Rara Lake Trek – 17 Days


‘a scenic & cultural walks to Nepal’s largest & beautiful lake Rara’

Highlights of your journey:

  • Adventure into Nepal Far West Himalaya around scenic & beautiful Rara Lake
  • Explore Wild West impressive villages enriched with ancient Malla period villages
  • Amazing landscapes with green hills facing picturesque scenery of pristine country
  • On ancient trail around Malla Thakuri villages of interesting old Nepalese Hindu culture
  • Rara Lake largest & deepest lakes of Nepal surrounded by pristine enchanting woodland
  • Scenic super scenic flight to & from Kathmandu – Jumla with unique mountain views

A little about trip:

Rara Lake trekking, leads you to experience a journey of great fascination walking within ancient trails of Malla kingdom era, where you can find some traces on walks to beautiful Rara Lake. Rara Lake trekking, of moderate and scenic walks with touch of high altitude crossing the highest ridge and pass of Daphe Lagna at above (3691m) high facing wonderful scenery of green country landscapes with snow-clad peaks of Dolpo areas includes views of remote Api and Shaipal peaks.

 

Rara Lake located around Mugu district within Nepal Far Western Himalaya one of the most isolated country untouched by modernization world, where you can walk into its pristine surrounding covered within lovely woodland of firs, pines, spruce, oak tree lines. Where final journey of this moderate adventure leads you in the heart of Nepal’s largest and deepest Rara Lake within enchanting forested areas facing impressive views that lines around this beautiful lake.

 

Starting our journey to Rara Lake trekking, taking a swift flight to land at Nepal Far South West city at Nepalgunj, and then taking a smaller plane to land at high mid hills country of Western Nepal in Jumla, a town and headquarter of Jumla itself where walk begins heading towards nice and lovely farm areas with impressive villages to reach at scenic and magnificent Rara Lake.

 

On walks of ups and downhill encountering many farm villages with ancient Hindu culture dating back to Malla period, as walk reaches into Rara Lake, where journey leads back to Jumla taking a high alternative and scenic route for the flight back to Kathmandu with mesmerizing experience on Rara Lake Trekking.

Suggest Itinerary:

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet) & transfer to hotel
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour & trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 50 minutes air journey.
Day 04: Fly to Jumla 30 minutes air journey
Day 05: Trek to Chauriya Chaur (2980m / 9777ft) 4 hours
Day 06: Trek to Chalachaur (2980m / 9777ft) 5/6 hours
Day 07: Trek to Sinja Valley (2490m / 8167ft) 5 hours
Day 08: Trek to Ghorosingha (3050m / 10007ft) 6 hours
Day 09: Trek to Rara Lake (3010m / 9876ft) 7 hours
Day 10: Rest day at Rara Lake & optional local excursion
Day 11: Trek to Pina (2440m / 8006ft) 5 hours
Day 12: Trek to Bumra (2850m / 9351ft) 5 hours
Day 13: Trek back to Jumla (2347m / 7700ft) 5/6 hours
Day 14: Reserve day just in case flight cancellation
Day 15: Fly to Nepalgunj onto Kathmandu 2 hours air journey & transfer to hotel
Day 16: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing & farewell dinner
Day 17: Transfer to airport for onward destination
Trip concludes

  • Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,350 meters / 4,429 feet) and transfer to hotel

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour and trek preparation

    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath’ and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion as well as provides opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 50 minutes air journey

    On the third day, you will board a spectacular 50 min afternoon to Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj (150m). The journey over the hills and valley is a splendid experience as you arrive in the largest city in the steamy Terai. Nepalgunj lies in the border region of western Nepal and India. Upon your arrival at the airport, a vehicle will be waiting for you to escort you through old villages and countryside to the Hotel. Since the temperature 28 degrees at night, you will sleep in the comforts of air conditions at your hotel room.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 04: Fly to Jumla 30 minutes air journey

    After early breakfast we leave the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal. Situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek to Chauriya Chaur (2980m / 9777ft) 4 hours

    Today is the first day of our trek. We leave Jumla and ascend to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, we pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the nearby villages. We also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching our destination.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek to Chalachaur (2980m / 9777ft) 5/6 hours

    From Chere Chaur we take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580m). We cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail until reaching Jaljala Chaur. From here we ascend on a steep trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Trek to Sinja Valley (2490m / 8167ft) 5 hours

