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Nepal's Wild West: Kathmandu to Jumla

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $7,200 PER PERSON
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DURATION

15 days | 14 nights

DESTINATIONS

Nepal

INTERESTS

Off The Grid,
Trekking

TYPE

Intrepid

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience what very few have before you, trekking through some of the most remote regions of Nepal
  • Build your strength and endurance with steep descents and tricky assents along mountain passes between Padamara and Bumra
  • Witness wilderness, untouched and pristine, as you camp beneath the stars in many a remote destination
  • Visit the high altitude lake of Rara National Park 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

This remote trek through western Nepal is not for the faint-of-heart, but for the brave and adventurous. This 15-day wilderness journey will take you through valley low, and mountain high from Kathmandu to Jumla and back again. Experience remote trails with stunning vistas and surroundings. Visit the high altitude lake of Rara Dah. Explore its banks of fragrant pine and juniper forests and find solace in real, pristine wilderness. Camp out in remote villages, along river banks, beneath the Nepalese starry skies along the way.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and swept off to Dwarika’s Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner at the hotel and get a good night’s rest.

DAY 2: Nepalgunj

A short flight will bring you to Nepalgunj, where your guide will bring you to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure; we suggest some rest and relaxation in preparation for the adventure ahead.

DAY 3: Jumla

Enjoy the scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla, where you will be met by your sherpa team and brought to the campsite at Jumla. Here, you will spend the night and enjoy a meal with the team before heading off to bed.

DAY 4: Padamra

Today the real adventure begins! Start your trek in a northeasterly direction through pine forests past Chandbise Khola. Continue past Urthu - from here you will head upstream toward Ghursenigaon. At this point, the path ascends steeply through a narrow gorge of Ghurseni Khola. Continue until you reach Padmara at 9,898 feet. Spend the night at camp in this sleepy Chhetri village.

DAY 5: Bumra

Head out in the cool of early morning along the north side of the Ghurseni stream. Just over two miles past Padamara, you will reach the first pass, Khali Langna, at 11,630 feet. Revel in the beauty of your humbling surroundings – the snow-blanketed ranges of Patrasi and Jagdula to the east, and Chyakhure Lekh to the south. Beyond the pass, descend northward through dense forest until you reach the bridge crossing at Sinja Khola. Cross to the north and continue west towards Bumra, where you will enjoy dinner and a restful night’s sleep.

DAY 6: Pina

Beyond Bumra, your journey takes you high above the river and around two small spurs on the way to Bhargon. Continue over stream and field through Chautha and on through the pleasant meadows, before descending steeply down the northeast shore and skirting along a series of low spurs to reach Pina. This is a Chhetri village with stunning views of snow-peaked Humla Patan and the sweeping Mugu valley in the distance below. Overnight and dinner at camp in Pina.

DAY 7: Rara National Park

Just over four miles west of Pina, Rara is a short, pleasant trek with breathtaking views to the north. The village site of Rara is part of a region designated as a national park, home to the largest lake in Nepal. Enjoy a wilderness walk around the western bank of the lake. Keep an eye out for wildlife. Dinner and overnight at your camp on the banks of Rara Lake.

DAY 8: Rara Dah

Wake when you please, perhaps taking the opportunity to sleep in on the morning of your eighth busy day. Today is free to explore the area around Rara Lake. You could spend a full day walking around, taking in the beautiful scenery. The area offers a unique remoteness and wilderness experience unlike any other region of Nepal. Here, a wide variety of birds, flowers and wildlife are abundant. Dinner and overnight once again at Rara Lake camp.

DAY 9: Rara Dah

Enjoy another free day before continuing on your journey again tomorrow. Enjoy the calm serenity, and take in the fresh air that surrounds you. At nightfall, enjoy yet another al fresco dinner, before allowing nature to sing you to sleep.

DAY 10: Ghorasain

Today, bid the peaceful waters of Rara Lake goodbye, following her outflowing stream, Khatyar Gad, toward Ghorasain. Today’s trek involves climbing through dense forests, along ridge trails with distant views of mountains and a last look at the lake from a new vantage point. Reach Ghorasain on the banks of Ghatta Gad before nightfall, enjoy a hearty dinner and set up camp for the night once again.

DAY 11: Sinja

Follow the Ghatte Gad on a southeasterly path toward a Botan. The next leg of the trail boasts gorgeous scenery as you climb Diyabala Danda. The climb, through bright birch forest takes about one hour, before the trail skirts southeast above the fields of Lumsa. Descend to Okharapati village, and further to Sinja. Arrive in Sinja, a Thakuri-Chhetri village. There is much to see here, with the neighboring temple of Kanak Sundari, and the ruins of Lamathada, the ancient capital of Khasa Mallas. Enjoy dinner and camp overnight at Sinja.

DAY 12: Chere Chaur

Cross a log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad toward Chere Chaur. Today’s trek includes a rolling ridge ascension, and descent along the banks of a fertile stream: a fascinating path full of twists and turns amongst a rich forest. Reach Chere Chaur before nightfall and enjoy dinner and before setting up camp for the night..

DAY 13: Jumla

Today return to the village of Jumla through the beautiful alpine pastures of the Chere Chaur region. The return trek is a pleasant, slow descent with stunning views of the village ahead, Tila Valley and Chyakhure Lekh. Sit down to dinner and set up camp tonight at Jumla.

DAY 14: Kathmandu

Rise and shine early this morning for a return flight to Nepalgunj and on to Kathmandu. Your guide will transfer you to Dwarika's Hotel. Enjoy the luxuries offered by your accommodation. Indulge in a decadent dinner, spa treatments, and get some well-deserved rest.

DAY 15: Departure

Enjoy breakfast and reflect on your incredible adventure before being transferred to the airport on time for your onward journey either home or to your next destination.

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