Trip Facts

  • Duration:15 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Profile:Rara Lake Trek
  • Geography:Forest/Hills
  • Location:Mugu
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge/camp
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Religious:Hindu/Buddhist
  • Ethnic People:Thakuri/Chhetri
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:01-10 Pax

Highlight

  • An unforgettable adventure to one of the most remote parts of the nation
  • Journey to the largest lake of Nepal- Rara lake
  • Trek through vibrant hamlets depicting a unique way of life
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing natural beauty of the stunning Rara National Park
  • Enjoy the panoramic beauty of nature

Overview

An underrated gem hidden in the valleys of western Nepal, the beauty of Rara Lake can rarely be replicated elsewhere. Within the confinements of the Rara National Park, the largest lake of the nation sits surrounded by lush green forests inhabited by wide varieties of wildlife. The blue, reflective, peaceful Rara is a dream to each human. The largest freshwater lake of Nepal. The Rara lake trek takes you to the most stunning phase of nature behind the strenuous journey. The trial route moves through the ethnic villages. You get to experience a lot of the unique culture of Nepal from Terai, upper hills and Himalayas, surrounded by mountain peaks, of the Mugu district.

Rara Lake is surrounded by the Rara national park all around the lake. Rara is situated at an elevation of 2990 m. The lake covers a total area of 9.8 Km2. Rara is also designated as the UNESCO world heritage site. The mystic beauty of Rara is itself the major attraction of Rara lake trekking.

One for every season, the true beauty of the stunning Lake is best observed during spring when the lush green forests are coloured in shades of pink, white, and red. And while bird watching may not be the selling point for this journey the migratory birds during spring surely make up for a lovely watch especially during sunset.

Rara reflects blue with its freshwater. Its purity clearly shows a variety of fishes swimming with peace. Rara attracts a lot of visitors every year with its unbelievable beauty. The ethnic villages through the route to Rara, vegetation rich Rara national park, wetlands around it, scenic snowcapped mountain and a lot of living nature completes your journey.

With the majestic Himalayas adorning the horizon, the landscape at Rara Lake is something you would expect out of a painting. The Rara Lake Trek is a journey to remote western Nepal which depicts the surreal natural beauty.

Attractions of Rara Lake Trek

Rara National Park

Rara national park is a biodiversity preserved area covering an area of 106 km2. Rara national park was established in 1970. A diverged vegetation of flora and fauna are conserved in this region. This is home to more than a thousand species of flora.  Species of flora are found in diverged form from the hilly region to the Himalayan. Along with endangered species, Rhododendron, fir, brown oak, birch, west Himalayan spruce, black juniper, Himalayan cypress, pine, etc. are found in Rara national park. Various species of fauna such as musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Indian leopard, Jackal, Himalayan Thar, yellow-throated marten, otter, dhole, grey langur, rhesus macaque, black-nested grebes, red-crested, kalij pheasant, Himalayan monal, chukar partridge etc can be viewed through the journey of the national park.

Ethnic Cultures

You walk to a lot of villages experiencing a unique culture everywhere. The trek trails through villages like Chautha, Dhoti, Ghorsingha, Sinja, Jaljala, etc. Each trial head welcomes you with its unique culture. Variety of cast, creeds, language, lifestyle, culture, tradition etc is the major attraction of trekking to Rara lake. You are welcomed with diverged cultural aspects and mouthwatering delicious Nepalese cuisine.

Scenic natural views

The adventure begins with a scenic flight heading towards the Terai city of Nepalgunj. The Rara Lake trek offers you a sharp contrast to the rising hills of the valley. The flatlands of Terai offer a unique adventure, unlike the majestic Hills. The trail takes you to the trailhead at Jumla. Regarded as the backward and underdeveloped area of Nepal, Jumla is very rich in its culture and warm hospitality. Jumla is much more beautiful than its name. Hence, travellers crave to explore the beauty of Jumla. Sinha valley is also a major attraction centre of Rara lake trekking. The majestic valley of Sinja valley which was founded by Nagraj carries a lot of ancient, historic and religious importance. The value and beauty of Sinja valley keep flowing as the magical Sinja River.

Best time to do Rara Lake trek

The best time to do Rara Lake trekking is during September, October, April and May. Usually, the season of autumn and spring is regarded as the best time to explore the allurance of Rara. Winter is not regarded as good to trek as it gets too cold in this region. And also, the way gets blocked in different places during winter. As well monsoon is not favourable to trek. It is suggested not to proceed for the trek during winter and monsoon.

Alternative packages

Apart from this trek package if you want to explore other remote areas of Nepal then you can check into our other remote trek packages with the following link, upper mustang trek, Kanchanjunga Base Camp trek and Upper Dolpo trek. For more remote treks check from Remote treks in Nepal.

We, here at Himalaya Land Treks, have been accompanying trekkers and adventurers to the Himalayas for over a decade. Boasting a wide range of services from the most basic ones like well-planned itineraries and well-trained guides we make sure your trekking in Nepal adventure will be the one to remember.

Itinerary of Rara Lake Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu |1300m/4265ft

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

Touching down at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by a Himalaya Land Treks’ staff who will guide you directly to the hotel. Following a short briefing session on the trip we wrap up all the activities for the day and you are free to head down to the local region enjoying the pleasant evening.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj |150m/492ft|45 mins and transfer to Hotel.

