Rara Lake Trek 12-days

Duration: 12 Days   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Full Board Plan
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House
  • Group Size: 2-8
  • 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 than Annapurna and Everest trek.

Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas situated at 2,990 m with a 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 in 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.

How to go on Rara Lake Trek

The trek begins with the flight to Nepalgunj, which is a scenic 45-minute flight in the afternoon. The next day morning fly to Jumla. Then off the beaten trekking trail goes through Baragaun, Pina, and Gumgari all the way leading to Rara Lake. Thakur society is dominant in the community in 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.

What is the best time for Rara Lake Trekking?

Nepal experiences four seasons. However, autumn and spring are the best time to trek in Rara Lake. September, October, and November: To enjoy the cool and breezy climate and pleasant views of diverse landscapes and Mountain Views. Spring (March, April, and May): During these months the weather is sunny and pleasurable making for the perfect Trekking environment.

How long is Rara Lake Trek:

Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal situated at 3,000m in Rara National Park. A trek to this Natural wonder will take about two weeks from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. You will witness not only natural beauty and picturesque views but also diverse flora and fauna. The alternative way to get Rara is by Jeep to Nagma and walk for about half a day to visit Rala Lake and back.

Here is the short version of the Rara Lake trek to accomplish your dream to be in Rara Lake.

Day 01: Kathmandu-Nepaljung by air and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Talcha Airport in the morning and Trek to Rara Lake.

Day 03: Explore Rara Lake and hike up to Murma viewpoint and back.

Day 04: Trek back to Talcha Airport and wait for the next day's flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 05: Fly back to Nepalgunj in the morning and late afternoon connecting flight to Kathmandu.

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. Global Adventure is a professional trekking company based in Kathmandu, Nepal organizing the Rara Lake trek for group and solo travelers. Our services are exceptional, Professional, Experienced guides and Porters and personal services said by our past clients. Embark on our 15-day Rara Lake trekking and tour itinerary and experience it! Nowadays, we do offer Rara Lake touring by jeep. If you are having a short length of time then inquiry us for the Jeep tour to Rara and back. 


  • Visit the biggest Rara Lake at an altitude of 2990m
  • Trek through Rara National Park offering the great landscape
  • 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 while on this trek

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Kathmandu Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m)

We take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. It is an interesting western Terai town of Nepal nearby the Indian border. We visit the local market and explore the diverse culture of the locality, mini-zoo, and nearby villages. It is possible to take a bus ride to Nepalgunj and spend a night.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

After breakfast, we leave the lowland of Nepalgunj taking a scenic flight to the Jumla Airport. Jumla is the gateway of remote Karnali region of Nepal with beautiful hilly landscape lies on the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya.

Subsequently, our trek begins from here (Jumla) by ascending to Uthgaun along the Jogad Khola. On the way, we pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the nearby villages then a couple of villages and a temple before reaching Uthgaun.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

Today we follow narrow canyon to the village of Chauriachaur. Then trek goes uphill to cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3,680 m. The path continues descent through the fir and pine forest to Danphe Lagna.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

Our trek descends steeply through the fir, birch, and walnut forest. After crossing the suspension bridge follow steep uphill to Kabra - the boulder which is the source of Silajit means a mineral which is believed to have a ‘healing’ property. Then again keep ascending until we arrive at Chuata besides Choura Khola.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

We are trekking into Rara national park and many endanger animals might encounter. Mostly we are going uphill to Ghurchi Lagna pass (3,450 m) where you can see many Mane Chorten and prayer flags. Afterwards, the path gently descends to Dhotu village.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

Our day is much excited with the views of the Himalayan panorama, local Thakuri village, the great viewpoint of Rara Lake and the ancient pagoda temple along the way that leads us to the vast and tranquil Rara Lake.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

Explore the clam and blue waters of the massive Rara Lake also known as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. Enjoy the views of Chuchemara Peak on the south and Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks on the north of Rara Lake.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

After exploring the Rara lake, we start to descend through the Khayar river. Ahead we pass Chhapri village and cross the Chuchamare Danda (hill), then descend to reach Ghorashinga.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

Follow the Ghatte Khola till small Laha village where we stop for Lunch and checkout from the police check-post. Again we descend relatively easy track down to Sinja Village.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

From Sinja descend to Dhobighat and follow the Ghatte Khola until Garja then strolls steep uphill to Chalachaur. Again keep ascending to Jaljala.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

The day begins with uphill to Jaljala-La pass and down through meadow and pleasant descend to Jumla. This is a long day to walk but beautiful scenery.

  • Full Board
  • Teahouse

Take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj and then a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

What's included

  • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle
  • One Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Nepalgunj including breakfast
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu flight ticket with departure tax
  • Nepalgunj-Jumla-Nepalgunj regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • 15 kg luggage 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 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15, 30, and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the 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 and porter
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
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Useful Info

The above itinerary is outlined and it can be changed as per clients requirement. We highly appreciated it if you do have your preferred itinerary. The price is negotiable as per group. Please feel free to contact us for any latest update info.

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