Humla - Nyinba Heritage Home stay with Jungle Safari in Bardia

Humla - Nyinba Heritage Home stay with Jungle Safari in Bardia

From US $ 2.900 | 14 Days

Deep within the most remote hills of North Western Nepal lives a magical land. Humla is a treasure trove for the explorer. Situated within the Hidden Himalayas this is a place few people know about. Covering an area of 5,655sq km, this region is home to a Tibetan community called the Nyinba. The district they inhabit is called Nyin, also known as “the sunshine valley of high elevation”. The Nyinba culture is the result of an eclectic mix of Thapalya and Khasa Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism.

The culture here is captivating, the scenery and people are some of the most rewarding to be experienced throughout the whole of the Himalayas.

This trek is one of the shortest but also one of the most culturally rewarding into this region.Nyinba valley is made up of four villages, many of which are inhabited by Bhotia communities. The layout of these villages invokes much curiosity as the structure mimics the design of a Buddhist Mandala.

Our trek takes us to RalingGompa, a famous pilgrimage site. Located in this region are the 21 sub-mountains of Mt Kailash. Some of them are in the Nepal Himalaya, including a peak named Shelmogang-Raling, which is considered by many to be the Kailash of Humla.

After our transformational time in Humla our journey takes us south to the Bardia National Park. Here we will have opportunity to ride an elephant; we will also take the time to spot some of Nepals’ rarest species, including the Royal Bengal tiger.

Our journey concludes in thamel Kathmandu where in the bustling streets we will have time to explore and shop at leisure. This is a magical journey which brings together rare cultures and wildlife. A journey that will leave your mind, heart and camera full of cherished memories.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu we will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can organise some exploring in the afternoon. Tonight you will be staying at Boudhanath and in the evening there will be the option of circumambulating (walking around) the great Boudha Stupa.Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House: http://www.tiseguesthouse.com/

Day 2 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After a hotel breakfast we will explore the must see sites of Kathmandu and its surrounding areas. The morning will be spent with a sightseeing tour of Durbar Square (the Old Royal Palace Complex) and the holy Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath (also referred to as ‘Monkey Temple’). In the afternoon we will explore the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.Meals: B, D Sleeping: Ti-se Guest House: http://www.tiseguesthouse.com/

Day 3 – Fly to Nepalgunj

A spectacular afternoon flight takes us to Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj. This is the largest city in the steamy Terai, the border region of western Nepal and India. The drive to the hotel passes through this old village, and gives us a glimpse of times gone by as we witness the 'old' Nepal. We will be staying in an air-conditioned hotel, ensuring an early dinner as our wake up on day 04 will be early. Meals: L, D Sleeping: Guest House.

Day 4 – Fly to Simikot [2,950m]

We take the early morning flight 218km north to Simikot.This is an exhilarating 50minute flight which takes us over steep mountain ridges, giving us beautiful views of the many snow-capped mountains; including Mount Saipal (7030m). Simikot is the district of Humla’sheadquarters, situated up on a ridge overlooking the Karnali River. The airport at Simikot is positioned in the mountains and is comprised of a blacktopped airstrip. Needless to say this guarantees a somewhat spectacular landing. Stepping out of the plane, you are soon to enter a completely different world.

The sights and smells of Simikot are divine, a rich tapestry oozing authenticity and culture. Here the mix of local Humla and Tibetan culture provides an endless and deeply fascinating opportunity for the creative explorer. Due to the elevation we will be feeling the altitude. Today we will take things easy, making sure we drink plenty of water. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Nyinba Resort

Day 5 – Trek to Burause [3,200m] 3 hrs

After Breakfast we head towards the Nyinba Valley. After about 1½hrs gradual climbing, we will reach some prayer flags and a small school. This place is called Limbuk (3227m).Here we leave the main trail, moving left under the prayer flags, passing behind a little house. For a short distance the trail becomes a slightly steep, before flattening as our path guides us through fields flanked by wild juniper bushes. Directly in front of us will be the snowcapped mountain of Pungrikar (also called Panchauli; around 6000m) and Cristal Peak; behind us, the Ribuche range (only capped with snow during winter and spring).

It takes about 1 to 1½hrs to reach Buraunse Gompa, a home with a small monastery (gompa) inside. This humble abode is where the priest of Buraunse lives. From here it is about 45 minutes down to Buraunse.Buraunse is a small Tibetan Buddhist village, surrounded by fields containing barley and millet. The houses here are of a typical Tibetan-Buddhist style, with flat roofs. There are 5 homestays in Buraunse; each of which has 1 to 2 rooms for guests. It is a great experience to stay in a homestay. It provides a wonderful opportunity to openly and authentically engage with the local people, and of course to learn a bit about how they live their daily lives.