45 min
Hotel
Breakfast

he first day of the trip and we begin our journey heading over to the Terai city of Nepalgunj for the night. Flying over the lush green valleys the trail heads southwest towards the Terai flatlands. Reaching Nepalgunj, we make our way directly to the hotel which concludes all the activities for the day. Once again feel free to head down to the local region enjoying the evening on your own.

Day 3: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla |2370m/7776ft|35 mins

35 min
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

An early start to the day today we fly over to Jumla. One of the most remote parts of the nation, Jumla boasts surreal natural beauty in addition to the unique culture. The 35-minute flight takes us back to the pleasant hilly region mixed with a hint of the majestic Himalayas. Reaching Jumla, we once again directly head to our hotel bringing the day to a close. Overnight at Jumla.

Day 4: Trek from Jumla to Danphe Langa |3130m/10269ft/5-6 hours.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting Jumla, the trail heads north following the banks of the Tila River. Through the lush green forests adorned with pine and fir trees, we slowly exit the Jumla valley continuing our adventure through pleasant hilly trails. The final stretch of the journey ascends through narrow trails over to the Padmara valley heading past canyons to Danphe Langa for the night.

Day 5: Trek from Danphe Langa to Chautha |2770m/9088ft/5-6 hours.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Setting off from Danphe Langa, the trail once again descends to meet the banks of the Sinja Khola. Crossing the river atop a wooden bridge, we follow the banks of the river to reach the vibrant hamlet of Nyawer. Making a brief stop at the village, we begin our ascent heading through the lush green forests before making a descending journey to reach Chautha.

Day 6: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu |2380m/7808ft/4-5 hours.

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

An early start to the day, we exit Chautha climbing through the lush green forests to reach Bhulbhule. Through a series of Mani walls, the journey heads to Gurchi Lagna which looks upon the valley of Mugu Karnali while also boasting mesmerizing views of the Tibetan Himalayas. Through a series of arduous descending trails, the journey takes us to Jhyari Khola before heading towards Dhotu.

Day 7: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake |3040 m/9974ft/3-4 hours.

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

One of the shortest days of the treks today, we make our way over to the Rara Lake. Ascending to Jhyari, the trail takes us deeper into the glorious Rara National Park adorned with wide varieties of floras and faunas. Home to the authentic Thakuri village, we encounter several vibrant hamlets which offer a lovely chance to learn more about the local culture and unique way of life. Heading past the lush green forests, we reach the Rara Lake where we camp for the night.

Day 8: Exploring Rara Lake |3040m/9947ft.

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

One of the relaxing days of the adventure today, we take some time off to enjoy the beauty of Rara Lake. At an altitude of 3040m, the lake reflects the majestic Himalayas while also boasting a wide variety of wildlife including musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, red panda, Snow coots, Mallard, Eurasian teal and many others. Covering a total of 13kms, the lake is the deepest in the nation and is also one of the most mesmerizing. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Day 9: Trek from Rara Lake to Ghorosingha |3190m/10466ft/4-5 hours.

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

We begin our journey climbing towards Ghorosingha for the night. Following the stream of Khatyar Gad, we make our way over to Murma before ascending the hill. The next stretch of the trek takes us through a series of ascending and descends through uninhabited lands reaching Chuchemara Danda (3804m). Exiting the hilly hamlet, the final stretch of the trek takes us through the steep hilly trail to reach Ghorosingha.

Day 10: Trek from Ghorosingha to Sinja |2440m/8005ft/4-5 hours.

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The starting of our descending journey today, we make our way over to Sinja. The journey is a pleasant one as we begin our ascend heading towards Diyabala Danda. The hilly summit offers stunning views of the Himalayan ranges alongside the lush green valleys. Descending to Okharpati, we begin our descending journey over to Sinja for the night.

Day 11: Trek from Sinja to Jaljala |3270m/10728ft/5-6 hours.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting Sinja, we make our way across the Sinja Khola heading east to find the banks of Jaljala River. Following the southern banks of the river, we make our way towards the hamlet of Kotgaon and then onto Lamtada. The finals stretch of the day takes us over the ridgeline gradually ascending through the mountain pass to reach Jaljala.

Day 12: Trek from Jaljala to Jumla |2370m/7776ft/3-4 hours.

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The final day of our trek and it’s a short one as we make our way back to the town of Jumla. Making our way through the lush green forests, we exit Jaljala and head towards Chere Chaur before exiting the high valley over to Jumla. Reaching Jumla, you are once again free to make your way around the village learning more about the local culture and the unique way of life.

Day 13: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj |150m/492ft| and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu |1300m/4265ft.

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

Making our way out of Jumla early, we head towards the Terai lands of Nepalgunj before flying back to Kathmandu. Touching down at Kathmandu, we make our way directly to the hotel which brings all our trekking activities to a close. Once again you are free to head down to the local region enjoying the pleasant evening or stay back at the hotel resting from the days of the journey.

Day 14: Take leisure day in Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

The final day of our journey and it’s a free day at the valley. Feel free to tour the stunning heritages around the capital city or head down to the local areas enjoying the local amenities. Don’t forget to try several of the local delicacies while hunting for souvenirs back home. At the end of the day, you will participate in a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks.

Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Breakfast

Our representatives will once again drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

Inclusion

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Jumla.
  • Flight tickets from Jumla - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. 
  • All necessary paperwork and permits.
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.    
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet). 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map. 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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