WEST & FAR WEST; HUMLA, SIMIKOT AND MUGU
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WEST & FAR WEST; HUMLA, SIMIKOT AND MUGU

On Dhaulagiri Himal’s western side, there’s a small grouping of mountains. A more petite version of the towering Himalayan peaks these cluster of no less impressive peaks do not rise much above 7000 meters. Names such as Kanjiroba Himal, Saipal Himal and the most western Api Himal are just a few. The main peak seen in this region is Kanjiroba Himal (6883m). But do not be fooled by their slightly less than stature because there are still more than ten 6000res in this region. Few trekkers visit Rara National Park with the sparkling Rara Lake as its centerpiece. This national park is just to the west of the Kanjiroba Mountains. Rara Lake is not the only highlight in this lesser known area as there are many other attractive spots. Humla Valley is worth a visit and it has only recently been open for trekking.  Though not traveled as heavily as other regions, this area will prove to be a destination in its own right as the roads and transportation in western Nepal improves with time. Since it’s a rarely visited area, it is absolutely perfect for those seeking a true off-the-beaten-path experience, and we provide some interesting offers in these regions! Rara National Park covers 106 square km and is the smallest national park in Nepal. Coniferous forests dominate this land that sits mostly above an altitude of 3000 meters. Here is a chance to visit a pristine and protected alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. Not to mention the lack of other trekkers makes this a gem in the crown of Nepal trekking. The park was established in 1976 and is considered one of the finest parks in the world. The pristine Lake Rara at 2990m, also known as Mahendra Tal, is actually the biggest lake in Nepal. It’s so big one can hardly see to the other side. The lake is surrounded by verdant forested hills, but to get the best vantage point of this incredible lake climb Chuchemara Danda at 4087 meters. Other summits in the park area are Ruma Kand (3731m) and Malika Kand (3444m), situated to the north of the lake. Rara National Park is part of the Karnali River watershed, one of the three main river systems of Nepal. Because of the pristine and protected nature of this area the wildlife is abundant. Among its inhabitants are a variety of fish, like the snow trout, and animals like the red panda, black bear, yellow-throated marten, Ghoral, and musk deer. Occasionally there has been reported sightings of leopards and wolfs. Rara Lake also supports a stunning array of birdlife. Migrant and resident birds can be viewed if you spend any time around the shores of this scenic lake.  Jumla is a village full of open and warm-hearted people typical of Nepal and the Himalayan Mountains. It is touted as offering some of the best scenery on the most north-western side of Nepal. The trek can begin in Jumla after a flight from Kathmandu or from Nepalgunj. Rara is a good destination point for trekking in the west. If you are craving quiet, remote, pristine wilderness with a completely different feel than the rest of the country then this region is waiting for you to come see and explore.



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Rara Lake Trek, 17 Days

from 2.815 USD / Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Rara Lake Trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal's Largest Lake at 3062m. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in...

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

from 2.825 USD / Days: 12 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
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 slopes of the Himalayan...

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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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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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