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Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

Beautiful Himalayan Lake Rara "Largest Lake in Nepal"

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  •  Rara Lake Trek aimed to have excursion of largest Lake of Nepal.
  • Explore the less visited areas around Jumla and Rara Lake with picturesque sceneries.
  • Visit remote and isolated traditional villages along the route of Rara Lake Trekking  
  • Our 17 days Rara Lake Trek starts and ends with scenic flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jumla-Kathmandu

Trip Introduction;
Rara Lake - the largest lake of Nepal, is a beautiful and tranquil lake that lies within Rara National Park in the remote far northwest region of Nepal. This Rara Lake trekking trip is one of the less explored and astounding journey to remote Karnali region of Nepal. The area around the Rara Lake is dominated by forests that are filled with blue pine, black juniper, oaks, Himalayan cypress and West Himalayan spruce. Rara Lake Trekking contains additional features since the park is home to many species of birds and animals including Himalayan black bear, Himalayan thar, musk deer, ghoral, leopard and wild boars. The Rara Lake Trek is an excellent opportunity for exploring the less reached areas of Nepal and the regions' fabulous flora and fauna. During the summertime, the area gets low rainfall is an ideal time for Trekking. Similarly, during winter – we can view often snowfall surrounding the lake. Autumn and spring is the best season for Rara Lake Trek.  
 
Rara Lake Trek with Nepal Guide trek starts with a flight to Nepalgunj and then another short flight to the hill town at Jumla - the starting point of the trek. From Jumla, we head north towards beautiful countryside. We follow the trail that passes along the beautiful farm villages and valleys with excellent views of snow capped peaks of Dolpo Region and the Tibetan mountain ranges. After few days of trekking we reach Rara National Park, here we are welcomed by its beautiful surrounding and the pristine Rara Lake. We have a rest day at Rara Lake for exploring the unbelievable landscape with charming forest around Rara Lake. After spending quality time at Rara Lake our return journey leads through Gorusingha and then a pleasant walk from there all the way down to reach Jumla. The memorable experience at Rara Lake Trek with Nepal Guide Treks ends with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [30 min flight]
Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla [2370m/7773ft] 
Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Uthugaon [2530m/8096ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Uthugaon to Danphe Lagna [3500m/11480ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Lagna to Chautha [2770m/9085ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu [2380m/7806ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day.09: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake [2980m/9774ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 10: Rest/Exploration day at Rara Lake.
Day 11: Trek from Rara Lake to Gorusingha [3190m/12824ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 12: Trek from Gorusingha to Sinja [2440m/8003ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 13: Trek from Sinja to Jaljala Chaur [3270m/10725ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 14: Trek from Jaljala Chaur to Jumla [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepaljung.
Day 16: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to International Airport for departure.

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodations:
As per our published quotations of Rara Lake Trek, we have calculated the cost based on three star categorized hotels/resorts in major cities which can be easily changed as per preference of the clients. Apart from the cities, we will provide comfortable tented camp accommodation for entire trekking. Our camping crew will sets up the camps by choosing perfect campsites where you can change the accommodations in Single/Double/Triple as per your preferences.
  
Meals:
Our organized package trip of Rara Lake Trek covers all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner during the entire trekking duration and Breakfast plan in Kathmandu. As we use camping accommodation for entire trekking trip, we have to prepare our meals ourselves – our camping crew will prepare hygienic meals to serve you. There will not be massive varieties of meals as in tea house lodges since we have to carry all meals from accessible place, you can have Nepali food, Continental, Tibetan, Indian and Italian foods. While we are in trek, you will get dinner and breakfast at the same campsite where you stay overnight and take en-route lunch way to next destination. 

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Rara Lake Trekking is one of the remote, less explored and amazing route of Nepal. The trail is simply contains easy and scenic moderate trails lead neither too high altitudes nor very low. In some cases, walk in a mountain region may attract altitude sickness, as we know that prevention is better than cure – slow and steady walk would be the perfect solution. We suggest every trekker who are planning to come Nepal for trekking adventure to do daily around an hour physical workout (jogging, hiking, cycling, gym, etc) prior to a couple of weeks. Mountaineering technical skills are not required for this trek, but previous short hiking experience would be better. 

