Simikot – Rara Lake Trek – 19 Days

Trip Facts

  • Total Days - 19
  • Trekking Days - 13
  • Hotel in Kathmandu - 4 Nights
  • Hotel in Nepalgunj - 1 Night
  • Trek Grade - Moderate / Strenuous
  • Type of Trek - Camping
  • Best Season - Spring / Early Autumn
  • Walking Time - 4 - 7 hours each day

This trek follows through the Southern Humla with incredible views of foothills, hills, mountains, lush forest to arid lands. The trail leads along the Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal touching various village settlements of ethnicities like Khasa, Thakuri, Brahmin, Byansi and other occupational castes. It goes via Rara Lake, the biggest lake in Nepal which lies in the Rara National Park. The area is a home for hundreds of species of trees, plants, birds and animals. The alpine meadows and forests blend with the Khasa culture and village settings providing a unique experience of southern Humla where the Rara Lake adds spice making your trip memorable forever.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot
Day 05: Trek Simikot to Yanchu
Day 06: Trek Yanchu to Sunakhar
Day 07: Trek Sunakhar to Sarkeghat
Day 08: Trek Sarkeghat to Darma Bazaar
Day 09: Trek Darma Bazaar to Jogimara
Day 10: Trek Jogimara to Bam
Day 11: Trek Bam to Gamgadi
Day 12: Trek Gamgadi to Rara Lake
Day 13: Explore Rara Lake
Day 14: Trek Rara Lake to Jhyari gaun
Day 15: Trek Jhyari to Nauri Ghat
Day 16: Trek Nauri to Jumla
Day 17: Flight Jumla to Nepalgunj and connected flight to Kathmandu
Day 18: Visit Bhaktapur
Day 19: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1334m) airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting Swoyambunath, a magnificent Buddhist stupa located on a high hill which is just 10 minutes drive from Thamel followed by a visit of Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: a scenic flight to Nepalgunj; a city in western Nepal.
Flight Time: 45 minutes
Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot (2985m): early morning flight to Simikot for about 40 minutes. Then we spend the day exploring Simikot Bazaar to get well acclimatized with the suddenly gained altitude.
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Overnight: Camping

Day 05: Trek Simikot to Yanchu (2100m): as we start our trek, we descend down to the Karnali River where we stop for the lunch enjoying the view of Karnali river valley. After lunch we walk for about 2 hours following this river all way to Yanchu, a Thakuri village.
Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 06: Trek Yanchu to Sunakhar (3010m): we start our day following Karnali river valley that goes through Bokche Gauda. There is a traditional saying about this place "The Sheep can jump over this river and get to Bokche Gauda" means the river there goes through very deep canal so the two banks of the river is really narrow so even sheep can jump over that river and reach to Bokche Guada in no time. stop at a place called Piusa for the lunch. Then, continuing our trek goes through several small streams and settlements.
Walking Time: 6 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 07: Trek Sunakhar to Surkeghat (3195m): continuing our trek towards Mugu valley, we go through Bagkunyauna Danda and Bhubre Lagna then heading more south we follow traditional trail to get down to the river bank then following the Karnali river we trek to Surkeghat.
Walking Time: 5 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 08: Trek Surkeghat to Darma Bazaar (2200): as we continue our trek, we walk along the bank of the river and goes through several settlements such as Mastamandau, Nihsikhola and Tallo Kalpe. It is about 6 hours trek to Darma Bazaar. Darma Bazaar is famous for its' red and brown rice and Apples.
Walking Time: 6 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 09: Trek Darma Bazaar to Jogimara (3005m): following the new trekking route called Hidden Himalaya trek suggested by Nepal tourism board and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal, we trek towards south going through Rimi, Milchham Bagar and Saaththaple. It is about 5 hour's fairly easy trek to Jogimara.
Walking Time: 5 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 10: Trek Jogimara to Bam (2700m): as we start our day, we climb towards the pass called Chankheli pass (3594m) which offers the magnificent view of Saipal Himal and other mountain ranges. Then we trek down to Darke Khola camp and continue our trek to Bam which is in Mugu District.
Walking Time: 7 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 11: Trek Bam to Gamgadi (2095m): it is fairly easy and short trek for today that goes through several settlements and crossing over few suspension bridges to reach Gamgadi, districts headquarter of Mugu district.
Walking Time: 5 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 12: Trek Gamgadi to Rara Lake (2980m): another short trek for about 4 hours takes us to Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal. It is surrounded by the Himalayas, beautiful forest and alpine grazing land.
Walking Time: 4 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 13: Explore Rara Lake: we spend the day exploring Rara Lake and surroundings and trekking to Murma Top to get the best view of Rara Lake.
Overnight: Camping

Day 14: Trek Rara Lake to Jhyari gaun (2635m): walking along the lake of West Side, we trek down to Jhyari gaun in about three hours. it is fairly easy and short day again.
Walking Time: 3 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 15: Trek Jhyari gaun to Nauri Ghat (2755m) via Ghurchi Lagna (3480m): as we continue our trek, we walk through several small settlements like Pina and Chautha; also goes through the pass called Ghurchi Lagna. It is one of the longest days of the trek taking about 8 hours to reach Nauri Ghat.
Walking Time: 8 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 16: Trek Nauri Ghat to Jumla (2540m): another long day through the Khali gaun and Daphe Lagna (pass) takes us to Jumla, the hub of the far western Nepal. It is about 7 hours trek to Jumla from Nauri Ghat.
Walking Time: 7 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 17: Fly Jumla to Nepalgunj and connected flight to Kathmandu (1334m): early morning flight to Nepalgunj and afternoon / evening flight to Kathmandu.
Flight Time: 35 minutes (JUM - KEP)
Flight Time: 45 minutes (KEP - KTM)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 18: Visit Bhaktapur: We drive for an hour to visit an ancient city, Bhaktapur. It is one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 19: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Note: Name of the places could be different than given names on the itinerary as local names are more popular in the region which are not mentioned on this itinerary / map. Also, some overnight places / route could be different than the given places / route depending on current conditions of the route and places.

Note: Far western Nepal is one of the remotest areas of Nepal so standard of the service in this part will be really basic.

The tour price includes:

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu / Nepalgunj on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Nepalgung - Simikot / Jumla - Nepalgunj
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and National park entry fees
  • Special permits of Simikot region
  • Professional tour / trekking guide, cook, assistant guides / cooks and porters
  • Village Development Committee entry charge
  • Accommodation in tents / camp during the trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Necessary camping equipment
  • Mules or porter to carry luggage and camping equipment

The tour price does not include:

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation, helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.



Weather Report

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

TREKKING GEAR

  • Day back-pack
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Micro Fleece
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Hiking shoes (Boots)
  • Runners (sport shoes)
  • Trekking Socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun-glasses
  • Water bottles
  • Thermal underwear(long)
  • T- shirts
  • Sunscreen/lotion
  • Flip flop (sandal)
  • Towel
  • Hat(Baseball cap)
  • Pristine drops (Water purifier)
  • Head light / flash light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Wind Proof Trouser(s)
  • Personal medical kid
  • Toiletries

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