7 Days Rara Lake Trek

Rara lake trek takes you to Rara lake that is vastly gorgeous and unspoiled from the traffic of tourists. This off beaten trek takes you to Rara National Park which is one of the finest parks in the world. Rara trek is one of the most fascinating and incredible trek that lies in the remote area of Karnali region.Rara Lake is often given the name 'Queen of Lakes' to justify its beauty.

Rara national park, even though its the smallest national park in Nepal but boasts the largest lake in the country, Rara Lake. Rara lake spreads with an area of 10.8 sq kilometer lying at an altitude of 2990 meters highlighting the exquisite landscape. The route for Rara lake trek is very much off the beaten track and affords the glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal.

Furthermore, there is usually the snow on the ridge surrounding the lake in winter; and in autumn, trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. The park is also the best place to take a glance of wildlife such as Musk Deer, Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, and the rare Red Panda, which are all native. Beside these wild animals, the national park is covered with various blue pines, black juniper, oak, cypress, and rhododendron forests. This forest also shelters more than 200 species of colorful birds.

Every year, thousands of visitors come from the various corner of the world to behold the beauty of this lake. The beautiful view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks and the green hills enhances the beauty of this lake. Rara lake trek starts from Kathmandu and takes you to the remote area of Jumla in remote northwest part of Nepal. During this trek, we will pass through some interesting village of Gorusingha, Jaljala and Sija in this region getting to know some history about them.

Rara lake trek proves to be best for those seeking isolation from the crowded part of the city. You will admire the wilderness and serenity of this region with Swotah Travel and Adventure.
Trip Code: 7DRLT33
Starts: Jumla
Finishes: Jumla
Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 1 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Feb-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 2290m/ 7513.1ft
Trip Views: 803
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget check Confortable Luxury


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Breakfast: 7
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 7
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Hotel: 6 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 1 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2,990m above sea level and has a surface of 10.8 sq.km, a maximum depth of 167m, a length of 5.1km and a width of 2.7km.
  • It is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas.
  • The founder of the Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, Bill Greer has described the Rara Lake as "a shimmering blue jewel set in a ring of snowy peaks".
  • Best seasons are February to May and September to the second week of December.

Why this Trip

  • If you desire to trek on off the beaten trail and yet see splendid views of mountains, lush forests, and lake, this trek is perfect for you. It is a short trek that also takes you to the Rara National Park- famous for bird watching during the peak season from November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : DRIVE KATHMANDU - SURKHET
    Journey starts at the morning from Kathmandu. Kathmandu to Surkhet is 605 kilometers drive. Surkhet is around 13 hours drive from Kathmandu. We will have breakfast and Lunch on the way. Check in at Hotel. Dinner at Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Surkhet
  • placeDAY 2 : DRIVE SURKHET - KALIKOT
    Have breakfast at Hotel and get ready for Kalikot. Surkhet to Kalikot is 150 kilometers drive. Lunch will be on the way. Check in at Hotel. Dinner at Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kalikot
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE KALIKOT - RARA
    We ready for our destination "Rara Lake". We continue our day drive via Sinja and Nagma. You will be travelling at the edge of Karnali River. Upon reaching Rara Lake we check in at Hotel. We will have dinner at Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Rara
  • placeDAY 4 : RARA LAKE EXCURSION
    This is your free day at Rara Lake. You can walk around, enjoy boating, and have pictures and any other interested things you want to do.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : DRIVE RARA - KALIKOT
    starts begin our returning journey. We will follow the same route while returning back as well. We will have our lunch on the way and following the same path will arrive kalikot. Check in at Hotel. We will Dinner at Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kalikot
  • placeDAY 6 : DRIVE KALIKOT – SURKHET
    Same route Kalikot to surkhet. Lunch will be on the way. Checked in at hotel and have a dinner.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Surkhet
  • placeDAY 7 : DRIVE SURKHET – KATHMANDU
    Rara tour end here. We return back Kathmandu via same route lunch will be on the way.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kathmandu
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Transportation by tourist bus
    • Authorized English-speaking guide
    • All applicable government tax
    • All necessary paperwork
    • Medical Kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Map of Rara lake
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim card service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).


FAQS

  • 1. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    During the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible.
  • 2. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 3. Is this a popular trek ?
    Rara Lake Trek is an off beaten track that takes you to Rara National Park which is one of the finest park in the world which is famous for bird watching during the peak season from November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration. It affords glimpse of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal with the splendid view of mountains, lush forests and lakes.
  • 4. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety in remote mountainous lands.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Rara Lake Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Rara Lake Trek is an off beaten trek and mostly we spend our night at Guesthouse. In Guesthouse, you can get pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use tourist bus for transportation purpose.
  • 10. What is the best season to do this trek ?
    Rara Lake can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon and winter seasons. March to June and September to November are the best time to do this trek.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange vehicle for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Rara Lake Trek is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement. So, pack your active wears and trekking pants as per your comforatble. Needless to say the good shoe is very important for trekking in rough terrain. So invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While you are staying at hotel, you can get your electronics charged at hotel. While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the guesthouse owner. The best idea is to bring your own power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    Yes, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide is also provided with a mobile phone. In case of emergency, you can contact him to make a call.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on client’s speed. So it is really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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