Rara Trek - 18 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 18 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 3,700m/12,140ft. Walking Per Day: 4-5 hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-10
Mode: Tea-House, Home-Stay Culture: Thakur Culture, Mixed Culture

With so many magical and memorable trekking experiences in Nepal, it can be hard to know which Himalayan adventure holiday to choose. If what you seek is a blissful escape and a chance to see nature at its most magnificent, then you need to follow the path less traveled to Rara Lake.

Exploring the unspoiled and extreme beauty of nature in the Rara National Park is an experience you will carry with you for the rest of your days. It is the perfect holiday for anyone who wants to walk off the beaten trail, meditate in the Himalayas, or simply immerse themselves in a multitude of nature's greatest achievements.

For those who are short of time, we also have Rara Short Trek.

 

Overview

The natural and cultural journey towards Rara Lake begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj followed by another connecting flight to Simikot. Then we follow off the beaten path through beautiful villages, forested lands, grasslands, riverbanks, several ascends and descends for around ten days of adventure trekking to attain Rara. Accommodation during the trek would be a mixture of camping and homestay that provides us a real feeling of adventure with a chance to urge close with locals. Farming local produce with honey hunting also comes under the local profession living in these areas. Most of the local inhabitants are belong from poor underprivileged backward society unknown to modernization and complicated technologies. Their life isn't simple but simplicity is found in them. Therefore, travelers visiting this beautiful place also will play a significant role in uplifting their lifestyles. Tourism creates jobs. Also, Tourism is the main source of income and best thanks to supporting the local economy.

In this way, the magnificence of exploring rural areas around Rara Lake is continued for a number of more days towards Chauta, Nauri Ghat, and Jumla before catching a flight to Nepalgunj or we fly directly from Talcha to Nepalgunj. Finally after getting back to the capital city of Kathmandu concludes our naturally beautiful and culturally rich Rara Lake Trek.

Rara Lake and Rara National Park

Trekking around majestic Rara Lake is like watching a stunning piece of art. As a painter dissolves several colors and creates magic on his canvas; within a similar passion, nature has blended its colors and created a heavenly site offering an exclusive opportunity for visitors to witness amazing fantastic things about nature. While we rehearse lush green forests, invest our energy to urge on top of the valley, across pasture lands, and culturally rich villages; the authentic lifestyle of local inhabitants is experienced personally with utmost simplicity. Rara Lake itself is that the main highlight of this trip, which is the largest lake of Nepal in the smallest but diversified Rara park.  Believed to be the most beautiful park, it's covered with coniferous forest which is that the home to numerous floras and faunas.  Rare habitats like snow trout fish are merely found here at crystal clear water of Rara Lake. Whereas the park is additionally a great spot for bird watching and spotting other species like Danfe, cervid, etc. Kanjirowa Himal is reflected on Rara Lake on a transparent day creating the right panoramic picture that enchants every visitor of course.

Physical Fitness and Best Season

Rara Lake Trek isn't a high altitude trekking; therefore hypoxia shouldn't be a controversy. However, you need to be physically fit and will be able to take up challenges out in front of you while walking on the agricultural off the beaten trails. If you visit during spring months of March, April, and will, you may be endowed blossoming rhododendron trees. and through autumn season, weather is okay with crystal clear magnificent landscape and neighboring Himalayan views. So, if its Rara Lake Trek then makes it happen with Nepal Mountain Trekkers!


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Kathmandu

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland

      » Group Photo

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Evening Walk at Thamel
       

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Kathmandu Durbar Square

      » Boudhanath

      » Pashupatinath

    • Highlights :

      » Sightseeing at Kathmandu

      » UNESCO World Heritage Sites

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu – Nepalgunj(150m/490ft)
    • Duration :1hr Flight
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Domestic Airport (Kathmandu – Nepalgunj)

      » Nepalgunj

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Flight

      » Marvellous View of Mountain Ranges from Plane

      » Lowland

      » Cultivation Fields

      » Unique Lifestyle and Culture

      » Unity in Diversity

     

  • Day 4 Nepalgunj – Jumla(2,370m/7,775ft)
    • Duration :45Mins Flight
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Domestic Airport (Nepalgunj – Jumla)

      » Jumla

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Flight

      » Marvellous View of Mountain Ranges from the Plane

      » Rural Settlement

      » Virgin Route

      » Unique Lifestyle and Culture of Different Ethnic Group

      » Kalimarshi Rice – High Altitude Rice Fields

      » Temples

      » Gateway to Karnali Region

      » Introduction with Caravan Team

      » Brahmins and Kshetris

     

