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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Rara Lake Trek

Trip code RLT-19
Package name Rara Lake Trek
Duration 15 Days
Max. elevation 4260 Meter
Transportation Private vehicle and Flight mentioned as your itinerary
Accomodation Three-star hotels in Kathmandu; and teahouse lodges during the trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jumla-Charya Chau-Unnamed Pass-Sinja Khola-Ghorasain-Rara Lake-Pina-Chauta-Tharamara-Jumla-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,986 per person



Rara Lake Trek is a marvelous walk that leads to Nepal Far North West around a peaceful and serene country. One of the most scenic adventures within the Himalaya region, its tranquil surroundings is the charm of Rara Lake Trek. Rara Lake the largest and deepest lake of Nepal, is located on a beautiful spot encircled by rolling green hills. Facing views of snow-capped peaks amidst a lovely forest, this scenic area falls within Rara National Park covers 106 sq. km. That extends from the district of Jumla to Mugu, an isolated and remote corner of Himalaya.

Where fewer foreigners seldom venture, but gaining much popularity among domestic travelers. Less visited by the main flow of trekkers makes this adventure Rara Lake quite special and unique, walking into a pristine environment. Rara Lake covers 10.8 sq. km within the smallest park of Nepal at an altitude of 2,990 m high. Surrounded by beautiful woodland lined with blue pine, black juniper, oak with Himalayan cypress, which makes excellent habitat for wildlife. Rara Lake and its scenic surrounding are covered mainly with coniferous forest, higher up spruce gives away to fir and birch trees.

Journey to Rara Lake which is about 371 km, air distance from the capital Kathmandu, where exciting flight involves both ways. The other option is taking a long overland ride of more than 8 hours to Nepalgunj city. Where one needs to transfer on a local jeep or similar vehicles to reach around Rara Lake, then start the walk. Rara Lake Trek can be done in various ways taking shorter or longer routes of a week more. Depending upon one interest and time available, a week-long trek begins from the Jumla, taking a flight from Nepalgunj. A city in Far South West Nepal, where one can reach by drive or taking a scenic flight from Kathmandu.

On reaching Jumla town airport, where walk leads you north over green hills of Jaljala pass at 3, 585 m high. Rewards with a magnificent panorama of Jumla and Mugu country beautiful landscapes with views of high snow-capped peaks. Then walk to the old ruin historical kingdom of Malla times at Sinja, following the stream to reach Ghorasinga. Located just on the border of Rara National Park, a walk leads towards the main highlight of the journey. Finally reach Rara Lakeshore, where you can spend overnights in a local lodge with rooms facing grand scenery.

A great marvelous spot to spend an extra day exploring around this beautiful countryside, adorned with awesome mountain views. On rest day hike to Murma Hill-top at 3, 780 m high offers dramatic views of Rara Lake. Overlooking grand lovely surroundings of green hills with snow-clad peaks, and then head back to the end of walks. Take an alternative route to Talcha, a small farm town with an airstrip, where a scenic flight brings you to Kathmandu. An enjoyable Rara Lake Trek of 15 days, with an exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great heritage interest. 

Best Time for Rara Lake Trekking:
Beautiful and very scenic Rara Lake trekking, best in the springtime of March to May and during autumn or fall season from September to November months.

Spring lovely and much prettier with long sunny days, the afternoon can be much colder and in night time till next morning. A lively time when wildflowers are in blossom makes the walk more enjoyable with clear views of the amazing scenery that surrounds the Rara Lake areas.

The next best season of autumn is from September to November, where days are crystal clear for views and as well for pleasant walks. However, much cold in the late afternoon nights till morning time. Can expect snowfall sometimes during the walk to Rara Lake. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu Valley (1300m):

You will be picked up by our representatives at Tribhuwan International Airport after you’ve landed in Kathmandu valley. You will then be transferred to a hotel where you can refresh yourself. Our guide will greet and brief you on the culture, and regarding your trek.

Day 2 : Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley and Flight to Nepalgunj:

After your breakfast, our guide will take you on a short tour of the popular destinations in Kathmandu. The holy land of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath, the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), and Bouddhanath (Little Tibet) can be visited in a short duration. You will get back to the hotel and pack your gears for your trek. Through a short afternoon flight, you will reach Nepalgunj for an overnight stay.

