TREK FORM SIMIKOT TO RARA - Alpinist Club %

TREK FORM SIMIKOT TO RARA

Group Size

5-15 people

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

Easy

max. altitude

3000m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • A very little frequented route in Nepalese wild
  • A preserved Nepalese culture
  • A free day at Rara Lake
  • Highest night at 3000m In a tent with a kitchen team

trip introduction

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Flight of about an hour with superb views of the Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri massifs – Nepalgunj is located in the Terai plain, not far from the Indian border.

Transport: by private vehicle, by plane
Transport: approximately 1 hour
Flight Duration: 1 hour
Final altitude: approximately 280 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in lodge or hotel

We are happy to leave the dampness of Nepalgunj to go up the Himalayan foothills. The hills follow one another and we leave the last rice fields. The last ridge, a bend, and the Simikot airfield appear. It is in the heart of the village. The flight being early in the morning, we have part of the day to walk around and discover the surroundings. There are still a few formalities to complete before reaching our campsite, followed by a first hot tea.

Transport: by private vehicle, by plane
Flight Duration: 1 hour
Final altitude: approximately 2,980 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

The Karnali river flows at the bottom of the valley. You have to take the wide path that descends directly to Kharpunath. A bridge awaits us to cross the Chuwa Khola. Then two paths open to us. We leave that off the Kharnaki to climb towards Kharpel and at the end of the day, it is River Camp that welcomes us. A day between rice fields and forests in a rarely visited valley, that of Yanchu Khola.

Approximately 7 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,015 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

There are still 1000 meters to climb to reach our first pass, that of Margor lek. The forest becomes less dense before plunging towards Pukha khola, our next camp. Depending on the season, this trail is regularly walked, allowing us to meet these villagers from the Far West of Nepal.

Approximately 7 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,015 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Short day to reach Apsia lek, but we will have to make a choice on the route. By Rodikot or by the heights and Tach. In both camps, always this environment of cultures. The villages have kept the discreet charm of these regions out of tourism. Aspia lek allows you to have a beautiful view of some surrounding mountains: Chankeli Himal, Saipal Himal, Darma Himal, Buhari Himal.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

 

It is better to take the option by Chargaon, a small village in a small valley. The espalier crops are numerous and the villagers will certainly be very surprised to meet us. It’s time to take a moment to discuss and discover an ancestral way of life. Small hamlets are scattered on the descent that will lead us to Piplan, our stop for this evening. A beautiful camp on one of the rare flat spaces in the region …

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

We leave Kharnali to take a southern axis. From village to village, there are many climbs to reach our camp at the foot of the Chankheli pass. The torrents are numerous and active in this season. Fortunately, it is a priority axis of movement to go to the Gamgadhi market in two days.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

 

The village of Bam is not so far, but we cannot continue with the climb to Gamgadhi. This a fairly short day after crossing the Chankheli pass. The villages are more numerous and multiple ridges to be able to reach Bam.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

Gamgadhi seems so close, but you have to cross two beautiful ridges to reach the Mugu Karnali. Luma can be a stopover before attacking the climb that will propel us towards Gamgadhi. If the sun is at the zenith, the climb will seem steep, very steep. Fortunately, we discovered this village/street/market. The population seems dense in this small town at the end of the world.

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,000 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

 

 

This day can serve as a safety day, but it is more interesting to take the opportunity to go and discover Lake Rara. Depending on the schedule we can go to Chhapri. You still have to go up 1,000 meters to reach this lake. Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal and belongs to the eponymous national park. At its western end, we have a view of the mountains of the Tibetan border … Lake Rara is surrounded by magnificent coniferous forests. Its blue waters are home to the snow trout, the only fish present in the lake, but not so easy to observe

Approximately 6 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,980 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

 

Approximately 5 hours walking
Final altitude: approximately 2800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a tent

 

Transport: by private vehicle, by plane
Duration of transfer/transport: approximately 1 h
Duration of flight: 1 h
Meals: breakfast – lunch – free dinner (not included)
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of driving from the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast

Best Time to Visit

AUTUMN
During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER
Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitudes passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING
From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER
In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Collective and individual camping and cooking equipment.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax
  • A hyperbaric chamber (decompression chamber

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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    15 days
  • difficulty level :

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