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Camping & Chillax in Jumla & Ra Ra Lake - 16 Days

Camping & Chillax in Jumla & Ra Ra Lake
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From Jumla, the trek heads north passing through beautiful country side, farm villages and valleys with excellent views of snow capped peaks of Dolpo and the Tibetan mountain ranges. You will feel as if you have entered a totally different world, as you enter the Ra Ra National Park and its beautiful surroundings including the pristine Rara lake. It’s scenery and unbelievable quietness is fascinating amidst its charming forest and landscapes. We will camp here for two nights in order to explore around the largest lake in Nepal.

A journey into the Jumla region and the lake, Rara is probably one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range with its unique tranquility, blending well in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountains and beautiful landscapes.
Our adventure starts from the hill town of Jumla in the remote north-west of Nepal.

After an enjoyable stay here, we return to Jumla by an alternative route in order to give you the best of this magnificent country, we conclude our wonderful and memorable journey at Jumla with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Rara National Park is located in north-west Nepal about 371 km air distance from Kathmandu. Most of the park, including Lake Rara, lies in Mugu District: a small area is within Jumla District of Karnali Zone. This is the smallest park in Nepal, containing the country’s biggest lake (10.8 sq kms) at an elevation of 2,990m.

Park elevations range from 1,800m to 4,048 m. The park contains mainly coniferous forest. The area around the lake is dominated by blue pine, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak, Himalayan cypress and other associated species.

At about 3,350 m, pine and spruce give away to fir, oak and birch. Deciduous tree species like Indian horse-chestnut, walnut and Himalayan popular are also found.

A small portion of the park serves as an ideal habitat for musk deer. Other animals found in the park include Himalayan black bear, leopard, goral, Himalayan Thar and wild boar. Snow trout is the only fish species recorded in the lake. Resident Gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl are also quite commonly sighted in this area.

The great - crested grebe, black-necked grebe, and red-crested pochard are seen during winter. Other common birds are the snow cock, chukor partridge, Impeyan pheasant, kalij pheasant and blood pheasant.

Day 1
Arrived in Kathmandu

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 2
Explore Kathmandu

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepaljung. At Nepalgunj will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical in character.

Day 4
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m)

After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj, early morning transfer to airport for half hour flight to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the distant snow capped peaks. On arrival at Jumla our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Jumla is the largest upland town in the Karnali District, Nepal's most sparsely-populated adminstrative zone with no roads communication and is only accessible on foot or by air.

We will have time to explore Jumla to see the bazaar and temple dedicated to Chandan Nath, a mythical saint who defeated serpents demon and emptied the lake which flooded the valley. Some half an hour's walk from Jumla towards the college is the small village of Micha where, in a small walled enclosure, stand a number of stone stupas telling of the Buddhist history. The stupas were erected in memory of important dignitaries of the region and date back from the late 15th century. From here we take a short walk climbing away from the Jumla Valley to the campsite at Charya Chaur high above the Karnali Technical College.

Day 5
From Charya-Chaur to camp beneath the unnamed grassy pass (3500m) - approx 6 hours walk

Our day start with a morning climb through birch and pine forests to the unnamed grassy pass sometime known as Jaljala. As the walk progress view of Kanjiroba himal can be seen to the east, with its twin peaks that towers over the adjacent area. At afternoon we descent of about 870m through beautiful forests and find a suitable spot for overnight camping on the pastures with a nearby Shepard's hut after a relatively moderate day on the trail.

Day 6
Trek to Botan (2680m) via Sinja Khola (2440m) - approx 7 hours

Our morning walk completes the descent to Sinja by following the Jaljala Khola downstream through forests with immense gnarled pines and through terraced farmland. Just before the final descent to Sinja the trail passes the 300 year old Kanaksundari Temple where ancient stone lions guard the inner sanctum. Sinja was once the ancient and thriving winter capital of the Malla kings and a few Malla stones dating from the medieval Khasa kingdom can still be seen alongside the trail on its steep, low knob. The trail passes south of the peaked, white temple and descends to the main river, crossing a thick plant bridge at a place where the water has cut a deep, narrow furrow through bedrock. Sinja village rests upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, here called the Sinja River.

