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* Quest to the largest lake of Nepal in complete calmness in the midst of the Himalayan backdrop
* Pristine forest, stunning landscapes, breath-taking scenery
* Western Himalayas mountain range, less frequented region, isolated traditional villages
* High scenic passes in absolute wilderness.

Introduction:

Beautiful countryside, farm villages and valleys with excellent views of snow-capped peaks of Dolpo and the Tibetan mountain ranges- those are what you pass through once the trek heads north from Jumla. It is like entering a totally different world when you have made it to the Rara National Park. The feeling you get after witnessing its beautiful surroundings first hand is beyond comparison. And of course, the pristine lake Rara is the jewel in the region’s crown.
 
Its scenery and unbelievable quietness amidst its charming forest and landscapes are absolutely amazing. And if you look forward to spending days in such a heavenly abode then, we are pleased to let you camp here for two nights in order to explore around the largest lake in Nepal.
 
A journey into the Jumla region and the lake, Rara is probably one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range with its unique tranquility, blending well in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountains and beautiful landscapes.
 
Our adventure starts from the hill town of Jumla in the remote north-west of Nepal.
 
After an enjoyable stay here, we return to Jumla by an alternative route in order to offer you something different on our way back. As a result, we give you the best of this magnificent country.  Our wonderful and memorable journey in Jumla concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2,370m and begin trek to Charya Chaur 2,800m.
Day 05: From Charya-Chaur to camp beneath the unnamed grassy pass 3,500m.6 hrs walk.
Day 06: Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Rara Border 3,190m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake 2,980m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 09: Rest day at Rara Lake.
Day 10: Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari 2,580m.
Day 11: Trek to Chauta 2,770m via Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3,460m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tharamara 3,270m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Jumla 5-6 hrs.
Day 14: Fly Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.
Day 15: At leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Departure Dates Availability
14 Apr-29 Apr Available
20 Oct-04 Nov Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02:

In Kathmandu.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03:

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.

  As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical in character.
   
Day 04:

Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2,370m and begin trek to Charya Chaur 2,800m, overnight camping.

  After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj, early morning transfer to airport for half hour flight to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the distant snow capped peaks. On arrival at Jumla our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Jumla is the largest upland town in the Karnali District, Nepal's most sparsely-populated administrative zone with no roads communication and is only accessible on foot or by air. We will have time to explore Jumla to see the bazaar and temple dedicated to Chandan Nath, a mythical saint who defeated serpent’s demon and emptied the lake which flooded the valley. Some half an hour's walk from Jumla towards the college is the small village of Micha where, in a small walled enclosure, stand a number of stone stupas telling of the Buddhist history. The stupas were erected in memory of important dignitaries of the region and date back from the late 15th century. From here we take a short walk climbing away from the Jumla Valley to the campsite at Charya Chaur high above the Karnali Technical College.
   
Day 05: From Charya-Chaur to camp beneath the unnamed grassy pass 3,500m.6 hrs walk.
  Day start with a morning climb through birch and pine forests to the unnamed grassy pass sometime known as Jaljala, as the walk progress view of Kanjiroba Himal can be seen to the east, with its twin peaks that towers over the adjacent area. At afternoon we descent of about 870m through beautiful forests and find a suitable spot for overnight camping on the pastures with a nearby Shepherd’s hut after a relatively moderate day on the trail.
   
