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

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Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1,350 m)

Upon scheduled arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by Global Adventure Trekking Company (GAT) personnel and transferred to the hotel. Checking in and if time consent visit GAT’s office for pre-trip briefing and meet the Guide. Then free to wander around Thamel.

  • None
  • Hotel

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

  • 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

This is a free and Leasure day in Kathmandu.  You are free to walk around Thamel or we can arrange the Kathmandu city tour includes UNESCO world heritage sights - Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you to the airport.

  • Breakfast

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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