  • Day 5 Jumla – Chauriyachaur(3,010m/9,875ft)
    • Duration :5-6hr Walk(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :640m/2,100ft
    • Location :

      » Jumla

      » Khalanga Bazaar

      » Ghughuti

      » Sinemul

      » Chauriyachaur

    • Highlights :

      » Rara National Special Permit Start Point

      » Jugad River Bank

      » Bare Green Fields

      » Rhododendron Flowers

      » Sheep and Domestic Goats

      » Bushes

      » Jaw-Dropping Scenery

      » Ancient Monasteries

      » Amazing Landscapes

      » Small Settlements with Brahmins and Kshetris

     

  • Day 6 Chauriyachaur – Jaljala Chaur(3,270m/10,728ft) via Jaljala Pass(3,700m/12,140ft)
    • Duration :6-7hr Walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :690m/2,264ft
    • Descend :430m/1,410ft
    • Location :

      » Chauriyachaur

      » Dhimchaur

      » Bhadali

      » Jaljala Pass

      » Jaljala Chaur

    • Highlights :

      » Bare Fields

      » Wetlands

      » Green Meadows

      » Jaljala Pass

      » Blissful Nature

      » Amazing Landscape

      » Jaljala Lake

      » Wildlife

      » Herbs and Vegetations  

     

  • Day 7 Jaljala Chaur – Sinja Valley(2,490m/8,170ft)
    • Duration :5-6hr Walk(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :130m/426ft
    • Descend :910m/2,985ft
    • Location :

      » Jaljala Chaur

      » Syaule

      » Garja

      » Musedani

      » Dhobighat

      » Hatsinja

    • Highlights :

      » Dense Forests

      » Sinja Valley – the Ancient Capital City of Khasa Kingdom which ruled this region from 12th to 14th Century

      » Small Rural Settlements with Brahmins and Kshetris

      » Place of Nepalese Language Origin

      » Bare Fields

      » Barley and Wheat Fields

      » Herbs and Medicines including Brown Rice

      » Temples

      » Unique Lifestyle and Culture

      » Blissful Nature

      » Various Festivals

      » Wooden Carvings – Art of Life Created after Death in Memory of that Person 

     

  • Day 8 Sinja Valley – Gorusingha(3,600m/11,811ft)
    • Duration :5-6hr Walk(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :1,110m/3,642ft
    • Location :

      » Hatsinja

      » Agaon

      » Bota

      » Rotgaon

      » Gorusingha

    • Highlights :

      » Religious Temples

      » Uphill Trail along Hima River Bank

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Bushes Walk

      » Blissful Nature

      » Small Settlements

      » Wildlife and Birds including Danphe/Lhophophorus – the National Bird of Nepal

      » Herbs and Vegetations including Shilajit and so many Medicinal Herbs

      » Wooden Carvings – Art of Life Created after Death in Memory of that Person

     

  • Day 9 Gorusingha – Rara Lake(3,100m/10,170ft)
    • Duration :6-7hr Walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :185m/607ft
    • Descend :685m/2,247ft
    • Location :

      » Gorusingha

      » Chuchamare Danda

      » Murma

      » Chhapri

      » Rara

    • Highlights :

      » Steep Ascent

      » Rural Settlements

      » Pine and Rhododendron Forests

      » Chuchamare Danda

      » Panoramic View of Himalayan Ranges

      » Rara Lake – Nepal’s Biggest Lake

      » Lush Vegetation

      » Rara National Park

      » Mesmerizing Sunset View

      » Machan – a platform erected in a tree

      » Wooden Carvings – Art of Life Created after Death in Memory of that Person

      » Rest and Relax   

     

  • Day 10 Rara Lake Exploration Day
    • Duration :Whole Day
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :620m/2,034ft
    • Descend :620m/2,034ft
    • Location :

      » Rara

      » Murma Top

      » Rara

    • Highlights :

      » Astonishing Sunrise View from Murma Top – Heaven on Earth

      » Blissful Nature

      » Jaw-Dropping Scenery of colour-changing Water of Lake(four times a day)

      » Snow Trout Fish – Sublime Fish on the Azure Water of Rara Lake

      » Honey Bees

      » Flowers

      » Pine and Rhododendron Forests

      » Great Himalaya Trail

      » Panoramic View of Himalaya

      » Greeneries

      » Peaceful and Quiet

      » Boating

      » Achievement of a Lifetime

      » Picturesque Views

      » Paradise like Sunset View

      » Rest and Relax

      » Best Destination for Meditation

     

