(Listed on Steve Razetti’s Top 10 treks in the world.) Highest point: 4300m. This trek follows through the Southern Humla with incredible views of foothills, hills, mountains, lush forests to arid lands. The trail leads along the Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal touching various village settlements of ethnicities like Khasas, Thakuris, Brahmins, Byansis and occupational castes. It ends at Rara Lake, the biggest lake in Nepal which lies in the Rara National Park. The area is a home for hundreds of species of trees, plants, birds and animals. This trek can also be done in reverse starting from Mugu or Jumla upwards. The alpine meadows and forests blended with the Khasa culture and village settings provide a unique experience of southern Humla where the Rara Lake adds spice making your trip memorable forever. There is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot, so travelers generally have to fly Simikot via Nepalgunj, the regional hub of Western Nepal. Nepalgunj-Simikot flight operates early in the morning, so we must stay a night in Nepalgunj to catch early morning flight the next day.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Day 02: A full day sightseeing within the Kathmandu valley Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (200m) Day 04: Fly to Simikot, (2950m) Day 05: Simikot to Gagru, (2650m) Day 06: Gagru to Gatya Khola, (2800m) Day 07: Gatya Khola to Pangkha, (2800m)(Via Margo La pass, 4300m) Day 08: Pangkha to Puma Lekh, (2800m) Day 09: Puma Lekh to Melchham (2800m) Day 10: Melchham to Darma, (2550m) Day 11: Darma to Changkheli (3800m) Day 12: Changkheli to Banwa (2500m) Day 13: Banwa to Rara, (2980m) Day 14: Explore Rara Lake Day 15: Rara Lake to Talcha Airport, (2800m) Day 16: Fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu. Day 17: Departure