Rara Lake Trekking
Rara Lake Trekking takes you on an adventurous journey to the deepest and the largest lake in Nepal. Located deep inside Rara National Park in the far-western region of Nepal, the pristine lake attracts hundreds of avid nature tourists every year. Rara Lake supports the local biodiversity comprising over 500 species of flowers, 20 species of mammal, and 214 species of birds. The smallest national park of Nepal, Rara National Park is home to some of the exotic wildlife species of Red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, jackal, Himalayan Thar, and yellow-throated martin. Explore one of the least visited trekking destinations in Nepal and observe the ethnic lifestyle, cuisine, and traditions of the far-western inhabitants in the Rara Lake Trek.
Rara Lake Trekking commences at Kathmandu City followed by a scenic hour-long flight towards Nepalgunj located in the westernmost Terai region. A short 20-minute flight will facilitate easy access to Jumla District from where you’ll begin trekking through lushly forested trail and quaint hills towards Rara Lake. The trail advances through subtropical and coniferous forests and crosses Danphe Lagna Pass, Chautha, and Bhubhule village before arriving at Rara National Park. You’ll traverse some of the most difficult terrains before arriving at Dhotu. From here, you’ll head towards Rara Lake. The pristine turquoise-colored water supports a wide array of local biodiversity. You can spend an amazing time at the beautiful lake overlooking Chuchemara Peak. You can also boat at the Rara Lake and trek to the local Ghurchi Lagna to witness the panoramic view of the lake. If you’re lucky, you will get to witness the exotic wildlife of the region including Red panda, Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Jackal, and Himalayan Thar. Leaving Rara Lake, you’ll traverse back to Jumla and catch a short flight to Nepalgunj. The trip concedes upon your return to Kathmandu.
Himalaya Holiday Service specializes in tailored treks throughout Nepal. We organize all kinds of treks in the country including off-beat and restricted regions. Our all-inclusive trek package covers transportation inside the country, three meals a day, an experienced guide, special permit, porter, and logistics.
Rara Lake Trekking Highlights:
Enjoy an adventurous trekking experience in the far-western region of Nepal
Explore the Rara National Park, the smallest national park in Nepal
Visit the most pristine, the deepest and the largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake
Enjoy a scenic flight to Nepalgunj and observe the local tourist destinations
Rara Lake Trekking Facts:
Geography: Hills, Valleys
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Duration of Trek: 15 days
Max Altitude: 3190m
Religions: Hindu, Buddhist
Ethnic People: Thakuri, Chhetri
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus, Flight
Minimum Pax: 02
Itinerary of Rara Lake Trekking
Day 1; Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located at the heart of the city. After refreshment, you will meet your trek guide who will brief you on the trek. In the evening, you can go out to dine at one of the finest restaurants in Thamel.
Day 2; Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel.
Today, you’ll embark on a beautiful flight from Kathmandu to the Terai town of Nepalgunj. The flight may last almost an hour and takes you over the pristine hills of central and western Nepal. Nepalgunj is a Terai town with a colorful lifestyle along with rich culture, language, and cuisine. You can choose to visit the local market and a mini-zoo before resting for the night.
Day 3; Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2370m.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive towards the airport and embark on a scenic flight north towards Jumla district. You’ll fly over diverse landscapes in Nepal and arrive at the high hills of Jumla. Due to geographic constraints, Jumla remains one of the least accessible places in Nepal. Lying on the foothills of Sisne Himalaya, it serves as the gateway to the remote Karnali region.
Day 4; Trek from Jumla to Danphe Lagna 3130m/5-6 hours.
Leaving Jumla, you’ll begin trekking northward and pass through Jumla Bazaar towards Sisnamul village. The trail enters the lush forested path and heads towards Chere village. Hereon, the trail becomes steeper and climbs along the meadows towards Danphe Lagna. The trail offers the scenic views of Patrasi Himal (6860m) and Jagdula Himal (5785m). The trail slightly descends through the forest path and reaches Danphe Lagna.
Day 5; Trek from Danphe Lagna to Chautha 2770m/5-6 hours.
Leaving Danphe Lagna, you’ll descend to the lower valley and reach Chautha. The trail begins descending through the firs, birches, walnuts, and bamboo forests before arriving at Sinja Khola via Hiran Duski. Upon crossing the river, the trail continues towards Nyawre and climbs towards Kabra. A steep climb through Bhara village will bring you to Chautha.
Day 6; Trek from Chautha to Dhotu 2380m/4-5 hours.
From Chautha, the climb crosses pasture fields at Chante Chaur towards Bhulbule that serves as the entrance to Rara National Park. After obtaining the permit from the entry-office, you’ll begin traversing through the park and gently trek towards Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3450m). One of the highest passes in the region, you can catch the scenic view of the massive Karnali River and the snow-capped peaks bordering Tibet in the background. Then, the trail descends towards Pina and passes through Jhyari Khola towards Dhotu.
Day 7; Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake 3040 m/ 3-4 hours.
Dhotu is the last village before you arrive at the pristine site of Rara Lake. The trail begins with crossing a small stream and heads sharp through the village towards the cedar forest from where you will catch the first sight of the pristine Rara Lake. Along a brief descent, you’ll arrive at Rara Lake. You can visit the surrounding of the lake before resting for the night.
