Best Period :
April – May and September - November
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and
transfer to hotel. Evening tour to Hanuman Dhoka Square. O/N
Day 02: After breakfast sightseeing tour to
Dakshinkali temple to see the animal sacrifice festival and
Patan. Evening walk around the Kathmandu Durbar Square. O/N
Day 03: Kathmandu
Day 04: In the afternoon drive to Bardia National
Park by bus. Arrive Forest Hideaway at approx. 0700 the following
The far west of Nepal is one of the least explored
regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited
national Park which still offers challenging adventure. Established
in the 70s, Royal Bardia National Park was upgraded to National
Park status in 1988. However, it was not until 1994 that facilities
existed for independent visitors. Therefore Royal Bardia National
Park remains very much untouched wilderness which appeals to
the nature lover and naturalist.
Day 05: Arrive by bus and jeep at hotel at
approx. 0700. Tharu village/culture tour
Day 06: Whole day walking safari to view and
swim with Gangetic dolphins.
Day 07: Exploration of tiger territory, elephant
back safari, Tharu Cultural programme in the evening.
Day 08: Depart Forest Hideaway approximately
1300 and overnight in Hotel Sneha in Nepalgunj.
Day 09: Nepalgunj - Jumla Fly to Jumla. Jumla
town is in a delightful valley and here are the highest limits
of paddy cultivation. The town is the administrative headquarters
of the entire Karnali zone and Jumla district.
Day 10: Jumla - Danphe Langa From Jumla there
are two tracks to Rara. Normally people trek through the lower
route. The trail follows the Tila river, passing through fields
and pine forest. Arrive at Uthugaon, the trail ascends up the
Gursini Khola valley. Arrive at Padmara passing through a deep
forest of pine, spruce and firs. The climb continues in forest
over the pass at 3400m and descends to Danfelanga. Overnight
stop at the other side of Danfelanga.
Day 11: Danfelanga - Chautha The trail descends
passing through fir, birch, walnut and bamboo forest. After
crossing a bridge we start to climb and arrive at Bhara (classic
Tibetan style village) and then descend to Chautha.
Day 12: Chautha - Dhotu The trail climbs to
Gurchilanga ass ascending through forest with a few local tea
houses and treeless meadows half way to the pass.
Day 13: Dhotu - Rara lake (3040m) It is a short,
pleasant trek with fine views to the north. From Dhotu, take
a trail turning west that traverses a steep north facing slope.
After crossing a stretch of fields, climb a small spur and descend
to the stream. Cross the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of
Jhari 2500m. It takes two hours to reach Jhari from Pina. From
Jhari, ascend west along a ridge for about 700m to reach a low
saddle in another two hours. The Large Rara lake is visible
directly north of this saddle. From here, it is a pleasant descent
to the meadows on the south side of the lake. The former village
site of Rara (3040m) on the north side is two hours walk along
the western bank of the lake. Rara was designated a National
Park in 1975. There is much wild life, including aquatic birds
and rich forests around this large lake at a height of 2980m.
One may spend a day or two in the Rara area. A more interesting
return trip may be a different route.
Day 14: Rara Lake Explore around Rara Lake
- a relaxing day
Day 15: Rara - Ghorasain (3271m) After a 15
minute walk from Rara the trail ascends all the way to Gurchimara
at 3710m. Then the trail descends to Ghorasain,
Day 16: Ghorasain - Sinja (2438m) A more interesting
trail with better scenic views is o climb Lumsa. Arrive on the
top and descend to Sinja, the Thakuri village.
Day 17: Sinja - Jaljala Chaur (3350m) Most
of the trek is through forests of pine, birch and oak, as well
as a few scattered houses and fields of barle and corn. Then
the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur.
Day 18: Jaljala Chaur - Jumla Keep climbing
through forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge at
3510m, then a pleasant descent to Jumla.
Day 19: Jumla Nepalgunj and drive to Kathmandu.