Day 3 : Flight to Jumla and Trek to Charya Chaur (2800m):

After your breakfast, you will head for a short scenic flight to Jumla. The airport of Jumla rests on a large hill and you will pass through amazing scenery. Our trekking staff will pick you and trek you through farm villages reaching Charya Chaur for your first overnight camping.

Day 4 : Trek to Unnamed Pass (3500m):

After the wonderful overnight camping, you will trek uphill walking into a forest of rhododendron, birch, and pine. A short hike through the forests leads to a small pass called Jaljala Bhanjyang. The pass offers wonderful views of Kanjiroba Himal. The trek continues downhill and reaches a large grassy field. The field appears out of nowhere and so derives its name. You will stay overnight in this summer pasture.

Day 5 : Trek to Sinja Khola (2440m) to Botan (2680m):

Morning trek will descend to Sinja Khola. You will follow the Jaljala stream into a dense forest of pine. The forest leads to Sinja village through the terraced farms. The village was an old kingdom many years ago and you can find ancient rundowns, ruins, monuments, and old sculptures covered with thick moss and weeds. Walking upstream from Sinja village leads to Ganji. You will rest for a while and pass through the gorge to camp overnight at Botan village.

Day 6 : Trek to Ghorasain (3190m):

After a steady walk for a few hours, you will reach Ghorsain near the entrance of the Rara National Park. The trek passes through Ghatte Khola, wonderful farmlands, and primitive water mills. You will shortly reach your destination in Ghorassain and can relax or take a leisure walk around the place.

Day 7 : Trek to Rara Lake (2980m):

You will walk into the tranquil area heading uphill to Chuchemara Danda (4260m) with amazing views of landscapes, and snow-capped mountains. Next, you will descend through the dense forest of bamboo and birch trees. Crossing Khatyar Khola reaches the largest lake of Nepal, the Rara Lake. There are few good lodges and guest houses built for the visitors.

Day 8 : Rest and excursion around the lake:

You will explore the wonderful lake today. There is a wooden tower with the best view of Rara Lake, surrounding green hills, and snow-capped peaks. The area around the lake is amazing for excursions and rest.

Day 9 : Trek to Pina (2580m) via Jhyari [5 hours]:

You will head towards the starting point Jumla enjoying the amazing vistas and wonderful scenery on the way. The trek begins with a climb to a ridge at Jhyari. Next, you will follow Jhyari Bira Khola downstream. Passing Dhauligar Khola Valley, you will reach Pina for an overnight stay. Pina is a small farm village with lodges, tea shops, and moderate houses.

Day 10 : Trek to Chauta (2770m) [6 hours]:

Morning trek into the serene woodland reaches Ghurchi Lagana Pass. The pass offers a wondrous vista of mountains and Buddhist prayer flags. Descending across a grassy meadow and a steep trail into a narrow valley of Chauta for overnight stay.

Day 11 : Trek to Tharamara (3270m) [6 hours]:

You will trek following the Sinja Khola to Burma village past the overhanging rock at Kamra, a source of the important herbal mineral, Silaji. Descending Sinja Khola and walking past Nyawre village, and a short climb reaches Tharamara ridge.

Day 12 : Trek back to Jumla:

You will trek downhill reaching a green valley of rhododendron, oaks, pines forest. Leaving the forested area back into fertile farmland with well-tended terraces. Following the trail, you will cross several small villages reaching Jumla.

Day 13 : Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj:

You will catch a flight to Nepalgunj after your morning breakfast and grab another flight to Kathmandu on the same day. The short flight takes you through amazing landscapes making it an amazing flight.

Day 14 : Rest and Sightseeing:

A day is reserved for the unforeseen situations of flight delay or cancellations at Jumla. If you arrive early in Kathmandu you can relax, go sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley, or shop for souvenirs.

Day 15 : International Departure:

The amazing journey of Rara Trek has come to an end. You will be dropped at the airport several hours before your flight. You will have a lot of time to recall the wonderful journey you’ve lived here in Nepal. With the grand farewell of our team, you will board the flight willing to come back for another wonderful adventure in Nepal.


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