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Rara Lake and Kingdom of Khasa - GHT

Rara Lake and Kingdom of Khasa trek is a remote trek in Western Nepal. You start the trip by flying into the mountain airstrip at Simikot and trek to the stunning Rara Lake and then walk out to Jumla to fly out of another mountain airstrip back to Nepalganj.

The Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) Upper and Lower routes pass along the shores of Rara Lake, Nepal’s largest body of water. It’s a beautiful, calm place surrounded by rugged hills forested with ancient blue pine, spruce and cedar, with the snowy peaks reflected in the still waters. This area is really off the beaten track, only 170 foreigners visited Rara Lake in 2010,

Rara Lake is in Mugu district, one of Nepal’s remotest and poorest. Writer Ed Douglas, attempting the difficult high route to Dolpa commented, "almost from the moment we left Gamgadhi (a town near Rara Lake), I felt like we’d moved back not just decades, but centuries."


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type:
  • Duration: 20 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 people
  • Cost: 2016 - £TBC (US$TBC)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & Simikot and at the end of the trek from Jumla back to Kathmandu 
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet, Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Ganjong in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, Sherpa guide and porters
  • Complimentary Rara trekking map
  • Financial protection insurance from International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Trek Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu (London from £550)
  • Travel & trekking insurance (eg Snowcard)
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"


Trip Grade Moderate

Trip Grade Moderate

Suitability: a good choice for most hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to 14 days usually with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,000m.

3) Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell/ mobile phone reception.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Fly to Nepalgunj (200m) 
  • Day 4Fly to Simikot (2,950m) 
  • Day 5Simikot to Gagru (2,650m) 
  • Day 6Gagru to Gatya Khola (2,800m) 
  • Day 7Gatya Khola via the Margo La (4,300m) to Pangkha (2,800m) 
  • Day 8Pangkha to Puma Lekh, (2,800m) 
  • Day 9Puma Lekh to Melchham (2,800m) 
  • Day 10Melchham to Darma (2,550m) 
  • Day 11Darma to Changkheli (3,800m) 
  • Day 12Changkheli to Banwa (2,500m) 
  • Day 13Banwa to Rara Lake (2,980m) 
  • Day 14Explore Rara Lake 
  • Day 15Gorusingha to Sinja (2,440m) 
  • Day 16Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3,270m) 
  • Day 17Jaljal Chaur to Jumla (2,370m) 
  • Day 18Jumla to Kathmandu 
  • Day 19At leisure in Kathmandu 
  • Day 20Fly back home 
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