GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley

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  • duration 27 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
Start and end in Kathmandu, the tour GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley is a guided trekking trip that takes 27 days. You will travel through Khali Goan, Rara Lake, Dharapori and 10 other destinations in Nepal. GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT WORLD EXPEDITIONS
5 - Excellent
Based on 611 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 22 2016
5 - Excellent
Review for another World Expeditions tour
“If you are looking for a physical challenge with a magical backdrop some wonderful history and a whole lot of smiling welcoming people then this trip is for you......every day and every landscape is completely different. It's not the sleepy locked country of its reputation, after only being open to tourism for such a short time Myanmar is already miles ahead of some other Asian destinations but without the hassle and pressure this can sometimes bring. World Expeditions takes you where others don't, allowing some of the mystery to remain. Definitely worth the journey!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 22 2017
5 - Excellent
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“My recent Ultimate Annapurna Dhaulagiri trek was an absolute pleasure. Rinzin Sherpa, Ujaal, Santosh and all the other staff were a credit to the company. Weather and scenery were fantastic, as were my travel buddies. There was a concerted effort from Rinzin to get us off the main trails wherever possible which added a great dimension to the trek. The eco-camps were a pleasing addition to the trip and quite comfortable.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 23 2019
4 - Very Good
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“Great opportunity to get immersed, (sometimes literally) in different cultures with very friendly people and have some fun experiences and exercise doing it! Add a few days on at both ends if you possibly can - there is so much to do. Learn a few words in Laotian and Khmer to receive wonderful smiles.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • 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
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 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
Meals
  • 27 breakfasts, 24 lunches and 24 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$1100
Transport
  • Flight Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Gamgadhi/Kathmandu valued at US$604
Guide
  • Expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
Others
  • 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
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

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 September 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 September 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.
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • 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.

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.

     

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