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Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla – Padamra – Bumra – Pina – Rara Lake – Ghorepani – Sinja – Chere Chaur – Jumla – Kathmandu
The Rara National park is located in northwestern Nepal about 375 kms. air distance from Kathmandu. It was established in 1976 with an area of 106 sq. km. It is the smallest national park in Nepal but contains the country's largest lake (Rara Lake, 10.8 sq. km) at an elevation of 2990m. The National Park elevations range from 1800 m. to 4048 m and contain mainly coniferous forest. The area around the lake is dominated by blue pine, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak, Himalayan cypress and other similar species. There was once a settlement here, but today, only the abandoned ruins remain on the northern banks. Wild animals such as the Himalayan black bear, leopard, the Himalayan thar, ghoral, musk deer, wild boar and the red panda can be found here. Summer rainfall is low but winter snows can be heavy and persistent. Since the region is fairly high and free from monsoon thunderstorms, summer season is ideal for trekking. Winters are cold but autumn season trekking is rewarded with profusion of alpine flowers. The region is less crowded with trekkers owing to its remoteness. The added cost of transport and other expenses is made up by the solitude and magnificence of the highland scenery. Trekkers must carry their own food and tents as the region lacks in food supply and the high caste orthodox population here does not open their homes as easily as the tribal and Tibetan groups in central and east Nepal. This trip is literally "off the beaten track" and is quite different to anything that is seen on other treks in Nepal. Rara is a high altitude lake ringed with forests of pine, juniper and spruce with a back drop of the Himalaya This trek is rather strenuous and is rather expensive due to scarcity of labour and food, nevertheless it is ideal for those seeking solace in the solitude of the wilderness. The fish species recorded in the lake are the Snow trout and there are many resident gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl. The great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, and red-crested pochard are also seen in winter. Other birds are the Impeyan pheasant, Kalij pheasant, blood pheasant, and snow cock and chukor partridge.

Day 1 Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport the guest will be received and transfered to the hotel. Evening: a short briefing about the trek. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Fly to Nepalgunj
Transfer to the Domestic airport terminal and fly Kathmandu / Nepalgunj (1¼ hr.). Upon arrival will be received by our representatives and transferred to Hotel Batika or Sneha. Overnight at Hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 3 Fly to Jumla
Transfer to Nepalgunj airport and fly to Jumla. On arrival, meet the Sherpa team and camp at Jumla. Dinner and overnight camp at Jumla.

Day 4 Trek to Padamra
There are two tracks leading north to Gumgarhi and Rara. One is a trail leading directly north of the town by the east side of Ju Gad. It climbs over Simkhada village (2438m) to the high alp. of Chere Chaur (2987m) and then to the pass of Danphe Langna (3688m) and meets the other trail just north of Khali Lagna (3545m).


The more popular trek turns east of the town towards Dansangu (2347m) at the confluence of Tila Nadi with Chandbise Khola. Traverse northeast along the right side of Chandbise Khola through pine forests. Two hours further is Urthu (2520m) at the confluence of Chaudbise Khola & Ghurseni Khola. The bridge leads east to Chandbise area and Kaigaon Instead, turn northwest upstream of the tributary stream to Ghursenigaon (2590m). The track now ascends steeply through the narrow gorge of the Ghurseni Khola, keeping all the time to its right slope. Padmara (3017m), a Chettri Village at the head of the valley is one hour beyond the canyon head. The fine stands of pine and spruce become regular features of the track in this region. Dinner and overnight camp at Padamra.

Day 5 Trek to Bumra
The track beyond Padmara continues rising along the north side of Ghurseni stream. Leave the last fields at 3048 meters and climb the first pass, Khali Langna (3545m), four kilometers beyond Padmara. The snow ranges of Patrasi and Jagdula in the east and Chyakhure Lekh in the south are visible from here.
About 30 meters below the pass is a fork turning south by a direct route to Jumla via Danphe Langna. Follow down the right bank of stream to a footbridge at 3353 meters and cross it to the west side. Continue descending north for one-hour pass through dense forest to reach the bridge over Sinja khola at 2743 meters. Cross the bridge to the north side, turn west and climb to Bumra (2850m) about two kilometers further. The one-hour trek is through delightful park-like scenery. The flat roofed houses of Bumra, one stepping over the other have become a general housing pattern in the area. Dinner and overnight camp at Bumra.

