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Located in the remote western region of Nepal, Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal and the most beautiful and pristine. Rara Lake Basic Homestay trek offers an exploration of Rara Lake as well as opportunity to get homestay experience with local families.
Rara Lake sits at an altitude of 2990m in Jumla district. The serenity and aloofness of this lake is what attracts very few trekkers and tourists every year. The lake is home to many resident and migratory birds including Yellow-throated martin, black-necked grebe, Himalayan monal etc. Boating, walking, bird watching, horse riding are some of the major activities around the lake. Enjoy spectacular views of Api Himal (7132m), Patasi Himal (6860m) and Jagdula Himal (5785m) from here.
Jumla is especially known for Deuja dance and Dohori songs and is the cradle of Nepali khas language. The khas people here follow a very traditional way of life, mostly engaged in agriculture and cattle farming. During your trek you will have the chance to stay in homestay facilities and experience what it is to live like local people.
To visit Rara Lake, you will have to trek through Rara National Park, Nepal’s smallest national park. The park is covered with a variety of vegetation from pine, juniper, firs, birches to spruce, rhododendron, and oak trees. The forest is a prime habitat for Musk deer, red pandas, ghorals, rhesus monkeys, Himalayan bears, otter etc. On your return, you will enjoy a thrilling mountain flight to Kathmandu.
● Trek to Rara Lake, Nepal’s most beautiful and pristine lake
● Trek through Rara National Park and view wild animals in their habitat
● Stay in homestay facility with local family and learn about Nepali traditional lifestyle
● Catch spectacular views of Api Himal, Patasi Himla and Jagdula Himal
● Cross Jaljala passes at 3550m.
● Learn about the history of Khas people and Nepali khas language in Sinja Valley
● Enjoy scenic mountain flights
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Three Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● one night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Nepalgunj on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jumla and Talcha Airport to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu domestic flight tickets.
● All Ground Transportation
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For ‘Basic Homestay’ trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. This group size is perfect for us to perform our best without compromising with our service quality. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.
For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.
The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on a Bed & Breakfast basis in deluxe – star hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. During the trekking trail, you will enjoy simple homestays operated by local family or community which offers you a rare and unique experience of staying with local family as one of the members. These kinds of accommodations are available in remote trekking trails where locals turn their house into a homestay with simple decoration and then offer lodging to trekkers. Through homestay facilities, locals are able to earn some decent money directly thus helping the local economy.
For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe hotel’ in the city and ‘Basic Homestays’’ during the trekking trail. City accommodation will be arranged in Double/ Twin Sharing basis in Deluxe hotel on bed & breakfast plan and the ‘Homestay’ features village houses with simple bedding in a very rural traditional set up which are often chosen based on bed availability and trekking itinerary. The ‘Hotels and Homestays’ have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms in the city are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. Please let us know beforehand if you exchange double/twin sharing beds for single beds we do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Here the ‘Homestays’ and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic meals such as Nepali Dal Bhat, Dhido, Champa etc along with tea and coffee.
For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) basic local meal and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.
Our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Following breakfast, drive to Kathmandu domestic airport to catch a morning flight to Nepalgunj in southwestern region. The flight takes approximately 1 hr. Stay overnight in a hotel
Again catch an early morning flight to Jumla which lasts about 20-25 minutes. After arriving in Jumla, you will start trekking presently. The trail is easy and follows Jagad khola, and winds through a few houses before reaching Khalanga bazaar. From here it is another 45 minutes walk to Chere Chaur. Stay overnight in homestay with a local family.
Have a warm breakfast and get back on the trail. On the path towards Jaljala pass the route climbs almost 600m. At 3550m, Jaljala pass affords beautiful views across the Rara valley. Pass a large meadow ahead and then drop at Chalachaur. Stay overnight in homestay with a local family.
Today you will enter Sinja valley by following the east bank of Jajala Khola. En route enjoy scenic views of terraced fields, forests of pine and birch and villages. Jumla region is famous for Marsi Chamal or red rice. Sinja valley still hosts many remnants of medieval palaces which are a relic of past kingdoms. Stay overnight in homestay with a local family.
Further from Sinja, the trail follows the Hima and Ghatte Khola. You will continue to ascend all the way to Ghorosingha via Laha village. Stay overnight in homestay with a local family.
Prepare yourself for the much awaited moment of trekking. Leave Ghorosingha and head for a 4 hrs trek to reach Rara Lake. The trail passes through lush and dense forests which are part of Rara National Park. On this trek you will reach Chuchemara Danda at 4260m to capture spectacular views of mountain peaks including Api, Patasi and Jagdula Himal. Drop down to a serene camping spot by the Rara lake. Overnight camping.
This is a full day exploration of Rara Lake. This blue lake surrounded by snow capped peaks, lush pine, birch and rhododendron forests and the wildlife activity of birds, fishes and other wild animals will leave you speechless. Stay overnight in a lodge. There are options to do jungle tours, horse riding, boating, short hiking to Murma village.
This is your last day of trekking. Early morning hike from Rara Lake to Talcha takes about 1.5 hrs. Once arriving in Talcha, catch the flight to Nepalgunj which lasts 15 minutes. Then again catch another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu for much needed rest and refreshment.
Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International airport to catch your international flight back home. We hope to see you again in Nepal.