- The trail passes through the epicenter of Gorkha Earthquake 2015 (EQ-2015)
- Starts at the land of brave Gurkha soldiers
- View villages transformed after the Earthquake
- Local people’s efforts to keep their vibrant culture alive
- A unique experience staying in homestays, Live like a local
- The natural beauty of Nepal’s landscape
Difficulty Level: Easy | Days: 10 | Max. Altitude: 3200 meters (Nange Pokhari)
The earthquake of 25 April 2015 – popularly known as Gorkha Earthquake because of its epicenter in Barkpak, Gorkha – was a 7.8 Richter Scale magnitude earthquake that rattled central Nepal. More than 9,000 people were killed and more than 22,000 injured, largely as a result of the frequent aftershocks. Moreover, immeasurable loss of infrastructure occurred, and historical monuments were turned into ruins. It was the most tragic time for Nepalis during this century.
Apart from the loss of physical objects, the EQ-2015 also caused irretrievable loss of age-old cultures, tradition, and customs in Nepal. The inter-dependance, sharing, and transfer of indigenous knowledge from old to the new generation are disrupted. In mountains, it’s a closely knit community with a cluster of houses. It is a complex system of values, ethics, beliefs, and tradition that has been prevailing for centuries. The whole community, how society used to work is disturbed and vanished in some cases, and is in the process of finding the equilibrium. You will be amazed to see the transformation in a short period of time.
On this trip of a lifetime, you will be passing and staying in villages that lie in the epicenter (Barpak) of the mega EQ-2015. Apart from mountains and the landscape, this trip offers a different experience. Featuring observations of on-going reconstruction and recovery work, you will walk through villages- old and new. Nepalese are good at adapting to the changing environment, and on this trip you will still see people with wide smiles on their faces, warm-heartedly welcoming you into their homes.
This trip is designed to be a circuit. It starts from Bhachhek of Gorkha district and ends at Arughat Bazar, a town in Gorkha district bordering Dhading district and separated by Budi-Gandaki River. The highest point of the trek is at around 3200 meters at Nange Pokhari and the lowest is at Arughat Bazar (577 m). The majority of the people you will encounter on the trail are Gurungs and Ghales, ethnic groups who are world renowned for courage and skills in warfare.
Of special interest, particularly to people who donate to humanitarian organizations for earthquake recovery in Nepal, will be the opportunity to see first-hand how your contribution is making a difference among the most vulnerable people in Nepal. We thank you for your kindness and generosity!!
There are a range of activities for engaging with the local communities on an extended stay. These include:
- Volunteering at schools – interact with students; share and teach them what you are good at
- Help construct houses and schools
- Help people in their kitchen gardens or learn how to cook local food
- Follow the owner of your homestay for a day and document what they do for a living on daily basis, teach new techniques if needed and learn indigenous techniques from them.
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- Out of comfort zone
- Homestays or only tent would be available for 5 consecutive days.
|1||Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.|
|2||Drive to Gorkha from Kathmandu, stay overnight.||5|
|3||Drive to Bhachhek Bazar and hike for 2 hours. Overnight at Siran Danda (Homestay)||6|
|4||Hike through Damara Danda and overnight at Ghyachhok (Homestay).||6.5|
|5||Hike to Barpak village and stay overnight (Homestay)||6|
|6||Volunteering at the village. Help and live like a local people (Homestay).|
|7||Hike to Laprak village and stay overnight (Homestay).||6|
|8||Hike to Machha Khola and stay overnight.||7|
|9||Hike to Arughat and stay overnight.||7|
|10||Drive back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel||6|
|11||Departure from Kathmandu.|
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Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
Motivated staffs and translators
All airport transfers
Twin-sharing accommodations in Kathmandu (3-Star or similar) on bed-and-breakfast basis
Every meals on homestays and throughout the trek
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge
Private transportation apart from those in itinerary
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early/late arrival/departure, or due to early return from the trek
Travel and Rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)