Dhaulagiri Travel Guide

Posted Feb 25th, 2008 under Travel Guide, Trekking & Hiking,

Dhaulagiri comes under the Western division of Nepal and is one of the fourteen zones of Nepal. The name Dhaulagiri is derived from the Sanskrit word which means “White Mountain”. The Dhaulagiri range is made up of some of the world’s most impressive peaks. Baglung is the headquarters of this zone. Royal Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the only hunting reserve in Nepal is spread over Baglung and Myagdi districts of this Zone. Geographically, the Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast, from the near tropical Pokhara valley to steep slope climb to snow capped Himalayan giant. This region is considered to be one of the most remote places of the kingdom of Nepal, abundance of Himalayan peaks, hidden valleys, high passes and sweeping vistas. Dhaulagiri is separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki Gorge (deepest in the world) and includes some fifteen magnificent peaks above 7000 metre. Mt. Dhaulagiri I, the sixth highest peak of Nepal and world’s seventh towers high above the well- trekked Muktinath pilgrim trail up to the Kali Gandaki Valley. The foothills of the Dhaulagiri region are marked with spectacular views of both majestic Himalayan peaks and white-water rivers. This region was remained largely unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. Best Trekking Season is from mid-September to November and February to May. Dhaulagiri region has four pyramid-like peaks, in addition to the main summit, and all of them rise more than 25,000 feet altitude. High passes and sweeping snow-clad vistas seem to challenge the trekkers who would love to go on an off-beat trek. Trekking in the  Dhaulagiri region amid the serene and tranquil; surroundings will energize and refresh you.

CLIMATE, FLORA AND FAUNA: The difference in the climatic conditions in this region is responsible for its varied flora and fauna. The Dhaulagiri region possesses a variety of flora and fauna. The vast massif covers Dolpo to its north west, following river up stream, ferns and forest of oak and other deciduous trees and juniper forest. Mountain sides filled with rhododendrons are blaze with color during springtime. Many species of flowers are abundantly found on the trail, even in the high mountain passes above the tree line, tiny alpine flowers can be found dotting the windswept ground. This Trans-Himalayan region is quite, peaceful and full of this area is relatively surrounded with nature full of peace and tranquility. Sparse vegetation is found up to 4,500 metre. Some of the Nepal’s most beautiful animal and plant-life are also found here. There are reports of many endangered species residing in this area including the elusive snow leopard. Although rare, the snow leopard and Danphe bird are much talked-about sights amongst the visitors. This place is one of the few true wilderness areas accessible to trekkers in Nepal.

PEOPLE AND PLACES: The people in this region produce and sell cheese besides working as mountain-guides and porters. Many also trade Tibet and across the boarder to sell their goods. These areas are inhabited by several ethnic minorities such as Magars, Thakalis and Gurungs who speak their own languages and still adhere to local customs. The trekking starts at the small village of Baglung where one will begin the ascent along the banks of the powerful Kali Gandaki River. From here, one will travel northwards deep into the territory of the Magars; amiable and unique group of people that still have minimal contact with the outside world. After crossing higher then 3000 metre Jaljala Pass, the trail winds west into the forests of Dhorpatan, an ancient hunting reserve of the Rana Dynasty. Slowly one will begin the descent south into the Myagdi River drainage on trails that offer excellent views of the entire Annapurna range. A natural hot spring awaits at Tatopani, providing a bit of relaxation near the end of the journey. The area around Tansen is home to the Magar people and capital of the independent kingdoms to become part of Nepal. From Dhorepatan the panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges is exceptional and this remote area is home to communities of Tibetan refugees who search the area for minerals and medicinal plants.

Dhaulagiri is derived from a Sanskrit which means “White Mountain”. It is an enormous Himalayan massif, located in north central Nepal. It is the highest mountain located entirely within Nepal. On the altitude scale it is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Dhaulagiri (White Mountain), separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki Forge (deepest in the world) includes some fifteen peaks above 7000 metre. There are few mountains which translate ‘White Mountain’; this is the biggest one in the world. In 1960, the Swiss/Austrian expedition first reached the summit. Dhaulagiri’s crest stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls. Along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks rise. Four of these summits, numbered from east to west, rise above 25,000 feet.