Dinner tonight will be with the host family; all the food is organic and quite tasty! You will be served delicious dal bath (rice with lentils), potato curry, tsampa (barley paste) buckwheat pancake, thukpa (soup with vegetables and thick wheat noodles). You will also be offered chang, a locally brewed beer, made of millet or barley. In this region an empty cup will not stay empty for long as there is always a refill on offer. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Home Stay

Day 6 – Trek to Nima Tang [3,325m] 4hrs

Today we will leave Buraunse and head downhill to theGhatteKhola (river), which is crossed by a wooden bridge (3050m). From this point the trail climbs gradually and we will pass the village of Langdu (3172m). It is easy walking through this beautiful and varied countryside. Here terraced hills stretch out in front and the snowcapped peaks of ChanglaHimal (6,563m) & Cristal Mountain can be seen in the distance.

On this route we pass many small Buddhist stupas and mani walls, a constant reminder of the timeless spiritual connection that still exists here. A mani wall is a low wall with flat stones, each stone is carved with a Buddhist mantra. The most famous mantra is “Om Mani Padme Hum”, which roughly means “Blessed is the jewel in the lotus”. This mantra honoursAvalokiteswara, the Boddhisatva (an enlightened being that decides to come back to the earth to help others) of Compassion. After about 2hrs we will enter the village of Thorpa (3180m) through a beautifully painted Kangni (gate stupa). The Kangni protects the village from bad spirits entering. Thorpa makes for a good lunch stop. Shortly after Thorpa we will pass a small site, called Bhibuck Cave (a meditation cave) which contains a huge prayer wheel.

Inside the wheel, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is written thousands of times. Turning the wheel will release the mantra into the universe a thousand times over. We continue on to the village of Hutick (3242m). From here it is approximately one hour gradual climbing to the village of Nimatang (3325m), which has a Kangni (gate stupa) at its entrance as well. Nimatang is slightly bigger than Thorpa and Hutick and is the last village before RalingGompa. Here we will be staying in another homestay. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Home Stay

Day 7 – Trek to Raling Gompa - Monastery [3.930m] 4hrs

Today we leave the countryside behind. We will walk through beautiful pine forests, surrounded by the enlivening scent of juniper trees and bushes. The trail goes down for about half an hour to the GhatteKhola which we cross using an iron bridge (3215m). From here the long climb to RalingGompa starts. It is a beautiful small trail, climbing up gradually through the forest. The route allows us spectacular views of the entire Nyinba Valley. To the southwest is situated RibucheMoutain; the Changla Range sits towards the southeast and Pungrikar (Panchauli) Mountain towards the north.

A pole with prayer flags high above is our aim. It takes about 1½hrs to reach. This place is called Tokra (3547m). Here manyNyinba people camp during the annual Saga Dawa Festival. The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated in RalingGompa in May/June. It marks both the birthday, enlightenment and passing of Sakyamuni Buddha. During the festival period many rituals, ceremonies, and mask dancing take place. All the people from the valley gather; beautiful dresses are worn to attend the ceremonies. The Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most important Buddhist festivals.

From here it takes another 1½ to 2hrs to reach the campsite just below RalingGompa (3930m). From the campsite we can see RalingGompa stuck to a barren rock; behind it the beautiful Cristal Mountain. Be under no illusion this is a truly spectacular sight. It takes about 20minutes from the campsite to reach RalingGompa (4000m). RalingGompa belongs to the Nyingmapa Sect of Buddhism, the oldest Sect within Tibetan Buddhism. Honor is paid to Guru Rinpoche (also called Padmasambava), the famous Guru who introduced Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet and its neighbouring countries in the 8th century. Upon arrival we will follow in the Tibetan tradition and walk a kora (circumambulation) around the monastery, 3 times before entering. Located next to the monastery is the famous Milarepa Cave, the cave where Milarepa used to meditate.

Milarepa is one of Tibet’s most famous holy figures. He was a yogi and poet, he is generally pictured with a hand at his ear listening to the sounds of the nature, by which he got his inspiration. The story goes that Milarepa was being attacked by a demon, who threw a huge rock down at him. He used his extraordinary magical powers and the rock mysteriously molded around his body. In the cave you can witness the molded rock. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Camping

Day 8 – Trek Raling Gompa - to Bargaun[2.940m] 4 hrs

Today we descend again, back to the iron bridge over the GhatteKhola (approx 2hrs), following the river downstream. After about 15mins we pass a junction and take the left fork to Bargaun. The trail goes high above the river once more. It is easy walking through juniper bushes and fields. After about half an hour we pass the settlement of NimatangGomba (3185m).NimatangGomba consists of only a few houses. Inside one of these houses is a small gompa (Buddhist monastery).

