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RARA Lake Trek

RARA Lake Trek

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Rara Lake trek
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Trip Facts

Duration : 11 Days Max-Altitude : 3139m Program Type : Home Stay Best Season : Sep to Jan, March to Aug Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Flight/Land
All price inclusive
$ 1440 $1340

Overview

Rara lake trek 11 days Itinerary

Rara Lake Trek is a truly memorable journey to a small piece of heaven in a remote part of the mid-western region. The Rara Lake, which is referred to as the queen of lakes, is the main attraction of this trek. This park is part of the Rara National Park, which covers an area of 106 square kilometers. It is situated at an altitude of 2,290 meters. Stunning views of the lake, forest, hills, and mountains in the background captivate you with their incredible appeal.

Rara Lake Trekking is one of the most beautiful treks that take you to Rara Lake in Nepal. The largest Rara lake attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. A good trekking destination, it is surrounded by green hills and the Rara National Park. In addition, the view of snow-covered Himalayan peaks enhances the beauty of Rara Lake.

There is a mesmerizing trek to Rara Lake in the remote northwest of Nepal. A pulsating capital city leads you to the remote area of Jumla on this trek. On the way, you’ll pass through some interesting villages, Gorusingha, Sija, Jaljala, and finally Rara Lake, tranquil heaven. Furthermore, the Rara Lake Trek lies in Rara National Park, which is one of the most interesting national parks to observe diverse wildlife.

There are several blue pines, black junipers, oak, cypress, and rhododendron forests in the national park. In these forests live Himalayan Black Bears, Musk Deer, Leopards, Ghoral, Thar, and Red Pandas. There are more than 200 species of colorful birds and butterflies in these forests.

There are richly forested hills surrounding this blue turtle lake. At an elevation of 4087 meters, Chuchemara Danda is the best place to get a great view of the deep blue clear lake and the lush forested hillsides, as well as the snow-capped peaks surrounding it. Thus, if you are considering doing such exciting and wilderness trekking, please contact us, and let’s get close to the natural beauty of western Nepal.

Rara lake trek is simple tea houses, homestay treks for small groups of 2 – 4 people, but if you are planning with a big group or if you want to do in deluxe comfort style, then you need to do a camping style trek.

The Nepal wilderness trekking guide teams lead Rara lake with a local guide who is from the same region and knows it better than anyone else. Guides know all about trails, people, culture, history, vegetation, flora, and fauna. The best way to make money from your visit to the locals is to use a local guide.

At the same time, guide and porter families should receive benefits and have the chance to provide better education for their children. Let’s do the trek with us and help the local guide families of the area where you are trekking.

In addition, we offer a 24-day Dhorpatan circuit trek via Rara lake. Trekking through a remote region of Nepal is truly off the beaten path.

Rara Lake Trek Highlights

  • Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 
  • Explore Rara Lake’s natural beauty and tranquility
  • Visit the Sinja valley, an important historical site in Nepal
  • Discover the rich biodiversity of Rara National Park
  • Experience the beautiful landscape and view of the distant peaks of Dolpo and API Shripal
  • Forests of pines, birches, and rhododendrons await you
  • Experience Jumla’s authentic culture and lifestyle

The rarity of Lake Trek Difficulty

Apparently, the trek to Rara Lake is quite easy and suitable for trekkers of all levels. Beginners and intermediate trekkers can easily complete this trek with a basic level of fitness. With a light daypack, you might be able to hike for 4 to 6 hours on hilly terrain. This trek does not require any previous trekking or technical experience.

When is the best time to hike Rara Lake?

There are two best times for trekking at Rara Lake: fall (March-May) and spring (September-October). During this time, the weather will be pleasant and you will have a chance to admire the Himalayas reflecting in the lake. Furthermore, the area is covered with colorful Rhododendrons in spring, which adds a unique and incomparable beauty around the lake.


