Rara Lake Trekking
The Rara Lake Trek takes place in one of the most remote and rural areas of Nepal – offering a glimpse of Nepali culture and scenery, in a way that is quite different from any other trekking destination in Nepal.
The pinnacle of this trip is the beautiful and pristine Rara Lake. With an area of 9.8 square kilometers and a depth of 167m, ‘The Queen of Lakes’ is regarded as the largest and deepest lake in Nepal. Lying at an altitude of 2,990m above sea level. The trekking route to reach it is quite rough and involves a lot of ups and downs, taking you through wild forests and isolated villages along the way. As such, its remoteness and tricky trekking trails attract only a small number of brave trekkers each year, ensuring Rara Lake stays in pristine condition and continues to this day to lie as a gem amidst the Rara National Park.
Located in the remote western part of the country, the Rara National Park is a habitat for a multitude of beautiful and rare flora and fauna. With lush greens and vibrant colors from all sorts of flowers playing host to a variety of species of endangered birds and mountain wildlife, such as musk deer, the Himalayan black bear, wild cats, wolves, goral, and even red panda.
Along with the lake, and its park surroundings, on this journey you can expect to see some of the world’s most renowned mountain peaks, and peek into the lives of people living in some of the most remote lands on earth. To make the most of this trip, we recommend that you visit between September to October, and April to May.
We operate Rara Lake Trek in both groups and private tours, and as with all of our treks, offer a fully customizable itinerary, with personalized travel and accommodation plans available upon request. So if you want to know any more about the itinerary options, trek cost, trek difficulty, or anything else at all, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of our team. Or, if you would like to read about what it’s like to experience this adventure, then check out our Rara Lake Trek Blog.
Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu: On arrival, you will land in Kathmandu airport, where our friendly team will greet you and take you to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, you are free to take a rest, or if you are itching to start exploring, you can spend the rest of the day soaking up the atmosphere of the Capital. You will then have dinner and an overnight stay in a highly recommended hotel: Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and trek prep: After a welcoming breakfast, today you will have the opportunity to see some of Kathmandu’s most famous UNESCO-listed world heritage sights, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Once you return you will meet your guide and begin preparation for your trek. Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
Day3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: Just a short flight today, from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal, so lots of time to explore! A fascinating Terai town hosting a zoo, local market, and chances to explore the nearby villages, it’s a great stopover before our next flight the following day. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla; This morning we will swap flat plains for the hills of Jumla. Situated on the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya, it is one of the least accessible districts in the country and the gateway for the most adventurous of trekkers, wishing to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. On arrival, there is time for one final overnight stay before the trek begins! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 5: Trek from Junla to Danphe Kanga: Today we can finally begin trekking! We begin by following the Tila Khola River to the Chaudhabise Khola, which we will then follow through fields and pine forests. We will then start hiking up towards the Padmara Valley, and stop to rest in the small village of Uthugaon. Our trek then continues through a narrow canyon, up the Khali Lagna Pass, and through a deep forest filled with pines. We then have one final descent through a mixed forest of spruces, birches, and rhododendrons to arrive at our campsite. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 6: Trek from Danphe Kanga to Chautha: We begin with a nice, gentle descent along a stream. The descent soon becomes steeper as we battle through firs, birch, walnut, and bamboo forests. It’s then time to start a serious climb that passes an overhanging rock that provides a cure-all mineral that the area is famed for. We continue uphill to Bhadra, before one final descent to our night destination. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 7:Trek from Chautha to Dhoti: We continue along the same stream, but begin uphill today on our way to Bhulbule, the entrance to The Rara National Park. We continue on our uphill trek towards Lagna Pass, marked with chortens and multi-colored prayer flags. We then head downhill, scaling our way through spruce forests, before the path begins to level out and we reach the settlement of Dhoti where we will rest for the evening. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 8: Trek from Dhoti to Rara Lake: Today is a short and pleasant trek as we take in the delights of the north. We begin by traversing a steep north-facing slope and cross a number of fields on our way down to a small stream. After crossing a bridge we climb up to the Thakuri village of Jhyari, and after a little break continue to steadily climb up through cedar forests and follow the trail along the northern side of the Rara Lake. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 9: Explore around Rara Lake: Today is a joy as we take a break from trekking and regain our strength in some of the world’s most beautiful surroundings. Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. Explore this remote region that keeps the crystal waters pristine and scared. It’s the perfect environment for flora and fauna alike to thrive so there’s a lot to marvel at. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 10: Trek from Rara Lake to Ghorasain: After a day of rest and refreshment yesterday, we are ready today for an early start downstream – following the Khatya Gad. After crossing a bridge over the Murma, we start our steady climb south through dense forest. We then continue along the ridge until it turns southeast and begins to descend to our final destination of Khorasan. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 11: Trek from Ghorasain to Sinja: Our day starts by embarking on a beautiful trail that descends to Botan. We trek through the forest before scaling the high fields of Lumsa to take in good views of the south along the Sinja valley. We then descend to Okharpati Village and later on to Sinja for the evening. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 12: Trek from Sinja to Jaljala Chaur: Once we’ve set off from Sinja, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola over a wooden cantilever bridge. We’ll pass through lots of villages as we cross over the river. As we continue we’ll spend the rest of our trek hiking through forests of pine, birch, and oak, fields of barley and corn, and meadows filled with horses! : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 13: Trek from Jaljala Chaur to Jumla: Today is the final day of our trek! We have one last push as we climb through forests to reach a meadow, which will mark the beginning of a nice descent to Jumla – where we shall rest and reflect on our amazing journey. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent camp
Day 14: Jumla flight to Nepalgunj and same day Kathmandu. : We need to take two short flights today – first to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu. On arrival, you are free to spend the rest of your day enjoying the excitement of the Capital – either taking a rest or exploring the city’s nightlife. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay at a 3-star hotel
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu. : Today there is no plan – but to have fun and explore! With endless shops to stock up with treats for home and sights yet to be discovered, there are lots of things to do before leaving the Capital behind tomorrow. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel
Day 15: Final Departure: It’s time to fly home! Say goodbye to Nepal and your fellow trekkers! A member of our friendly team will take you to the airport. Breakfast
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- Two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in whole trekking
- Trekking map
- An experienced Government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking, allowing US$ 15 – US$ 20 per day
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc
- Personal trekking equipment
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Underwear (4)
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Shorts (2)
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Water bottles (2)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Small wash towel
- T-shirts (2)
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
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