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Jumla & Lake Rara Trek


A magnificent journey to Jumla & Rara Lake, on least visited tranquil country in serene perfect wilderness lies in the far north-west Nepal Himalaya. Experience Treks welcomes you to immerse in this beautiful country to Jumla & Lake Rara, a mesmerizing picturesque journey with moderate and small high hill passes, and without a problem of high altitude sickness, a fascinating walk in unbelievable tranquil, natural surrounding enclosed with beautiful enchanting ever-green forest and landscapes through ancestral towns and villages with time for excursion of Rara lake, and with fabulous views of Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal, Kanjiroba with Mt. Dhaulagiri in the far horizon.
After a marvelous time at Rara lake surrounded by pristine forest with awesome scenery, we return to Jumla via an alternative trail with picturesque views all the way for Jumla with panoramic scenic flight of Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu, certainly an awe-inspiring journey to Jumla & Rara Lake with the expert guidance and excellent service of Experience Treks.

Trip Highlights
• Journey at Nepal’s largest Lake Rara with enchanting forest surrounding
• The least visited trekking area in panoramic landscapes
• An unique stunning views of Api, Saipal and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges
• Unspoiled villages by modern civilization, old traditional villages on scenic high passes, natural country enriched with flora & fauna.



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Day 01:
Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
Fly to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel.

Day 03:
Fly to Jumla 2,370 m walk to Charya Chaur 2,800 m/04 hrs.

Day 04:
Trek on route Botan via unnamed pass at 3,500 m/06 hrs

Day 05:
Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440 m/06 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek and camp at Ghorasain near Rara Lake 3,190 m/04 hrs.

Day 07:
Trek to Rara Lake 2,980 m/06 hrs.

Day 08:
At Rara Lake rest day for excursion around the lake

Day 09:
Trek to Pina 2,580 m via Jhyari-05 hrs.

Day 10:
Trek to Chauta 2,770 m via Ghurchi Lagna pass 3,460 m.

Day 11:
Trek to Tharamara 3,270 m/06 hrs.

Day 12:
Trek to Jumla-06 hrs.

Day 13:
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 14:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.

Day 15:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Nepalgunj and Jumla airfare for member and staff/s
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from Nepalgunj and Jumla airport & go fly into Nepalgunj and Jumla from Kathmandu too.
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel, at the hotel our guide will brief with orientation programs of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information.

Day 02:
Fly to Nepalgunj (55 mins flight) and transfer to hotel.
Morning or afternoon transfer to domestic airport for flight to Nepalgunj with awesome mountain panorama view on this 55 minutes flight to Nepalgunj, on reaching Nepalgunj our staff will transfer to respective hotel with time in the afternoon for a visit around the town situated on the south-west Nepal close to India border.

Day 03:
Fly to Jumla 2,370 m trek to Charya Chaur 2,800 m/04 hrs
Depending upon the flight time of the early morning at Nepalgunj airport, then fly to Jumla of 40 mins flights of scenic views of mountains ranges, on reaching at Jumla; a largest hill town of Karnali zone with sparsely populated administrative town with recently built dirt roads communication, here is unreliable accessible on foot or by air with few jeeps to drive here. At the airstrip, our trekking staff will receive for the first day walk to Charya Chaur for overnight camp.

Day 04:
Trek on route to Botan beneath unnamed pass 3,500 m/06 hrs.
Morning walk starting with an uphill climb through pristine forest rhododendron, birch and pine tree lines and onto the unnamed grassy pass sometimes called Jaljala, with fantastic views of Kanjiroba Himal towards east. As the day walk leads through serene wildernesses, descend the path to few hours of alpine forest and to overnight camp on the grazing pasture.

Day 05:
Trek to Botan 2, 680 m via Sinja Khola 2,440 m/06 hrs.
This wonderful journey of the trail to Lake Rara continues with a downhill to Sinja then following Jaljala Khola downstream into a forest with vast pine trees and through terraced farmlands, we reach at Sinja village with old ruin temples and monument where you can observe ancient sculptured stones covered in moss and with weeds. From here following the river upstream, finally comes to a small village at Ganj through an impressive gorge to Botan village for overnight stop.

Day 06:
Trek to Ghorasain 3,190 m/04 hrs.
Slowly and with steady half day walk today coming to an entrance of Rara Lake National Park after leaving Sinja Khola from Botan, the trek follows the Ghatte Khola towards north-eastwards up at wonderful small valleys, then into the farmland with primitive flour water mills and reaching overnight camp at Rara National Park in Ghorasain which has a police post with ample time for short excursion around or just relax after days of good walk.

