Important Information

Far West Nepal Treks
15 Days
Max Altitude 3750m
Best Season April - October
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Level 2
Group Size
2 - 20 people
Transportation Flight - Jeep

The Rara Lake circuit trek through Sinja valley is an excellent trekking destination in Karnali province in far west Nepal, linking two different districts of Jumla and Mugu. The major attractions of this trek are Rara Lake, Sinja Valley, Jumla, Rara National Park, snowcapped mountain, landscape. If you are looking for an authentic trekking experience in pristine mountain scenery interlaced with legend, historic place, and folklore, look no further, this region is for you.

This trekking through the historic valley of Sinja to Rara Lake and returning to Jumla is a week-long trek. You don’t need trekking experience to attempt this trek. The grading nature of this trek is medium, less challenging. Different kinds of vegetation and animals have inhabited this region. Many travelers believe that this far west region will be a future adventure tourism hotspot. Himalayan Wander Walkers had designed this 15 days Jumla Rara trek with different itineraries from our Jumla to Rara Trek.  

Trekking Route of Rara Circuit trek via Sinja Valley:

Trekking to Rara is one of the least visited destinations yet rewarding and appreciated by travelers. Most trekkers fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and switching their flight to Jumla. The trek itinerary goes through the Sinja valley, ruled by Malla (Khasa) dynasty between the 12th and 14th centuries.  The trek finally ends at Jumla. Now a day roadway is also possible to Jumla and Talcha via Surkhet but you need to change many vehicles on the way. That might be hectic and ruin your whole journey. So, the best option is to take a flight. The trails are at relatively low altitudes and a moderate level of fitness is fine to complete this trek.

Outline Itinerary ( 15 Days )

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.), overnight at hotel

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu at TIA, a representative of Himalayan Wander Walkers will warmly welcome you to Nepal and will escort you towards your hotel. If your arrival time is in the morning you can do a short tour or you can just relax and walk around the town. Sometimes you have come a few days earlier for a permit. For that, we will let you know when to arrive in Kathmandu and need your original passport.

Overnight: at the hotel set with BB plan.

Day 2

Sightseeing tour on the world’s Heritages sites & trek preparation

Visit the world’s heritage sites. Which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley – famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with woods, stones, and metals? Today after breakfast we will start the city tour to most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu valley. These landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swyambhunath), and the world largest Buddhists stupa, Bouddhanath. Briefing regarding the trek with two-way question-answer with the trip leader (The Guide).

Overnight: at the hotel set with BB plan.

Day 3

Kathmandu–Nepalgunj all-day

From Kathmandu, we fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, a town in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park. It is a major transport hub for the western, mid-western, and far-western regions of Nepal. Possibly, on the same day flight to Jumla. If there is no flight to Jumla on this day, we should sleep in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 4


About thirty minutes of flight from Nepalgunj brings us to Jumla. Once we land at the Jumla Airport and exit out to Khalanga Baazar we will instantly begin the trek. Treading along the trail beside Jugad Khola, which has farmlands and forested regions throughout we arrive at Chhere Chaur.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 5

Chere Chaur–Chalachaur 5hrs

At the northern end of the plateau the trail forks; you need to turn left and enter a pine forest. Note: the right fork enters a short section of forest before climbing an exposed hillside to Danphe Lekh pass (3685m), which you will cross on the return to Jumla.Having turned left, the trail climbs steadily as it contours around the top of a small river basin to a couple of buildings at Chor Khola (3170m, 45 mins). From here, the trail climbs steeply through the forest to the upper pastures of the Dori Lekh and Jaljala La (3585m, 2½hrs). An easy descent on the north side of the pass soon brings you to a broad grassy pasture, Jaljala Chaur (3420m, 30 mins). To reach the few buildings on the far side of the pasture continue along the northern treeline to a trail that crosses a small bridge over a stream. If you take any of the earlier, direct routes, you will have to wade a number of small streams and cross the boggy ground. Camp on a patch of cleared ground in front of the buildings should you want to stay here. From the buildings, the trail descends rapidly through the forest into the Jaljala Khola valley, where there is a good campsite at Chalachaur (2980m, 1¼hrs).

