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WEST & FAR WEST; HUMLA, SIMIKOT AND MUGU

To the west of the Dhaulagiri Himal, there are small clusters of mountains, such as Kanjiroba Himal, Saipal Himal and the most western Api Himal. Only two peaks are over 7000m high. They are Saipal (7031m)  and Api (7132m), both  of which were first climbed by a Japanese party in 1960 respectively. The main peak is Kanjiroba Himal (6883m). There are more than ten 6000res in this region. It is not too much to say that Rara National park with the Rara Lake, which is to the west of the Kanjiroba mountains, is the one of the few places that trekkers visit in West Nepal. Besides Rara Lake, there are many other attractive  spots in this  area, including the recently opened Humla Valley. With the improvement of the roads and transportation, the day will come when trekking in West & Far West Nepal draws much more attention. We do have some intersting offers in these regions! 

Rara National Park is Nepal's smallest and most scenic national park. Rara National Park covers 106 square km. Much of the park is at an altitude of about 3000 meters forested by conifers. The park was established in 1976 and protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. It is considered one of the finest parks in the world. The centrepiece is the pristine Lake Rara at 2990m, also known as Mahendra Tal, the biggest lake in Nepal with 10.8 sq.km. It is so huge that the other end of the lake is hard to see. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills, Chuchemara Danda at 4087m is the best vantagepoint to get stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. Other summits in the park area are Ruma kand (3731m) and Malika Kand (3444m), situated to the north of the lake. Rara comes within the catchment area of the Karnali River, one of the three main river systems of Nepal. A variety of fish, like the snow trout, inhabit the Rara lake. The habitat supports animals like the red panda, black bear, yellow-throated martin, ghoral, serow and musk deer. There have also been reported sightings of leopard and wolf. The lake attracts migrant wildfowl like teals, pochards and mallards. Resident birds include the Impeyan(national bird of Nepal, kalij and blood pheasant as well as others like the chukar partridge. Jumla offers the best scenery on the most north-western side of Nepal. Adding charm to the region, are its generally open-hearted and friendly people. The trek can begin in Jumla (over an hours flight from Kathmandu) or from Nepalgunj. Rara is a good destination point for trekking in the west. The trail is very much "off the beaten path" and affords glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those in the rest of the country.



 



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Rara Lake Camping Trek, 17 Days

from 2.815 USD / Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Rara Lake Trek Rara Lake is the largest lake of Nepal, situated in Mugu district in the far western region of Nepal, near district-headquarter Gam Ghadi and Talcha airport and about 3-4 days of walking from Jumla.The length of the lake is 5 kilometers and it is 2 kilometers wide. The surface is around 8 square kilometer, the perimeter 9 kilometer, the altitude around 3060 meter...

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Simikot-Hilsa Limi Circuit Camping Trek, 21 Days

from 4.150 USD / Days: 21 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
The Limi Valley is one of the most remote and remarkable valleys in the Nepal Himalayas situated in the Humla district of the  Karnali zone of north wertern Nepal. The valley reminds of a Tibetan landscape, with dry and desert like terrain surrounded by very high mountains. Most of the inhabitants of the region have Tibetan origin and their culture, tradition and lifestyle is highly...

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Simikot-Rara Lake (Humla-Mugu) Camping Trek, 17 DAYS

from 3.570 USD / Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Simikot Rara Lake Trek   This trek follows through the Southern Humla with incredible views of foothills, hills, mountains, lush forests to arid lands. The trail leads along the Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal touching various village settlements of ethnicities like Khasas, Thakuris, Brahmins, Byansis and occupational castes. It ends at Rara Lake, the biggest lake...

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Simikot- Raling Monastery- Nhin Valley- Culture Camping Trek, 12 Days

from 2.825 USD / Days: 12 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Max altitude: 4050m. This trip is the shortest and yet one of the most culturally and scenically striking trips in Humla. The 'Nhin'(sun) valley is reached in a day walk from Simikot at elevations between 3000m and 4100 m. Nyinba(Nhinba), a Bhotia community(in nepali; Bara-Thapalya), inhabit this valley.(Humla Bhotia is one of the many vernacular Tibeto-Burman languages lying on the southern...

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Humla Chang La Valley Camping Trek, 20 Days

from 3.815 USD / Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
      Introduction to Humla Chang La Valley Trek We entering the Chang La Valley from Simikot, (2910m) walking eastwards into Thehe and Dozam village. The trail follows the Chang River through the lush valley of medicinal forest  and wild animals reaching the enigmatic view of Changla, (6900m) and the pristine lakes and peaks in the periphery. Finally, the trail winds...

