A journey into the Jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake, is probably one of the most rewarding and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range given its un-spoilt splendor of nature.
Introduction to Simikot Rara Lake Trek This trek follows through the Southern Humla with incredible views of foothills, hills, mountains, lush forests to arid lands. The trail leads along the Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal touching various village settlements of ethnicities like Khasas, Thakuris, Brahmins, Byansis and occupational castes. It ends at 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. This trek can also be done in reverse starting from Mugu or Jumla upwards. The alpine meadows and forests blended with the Khasa culture and village settings provide a unique experience of southern Humla where the Rara Lake adds spice making your trip memorable forever. There is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot, so travelers generally have to fly Simikot via Nepalgunj, the regional hub of Western Nepal. Nepalgunj-Simikot flight operates early in the morning, so we must stay a night in Nepalgunj to catch early morning flight the next day
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with our office staff at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing within the Kathmandu valley with tour guide by private car, stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 200m, stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot 2950m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Trek from Simikot to Gagru 2650m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Trek from Gagru to Gatya Khola 2800m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Trek from Gatya Khola to Pangkha 2800m via Margo La pass 4300m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Trek from Pangkha to Puma Lekh 2800m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Trek from Puma Lekh to Melchham 2800m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek from Melchham to Darma 2550m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Darma to Changkheli 3800m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trek from Changkheli to Banwa 2500m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Banwa to Rara 2980m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Explore Rara Lake, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Trek from Rara Lake to Talcha Airport 2800m, stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Fly from Talcha Airport to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 17: Final Departure to International Airport
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The Trekking Group
For the Lower Dolpo Trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if someone in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually a maximum of twelve people is ideal as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip.
We will be staying at Normal Accomadation Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. Nepal New Generation will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some remote places only have shared washing and toilet facilities.Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Breakfast (only) will be available in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek. We can enjoy freshly-cooked, hygienic and nutritious meals on full-board basis prepared by our trained and experienced cook during the trek. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan dishes as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) will be available.