Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Rara Lake Trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal's Largest Lake at 3062m. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park. Alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce surround this beautiful high altitude lake, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is 'off the beaten track' which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters when hiking on the way back. The length of the lake is 5 kilometers and it is 2 kilometers wide. The surface is around 8 square kilometer, the perimeter 9 kilometer and the depth is 167 meter. Rara Lake short trek is a unique spot in Nepal. It protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. The centerpiece is the pristine Lake Rara, also Known as Mahendra Tal, the biggest lake in Nepal. It is so huge that other end of the lake is hard to see. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills, Chuchemara Danda at 4,087 meters is the best vantage point to get stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a birdwatcher's delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a birdwatcher's delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.
Rara Lake Trek Itinerary
Day 1; Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3; Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel.
Fight to Nepalgunj (40 minutes) which is largest town in western Nepal. We will fly to remote airstrip in western Nepal, so we have to spend a night in Nepalgunj. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 4; Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2370m.
Early in the morning flight to Jumla (35 minutes), Jumla airport is one of the best Nepal’s remote airstrips-900m long and an easy approach- so flights operate more regularly than at places such as Lukla. This is the gateway to the wild northwest and one of the highest rice-growing areas in the world. The unique red rice is tastier than white rice but scorned by most Nepalis. Jumla Bazzar is 10 minutes more from airport and explores the Jumla Bazzar and surrounding area. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 5; Trek from Jumla to Danphe Langa 3130m/5-6 hours.
Today we start trek after having breakfast, the trail to Rara follows the north bank of Tila Khola, then turn up the other small stream. The Jumla Valley disappears behind the ridge as the trail follows the river, keeping fairly level and passing through fields and pine forests. Now trek begins an ascent up the Padmara Valley and becoming steeper as the climb continues. We have our lunch in proper place. Along the Padmara valley, the canyon becomes very narrow with vertical cliffs on both sides as the trail ascends through a deep forest of pines, spruces and firs. Finally we arrive in the last village of Padmara and we continue the trek until reaching Danphe Langa. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 6; Trek from Danphe Langa to Chautha 2770m/5-6 hours.
In the morning after breakfast, the trail descent becomes steep, through forests of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo and some a short level stretch the trail zigzags down to the Sinja Khola, crossing it on a log bridge and follow the river downstream to Nyawre. Then we continue the serious climb, passing through marijuana fields and over a ridge into a side valley. Now the steep climbs continues for a while and the trail makes a turn into a big valley then descends until reaching Chautha. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 7; Trek from Chautha to Dhotu 2380m/4-5 hours.
In this day, the rocky trail follows the stream uphill, crossing it as the wooded valley becomes narrower. The climb continues to the Bhulbule where entry our permit and above Bhulbule the trail emerges into an immense treeless meadow and climbs gently but steadily to an assortment of Chhortens, cairns and prayer flags atop the Ghurchi Lagna. From here, there are views of the Mugu Karnali River and snowy peaks bordering Tibet. The route descends gently on a broad path to a hut, and then drops precipitously down a rough trail through spruces forests. Follow the direct trail to Rara Lake, which stays more or less level through pine forests, and then descend to the Jhyari Khola and another stretch of easy walking leads to Dhotu. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 8; Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake 3040m/3-4 hours.
This day, cross s stream and make a steep climb to Thakuri Village of jhyari, in a picturesque grove of giant cedars. Then continue climbing through cedar forests to a huge meadow a top ridge with a great view of Rara Lake. Descends on the northern side of the lake where camping ground is available. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 9; Exploring Rara Lake 3040m.
Today we are exploring the largest lake of Nepal. It is almost 13km around the lake and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent. There is a few parks wardens’ house, and the remnants of the nowdeserted villages of Rara and Chapra on the northern side of the lake, but otherwise it is an isolated region where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 10; Rest and explore Rara Lake as well as surrounding hills. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 11; Trek from Rara Lake to Ghorasingha 3190m/4-5 hours.
In the morning after breakfast, we make more rewarding a circuit via a different trail. From the bridge at the western end of Rara Lake the trail follows the Nisa Khola and the trail ascends to Murma. Then the trail descends gradually to the river, cross the river on a log bridge, and then cross another stream beside a decrepit mill. A small trail leads straight up the hill, climbing through pine, then spruce and rhododendron forests. Now the trail becomes less steep ascent, then cross meadows to ridge from where views of western Himalaya in clear weather and Rara Lake far below as the trail skirts the head of a huge valley to the crest of the Ghurchi Mara. Then the route follow the main trail as it drops into the Ghatta Valley, then heads towards Ghorosingha. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 12; Trek from Ghorasingha to Sinja 2440m/4-5 hours.
This route heads down the Ghatta Valley from Ghorosingha, then follows the Sinja Khola downstream to Sinja. It is then a short walk down the fertile valley, on a renovated trail through a heavily populated region to the Brahmin and Chherti village of Sinja, on the banks of the Sinja Khola. From the 12th to the 14th centuries, Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. The ruins of the palace can be seen across the river. The large temple at the top of a promontory is the Bhagwati Than, dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rises atop a tiger. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 13; Trek from Sinja to Jaljala 3270m/5-6 hours.
In this day, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge, and then begins a long trip up the Dhobi Khola. Then the trail crosses back and forth across the river on a series of log bridges and passing a few scattered houses and barley and corn fields. From Chala Chaur, a meadow with a few herders’ huts and the trail climbs steeply to Jaljala, a gigantic meadow full of grazing horses. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 14; Trek from Jaljala to Jumla 2370m/3-4 hours.
Today, keep climbing through forests to another meadow, just below the ridge, then descends to a few houses of Chauri Khola. Cross a stream and contour around the head of valley, staying high eventually crossing another ridge to rejoin the upward high trail at Chere. The final descends to Jumla. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 15; Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Early in the morning fly to Nepalgunj and have a lunch. Then again afternoon fly to Kathmandu and our guide take you in the Hotel by private car.
Day 16; Take leisure day in Kathmandu with guided half day city tour around the valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17; Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
- All domestic flights and domestic airport taxes.
- 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu city tour and all entry fees as per the above itinerary.
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
- 12 nights tented camp and hotel accommodation during the trek.
- 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
- Trekking Equipments (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
- All ground transportation by private car.
- Rara National Park Permit.
- All necessary permits.
- First Aid Medical kit box.
- Office Service charge.
- All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
- Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
- Your private Travel insurance.
- International air fare to and from Nepal.
- Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
- Items and expenses of personal nature.
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can be hired in KTM) etc.
- Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
- Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
- Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
- Horse renting and additional porters during the trek due to natural calamities.
- Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.
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