Day 8; Exploring Rara Lake 3040m.
The morning offers a beautiful view of the pristine Rara Lake with the Chuchemara Peak in the background. After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on a full-day tour around Rara Lake. Also known as the deepest and the largest lake in Nepal, it was formerly known as Mahendra Lake. You can embark on a boat ride in the turquoise-colored water of Rara Lake. Afterward, you can make a short hike and explore the surrounding forest witnessing the local wildlife. A few of the peaks visible from the lake are Chuchemara Peak on the south, and Ruma Kand and Malika Kand on the north. Overnight at Rara Lake.
Day 9; Trek from Rara Lake to Ghorosingha 3190m/4-5 hours.
Leaving Rara Lake, you’ll begin traversing through the flat trail before ascending towards Gurchi Mara (3710m). From the top, you can catch the final beautiful sight of the lake before heading downwards to Ghorosingha. A short trek from Gurchi Mara will bring you to Ghorosingha.
Day 10; Trek from Ghorosingha to Sinja 2440m/4-5 hours.
Leaving Ghorosingha, the trail drops towards Laha alongside the Ghatte Khola. The trail further descends through the steep terrain until Botan (2895m) and heads towards Diyabala Danda that lies to the south of Ghorosingha. The trail takes a detour and climbs the high fields of Lumsa. Finally, you descend towards Okharpati village before arriving at Sinja.
Day 11; Trek from Sinja to Jaljala 3270m/5-6 hours.
From Sinja, you’ll begin crossing the Sinja Khola and continue trekking another side towards Dhubi Khola. The trail climbs the uphill trail and crosses few villages and few streams before arriving at Jaljala Chaur for the overnight stay.
Day 12; Trek from Jaljala to Jumla 2370m/3-4 hours.
Leaving Jaljala, you’ll embark on a short descent towards Jumla Bazaar. On the last day of the trek, you’ll first climb through the subtropical forest and head through the meadow. An easy descent from here will take you towards Jumla. Overnight in Jumla Bazaar.
Day 13; Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu.
An early morning flight will take you back to Nepalgunj. After a short transit, you’ll embark on another flight and fly almost an hour over western Nepal towards Kathmandu. At Kathmandu, your guide will escort you to your hotel. You can choose to relax at the hotel or head out to explore the city.
Day 14; Take leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is a complete leisure day. You can either just relax in your room or go out for an interesting sightseeing tour of the city including seeing the popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Afterward, you can visit the nearby Thamel area and shop for souvenirs. Kathmandu offers many historical and cultural sites for the tourists to indulge in throughout the day.
Day 15; Final Departure from Kathmandu
Today you’ll bid adieu to Nepal. After a hearty breakfast, our representative will drive you off to the airport. You will catch your flight back home from where you can witness the beautiful aerial view of the entire Kathmandu City for one last time.
Key Information of Rara Lake Trekking
Depending on prior agreements, the trip will cover permits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, restricted areas, and national parks.
You will get one room per person for your stay within Kathmandu and on sharing-basis during the trek.
The trek facilitates trekkers of an appropriate age and fitness age. Those with any severe health conditions must inform us beforehand.
You will be trekking at high altitude terrains. You will be walking on average about 5hr a day on trails that may exceed 3000 meters.
No prior trekking experience is required for the trek. However, you can prepare for the trek beforehand by doing regular exercises. This will help you boost your stamina to walk for hours during the trekking journey.
We recommend you pack light as you will be trekking long distances. The lighter your baggage, the easier to handle it throughout the trek.
Make sure that you do not lose your belongings. We will not be responsible for the loss of your personal belongings. In case you lose any of your belongings, inform your guide immediately.
What about the weather conditions and Jumla flight?
From Nepalgunj, you will have to take a flight to Jumla in the morning. After reaching Jumla, the trek begins. The flight to Jumla can sometimes be delayed or cancelled due to air traffic in peak seasons. Also, sometimes bad weather conditions create problem for the flight. The weather around the Jumla region can be uncertain. In case the weather conditions do not get better, other necessary arrangements will be made.
How difficult is Rara Lake trek and how can I prepare?
Trek to Rara Lake is remote trekking experience. However, it is not too hard. You do not need to have a prior trekking experience to participate in this trek. The company will provide you with a porter and experienced guide who are certified to provide medical assistance. You can prepare for the trek by indulging in daily exercises that increase your stamina.
Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?
There is no actual tipping culture in Nepal. However, you can opt to tip your guide and porter as a sweet gesture or thanks. There are no hard and fast rules for how much you can tip. So, you can tip them as much as you like as per your satisfaction. Normally, people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.
What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Rara Lake trek?
Trek to Rara Lake includes accommodation in trekking lodges or guest houses. You can opt to stay in a twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group. If you are a solo traveler, you can have a single bedroom. Regarding meals, you will have options of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian meals. For drinking water, you can buy mineral water from shops and hotels. However, taking a water bottle with you will be a better option.
What is the limitation of weight to Jumla flight and where do I store my extra bags?
For the Jumla flight, you can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg handbag. If you want to carry more than the limit, you will have to pay extra cash. If you have a heavy luggage, you can leave your excess clothes in your hotel back in Kathmandu. However, be sure to carry all your necessary belongings for the trek.