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Rakse Urai Climbing

Trip Length: 28 Days
Highest Point: 6593 meters (Summit)
Peak Grade: Peu Defficile
Accommodation: Tent
Walking Time: Approx 6 hrs per day
Group Size: 2-10 Members
Region: Far-west
Season: Spring and Autumn
Transport: Private Vehicle and Flight
Activity: Trekking & Mountaineering
Starting Point: Dhangadhi (Kailali)
Ending Point: Dhangadhi (Kailali)

Trip Highlights

  • Guided expedition to the summit of Rakse Urai
  • Full-service trek through the amazing countryside in the far-west
  • Off-the-beaten trek in relatively unexplored region of the Himalayas
  • Day hike to Nepal-Tibet border Urai Pass (5223m)
  • Trek on the ancient salt trade route to Tibet
  • Walk through deep Seti River canyons
  • Alpine pasturelands used by Tibetan herders
  • A peek into culture, lifestyle and tradition of people following Masto – a cult in Hinduism


Rakse Urai is a beautiful mountain west of Urai La Pass – the border between Nepal and Tibet of China – in Bajhang district of western Nepal. Rakse Urai is a group of peaks. Rakse Urai has six summits between about 6,500 and 6,600 meters. Of them, four are made of unstable rock and are technically unfeasible to climb, while two are snow domes with an ice face or ice ridge below. First attempt on Rakse Urai was made by an Austrian expedition. But it was unsuccessful. After four failed expeditions, a French team successfully reached the main summit in 2003. The latest attempt on Rakse Urai was by a German team in 2012. Two members of the expedition succeeded in reaching the summit.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Nepal. After completing customs and immigration formalities at the airport, meet our representative outside arrival terminal. Get transferred to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. In the evening, meet your guide and attend a trek briefing session.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Fly to Dhangadhi and drive to Dadeldhura (1300m) – Approx 1 hr flight, 4 hr drive

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the domestic terminal for your flight to Dhangadhi. The flight takes around an hour. After early lunch at Dhangadhi, board a waiting car for a drive to Dadeldhura. We drive on the Mahakali Highway which goes northward from the East West Highway. The drive is pleasing as the road passes through beautiful countryside, crossing rivers and rivulets, lush forests and terraced fields. Dadeldhura is a pleasing hilly town with cool weather. It offers breathtaking views of Api and Saipal mountains on a clear day.

O/N: Hotel
Day 3
Drive to Talkot – Approx 7 hrs

Continue your drive today as you gradually gain altitude. Your destination for the day is your trek head start point at Talkot village. The drive is pleasing and on blacktopped road till Chainpur – the district headquarters of Bajhang. Chainpur is a beautiful town located on the banks of the magnificent Seti River. After having lunch, continue your drive toward Talkot. A drive of around two hours on a dirt road will take you to your destination in Talkot. Talkot is a small hilly settlement with 50-60 households. Brahmins and Chhetris are the major inhabitants. The village, however, as a glorious history as it used to be one of the 24 principalities of western Nepal before small princely states were unified into modern Nepal. In the evening, visit the historic Talkot palace.

O/N: Teahouse/Tent
Day 4
Trek to Jadlek

First day of your trek! After early breakfast, follow the trail on the right bank of Seti River. The trail passes through forests and beautiful terrace. It is almost a leveled trek till your lunchpoint in Sunapani. Sunapani is a small hamlet by the side of a beautiful waterfall. After lunch, the trail to Kuwa is easy with small ups and downs. From Kuwa, however, it makes a descent for about half an hour to the village of Agra. Another downhill from the village will take you to Lisne Gaad river. Cross the river on a suspension bridge and walk uphill for about an hour on a forested trail to Jadlek – your destination of the day. Your camp will be setup in a small grassland surrounded by pine trees.

O/N: Tent
Day 5
Trek to Kanda

A little below Jadlek, the trail drops to a river coming from Saipal Base Camp. The trail to Saipal Base Camp goes upstream along the river. Cross the river and follow the trail downstream to reach the village of Kanda. Kanda is a small settlement with basic amenities. Your camp will be set up near the village.

