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Rara Lake Trekking 15 Days

Trip Overview

Rara Lake (3040m), as like a small piece of haven on the earth, is decorated by a breathtaking beauty of nature. Its marvelous beauty is incomparable and unthinkable. More species of birds (236) nest around Rara Lake than people visited in 2010 (170). Yet the largest lake in Nepal, ensconced within its smallest national park, is only three hours walk from an airstrip. It’s a beautiful, calm haven surrounded by forests, and a paradise for bird watchers.

Rara Lake trek is yet relatively unexplored trekking trail in Nepal. The surface of this lake is around 8 square kilometers and the perimeter 9 kilometer. The length of the lake is 5 kilometers, width is 2 and depth is 167 meter. The lake Rara looks like a blue nymph, indulged in romance with mountains. In the every afternoon the outstanding snowcapped panorama of Dolpo and Tibetan mountains overshadows the scene across the deep clear waters of the lake. Trekking to this stunning lake gives a taste of natural wilderness and silence. Considering one of the finest parks in the world, Rara National Park abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other fauna. The Danfe (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal flies above while a variety of fish, the snow trout, inhabit the Rara Lake.

Your trek begins from Jumla, the largest upland hill town in the west Nepal. Climbing gradually through forests of mixed oak, conifer, pine, broad-leafed chestnut, white birch and rhododendron, you cross the lush alpine meadows with herds of sheep and goat herders. After exploration of this lake you hike through grassy alpine pastures and some villages. Then you descend to Jumla. From Jumla you take flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

Upon arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Glory Treks who will drop you at our hotel. After check-in, take a rest or stroll around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Nepal Glory Treks where you can taste delicious Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing to World Heritage Sites

After breakfast, begin our sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. Swayambhunath Temple is popular among foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva. The Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)

After a short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border and also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. It is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, visit the local market, mini zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2540m)

After breakfast, leave the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal. Situated 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 in Jumla.

Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m)

Today is the first day of our trek. Leave Jumla and ascend to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the nearby villages. Will also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching our destination. Overnight in Chere Chaur.

Day 06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m)

From Chere Chaur, take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580-meter). Cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail until reaching Jaljala Chaur. From here ascend on a steep trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur. Overnight in Chalachaur.

Day 07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m)

This is an uphill climb to Sinja Valley. On the way we pass through several villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley holds an important place in the history of Nepal. The valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled this area from the 12th to 14th century. Palaces, temples, and the ancient remains of a settlement were uncovered during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University. Overnight in Sinja Valley.

Day 08: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m)

Leave Sinja on an uphill trail alongside Hima River. From the village we climb on a steep trail then followed by a relatively easy trail until Laha Village. From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte khola (stream). Overnight in Ghorosingha.

Day 09: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m)

Begin steep ascent after breakfast. Our trail is alongside Chuchhemara Danda from where we get to admire the Himalayan panorama, the vast and tranquil Rara Lake, and the lush vegetation of the Rara National Park. On the way to Rara Lake, pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the ascent will get little easier. Continue walking towards Chapri village which houses the Rara National Park Head Quarter. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Day 10: Explore Rara Lake

Rara Lake is the deepest and biggest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast will experience the azure waters of the massive lake also known as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. While boating, you get to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and discover quite a few varieties of fish. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Day 11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m)

From Rara Lake, our trail is easy and walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, descend on a steep trail to Pina Village where we spend the night.

Day 12: Pina to Bumra (2850m)

From Pina, descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480-meter. Continue descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.

Day 13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m)

Cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After few hours, get to a hot spring where you can relax and ease our aching body with a dip. Not long after the hot spring, cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691-meter. After reaching Cherechaur, follow the same trail we took couple of days back and reach Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.

Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

Take earliest flight available to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, fly again to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Upon reaching, get freshen up and take a rest. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Nepal Glory Treks to celebrate the successful completion. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final departure

Our representative will send you off to Tribhuvan International Airport for your connecting flight home approximately 3 hours earlier than the scheduled time. Wish you safe journey home!

Cost Includes

  • All airport / hotel transfers
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and Nepalgunj
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley
  • Tour guide and entrance fees
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Not Included

  • Travel insurance / Rescue and evacuation service
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances

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