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 6

Chalachaur–Sinja 4½hrs

You are now in a fine deciduous forest with the sparkling Jaljala Khola leading the way. Cross the river several times, over bridges with traditional carvings on the handrail supports. After 45 minutes a large tributary valley merges from the right and the first small plots of farmland appear. The trail now remains on the true left (south) side of the valley and climbs a small spur before continuing to descend an easy gradient. As the valley broadens the terraces of smallholdings appear and you pass through the scattered settlement of Garhigoth (2740m, 2hrs). The next settlement, Chauki (2500m, 1hr), is a larger Thakuri village with its distinctive red- and white-painted homes. Walking through the village you are able to see the end of the valley ahead, and a rocky promontory with commanding views. The trail winds around the southern base of the promontory and then drops to a bridge across the outflow of the Jaljala Khola to a peninsula with the Sinja Khola on the far side. Camp on the peninsula next to the health post (2405m, 45 mins), the main part of the village is on the far side of the valley and can be reached by another bridge.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 7

Exploration at Sinja

The promontory that you passed the previous day is a very important site in medieval Nepali history. The western hills of Nepal were once the center of the largest kingdom ever seen in the Himalaya, prior to the unification of Nepal: the first Malla Empire and the winter capital was here, at Sinja. The only remains are some ruins of the royal palace and the ancient Hindu Kankasundri Temple on top of the promontory, called Lamadhada. Two large stone lions at the entrance of the temple are certainly from the right period, but identifying other artifacts within the temple is impossible. Throughout the region are many stone pillars, or stele, that declare land ownership changes, or places of historical interest, but they nearly all date from the 17th century onwards. From the top of Lamadhada, you look down into a deep ravine to the west, and some caves on the far bank, where the 5th Dalai Lama is said to have meditated. The old border with Tibet is not far away, in the Mugu Karnali Nadi valley, and local legends tell of a time when Sinja was the most important place in the Himalaya ranges. To the south-east, about 5 hours’ walk away is a large cave, where locals believe the five Pandava brothers (from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata) were exiled. An annual horse race, in July, is held from Lamathada to the cave and back. The local people call themselves Thakuri, a noble Chhetri caste, which means you will probably not be invited into homes.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 8

Sinja–Ghorosingha 4hrs

From the campsite, cross the suspension bridge to Sinja village but turn right (not left to the village) and follow a dirt trail that climbs a little as it heads through the gorge behind Lamadhada. From the gorge it is easy to see why Lamadhada was such an obvious choice for a fort palace, any attacker from here would have no chance of success. Continue on the north bank of the Sinja Khola along a trail that continues to climb, do not take any smaller routes that descend to the riverside. After 1½ hours you should reach the outlying homes of Bhota at the entrance of the Ghatta Khola valley (2600m). Unless you want to detour to the main part of the village stay on the true right (west) bank of the river. A detour to the village, which is on the true left (east) bank of the river, will add 45-60 minutes to your day. At the trail junction to Bhota take the left hand, smaller track, and begin ascending the Ghatta Khola. The valley soon narrows and climbs steeply up an exposed trail that passes many grinding wheels. At the top of the ancient moraine wall (3050m, 2½hrs) you are greeted with a meandering stream flowing through a broad grassy valley, and perhaps one of the most inviting campsites you will ever come across, Ghorosingha.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 9

Ghorosingha–Rara Lake 6¼hrs

The trail now winds through beech and pine forest as it continues to ascend the valley. After 40 minutes you will pass some derelict buildings. Climbing further the valley forms a grassy basin and then the river turns sharply to the north-west (right) into a much narrower gorge. Continue along the true right (north) side of the boulder-filled valley to the bottom of a steep switchback trail that climbs to a saddle on the Chuchuemara Danda (3804m, 2¼hrs). Traverse the northern slope to your right on a small but defined trail to a ridge (3756m, 30 mins) overlooking Rara Lake, which makes an ideal lunch spot if the weather is clear. The trail now descends, slowly at first, but more steeply once you enter rhododendron forest for 1½ hours to the main track along the Khatyar Khola (2965m). Cross a wooden bridge to the true right bank of the river, where you turn right to Murma and then ascend an easy gradient to the western end of Rara Lake (3010m, 30 mins). The main campsite (45 mins) is beside the National Park office on the northern shore of the lake, you will have to register here as well.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 10

Rara Lake all-day

Rara Lake is an idyllic place; the astoundingly clear water surrounded by protected forest is a nature lover's dream. A walk around the rim of the lake (13km, 5½hrs) is really worth the effort – see if you can spot the stele marking the cardinal points, nobody knows how or why they are here. On the north-eastern bank is Rara Mahadev Temple, decorated with woodcarvings of elephants, peacocks, and people. On the full moon in July/August locals gather here to honor the god Thakur, who, legend says, created the lake by firing an arrow at the western shore and then built the eastern bank by stamping down the earth. Swirling rock formations at the eastern end of the lake are said to be his footprints. There are some old canoes near the army camp that you might be able to use. The lake water is extremely clear for swimming, but cold, and Park rules stipulate that you must use buoyancy aids.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 11

