Imagine walking on a trail that goes along a glacier river and ends at the edge of a beautiful alpine lake. Imagine being camped under the stars overlooking mountains. Imagine wondering around tribal villages. Karnali Trails is about making that imagination come alive. Filled with wonderful insight and beauty of western Nepal, this trip will spell a life-long effect on you. From Simikot, a gateway to Tibet you pass  through forests, traditional villages, follow Karnali river, cross passes, enjoy great mountain views and end at Rara Lake – a mesmerizing landscape.

Tentative Itinerary - 15 Nights / 16 Days

TRIP COST: 3960 USD per person (full boarding, local transportation, logistics & permits)

Day 1 KATHMANDU (1334 M): overview of Nepal, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

Day 2 FLIGHT TO NEPALGUNJ: a scenic flight observing the mountains and hills

Day 3 NEPALGUNJ TO SIMIKOT (2985m): early morning 40- minute flight to Simikot and acclimatize 

Day 4 TREK TO YANCHU (2100m) - 6-7 hours (Camping): start trek along Karnali River and to Yanchu, a Thakuri village

Day 5 TREK TO SUNAKHAR (3010m) - 6 hours (Camping): through ‘Bokche Gauda’. a deep canal with interesting stories

Day 6 TREK TO SARKEGHAT (3195m) - 5 hours (Camping): continuing trek towards Mugu valley

Day 7 TREK TO DARMA BAZAAR (2200m) - 6 hours (Camping): a place famous for its' red and brown rice and Apples

Day 8 TREK TO JOGIMARA (3005m) - 5 hours (Camping): following ancient trails through Rimi, Milchham Bagar & Saaththaple

Day 9 TREK TO BAM (2700m) - 7 hours (Camping): climb towards Chankheli pass (3594m) with magnificent view of Saipal Himal and other mountain ranges 

Day 10 TREK TO GAMGADI (2095m) - 5 hours (Camping): through several settlements and suspension bridges

Day 11 TREK TO RARA LAKE (2980m) - 4 hours (Camping): trail to Rara Lake - the largest lake in Nepal, surrounded by the Himalayas, beautiful forest and alpine grazing land

Day 12 EXPLORE RARA LAKE - 4 hours (Camping): half a day exploring Rara Lake & National Park, and trekking to Murma Top for best view, back to Talcha (Rara Airport) 

Day 13 FLY BACK TO NEPALJUNG: visiting Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha


Day 15 Buffer / Rest Day

Day 16 Departure

This trip is organized in joint collaboration with Hands-On Institute and an expert from the Karnali region. 

The Trail

From the district capital of Simikot, spread across a ridge at 2900m, the trail follows through Southern Humla toward Rara National Park. The trail threads along towering green cliffs along the roaring Karnali River. You’ll pass clusters of flat-roofed mud houses, encountering the Hindu thakuri – women wearing heavy gold and silver jewelry, and men leading flocks of long-haired goats up and down the trail, observe incredible views of foothills, hills, mountains, lush forest and camp alongside the largest lake in Nepal.

The region is our newest trekking journey into Nepal's least-visited region and is sure to be an incredibly inspiring journey. All but forgotten by the rest of the world, the isolated territories of Humla and Mugu offer vistas that are both limitless and intimate. Here is a land of sweeping valleys - a landscape as forbidding as some distant moon. This is a land where the inhabitants work an alpine soil which maintains their livelihood. Trade with distant neighbors’ means days of driving stubborn mules over perilous mountain trails. However, this ancient lifestyle does yield untold riches and brings their travelers  closer to themselves.