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Far West Extreme Camping Trek, 37 Days

from 13.600 USD / Days: 37 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Trekking in the Far West is authentic as it gets. Trails wind through a land untouched by the hand of time, past ancient orange and lemon groves and flagstone mediaeval villages. The history of the Malla Kingdom that reigned here from the 12th to the 14th century is not readily discernible today. But in a land that history has left behind, the visitor is free to experience a taste of what...

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West Nepal, 49 Days

from 7.485 USD / Days: 49 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Also in July and august you can do this trek Jumla - Rara Lake - Gamgadi (Mugu) - Mugu Karnali - Nadi and Chham Khola - Kagmara la - Bagala - Upper Dolpo - Lower Dolpo - Juphal, totally  49 days Starting from Jumla, your journey begins towards the hidden valley. The most unique place in terms of culture, nature and peoples life style. This trip completes most of western Nepal. You are about...

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Botanical Tour to Rara Lake Camping, 17 days

from 2.815 USD / Days: 17 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Botanical Tour to Rara Lake Area: 106 sq. km. Established: 1976 Location: Rara National Park is situated in the high mountains of Northwestern Nepal. Features: Rara National Park is the smallest park in Nepal, containing the country’s biggest lake (10.8 sq.km.) at an elevation of 2990m. The park’s elevation ranges from 2,800m to 4,039m. The forests are mostly composed of coniferous trees....

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Simikot- Raling Monastery- Nhin Valley- Culture Camping Trek, 12 Days

from 2.825 USD / Days: 12 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Max altitude: 4050m. This trip is the shortest and yet one of the most culturally and scenically striking trips in Humla. The 'Nhin'(sun) valley is reached in a day walk from Simikot at elevations between 3000m and 4100 m. Nyinba(Nhinba), a Bhotia community(in nepali; Bara-Thapalya), inhabit this valley.(Humla Bhotia is one of the many vernacular Tibeto-Burman languages lying on the southern...

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Saipal Himal Base Camp (West Nepal) Camping Trek 18 Days

from 3.700 USD / Days: 18 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Introduction to Saipal Base Camp Trek This is an adventurous but extremely rewarding and beautiful off-the-beaten-track trek to the base camp of western Nepal’s second highest mountain, stunning Mt. Saipal (7031m). It is best trekked between mid-October and November after the harvest has cleared fields to camp on, as there are no designated camp sites. It’s logistically complex; you need to...

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Simikot-Hilsa Limi Circuit Camping Trek, 21 Days Fixed Departure!

from 4.135 USD / Days: 21 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Simikot-Hilsa Limi Valley Trek The Limi Valley is one of the most remote and remarkable valleys in the Nepal Himalayas situated in the Humla district of the Karnali zone of north western Nepal. The valley reminds of a Tibetan landscape, with dry and desert like terrain surrounded by very high mountains. Most of the inhabitants of the region have Tibetan origin and their culture,...

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Simikot-Hilsa Limi Circuit Camping Trek, 20 Days

from 4.150 USD / Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Simikot-Hilsa Limi Valley Trek The Limi Valley is one of the most remote and remarkable valleys in the Nepal Himalayas situated in the Humla district of the Karnali zone of north western Nepal. The valley reminds of a Tibetan landscape, with dry and desert like terrain surrounded by very high mountains. Most of the inhabitants of the region have Tibetan origin and their culture,...

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Simikot-Rara Lake (Humla-Mugu) Camping Trek, 17 DAYS

from 3.570 USD / Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
This trek follows through the Southern Humla with incredible views of foothills, hills, mountains, lush forests to arid lands. The trail leads along the Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal touching various village settlements of ethnicities like Khasas, Thakuris, Brahmins, and Byansis. It ends at Rara Lake, the biggest lake in Nepal which lies inside the Rara National Park. The area is a...

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Humla Chang La Valley Camping Trek, 20 Days

from 3.815 USD / Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Humla Chang La Valley Trek Entering from Simikot, (2910m) eastwards into Thehe and Dozam village, the trail follows the Chang River through the lush valleys of medicinal forest products and wild animals reaching the enigmatic view of Changla, (6900m) and the pristine lakes and peaks in the periphery. Finally, the trail winds touching the Limi valley and circulating back into...

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Jumla to Simikot via Rara Lake (Mugu-Humla) Camping Trek, 20 Days

from 4.150 USD / Days: 20 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Rara Lake trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. It lies in the remote Karnali region, northwest of Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic National Park which was established in 1976. It protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. The pristine Rara Lake is also known as Mahedra Tal, the largest Lake in Nepal. The Rara...

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