Dhampus peak 6012 metre is situated in the heart of the Dhaulagiri region. This peak is also known as a Thapa peak which is generally covered with snow but not alpine in nature i.e. no bergshrund or crevasses. It is a conical peak on the northern side of Thapa (Dhampus) Pass. In terms of climbing technicalities, it is easy mountain to ascend. The overwhelming altitude differences between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges make Dhampus peak a very vantage spot to observe the mountains with Tukuche peak (6920 metre) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 metre) spectacularly close. This peak provides more than thirty mountain views and as well as Dhaulagiri glacier and deepest gorge of the world.

This magnificent mountain is situated in Dhaulagiri range next to the Churen, Putha Himal, Konaban and Dhaulagiri IV. Gurja Himal is named after the near by Gurja village in mid west Nepal which offers an interesting climbing experience. The approach to the base camp follows the Myagdi Khola (River) which drains from Dhaulagiri I and then climbs over the 4590 metre high pass of Bhujunge Bara to enter the stunning Kafe Khola Valley. The climbing route is on the North side of the Gurja Himal following the Kafe Khola glacier and over the north east ride which leads to the summit. The climb offers grade IV rock climbing on some places and some interesting ice and snow slopes. Once on the North ridge – great views of Myagdi valley in the South and spectacular view of Dhaulagiries in the north; and Api, Saipal are feast for the eyes through out the climb.
Churen Himal with the height of 7371 metre is situated north west from Beni. Mt. Churen Himal lies in western Nepal.  This peak belongs to the western Dhaulagiri range. Churen Himal, west of Dhaulagiri, rears it’s sharp-cut crest, as deep shadows play over the nearer range. Churen Himal has been explored by a Japanese group. From Pokhara to Beni Bazaar, the way leads to the foot of Churen Himal Base Camp. In trek towards Churen Himal, one will have a chance to trek into the mass of the Dhorpatan hills at about 3000-4300 metre. This area is full of rivers and fast glacial streams, lots of forest and animals. Our route crosses very pleasing Chhetri, Magar and Chhantyal villages, especially Gurja gaun which is very good majority of Chhantyal people.

The Dhaulagiri range is made up of some of the world’s most impressive peaks. In this range, to the west of Annapurna South of Ganesh Himal, lies a long ridge at the end of which stands the serene Putha Hiunchuli. This mountain is the last 7000 metre marking the end of the snow-capped range. Though the climb is technically challenging there are many possible routes that may be explored. Putha Hiunchuli’s south slopes present easy access to the different summit’s base camps but the ascents route is technically difficult due to the many ridges and seracs. The route on the North Slope was rediscovered four years back, which crosses extremely remote and wild terrain. The landscape during the approach walk is as enchanting as it is unique: a mineral world made of high cliffs and deep canyons.
This remote and challenging trek for the more adventurous walker circles Dhaulagiri, the seventh Highest Mountain in the world. Its name means “white Mountain”: towering in solitary splendor, this magnificent peak rises as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow. Around Dhaulagiri trek is long an arduous trek where one will encounter simple lifestyle and magnificent scenery of Nepal. The valleys and villages surrounding it are unspoiled and unchanged as the route is less frequented by the trekkers due to its challenging two passes, French Pass (5430 metre) and Thapa Pass (5365 metre). There is a long difficult trek around Dhaulagiri (8167 metre) that starts from Beni on the Kali Gandaki and follows the Myagdi Khola westwards to Darbang before turning north along a tiny trail. Much of the route is over snow and glaciers, crossing the base camp; we come to the high point of our trek, the traverse of French Pass (5,360 metre). Once over the pass we descend into Hidden Valley and Dhampus Pass (5182 metre), a high level route which brings us back to the upper Kali Gandaki Valley in Jomsom. Crossing the French pass and the Dhampus Pass offers the most awesome view of the Dhaulagiri range, the Annapurna range, Nilgiri and a look at the deepest gorge in the world of the Kaligandaki Gorge. Around Dhaulagiri, just west of Annapurna is the 40 mile wide Dhaulagiri Himal. Dhaulagiri I, the sixth-tallest peak in the world, towers high above the well-trekked Muktinath pilgrim trail up the Kali Gandaki Valley. The vast massif screens the hidden lands of Dolpo to its north, and to the west of it are Nepal’s far western hills. Only to the east along the Kali Gandaki Valley one can easily view the mountain close up, massive Dhaulagiri with its symmetrical peak and four major outliners which remains an enigma along much of its perimeter.

