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Rara Lake Trek

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  • 15 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 3055m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Enjoy a super picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Jumla.
  • Discover authentic Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture.
  • Visit Sinja Valley, an important old historical place in Nepal.
  • Explore the rich bio-diversity of Rara National Park.
  • The spectacular view of Chucchemara Peak, Ruma Kand, Malika Kand, and many more vistas from around the lake area.
  • Walk through the lush green forests.
  • Explore the natural beauty and equanimity of Rara Lake.

Overview of Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake is truly a heaven on earth. Regarded as the queen of lakes, it indeed is a pivotal attraction of this trek. The beauty of remote northwest Nepal, Rara Lake lies in Rara National Park, which spreads over an area of 106 sq. km. Located at an elevation of 2290 meters, the lake has one of the bluest waters in the world. We can see Chucchemara Peak, Ruma Kand, Malika Kand, and many more vistas from around the lake area.

The lake is surrounded by lush green forest. The forest is home to more than 500 different kinds of flowers and herbs including Rhododendrons, Black Juniper, Oak, West Himalayan Spruce, and Himalayan Cypress, and 20 different species of mammals and 214 species of birds.

This lake serves as an excellent destination for bird-watching enthusiasts, who can expect to see waterfowl coots, blood pheasants, common teal, and the Danfe, the national bird of Nepal. Other animals that live in this area include the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, jackals, red panda, and many more.

Our trek starts with the flight to Nepalgunj and Jumla. Then follow around Chautha and Jhyari; a Thakuri village and walk back to Jumla through the villages of Ghorosingha, Sija, and Jaljala, Pina, Bumra fulfills your dream of exploring untouched authentic Nepal village life and wilderness experience to the less touristy area.
Get ready to admire the off-beaten trail and wilderness of the beauty of serene Rara Lake with us, the Adventure walkway.

Why You Should Trek To Rara Lake?

Rara Lake is an awe-inspiring trek to the remote region of mid-western Nepal. The lake has been named “Queen of the Lake”. Over the years, the destination has become popular among trekked looking to enjoy Rara Lake’s untouched and serene beauty. Here are a few reasons why you should trek to Rara Lake.

Pristine Scenery

The Rara Lake Trek provides trekkers with breathtaking scenery. The destination is less crowded and largely unexplored. Hence, the nature and wilderness you will encounter during the trek are untouched. The atmosphere is peaceful as you walk through the remote valleys and villages. Luscious green hills surround the Rara Lake.

Similarly, you can see snow-capped mountains in the distance. The lake is nestled in a pristine valley with picturesque landscapes. The absence of any noise or pollution has left Rara Lake and its trail unspoiled. It is a great way of escaping the city life with this trek. Similarly, Rara Lake Trek is a perfect trekking destination for nature enthusiasts.

Thriving Flora and Fauna

The flora and fauna in the region are diverse and rich. Trekkers can witness the thriving flora and fauna as they walk by different terrains. You will go from luscious green forests to highland pastures as you gradually ascend. Likewise, the route goes through the Rara National Park.

The region is filled with various species of plants, flowers, animals, and birds. During the spring season, trekkers can enjoy the rhododendron forests blooming in colors like red, white, and pink. Similarly, during the summer season, the meadows around Rara Lake bloom with vibrant and colorful wildflowers. It creates a carpet of color around the lake. The flora and fauna of Rara Lake have made the region an ecologically significant destination.

Remote Location and Largest Lake of Nepal

The Rara Lake lies in the remote region. It is the less-visited part of the country. The trails of Rara Lake take trekkers through the off-the-beaten paths. The route provides a view of the picturesque landscapes. The atmosphere is tranquil and free from bustling city noises. The Rara lake is the largest in Nepal. Its crystal clear water reflects the surrounding hills on the lake’s surface. It has not only ecological significance but also has cultural significance. It also has religious importance and is considered a pilgrimage site. Religious festivals and ceremonies take place in the lake area.

Cultural Immersion

During the Rara Lake Trek, you will come across several traditional villages. The local communities living in the region belong to the Thakuris and Mugu Karnali people. The trek offers a glimpse into the local ethnic groups’ culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Similarly, you can also witness the traditional houses, monasteries, and temples with traditional architecture.

