Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a Cold Feet representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel by private bus. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from your jet-lag. Meet the Cold Feet staff during a short pre-tour briefing before dinner.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and preparation for the trip
A full-day guided tour around Kathmandu city's historical and cultural landmarks. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Catch the playful antics of the monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambunath temple. Get lost in Kathmandu's old city bazaars, public squares, and former royal palaces at Durbar Square.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Today, as per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj,we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj, where we will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. We will stay overnight in the hotel at Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m) and trek to Uthugaun (2530m) 4 hours
After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj, we transfer to the airport early in the morning for the flight to Jhupal which take around 45 minutes. Then, we will ascent up the Padmara valley. Our trail keeps following the river until we arrive at the small village of Uthugaun where we will have a good campsite close to the school on the opposite site of the river.
Day 05: Trek from Uthugaun to Danphe Lagna (3500m) 5 hours
Today, after breakfast, we follow the trail through the narrow canyon to the village of Padmara. We then climb to the Khali Lagna pass at 3550m through a deep pine and firs forest. Shortly after this pass, both routes come together and the trail then descends gently through birches and rhododendrons forest to arrive at our campsite at Danphe Lagna.
Day 06: Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m) 5 hours
This day, after having our morning breakfast, we descend steeply passing through birch, fir and bamboo forests. And after crossing a bridge, we follow the river downstream before starting a serious climb passing some water-driven mills to Kabra. Well, here is a huge overhanging rock which is the source of Silajit which is a mineral which is believed to have healing properties. Our steep climb continues for a while and then levels out before Bhara village. After this village we then descend to the Chauro Khola River to the village of Chautha.
Day 07: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu (2380m) 6 hours
Today, after taking our breakfast, we continue to follow the stream uphill to Bhulbule which is the Rara National Park entrance station at 3130m. Our path continues climbing gently to Ghurchi Lagna pass 3450m which is covered with chortens and prayer flags. From the pass the route descends gently at first before dropping down precipitously through spruce forests. We camp at the small settlement of Dhotu village.
Day 08: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m) 4 hours
Today is going to be a short and pleasant trek with fine views to the north. Well, we traverse a steep north facing slope from Dhotu and then cross a series of fields down to a small stream. And, after crossing the bridge, you will climb up to the Thakuri village of Jhyari. Then from Jhyari, you will climb steadily up through cedar forest to a huge meadow atop a 3050m ridge with great overhead views of Rara Lake. Here, we will be following the trail of the northern side of the lake.
Day 09: Exploration Day at Rara Lake
Today will be the exploration day at Rara Lake. So, after taking our morning breakfast, we can visit all around Rara Lake which is almost 13km. We can find Otter and different kinds of fishes in the lake. We will explore around the area including the old village of Rara where we can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. We can even visit the National Park Headquarters. In fact, swimming allowed in the lake and it’s all refreshing and perfect way for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trek from Rara Lake to Gorusingha (3190m) 5 hours
Today, it is gonna be more rewarding trek to make a circuit via different trail. We follow the trail from Khtyar Khola to Majhghatta from the western end of the lake. Then, we will take a lower trail that descends gradually to the river leading straight up to the hill climbing through pine and rhododendron forests. Approx. 5 hours of trek today will bring you to Gorusingha. We will stay overnight at Gorusingha.
Day 11: Trek from Gorushingha to Sinja (2440m) 5 hours
Today, we will follow the Sinja Khola downstream to the Sinja. After that, we will be following a varied trail with scenic views climbs Lumsa. After approx. 5 hours of trek, we reach at Sinja where there is an Old Malla Durbar and Tripura Sundari Temple. We will stay overnight at Sinja.
Day 12: Trek from Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3270m) 6 hours
From Sinja, we then cross the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge and we then start a long trip up to the Dhubi Khola. Just after passing a few villages, we cross back and forth across the river on a series of bridges. The trek of approx. 6 hours will bring us to Jaljala Chaur for our overnight stay.
Day 13: Trek from Jaljala Chaur to Jumla (2370m) 5 hours
Today, we will keep climbing through forest to yet another meadow which is just below the ridge at 3510m. We then will reach at a pleasant descent to Jumla. We will stay overnight at Jumla.
Day 14: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Today, in the morning, you will take a short scenic flight for around 45 minutes from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On arrival at Nepalgunj, you then will connect to the scheduled flight to Kathmandu today. Well, in the remaining time, you can explore the city or go for last minute shopping. We will also be celebrating our farewell dinner.
Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu
A Cold Feet representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon!