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. You will be staying in a simple to premium hotels while in Pokhara. At high altitude region, we will manage your accommodation in tea houses or guest houses having all basic facilities.
We also provide an experienced and professional guide that will accompany you throughout the Trek. The guide will be friendly and trained to handle any kind of situation at ease.
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Exploring Hidden Gems
Another major destination in the Dhorpatan Trek is the Gurja Khani Village. Situated placidly beneath the Dhaulagiri range, it is a hidden village that is quite secluded and disconnected. Owing to its remoteness and difficult accessibility, it is mostly unscathed by modernization and has its culture and traditions intact. Not many trekkers have visited this beautiful village. However, those that have visited have only praised its magnificence and beauty.
The trail begins from Pokhara as we drive to Beni and then to Darbang. We start our hiking from there and reach Dharapani. After two days of hiking, we will reach the Gurja Khani after crossing the Gurja Pass. We will explore the village for a day and then walk to Dhorpatan via Rugachaur Pass. After spending the next day exploring the vicinity of Dhorpatan, we will drive to Burtibang. We then drive to Pokhara the next day.