    It is an uphill climb to Sinja Valley. On the way we pass through several villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley holds an important place in the history of Nepal. The valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled this area from the 12th to the 14th century. Palaces, temples, and the ancient remains of a settlement were uncovered during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek to Ghorosingha (3050m / 10007ft) 6 hours

    We leave Sinja on an uphill trail alongside Hima River. 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 Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte khola (stream).
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Trek to Rara Lake (3010m / 9876ft) 7 hours

    We begin our steep ascent after breakfast. Our trail is alongside Chuchhemara Danda from where we get to admire the Himalayan panorama, the vast and tranquil Rara Lake, and the lush vegetation of the Rara National Park. On the way to Rara Lake, we pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the ascent gets a little easier. We continue walking towards Chapri village which houses the Rara National Park Head Quarter.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Rest day at Rara and optional local excursion

    Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast we investigate the azure waters of the massive lake also referred to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. While boating we get to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and discover quite a few varieties of fish. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek to Pina (2440m / 8006ft) 5 hours

    From Rara Lake our trail is easy and we walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal.  From Gamgadhi, we descend on a steep trail to Pina Village where we spend the night.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Trek to Bumra (2850m / 9351ft) 5 hours

    From Pina we descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at (3480m). We continue our descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.
    Overnight at a camp. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Trek back to Jumla (2347m / 7700ft) 5/6 hours

    We cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After walking for a few hours, we get to a hot spring where we can ease our aching body with a dip. Not long after the hot spring, we cross Danphe Lagna pass at (3691m). After reaching Cherechaur, we follow the same trail we took couple of days back and reach Jumla.
    Overnight at a Tea house. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14: Reserve day just in case flight cancellation

    We keep an extra day in case the flight gets canceled due to bad weather condition or delayed due to some reasons.

  • Day 15: Fly to Nepalgunj onto Kathmandu 2 hours air journey and transfer to hotel

    On this day, early in the morning, you’ll fly back to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, you’ll again catch a flight back to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Upon your arrival at International Airport, you’ll get transfer to the respective hotel. In the evening, you can stroll around the nearby famous tourist hub, Thamel.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 16: Time of your own at Kathmandu for relaxing, shopping, sightseeing and farewell dinner

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. We can stroll around the streets in Thamel, a popular Tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. You may also visit popular tourist attractions nearby. Either way, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
    Overnight at a hotel. Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 17: Transfer to airport for onward destination

    It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
    Accommodation: None. Included Meals: Breakfast

    Trip concludes

Equipment List

Correct Clothing & Equipment are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel.


Footwear:
Running Shoes: 1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days. Sandals or flip flops for camp.


Light Hiking Boots:
 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.


Hiking Gaiters (Optional):
 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.


Wool Socks:
 3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.


Liner Socks:
 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.


Clothing: 

Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pair, tops and bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.


Light Trekking Pants:
 Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.


T-Shirts:
 Lightweight crew style T-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.

Woolen or thick cotton long arm shirt – can double as a light jacket when required and also protects arms and neck because of the collar…good to wear in the evenings.

Thin woolen jumper / sweater can be reassuring and comfortable at nights in the lodges.


Bandana:
 Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.


Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket:
 A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.


Insulted Down-Jacket:
 Down jacket need for this depends on the season and where you are going.


Hard Shell Jacket With Hood:
 We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.


Hard Shall Pants:
 Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.


Handwear:

Fleece/Soft Shell Gloves: 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.


Shell Gloves With Insulation:
 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.


Headwear:

Headlamp With Spare Batteries: A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries and bulbs!


Sun Hat:
 The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.


Neck Gaiter Or Buff:
 Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.


Glacier Glasses:
 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.


Personal Equipment:

Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag and liner – a 3 or 4 season bag is recommended, depending on your trek.

 

Backpack: A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000cu.in. max

 

Adjustable 3 Section Trekking/Hiking Poles: Optional

 

Water Treatment Tablets: Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water.


Water Bottles:
 2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.

 

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.

 

Hand/Foot Warmers (Optional): Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

 

Lip Screen: SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.


Traveling:
Large Duffle Bag With Travel Locks & Tags: 1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing. (Suitcases are not suitable).

 

Plastic Bags (5): For lining stuff sacks and pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

Dry bags / waterproof rucksack covers to protect your belongings from rain and dust.

 

Travel Clothes: You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.


Other things you need:

Toiletries:

  • Minimum cosmetics
  • Toothpaste, tooth brush & biodegradable soap – one for every need
  • Towel – (preferable thin & light)
  • Scarf
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / wet tissues
  • Lighter / matches
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Deodorants

 

Pee bottle for men & pee funnel for women (Optional) but very useful.
Funnel For Women (Optional): Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)

 

Others Practical Items:

  • Batteries / chargers
  • Light weight point & shoot camera with extra cards & batteries
  • Waste bag
  • Small folding pocket knife / Swiss knife
  • Small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • Small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
  • Ear Plug

 

Extras Luxuries:

  • Reading, guide book, Trail map, Journal pen & Notebook
  • iPod / Mp3 player (Optional)
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses & /or camps)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
  • Alarm clock / watch
  • Compass or GPS (optional)
  • Modest swim suit for cities & hot spring
  • Bum bag / Rain Poncho (optional)

 

Eateries / Snacks:

  • Favorite snacks
  • Energy bars (chocolates)
  • Glucose tablets
  • Electrolytes or Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS)

 

Important Documents & Items:

  • Valid passport & extra passport photos.
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance.
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy & leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants & hotels, for gratuities, snacks & to purchase your own drinks & gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.

 

FIRST AID:
Personal First Aid Kit (small and simple): Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.


Note:
 These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Please ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


What to take with you in your day pack:

Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:

  • 2 liters of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water)
  • sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat, lip balm, dust mask / scarf / ‘buff’ to help on dusty trails
  • warm fleece or thermal layer & gloves
  • water proof layer
  • head torch
  • hand cleaner
  • your camera
  • any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
  • Critical– take any personal medications you require during the day – you will not see your kit bag until evening.

 

The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you won’t see until camp in the evening. It’s a great idea to use dry bags (ie airtight/waterproof) in your kit bag to store your dry clothes in to keep them DRY in case it rains and one to put your dirty laundry in (to keep from making everything else in your bag smell bad!). These dry bags are readily available in Kathmandu.


What about gear I want to leave in Kathmandu?
Before departure for your trek you might pack your ‘town clothes’ and anything you don’t want on trek with you and ask your hotel (if you come back to the same hotel) or your guide to store it for you. If you want to do this, then consider bringing or buying a simple bag here for this purpose.

Your Price Includes:

  • All transfers & ground transportation as per the itinerary which includes airport pickups & drops in a private vehicle
  • Twin share tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj with breakfast as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu with entrance fees by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Kathmandu round trip domestic airfare as per the itinerary including necessary luggage charge & tax
  • Full board meals with tea, coffee & boiled drinking water during the trek
  • All camping arrangements, such as 2-man tents, dinning, kitchen, shower & toilet tents as well as kitchen equipment, sleeping pad & camping charge etc.
  • Your trekking guide, cook & require supporting staffs
  • Strong supporting porters to carry your luggage & necessary camping gear & foods during the trek
  • Best available tea house accommodation if available while on trek (1 room for 2 trekkers)
  • Cost includes all Nepali staffs’s transport, equipment, insurance, meals, daily salary & accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits & entrance fees
  • All government taxes/vat, official service charges & expenses etc.
  • Travel & emergency rescue arrangements

Your Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu & Nepal entry visa fees
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation & rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral water, soft drinks, bar bills, can items & extra snacks etc).
  • Day & evening meals during stay in Kathmandu (also in the case of earlier return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Any personal gear or equipment that you may need to buy/rent
  • Any extra charge that tea house owner may levy for internet, hot shower, laundry (if these facilities are available) & charging of batteries
  • Entrance & monument fees in the historical site including photography, postage & donation etc.
  • Additional nights, optional trips & sightseeing tours outside the mention itinerary
  • If any emergency rescue service or evacuation cost
  • Tips for your trekking crew, city guide, drivers & hotel restaurants etc. (Tipping is expected)
  • Cost incurred due to changes in program & reservation due to unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, strikes, roadblocks, landslides due to natural climates & politically etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section, but may be incurred due to unforeseen circumstances

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Trip Profile

  • Total Duration: 16 Nights & 17 Days
  • High Altitude Gain: At Daphe Lagna pass( 3691m / 12,109ft)
  • Trip Grade: Moderate with touch of high altitude
  • Mode of Trip : Hotels & tea house/local lodge
  • Journey Start-Ends: Kathmandu, capital of Nepal
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 people require
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Nepalgunj & all meals during the trek
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu/ Nepalgunj & camping on treks
  • Transportation: Comfortable private vehicles & domestic flight
  • Suggested Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

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