Day 6 Trek to Pina
The track beyond Bumra keeps high above the river and skirts two small spurs to reach Bhargon (2890m) in 1 1/2 hours. After one kilometer at the end of the field, the track turns north into the tributary stream of Ghautha Khola. Cross the stream by a log bridge to the west side and climb to Chautha (3100m) in a forest clearing. An hour beyond Chautha, the valley opens out into a pleasant meadow. Keep to the left stream until a western tributary joins it. Climb up the narrow gully on the right-hand side to reach Ghurchi Langna (3457 m) a major water divide. The distant views are however blocked by rich trees. Descend steeply down the northeast shoe and skirt north across a series of low spurs to reach Pina (2430m) in two hours. Pina is a Chhetri village with good views of snow peaks of Humla Patan and Mugu valley far below. The main track to Gumgarhi (1880m), headquarters of Mugu district descends below Pina along the west side of Gum Gad and it takes three hours. Dinner and overnight camp at Pina.

Day 7 Trek to Rara Lake
Rara Dah is only eight kilometers west of Pina. It is a short, pleasant trek with fine views to the north. From Pina, take a trail turning west that traverses a steep north-facing slope. After crossing a stretch of fields, climb a small spur and descend to the stream. Cross the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of Jhari (2545m). It will take just over two hours to reach Jhari from Pina. From Jhari, ascend west along a ridge for about 700 meters to reach a low saddle in two hours. The large lake is visible directly north of this saddle. From here, it is a pleasant descent to the meadows on the south side of the lake. The village site of Rara (3040 m) on the north side is a pleasant two hours walk along the western bank of the lake.
Rara area was designated a National Park in 1975 and it takes about eight hours to walk round the lake. There is much wildlife, including aquatic birds and rich forests around this large lake at a height of 2980 meters. One may spend a day or two in the Rara area. A different route may make a more interesting return trip. Dinner and overnight camp at Rara Lake.

Day 8 Free day at Rara Lake
Free day to explore around the Rara Lake. Dinner and overnight camp at Rara Lake.

Day 9 Free day at Rara Lake
Dinner and overnight camp at Rara Lake.

Day 10 Trek to Ghorepani
Walk past the lake outlet (2,980m) and follow down stream of Khatyar Gad for an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3,139m). Cross the bridge to the south side and climb steadily over 400 meters to reach an open clearing at 3,277 meters. The trail continues climbing south through dense forests until the tree line is reached at 3,658 meters. The ridge continues to rise south for another 200m but it is pleasant trail with distant views of mountains including the lake in the near horizon below. There is no pass on this high ridge and the trail turns southwest at an altitude of 3,749m and descends by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasain (3,271m) on the banks of Ghatta Gad. It is an ideal location for camping. Dinner and overnight at Ghorasain..

Day 11 Trek to Sinja
The Ghatte Gad turns due southeast from Ghorasain and there is trail down the valley to Botan (2,895m). A more interesting trail with better scenic prospect is to climb Diyabala Danda due south of Ghorasain. The climb begins immediately west of Ghorasain and takes about an hour through birch forest to top the crest at 2351 meters. The trail then skirts southeast above the high fields of Lumsa (2,916m). There are good views to the south along the Sinja Valley. The trail descends to Okharapati village (3,100m) on a high shelf above Mindrabali Gad. The descent from Okherpati to Sinja takes less than two hours. Sinja (2,438m) is a Thakuri-Chhetri village at the head of the fertile Sinja Khola and opposite Sinja is the temple of Kanaksundari on a hillock (2,570m) and beside it are the ruins of Lamathada, the old capital of the Khasa Mallas. Dinner and overnight camp at Sinja..

Day 12 Trek to Chere Chaur
Cross the log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad beyond Kotgaon near Lamathada. Follow the stream of another five kilometers due east. Then ascend a ridge (2865m) briefly to descend to the same stream again. The trail clings to the south side of the stream all the way for another nine kilometers. The path twists and turns along the stream but it is a pleasant trail amidst rich forest wilderness. Finally, the trail climbs east along a gully to ascend a pass at 3597 meters.
Descend east along a wide meadow into the headwaters of Ju Gad that drains to Jumla town. Then begins a long descent along the left bank of the stream through birch forest. Descend east along the stream and traverse another kilometer to Chere Chaur (2,987m). Dinner and overnight camp at Chere Chaur.

Day 13 Trek to Jumla
Chere Chaur is a deligthful alpine pasture where flowers are in profusion during late summer. It provides good views of the Jumla town, Tila Valley and Chyakhure Lekh beyond. The return to the town can be a pleasant descent in slow stages. Dinner and overnight camp at Jumla.

Day 14 Fly back to Nepalgunj & connect the late flight to Kathmandu
Early morning take the flight to Nepalgunj and connect the onward flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival will be received and transfered to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15
Transfer to airport for final departure.


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