The locals in the region wear traditional clothes daily. Trekkers will also have the chance to see the traditional garments and handicrafts and even purchase them. You can explore the historical and spiritual importance of the ancient monasteries and temples. Likewise, the Rara Lake has religious significance. There are many folklore and stories related to the lake. Trekkers can engage with the locals and learn about these folklore.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

On the first day of this exciting journey, you will land in the capital of Nepal, a city of temples, Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative of Adventure Walkway will be there to welcome you and assist in your transfer to the pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After you are settled and refreshed, we’ll meet for a briefing and short rundown about the trip. You’ll be invited for a welcome dinner of typical Nepali cuisine during the evening as our warm welcome and overnight stay and rest at the hotel before the challenging journey that tomorrow brings.

Day 2Trek preparation day and Kathmandu sightseeing

Kathmandu is an ancient city full of unique arts and artifacts, one day is not enough to cover the whole city. After Breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we will take you for a cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa and your tour will include visits to UNESCO declared world heritage sites as you get to see thrilling historic monuments where the echoes of royal conspiracies & tragedy still ring in the corridors of these ancient symbols of a once-upon-a-time thrilling history that still lives on to this day. In the evening you will meet your trek leader and have a briefing on the whole course of the trip and you will have some time to shop for your trekking gear if you need it.

Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150 m/490 ft) 1 hr

Our out-of-valley journey starts today. We take a short flight to the south side enjoying the view of great Himalaya vistas to Nepalgunj. We explore the city for the remaining day. Overnight in Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540 m/8,334 ft) 20 minutes

We start our day with an early morning flight to Jumla (35 minutes). Jumla is one of the most remote districts of Nepal. Located in the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. Overnight at Tea House (Breakfast, Lunch, dinner)

Day 5Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055 m/10,023 ft)

Today is the first day of our trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we leave Jumla and ascend towards the Chere Chaur by the Jugad Khola. The trails follow small villages, bazaars, rivers, temples, and many more. Overnight at Tea House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 6Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980 m/9,777 ft) 5-6 hrs

We start our day with a warm breakfast and take the western trail and ascend slowly to the Jaljala Pass (3580m). We see the spectacular view of kanjiroba Himal from Jaljala Pass. After walking for 5-6 hours, we reach the main Rara Circuit trail and reach Chala Chaur (2980m). Overnight on tea house. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490 m/ 8167 ft)

Our day starts with a warm breakfast in the serene Chala Chaur. Today, we head towards Sinja Valley. Sinja valley is a remote village situated on the bank of the Hima River. We pass through several small settlements on this trail and the Jaljala river is our constant company throughout the day. Sinja Valley used to be the capital of the Malla Dynasty around the 12th and 14th centuries. Overnight at Tea House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050 m/10007 ft)

Today, we wake up early in the morning and have our breakfast, and leave for Ghorosingha. The trail is an uphill trail alongside the Hima River. The walk is a steep climb until Ghoronsingha. Overnight in Tea house (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010 m/9876 ft) 6-7 hrs

As always, we start our day with breakfast to fuel our bodies. The walk is a steep ascent along with Chucharmare Danda. Once we reach the top of the hill, we get to witness amazing Himalayan views with glorious deep blue Rara Lake surrounded by green hills. After a strenuous walk of 6-7 hours, we finally reach our dream destination, Rara Lake. We can admire the close-up view of the lake and the lush vegetation of Rara National Park. Overnight at Tea house (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Explore Rara Lake and Periphery

Today is the exploration day, we explore the periphery of Rara Lake our whole day. After having breakfast, we head towards Rara Lake, one of the biggest lakes in the country. The lake is surrounded by lush green vegetation. The green forest is home to diverse flora and fauna. We will stay at the bank of the river and adore the view of the lake and the Himalayas. We can also do a short boating trip, however, swimming is not allowed in this lake to avoid pollution in crystal-clear water. After spending our day near serene Rara Lake and witnessing the marvelous view of the Himalayas, we return to our tea house. Overnight on Tea House (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 11Rara Lake to Pina (2440 m/ 8006 ft) 4-5 hrs

After having a pleasant time in Rara Lake, we head toward Pina. The walk is moderate, we follow the trail leading to a ridge top at Jhayri, a small village. En route, we meet the Dhauligar river, following this river, we reach Pina. Pina is a small farm village with police posts and some houses running as a lodge and teashops. Overnight at Tea House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12Pina to Bumra (2850 m/9351 ft) 5-6 hrs

We start our day with a warm breakfast. We head towards Bumra leaving Pina behind us. We ascend to Ghurchi Langna Pass at an altitude of 3480m. This is the highest elevation of this trek. We can see colorful prayer flags and from the top of the pass, you can see the beautiful Karnali river. We then descend towards Bulbule. After walking for 5-6 hours, we finally reach Bumra, a small village which is also known as Nauri ghat. Overnight at Tea House (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540 m/8334 ft) 5-6 hrs

