- duration 27 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- 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
Our final GHT stage begins by exploring an area of outstanding natural beauty; Rara National Park, before crossing the Great Himalaya Range via wild-flower covered passes and through the Karnali corridor to the Yari Valley and the Tibetan border. This is remote trekking at its best!. 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 interactions 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.
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : In Kathmandu (1330m)
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 4-5 : Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla (3010m), and Rest day.
Day 6-7 : Trek to Khaligaon, walk approx. 8hrs; & Dab (Bulbule), walk approx. 8hrs.
Day 8-9 : To Rara Lake (3010m/ 8hrs), Rest day.
Day 10 : Karnali Riverside Camp, walk approx. 4hrs.
Day 11 : To Bam (2700m), walk approx. 5-6hrs.
Day 12 : To Jogimara (3005m), walk approx. 6hrs.
Day 13 : To Piplan (1700m), walk approx. 7hrs.
Day 14 : To Apsia Lekh (3200m), walk approx. 7-8hrs.
Day 15 : To Punkha Khola, walk approx. 6hrs.
Day 16 : To River Camp, walk approx. 5.5hrs.
Day 17 : To Simikot (2900m), walk approx. 6.5hrs.
Day 18 : To Dharapori (2300m), walk approx. 5hrs.
Day 19-20 : To Salli Khola & Muchu (2920m), walk approx. 6-7hrs.
Day 21-22 : To Yari (4100m), walk approx. 4-5hrs; & the Tibetan border at Hilsa, walk approx. 7hrs.
Day 23-26 : To Simikot (2910m)
Day 27 : To Kathmandu by air (1330m)
Day 28 : Trip concludes Kathmandu
Day 26 : To Kathmandu by air (1330m)
Day 27 : Trip concludes Kathmandu
- Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 28 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
- Accommodation at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
- 27 breakfasts, 24 lunches and 24 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$1100
- Flight Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Gamgadhi/Kathmandu valued at US$604
- Expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
- 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
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 02 April 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 April 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.