Trekking in Nepal

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

"If you are looking of wilderness and solitude travel, this trek is an ideal choice. The route is very much 'off the beaten track' and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara, which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas is ringed with blue pine, black juniper forest and Himalayan cypress Lake Rara is a popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese"

 

Rara Lake is a truly off the beaten track trek taking you to the secret trails of far northwest of Nepal. Rara Lake is a clear, unspoiled pristine clear lake and ideal for anyone wanting to be away. The region around Jumla and Rara Lake is still relatively unexplored and provides the glimpses of typical village cultures and their rustic way of life.

A journey to Rara Lake is one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. If you are looking of wilderness and solitude travel, this trek is an ideal choice. The route is very much 'off the beaten track' and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara, which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas, is ringed with blue pine, black juniper forest and Himalayan cypress Lake Rara is a popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking.

In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. Rara Lake is five kilometers long and two kilometers wide and is the largest lake in Nepal. The national Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghorals, tahr, Himalayan black beer, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a bird watcher’s delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.

Our trek starts from Jumla, the largest upland hill town in west Nepal. Rara Lake is the Nepal's largest lake and lies at an altitude of 2980m/9837ft. An outstanding snow-capped panorama of Dolpo and great mountains overshadows the scene across the deep clear waters of the lake. The National park consists of Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Black Panther, Musk Deer, Red Panda, Wild Boar, Rhesus and Languor Monkeys and numerous species of birds. The trek offer superb views over Mugu, the southern mountains of Humla and the border ranges of Tibet. The trail takes us through grassy alpine pastures and remote villages, before descending steeply off the second pass to Jumla. From here, we fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.


Trip Fact: 16 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:3270m/10725ft
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Fitness level:Moderate
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge, camp and home-stay during trek

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m/7773ft)

Day 5: Trek Jumla to Uthugaon (2530m/8298ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 6: Trek Uthugaon to Danphe Lagna (3500m/11480ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 7: Trek Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m/9085ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Trek Chautha to Dhotu (2380m/7806ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 9: Trek Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m/9774ft), 4-5 hrs

Day 10: Explore day at Rara

Day 11: Trek Rara to Gorusingha (3190m/10463ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Sinja Valley(2440m/8003ft), 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Trek Sinja Valley to Jaljala Chaur (3270m/10725ft), 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Trek Jaljala Chaur to Jumla (2370m/7773ft), 4-5 hrs walk

Day 15: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj

Day 16: Final Departure


Detail Itinerary

Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Paten and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Nepaljung from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway, takes 12 hrs approximately (option of flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route you experience the countryside which is lays with greenery, rivers, local villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain scenarios. It is located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla, Jumla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m/7773ft)
After early breakfast we 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 Himalya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Trek Jumla to Uthugaon (2530m/8298ft), 4-5 hrs
After breakfast we start our trek along with north bank of the Tila Khola. We will ascent our trek the Padmara valley passing the Chaudhabise Khola and fields and pine forests. Our trail keeps following the river until we arrive at the small village of Uthugaon, where we will camp close to the river.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Trek Uthugaon to Danphe Lagna (3500m/11480ft), 4-5 hrs
After breakfast we pursue our trail through the valley to Padmara village. Our trail mounts to the Khali Lagna pass at 3550m/11644ft through a deep forest of pines, spruces and firs. This pass routes come together and we descend gently through diverse forest of spruces, birches and rhododendrons to arrive at our campsite at Danphe Lagna.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Trek Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m/9085ft), 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we descend through fir, birch, walnut and bamboo forests with crossing bridge and following stream along with water-driven stone mills we reach to Kabra. Our sharp rise starts with a view of huge overhanging rock which is the source of silajit, a mineral which is believed to have "healing" properties. Our steep climb continues for a while and then levels out before Bhara village. After this village we then descend to the Chauro Khola to the village of Chautha.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Trek Chautha to Dhotu (2380m/7806ft), 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we ascend to Bhulbule, the Rara National Park entrance station at 3130m/10266ft. Our path continues climbing gently to Ghurchi Lagna pass 3450m/11316ft which is covered with chortens (round stone Buddhist monuments) and prayer flags. From the pass we descend gently at first before dropping down steeply through spruce forests. We camp at the small settlement of Dhotu village.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Trek Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m/9774ft), 4-5 hrs
This day, cross s stream and make a steep climb to Thakuri Village of jhyari, in a picturesque grove of giant cedars. Then continue climbing through cedar forests to a huge meadow a top ridge with a great view of Rara Lake. Descends on the northern side of the lake where camping ground is available
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Explore day at Rara
Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal. Rara is designated a national park in 1975 and this region offers remoteness and a wilderness experience unlike any other region of Nepal, where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive. Among the mammals in this region are Himalayan bears, Serows, Gorals, Musk Deer, Red Pandas and both Rhesus and Langur Monkeys. It is almost 13 km around the lake and a day devoted to walk around is well spent. The 180 meter deep lake is a habitat for otters and an important resting place for migrating water fowl.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Trek Rara to Gorusingha (3190m/10463ft), 5-6 hrs
In the morning after breakfast, we make more rewarding a circuit via a different trail. From the bridge at the western end of Rara Lake the trail follows the Nisa Khola and the trail ascends to Murma. Then the trail descends gradually to the river, cross the river on a log bridge, and then cross another stream beside a decrepit mill. A small trail leads straight up the hill, climbing through pine, then spruce and rhododendron forests. Now the trail becomes less steep ascent, then cross meadows to ridge from where views of western Himalaya in clear weather and Rara Lake far below as the trail skirts the head of a huge valley to the crest of the Ghurchi Mara. Then the route follow the main trail as it drops into the Ghatta Valley, then heads towards Ghorusingha.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Sinja Valley(2440m/8003ft), 5-6 hrs
This route heads down the Ghatta Valley from Ghorosingha, that follows the Sinja Khola downstream to Sinja valley. It is then a short walk down the fertile valley, on a renovated trail through a heavily populated region to the Brahmin and Chherti village of Sinja, on the banks of the Sinja Khola. From the 12th to the 14th centuries, Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. The ruins of the palace can be seen across the river. The large temple at the top of a promontory dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rises a top a tiger.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Trek Sinja Valley to Jaljala Chaur (3270m/10725ft), 6-7 hrs
Today the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge. After passing a few small villages, the trail crosses back and forth across the river on a series of quaint log bridges. Most treks are through forest of pine, birch and oak and fields of barley and corn. Then the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur, a gigantic meadow.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Trek Jaljala Chaur to Jumla (2370m/7773ft), 4-5 hrs
Today, keep climbing through forests to another meadow, just below the ridge, then descends to a few houses of Chauri Khola. Cross a stream and contour around the head of valley, staying high eventually crossing another ridge to rejoin the upward high trail at Chere. The final descends to Jumla. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and back to Kathmandu.
Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj we head our drive back to Kathmandu (option of flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, takes extra cost). When we reach to our ending point then you will be transferred to your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Final Departure


Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft or local bus or private jeep which ever is necessary
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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