O/N: Tent
Day 6
Trek to Dhuligaun

Continue the walk after having breakfast at your camp. A little further, the river that you are following meets the Seti River coming from the Rakse Urai Himal. The trail to the base camp of Rakse Urai goes along this river. The walk is pleasing as the trail goes above Seti River through terraced fields and lush forests. A walk of some 6-7 hours will take you to Dhuligaun.

O/N: Tent
Day 7
Trek to Dhaulo Odar

Continue walking along the river toward Saipal. Saipal is a big pastureland. Sai means sheep and pal means pastureland in Tibetan dialect which means Saipal means a pastureland sheep. According to locals, Tibetans bring their herds for grazing during spring in this pastureland. You cross many rivers and rivulets today. The biggest of them is Syangbang Khola which drains one of the faces of Saipal Himal. Dhaulo Odar lies about two hours walk from Syangbang Khola. If you have energy left, you can press further to Naya Odar where the trail coming from Api Himal meets the Urai La trail.

O/N: Tent
Day 8
Trek to Saipal (4,024m)

Today’s trek goes westward initially from Naya Odar to Dhachaur. From Dahchaur, it contours toward north on the north banks of Seti River toward Saipal. Your camp will be set up at this beautiful meadow. The place is flocked by Yarsagumba hunters during spring season. At other times of year, however, you are in complete wilderness.

O/N: Tent
Day 9
Trek to Urai Pass Base Camp (4525m), Hike to Urai La Pass (5221m) and back

After early breakfast at your camp, start walking toward Urai La Base Camp. Walk to the top of a small ridge on the right side of the river and continue walking. The trail is mostly leveled with minor ups and downs. After a walk of around three hours, you will come at a place where a small glacier-fed river meets Seti River. Your camp will be set up at the head of Seti River Valley. Continue on the trail along the Rakse Urai Khola. The trail enters into a small gorge and climbs on the side of glacial moraine to the top of Urai La. Urai La sits on the border between Nepal and China. You can see a stone border pillar at the top. Enjoy the view of the vast Tibetan plateau from the pass, take photographs and descend to your camp. This camp will serve as your base camp to cross another high pass tomorrow.

O/N: Tent
Day 10
Trek to Rakse Urai Base Camp

Leave Urai La Pass Base Camp and start walking westward toward Rakse Urai Base Camp. Rakse Urai is an impressive range with different peaks. You will climb the main summit. Rakse Urai range is also the originating point of Seti River which meets Karnali River in the lower plains of Tarai.

O/N: Tent
Day 11 - 18
Preparations and Summit

Over the next 10 days, you will make multiple trips between camps set up by your Sherpa team. It is necessary to help you acclimatize to higher altitude and get familiar with the route. The summit day will depend on your fitness level, preparation of climbing route by the Sherpas and weather conditions. After the successful summit, walk down to the base camp.

O/N: Tent
Day 19
Trek to Saipal

Begin the return leg of your trek today. Come down to the Urai La Base Camp first. From here, an easy walk of couple of hours will take you to the vast meadow of Saipal. Your camp will be set up here.

O/N: Tent
Day 20
Trek to Dhaulo Odar

Continue walking after having breakfast at your camp. The trail, like yesterday, follow the Seti River. In some places, the trail rises above Seti River on high cliffs. After a walk of some three hours, you will see reach Naya Odar where the river coming from Nilatti Pass meets Seti River. Dhaulo Odar is about a couple of hours’ walk from here.

O/N: Tent
Day 21
Trek to Dhuli gaun

The trail today is mostly leveled and downhill at some places. As you are losing altitude, you can see changes in vegetation. The landscape looks more green now. It will take you 5-6 hours to reach Dhuli. Dhuli is a bustling settlement on the slopes of a hill that rises above Seti River. There are some 15 houses here as well as health post, post office and a police station. Agriculture and sheep farming is the major occupation of the local people. They grow apples, barley, maize, millet, beans and potato, among others. During Yarsaghumba harvesting season, almost everyone climbs up to Tanda and Dhanasera area. Khas people are the major inhabitants here.

