Jumla Rara Lake Treks & Bardia National Parks
Jumla & Rara lie in the remote Karnali region, north-west of Kathmandu. The region is made-up of long ridges covered with temperate forests and alpine pastures enclosing high valleys. Summer rainfall is low, but winter snow can be heavy and persistent. Since the region is fairly high and free from monsoon thunder-storms, the summer season is ideal for trekking. Winters are cold, but the autumn seasons trekking is rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trekking permit arrangements. O/N in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj O/N at Hotel
Day 04: Nepalgunj - Jumla
Fly to Jumla. Jumla town is in a delightful valley and here are the highest limits of paddy cultivation. The town is the administrative headquarters of the entire Karnali zone and Jumla district.
Day 04: Jumla - Danphe Langa
From Jumla there are two tracks to Rara. Normally people trek through lower route. The trail follows the Tila river, passing through fields and pine forest. Arrive Uthugaon, the trail ascends up the Gursini Khola valley. Arrive Padmara passing through a deep forest of pine, spruce and firs. The climb continues in forest over the pass at 3400m and descends to Danfelanga. Overnight stop at the other side of Danfelanga.
Day 05: Danfelanga - Chautha
The trail descend passing through fir, birch, walnut and bamboo forest. After crossing a bridge we start to climb and arrive Bhara (classic Tibetan style village) and then descend to Chautha.
Day 06: Chautha - Dhotu
The trail climbs to Gurchilanga pass ascending through forest with a few local teahouses and treeless meadow half way to the pass.
Day 07: Dhotu - Rara lake (3040 m.)
It is a short, pleasant trek with fine views to the north. From Dhotu, take a trail turning West that traverses a steep north-facing slope. After crossing a stretch of fields, climb a small spur and descend to the stream. Cross the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of Jhari 2500m. It takes two hours to reach Jhari from Pina. From Jhari, ascend west along a ridge for about 700 meters to reach a low saddle in another two hours. The Large Rara lake is visible directly north of this saddle. From here, it is a pleasant descent to the meadows on the south side of the lake. The former village site of Rara (3040m.) on the north side is two hours walk along the western bank of the lake. Rara area was designated a National Park in 1975. There is much wild life, including acquiatic birds and rich forest around this large lake at a height of 2980 meters. One may spend a day or two in the Rara area. A more interesting return trip may be a different route
Day 08: Rara Lake
Explore around Rara Lake and relaxing day.
Day 09: Rara - Ghorasain (3271 m.)
After 15 minutes walk from Rara the trail ascends all the way to Gurchimara at 3710m. Then the trail descends to Gossain.
Day 10: Ghorasain - Sinja (2438 m.)
A more interesting trail with better scenic views is to climb Lumsa. Arrive on the top and descend to Sinja the Thakuri village.
Day 11: Sinja - Jaljala Chaur (3350m.)
Most of the trek is through forest of pine, birch and oak, as well as a few scattered houses and fields of barley and corn. Then the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala chour.
Day 12: Chere Chaur - Jumla
Keep climbing through forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510m, then a pleasant descent to Jumla
Day 13: Jumla Nepalgunj - Bardia National Park
Tharu village/culture tour
Day 14: Bardia National Park
Whole day walking Safari to view and swim with Gangetic dolphins.
Day 15: Bardia National Park
Exploration of tiger territory and Elephant-back safari.
Day 16: Bardia - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Bird watching & Visit King Mahendra Trust “ Orphan Watch” programme.
Day 17: Kathmandu to Nagarkot at 2300m. above sea level. This spot provides an excellent view of the huge Himalayan range, a lovely scenic spot. A spectacular view of the sunset, sunrise and Mount Everest can be seen on a clear day.
Day 18: Nagarkot - Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu for your sightseeing tours. The Kathmandu Valley consists of three main cities of great historic and culture interest: Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur. The valley covers an area of 218 sq. miles and is situated 1310m above sea level.
Day 19: Kathmandu Free day on your own.
Day 20: Departure transfer to Airport .