Great Himalaya Trail – Rara Lake to Humla Simikot Trek

Great Himalaya Trail – Rara Lake to Humla Simikot Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

28 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4620 m (Nara La)

Group Size

Min 2, Max 12

Trial Access:

Private Comfortable Drive, Domestic flight Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Simikot-Nepalgunj-Ktm

Best Season:

Spring - Autumn

The Great Himalayan Trail – Rara lake to Humla Simikot Trek is one of the most stunning and pristine trek ever existing in Nepal owing to its mind refreshing landscapes and views.

As a part of this journey, you are taken to the Rara lake (2990 meters)­­­ – the biggest lake in Nepal ­– with magnificent panoramas, green luxuriant forests, foothills, green hills & much more. This trek is located in the remote western region of Nepal and is yet to be explored by many tourists.

Hence, if you are looking forward to the vacation amidst the untouched beauty of Rara and Huma, this GHT trek is felicitous for you.

The highest elevation you will come across is Nara La located at the altitude of 4620 meters. As you cover the rugged terrains, you will be rewarded with sights of the many vegetations and faunas. Beside that, you can also witness the unique lifestyle of local people of the region.

As part of Rara National Park, Rara Lake and its alpine ecosystem is protected and maintained thoroughly. This trek is also known as “Great Himalayan Trail Humla Transverse” takes you across the meadows, jungles and hills of Jumla, Rara Lake and to Simikot.

The Great Himalayan trail is surely one of the greatest long-distance trekking trails in the world. Rara Lake to Humla Simikot Trek is one of the portions of this trail with high Tibetan Buddhist influence. You will enjoy the views of mountain ranges and diverse landscapes during this trek.

Simikot is the capital / headquarter of Humla at the height of 2900 meters, from where you will witness stunning views of Humla and the peripheral region.

Highlights of Great Himalayan Trail Humla Transverse

  • Magnificent views from Ghurchi Langa Pass (3447 meters).
  • The splendor of Rara Lake (2990 meters) and its rich surrounding
  • Enjoy the spectacular views from Nara La (4620 meters) incorporating Tibetan plateau, prayer flags,
  • Experience one of the most pristine and less trekked regions of Nepal full of natural offerings.
  • Observe rare animals like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep plus numerous flora and fauna.
  • Get to explore Rara National Park. 

 

Starting Price

USD 2799 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), a representative from Himalayan trekkers and transfer to the hotel will greet you. We will be discussing the trek in details and free time of your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Kathmandu valley sightseeing and prepare for trek.

Meals included: BB

We will start our guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions and some of landmarks which are considered as world heritage sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swoyambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Boudhanath) which is one of the large Stupa in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members where we will discuss our trek. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Scenic flight from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj.

Meals included: BB

We will have a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj today. Our representative will escort you towards the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day 4

Flight Nepalgunj-Jumla (2,350m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  Today we will enjoy the scenic flight to Jumla where we will stay for overnight. Explore Jumla after reaching that destination

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tente camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 25 min flight

Day 5

Trek to Nauri Ghat (2,700m) crossing the Daphe Lekh (3,900m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Nauri ghat via Daphe Lekh (3900m) where we will be setting our camp for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Jhyarigaon (2,672m) crossing the Ghurchi Lagna pass (3,447m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Like earlier days, we will begin our trek to Jhyarigaon leaving Nauri Ghat after warm breakfast. We will cross the Ghurchi Langa pass (3447m) which will grant superb views. Overnight at Jhyarigaon.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 8-9 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Rara Lake (2,986m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We can start today's trek lately as we will be walking for 2-3 hrs only. We will enjoy our delicious lunch after exploring Jhyarigaon and move forward to interesting destination Rara Lake where we will have our camp for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs

Day 8

Explore and free day at Rara lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 Rara is the biggest lake of Nepal that gives relief with its magnificent look. The lake is surrounded by forest and different kinds of flowers can be seen by the side. People can cycle around the lake. Boating facilities are also available. There is a hotel by the side but camping is also available.

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Gamgadhi (2,095m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving our idyllic rest stop at Rara Lake we descend to Gamgadhi, where we will be resting for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Bam (2,700m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 we will leave Gamgadi after breakfast, cross the suspension bridge and climb a steep, rocky trail, trending left until we crest a ridge at 2180 meters. We descend to a small river and then another climb brings us through fields and pine forest to a ridge and then a traverse to Bam village.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Jogimara (3,005m) via Changkheli Lagna (3,594m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We follow a trail which contours around hillsides until we reach a stream at Ghachaur. Here we begin a climb to the pass which should take approximately 3.5 hours, from the top it is an easy descent to a pretty campsite by a stream. There is a teashop close by which is 15 minutes before reaching Jogimara.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Darma Bazar (2,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We make an easy short ascent from Jogimara to a ridge at 3120 meters before a longer descent of 500 meters to a small stream before climbing again, crossing a landslide area. From here we have views of the lower valley and the village of Rimi. We make a long traverse to Deuri, passing by a school before descending to Darma village. Overnight at Darma Bazar.