The way to French Pass from Dhaulagiri base camp is long and steep. Much of the route is on snow and glacier as it crosses French Pass and descends into Hidden Valley and cross Thapa (Dhampus) Pass.

This is one of the superb trekking destinations. This trek will take one out of the beaten track inside a region, reaching the Churen Himal base camp. This trekking is for the person who love the beauty of nature, the wild valleys, Himalayan scenery. Churen Himal is a peak belonging to the western Dhaulagiri range or behind Dhaulagiri and Gurja Himal lies in North East. This route crosses the Magar villages; near the hunting reserve of Dhorpatan. The trekking start from Beni and ending will the same place where we drive back to Pokhara and Kathmandu. Churen Himal Trekking is completely apart from the beaten paths; this trekking is for the person who love the beauty of nature, the wild valleys, Himalayan scenery. As Churen Himal trek is non touristy area, one will get chance to explore the new trekking experience in Nepal. Be-part from Beni, it will lead one to the foot of Churen Himal. Walk across Myagdi Khola until Sibang to cross Jalja la (3430 metre) Dhorpatan and of the hunting preserve Gurja Gaon and Beni drunk of return to Katmandu.

Village Tourism

Posted Feb 20th, 2008 under Travel Guide,

Village Tourism

Nepal is known throughout the world for adventure travel, white water rafting and jungle safari. A recent development in the Nepalese Tourism industry has been a new concept -Village tourism. Village tourism offers the tourists who wish to experience village life the opportunity to share the traditional lifestyle of village people from all sectors of Nepali culture.
The guests are taken to traditional Nepali villages where they spend a few days living with the local people and are treated as honored family guests. While staying in the villages, guests enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious local food and drink and a hearty and memorable welcome. By living with the local you would be given the chances to know their culture. As you would be staying as a family member with your host family, you can participate in all their daily activities or chores.
Sirubari Village
Situated at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level on the hills lies the beautiful ‘Sirubari Village’, a predominantly Gurung settlement. This small and beautiful village is the first model village designed to experience village based tourism in Nepal. The inhabitants of this small village have retained their traditional culture and tradition. A visit to the village offers one the chance to experience the traditional lifestyle, culture, and festivals. It has now become one of the major tourist attractions in the Annapurna region. The village has several gompas, temples and shrines dedicated to different deities. At 2,300 meters above the village at Dahare Deurali is a viewpoint, which is the highest point south of Pokhara. It offers panoramic views of Mt.Annapurna along with Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Manaslu, Lamjung and Hiunchuli.
 The villagers are dependant on agriculture and animal husbandry. Tourism in this area also helps to generate some income. The best time to visit this village is from September to June. While on a homestay, the accommodation is simple but comfortable with good bedding and clean toilet facilities. The food is delicious and you will be eating as one of the family. Each night there will be entertainment provided by the community. This will be in the form of traditional Gurung and Nepali dancing and singing. During your stay you will be able to really experience the life of a Nepali villager. You can take part in the family’s (with whom you are staying) daily chores, tending animals, tilling the fields, or just sitting in the sun talking to neighbours.
The Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA) conferred their Gold Award 2001 to Sirubari in recognition of the efforts being made to preserve the traditional Nepali culture and heritage and for serving as Nepal’s first model tourist village.

