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Surma Sarovar Trekking

Surma Sarovar Trekking

Surma Sarovar Trekking

Until a decade ago or so, Nepal used to be a haven for camping trek. With the construction of roads, trekking trails started getting shorter. Also with supplies coming nearer, locals started investing in hotels and lodges. This encouraged trekking operators to design their itinerary based on teahouses and small lodges which was beneficial for both sides. But trekkers looking for extreme adventure were disappointed. However, it is good to note that camping trek still exists in the far western Nepal. ‘Surma Sarovar’, situated in Bajhang district, is one such place where one can enjoy wild adventure. Surma Sarovar Trekking takes you to holistic but equally adventurous journey of western Nepal. It offers beautiful view of Holy Lake, huge grasslands and plenty of flora & fauna.

This holy lake, situated at an altitude of 4333m, is also known as Mini Kailash for Hindus. The place offers amazing views of mountains peaks like Jethi Bahurani. Rocky structures, huge grasslands, and beautiful lakes are the major attractions of the area. As you need to cross a high pass of 4859 meters to reach this place, trekkers needs to be cautious of high altitude sickness.

The area is rich in flora and fauna as beautiful wild flowers, poisonous flowers/plants, herbs/spices are found plenty here. Similarly, animal species like small black Bear and barking deer and different types of pheasants including the Himalayan Monal are a common sight in this place. Cultural attractions like Deuda, Fag and Magal (singing hymns in the name of Goddess Surma) are the plus point of this trek. Similarly, you can experience unique culture and tradition of the local people, and taste their traditional cuisines. Their language and attire is also unique. Though there are various options to reach Surma Sarovar, we are presenting you a 15-day itinerary by means of which you can enjoy this trek to the fullest.

GLORY OF SURMA DEVI (GODDESS SURMA)

Surma Devi is believed to be one of the 16 sisters of Nava Durga Bhagwati. According to myth she chooses, Surma Sarovar as her abode as the place is clean, quiet and calm far away from human settlements. During Janai Poornima festival, people from far and wide gather here to celebrate a festival in the honor of Surma Devi. This holy lake is around half kilometer long. Its size shrinks considerably during dry season. The stone temple of Surma Devi is one of the major attractions of the place. After taking a holy dip in this sacred lake, pilgrims generally walk down to Niksari Patan. Many small streams, including the Sunigadh which drains the Surma Sarovar, converge at Niksari Patan and become a big river. Niksari Patan has plenty of camping sites.

Text : Som Bikram Singh | Image Nepal Travel Magazine

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Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Kathmandu-Dhangadi
  • Day 2 : Dhangadi - Bhadya (Bajhang)
  • Day 3 : Bhadya - Mumla (Jayaprithavinagar)
  • Day 4 : Jayaprithavinagar-Thakule Danda
  • Day 5 : Thakule Danda – Dau Tal
  • Day 6 : Dau TaI- Dhanteli
  • Day 7 : Dhanteli-Jaljala
  • Day 8 : Jaljala - Surmasarowar-Niksari Patan
  • Day 9 : Rest Day at Surmasarowar
  • Day 10 : Niksari Patan-Afre Gufa
  • Day 11 : Afre Gufa - Raja Ko Pal Halne
  • Day 12 : Raja Ko Pal Halne Swil
  • Day 13 : Swil - Sunigadh Chainpur
  • Day 14 : Chainpur - Dhangadi
  • Day 15 : Dhangadi-Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Kathmandu-Dhangadi
    The day begins with around 1:15 minutes flight to Dhangadi from Kathmandu. Though regular bus service to Dhangadhi is available from Kathmandu, it will extend your itinerary by two days. The flight offers spectacular mountain views in the south and plain terrains in the south. Dhangadhi is the commercial hub of the far-western development region having quality hotels, lodges and eateries, among others. You can also do a last minute shopping here.
  • Day 2 : Dhangadi - Bhadya (Bajhang)
    From Dhangadi, a drive of around nine hours in a private coach will take you to Bhadya (1102 meters) — a small town in Bajhang district. On the way, you reach Dadeldhura — a popular hill station in the region where you take your lunch. Dadeldhura offers your beautiful views of hills, rivers and settlements down in the valley. You can make pit stops at Bithad, Khopde and Sribhawor for tea and light snacks. At Badhya, you can stay in tea houses or camps. The choice is yours.
  • Day 3 : Bhadya - Mumla (Jayaprithavinagar)
    Trekking starts from Badhya. A trek of around five hours will take you to the village of Mumla (2171m) — your destination for the day. You walk through villages and jungles, experiencing local culture and tradition and catching a sight of different birds and animals if you are lucky. Mumla is the home town of a famous humanitarian — the late King Jaya Prithvi Bahadur Singh. The area has been named Jayaprithvinagar in his honor. You can see remains of his palace at Mumla. Satywadi School — the oldest school of Bajhang — could be another attraction for you. You can find minimum facilities like health post and tea houses here. Trekkers can collect local vegetables, seasonal fruits and other foods in this small marketplace.
  • Day 4 : Jayaprithavinagar-Thakule Danda
    Today's destination is Thakule Danda which lies at a walk of five hours from Mumla. The trail passes through beautiful pasturelands locally known as Bhainsi Kharka or the buffalo pastureland. It's a still walk to Thakule Danda (3364m) from here you can see the surroundings and feel the cool breeze. It is one of the best places in the areas to watch sunrise and sunset. It also offers beautiful views of mountains and villages.
  • Day 5 : Thakule Danda – Dau Tal
    The trek begins with a walk through jungle, crossing a small stream on a suspension bridge to reach Saingaun. From there, you reach Thakundanda via Bauligaad. Thakundanda village is more advanced than other villages in the area. There are beautiful houses, well-dressed people and comfortable tea houses. Dau Tal Lake (2260m) offers good campsites. Locals believe the lake belongs to Goddess Surma. Accommodation is on tented camps on the shores of Dau Tal Lake.
  • Day 6 : Dau TaI- Dhanteli
    Today's walk to Dhanteli (3623m) is of about four hours. After a walk of about one and half hours from Dau Tal, you reach a small settlement called Nauli. You can see hundreds of herbs collectors here during the harvest season. There is a small campsite in Dhanteli sufficient for only about 10 persons. The camping site offers beautiful views of sunrise and different mountain peaks.
  • Day 7 : Dhanteli-Jaljala
    This is going to be a comparatively difficult day. The trail passes through high cliffs and narrow passes which makes the journey thrilling. Strong wind, mist and fog makes the walk to Buddha Binayak (4500m) difficult. However, panoramic view of different mountain peaks take away our tiredness. Jaljala, our destination of the day, is a flat grassland with good water facilities.
  • Day 8 : Jaljala - Surmasarowar-Niksari Patan
    The rocky face of Chande Shikhar (4859m) -looks at your throughout the trek. Hiking in the morning can be interesting provided that weather condition is good. It is difficult to cross the 4849-meter pass. But the feeling after crossing the pass is exhilarating. After a walk of about half an hour from here through the Saipal range, you reach your destination — Surma Sarovar (4333m)
  • Day 9 : Rest Day at Surmasarowar
    A full day is needed to explore Surma Sarowar and its surroundings. Early in the morning, you can enjoy magnificent view of Jethi Bahurani and many other peaks. You can even climb plenty of small peaks in the area. Big grasslands, wild flowers, wetlands, mountain views, and the holy lake itself are the major attractions of the area. It seems that Surma Devi created this Garden of Heaven for herself. Surmasarowar is surrounded by different species of flora and fauna. Medicinal herbs like Himalayan Viagra (Yarcha Gumba), HattaJadi, Panchaunle, Padamchal are found in abundance here. Local people throng the area during harvest season as these medicinal herbs is one of the important sources of income generation for local people.
  • Day 10 : Niksari Patan-Afre Gufa
    A walk of about four and half hours from Niksari Patan along the Sunigad River will take you to Afre Gufa (3190m). The trail passes through grasslands and forestland. The major attraction in Afre Gufa is a deep cave where you will spend the night. This two-storied cave is also the popular camping site of herb collectors and pilgrims. Murmuring Sunigad River will make your night pleasant. Across the river, you can see dense pine forest.
  • Day 11 : Afre Gufa - Raja Ko Pal Halne
    You return to civilization today. A walk of around seven hours from Afre Gufa takes you to a place called Raja ko Pal Halne (2662m) where you can find some tea houses. The trail is full of ups and downs. But you can catch glimpses of black bear, barking dear, blue sheep and different species of pheasants. Raja Ko Pal Halne means the camping site of the king. In the past, King Jaya Prithvi Bahdur Singh used to camp here while traveling to the place. He made many campsites for people who used to pass through this route for trade with Tibetans via the Urai pass. It was also a popular route for Mansarovar pilgrimage in the past.
  • Day 12 : Raja Ko Pal Halne Swil
    A walk of around six hours from Raja Ko Pal Hanle will take you to Swil (1958m). The trail passes through buffalo sheds in the grasslands and beautiful villages. You can see a small medicinal herb processing center on the way. This center collects medicinal herbs collected by the locals. Swil is a small hamlet of around 25 houses. Most of the villagers are involved in farming
  • Day 13 : Swil - Sunigadh Chainpur
    You reach a village of Sunigadh after a walk of three hours from $il. Sunigadh is a local junction for traders. From here, you can arrange a jeep to Bajhang district headquarters Chainpur (1223m). There are good hotels in Chainpur which lies in the confluence of Seti and Bauli Khola rivers. Here, you can enjoy different delicacies made of fresh water fish.
  • Day 14 : Chainpur - Dhangadi
    A nine hour drive from Chainpur will take you to Dhangadhi. There are good hotels in Dhangadhi where you can relax and recollect your adventure journey.
  • Day 15 : Dhangadi-Kathmandu
    A flight of a little more than an hour take you to Kathmandu. You can also take buses to Kathmandu vhich generally take 13-14 hours.

Includes/Excludes

  • Includes
    • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by our car, van and bus
    • Accommodation as required by you or as specified in the appropriate itinerary
    • City tour with our guides in private car, van or bus if appropriate
    • All  typical Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners)
    • 3 Cup of teas during the trek
    • English speaking Guide depending on the place
    • Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
    • Airfares including taxes as appropriate for internal flight transfer which is a part of trekking itinerary
    • Land transportation as appropriate for trekking itinerary
    • All our government taxes
    • Official expense
    • First aid kits
    • Map
    • Availability of Duke Nepal Personnel in emergency
  • Excludes
    • Certain lunches and dinners as explained in the trekking itinerary
    • Your travel insurance which is compulsory
    • Your International Plane fare and airport taxes
    • Appropriate visa fees
    • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
    • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
    • Personal trekking equipment and gear
    • Certain sightseeing entrance fees
    • Gratuities, tips to guides, porters, drivers,  etc. (not compulsory)

Trip Facts

  • Region: Bajhang
  • Max. Altitude: 4859m
  • Grade :
  • Group Size: Min 2 PAX
  • Duration: 15 Day(s)
  • Rating: Good

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