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Rara Lake trekking is located in western region of Nepal, far away from the crowded and popular trekking trails of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang. This is an off-the-beaten-path trail which is least explored by trekkers and is comparatively more pristine and wild.
The focal point of Rara Lake trekking is Rara Lake which at an altitude of 2990m is Nepal’s largest lake. The lake is 167m deep, 13km in length and falls within the territory of Rara National Park. The park is covered with subtropical vegetation including pine, juniper, firs, birches, spruce, rhododendron, and oak trees which form a lush habitat for Himalayan bears, Musk deer, rhesus monkey, red pandas, Ghorals, Otter. The lake in particular remains a breeding ground for many resident and migratory birds coming from as far as Siberia and Mongolia, viz., Yellow-throated martin, black-necked grebe, Himalayan monal etc.
The trek route passes through a landscape, very remote and isolated. Since tourism has just been introduced here, there are very few lodges and hotels in the area. This is also a restricted area so trekkers mandatorily have to obtain permits to enter the park area. You will follow the Sinja Valley civilization and Jumla and make your way towards Rara Lake. The highest point of this trek is Chuchemara Danda (4260m) which affords splendid views of Api Himal (7132m), Patasi Himal (6860m) and Jagdula Himal (5785m).
This is also an opportunity to observe and learn about Nepali village life and culture of Nepali people who are distinctly different from those living in the central and eastern region. Jumla is specially rich for Deuja dance and Dohori songs and is the origin destination of Nepali khas language. There are still remnants of medieval palaces of Khas and Malla kings.
Trekking is graded easy to moderate and is best during Spring and Autumn.
● Trek up to Rara Lake- Nepal’s largest lake
● Enjoy the flora and fauna biodiversity of Rara National Park
● Cross Jaljala La (3580m) pass
● View spectacular mountain peaks in the likes of Api, Patasi and Jagdula Himal
● Enjoy scenic mountain flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla
● In Sinja valley, learn about the Nepali khas civilization, their language, unique Deuja dance and Dohori song
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● 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.
● Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu domestic flight tickets.
● All accommodations and three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, 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 the classic Rara Lake Trek, there will be a license holder trekking guide and Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Rara Lake Trek are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by 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.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay three nights at a Deluxe Hotel and one night in Nepalgunj. You will spend nine nights in standard tea houses during the trek. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.
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 few houses before reaching at Khalanga bazaar. From here it is another 45 minutes walk to Chere Chaur. Stay overnight in Chere Chaur.
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 Chalachaur.
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 Sinja Valley.
Further from Sinja, the trail follows Hima and Ghatte Khola. You will continue to ascend all the way to Ghorosingha via Laha village. Stay overnight in Ghorosingha.
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. Stay overnight in Rara lake.
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 Rara Lake.
From today your return trek begins. The trail descends through colorful forests towards Gamgadhi which is a town headquarters of Mugu district. Stay overnight in Pina.
Another day of pleasurable walk through peaceful villages. En route you will cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass perched at an altitude of 3480m. Descend from here all the way to Nauri ghat. Stay overnight in Nauri Ghat.
The experience of trekking from Bumra to Jumla will be equally rewarding. The trekking route passes by villages, beautiful terraced fields and smiling faces of the villagers. You will now be retracing the same trail you used to before to come in. Crossover Daphne Lagna passes at 3720m which affords a great view of Jagdua himal. Stay overnight in Jumla.
After early morning breakfast, fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and from there a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transported back to your hotel where you can relax and rest. In the evening take a stroll across Thamel street.
Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International airport to catch your international flight back home. We hope to see you again in Nepal.