Best Season for Rara Lake Trek:
Trekking in Nepalese mountain is a seasonal activity. Basically, 3 months in autumn – September, October & November and 3 months in spring – March, April & May are the perfect time for trekking. During the time, weather would be clear, sunny and warm in the Himalayas thus we can have great views of mountains. Nevertheless, some adventure-seeking clients who does not want to walk with crowed environment also can choose December, January and February months for this trip. Monsoon season three months (June, July and August) will be ruined by rains.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
Click here for detail info about world heritage sites of UNESCO in Nepal
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [30 min flight]
Today we take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj. Nepalgunj is located in the southwestern part of the Terai region near to the border of India. In Nepalgunj, we will spend our day by paying a visit to the holy Bageshwari Temple and just wandering around the busy market streets of Nepalgunj. Here we can see people from every corner of Nepal, including people from Tibet and India. They gather here for trade of goods and services.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla [2370m/7773ft]  
From Nepalgunj, we will take another flight that heads north towards Jumla - the starting point of the trek. It is the administrative headquarter of the entire Karnali zone and of Jumla district. Local regulations have declared Jumla as a dry district which implies that there is no availability of alcohol throughout Jumla district.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Uthugaon [2530m/8096ft] [4-5 hrs Trek] 
We start our trek from Jumla, following the trail that goes along the north bank of Tila River and then turn north as we continue to head upstream following the Chaudabise river. We will trek through dense forest filled with pine trees before making an ascent over the Padmara valley. We will continue to trek until we arrive at the village of Uthugaon.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Uthugaon to Danphe Lagna [3500m/11480ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
We will follow the trail that goes through narrow canyon to reach the village of Padmara. From there we continue our trek through forests of pine and fir trees, and make a steep ascent for the crossing of Khali Lagna pass at 3550 meters. From the top our trail descends through dense forest filled of rhododendron, birches and spruces to finally reach our campsite at Danphe Lagna.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Lagna to Chautha [2770m/9085ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Leaving Danphe Lagna, we will gradually descend through forest area towards the crossing of a bridge before making a steep climb to reach Kabra. We will continue our uphill trekking and in a levelled path while passing through the Tibetan influenced village of Bhara. From here we will gradually descend towards the Chauro river and continue trekking until we arrive at Chautha.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu [2380m/7806ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
From Chautha our trail continues to climb uphill to reach Bhulbule where Rara National Park entrance station is situated. We will make a stop here for registration and continue our uphill climbing towards Ghurchi Lagna Pass at 3450 metres. We will trek along many chortens and colourful prayer flags towards the top of the pass. From the top, we will gently descend through forest to reach the small village of Dhotu for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake [2980m/9774ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today's trek is relatively short and easy with magnificent views to our north. We start by traversing a steep slope and head down towards a small stream. We will cross the bridge and make a climb to reach the village of Jhyari. From there we will continue our uphill climb to reach on top of a ridge with great views of Rara Lake. From there we continue to trek until we reach our camping site near Rara Lake.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Rest/Exploration day at Rara Lake.
Today we will spend our day exploring the largest lake in Nepal.

Day 11: Trek from Rara Lake to Gorusingha [3190m/12824ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After spending quality time at Rara Lake, we head towards the bridge at the western end of the lake and from there follow the trail that goes along the banks of Khatyar river. We continue our trek passing through forests filled with pine, spruce and rhododendron trees before descending into the Ghatta valley and from there head towards the settlement of Gorusingha.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Gorusingha to Sinja [2440m/8003ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Gorusingha, we will follow the trail that goes downstream along the banks of Sinja river all the way down to Sinja. Sinja was the capital of Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal from 12th - 14th century. There is a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati and the ruins of the old palace which is worth visiting here at Sinja.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek from Sinja to Jaljala Chaur [3270m/10725ft] [6-7 hrs Trek] 
We will cross a wooden bridge over Sinja Khola and follow the trail that passes through small villages and dense forest filled with pines, birch and oak trees. We will make a final and steep ascent to reach the beautiful meadow of Jaljal Chaur where we will see horses grazing and running around the meadow fields. We will camp here for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Trek from Jaljala Chaur to Jumla [5-6 hrs Trek]
Leaving the wonderful meadows of Jaljala Chaur we will continue to follow the trail that gradually climbs to another meadow. From there it's an easy and pleasant walk as we descend all the way down to reach Jumla.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepaljung.
Since there are no direct flights from Jhupal to Kathmandu, we will take an early morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. And then take another flight from Nepalgunj to finally arrive at Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch

Day 16: Free day at Kathmandu.
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. The world heritage sites inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 17: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
March 1, 2018 March 17, 2018 $ 1855 OPEN Book Now !
March 11, 2018 March 27, 2018 $ 1855 OPEN Book Now !
March 31, 2018 April 16, 2018 $ 1855 OPEN Book Now !
April 7, 2018 April 23, 2018 $ 1855 OPEN Book Now !
April 23, 2018 May 9, 2018 $ 1855 OPEN Book Now !
May 2, 2018 May 18, 2018 $ 1855 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 17 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including Private Vehicle, Tour Guide and entry permit fees  
  • Kathmandu – Nepaljung – Jumla and Nepaljing – Kathmandu flight  
  • All land transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary 
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period 
  • Tea House accommodation at available places – during trek 
  • Camping accommodation at the places where tea houses are not available – during trek 
  • All necessary camping equipments and kitchen equipments 
  • All necessary trekking permits and national park fees 
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide
  • Required Number of Porters
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary & Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids 
  • All tax, vats and necessary paperwork

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodations:
As per our published quotations of Rara Lake Trek, we have calculated the cost based on three star categorized hotels/resorts in major cities which can be easily changed as per preference of the clients. Apart from the cities, we will provide comfortable tented camp accommodation for entire trekking. Our camping crew will sets up the camps by choosing perfect campsites where you can change the accommodations in Single/Double/Triple as per your preferences.
  
Meals:
Our organized package trip of Rara Lake Trek covers all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner during the entire trekking duration and Breakfast plan in Kathmandu. As we use camping accommodation for entire trekking trip, we have to prepare our meals ourselves – our camping crew will prepare hygienic meals to serve you. There will not be massive varieties of meals as in tea house lodges since we have to carry all meals from accessible place, you can have Nepali food, Continental, Tibetan, Indian and Italian foods. While we are in trek, you will get dinner and breakfast at the same campsite where you stay overnight and take en-route lunch way to next destination. 

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Rara Lake Trekking is one of the remote, less explored and amazing route of Nepal. The trail is simply contains easy and scenic moderate trails lead neither too high altitudes nor very low. In some cases, walk in a mountain region may attract altitude sickness, as we know that prevention is better than cure – slow and steady walk would be the perfect solution. We suggest every trekker who are planning to come Nepal for trekking adventure to do daily around an hour physical workout (jogging, hiking, cycling, gym, etc) prior to a couple of weeks. Mountaineering technical skills are not required for this trek, but previous short hiking experience would be better. 

Best Season for Rara Lake Trek:
Trekking in Nepalese mountain is a seasonal activity. Basically, 3 months in autumn – September, October & November and 3 months in spring – March, April & May are the perfect time for trekking. During the time, weather would be clear, sunny and warm in the Himalayas thus we can have great views of mountains. Nevertheless, some adventure-seeking clients who does not want to walk with crowed environment also can choose December, January and February months for this trip. Monsoon season three months (June, July and August) will be ruined by rains.

Reviews

"Rara Lake Trekking" - Had a wonderful time :))

We had a really nice time during the trek to Rara lake. The views were amazing and the people we met were really interesting. We were very lucky to have Krishna as our guide. He did everything he could to make sure that we had a pleasant time during the trek. The weather was very good, we could really enjoy our days mainly at Rara Lake. Overall was a really good trek and we are very happy with the trek arrangements and preparation done by Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions.
Once again thanks a lot !!
Atila + Victor / HUNGARY 

Thumbs up for gr8 trekking !!

Thanks for the amazing experience. I found Nepal Guide Treks in the internet. At first I wasn't sure if I could trust. But after doing the trek , I want to thank you NGT for being honest. Also, now I know that it is a real experienced agency. Thanks to my guide Puskar - not only a guide but a very polite and well experienced boy. During the trekking I was always safe. Hope to come again to do more trekking.
MARIA from Russia.   

AWESOME TREKKING

Rara lake trekking with Puskar (guide) was fantastic - what a journey !!!! 
All in all, I had a wonderful time trekking with this company. Very professional service that I would recommend to anybody.
Jon M. - South Africa

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