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.
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
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.
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
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
Free day to explore around the Rara Lake.
Dinner and overnight camp at Rara Lake.
Dinner and overnight camp at Rara Lake.
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..
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..
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to airport for final departure.