Jumla Rara Trekking

Jumla Rara Trekking

Rara Lake is situated at an altitude of 2,980 meters and 28 km north of Jumla, perched on a high shelf on the northern flank of Ghurchi Lekh (4,067 m). The oval- shaped lake has a water surface of nearly eight square kilometers with hills of pine and rhododendrons around it. The peaceful surroundings are enhanced by the reflection of Ghurchi Lekh in its blue waters. Chankheli peak (4,201 m) lies in the north.  Across the deep Mugu Karnali gorge, you start the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

The trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park.

This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is 'off the beaten track' which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters when hiking on the way back.

Trip Facts:
Destination: Nepal
Group Size: Minimum Two people
Highest Altitude: 3460m
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Transportation: By Air/Vehicle.
Trek Duration: 16 Days.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes about 40 minutes. This flight offers you enchanting aerial views of the jungles and Himalayan Range. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m.) takes about 35 minutes. This day you can enjoy the views of Sisne Himal, Dudu Kundari Himal and other unnamed mountains.

Day 04: Trek from Jumla to Patmara (2920m.) takes about six hours. The early part of the trail is flat and after some distance begins a steep ascent to Patmara. En route you pass pine forests, green hills and through picturesque villages. These villages are mostly inhabited by Chhetri and few other castes. Here you will find the local people exercising their distinct cultural and social practices. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either the Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 05: Trek from Patmara to Bhargaon (2690m.) takes approximately six hours. You trek along a steeply ascending path for early two hours. After you cross Kharila pass (3050m.), the trails go down gently until you reach Nyawer (2670m.). This is a small village with terraces, mud roof houses and is mainly inhabited by Chhetri. Now your trail goes gently up crossing a suspension bridge over Nyawer Khola (stream) to Bhargaon. En route you move through forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, bamboo and other local vegetation. Bhargaon is relatively a big village where there are monasteries, chorten, and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Day 06: Trek from Bhargaon to Pina (2380m.) takes about six hours. The trails you move through gently ascend until you cross a suspension bridge. Again you trek along an ascending path until reaching the check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Here you have to pay an entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trail to Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.) is a steep ascent before turning steeply downhill all the way to Pina. En route, you can enjoy forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, wild animals and local birds.

Day 07: Trek from Pina to Gumgarhi (2580m.) takes approximately six hours. This day you cross a wooden bridge over Jhari Khola (stream) and follow a mostly ascending path. At some places the trail goes downhill. On the way, you can observe musk deer and pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. You come across several villages rich in terraces, monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and local people following the Tibetan life style. Gumgarhi is yet another village mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Gurung and other castes.

Day 08: Trek from Gumgarhi to Rara Lake (3060m.) takes about five hours.The route is mostly downhill but goes uphill for some distance. You come across villages and forests. This day you can enjoy the sight of the magnificent lake which is Rara. Naturally built, Rara lake is the biggest lake of Nepal.

Day 09: Rest at Rara Lake. On this day you can walk around the lake to see the wild animals, birds and beauty of nature.

Day 10: Trek from Rara Lake to Jhari (2500m.) takes about seven hours. To reach Jhari, you trek on a steeply descending path following forests and a wooden bridge over the Jhari Khola and villages. Jhari is a small village where you can enjoy monasteries, chortens, prayer flags and houses of Tibetan style. This is mainly inhabited by Gurung who are close to life style of Tibetan people.

Day 11: Trek from Jhari to Bhargaon (2690m.) takes six hours. The route in the beginning moves downward and after some distance turns up until you cross Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.). From here the route travels up and down for a while before descending to Bhargaon. It is a village dominated mainly by Chhetri and a few other castes. On The way, you will pass through forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron, juniper, green hills and several villages.

Day 12: Trek from Bhargaon to Patmara (2920m.) takes about six hours. Leaving Bhargaon, you follow a steeply descending path all the way to Khari La Pass and then the route turns steeply down to Cherry (2009m.). The route then moves through gentle flat land all the way to Patmara. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindu God and Goddess. People living here follow either the Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 13: Trek from Patmara to Jumla (2370m.) takes about five hours. This day you trek through a steeply descending path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges.

Day 14: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj which takes about 35 minutes.

Day 15: Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives.

Cost Included:

#Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
#3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
#Teahouse accommodation during the trek
#All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
#All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
#Domestic flights
#An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek #leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
#Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
#Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
#Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
#Duffel bag, Allied Adventure t-shirt and trekking map.
#All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
#Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
#All government and local taxes.

 

Cost Excluded:

#Personal expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
#Tips for guide/porter
#Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
#Your travel insurance
#International airfare and airport departure tax.
#Nepal visa fee

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