Today is the last day of our trek. We start our day with a warm breakfast and head towards Jumla. We again meet our old companion of this trek, Hima river. We come across a hot spring where we can take a dip and ease our body ache caused by this trek. From Cherechaur, we return via the same trail we took a couple of days back and reach Jumla. Overnight at Jumla (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

Our trek has officially come to an end. We leave for Nepalgunj from Jumla with the earliest flight available with a heavy heart. From Nepalgunj, we catch another flight to Kathmandu. After freshening up, you can take a stroll around the Thamel. In the evening, we will enjoy the farewell dinner and talk about our experiences on the trek. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15Final Departure

The trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Departure Date

Mar 27, 2024

Booking Available (15 Days)
$1950

Sep 23, 2024

Booking Available (15 Days)
$1900

Additional Information

Expenses During Rara Lake Trek
Last-Minute Booking

The cost for the Rara Lake Trek can vary depending on the season, duration, size of the group, transportation, permit costs, and more. The region lies in a remote area hence, the facilities and amenities are limited. Do not expect luxurious facilities. The accommodations provide basic facilities like beds and blankets. These accommodations are usually budget-friendly. They also provide meal services. For extra services like hot showers, WiFi/internet, and charging power, the accommodations can charge you extra. The availability of packaged food and bottled water is also limited. Moreover, it can cost more than the normal price.

Hiring a guide and porter will also play a significant part in the expenses. Trekkers will also need to get travel insurance. The equipment and gear cost can also be quite expensive. Since trekkers have to be prepared for every kind of weather conditions, they need to prepare proper equipment. But to cut down the cost of equipment and gear, you can rent them. There are many trekking equipment rental shops in Kathmandu. But if you are thinking of buying, it is best to invest in branded ones. Often you get what you pay for and cutting corners can compromise with services. It can lead to uncomfortable experiences.

Adventure Walkway’s Rara Lake Trek package offers the best value for money along with unforgettable experiences. The package comes with accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, three times meals, a guide, a porter (1 porter for 2 clients), trekking permits, and a TIMS card. Likewise, the package also includes the agency service charge and arrangement for emergency rescue services (requires medical insurance for your country).

Note that the package does not include drink costs, personal expenses, insurance, hot shower, and charging costs. The accommodations in Kathmandu for more than three nights and meals are not included in the package. You can customize the package as per your requirements. We will design the itinerary to tailor to your needs. We highly suggest you do not settle for cheap options.

If you are thinking of setting off for the Rara Lake Trek immediately, Adventure Walkway provides last-minute booking for the destination. You can reach to us 24 hours before your scheduled plan for the trek. We will arrange the package at the same price as the regular package.

FAQs

How can I get to Rara Lake from Kathmandu?

You can get to Rara Lake from Kathmandu via road or flight. The quickest way to get there is by flight. You have to take the flight from the domestic Airport in Kathmandu to Jumla Airport. The other way is by road. You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. The road conditions can vary and it is time-consuming to travel via road.

Is Rara Lake Trek difficult?

The Rara Lake Trek is a moderately difficult trekking route that even beginners can join. The terrain of the trek includes forest areas, meadows, and some rocky trails. Trekkers have to be prepared for ascending and descending on these terrains. The highest point of the trek is at 3,055 meters which is comparatively lower than other trekking routes in Nepal.

What is the best time for the Rara Lake Trek?

The best time for the Rara Lake Trem is from March to May and September to November. The clear skies and warm temperatures make it an extremely pleasant time for a trek. Similarly, the vegetation is green and luscious. Trekkers can enjoy some of the best views of the flora and fauna, hills, and distant mountains during these times.

Will I see mountains during the Rara Lake Trek?

The Rara Lake Trek route does not go through the Himalayan regions, so you cannot see mountains up close. However, you can get a distant view of snow-capped mountains like Dolpo and API Shripal.

What should I pack for the Rara Lake Trek?

During the Rara Lake Trek, you will get from lowland to high elevation, so you should be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Carry a down jacket, windproof/waterproof jacket, trekking pants, long-sleeved shirts, insulating layers, moisture-wicking socks and innerwear, gloves, and sturdy trekking boots. You will also need an adjustable trekking pole, water bottle, backpack with rain cover, and a headlamp.

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