Rara Lake–Pina 4¾hrs

Take the lakeside trail back to the western end of the lake and the bridge over the out-flowing Khatyar Khola. Cross the bridge and continue around the lake to a trail junction in the south-western corner, the left-hand trail continues around the lake, but this time take the southern (right) fork and climb an easy gradient through the forest. Crest the grass-covered ridge (3060m) to the south of the lake in 2½ hours from camp. Descend through a fine cedar forest to Jhari (2550m, 1¼hrs) and to a trail junction. There is a newer trail that avoids Pina and takes an almost direct route south to Ghurchi Lagna, which is reached in 6 hours. You need local knowledge to follow this route, which is committing as the first campsite is in the valley on the far side of the pass. Alternatively, the older route descends to Pina where there is a good campsite; to take this route descend to the small river in the valley, which you should cross to the true right bank. Keep descending for another 20 minutes before a slight climb to a grinding mill, beyond which are the cultivated fields of Pina (2440m, 30 mins). Do not descend through the village, instead contour through the upper parts of the village to a campsite next to a teahouse (10 mins). Note: if you want to take an extra day to reduce daily trekking hours, it is possible to break the return trek to Rara Lake to Jhari (day 10), then to Chauta (day 11), then Padmara (day 12), Jumla (day 13) and fly to Kathmandu on day 14.


Day 12

Pina–Bumra 7¼hrs

To the south of Pina a valley climbs up towards Ghurchi Lagna (3445m) to the south. The trail follows a stream through the forest and some rocky spurs; it takes 3½ hours to reach the pass. From the top of the pass, there are good views of Kanjiroba Himal. Descend to a small valley which joins another from your left, take the larger, downstream (south-westerly) route that continues to descend. The valley then curves westward and another tributary joins from your left, again continues downstream (south-west), and descends. Once you reach about 3100m the valley turns to the south and enters the forest; pass the National Park office and enter Chauta (2745m, 1¾hrs from the pass). Descend through the village to a trail junction turn south (left) and contour about 150m above the Sinja Khola. It is now 2 hours to Bumra (2850m) where you can camp, but if you have the time, continue for another 20 minutes or so to some better campsites beside the river.

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 13

Bumra–Jumla 7hrs

If you camped in Bumra, descend to the Sinja Khola and follow the true left (south) bank along a broad trail to a bridge (2720m, 1hr), which you cross. The trail now climbs an unrelenting gradient through birch forest for 3½ hours to some pastures where there is a trail junction (3520m). The left-hand fork, which continues across the meadows, leads to Padmara (3060m, 2½hrs) and will add an extra day to the return to Jumla. A smaller trail branch right towards a tree line; you might have to scout around for this if the meadow is overgrown. Climb through the forest, which soon ends, and emerge onto another grassy pasture that leads up towards the Danphe Lekh pass (3685m, 30 mins). From the top, you can see the broad meadow of Chere Chaur, where you camped the first night out of Jumla, descend to it (40 mins) and continue on the same trail back to Jumla (1½hrs).

Overnight stay will be at Tented Camp.

Meal: full-board, three times a day.

Day 14


Reconfirm your flights as soon as you arrive in Jumla. Depending on schedules you should be able to fly to Nepalgunj in the morning and then catch one of many afternoon flights to Kathmandu  on same day.

Overnight: at the hotel set with BB plan.

Day 15

Final Departure

We are saying goodbye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Wander walkers will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Meal: Breakfast. 



Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
All domestic flights from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu and domestic airport taxes.
3 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Nepalgunj.
Kathmandu city tour and all entry fees as per the above itinerary.
Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
Tented camp and home-stay accommodation during the trek.
1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and necessary porters, their food & accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance.
Trekking Equipment (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
All ground transportation by private car.
Rara National Park Permit.
All necessary permits.
First Aid Medical kit box.
Himalayan Wander Walkers' company Duffle bag for the trek use
Office Service charge.
All Government Tax.


Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
Your private Travel insurance.
International air fare to and from Nepal.
Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
Items and expenses of personal nature.
Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (can be hired in KTM) etc.
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes, etc.
Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
Horse renting and additional porters during the trek due to natural calamities.
Tips for guide, porters, driver

Important Information

* The Price given here is per person based on a minimum of 2 people. The price will be cheaper with an increase in the number of people.

* Single Supplement is applied (if you are single trekker)


  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Nepal. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will  work in Nepal.)

Guiding, Food, and Lodging  
Trekking in Nepal, all trekking supplies - Teahouse trekking means staying and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We eat at teahouses and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potatoes, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. It is normal to meet your porter in the teahouse where you will stay overnight. So, pack your necessary things in your own day pack.


  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Note regarding itineraries
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Himalayan Wander Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.

Frequently Asked Question

Although trekking gear is available in Nepal you are advised to bring your own gear.

Trekking or running shoes Camp shoes or thongs Socks (polypropylene)

Down or fiber-filled jacket Jumper or piled jacket Hiking shorts Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella Hiking pants T-shirts or blouses Underwear Sun hat

Rucksack Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional) Water bottle Torch, batteries, and bulbs