Day 06: Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440m. 6-7 hrs.
  Our morning walk completes the descent to Sinja by following the Jaljala Khola downstream through forests with immense gnarled pines and through terraced farmland. Just before the final descent to Sinja the trail passes the 300 year old Kanaksundari Temple where ancient stone lions guard the inner sanctum. Sinja was once the ancient and thriving winter capital of the Malla kings and a few Malla stones dating from the medieval Khasa kingdom can still be seen alongside the trail on its steep, low knob. The trail passes south of the peaked, white temple and descends to the main river, crossing a thick plant bridge at a place where the water has cut a deep, narrow furrow through bedrock. Sinja village rests upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, here called the Sinja River. The ruined town actually stood on the east bank of the Sinja Khola, at a place known as Kotgaon or Lamathada, where you can poke among ancient sculptured stones overgrown with weeds. Just north of Sinja stone-bound aeries once used by meditating re-annunciates are visible along the rock walls. Maybe we will have lunch stop or a short break near the bridge over the Khola and then following the river upstream passing by the small village of Ganj through a spectacular gorge to the campsite at the village of Botan.
   
Day 07:

Trek to Rara Border 3,190m. 3-4 hrs.

  Today will be a short walk to the entrance of the Rara Lake National Park where we camp. Our route leaves the Sinja Khola from Botan to follow the Ghatte Khola north and then walking towards north-eastwards up a beautiful miniature valley through farmland and past primitive flour mills to enter the Rara National Park at the Ghorasain police post, with enough time for short walk around or catch up on some laundry or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
   
Day 08:

Trek to Rara Lake 2,980m. 6-7 hrs.

  Leaving the Ghorasain campsite the route leads to a climb all the way to the Chuchemara Danda ridge at about 4,260m which will takes nearly 2 hours, the climb is not too hard and on reaching the crest of the ridge an excellent panorama can be seen against the northern horizon. Descending the trail northwards, Rara Lake will soon be seen to the north-east and the trail passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola which is followed upstream to our overnight camp near the shore of Rara Lake.
   
Day 09:

Rest day at Rara Lake.

  A rest day to explore and climb up to the wooden observation tower for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. The National Park Headquarters can be visited and a leaflet about the National Park can be obtained there. Swimming is allowed in the lake and is refreshing.
   
Day 10:

Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari 2,580m.

  Another short day on the trail to leave Rara Lake behind and cross a ridge to the villge of Jhyari, following the Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for only short way, the route then crosses into the Dhauligar Khola valley to our overnight campsite beside the river. Farming is very evident in these valleys with terraced fields on all but the steepest slopes and snow capped peaks will be seen to the north east. We can (time permitting and willingness of the group and the porters) also trek on to a delightful campsite at Pina if we want to make the next day shorter.
   
Day 11: Trek to Chauta 2,770m via Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3,460m. 5-6 hrs. From the campsite on the Dhauligar Khola,
  our walk leads through farmland to the village of Pina where there is a police post and a small local hotel before climbing to the Ghurchi pass. The long climb from Pina is mostly through forests with fine views to the north which are best enjoyed during rest stops. The pass is marked by several chortens and the trail then descends across alpine pastures, through walnut groves and to a steep narrow valley all the way to the village of Chauta for our overnight stop, where there are shops and local hotels.
   
Day 12:

Trek to Tharamara 3,270m. 5-6 hrs.

  Our journey from Chauta follows the northern bank of the Sinja khola through Bumra and past the small hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kamra, source of the important medicinal mineral, Silaji. Descending to the Sinja Khola the route passes the village of Nyawre, supplied by hydroelectricity, to the next bridge upstream before climbing for some 600meters to the pasture at Tharamara, we will be camping here or an hour further above Tharamara.
   
Day 13:

Trek to Jumla  5-6 hrs.

  Our last day of trekking begins slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town.
   
Day 14:

Fly Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.

  Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If its in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj, then connect with flight back to Kathmandu.
   
Day 15:

At leisure in Kathmandu.

  A free day in Kathmandu and please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 16:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Nepalgunj for 1 night on half board basis.
 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj.
 4.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 5.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Jumla & Jumla / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 8.  Transfer of staff and equipment to / from Jumla.
 9.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

 

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Bardia National Park:

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Pokhara:
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Nagarkot:

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Tibet:

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India:
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Bhutan:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Jumla & Rara Lake
  • Trip Duration : 16 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 3460 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Sep-Oct