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Rara Lake Jeep Tour

Rara Lake Jeep Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Far Western Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Jeep tour

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Rara Lake (3000m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Rara Lake Jeep Tour is all about visiting one of the largest and most picturesque Rara lake in Nepal on a exciting jeep tour. Jeep drive to Rara is a 4-wheel jeep drive that offers a comfortable and convenient way of exploring the rugged landscape. You will drive along rugged terrain with scenic landscapes surrounded by the stunning Himalayan mountains.

Rara lake jeep tour from Kathmandu passes through traditional villages, way past lush forests and rolling hills giving the travelers a good insight into the lives of the people living in rural Nepal for ages. During stopovers on the trails you can have a little chitchat with them to learn more about their culture and traditions and observe their way of life up close.

Rara Lake greets you as you get closer with it’s crystal-clear waters and it’s serene environment. This is the right time to capture some great snaps, soak up the serene atmosphere and take a leisurely walk along the shoreline which is one of the most blissful feelings.

Rara Lake Jeep Tour is an amusing and convenient tour to explore one of Nepal's hidden gems and make an unforgettable memory amidst the pristine wilderness.

Rara Lake Jeep Tour Highlights

  • Rara Lake - the largest lake of Nepal.
  • Beautiful landscapes and valleys.
  • Traditional villages and organic vegetation.
  • exhilarating jeep ride and thrilling experience alongside Karnali river.
  • Spectacular view of mountains.
  • Sighting of rare animals and birds.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Surkhet (198m/1 hr approx.)
Day 3: Drive from Surkhet to Kalikot (1500m/6-7 hrs drive)
Day 4: Drive from Kalikot to Jumla (2514 m/5-6 hrs drive)
Day 5: Drive from Jumla to Rara Lake (3000m/7-8 hrs drive)
Day 6: Rest day rest at Rara Lake (3000m)
Day 7: Trek from Rara Lake to Talcha airport (2735 m/2 & half hours walk)
Day 8: Flight to Nepalgunj (30 min) & connecting flight to Kathmandu (45 min) 
Day 9: A free day in Kathmandu 
Day 10: Final Departure

Once you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and accomplish your entry/visa formalities, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel after which we will have a quick pre-trip meeting and discuss the itineraries. You can then take your time to relax, unpack and spend the time as you wish. In the evening, stroll around the nearby places and get the feel of this energetic city.

Hotel

Today, you’ll be flying from Kathmandu to Surkhet, a city in Nepal’s Mid-Western region. The flight will be relatively short, approximately one hour, but it offers spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains and the picturesque landscapes of Nepal. Keep your camera ready to capture the breathtaking scenery from above.

Upon landing at Surkhet Airport, you’ll notice the lower altitude and a different environment compared to Kathmandu. Surkhet is a gateway to many exciting destinations in the Mid-Western region of Nepal. Check-in hotel at Surkhet and the rest of the time is free to explore.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Have breakfast at your hotel in Surkhet before you begin your journey. The journey is estimated to take around 6 to 7 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. As you leave Surkhet behind, the road will wind through lush hills, terraced fields, and charming villages. The drive to Kalikot will take you through several small towns and villages. Feel free to make stops along the route to interact with locals, take photos, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

After a long but rewarding journey, you’ll arrive in Kalikot, situated at an altitude of around 1500 meters. Kalikot is known for its scenic beauty and unique cultural experiences. Depending on your arrival time, you might be able to witness a stunning sunset over the hills of Kalikot. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to Kalikot and begin your drive to Jumla. The drive is estimated to take around 5 to 6 hours, depending on road conditions and any stops along the way. As you leave Kalikot, you’ll be treated to more breathtaking views of hills, forests, and traditional villages. Upon arriving in Jumla, check into your lodge and take some time to explore the area. Jumla is known for its apple orchards and agricultural landscapes. If there’s time, consider visiting the local markets in Jumla. You can find fresh produce, and handicrafts, and interact with the friendly locals.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast drive to Rara Lake. The drive is estimated to take around 7 to 8 hours, as the roads are often rugged and winding in this remote region. As you leave Jumla behind, you’ll traverse through dense forests, terraced fields, and charming villages. The journey will offer you awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. En route, you’ll enter Rara National Park, a protected area known for its diverse flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for wildlife and the unique vegetation of the region.