The ruined town actually stood on the east bank of the Sinja Khola, at a place known as Kotgaon or Lamathada, where you can poke among ancient sculptured stones overgrown with weeds. Just north of Sinja stone-bound aeries once used by meditating re-annunciates are visible along the rock walls. Maybe we will have lunch stop or a short break near the bridge over the Khola and then following the river upstream passing by the small village of Ganj through a spectacular gorge to the campsite at the village of Botan.

Day 7
Trek to Rara Border (3190m) - approx 4 hours

Today will be a short walk to the entrance of the Rara Lake National Park where we camp. Our route leaves the Sinja Khola from Botan to follow the Ghatte Khola north and then walking towards north-eastwards up a beautiful miniture valley through farmland and past primitive flour mills to enter the Rara National Park at the Ghorasain police post, with enough time for short walk around or catch up on some laundry or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Day 8
Trek to Rara Lake (2980m) - approx 7 hours

Leaving the Ghorasain campsite our route leads to a climb all the way to the Chuchemara Danda ridge at about 4,260m which will take us nearly 2 hours, the climb is not too hard and on reaching the crest of the ridge an excellent panorama can be seen against the northern horizon. Descending the trail northwards, Rara Lake will soon be seen to the north-east and the trail passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola which is followed upstream to our overnight camp near the shore of Rara Lake.

Day 9
Rest day at Rara Lake

A rest day to explore and climb up to the wooden observation tower for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. The National Park Headquarters can be visited and a leaflet about the National Park can be obtained there. Swimming is allowed in the lake and is refreshing.

Day 10
Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari (2580m)

Another short day on the trail to leave Rara Lake behind and cross a ridge to the villge of Jhyari, following the Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for only short way, the route then crosses into the Dhauligar Khola valley to our overnight campsite beside the river. Farming is very evident in these valleys with terraced fields on all but the steepest slopes and snow capped peaks will be seen to the north east. We can (time permitting and willingness of the group and the porters) also trek on to a delightful campsite at Pina if we want to make the next day shorter.

Day 11
Trek to Chauta (2770m) via Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3460m) - approx 6 hours

From the campsite on the Dhauligar Khola, our walk leads through farmland to the village of Pina where there is a police post and a small local hotel before climbing to the Ghurchi pass. The long climb from Pina is mostly through forests with fine views to the north which are best enjoyed during rest stops. The pass is marked by several chortens and the trail then descends across alpine pastures, through walnut groves and to a steep narrow valley all the way to the village of Chauta for our overnight stop, where there are shops and local hotels.

Day 12
Trek to Tharamara (3270m) - approx 6 hours

Our journey from Chauta follows the northern bank of the Sinja khola through Bumra and past the small hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kamra, source of the important medicinal mineral, Silaji. Descending to the Sinja Khola the route passes the village of Nyawre, supplied by hydroelectricity, to the next bridge upstream before climbing for some 600meters to the pasture at Tharamara, we will be camping here or an hour further above Tharamara.

Day 13
Trek to Jumla - approx 6 hours

Our last day of trekking begins slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town.

Day 14
Fly Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If its in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel Batika at Nepalgunj, then connect with flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 15
Leisure in Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu and please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 16
Transfer to Airport for the International departure

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Porter-supported trek

Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

Baggage Weight Limitation

The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trek pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women

Inclusive

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms
  • English-speaking trekking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Langtang National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek)
  • Public bus transfer between Kathmandu and Syabru Besi
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses

Exclusive

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • Return air ticket to / from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa (you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $25. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and US $100 respectively. You'll need to prepare 2 copies of passport size photos.)
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment (Refer to the Highlight tab)
  • Tips for trekking porter guide (Tipping is optional but would greatly contribute to the family income of your tour guide)
  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section
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