Day 07:
Trek to Rara Lake 2,980 m/06 hrs.
After Ghorasain camp, journey heads towards about two hours gradual climbs all the way of Chuchemara Danda at 4,260 meters, reaching at the top offering fantastic view of surrounding landscapes scenery and snow-capped mountains towards north, we descend to view of Rara Lake through forest of bamboo and birch trees, then crossing Khatyar Khola leading upstream to overnight stop at the shore of Rara Lake.

Day 08:
Rest the day at Rara Lake for local excursion around.
A rest day with leisure morning after breakfast optional excursions into and then climbing a wooden tower for spectacular views of the lake and surrounding hills and of distance snow-capped mountains.

Day 09:
Trek to Pina via Jhyari 2,580 m/05 hrs.
On leaving Rara Lake with an enjoyable and pleasant time, today a moderate walk on the path to a ridge at Jhyari; small village, from here trek follows the Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for a short while then leading to cross Dhauligar Khola valley, from here walk by Dhauligar Khola all the way to overnight camp at Pina; a farm village with police post and a small local hotel.

Day 10:
Trek to Chauta 2,770 m via Ghurchi Lagna pass 3,460 m/06 hrs.
Morning starts with an uphill walk through beautiful forest with superb views on north, then with a gradual climb reaching at Ghurchi Lagna pass with several chhortens (a buddhist monuments) festooned with prayer flags, from here trail descends across alpine pastures through walnut groves and to a steep narrow valley all the way to overnight camp at Chauta village with shops and small lodge.

Day 11:
Trek to Tharamara 3,270 m/06 hrs.
After this small villages of Chauta, morning walk follows Sinja Khola through Bumra and past the small hotel and health clinic under the overhanging rock at Kamra, a source of an important medicinal mineral, Silajit. From here on the downhill track of Sinja Khola, and then passing Nyawre village following the river upstream then with an uphill walk of approximately: 600 meters climb to a pasture for overnight camp at Tharamara.

Day 12:
Trek to Jumla-06 hrs.
Today the last day of this awesome adventure, morning starts with a gradual downhill to a nice green valley through pristine alpine forests and to a fertile agriculture valley, the walking passes few villages of Padmara then following the same river all the way for the last overnight stop at Jumla. After making a nice wonderful circuit of Jumla, in Jumla afternoon free for an excursion around the busy market town.

Day 13:
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
After a wonderful time for the western mountain range and visiting Nepal’s largest Lake Rara, this awesome journey concludes with a morning scenic flight of Nepalgunj with panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, then on arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the time for connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours for refreshment at Nepalgunj, then back on the flight to Kathmandu, on reaching domestic terminal our staff will transfer you to respective hotel after a mesmerizing time in the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.

Day 14:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
We have reserved this day in case of flight delay at Jumla to Nepalgunj if all goes according to the program using this as a free day in Kathmandu; with guided sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley at places of interest.

Day 15:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.

RARA NATIONAL PARK

AREA (106 sq km)

LOCATION: Rara National Park is located in north-west Nepal about 371 km air distance from Kathmandu. Most of the parks including Lake Rara lies in Mugu District: a small area is within Jumla District of Karnali Zone. This is the smallest park in Nepal containing the country’s biggest lake (108 sq km) at an elevation of 2,990 m.

FEATURES:
Park elevation ranges of 1,800 m to 4,048 m. The park contains mainly coniferous forest. The area around the lake is dominated by blue pine, black juniper, west Himalayan spruce, Oaks, Himalayan cypress and other associated species.
At about 3,350 m, pine and spruce give away to fir, Oak and birch. Deciduous tree species like Indian horse chestnut, walnut and Himalayan popular are also found.
A small portion of the park serves as an ideal habitat for musk deer. Other animals found in the park include Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Ghoral, Himalayan Thar and Wild Boar.
Snow trout is the only fish species recorded in the lake. Resident Gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl are also quite commonly sighted in this area.
The great crested grebe, black-necked grebe, and red-crested pochard are seen during winter. Other common birds are the snow cock, chukor partridge, Impeyan pheasant, Kalij pheasant and blood pheasant.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Botanical Treks & Excursion`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.
Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email: info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
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