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Rara Lake to Humla Section - 27 days (GHT Trail)

Rara Lake

Rara Lake The biggest lake in Nepal, altitude about 2,990 metres covering an area of 10.8 km2.

Rara Lake

The first glimpse of Rara Lake, Mugu

Rara Lake

Morning time at Rara Lake, Mugu

Rara Lake

Birds, Rara L ake Mugu

The Great Himalayan trail Humla Traverse is last portion of the GHT high route. It passes from Rara Lake and follows the ancient salt trading route with Tibet to reach Humla, ending at the Tibetan border. See how the green pastures fade into barren land cut by deep valleys !

Humla is remote and untouched land full of interesting contrasts and the culture here is outstanding and very different from many part of Nepal. From the lush gorge of the Karnali River to the arid plains that expand into Tibet, Nepal’s hidden Himalaya catches the eye with every bend of the trail. You witness fields with different colors, few green hills and forests fade into desolate glacial valleys leading to high passes making for ever-changing landscapes. People with bit of luck always see the blue sheep, one of the few inhabitants of this extreme area jumping through the rocky terrain, and if you are very lucky an encounter with a Snow leopard is possible.

From the district capital of Simikot, spread across a ridge at 2900m, the Great Himalaya Trail follows the old salt trading route northwest towards Tibet. We walk past the high cliffs and the Karnali river and settlements with flat-roofed mud houses. On the way you witness women wearing heavy gold and silver jewelry, and men leading flocks of long-haired goats up and down the muddy trail to Tibet. As we pass Kermi, the area has a high influence of Tibetan Buddhism as the border is close by.

On the you shall meet very few tourist heading towards Kailash and Mansarovar as this area is the gateway from Nepal to the holy mountain, Kailash.

From Hilsa you can continue towards Mount Kailash, or return to Simikot, having finished this most western part – or the complete- GHT!

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
Day 03: Flight Nepalgunj-Jumla (2350 m)
Day 04: Jumla (2350 m)-Nauri Ghat (2700 m) crossing the Daphe Lekh (3900 m) 7 hrs
Day 05: Nauri Ghat (2700 m)-Jhyarigaon (2672 m) crossing the Ghurchi lagna pass (3447 m) 8 ½ hrs
Day 06: Jhyarigaon (2672 m)-Rara Lake (2986 m) 2 ½ hrs
Day 07: Rara Lake (2980 m) Restday
Day 08: Rara Lake (2980 m) to Gamgadhi (2095 m) 4 hrs
Day 09: Gamgadhi (2095 m) to Bam (2700 m) 5 hrs
Day 10: Bam (2700 m) to Jogimara (3005 m) via Changkheli Lagna (3594 m) 7 hrs
Day 11: Jogimara (3005 m) to Darma Bazar (2200 m) 5h
Day 12: Darma Bazar (2200 m) to Apsia Lek (3195 m) 6h
Day 13: Apsia Lek (3195 m) to Punkha Khola (3010 m) 4h
Day 14: Punkha Khola (3010 m) to River Camp (2100 m)
Day 15: River Camp (2100 m) to Simikot (2985 m) 7 hrs
Day 16: Simikot (2985 m) to Dharapuri (2300 m) 4 hrs
Day 17: Dharapuri (2300 m) to Kermi (2670 m) 3 hrs
Day 18: Kermi (2670 m) to Yalbang (3020 m) 5 hrs
Day 19: Yalbang (3020 m) to Thumkot (3380 m) 5 hrs
Day 20: Thumkot (3380 m) to Yari (3700 m) 5 hrs
Day 21: Yari (3700 m) to Hilsa (3720 m) crossing the Nara La (4620 m) 6 hrs
Day 22: Restday Hilsa (3720 m)
Day 23: Hilsa (3720 m)-Thumkot (3380 m) 7 hrs
Day 24: Thumkot (3380 m) to Kermi (2670 m) 6 hrs
Day 25: Kermi (2670 m) to Simikot (3000 m) 7 hrs
Day 26: Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Day 27: Depparture

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  1. Service Details
  2. Service includes on Budget and all:

    • All arrival/departure airport transfer as per itinerary
    • All land transfer as per itinerary
    • All meals, accommodation, tea/coffee and snacks during trek
    • Accommodation in City with breakfast
    • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees.
    • All wages, accommodation, meals, salary Insurance and equipment for staff
    • Professional English speaking guides and porters.
    • Emergency evacuation for incase

    Service Exclude

    • International airfare and departure taxes
    • Meals in City
    • Any kind of beverage, personal nature expenses
    • Nepal entry Visa fees USD 40 for 30 days
    • Travel Insurance
    • Personal gear and expenses.
    • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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