 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj after breakfast and Overnight at a local hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • Day 02: By flight. Jumla town (2340m) is in a valley, and their paddy is cultivated (making Joomla the highest place on earth where it is grown). The city is the administrative headquarters of the Karnali Zone. From Jumla we start walking towards Padmara. Two tracks are leading north to Gumgarhi and Rara. One is a trail leading directly from the north of the town. The other is a more popular trek route that turns east of the city towards Dan Sandhu (2347m) at the confluence of Tila Nadi with Chaudbise Khola. We transverse northeast along the right side of the Chaudbise Khola through pine forests. Two hours further is Urdu (2520m) at the confluence of Chaudbise Khola and Ghurseni Khola. The bridge leads east to the Chaudbise area. The trek now ascends steeply through the narrow gorge of the Ghurseni Khola, keeping all the time to its right slope. Padmara (3017m), a Chhetri village at the head of the valley is one hour beyond the canyon head. Overnight at camp
  • Day 03: The track beyond Padmara continues rising along the north side of the Ghurseni stream. We leave the last fields at 3048 meters and climb to the first pass, Khali Langa (3545m), four kilometers from Padmara. We follow down the right bank of the stream to a footbridge at 3353 meters and cross it to the west side. We continue descending north for one hour through dense forest to reach a log bridge at 2743 meters over Sinja Khola, here called Lah Gad. Cross the bridge to the north side, turn west and climb to Burma (2830m) about two kilometers further. Overnight at camp
  • Day 04: The track beyond Burma keeps high above the river and skirts two small spurs to reach Bhargaon (2890m) in 1.5 hours. After one kilometer at the end of the fields, the track turns north into the tributary stream of Gautham Khola. We cross the stream by a log bridge to the west side and climb to Chautha (3100m) in a forest clearing. After an hour the valley opens out into a pleasant meadow. We keep to the left stream until a western tributary joins it. Before reaching Ghurchi Lagna (3457m), we climb up the narrow gully on the northeast slope and skirt north across a series of spurs to reach Pine (2430m) Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 05: RARA LAKE is only eight kilometers west of Pine. It is a short, pleasant trek with beautiful views to the north. From Pine, we take a trail turning west that transverse a steep north-facing slope. After crossing a stretch of fields, we climb a small spur and descend to the stream. We pass the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of Jhari from Pina (2500m). It will take just over two hours to reach Jhari from Pina. From Jhari, we ascend west along a ridge for about 700 meters to achieve a low saddle in two hours. The large lake is visible directly north of this saddle. From here, it is pleasant descent to the meadows on the south side of the pond. The village site of Rara (3040m) on the north side is an enjoyable two hours walk along the western bank of the lake. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 06: Rest day and explore the Rara area- Rara area was designated a National Park in 1975, and it takes about eight hours to walk around the lake. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 07: We walk the lake outlet (2980m) and follow the downstream of Khatyar Gad for an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3139m). Cross the bridge to the south side and climb steadily over the 400 meters to reach an open clearing at 3277 meters. The trail continues climbing south through dense forest until the tree line is reached at 3658m. The ridge extends to the south for another 200 meters, but it is a pleasant trail with a distant view of the mountains. There is no pass on this high ridge, and the path turns south-east at an altitude of 3749m and descends by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasain (3271m). Overnight at camp.
  • Day 08: From Ghorasain there is the trail down the valley to Botan (2895m). A more exciting path with a better scenic prospect is to climb Diyala Danda due south of Ghorasain. The climb begins immediately west of Ghorasain and takes about an hour through a forest to top the crest at 5351 meters. The trail then skirts south-east above the high fields of Lumsa. There are excellent views to the south along the Sinja valley. The trail descends to Okharpati village (3100m) on a top shelf above Mindrabali Gad. The descent from Okharpati to Sinja takes less than two hours. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 09: We cross the log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad beyond Kotgaon near Lamathada. We support the stream for another five kilometers due east. Then we ascend the ridge (2865m) briefly to descend to the same creek again. The trail clings to the south side of the stream all the way for another nine kilometers. The path twists and turns along with the flow but it is a pleasant trail amidst forest wilderness. Finally, the trail climbs east along a gully to ascend a pass at 3597m. We descend east along a broad meadow into the headquarters of Ju Gad that drains to Jumla town. Let's east along the stream and transverse another kilometer to Chere Chaur (2987m). Overnight at camp.
  • Day 10: Chere Chaur is a delightful alpine pasture where flowers are in profusion during next summer. It provides excellent views of the Jumla town, Tila Valley, and Chyakhure Lekh beyond. The return to the town camp is pleasant descent in slow stages. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 11: fly back to Nepalganj and connecting flight to Kathmandu, Transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Cost Included

  • All land transfer and flight as per the given itinerary.
  • Rara National Park permits, and TIMS allows fees.
  • Accommodation land and flights
  • three times meal a day during the trekking.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English-speaking license holder local Guide, Sherpa. Cook and necessary porters.
  • Two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent
  • All programs according to itinerary on full board.
  • Staff Wages, equipment, insurance, transportations, and other facilities

Cost Excluded

  • Kathmandu hotels
  • Travel Insurance (which is covering helicopter rescue).
  • Medical and evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All bar bill.
  • Items of personal nature, i.e., Soft/hard drinks, tips, etc.

