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Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Far Western Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Lodge Based Trek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Gorosingha (3858m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Apr-May to Oct-Dec

Rara Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking in Nepal that leads you to one of the largest freshwater lakes in Nepal. Rara Lake is located at 2,990 meters inside Rara National Park with an area of 10.8 km square which is magnificently surrounded by green hills and amazing landscape. The trekking trail to Rara Lake offers outstanding snow-capped mountains panorama, passing along alpine forests and diverse flora and fauna.

Trekking to Rara Lake starts the next day after a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to a small mountain town of Jumla in Western Nepal. Rara lake trek itinerary then continues with the final destination being the alluring Rara Lake. The trekking trail passes through remote traditional villages, terraced fields, and lush forests before reaching Rara Lake. 

The region of Rara is protected under Rara National Park established in 1976 to preserve the fragile environment of Rara Lake. The park is home varied flora and fauna with sightings of wild deer, and various bird species.

The trek is the optimal option for nature lovers and those seeking solitude since Rara Lake is peaceful heaven at serene location. The sight of the surrounding moutians on the crystal-clear water of Rara makes the trek all worth it.

Rara Lake Trek is a refreshing trek that features the natural beauty and cultural richness of Western Nepal. It is a must-do if you are looking for a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience in the Himalayas.

Rara Lake Trek Highlights

  • Take the opportunity to navigate Nepalgunj, the western region of Nepal.
  • Acquaintance to the isolated settlement of Danphe Lagna, secluded and untouched by modern civilization.
  • Ascend the highest point of the trek, Danphe Danda (3750m), the vantage point to spot the national bird of Nepal, Danphe (Lhophophorus) and the aromatic Musk Deer.
  • Stroll around the mammoth serene premises of the Rara Lake, Nepal’s largest.
  • Pleasant trails piercing the forests, offering ample opportunities to spot exotic animals and birds.
  • Taste the famous apples and a locally made cider in Jumla.
  • Pass by an array of chortens, mani walls and fluttering prayer flags.
  • Saunter along the challenging off-the-beaten tracks, in one of the most remote outskirts of far-western Nepal.
  • A lavish farewell party constituting a host of traditional Nepali cookeries and an entertaining live cultural show.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)
Day 03: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla(2370m/1hour)
Day 04: Trek from Jumla to Danphe Langa (3720m/4 – 5hours)
Day 05: Trek from Danphe Langa to Chautha (2770m) via Danphe Danda (3750m/4 – 5hours)
Day 06: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu (2410m) via Bhulbule Village (3120m) & Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m/4 – 5hours)
Day 07: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake Camp (2980m/5 – 6hours)
Day 08: Rest and excursion day at Rara Lake Camp (2980m)
Day 09: Trek from Rara Lake Camp to Gorosingha (3858m/5 – 6hours)
Day 10: Trek from Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m/5 – 6hours)
Day 11: Trek from Sinja to Jaljale Chaur (3270m/5 – 6hours)
Day 12: Trek from Jaljale Chaur  to Jumla (2370/4 – 5hours)
Day 13: Flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj (150m/1hour)
Day 14: Flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1400m/1 hour)
Day 15: A free day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Final Departure6

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

After breakfast, you will be driven to the domestic wing of the Kathmandu Airport. About an hour’s flight would take you to Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal, which borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the South. As we don’t have a connecting flight to Jumla, from where our trek commences, it gives us the opportunity to explore this hot and humid town. The city center, Dhamboji, happens to be the business hub with plethora of hotels and shops. Hindu as well as Muslim culture influence the town. Bageshwori temple and Muslim market are also worth visiting.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj was almost tantamount to a nose dive, while, from Nepalgunj to Jumla, it’s just the vice-versa. We’ll take a 35 minutes early morning flight to Jumla. The city center is only about 15 minutes walk from the STOL airstrip. Jumla lies on the banks of the Tila river at 2514 meters. When we talk about Jumla, we remember its delicious apples. The cider made in Jumla, locally known as “Marpha” is also very popular in Nepal. Taste the apples and take a sip of the cider while you get familiar with the trekking crew. Rest well, as from tomorrow, “walk” is the name of the game!

