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Simikot Rara Wilderness Trek

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July 18, 2018

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Simikot Jumla trek via Rara Lake is a wonderful trek which passes through the wilder hidden valleys of Humla and Mugu.  Humla Simikot is a gateway of holiest Mt.Kailash and Mugu is the home of astonishing Rara lake and Rara National Park.

 

Tour Details

Simikot Jumla trek via Rara Lake, caters a great experience of cultural and natural diversities rewards with adventure and wild route of North-West Nepal.This route is also a part of ‘Great Himalayan Trail’ longest and adventurous trek of the world.

Simikot Jumla trek via Rara Lake kicks up with a scenic mountain flight all the way nearby Saipal Peak take of on Simikot runway. From the Simikot descending down about 1000m to the left bank of  Karnali River and following the Karnali river is our first camp Pius Village. Then following another four/five days to the right and left bank of Loti Karnali along the Utopani, Sarkeghat and Piplan, Tallo Pali and Mathilo Pali, and Chala the last frontier village of Humla is ‘Nepka’.

Nepka is one of the most remote villages in Nepal and probably the Himalaya as a whole. Land available for cultivation is very limited. People of Nepka belong to ‘Tamang’ an indigenous people of Nepal. Beyond the Nepka the trail gets drained into the lush vegetation and beautiful peace valley for three days setting camp on Lepcha, Chugarchaur, Kangla Chaur 4500m. The next crossing the Mugu Dada 4987m passing through Tanke Khola confluence in Rimar Khola camp at Dani Odar. Following the Old Mugu a ruined valley next is Mugu village.

Mugu village is a small mountain village located in the Northwest Himalaya of Nepal. The inhabitants of Mugu village are known as ‘Mugum’. Mugu village dates back about 800 years. Mugu village is one of the isolated and remote places of Karnali zone.

Beyond the Mugu, descending to Shailechaur Kharka, following the Mugu Karnali River along Chitai Bagar, Tiyar, Pulu, Dungedhara, Lumsa and Gamgadi trail ascend to Rara Lake.A day exploring around Rara lake one may continue for three days to Jumla via Bulbule, Sinjha Ghat, Jaljala to Khalanga and fly back to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj- Simikot and Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee

 

Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.

Communication

We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.

Food

While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.

Climate

In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes.September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day.In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5  and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C.At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in TIA, Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Transfer to Hotel 1 hours

Day 3Fly Nepalgunj to Simikot 1 hour

Day 4Trek to Pius Village 6/7 hours

Day 5Trek to Utopani 6/7 hours

Day 6 Trek to Sarkeghat 6/7 hours

Day 7Trek to Piplan 6/7 hours

Day 8 Trek to Challa Village 6/7 hours

Day 9Trek to Nepka village 3/4 hours

Day 10Trek to Lepcha 3000m 6/7 hours

Day 11Trek to Chugarchaur 3500m 6/7 hours

Day 12Trek to Kangla Chaur 4000m 4hrs

Day 13Trek to Riule Piule Chaur 4560m 4 hours

Day 14 Trek to Dani Odar traversing 4987m 8/9 hours

Day 15Trek to Mugu Village 6/7 hours

Day 16Trek to Chitai Bagar 2600m 7hrs.

Day 17Trek to Dhungdhara 2500m 8/9 hrs.

Day 18Trek to Ghat 6/7 hours

Day 19Trek to Rara Lake 2980m 5 hrs.

Day 20Free and exploring day

Day 21 Trek to Bulbule 6/7 hours

Day 22Trek to Sinjhaghat 7 hours

Day 23Trek to Jaljala 6/7 hours

Day 24Trek to Khalanga Jumla 6 hours

Day 25Fly back to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 26Free day in Kathmandu

Day 27Fly back to Home country

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