Ghale Gaun
Ghale Gaun, is located in Lamjung district at an elevation of 2,200 meters, 20.5 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu and 12.5 kilometers northeast of Pokhara.This small village is enclosed by the majestic Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II (7939m) Annapurna IV (7525m), Machhapuchhare (6693m), Lamjung Himal, Buddha Himal((6974m), Himalchuli (6747m) and many other smaller peaks with stunning Talyngo lake and Lami lake nearby. Gurungs are the local residents of the village and are renowned for their warm hospitality and friendly behavior.A visit to Ghale Gaun provides you an opportunity to interact with the local people, to explore its mystic high Himalayas, forests, lakes, rivers, etc. Passing through dense jungle and villages filled with rhododendrons blossoms, rivers, waterfalls, crossing over the Marsyangdi, Khudi and Midim rivers with panoramic views of Himalayas at the backdrop, will certainly leave you with memories of a lifetime experience. Visitors to Ghalegaun are welcomed with offering of garlands and tika while music and dances are performed and traditional farewell songs are sung when guests depart. Nepali New Year and Buddha Jayanti are celebrated with traditional dance called Ghatu. Activities around Ghalegaun include bird watching at Talangyo Lake and visits to the Utter Kanya Temple, Pempro Fall, Batase Cave and the Khudi hydroelectric dam site. Ghalegaun is also home to the famous honey hunters of Nepal. The Honey hunters collect honey from the nests of wild bees built on steep cliffs.This is an age-old tradition of the villagers living in this area. Local honey hunters show their exceptional skills by hanging themselves form cliffs as high as 300 meters using bamboo ladders and hemp ropes, while harvesting the honeycombs.

‘Bandipur’ is an ancient Newari town situated some 143 km west of Kathmandu, 7km above Dumre Bazaar, at an altitude of 1,005 meters. Pristine and culturally prosperous, the historical heritage sites, ancient temples, shrines, houses built with traditional style and architecture, are a traveller’s delight. Bandipur gives you an opportunity to observe Newari lifestyle, their cultures and customs. Although the town is largely inhibited by Newars, there are other communities also, such as Magars, Gurungs, Chettris, Damais, Kamis and Sarkis. Feast and festivals are observed every month with varieties of cultural song and dance. From Bandipur you can catch the breathtaking panorama of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang. You can also view  Manakamana and Gorkha , with the great Chitwan plains stretching to the south. There are local families in Bandipur who offer homestays to the visitors.

Pokhara Travel Guide

Posted Jan 25th, 2008 under Travel Guide,

The valley of Pokhara is a paradise situated on the lap of the panoramic Annapurna Himal.200kilometers west from Nepal’s fabled Capital city of Kathmandu.This enchanting valley is one of nature’s rare places where dramatic views of the world’s highest mountain can be enjoyed from the subtropical setting. Having a total of 7 lakes, Pokhara is known as the valley dotted with lakes. The city has a population of around 95,000.It has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.

The city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.Pokhara is a rare combination of the long arrays of snow clad peaks, crystal clear lakes ,turbulent rivers with deep gorges and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly ethnic people.

Pokhara is most popular for its lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Best time to visit is between October and April. One can go for boating on these famous lakes. Exploring the deep-seated mysteries of intriguing caves like Mahendra Gupha will further heighten your adventure spirit. The Devi’s fall, the gorge of the Seti River, Buddhist monastery, Barahi temple, Gupteswar Gupha, Museums, Sarangkot, Bindabasini Temple, The Old Bazaar, World Peace Pagoda and Tibetan refugee camp are the other dotted places for sightseeing.

