Rara Lake, often given the name 'queen of lakes' to justify its beauty is one of the most fascinating lakes in Nepal. Rara Lake trek is an incredible trek that takes you to the remote area of Karnali. Rara lake is vastly gorgeous and unspoiled from the traffic of tourists. This off the beaten trek takes you to Rara national park which is one of the finest parks in the world. Even though it is the smallest national park in Nepal but boasts the largest lake in the country Rara Lake with a 10.8 square kilometres area and at 2990 meters height and exquisite landscape different from the rest of Nepal.
Rara lake trek route is very much off the beaten track and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. 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. The parks are also the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native.
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2290 m/ 7513.1ft
Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2990m above the sea level and has a water surface of 10.8 sq.km, a maximum depth of 167m, 5.1km long and 2.7km wide.
It is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas.
Watching different varieties of birds during the trail. 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 yet see splendid views of mountains, lush forests, and Lake, Rara lake trek is perfect for you. It is a short trek also takes you to the Rara national park in which is vastly famous for bird watching during the peak season from November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.
•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.
As soon as the airplane lands, you’ll sense the beginning of the adventure. Our representative will be at the airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. Savour the taste of hustle and bustle in Kathmandu, where everyone would seem busy but never too busy to greet you with a smile. At the evening, we will brief about the itinerary and permit and later we will go for a nice dinner.
Soon after breakfast, we move on to sightseeing areas to see the cultural beauty of Kathmandu. Although Kathmandu sightseeing requires more than just 1 day to observe all historic and important places, we only visit a few of them today because we have to take a flight to Nepalgunj in the afternoon. We take domestic flight for Nepalgunj. It takes almost an hour to reach there. Nepalgunj lies in western part of Nepal. It’s the town near the Nepal-India border with a very hot and humid climate. Overnight at Nepalgunj.
After breakfast, we leave the Nepalgunj and move ahead towards the Jumla by domestic flight. Jumla is the largest upland town in the Karnali district. In Jumla we meet our crew who leads us for the Rara Lake trek. Without wasting time we will trek to Cherechaur. It takes around 3.5 to 4 hours to reach our first-day trek. Overnight at Cherechaur.
After the first day of the trek at the Cherechaur, we get going towards the Chalachaur. The trail passes through Jaljala and meanders around birch, pine forests and grassy pass. After walking for a couple of hours we will reach the Chalachaur. Overnight at Chalachaur.
On the 5th day, we cross the villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola. We move towards the Sinja valley. Sinja valley is the historical place and was once the ancient capital of the Malla kings. There are stones lying along the trail that foretell the history of Malla dynasty. En route, the trail passes the 300-year-old Kanaksundari temple. overnight at Sinja valley.
We leave the historical place of Sinja valley and move towards to Ghorosingha. From the village, we climb on a steep trail for a while followed by a relatively easy trail until Laha Village. From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingh alongside Ghattekhola. Overnight in Ghorasingha.
we begin our trek towards Rara Lake in this day by walking away from the Ghorosingha and ascending the Ghurchi mara ridge for one and a half hours. The trail is not as strenuous as it looks. we get to experience an excellent panorama to the north and wonderful beauty. As we walk we can see the Rara lake in the northeast after some hours. On the way, we pass through Khatyar Khola camp and few villages. Then we move towards the Chapri village which is the headquarter of the Rara national park. Overnight at the Rara Lake.
Today is the day we trekked all these days for. Rara is vastly beautiful and all the hard work are paid off upon reaching the Rara lake. Rara area was designated a national park in 1975 and it takes about 8 hours to walk around the lake. We take a boat and enjoy the lake and surroundings. Overnight at the Rara Lake.
From Rara lake it is only 8 kilometre to reach the pine. It is a short and Pleasent trek with fine views to the North. We walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi. Gamagadhi is the headquarter of the Mugu district. Overnight at the Pine village.
After having breakfast in the Pine village we descent along the trail and cross a few villages and Ghurchi Lagna. After passing this we will reach towards our today's destination at Bumara. Overnight at Bumra.
Today is the final day of our trek, We start trekking towards the Jumla. On the way, we cross two bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After crossing these bridges we cross Danpha Lagna.Finally, we reach Jumla and leave the walking part here and continue the further trip either on vehicle or flights.
Early morning, we take flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj and say goodbye to Jumla from this trek. After reaching Nepalgunj we again take a flight for the Kathmandu on the same day it takes a couple of hours to reach Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu.
The day for your departure finally comes and therefore we will do as much as we can to make this day worth to be cherished. We will have a short coffee break and share the bittersweet memories of the tour and if time allows we can even have a friendly lunch together. Soon after that, you will be transferred to the airport where we will be giving you a farewell in our traditional style.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We use private transportation for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and fly to Nepalgunj and Jumla. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travelers.
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.
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.
We contact the hotel owner for reservation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Whereas we contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.