Accommodation: Tea house/local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 13

Trek to Apsia Lek (3,195m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We continue trekking through the traditional villages of Nimagaon and Korka climbing a series of switchbacks and crossing a basin between ridges before halting at a stream for our lunch break. Climbing once again to the village of Puma we take a right fork and ascend more switchbacks in a pine forest to Apsia Lekh. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 14

Trek to Punkha Khola (3,010m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we have magnificent views of Saipal and surrounding valleys as we follow a contouring trail to Kallas. From here we descend to the river and then climb an easy trail to a ridge and descend once more to the Rodikot Khola. A further east climb of 1.5 hours brings us to our campsite beside the Punkha Khola. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 15

Trek to River Camp (2,100m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start with a big climb of 500 meters through steep switchbacks to a kharka at 3512 meters. From here we continue climbing, gaining views north to Simikot and also to the south. We climb to over 4000 meters today before a very steep descent to the Yanchu Khola. We have a few camping options today, and there will more than likely be some livestock grazing in the valley. Overnight at River Camp.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 16

Trek to Simikot (2,985m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depending on weather conditions today may be a very warm day as there is little shade along the trail. We descend for 15 minutes or so alongside the river before an easy gradient climb to Durpa village and a further descent to the pilgrimage site of Kharpunath. Continuing on another 30 minutes we turn into the Kudila Kola valley. From here we ascend to some teashops and cross a metal bridge before the final set of switchbacks which lead us to Simikot.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 17

Trek to Dharapuri (2,300m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We travel through many villages and fields of buckwheat and potatoes, cross rivers and climb ridges. It is a particularly pretty area with many small communities dotted along our trail. The gradient levels out before Dharapori and we finally pass through walnut and apricot groves. Overnight at Dharapuri.

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 18

Trek to Kermi (2,670m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will walk for a short period of time just after a good breakfast. Leaving Dharapori we cross over the river and trek along the north side towards Muchu before arriving at our camp for the night at a location called Kermi. Overnight.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 19

Trek to Yalbang (3,020m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 Today's journey will be interesting as we will be crossing the suspension bridges, pine forest and encounter some wild animals like Blue sheep and others on the way. We will also observe the monastery after reaching Yalbang where we will set our camp for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 20

Trek to Thumkot (3,380m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After grabbing good and warm breakfast prepared by the staff of Himalayan trekkers, we will follow the rough and hilly trail to Thumkot which our next destination for overnight stay. We may encounter local People who are performing their daily works which could be interesting part for you. Overnight at Thumkot.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 21

Trek to Yari (3,700m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 We will leave Thumkot, pass below the Gompa and through orchards and fields before gaining a ridge, dropping into a ravine and climbing up the other side. There are good views of the upper valley from here. We continue on descending and crossing ridges until we make a final climb to Yari. Yari is a compact settlement with a police post, which is the last in Nepal, and customs office. The main crops of this area are millet, barley, wheat, buckwheat, potatoes, and radishes. To the west of Yari is the Sarpa La, a route into Tibet. Overnight at Yari.

Accommodation: Tea house/local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 22

Trek to Hilsa (3,720m) crossing the Nara La (4,620m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

   Today we will cross Nara La (4620m) the highest point of this trek and continue to descend down the hill to reach Hilsa. Overnight stay at Hilsa.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs

Day 23

Rest day at Hilsa (3,720m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy your stay in Hilsa by capturing a photo with scenic views and beautiful environment. You can also hike down the village area and interact with local people.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 24

Trek back to Thumkot (3,380m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

we will start our trek just after grabbing our warm breakfast. We will climb-ups & downs the hills following the rough trail to return back to Thumkot where we already spent our night.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 7 hrs

Day 25

Trek back to Kermi (2,670m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following the route we have encountered earlier, we will return back to Kermi where we will set up our camp for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 26

Trek back to Simikot (3,000m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We retrace our steps back to Simikot from Kermi and the end of our trek in this very special part of Nepal. There are sure to be big celebrations with our crew tonight, and some well-deserved pats on the back for the Full Himalayan trekkers' group who have completed a very long walk in the Himalaya!

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 27

Scenic flight (Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu).

Meals included: BB

Today we have one and a half hour scenic flight from Simikot - Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. Since we have different flight schedule so we need to stay some time at Nepalgunj airport for the connecting flight to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in the afternoon.

 Free time of your own. In your free time, you can visit a good spa and massage center to realize your pain. In the evening, farewell dinner with Himalayan trekkers team by enjoying a cultural show.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 & 1/2 hrs flight and 30 min drive

Day 28

Departure from Kathmandu.

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Have a safe journey and please do visit Nepal on your next vacation too.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  •  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
  •  Domestic flight  KTM-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Simikot-Nepalgunj-KTM and domestic airport tax.
  •  Accommodation (Hotel) in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj.
  •  Kathmandu city tour 
  •  Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
  •  All transportation by private car.
  •  Simikot Humla Restricted Area permit.
  •  Rara National Park Permit and all other necessary permits.
  •  Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, required number of staff
  •  Salary, equipment & insurance of all staff.
  •  All Camping equipment (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils, etc.)
  •  First Aid Medical Kit box.
  •  All Government tax.

Whats Not Included

  •  Lunch and Dinner in cities
  •  Travel insurance
  •  International airfare to and from Nepal.
  •  Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  •  Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks or nonalcoholic, internet, etc.
  •  Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets
  •  Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  •  Any extra costs due to change in the itinerary due to landslides, flight delays, political disturbance, bad weather or similar circumstances.
  •  Horse renting and additional porters
  •  Tips for guide, porters, driver.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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