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GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley

Trekking in far-west Nepal is like stepping back in time to when the first Europeans began exploring the Himalaya. Locals will greet you with genuine curiosity and you'll enjoy the interations in this region that very few westerners make the effort to visit. The region has an ancient political history as a seat of the first Malla Empire, and stele and other architectural remains are tucked away in almost every valley. The trail from Dolpo is still a regular trading route for Nepalese and Tibetans and leads straight to the largest lake in Nepal, Rara. From here we cross the Great Himalaya Range following the Karnali river and crossing stunning passes to Humla, the largest and most remote district of Nepal, and finally to the Tibet border and the western end of the Great Himalaya Trail. For those who are completing the full GHT, this trek marks the end of a remarkable and very rare journey across the entire length of the Nepal GHT. During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. Your trip leader will advise any changes should this occur. All participants on the GHT should be flexible and open minded. The GHT should be seen as exploratory in the true sense of the word. The Australian Himalayan Foundation is dedicated to helping the people of the Himalaya achieve their goals through supporting and overseeing education, health, cultural and environmental projects. With a $100 donation for every booking on the GHT World Expeditions will help support sustainable tourism development in regions less frequented by trekkers. For full information please refer to www.australianhimalayanfoundation.org.au.

Inclusions

27 breakfasts, 24 lunches and 24 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$1100
airport transfers
flight Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Gamgadhi/Kathmandu valued at US$604
expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
accommodation at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu
use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
safety equipment including satelite phone, portable high altitude chamber and expedition medical kit
all park entrance fees and trekking permits
porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
sightseeing and site entry fees in Kathmandu
accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
Hightlights
Explore remote trails of far western Nepal on the final stage of the GHT
Witness the beautiful setting of Rara Lake
Be mesmerised by the remote Yari Valley
Enjoy the fascinating history of the first Malla Empire with stele and other architectural remains strewn through the valleys
Acclimatise easily with our well structured itinerary
See the spiritual sites of Kathmandu at Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
28
Price From
AUD $6,790
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Nepal
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
30 Jun 201827 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $6,790
29 Jun 201926 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $6,790
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3
The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes approximately 1.5 hours and is fairly dependable. During the flight we should catch a glimpse of the mountains we will be trekking amongst in the coming days.
Days 4-5
Today we will reach Jumla and join with the Full GHT trek group who will be waiting for us. Due to flight problems for the groups that will join us and a much needed acclimatisation day for us, we will have a full rest day.
Days 6-7
Today we will continue towards Khaligaon and Bulbule before we reach Rara Lake.
Days 8-9
Rara is Nepal's largest lake and is surrounded by the protected forests of Rara National Park in the Karnali district. There is an abundance of wildlife in this area including musk deer, leopard, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda. The water of the lake is crystal clear and the area is a stunning place of natural beauty. We will spend a rest and acclimatisation day here. The Great Himalaya Trail has 2 options in the far west - 1) From Gamgadhi to Simikot and the Yari Valley 2) Cross country from Rara Lake to Kolti and Chainpur and on to the Mahakali Nadi (river) in India. We will travel the Gamgadhi to Simikot and Yari route, as this route travels closer to the centre of the Great Himalaya Range. There is yet to be a crossing found to the Mahakali Nadi, which is further to the west, therefore our finishing point for the GHT is currently Simikot after trekking north to Yari.
Day 10
Leaving our idyllic rest stop at Rara Lake we descend to Gamgadhi, taking a left turn in the bazaar before continuing another 40 minutes to the Karnali bridge. Another 4 hours brings us to Bala and then a further 1.5 hours to Karnali.
Day 11
We cross the suspension bridge from Karnali and climb a steep, rocky trail, trending left until we crest a ridge at 2180 metres. 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.
Day 12
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.
Days 23-26
We retrace our steps back to Simikot, 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 GHT group who have completed a very long walk in the Himalaya!
Days 21-22
We 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, potats and radishes. To the west of Yari is the Sarpa La, a route into Tibet.
Days 19-20
Leaving Dharapori we cross over the river and trek along the north side towards Muchu. We pass by waterfalls and shepard camps and although reasonably challenging it is a pleasant and interesting trek.
Day 18
Trekking in this region has a lot to offer. We travel through many villages and fields of buckwheat and potats, cross rivers and climb ridges. It is a particularly pretty area with many small communities dotted along our trail. The gradient levels out before Dharapori and we finally pass through walnut and apricot groves before arriving at our camp for the night.
Day 13
We make an easy short ascent from Jogimara to a ridge at 3120 metres before a longer descent of 500 metres 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. Continuing through the village we drop down through a series of steep switchbacks to the main trail by the riverside, and then crossing a suspension bridge over the Humla Karnali and finally a short climb to Piplan.
Day 16
We start with a big climb of 500 metres through steep switchbacks to a kharka at 3512 metres. From here we continue climbing, gaining views north to Simikot and also to the south. We climb to over 4000 metres 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.
Day 15
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.
Day 14
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 and ascend more switchbacks in pine forest to Apsia Lekh.
Day 27
This morning we fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 17
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.
Day 28
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.