GHT Simikot Jumla Trek Report
In 2015, with an Austrian couple (Luzia and Ferdinand), followed by 9 Nepalese crew we accomplished GHT Simikot Jumla trek via Rara Lake. In this trip, we explored high and wild route between Simikot and Mugu to Rara Lake instead of lower middle hill direct route.
We started our trek from Simikot along the traditional villages then indulged few days in the high alpine wilderness to the last remote village of Humla ‘Nepka’. Then we followed Kang La chaur ‘trading route up to Tibetan border’ and crossed Mugu Dada ridge along Take khola valley to another remote place Mugu village.
For simplicity I divided the ‘Simikot Jumla Trek Report’ in following different stages;
Stage 1 Simkot to Nepka Village
After a scenic mountain flight to Humla simikot from Western hub Nepalgunj, we kicked up our journey to Mukrik(a campsite below Dojam village) via Gyagruk.
From Mukrik we followed Lurupya Khola and beautiful forest valley to the east and camped in the middle of the Jungle. Further rolling up into the high and alpine valley crossing the Musyang La we descended to the Nepka village, the last and remote village on the other side.
Note – there is a direct and easy route from Simikot to Nepka village following Humla Karnali river valley up to Piplane and then ascending up the Valley of Loti Karnali River to Nepka village.
Simikot Jumla Trek Report
Stage 2 Nepka village to Mugu Village
This part of the trek is one of the most beautiful parts of this trek.
Beyond the Nepka village, we trod along the Loti Karnali River and the forested valley of Lepcha, Galangna and Chugar Chaur. After Chungar Chaur we headed through Musyang Khola and gradually ascended to treeless barren pastureland near Tibetan border Kang La Chaur.
From the Kangla Chaur the major trail branches off, left one leads to Tibet crossing Kang La 5358m pass, and we continued to the right-hand of the valley and camped at Riule Piule 4500m below the Mugu Dada ridge. This ridge separates the Chursing Khola valley and Takya khola valley. And next day we crossed Mugu ridge and descended through Takya khola valley to Dani Odar or Namja Khola valley, a junction of Takya Khola and Namja Khola(Namja khola valley connects Mugu to Tibet via Namja La pass 4907m). From Namja valley we followed the flat, open and very pleasant river valley along the Purano Mugu(The old/ruin Mugu) to Mugu village.
Simikot Jumla Trek Report
Stage 3 Mugu Village to Rara Lake
In this part of the trek, we just followed Mugu Karnali river valley. It was simply easy and normal trek. From Mugu village, we descended to Shailenchaur.
From Shailenchaur you have various options;
- One route leads to Upper Dolpo crossing three passes Chyargo La pass, Yala pass ande Nyimagalzen La pass.
- Another trail to Jumla through Namlang river and Dolphu ‘ancient salt trade route’.
But we followed Mugu Karnali River all the way to Gamgadi passing through Tiyar, Pulu, Ladhaghat, Dungedhara, Lumsa, and Ghat.
From Ghat we ascended to Gamgadi the capital of Mugu and further delightful climb up to jewel of West Nepal ‘Rara Lake’.
Note – If you do not enough time then you can also take flight from Talcha airport to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.
Simkot Jumla Trek Report
Stage 4 Rara Lake to Jumla
From Rara Lake to Jumla is easy trek. From Rara Lake we descended to nearby village Jyari and continued one hour along the motor road and ascended through forested valley conquered the Gurchi Lagna and stepping down to Bulbule. After Bulbule we followed beautiful villages Chautha, Laha and Sinjha Ghat. From Sinjha Ghat we further ascended up to forested valley of Jaljala to Jumla.
From Jumla we took the flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.
Pros and Cons of this Trek
- Though it is high and wilder route, there are no high passes above 5000m.
- Rarely or Very few trekkers trek Simikot to Mugu.
- The wide variety of scenery (Middle hills to high alpine landscapes).
- Friendly and welcoming local people and diverse cultures.
- There no actual tracks across the Lurupya Pass
This trip is an amazing exploration of the middle hill and wild high country of West Nepal.
- It is a moderate grade trek, there are no any 5000m plus high passes.
- People with experience or no previous experience can undertake this trek.
- Spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September to November ) is the best time to do this trek.