Great Himalaya Trail – Rara Lake to Humla Simikot Trek

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    28 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Nara La (4,620 m) m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private drive & domestic flight (Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Simikot-Nepalgunj-Ktm)

  • Region/Type

    Rara Mugu & Jumla Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

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.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

🕑 55 mins

Max Altitude: 150 m

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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 4: Flight from Nepalgunj-Jumla

🕑 25 mins

Max Altitude: 2,350 m

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp

Day 5: Trek to Nauri Ghat crossing Daphe Lekh

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,900 m

After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Nauri Ghat (2,700m) via Daphe Lekh (3900m) where we will be setting our camp for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp

Day 6: Trek to Jhyarigaon crossing Ghurchi Lagna pass

🕑 8-9 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,447 m

Like earlier days, we will begin our trek to Jhyarigaon  (2,672m) leaving Nauri Ghat after warm breakfast. We will cross the Ghurchi Langa pass (3447m) which will grant superb views. Overnight at Jhyarigaon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp

Day 7: Trek to Rara Lake

🕑 2-3 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,986 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ tented camp

Day 8: Explore & free day at Rara Lake

Max Altitude: 2,986 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ tented camp

Day 9: Trek to Gamgadhi

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,095 m

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 10: Trek to Bam

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,700 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 11: Trek to Jogimara via Changkheli Lagna

🕑 7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,594 m

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  (3,005m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 12: Trek to Darma Bazar

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,200 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/local lodges/ tented camp

Day 13: Trek to Apsia Lek

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,195 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 14: Trek to Punkha Khola

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,010 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 15: Trek to River Camp

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,100 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 16: Trek to Simikot

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,985 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 17: Trek to Dharapuri

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,300 m

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 Dharapuri and we finally pass through walnut and apricot groves. Overnight at Dharapuri.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ tented camp

Day 18: Trek to Kermi

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,670 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 19: Trek to Yalbang

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,020 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 20: Trek to Thumkot

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,380 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 21: Trek to Yari

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,700 m

 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/local lodges/ tented camp

Day 22: Trek to Hilsa crossing the Nara La

🕑 6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,620 m

 Today we will cross Nara La (4620m) the highest point of this trek and continue to descend down the hill to reach Hilsa (3,720m). Overnight stay at Hilsa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 23: Rest day at Hilsa

Max Altitude: 3,720 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 24: Trek back to Thumkot

🕑 7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,380 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 25: Trek back to Kermi

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,670 m

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local homestays

Day 26: Trek back to Simikot

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,000 m

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!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 27: Scenic flight (Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu)

🕑 1 & 1/2 hrs flight & 30 mins drive

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  •  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van
  •  Domestic flight  KTM-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Simikot-Nepalgunj-KTM and domestic airport tax
  •  3 star- hotel accommodation 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 and official expenses

Excludes

  •  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
  • Any other expenses that is not mentioned in the inlcudes section

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 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 or 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.

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