After a long but rewarding drive, you’ll arrive at the pristine Rara Lake. The turquoise waters of the lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks make for a breathtaking sight. Take some time to relax and soak in the tranquillity of Rara Lake. You can stroll along the lakeshore, enjoy the fresh mountain air, and capture some memorable photographs. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Wake up early to witness the tranquil beauty of Rara Lake in the morning light. The calm waters and the reflection of the surrounding mountains create a mesmerizing sight. Rara Lake is surrounded by pristine forests and meadows. Take leisurely walks around the lake or opt for short hikes to nearby viewpoints. The area offers ample opportunities for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

On this day you can unwind and recharge. Sit by the lake, read a book, meditate, or simply take in the tranquillity of the surroundings. It’s an ideal time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Capture the beauty of the lake, the reflections, and the changing colours of the landscape throughout the day. Keep an eye out for wildlife in the area. Rara National Park is home to various animal species, including deer, musk deer, and various bird species. 

As the day draws to a close, find a comfortable spot to witness the sunset over Rara Lake. The changing colours of the sky will create a breathtaking panorama.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast walk to Talcha Airport. The trek from Rara Lake to Talcha Airport is relatively short and takes approximately 2 and a half hours. The trail will take you through beautiful forests, meadows, and picturesque landscapes. As you trek, take your time to enjoy the stunning scenery and the fresh mountain air. The surrounding hills and valleys will be a treat for your senses.

After a few hours of trekking, you’ll reach Talcha Airport, situated at an elevation of 2735 meters. The airport is known for its short runway and scenic location. Check-in lodge at Talcha and the rest of the time is free to explore.  

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Board the domestic flight from Talcha Airport to Nepalgunj. The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes, and it will take you back to the city of Nepalgunj. Upon arriving in Nepalgunj, you’ll have some time for transit. You may need to wait for your connecting flight to Kathmandu, so use this time to relax and grab a snack at the airport if needed.

Board the connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. The flight duration is around 45 minutes, and you’ll soar above the beautiful landscapes of Nepal. Upon reaching Kathmandu, our representatives will transfer to your hotel and the rest of the time is relaxed/freshened up. 

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

A free day in Kathmandu to fulfil anything that you missed out on spotting in this energetic capital of Nepal. You can indulge yourself in shopping or strolling around some of the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping where you can haul all the souvenirs representing Nepal and its culture. Maybe in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beautiful sleep. 

Hotel
Breakfast Included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours before your flight schedule. As you wave goodbye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as a tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again!
Trips can always be extended. You can try out some of our other exciting packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc. Please let us know about your desire for a trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Surkhet with breakfast.
  • All land transfers by a private jeep as per the itinerary.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide including his food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Rara National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guide or driver.

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Rara Lake Jeep Trek?
The Rara Lake Jeep Trek is a unique and scenic adventure that allows travellers to explore the remote and beautiful Rara Lake region in Nepal by jeep. It is an alternative way to reach Rara Lake and is suitable for those who prefer a faster mode of transportation compared to trekking.

2. How long does the Rara Lake Jeep Trek take?
The duration of the Rara Lake Jeep Trek varies depending on the starting point and the specific itinerary. Typically, the trip takes about 8 to 9 days depending on road conditions and weather, and the route taken.

3. What is the starting point of the Jeep Trek?
The Jeep Trek usually starts from Surkhet, a city in the western part of Nepal. Surkhet is accessible by road from Kathmandu or other major cities in Nepal.

4. Is the Rara Lake Jeep Trek difficult?
The Rara Lake Jeep Trek is not physically challenging as it involves travelling by jeep rather than trekking on foot. However, the road conditions can be rough and bumpy, especially in some sections, so be prepared for a thrilling but potentially uncomfortable ride.

5. What is the best time to do the Rara Lake Jeep Trek?
The best time for the Rara Lake Jeep Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear views, and pleasant temperatures, making the jeep journey more enjoyable.

6. Are permits required for the Rara Lake Jeep Trek?
Yes, permits are required for visiting Rara Lake. The required permits typically include the Rara National Park entry permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

7. What are the highlights of the Rara Lake Jeep Trek?
The main highlight of the Rara Lake Jeep Trek is reaching the stunning Rara Lake, which is the largest lake in Nepal. The lake is surrounded by pristine forests and offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere. You can also enjoy the scenic landscapes and encounter the local culture of the remote areas during the jeep ride.

8. What kind of accommodation is available during the Rara Lake Jeep Trek?
Accommodation options around Rara Lake are limited but include basic lodges and guesthouses. Camping is also possible for a more adventurous experience.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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