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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..