Reviews

Rara lake trek 11 days Itinerary

Rara Lake Trek is a truly memorable journey to a small piece of heaven in a remote part of the mid-western region. The Rara Lake, which is referred to as the queen of lakes, is the main attraction of this trek. This park is part of the Rara National Park, which covers an area of 106 square kilometers. It is situated at an altitude of 2,290 meters. Stunning views of the lake, forest, hills, and mountains in the background captivate you with their incredible appeal.

Rara Lake Trekking is one of the most beautiful treks that take you to Rara Lake in Nepal. The largest Rara lake attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. A good trekking destination, it is surrounded by green hills and the Rara National Park. In addition, the view of snow-covered Himalayan peaks enhances the beauty of Rara Lake.

There is a mesmerizing trek to Rara Lake in the remote northwest of Nepal. A pulsating capital city leads you to the remote area of Jumla on this trek. On the way, you’ll pass through some interesting villages, Gorusingha, Sija, Jaljala, and finally Rara Lake, tranquil heaven. Furthermore, the Rara Lake Trek lies in Rara National Park, which is one of the most interesting national parks to observe diverse wildlife.

There are several blue pines, black junipers, oak, cypress, and rhododendron forests in the national park. In these forests live Himalayan Black Bears, Musk Deer, Leopards, Ghoral, Thar, and Red Pandas. There are more than 200 species of colorful birds and butterflies in these forests.

There are richly forested hills surrounding this blue turtle lake. At an elevation of 4087 meters, Chuchemara Danda is the best place to get a great view of the deep blue clear lake and the lush forested hillsides, as well as the snow-capped peaks surrounding it. Thus, if you are considering doing such exciting and wilderness trekking, please contact us, and let’s get close to the natural beauty of western Nepal.

Rara lake trek is simple tea houses, homestay treks for small groups of 2 – 4 people, but if you are planning with a big group or if you want to do in deluxe comfort style, then you need to do a camping style trek.

The Nepal wilderness trekking guide teams lead Rara lake with a local guide who is from the same region and knows it better than anyone else. Guides know all about trails, people, culture, history, vegetation, flora, and fauna. The best way to make money from your visit to the locals is to use a local guide.

At the same time, guide and porter families should receive benefits and have the chance to provide better education for their children. Let’s do the trek with us and help the local guide families of the area where you are trekking.

In addition, we offer a 24-day Dhorpatan circuit trek via Rara lake. Trekking through a remote region of Nepal is truly off the beaten path.

Rara Lake Trek Highlights

  • Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 
  • Explore Rara Lake’s natural beauty and tranquility
  • Visit the Sinja valley, an important historical site in Nepal
  • Discover the rich biodiversity of Rara National Park
  • Experience the beautiful landscape and view of the distant peaks of Dolpo and API Shripal
  • Forests of pines, birches, and rhododendrons await you
  • Experience Jumla’s authentic culture and lifestyle

The rarity of Lake Trek Difficulty

Apparently, the trek to Rara Lake is quite easy and suitable for trekkers of all levels. Beginners and intermediate trekkers can easily complete this trek with a basic level of fitness. With a light daypack, you might be able to hike for 4 to 6 hours on hilly terrain. This trek does not require any previous trekking or technical experience.

When is the best time to hike Rara Lake?

There are two best times for trekking at Rara Lake: fall (March-May) and spring (September-October). During this time, the weather will be pleasant and you will have a chance to admire the Himalayas reflecting in the lake. Furthermore, the area is covered with colorful Rhododendrons in spring, which adds a unique and incomparable beauty around the lake.


 

  • Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj after breakfast and Overnight at a local hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • Day 02: By flight. Jumla town (2340m) is in a valley, and their paddy is cultivated (making Joomla the highest place on earth where it is grown). The city is the administrative headquarters of the Karnali Zone. From Jumla we start walking towards Padmara. Two tracks are leading north to Gumgarhi and Rara. One is a trail leading directly from the north of the town. The other is a more popular trek route that turns east of the city towards Dan Sandhu (2347m) at the confluence of Tila Nadi with Chaudbise Khola. We transverse northeast along the right side of the Chaudbise Khola through pine forests. Two hours further is Urdu (2520m) at the confluence of Chaudbise Khola and Ghurseni Khola. The bridge leads east to the Chaudbise area. The trek now ascends steeply through the narrow gorge of the Ghurseni Khola, keeping all the time to its right slope. Padmara (3017m), a Chhetri village at the head of the valley is one hour beyond the canyon head. Overnight at camp
  • Day 03: The track beyond Padmara continues rising along the north side of the Ghurseni stream. We leave the last fields at 3048 meters and climb to the first pass, Khali Langa (3545m), four kilometers from Padmara. We follow down the right bank of the stream to a footbridge at 3353 meters and cross it to the west side. We continue descending north for one hour through dense forest to reach a log bridge at 2743 meters over Sinja Khola, here called Lah Gad. Cross the bridge to the north side, turn west and climb to Burma (2830m) about two kilometers further. Overnight at camp
  • Day 04: The track beyond Burma keeps high above the river and skirts two small spurs to reach Bhargaon (2890m) in 1.5 hours. After one kilometer at the end of the fields, the track turns north into the tributary stream of Gautham Khola. We cross the stream by a log bridge to the west side and climb to Chautha (3100m) in a forest clearing. After an hour the valley opens out into a pleasant meadow. We keep to the left stream until a western tributary joins it. Before reaching Ghurchi Lagna (3457m), we climb up the narrow gully on the northeast slope and skirt north across a series of spurs to reach Pine (2430m) Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 05: RARA LAKE is only eight kilometers west of Pine. It is a short, pleasant trek with beautiful views to the north. From Pine, we take a trail turning west that transverse a steep north-facing slope. After crossing a stretch of fields, we climb a small spur and descend to the stream. We pass the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of Jhari from Pina (2500m). It will take just over two hours to reach Jhari from Pina. From Jhari, we ascend west along a ridge for about 700 meters to achieve a low saddle in two hours. The large lake is visible directly north of this saddle. From here, it is pleasant descent to the meadows on the south side of the pond. The village site of Rara (3040m) on the north side is an enjoyable two hours walk along the western bank of the lake. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 06: Rest day and explore the Rara area- Rara area was designated a National Park in 1975, and it takes about eight hours to walk around the lake. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 07: We walk the lake outlet (2980m) and follow the downstream of Khatyar Gad for an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3139m). Cross the bridge to the south side and climb steadily over the 400 meters to reach an open clearing at 3277 meters. The trail continues climbing south through dense forest until the tree line is reached at 3658m. The ridge extends to the south for another 200 meters, but it is a pleasant trail with a distant view of the mountains. There is no pass on this high ridge, and the path turns south-east at an altitude of 3749m and descends by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasain (3271m). Overnight at camp.
  • Day 08: From Ghorasain there is the trail down the valley to Botan (2895m). A more exciting path with a better scenic prospect is to climb Diyala Danda due south of Ghorasain. The climb begins immediately west of Ghorasain and takes about an hour through a forest to top the crest at 5351 meters. The trail then skirts south-east above the high fields of Lumsa. There are excellent views to the south along the Sinja valley. The trail descends to Okharpati village (3100m) on a top shelf above Mindrabali Gad. The descent from Okharpati to Sinja takes less than two hours. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 09: We cross the log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad beyond Kotgaon near Lamathada. We support the stream for another five kilometers due east. Then we ascend the ridge (2865m) briefly to descend to the same creek again. The trail clings to the south side of the stream all the way for another nine kilometers. The path twists and turns along with the flow but it is a pleasant trail amidst forest wilderness. Finally, the trail climbs east along a gully to ascend a pass at 3597m. We descend east along a broad meadow into the headquarters of Ju Gad that drains to Jumla town. Let's east along the stream and transverse another kilometer to Chere Chaur (2987m). Overnight at camp.
  • Day 10: Chere Chaur is a delightful alpine pasture where flowers are in profusion during next summer. It provides excellent views of the Jumla town, Tila Valley, and Chyakhure Lekh beyond. The return to the town camp is pleasant descent in slow stages. Overnight at camp.
  • Day 11: fly back to Nepalganj and connecting flight to Kathmandu, Transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Cost Included

  • All land transfer and flight as per the given itinerary.
  • Rara National Park permits, and TIMS allows fees.
  • Accommodation land and flights
  • three times meal a day during the trekking.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English-speaking license holder local Guide, Sherpa. Cook and necessary porters.
  • Two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent
  • All programs according to itinerary on full board.
  • Staff Wages, equipment, insurance, transportations, and other facilities

Cost Excluded

  • Kathmandu hotels
  • Travel Insurance (which is covering helicopter rescue).
  • Medical and evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All bar bill.
  • Items of personal nature, i.e., Soft/hard drinks, tips, etc.

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