Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley Trek

In the 21st century, it’s hard to find areas where you feel totally cut off from the modern world and can be at peace in nature, carried only by your own strength. This is possible on the Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley trek, which crosses through far-western Nepal.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 34 Days
Trekking Duration - 28 Days
Trekking Mode - Camping Trek
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 4949 Meters
Min. Group Size - 2+

Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley Trek  – In the 21st century, it’s hard to find areas where you feel totally cut off from the modern world and can be at peace in nature, carried only by your own strength. This is possible on the Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley trek, which crosses through far-western Nepal. Highlights are untouched natural areas, gorgeous rivers and streams spanned by suspension bridges, the pristine waters of Rara Lake, isolated communities where people will be genuinely surprised to see you, and a feeling of stepping outside of the world as you know it.

Highlights of the Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley Trek.

  • Trek through a part of Nepal that very few outsiders ever see
  • Complete the Great Himalaya Trail here, should you be up for an incredible adventure
  • Pass through river valleys, farmland, remote villages and protected natural areas
  • Stop at the gorgeous RaraLak, the largest and deepest lake in Nepal and famous for its bird life

For trekkers completing the entire Great Himalaya Trail (a network of trails throughout Nepal that connect the whole of the Nepali Himalaya), the Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley trek is the final section. But, you don’t need to be doing the whole thing to join this trek, as it can be done as a standalone route.

Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley Trek Route.
As this is a very infrequently visited trekking region, changes may need to be made to the itinerary depending on weather, environmental or group conditions. Trekkers on this route should remain flexible and open-minded about changes. But, the following general route will be followed.

Reach Nepalgunj, on the Western Terai, via a flight from Kathmandu, then take another flight to the mountain airstrip at Jumla (3010m). Because of the rapid jump in altitude, you’ll need to take it easy for a while, to prevent potential altitude-related problems.

Spend the first couple of days walking in the direction of Rara Lake, the biggest and deepest lake in the Nepali Himalaya. The Rara National Park is a beautiful protected area, and the lake is famous for its abundant bird life.

Leaving Rara Lake, head west towards the Karnali River, a gorgeous blue river that flows from Tibet. The river is at risk from a hydropower project that will see it dammed, so come now and enjoy this beautiful river while you can.

Continue to climb steadily, as well as make some descents, along ridges and streams, through forests and villages, and switchbacks and contouring trails that keep the walk interesting.

Reach Simikot, the administrative headquarters of Humla district. The small town is only reachable from other places in Nepal by air (or on foot!) but it is connected by road to Tibet.

Take a detour to Yari, a small town that is very near the border with Tibet. The walk to and from Yari is beautiful, passing through orchards, fields of crops (such as barley, millet, and wheat) and through a steep ravine. Only the Sarpa La separates Yari from Tibet. Return to Simikot, and make your way back to Kathmandu by air.

Accommodation
Western Nepal is extremely remote and underdeveloped, so camping is the only accommodation option. Further, all food supplies should be carried in with you.

Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj. (130 meters).
Day 04: Fly to Jumla (2370m)
Day 05: Trek to DanpheLagna Camp (3500 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Chautha  (2770 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Jhyari (2400 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake (2980 meters)
Day 09: Rest Day at Rara Lake
Day 10: Trek to Gamghadi (2095 meters)
Day 11: Trek to Bam (2700 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Jogimara  (3005 m) viaChangkheliLagna (3594 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Darma Bazar (2200 meters)
Day 14: Trek to ApsiaLek (3195 meters)
Day 15: Trek to PunkhaKhola (3010 meters)
Day 16: Trek to River Camp (2100 meters)
Day 17: Trek to Simikot (2950 meters)
Day 18: Trek to Dharapuri (2300 meters)
Day 19: Trek to Kermi (2670 meters)
Day 20: Trek to Yalbang (3020 meters)
Day 21: Trek to Tumkot (3380 meters)
Day 22: Trek to Yari (3700 meters)
Day 23: Cross Nara La (4620 meters) and trek to Hilsa (3720 meters
Day 24: Trek to Manepeme (3990 meters
Day 25: Trek to Til (4000 meters)
Day 26: Trek to Halji (3660 meters
Day 27: Trek to Jang (3930 meters)
Day 28: Trek to Talung (4370 meters)
Day 29: Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma (3620 meters)
Day 30: Trek to Talung Kermi (2670 meters)
Day 31: Trek to Talung Simikot (2950 meters)
Day 32: Fly to Nepalgunj and continue to Kathmandu.
Day 33: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 34: Departure.

Rara Lake Humla Yari Valley Trek detail Itinerary

Day 01
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. trekking with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
Day 02
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Day 03
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj. (130 meters).
The mornings can be used to carry out some last minute re-checks as we have a half an hour afternoon flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is very hot and humid compared to Kathmandu and it is better to have some insect repellent creams nearby. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

Day 04
Day 04: Fly to Jumla (2370m)
Early in the morning take about 45 minutes of flight to Jumla. The picturesque flight takes you over the green high hill, some snow-capped mountain ridges with beautiful views on them. Coming out of the plane, you enter a completely different world in the middle of the inner Himalayas, and taking a breath of cold air makes you calm.