Phewa Tal (Lake):
Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the kingdom, roughly measuring 1.5 km by 4 km, is the center of attraction in Pokhara. Phewa Tal is surrounded by a combination of monkey-filled forests and the high white peaks. Brightly painted wooden boats and sailboats can be hired for boating. One of the fascinating parts of lakeside is the splendid view of the mountains, especially when the still water reflects the peaks, creating a double image.

Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake:
Out of town and away from the hustle, these lakes are located about 15km from Pokhara. Divided by the forested hillock called Panchabhaiya Danda, the lakes offer the perfect nature retreat because of their relative seclusion. Splendid boating and fishing can be done here.

Seti Gandaki:
Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination – over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Devi’s Fall:
Locally known as Patale Chhango (Hell’s Fall), Devi’s fall (also known as Devin’s or David’s) is an awesome waterfall lying about 2 km south-west of Pokhara airport Spectacular and unusual, Devi falls plunge into a cave and disappear into the earth.

The Old Bazaar:
Pokhara traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. In its temples and monuments can be seen ties to the Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about 4 km from Lakeside, the market’s original charm is alive and well.

Barahi temple:
This is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, the two storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.

Bindabasini Temple:
Bindabasini temple is the center of religious activity in the old bazaar. It is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. Worshippers flock here to perform sacrifices, and especially on Saturdays the park like grounds take on a festive fair.

World Peace Pagoda:
The pagoda is a massive Buddhist stupa, recently built atop a hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. Besides being an impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range, beautiful sunset and Pokhara city. One can get there by crossing the lake by boat and then hiking up the hill.

Matepani Gumba (Buddhist monastery):
There is a splendid Buddhist Monastery on the top of the small forested hill above Matepani east of Mahendra pool. It overlooks a large section of the Pokhara city, and once there one finds oneself lost in time amid the chanting Ramas.there colossal guardian images of the Buddha accompanying two other gurus and a prayer house has an exquisitely carved columns and friezes.

Mahendra Gupha:
Mahendra Gupha is the nature’s wonders. This Gupha is the large limestone cave locally called the Chamero Odhaar (“House of Bats”). A two hour walk to the north of Pokhara, it is best to bring a torch to see the stalactites and stalagmites, although most of them have been carted out by souvenir hunters.

Gupteswar Gupha:
Gupteswar Gupha, a sacred cave, lies 2 km from Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway leading southwest from the city. The entrance is right across from Devi’s Fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-size rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all fours. This cave holds special value for Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Pokhara Museum, located between the airport and Mahendra Pool, reflects the ethnic mosaic of western Nepal. The lifestyles and history of ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Thakali and the Tharu are attractively displayed.
Annapurna Museum, also known as the Natural History Museum, is located at Prithvi Narayan Campus east of the old bazaar. The museum has an exceptional collection of butterflies, insects, birds, and models of wildlife as well as samples of various precious and semi-precious stones and volcanic rocks.

This small village is perked on top of a hill just 5 kilometers from Pokhara Lakeside. At an elevation of just under 1,600m, it is perched on a high ridge to the northwest of The absence of motor vehicles contributes to Sarangkot’s peaceful atmosphere Pokhara and has panoramic mountain views of whole sweep from Dhaulagiri and across the Annapurnas to Manaslu, needless to say of the lake and the Pokhara valley itself.

Rara Travel guide

Posted Jan 21st, 2008 under Travel Guide, Trekking & Hiking,

Located in the remote western region of Nepal, Rara lies in Mugu district, touched by Jhobu lake (Dolpa) in the east, Humla(Karnali river) and Bajura in the west, Dhucchi lake (Jumla) in the south and Humla Karnali, Humla district and Tibet in the north. With long ridges surrounded by temperate forests and alpine pastures enclosing high valleys, this region lies in a remote and a wild corner of Nepal. The region is famous for its lake ‘Rara ’, the largest lake in Nepal. Rara region definitely gives you a taste of natural wilderness and serenity.

