Rara Lake Trek

Duration: 15 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: 3,680 m

Rara Lake Trek has been a popular trekking destination with limited travel accessibility in Western Nepal. The glimpse of culture and scenery on the way is quite different from the rest of Nepal.

Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas situated at 2,990 m with water surface of 10.8 sq km and a maximum depth of 167 m. In September 2007, it was declared a Ramsar site, covering 15.83 sq km including the surrounding wetland. Rara Lake is surrounded by the magnificent view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Rara National park. Rara National Park (flora consists of 1074 species, of which 16 are endemic to Nepal; the fauna includes 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds) was established in 1976 to preserve the beauty of the lake.

The trek begins with the flight to Nepalgunj and Jumla from Kathmandu. Then off the beaten trekking trail goes through Baragaun, Pina, Gumgari all the way leading to Rara Lake. Thakur society is dominant in the community into the area. Thakur Baba’s Temple is situated in the southeast corner of the lake. Local people believe that the god Thakur shot an arrow to open the passage of the lake reducing the damage caused by flooding. Much of the track passes through rhododendron, pine, spruce and juniper forests with a constant backdrop of western Himalayan peaks such as Api Himal, Saipal and Buraburi. Since the lower belt is inhabited by Khas people you will encounter many Hindu temples such as Chandan Nath Temple in Jumla.

You will return via Sinja valley which could be an attractive spot for seeing archaeological remains of medieval states. It is also one of the highest rice-growing areas in Nepal. From here you drop down to Jumla through Jaljale Chaur.

Highlights

  • Visit Rara Lake
  • Trek through Rara National Park
  • Red Panda, Common Langur, Mallard, Tufted duck and other rare species
  • Magnificent panorama of western Himalayan ranges such as Api Himal, Saipal, BuraBuri
  • Exploration of Sinja Valley

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 02 Kathmandu Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m)
Day 03 Nepalgunj fly to Jumla (2,350 m) and trek to Uthgaun (2,550 m)
Day 04 Uthugaon Trek to Danphe Lagna (3,500 m)
Day 05 Danphe Lagna Trek to Chauta (2,800 m)
Day 06 Chauta trek to Dhotu (2,400 m)
Day 07 Dhotu Trek to Rara Lake (3,000 m)
Day 08 Rest Day - Explore Rara Lake
Day 09 Rara Lake Trek to Ghorashinga (3,050 m)
Day 10 Ghorashinga Trek to Sinja (2,400 m)
Day 11 Sinja Trek to Jaljala (3,300 m)
Day 12 Jaljala Trek back to Jumla
Day 13 Jumla fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
Day 14 Buffer day in Kathmandu
Day 15 Final Departure

What's included

  • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle
  • Three Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • One Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • Nepalgunj-Jumla-Nepalgunj regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • 15 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag allowance with all domestic flight 
  • An Experienced English Speaking Trekking Guide with equipment
  • One porter per two trekkers
  • Food, accommodation, Insurance, Transportation and salary of Guide and Porter
  • Rara National park Entry Permit
  • 10 Nights mountain accommodation with full board meals
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • All Government and Local Tax and VAT
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 25 USD, 40 USD, 100 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
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