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We start our trek after morning breakfast from Jumla Bazaar the start of the trek is easy with only low inclination hills. After we cross a river on the way, we have to take jungle route and later after mid-day we will get to the camp. The culture of this part of Nepal is very different and primitive as it is untouched by modernization.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Early morning after breakfast we commence our trekking. We climb steep up and cross Danphe Danda (3750m). Danphe Danda is famous for Bird watching esp. Danphe. Also, some wild animals like Kasturi Deer and more. Then we descend from Danphe Danda through a jungle route of Pine trees. Then we take lunch and climb steep up to our destination Chautha.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast we climb steep up in the morning through villages and farm land experiencing culture of the area and reach Bhulbule village (3120m). Then again we cross jungle and we have to cross to Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m), a moderately easy pass, then we take lunch and again after few hours, we reach Dhotu.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today we trek to Rara Lake, our prime destination. To reach Camp we have to move around the Rara Lake.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is rest day. We can stroll around the Rara Lake and relax there. It takes around 4 hour to circle the lake. Rara Lake is also the biggest lake of Nepal. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Early in the morning after breakfast, the way is flat for few hours. Then we have to trail through jungle with a lot of wild animals to see and we reach Gorosingha. The culture is very different there and even Nepali language of the place is at primitive stage.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we trek moderately easy climb and straight way through jungle area mostly. The jungle is famous for birds and wild animals. Then we reach Sinja Village. The origin of Nepali language is from here.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we leave Sinja village and head towards Jaljale Chaur. The way is moderately steep in most places and the regular pine forest can be seen with occasional view of deer on the way.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, we walk in moderate trekking route consisting of mostly village and farmland. We can experience cultures and cultural people of the area.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

From Jumla, depending on flight schedule, we fly back to Nepalgunj and rest of the time free.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

From Nepalgunj (150m), you would almost be rocketing to the soaring elevation of Kathmandu (1400m). Another sixty minutes flight and you will touch down the domestic wing of the Kathmandu Airport. A representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your designated hotel. The rest of the time can be spent as you please. You have just gotten back from a long trip, so you would probably want to groom yourself and relax. Try out the herbal spa and do away the trekking fatigue. You have an extra day at Kathmandu tomorrow.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

A free day in Kathmandu to fulfill anything that you missed out 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. May be that 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 beauty sleep.

Hotel
Breakfast included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule. As you wave us good bye 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 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 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 & Nepalgunj with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Jumla/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu round airfares.
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Salary to guide, porters, kitchen staff and helpers for the trekking period.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Permits for Rara National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with a 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 a 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 guides or porters. 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is the Rara Lake Trek?
The Rara Lake Trek is a scenic and off-the-beaten-path trekking route in the remote far-western region of Nepal. The highlight of the trek is Rara Lake, which is the largest lake in Nepal and is surrounded by beautiful alpine forests and snow-capped peaks.

2. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek often starts from the town of Jumla, which is accessible by a short flight from Nepalgunj, or trekkers may choose to start from other nearby areas.

3. Is the Rara Lake Trek difficult?
The Rara Lake Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness. The trail involves some uphill and downhill sections, but it does not reach extremely high altitudes, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers.

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

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

6. What are the highlights of the Rara Lake Trek?
The Rara Lake Trek offers a range of highlights, including the stunning beauty of Rara Lake, walking through tranquil forests of pine, juniper, and spruce, encountering diverse wildlife and birds, and experiencing the rich culture of the local communities like the Thakuri, Magar, and Tibetan ethnic groups.

7. What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Rara Lake Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. The facilities may not be as extensive as in more popular trekking areas, but they are sufficient for a comfortable stay.

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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