Rara Lake Trek is one of "Off The Beaten Path" trek to the country's largest lake in the less traveled far western region of Nepal. Rara Lake is the biggest lake of the country and has been given the title of "Queen Of Lakes" because of its beauty. This sparkling lake with brilliantly clear water is surrounded by equally beautiful spruce and juniper forest. Rara Lake Trek simply lacks the majestic views and star power of high mountains that are trademarks of treks in Nepal. But for nature and solitude loving trekkers, it is one of the best trek in Nepal.
The spectacular scenery and serenity of the region brings inner peace to almost every visitors. Rara Lake Trek is in Rara National Park, which is one of the fascinating national parks to observe wildlife because of the region's solitude. The place is also a paradise for botanists as the valleys are full of blue pine, black juniper, Himalayan spruce, oak and cypress forests and many more. These forest are habitats to Ghoral, Thar, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Dear, Leopards, and also the elusive Red Panda. These same forests are also home of more than 200 species of birds. All this makes, Rara Lake Trek one of the most rewarding and fascinating treks in all the western part of Himalayas of Nepal.
Trekking to Rara lake is a divine in nature, with the small and high hills/mountains. The rich seasonal vegetation makes the trek more adventurous and a peace. With few low facilitated lodges , the camping on the bank of the lake with view of the lake. is always less described then seen. Such a short timer travelers shorter version trip is available, please let us know. The "Rara Lake" trekking is recommended to those who truly love the nature.
Rara Lake Trek short Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jumla (2370m).
Day 05: Jumla to Danphe Langa (3500m).
Day 06: Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m).
Day 07: Chauta to Dhotu (2380m).
Day 08: Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m).
Day 09: Acclimatization in Rara Lake.
Day 10: Rest and explore Rara Lake as well as surrounding hills.
Day 11: Rara Lake to Gorosingha (3190m).
Day 12: Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m).
Day 13: Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3270m).
Day 14: Jaljal Chaur to Jumla (2370m).
Day 15: Fly to Nepalganj connecting flight to Kathmandu.
Day 16: A leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by Flight Over night at Nepalgunj.
Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m) we take flight to Jumla from Nepalgunj meet our Camping team at Jumla, visit around Jumla Bazaar stay overnight Jumla.
Following the main street of Jumla, passing throw Jumla Bazar. After a long climb the trail passes through Sisnamul (2830m) entering a forest of big trees to Chere (3010m) which is a large horse and sheep pasture. From Chere the trail becomes steeper and climbs through meadows to Danphe Lagna offering the views of Patrasi Himal (6860m) and Jagdula Himal (5785m). The trail descends gently through a forest of spruces, birches and rhododendron and reaches Danphe Lagna Over night at Camp.
Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m) Descending steeply through the forest of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo the trail comes to Hiran Duski (2840m) and then Sinja Khola. Crossing the bridge, the trail follows to Nyawre (2660m). From here the trail leaves the river and starts climbing to Kabra. The steep climb proceeds to Bhara (2920m) which is a classical Tibetan village and descends to the village of Chautha Over night at Camp.
Chauta to Dhotu (2380m) the trail follows the uphill way crossing some fields at Chante Chaur (2940m) and climbs to Bhulbule, the Rara National Park entrance station (3130m). From here, climbing gently you get to Ghurchi Lagna (3450m). From here you can observe views of Mugue Karnali River and the snowy peaks bordering Tibet. Then the trail descends through a spruce forest leading to Pina (2400m). Following the direct trail to Rara Lake through pine forest passing Jhyari Khola at 2400m you reach to the small settlement of Dhotu over night at Camp.
Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m) Crossing a stream and making a steep climb to the village through a cedar forest to a huge meadow you can see excellent views of Rara Lake. Descending a short distance, you reach Rara Lake Over night at Camp.
Acclimatization in Rara Lake After having breakfast you can visit all around Rara Lake which is almost 13km. In Rara Lake there found otter and different kinds of fish. This region is full of birds, flowers and wild animals over night at Camp.
You take another day off trekking to immerse in the beauty of the true-blue colored lake. You can explore the nearby areas and hike up the small hills surrounding the lake for a full view of the pristine beauty of rara Lake and surrounding. The wildlife around the lake includes leopard, Ghoral, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and red panda, which you may spot as you explore the premises of Rara National Park. Overnight at tented camp.
Rara Lake to Gorosingha (3190m) From Rara Lake the trail follows the Khatyar Khola to Majhghatta and climbing through the forest of pines, spruce and rhododendron you reach the meadow to a ridge at 3660m. On the ridge is Ghurchi Mara (3710m) from where you see excellent views of the western Himalaya. From here the trail drops into Ghatta valley then heads towards GorosinghaOver night at Camp.
Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m) the trail leads down the Ghatta valley and then follows the Sinja Khola. After walking down, the fertile valley through a heavily populated region of Brahman and Chhetri villages you can reach Sinja on the bank of Sinja Khola Over night at Camp.
Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3270m) the trail crosses the Sinja Khola passing a few small villages through the forest of pines, birches and oaks and then climbs steeply to Jaljala Chaur Over night at Camp.
Jaljal Chaur to Jumla (2370m) Climbing through the forest and descending to a few houses you will get to Chauri Khola (3090m). From here descending sometime and passing the school at Ghurumati you come to Jumla over night at Camp.
Fly to Nepalganj connecting flight to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.
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We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in this trek we will supply most of the foods from nearest store and remaining foods we buy from Locals that mean most of the time we served vegetarian food as well and our camping cook and guide will take care as well.
We use standard quality of (Camping Gears) like Clients tents (3 men tents for couple and two men tent for single), dining tents, Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, staff tend thick mattress, etc. Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek. You will also be requested to have the proper gear for your personal use which will be suggested while confirming the trip.
While during the camping trek it is really difficult to find the place to charge gadget somehow we will manage to charge if we stay close by village otherwise we have to take the portable solar panel to carry with us and charge our gadgets.
Now a day’s most of the areas has been covered by cell phone network connection. However, in this trek, we always send satellite phones along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.