Rara Lake Trek - 14 Days

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Rara Lake Trek - 14 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1142
  • Duration:
    14 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Western Nepal
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    3,050 m

Highlight

  • Visit the National Parks of Bardiya and Rara. 
  • Visit Shinja Valley, a significant place in Nepal’s history.
  • Trek through the forests of rhododendron, pine and juniper.
  • Explore Rara Lake.
  • Views of distant peaks of Dolpo, Api, Nampa and Saipal.
  • Experience authentic culture and lifestyle of Jumla and Mugu district.

Overview

Rara Lake, known as Mahendra Daha in Nepal, is the largest and deepest lake in the country.  It is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal, protected inside the Rara National Park in the districts of Jumla and Mugu. This alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake sits at an elevation of 2,990 meters above sea level. The limpid water of the lake mirrors the azure skies above, reflecting the mountains of Himalayan range, and verdant forests of pine, juniper, and spruce that encircle this picturesque setting. Rara Lake is also a critical habitat for several migratory bird species. Adding to the ever present beauty of Rara, the rhododendron blossoms adorn the hills in spring, painting the landscape with hues of red, pink and white. Summer brings lush greenery, while autumn offers a kaleidoscope of colors as the foliage transitions to gold and crimson.

Trekking to Rara Lake is an adventure in itself that takes you through the remote and unscathed terrains of Nepal.  Rara Lake remains relatively undiscovered by widespread tourism, making it a gem of a trail for those who yearn for solace amidst the secluded wilderness. Beyond its natural beauty, Rara Lake holds great importance and cultural significance to the indigenous Thakuri and Magar communities who call this remote region their home. The journey to Rara Lake greets you not only by breathtaking vistas but also by the warm hospitality of the local people.

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
N/A
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 1 hour flight and 2 hours Drive
Max Altitude : 150 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • We take an early flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
  • Drive from Nepalgunj to Bardiya National Park, home to Asian Elephants, One-Horned Rhinoceros and most notably the Royal Bengal Tiger.
  • Explore Bardiya National Park and visit the Karnali Bridge which is the first and only cable-stayed bridge in Nepal.
  • Return to Nepalgunj for overnight stay.

Time : 45 mins
Max Altitude : 2,540 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Morning flight to the mountainous village of Jumla from Nepalgunj. 
  • Taste the famous apples of Jumla. You can also try freshly made apple juice, pies and even locally produced apple brandy.
  • Explore Jumla bazar and interact with locals. 
  • Enjoy a leisurely evening in Jumla, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and majestic surroundings before you retire for the night.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,055 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We depart from Jumla and begin ascending along the Jugad Khola 
  • The trail takes us through Khalanga Bazar, a small market area serving the nearby villages
  • Continue to trek past a couple more small settlements till we make our way to Chere Chaur for our first night on the trek.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,980 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • From Chere Chaur, we take the western trail and begin a gradual ascent towards Jaljala La at 3,585 meters.
  • After crossing the Jaljala pass, continue trekking along a relatively straight and flat trail section. This trail will bring you to the area of Jaljala Chaur.
  • From Jaljala Chaur, ascend steeply uphill and arrive at our night's destination - Chalachaur.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,405 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Prepare for an uphill climb today as we make our way towards the Sinja Valley. Today’s trail passes through several small villages, temples and streams along the way.
  • Sinja Valley holds great historical significance as the ancient capital of the Khasa Kingdom from the 12th -14th century. During excavations led by Cambridge University, the remains of palaces, temples and settlements from that era were uncovered here.
  • After 5-6 hours of uphill trekking through villages and alongside the stream, we'll arrive in Sinja Valley.
  • Spend the night in this historic valley, surrounded by archaeological vestiges of Khasa Kingdom.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,050 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Fuel up with an early breakfast before departing Sinja and begin trekking uphill alongside the Hima River.
  • After leaving the village, the trail becomes steep for a stretch as we gain elevation.
  • The uphill section is followed by a relatively easier and more gradual trail leading us to Laha Village.
  • Continue trekking steeply uphill alongside the stream until we reach our night's stop of Ghorosingha after a 600 meters ascent.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,990 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin with a steep ascent from Ghorosingha after breakfast, following the Chuchhemara Danda ridge.
  • As you gain elevation on this ridge, take out your cameras and capture the panoramic Himalayan view as well as the azure lake of Rara below.
  • Pass through the villages of Murma and Chhapri on the way to Rara Lake. Chapri houses the headquarters for Rara National Park.
  • From Chapri, it's a final push to reach the shores of the stunning Rara Lake itself.
  • Rest overnight at the lakeside.

