You arrive in Kathmandu. This city contains many attractions, one of which is the famous Swyambhunath Buddhist shrine. It is more than two thousand years old and known informally as “the Monkey Temple.”
On the second day you can explore Kathmandu. You could spend time at the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, or perhaps visit the temple of the “Living Goddess Kumari”. You spend the night in Kathmandu.
After lunch, you get a taxi to the airport for a connecting flight to Nepalgunj. There are many Hindu temples and mosques in the area to visit. You stay in the town of Nepalgunj overnight in a hotel.
You now fly to Jumla, which is notable for being a dry district where alcohol is forbidden and also the highest place on Earth where rice is grown. From there, you walk towards Padmara. Two tracks lead north. The more popular follows the right-hand side of the Chaudbise Khola river, through pine forests. Two hours’ walking leads to Urthu, at the junction of Chaudbise Khola and Ghurseni Khola. After that, the trail ascends sharply through the narrow gorge housing Ghurseni Khola. Padmara is one hour further on at the head of the valley. You camp at Padmara for the night.
After Padmara you encounter the Khali Langa pass, 1,161 feet high. You follow the right bank of a stream until you get to a footbridge where you cross. You walk for an hour through dense forest until you arrive at a log bridge 8,999 feet over Sinja Khola. You take the bridge and climb to Bumra (8,957 feet).
From Bumra, you stay high above the river until you get to Bhargaon (9,482 feet) after an hour-and-a-half. The track turns north to the tributary stream of Ghautha Khola. You cross this river on a log bridge and climb Chautha (10,171 feet). After about an hour, you will come across a pleasant meadow. The next stop is Pine.
Rara Lake is no more than five miles west of Pine – a short trek with fine views leading to the village of Rara, where you camp for the night.
This is a rest day, giving you the opportunity to explore. It takes around eight hours to walk around the lake. It is possible to go boating on the tortoise-blue lake for an hour. The best vantage point is Chuchemara Dauda (2,540 feet). You camp as you did the previous night.
You stroll downstream of Khatyar Gad for about an hour. You cross a log bridge below Murma (10,299 feet). After crossing the bridge, there is a steady climb of 1,312 feet to an open clearing. The trail continues south through packed forest – the tree line is at 11,969 feet. The ridge goes south for a further 650 feet or so, which is pleasant, with the usual mountains in the distance. Then the trail descends steeply to Ghorasain, where you camp for the night.
There are two trails to hand, and the more scenic ascends Diyabala Danda, to the south. This takes around an hour trekking through forest until the crest is reached at 17,556 feet. The trail skirts southeast with the fields of Lumsa below before descending to the village of Okharpati (10,170 feet). You then head for Sinja, where you will stay the night.
You cross Sinja Khola by means of a log bridge and follow the stream east. You then ascend and descend a 9,400-foot ridge. The trail follows the south side of the stream for another six miles. It meanders before climbing east along a gully to ascend a pass (11,800 feet). A descent is made through a wide meadow, whereupon you head east to Chere Chaur, your next camp.
Chere Chaur abounds with flowers in late summer. The return to Jumla is a gentle descent.
You fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu.