Rara Lake Trekking is an outstanding trip to the small piece of heaven in the remote part of the mid-western region. The pristine Rara Lake is the pivotal attraction of this trek, which is regarded as the queen of the Lake. It lies in the Rara National Park, which spreads over an area of 106 sq km. It is located at an altitude of 2,290 meters. The breathtaking views of the lake, forest, hills and back drop mountains allure you with its extreme fascinations.
Rara Lake trek has multiple gateways. One of the options is to fly Nepalgunj and connect to Jumla to trek through the Sinja valley. Even for short time trekkers, fly directly to Talcha airport of Mugu and hike to the Lake. Another option is to drive Surkhet and connect to Jumla or Mugu. Trekking through the Sinja valley is most recommended, which is the place of Nepali language origin, locally known as Khas bhasa. The trekking region is mostly drought and remote, but the trail is relatively fine. Then the forest region begins, dominated by pine, spruce and juniper tree line. Chuchemara hill (4087m) is the high pass of the trek and you can get the striking panoramas of Lake and snow-covered Himalayas. The bio-diversities of this national park are undisturbed and 500 different types of plants and flowers can be found. Along with it, the cultural aspect of the local people is another superb attraction of the trek. Jumla is famous for apple production. Passing through the indigenous communities you can explore the different lifestyle of the local people, their language, food and garments.
Trek to Rara Lake can be difficult to get accessed with but the charming of this epic trip is awesome. For this isolated trek, Adventure Club Trek manages all the essential requirements and offer experienced guides. Please, contact us to customize Rara Lake trekking itinerary.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at Hotel
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel
To get to this region, generally you have to fly to Nepalgunj first. Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai, close to the Indian border, which is just 8 km away. Culturally the area more resemble India than upland Nepal. Take a cycle rikshaw for a ride in town. You pass the hustle and bustle of the bazaar and see horse carts full of colorful people going to or coming from the Indian border. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we fly to Jumla, a hilly landscape and one of the remote parts of Nepal-the Karnali zone. However, the hilly road extension has made this part connected with the cities and urban region. Jumla is also a place of apple orchid. Overnight at tented camp
After breakfast, we follow the bank of the Jugad Khola. We also pass the Khalanga Bazaar, which was once the highlight during the civil war era. Then we climb up to Chere Chaur passing some tiny villages and reach to an open meadow, known as Chere Chaur. Overnight at tented camp
After breakfast, we follow the western trail and climb up to the Jaljala pass (3580m). Until we reach to Jaljala chaur, we walk along the wide and easy trail. From the meadow, we climb up through the steep trail and reach Chalachaur. It is located in the Rara National Park. Overnight at tented camp.
We walk through the Sinja valley today. It is the place of Nepali language origin in 12th to 14th century. It is called Khas Bhasa. Passing some traditional villages, we follow the bank of the Jaljala Khola. The surroundings of the valley is breathtaking. Then we stay at a suitable place. Overnight at tented camp
Following the Hima River, we leave the Sinja valley. The trail is mostly uphill and followed by easy an easy trail to the Laha village. The lifestyle is still traditional around there. Heading along the Ghatte Khola, we steeply climb up to our today’s destination- Ghorosinga. Overnight at tented camp.
We walk quite early after breakfast. We climb up to Chichhemara hill, which are a wonderful viewpoint of the surrounding Himalayas and the dream zone of the tranquil Rara Lake. Rara National Park has given its youth with diverse vegetations. Passing the Murma village, we climb up to the Chapri village and finally reach to our final destination. The beautiful queen of the Lakes, Rara is infront of us. Overnight at tented camp.
The queen of the Lakes, Rara is the massive lake of Nepal, which is also renowned as Birendra Tal. You can do boating on this Lake and enjoy the trip. At the backdrop of the Lake, the Chuchhemara peak lies on the southern side, which is accompanied by Ruma Kand and Malika on the northern part. After taking abundant photographs and enjoy the sceneries of the surroundings, back to the campsite. Overnight at tented camp
From Rara Lake our trail is easy and we walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, we descend on a steep trail to Pina Village where we spend the night. Overnight at tented camp.
From Pina we descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. We continue our descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.Overnight at tented camp.
We cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After walking for a few hours, we get to a hot spring where we can ease our aching body with a dip. Not long after the hot spring, we cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. After reaching Cherechaur, we follow the same trail we took couple of days back and reach Jumla. guesthouse
It is about 2 hrs walk up to the Talcha airstripe of Mugu district. Then we take a flight to Nepalgunj, which is about half an hour. From Nepalgunj, we make a connection flight to Kathmandu. Then transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnigh at hotel
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Flight Delay in Nepalgunj
Please be aware that weather can easily influence the precise schedule of this trek, especially at the end. It is not uncommon for weather problems to delay flights to or from Napalganj, so it would be wise for you to plan an extra day or two in Kathmandu before your international flight departs. If the flight from Nepalgunj leaves as scheduled, you certainly will not run out of amazing things to do in Nepal's capitol and the neighboring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur. (The possibility of returning from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by helicopter does exist, but it would cost about US$5,000 for four persons.)
As is true for any trek into remote mountainous regions, in order to protect the safety of all participants, it might be necessary for the leader of the trek to amend or even cancel part of the itinerary in the event of dangerous weather conditions, health issues of one or more members of the group, unforeseen natural disasters, etc. We will always strive to have the trek unfold just as planned, but we must ask for your flexibility if changes need to be made should such conditions arise.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.