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Jumla to Rara Trek
A journey into the Jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake, is probably one of the most rewarding and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range given its tranquility and the un-spoilt splendor of nature. Rara, situated at an altitude of 2,990 m, is the biggest lake in Nepal. This sparkling lake with brilliantly clear water is surrounded by a spruce and juniper forest and lies within the Rara National Park. The easiest means to reach Rara is to take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla, from where your destination is 2-3 days walk away. Start this refreshing trek in the hilly village of Jumla where apple orchards stretch out over the hills. The trek leads through remote countryside toward the Tibetan border. You then enter the Rara National Park, which is the smallest national park in Nepal. Surrounded by blue pine, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak and Himalayan cypress, Rara Lake is also a popular pilgrimage site for Nepalis. This spectacular scenery and its serenity will bring inner peace to any visitor.
Since few tourists and natives visit the Rara Lake, there are no tourist facilities either along the trekking route or inside the park. So camping is the only option and trekkers must be self-sufficient in all their needs.
Over Pike Danda Trek
This trek usually starts from Jiri and ends with a flight back to Kathmandu from Phaplu. It is also possible to continue on from Phaplu and join the Everest trek at Ringmo, the village below the Tragsindho La pass. From the highest point along this trek, there are stunning views of Everest and a great number of lesser known snow-capped peaks. To climb over Pike Danda, follow the Jiri to Lukla trek as far as the Likhu Khola, before Kenja. The route then climbs steeply through the villages of Goli Gompa and Ngaur before reaching the 4,065m summit of Pike. Descend to Phaplu via the Sherpa village of Lodingma, home of several Everest summiteers after which there is an alternative, rough track that joins the Jiri to Lukla trail near Lamjura La.
To Dudh Kunda Trek
Mt.Nambur is considered a holy mountain by locals here, as they believe it is the home of the protective deity of Solu. At the base of this mountain lies the sacred lake of Dudh Kunda. Each year in August, large numbers of devotees arrive here to perform ritual cleansing at the lake. Rest of the year, the area is devoid of any visitors. The trail leading to Dudh kunda starts from Ringmo on the route between Junbesi and Tragsindho La. You can take an alternative route that starts at Thupten Chholing and follows a spectacular, isolated ridge through dense forest and sometimes rocky pastures to join the main trail at Sarsarbeni. A local guide may be needed from this point as the region is quite remote and most guides may not be familiar with the route.
The trek from Ringmo to Dudh Kunda takes a minimum of five days and an additional optional day should be added to allow time for exploring around the lake area.
Jiri to Lukla Trek
Those who wish to follow in the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary must do the Everest trek from Jiri. This is a much longer trek compared to the one that starts from Lukla. Jiri, an idyllic hill station east of Kathmandu is reached by local bus from the capital in 8-10 hours.
The trek from Jiri to Lukla takes an average of seven days and is a good means of preparing for the Everest Base Camp trek. The highest elevation reached before Lukla is Lamjura pass (3,530 m). The trek passes through parts of Solukhumbu district that enables trekkers to observe the traditions and customs of the Himalayan region. The trail is well served with good teahouses and campsites. The stopovers along the trail are likely to be at the villages of Deurali, Kenja, Sete, Lamjura, Junbesi, Tragsindho, Khari Khola and Surkhe
The Hinkhu and Hongu Valleys Treks
Few people venture west of Solukhumbu where the secluded Rolwaling valley lies. The high and difficult pass of Trashi Labsta connects the upper ridges of the valley to Solukhumbu. Those with a mind to do the trek connecting Rolwaling and Khumbu should trek from east to west (Khumbu to Rolwaling). Anybody attempting the trek in the reverse direction is likely to suffer from adverse effects of altitude and technical problems. Remember, this trek and particularly the Trashi Labsta crossing is one of the more difficult treks in Nepal and should only be attempted by self-sufficient, strong and experienced parties. Some basic mountaineering skills are also required which will be a deterrent for many trekkers. Also remember to take experienced porters and moreover, make sure they are from the district. For proper acclimatization, it is advisable to trek up to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo prior to crossing over to Rolwaling.
The route to Trashi Labsta starts at Thame (see Everest Base Camp description). It takes two nights to reach Trashi Labsta. The next two days are spent traveling down the Drolambao glacier. At the end of the glacier is the massive Cho Rolpa glacial lake. After the glacier, the upper Rolwaling valley is hemmed in by mountains on both sides with the bulk of Gauri Shankar on the northern side. The settlements on Nah and Beding are Sherpa villages, Nah being only a summer settlement. Descending through the valley below Beding, one encounters lovely juniper and pine forests first with juniper and pines and gradually the vegetation thickens until it becomes lush green. As you descend, the Sherpas give way to people of the middle hills mainly Tamangs and Brahmins. The trek ends at Charikot on the Kathmandu - Jiri road.
Rising 8,163m, Mt. Manaslu lies just east of the famed Annapurna Region and shares a border with its northern neighbor Tibet. Opened to trekkers recently, Manaslu's unsurpassed beauty and rich cultural traditions offer the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure. This trekking trail offers brief glimpses into the simple lives and ancient ways of the areas inhabitants.
Here the trekking is moderately strenuous with ample opportunity to stop, relax and catch your breath amidst a land seemingly lost in an earlier era. In a few days, the Himalayas disappear from view as you descend into the Gandaki River Valley and proceed upstream. The Gandaki River is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, and the rushing, rumbling tumult of the frigid waters accent the silence of towering pines and lush bamboo groves.
During the day, the sun shines with clear intensity, while the nights are a bit more than cold. Moreover, villages and people become less frequent as the trekking becomes fairly strenuous. At this point you are more likely to pass a yak, cow or a sheep along the trail, rather than a person.
Following Larkya Bazaar, the trail rises to over 5,200m as you cross the Larkya Pass under the glow of soft, winless moonlight and twinkling stars. Buttressed by peaks reaching over 6,500m and covered by snow year round, Larkya pass commands your utmost energies and respect.
Having crossed the pass, you will quickly descend through an area whose vegetation is at once both alpine and tropical. Long-needled pines are draped in soft, fine ferns. Maples and elms share the ground with bamboo.
Frigid, rocky streams are beached by cotton-white limestone sand, and glacier lakes glisten with an aqua-blue green. The colors, sights, silence and sounds embrace every turn of this gently sloping section of the trail.
Helambu Circuit Trek
The Helambu Circuit trek is a wonderful shorter trek that is very close to Kathmandu which is ideal for those who have a short time to trek or don't have the desire to trek long distances. This trek involves a loop around the Helambu region of the park and gives you great contact with local villages and the people that inhabit them. Rivers and mountainous valleys are another attraction of this trek. This trip involves moderate hiking and reaches a height of 3500 m. Melemchi Gaon and Tarke Gyang the principle Sherpa villages of this area.