Time : Exploration Day
Max Altitude : 2,990 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • After breakfast, head out to discover the largest lake of Nepal, ringed by dense green forests, Rara offers otherworldly views.
  • Hike to Murma Top (3,692m) for mesmerizing elevated views of the lake. Observe the ever changing hues of the lake's surface in accordance to time of the day.
  • Enjoy a boating session in Rara Lake. 
  • Spend plenty of time capturing postcard-worthy photos of this breathtaking alpine scenery.
  • Return to your teahouse by evening after this fulfilling day experiencing the beauty of Rara Lake.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,440 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Depart from the scenic Rara Lake and begin trekking on an easy, relatively straight trail path towards the village of Gamgadhi.
  • Gamgadhi serves as the headquarters for the remote Mugu District of western Nepal. After passing through Gamgadhi, the trail becomes steeper as we begin descending.
  • Pina Village will be our overnight stop after leaving the Rara region behind.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,850 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We leave Pina behind and begin descending along the trail towards the Ghurchi Lagna Pass at an elevation of 3,445m.
  • Today’s trail has multiple ascents and descents, so be prepared for a strenuous day of trek. 
  • Continue the descent across multiple settlements and small villages till we reach the village of Bumra also known by the name of Nauri Ghat.
  • This village marks the end point of the day's 5-6 hour trek from Pina.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,540 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Rise early in Bumra village to begin the final day of our epic Rara Lake trek.
  • Cross two swaying suspension bridges over the Hima River below. Then, after a few hours of descent we will come across a natural hot spring oasis.
  • Take some time off in the hot springs. 
  • From here, we make our way down to the village of Chere Chaur, tucked amid the folds of the mountains.
  • Now from Chere Chaur we retrace our steps along the familiar trail we hiked days earlier.

Time : 45 mins Flight to Nepalgunj and 1 hours Flight to Ktm
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast, and Lunch
  • After a light breakfast in Jumla, we’ll be boarding the first available flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj.
  • Connect onwards with another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arriving in Kathmandu, check-in and freshen up.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
N/A
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Jumla and Mugu districts has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 14-day trek to Rara Lake. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home. 

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
15.86 °C
Feels Like
15.93 °C
Humidity
93%
Cloud
few clouds

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 10-night trek in the Rara Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Jumla.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Rara National Park and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals only
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Rara Lake trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek to Rara Lake are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 4°C (39°F) to -12°C (10.4°F) during March and early June to 8°C (46.4°F) average during the peak seasons of September and November.
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -20°C (-4°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Rara National Park Permit - Nepalese - NPR 100, SAARC - NPR 1500, Foreigners - NPR 3500

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

Rara Trek Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 12 Days 
  • 2 Nights at Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Jumla airport with an altitude exceeding 2,500m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent to Rara Lake is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 400-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

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Equipments

For the Rara Lake trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to -10°C. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the mountainous region.

Route Map

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Rara Lake Trek is a trekking activity done in Jumla and Mugu District of Nepal which takes place within the perimeter of Rara National Park. The main objective of this trek is to explore Rara lake and Rara National Park.

The most common way to reach Rara Lake is by flying to Jumla Airport from Kathmandu and then trekking through the Jumla District. The trek typically takes around 9 days, passing through Jumla Bazaar and other picturesque villages.

The best time to trek to Rara Lake is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: Rara National Park Permit. Additionally, if you are flying to Jumla, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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