  • Day 11 Rara Lake – Pina(2,450m/8,038ft)
    • Duration :6-7hr Walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Descend :650m/2,132ft
    • Location :

      » Rara Lake

      » Karki Bada

      » Gamgadhi

      » Shri Nagar

      » Kala Potal

      » Pina

    • Highlights :

      » Moderate Walk

      » Gamgadi – Headquarter of Mugu District

      » Small Settlements

      » Prayer Flags

      » Wildlife and Vegetations

      » Cultivate Fields

      » Blissful Nature

      » Terraced Fields

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Traditional Houses

     

  • Day 12 Pina – Bumra(2,850m/9,350ft) via Ghurchi Lagna Pass(3,446m/11,305)
    • Duration :5-6hr Walk(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :990m/3,250ft
    • Descend :590m/1,935ft
    • Location :

      » Pina

      » Ghurchi Lagna Pass

      » Bulbule

      » Chautha

      » Bharbhare

      » Kopra Odar

      » Bumra

    • Highlights :

      » Breathtaking View from Ghurchi Lagna Pass

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Wildlife including Danphe(National Bird of Nepal)

      » Herbs and Vegetation

      » The core area of Rara National Park

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Ups and Downs

      » Kopra Odar –amazing Cave

      » Terraced Fields

      » Prayer Flags

      » Rara National Park Special Permit Exit Point

     

  • Day 13 Bumra – Patmara(2,910m/9,547ft) via Khali Lagna Pass(3,642m/11,950ft)
    • Duration :7-8hr Walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Home-Stay
    • Ascend :792m/2,600ft
    • Descend :732m/2,401ft
    • Location :

      » Bumra

      » Bhiunala

      » Himdhuski

      » Tharmari

      » Daphe Lagna Camp

      » Khali Lagna Pass

      » Patmara

    • Highlights :

      » Suspension Bridge

      » Cross a River with Azure Water

      » Rhododendron Forest

      » Steep Ascent

      » Small Settlements bounded by Jungles

      » Yak and Sheep Shelters

      » Wooden Carving

      » Green Wide Bare Meadows

      » Eagles and other Birds

      » Moderate Descent

      » Underdeveloped Kshetri Village

      » Art of Life

      » Unique Lifestyle and Culture

      » Traditional and Typical Way of Living

     

  • Day 14 Patmara – Jumla(2,370m/7,775ft)
    • Duration :6hr Walk(12Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :540m/1,771ft
    • Location :

      » Patmara

      » Urthu

      » Jumla

    • Highlights :

      » Noticeable Difference in Cultivate Fields within just 10m Distance

      » Wooden Bridges

      » Dense Population

      » Rural Civilization

      » Downtown Area

      » Kalimarshi Rice    

     

  • Day 15 Jumla – Nepalgunj
    • Duration :45Mins Flight
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Domestic Airport (Jumla – Nepalgunj)

      » Nepalgunj

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Flight

      » Marvelous View of Mountain Ranges from the Plane

     

  • Day 16 Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
    • Duration :1hr Flight
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Domestic Airport(Nepalgunj –Kathmandu)

      » Kathmandu

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Flight

      » Marvelous View of Mountain Ranges from Plane

     

  • Day 17 Explore Kathmandu
    • Accommodation :Hotel(3 Star Standard)
    • Highlights :

      » Shopping

      » Relaxing

      » Farewell Dinner in the Evening  

     

  • Day 18 Final Departure
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

    • Highlights :

      » Souvenir Shopping

      » Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey

      » Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop (International and Domestic)
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • 2 nights Hotel in Nepalgunj
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Tent-camping during the trek
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Talcha- Nepalgunj - Kathmandu)
  • All required land transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • TIMS Card, National Parks, and Special Rara National Park Permit (Mugu)
  • Rescue arrangement service
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% tax and 10% service charge
  • Farewell dinner
  • Airport pick up and drop (International and Domestic)
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • 2 nights Hotel in Nepalgunj
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Tent-camping during the trek
  • Breakfasts during the trek (BNB)
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Talcha- Nepalgunj - Kathmandu)
  • All required land transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • TIMS Card, National Parks, and Special Rara National Park Permit (Mugu)
  • Rescue arrangement service
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% tax and 10% service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare and excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance cost
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare and excess baggage charges
  • Lunches and Dinners during the trek (except during tent camping)
  • Travel and rescue insurance cost
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 18 days Rara Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

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