Meet your crew who is already waiting for you in Simikot and have breakfast and chill out in Jumla. It is a small village mostly Hindu people around. You see people weaving at small looms at their backyards. Overnight at Jumla.
Day 05
Day 05: Trek to DanpheLagna Camp (3500 meters) crossing the DanpheLagna pass (3691 m)
From Jumla, the trail heads towards the valley in the left. It takes around an hour to get out of the town and once outside the town, the trail heads towards right. A gradual climb for the next three hours leads to a meadow with excellent view of the Jumla in the lower valley. This meadow is called Chauriachaur. After Chauriayachaur, the trail climbs very steeply towards the DapheLagna located at an altitude of 3700 meters. This is quite an ascent for the first day trek and would recommend taking it as easily as possible. The climb lasts for two and half hours and the camp is another thirty minutes descend from the pass. The pass doesn’t offer much views and a rest stop beneath the outpost at a cliff would be the ideal the place for the views. (7 hours)
Day 06
Day 06: Trek to Chautha (2770 meters)
The trail descends through a forest full of pine, firs, sycamore and birch trees until Neyri Gad. The trail follows the river on the leveled new road and only leaves it to climb towards a cave at KapraOdar. The climb turns steep after the KapraOdar until Bharbhare where the valley opens up and the routes joining from Surkhet can be seen at another end of the valley. The trail again connects with the road and after few ridges, a small bunch of hotels at Chaitha can be seen and reached within a quick descent of 30 minutes. (6 hours)
Day 07
Day 07: Trek to Jhyari (2400 meters)
The trails stays on the road and stays confortable until it reaches army camp at Bulbule. The trail gets of the road and follows and grass foot trail to climb to GhurchiLagna. This is a gentle climb of an hour and after the pass a steep 45 minutes descent follows. After the 45 minute mark, the trail leaves the main trail and takes a less obvious trail and passes through a buffalo shed. The shed is seasonal and may not be present after the month of August. The descent continues and joins the road back at OdarKhola and passes small settlements of Dhuir to reach Jhyari. The main Jhyari village is perched on a cliff but a small campsite and hotel is available before 15 minutes from the creek and base of the climb. (6 hours)
Day 08
Day 08: Trek to Rara lake (2980 meters)
The trail gets of the road after the creek and a steep climb leads for a bit more than an hour to connect back to the road. This is also the final point for the vehicles coming in to the lake and a comfortable walk for less than hour takes near the lake. It takes another good hour to get to the campground and the lodges of Rara. (4 hours)
Day 09
Day 09: Rest Day at Rara Lake
There is a good climb to the top of one of the surrounding hill for people who wants to make the most of this rest day. The hill provides the full view of the lake with distant Dolpomountains in the background. The locals also operate boat rides for the local visitors and it can also be enjoyed by the trekkers.
Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Gamghadi (2095 meters)
The trail starts to get away from the lake and then after an hour or so descends quietly steeply to join the dusty track just above Gamghadi. It is the headquarter of the Mugu district and whole town is settled on a long ridge and is a typical example regional headquarters of rural area of Nepal.
Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Bam (2700 meters)
The trail descends down to the Karnaliriver and then crosses the river to get over to the other side of the valley. This valley now leaves the Mugu valley and heads towards the Simikot valley. The afternoon is spent ascending to Bala and then on to a river camp site by the Karnali river. Further ascent through the fields and later through the forest leads to Bam village. (5 hours)
Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Jogimara (3005 m) viaChangkheliLagna (3594 meters)
The trail make rounds of several ridges until it arrivrs at a stream. The path beyond the stream is a steep ascent to the ChnagkheliLagna. From ChangkheliLagna, another descent follows until the campsite by the river near the village of Jogimara . (7 hours)
Day 13
Day 13: Trek to DarmaBazar (2200 meters)
The day starts with a quick ascent to a nearby top of the ridge and quickly descends down to another stream. After crossing the stream the trail now climbs through a landslide section and then traverses around for few hours to get to Darma Bazar. (5 hours)
Day 14
Day 14: Trek to ApsiaLek (3195 meters)
The trail again starts to descends for a bit and then starts to climb back towards the Piplan village. More climbing follows and passes the villages of Nimagaon,Korka and Puma. After Puma, the trail enters the forests and finally exits at ApsiaLek (6 hours)
Day 15
Day 15: Trek to PunkhaKhola (3010 meters)
The day starts with a climb and the highest mountain of these parts, Saipal can be seen during the trek. The traverse around the ridges continues for a bit and then turns into a descend to the RodhikotKhola. After RodhikotKhola, the trail climbs for more than an hour to get to PunkhaKhola. (4 hours)
Day 16
Day 16: Trek to River Camp (2100 meters)
A big steep climb starts the day and also Simikot starts to appear in the distance. As with the most the trek, the trail climbs in the morning and then starts to drop to end the day. The camp site is at YanchuKhola by the rive. (6 hours)
Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Simikot (2950 meters)
The trail is more comfortable in the morning and slowly starts to climb with the day. It passes the village of Durpa, pilgrim site of Kharpunath and then KudilaKhola valley to reach the Simikot. (7 hours)
Day 18
Day 18: Trek to Dharapuri (2300 meters)
An hour climb leads to pass and another hour of steep drop leads to Majgaon. Now the trail stays comfortable and undulates for the next couple hours and leads to Dharapuri. (4 hours)
Day 19
Day 19: Trek to Kermi (2670 meters)
This is a short day as the trail undulates but continuously follows Karnali River all the way up to Kermi. There are hot springs nearby the village, where an leisurely afternoon can be enjoyed. (3 hours)
Day 20
Day 20: Trek to Yalbang (3020 meters)
The first couple of hours of the day is on comfortable terrain but consistently gains elevation and reaches a small pass. A steep descent leads to suspension bridge and leads through the forest to Yalbang. (5 hours)
Day 21
Day 21: Trek to Tumkot (3380 meters)
The trail leaves Karnali river and climbs towards Yangar. After Yangar, the trail gets a bit rocky and goes on to cross Karnali once again on a wooden bridge. A climb follows and after a good couple of hours , gets to Muchu. Another hour finally leads to Tumkot. (5 hours)
Day 22
Day 22: Trek to Yari (3700 meters)
Most part of this day is spent climbing and includes some steep section as well. In more than 3 hours, the trail passes through PaniPalwang and then in less than 2 hours the day ends at Yari.
Day 23
Day 23: Cross Nara La (4620 meters) and trek to Hilsa (3720 meters)
A hard day as the trek today passes a 4600 meters Nara La. It takes around 4 hours to get to the top another 2 hours of steep descent to Hilsa.
Day 24
Day 24: Trek to Manepeme (3990 meters)
The day starts with a crossing of yet another bridge and another climb for a short period. Afterwards, the trail continuously undulates and follows the Karnali River all the way upto Manepeme. (5 hours)
Day 25
Day 25: Trek to Til (4000 meters)
Another climb of around 4 hours takes to Lamka La at 4300 meters. A detour en route to the pass leads to a medication cave. From the pass, it takes another one and half hours to the village of Til. Vegetations can be observed once again at Til. (6 hours)
Day 26
Day 26: Trek to Halji (3660 meters)
An easy and very short day to Halji. The terrain is slightly uphill but still very comfortable throughout the day. (3 hours)
Day 27
Day 27: Trek to Jang (3930 meters)
Another easy day follows as it takes only 4 hours following the Limi River to get to Jang. (4 hours)
Day 28
Day 28: Trek to Talung (4370 meters)
One of the two hardest day of the trek and also marks the treks entrance into the wild. There are no more villages and civilization for the next couple of days. However, the trail is quite steady but gradually keeps climbing the whole day. (8 hours)
Day 29
Day 29: Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma (3620 meters)
The hardest day of the trek but the best day for the views. A very tough and hard uphill climb of around 5 hours takes to the 4900 meter Nyalu La. Stunning 360 degrees view with views of Tibet can be enjoyed at the top. The holy mountain Kailash of Tibet (6714 meters) and Saipal of Nepal (7031 m) being the pick of the lot. The trail drops to Selma Tso Lake and further continues going down to Shinjungma. (8 hours)
Day 30
Day 30: Trek to TalungKermi (2670 meters)
A steep drop leads to SaliKhola, which goes on to meet Karnali River again and finally to Kermi. (7 hours)
Day 31
Day 31: Trek to Talung Simikot (2950 meters)
The trek retraces the same way back to Simikot. (6 hours)
Day 32
Day 32: Fly to Nepalgunj and continue to Kathmandu.
We take the early flight to Nepalgunj and connect with an onward flight to Kathmandu
Day 33
Day 33: Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Day 34
Day 34: Departure
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service includes on Trip Cost

  • The airport picks up and drops by private car/Van/Bus.
  • Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) Kathmandu on 3-star standard levels Hotel with breakfast,
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla and Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Rara national park permits and Trekkers information management system (TIMS)
  • Experience Government license holder trekking guide, cook and supporter porters.
  • All necessary land transport for Cook staff and porters.
  • Tented Accommodation during the trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea coffee while on the trek, serve by our trekking cook staff.
  • Dining tent, Table, chairs, toilet tent, sleeping mat,
  • Accommodation, food, salary, and insurance, for Guide cook, staffs and Porters.
  • All necessary cooking gear, cooking fuel, (we use kerosene for cook food on the trek)
  • If need down jacket, sleeping bag, walking pole, duffel bag, we will provide without cost.
  • Medicine kit (first aid kit) Government Taxes & Service charge.

Service does not include on Trip Cost

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory). Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. Mineral water, beer, coca-cola, personal expenses like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.

GEAR LIST

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Digene
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache
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