Climate, Flora and Fauna
Rara is noted for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. Usually the climate remains fine between May to October. During these months Rara looks most stunning and beautiful with clear mountain views at the backdrop and with many beautiful flowers and lush vegetation. Many hills, villages and some parts of the districts can be apparently seen.Summer is pleasant. It is sometimes wet and warm – a suitable time for botanists for observation as different varieties of plants thrive during this time. However, winter is quite chilly, as the temperatures drops to below freezing point, and heavy snowfalls occur up to one meter.

About 245 species of rare plants having medicinal value are found in the catchments areas. Up to 3200m the area is dominated by blue pine , black juniper, west Himalayan spruce , rhododendron , oak and Himalayan cypress . Other deciduous tree species found in the area are walnut , Himalayan poplar and Indian horse-chestnut . Rara also provides a rich habitat for ghorals, musk deer, red pandas, Himalayan black bears, snow leopards and both rhesus and langurs. About 250 species of birds are said to be found in this area, of which 49 belong to the wetlands and most of them are believe to be migratory. The Rara Lake and its surrounding presents a wonderful habitat for otters, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck etc.

Chuchemara Peak
Located on the southern side of the Rara lake which is 4039m high, this peak is the highest point of Rara. Standing along with neighboring peaks like Murma, Malika, Ruma, it gives an excellent backdrop to lake. From the point one can catch a panoramic view of neighboring peaks, Kanjiroba peak of Dolpo, Tibetan mountains and many other parts of a district.

Malika Kand and Ruma Kand
The snowcapped summit of Malika Kand (3444m) and Ruma Kand(3731m) lies on the northern side of the Rara lake. They both provide an excellent view of the lake to the south and the beautiful Mugu-Karnali River to the north.

Kanjiroba Massif Situated in the remote Dolpo region, west of Nepal, Kanjiroba massif is the major attraction of the region. The Kanjiroba Himal provides you a panoramic backdrop to complete your experience. It truly provides a lifetime experience to those who are longing for a challenging and adventurous trek in the remote Himalaya. One can view this massif clearly through chuchemara peak of Rara.

People and Places
Thakuris were residing in the area for many years. It had been a thriving community with a couple of villages around the shore. But the residents were relocated a decade before to create the national park and were resettled in Banke and Chisapani. But there are still many villages around the park namely, Jyari, Pina, Topla, Tuma, Ruma and Murma. The local economy is based on agriculture, primarily potatoes, buckwheat, beans, barley and wheat. Hindus dominate the community composition.

Rara Lake :Rara is the largest lake of Nepal and one of the most fascinating spot of Rara National Park.
Situated at an elevation of 2990m, the lake covers an area of 10.80 sq.km which is 5 km long and 2 km wide. Surrounded by the verdant alpine meadows and steep densely forested ridges, the lake is neighbored by tall trees and high mountain peaks. It provides a wonderful habitat for otters, winter water birds like Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Tufted Duck, solitary snipe and an important resting place for migrating water fowl. The lake is very beautiful and tranquil, the charm and beauty of the lake will easily make you fall in love with it.

Rara National Park: Adjoining the Rara Lake is the Rara National Park, which was established in 1976 to conserve the unique beauty of lake, and to protect the representative flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla region. The park contains more than 500 different kinds of flowers and herbs. It is an ideal habitat for Himalayan black bear, musk deer, leopard, ghoral, Himalayan tahr and wild boar etc. It is believed that 250 species of birds are found in the area which includes coots, snow cock, different species of pheasants, grebes, mallard, Nepal kalij etc. The Major treks JUMLA – RARA LAKE TREK This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers an experience of nature and a visit to Rara lake, Nepal’s Largest lake at 3062 meter. The trek begins from mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from

Kathmandu via Nepalgunj the trail passes through countryside which provides glimpses of culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal, eventually leads to Rara Lake National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background are the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is ‘off the beaten track’ which involves crossing of Gurchi Mara pass at 3710 meter on the way to Rara Lake and few ridges at around 3000 meter on the way back.

Best time to visit
The best time to visit is from October to December or March to May.

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