Day 22
Trek to Kakarkot

The trail is downhill for about an hour until you reach Seti River. After crossing the river, the trail is uphill for about one and half hours. After climbing to the top of a ridge, the trail is leveled and easy. A walk of about an hour will take you to Kada. Kada is a bustling village. There are schools and health post, among other facilities. Your lunch will be served here. After Kada, the trail is leveled until you reach a river named Tharunigaad. After crossing the river, the trail is uphill for about half an hour. Then, the trail is easy and leveled. Cross Ghatkhola river on a footbridge and walk for about an hour to reach Kakarkot

O/N: Tent
Day 23
Trek to Jadlek – Approx 6 hrs

Continue our walk from Kakarkot after having breakfast at our camp. Very soon you will climb to Dhalaun. Continuing further, you will reach Ganai which is a settlement on the banks of Ganaigaad River. Your lunch will be prepared here. After lunch, continue further to reach Jadlek where you will stop for the night.

O/N: Tent
Day 24
Trek to Talkot and drive to Chainpur

This will be the last walking day of your trek. After a leisurely breakfast, start walking toward Talkot. A walk of about one and half hours will take you to the beautiful village of Sunapani. You can take a tea break here. A walk of another three hours from here will take you to Talkot which has road access. Lunch will be served here. After lunch, bid adieu to your crew and board a waiting car for a drive of around two hours to Chainpur – the district headquarters of Bajhang. Back to the civilization! You get running hot and cold water, comfortable rooms, Wi-Fi Internet and modern amenities here. As this is the last day of your trek, we will organize a small get together for the amazing crew that remained with us throughout the trek.

O/N: Hotel
Day 25
Drive to Dhangadhi

After breakfast, start driving toward Dhangadhi. It is going to be a long ride as the narrow road windws through lush forest, terraced vegetation and beautiful forests. After lunch at the picturesque town of Dadeldhura, continue driving to Dhangadhi.

O/N: Hotel
Day 26
Fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Dhangadhi Airport for a flight to Kathmandu. The flight takes around an hour. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a typical Nepali dinner in your honor to celebrate the success over Rakse Urai peak.

O/N: Lodge
Day 27
Leisure Day

Today, you take a much-earned leisure day. After nearly four weeks in the mountains, enjoy the leisure day unwinding after your long trek. Or you can step out in the hotel neighborhood to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Sightseeing and other activities are option and can be arranged upon request.

O/N: Lodge
Day 28

Today, you will fly back to your destination. Our representative will drive you to the airport for your return flight. On board the aircraft, you will have plenty of time to reflect on the amazing times that you had in Nepal and plan for your next trip..

O/N: Tent

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Equipment List

  • Alpine Climbing Harness
    It should be simply designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  • Crampons
    It should be fitted with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  • Ice Axe
    Used to cut off the ice during climbing should be versatile light.
  • Ascender
    Also known as Jamar, used for ascending on a rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  • Head Lamp
    Multi LED headlamp with spare batteries is essential.
  • Carabiners
    A minimum of two locking carabiners (large and small) and 4 regular carabiners.
  • Rappel Device
    Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  • Ski Poles
    Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type.
  • Slings
    One 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  • Altimeter Watch
  • Climbing Helmets
    Should be light and comfortable.


Upper Body

  • Warm sleeved T-shirts
  • Fleece pullover.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Waterproof and breathable jacket with a large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • Warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Sleeping Gears

  • One down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to –35 C). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
  • For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C).
  • Three closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude. We do not recommend inflatable mats due to a high probability of accidental puncture.


  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • A pair of mittens.


  • Briefs
  • Walking shorts for trek
  • Walking trousers for trek
  • Two pair of thermal bottoms
  • One pair of 200 thermal bottoms
  • A pair of fleece trousers
  • A pair of waterproof/breathable trousers with full side zips
  • A pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs.

Travel Gears

  • One Medium Rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches)
  • Two large (120 liters/7500 cubic inches) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.


  • A pair of good quality plastic shells with inner boots.
  • A pair of sturdy leather or synthetic hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • A pair of cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Two pairs of med-heavy poly or woolen socks.
  • Two pairs of polypropylene or woolen sock liners.
  • Vapor barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pairs of lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Two pair of cotton sock
Note: All gears and clothing are easily available in Kathmandu for rent and buying.