Rara Lake Trek – 15 Days
The Rara Lake, a remote trail in western Nepal. The 10-day trek begins with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. From Jumla, you will set forth on a journey along the beautiful Rara Lake, the highest lake in Nepal, proudly known as the ‘Queen of Lakes’. You will also explore the Rara National Park, considered to be one of the finest parks in the world, which is home to musk deers, Himalayan black bears, leopards, Himalayan gorals, and other exotic animals. On this journey, you will not only be able to experience magnificent views of snowcapped mountains, forests, and enchanting lakes, but also witness and dwell among exotic local cultures
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Jet Set Nepal. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: World Heritage Sites
We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest and largest Buddhist stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet. We will visit the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal, which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next we visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, with the best preserved palace courtyards in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. Prominent structures are the Nyata-Pola Temple, a 5-story pagoda erected by Nepali King Bhupatindra Malla during a 5-month period from late 1701 into 1702, the world famous Golden Gate, cited as “the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom; it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings”, and the 55 Window Palace that has a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving, built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft): 1 hour
We fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a town set on Terai plains near the Nepal-India border, which is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. We will explore the local market, mini-zoo and nearby cultural villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft): 20 minutes
We fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal. Situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. Jumla hosts the Tila Valley and the Sinja Khola Valley, which are covered with paddy fields growing the ‘Kala Marshi’ rice variety, a unique red rice that is sought after for its special taste. Overnight in Jumla.
Day 5: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)
We begin our trek with an ascend to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, we will pass by the Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the surrounding villages, a couple of villages, and a temple. Overnight in Chere Chaur.
Day 6: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)
From Chere Chaur we take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580m). We cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail until Jaljala Chaur. From here we ascend a steep trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur. Overnight in Chalachaur.
Day 7: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft)
We embark on an uphill climb to Sinja Valley, passing through several villages and the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled from the 12th to the 14th century. Palaces, temples, and the ancient remains of a settlement were uncovered during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University. Overnight in Sinja Valley.
Day 8: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)
We leave Sinja on an uphill trail along the Hima River. From the village we trek through a steep trail for a while followed by a relatively easy trail until Laha Village. From Laha, it is a steep climb again until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte Khola (stream). Overnight in Ghorosingha.
Day 9: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)
We embark on an uphill climb alongside Chuchhemara Danda from where we get to admire the Himalayan panorama, the vast and tranquil Rara Lake, and the lush vegetation of the Rara National Park. On the way to Rara Lake, we pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the ascent becomes a little easier. We continue walking towards Chapri village which houses the Rara National Park headquarters. Overnight in Rara Lake.10
Day 10: Explore Rara Lake
Today we explore Rara Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Nepal, also referred to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. While boating you get to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and Himalayan peaks such as Chuchemara Peak on the southern side, with Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks on its northern area. Overnight in Rara Lake.
Day 11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)
We walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, we descend a steep trail to Pina Village where we spend the night. Overnight in Pina.
Day 12: Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)
From Pina we descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480m, and continue our descent through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat. Overnight in Bumra.
Day 13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)
We cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After walking for a few hours, we reach a hot spring where you can take a dip. We then cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m, and upon reaching Chere Chaur, we follow the same trail we took couple of days back and reach Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.
Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj & then fly to Kathmandu.
We take the earliest flight available to Nepalgunj from Jumla, and from there we fly back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, or shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Extend your trip or Final departure.
You may want to consider extending your trip with endless activities such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Paragliding in Pokhara & many more. If you are departing then our representative will drop you off at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. Namaste and we hope to see you again soon!
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- Airport Pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle.
- All Meals-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
- Lodges, twin sharing guest houses accommodation during the trek.
- Licensed English speaking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking
- Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
- Official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation
- Nepal visa
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Personal trekking Equipment
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Cost Includes.