The trail continues high above the fields for a while. It takes about 1½hrs to reach Bargaun (2940m). Bargaun is a charming village surrounded by fields and has a few homestays. It is mostly Buddhist, but there are also Hindu people living in Bargaun. As with Nimatang you can also pitch your tent on the roof of one of the houses if you prefer. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Home Stay

Day 9 – Trek from Bargaun to Kharpunath [2,106m] 4hrs

After a filling breakfast of buckwheat pancake and/or potato curry, we will proceed on a small trail going down through terraced fields. After about an hour we will reach Tehe (2624m), the biggest village of Humla, with about 600 households. Tehe is a Hindu village. The contrast with Bargaun, is quite stunning. Whereas Bargaun is relatively wealthy, the people in Tehe are some of the poorest in Humla.From Tehe there is a small trail heading straight down to GyackruKhola (river) (1-1 ½ hrs).

Reaching the river, we will follow it downstream to Karpunath (2106m) (1 hr). Karpunath is located at the confluence of the GyackruKhola (also called the KarpuKhola) and the KarnaliKhola. In Nepal, a confluence of 2 rivers symbolises a holy place, and there is a small, simple temple which we can visit.The location of the campsite is spectacular, next to the river with steep rocks towering high overhead. Behind we will have a clear view of Cristal Peak, the peak towering above Raling Gompa. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Camping

Day 10 – Trek from Kharpunath to Simikot [2,980m] 5hrs

The trail today is mostly uphill. For the first 2hrs it climbs gradually following the Karnali River upstream, to the small Hindu settlement of Syamne (2347m). From Syamne the steep climb to Simikot starts as we zigzag up the slope. As we climb higher, we are gifted a beautiful view of Buraunse andthe Nyinba Valley. After 1½ -2hrs we will catch site of Simikot. We will enter Simikot via the bazaar (market; 2980m) which contains many small shops. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Nyinba Resort

Day 11 – Fly to Nepalgunj & Drive to Bardia National Park

After breakfast we fly south to Nepalgunj. Upon arrival at the Nepalgunj airport we head west for two hours by vehicle to Bardia National Park, arriving in time for a lunch at our jungle style lodge. A representative from the resort will receive and drive us to the resort. Before Dinner rangers will give us a full explanation of the surrounding environment, the wildlife that calls the area home and provide information about tomorrow mornings’ safari. This evening we will be treated to a traditional Tharu dance before dinner. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Jungle Resort in Bardia

Day 12 – Jungle Excursion in Bardia National Park

Today we have a full day of jungle safari activities! Our excursions include an early morning elephant ride, sitting ina padded platform as our mahout guides our elephant through the jungle. Imagine themorning mists rising over the river and grasslands as we spy a mother rhino leading her baby down to the water. Monkeys chatter and birds call from nearby trees, signaling that an exlusive Royal

Bengal Tiger is stalking deer through the high grass. This is a very special experience. After lunch we take a wildlife walk and canoe ride on the Rapti River, which borders the northern side of the park. The banks of this river are home to sun-bathing 'mugger' crocodiles and the unique long-nosed'gharial' crocodiles. Meals: B, L, D Sleeping: Jungle Resort in Bardia

Day 13 - Fly back to Kathmandu and a day at leisure

After an early breakfast we will have a little time to relax. Before too long we will make our way to the airstrip for our return journey to Kathmandu. In the afternoon, we will have some free time to visit further areas of interestor to simply carry out some last minute shopping in Kathmandu. There is much to see and do in Thamel, the busy tourist district of Kathmandu Valley. Meals: B, L, Sleeping: Highlander Inn

Day 14 - Drive to airport & fly home

After a hotel breakfast, you will be free until it is time for us to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Trip Facts

  • Depature : Kathmandu
  • Starting From : Kathmadu
  • End at : Kathmandu
  • Duration : 14 Days
  • Grade : Medium
  • Max. Elevation : 4200 M
  • Activity : Jungle Safari
  • Culture : Nyinba, Khas, Tharu, Chettri etc
  • Best Season : March to October
  • Himalayan sights : Humla & Saipal Range
  • Places Covered : Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Humla, Bardia

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Local guide who speaks English, Nepali & Tibetan
  • All meals during the treks
  • Sharing on a twin room basis with Dinner and breakfast in Nepalgunj
  • Home stayin Nyinba Valley & Guest House in Simikot
  • All camping and cooking equipment while in Raling & Kharpunath
  • Jungle Safari with all activities in Bardia
  • Airfare Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Simikot & Return
  • All pick up and drop off services

Excludes

  • Insurance for Clients and Emergency Rescue
  • Tips for Guide and Humla Local support staff
  • Personal beverages
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Domestic access baggage charge