Rara Lake Trek

A journey to Rara lake is one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan ranges lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. If you are looking of wilderness and solitude travel, this trek is an ideal choice. The route is very much 'off the beaten track' and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara, which mirrors the snow-capped Himalayas, is ringed with blue pine, black juniper forest and Himalayan cypress Lake Rara is a popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. Rara Lake is five kilometers long and two kilometers wide and is the largest lake in Nepal. The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: Musk Deer, Leopards, Ghorals, Tahr, Himalayan black beer, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a bird watcher’s delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Pre-trip meeting.
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Mythscape Adventure Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour and trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the pre-trip meeting, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Luxury Holidays Nepal. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.

The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel. Overnight at Hotel..

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour flight
After a short excursion in Kathmandu, take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages.

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla: 20 minutes flight
Leave Nepalgunj after early breakfast and fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal. Situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal.

Day 5: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur: 4-5 hours trek
Leave Jumla and ascend to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small marketplace for the nearby villages. You also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching your destination.

Day 6: Trek from Chere Chaur to Chalachaur: 5-6 hours trek
From Chere Chaur take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580m). Cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail until reaching Jaljala Chaur. From here ascend on a steep trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur.

Day 7: Trek from Chalachaur to Sinja Valley
It is an uphill climb to Sinja Valley. On the way pass through several villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley holds an important place in the history of Nepal. The valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled this area 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.

Day 8: Trek from Sinja to Ghorosingha: 5- 6 hours
Leave Sinja on an uphill trail alongside Hima River. From the village climb on a steep trail for a while followed by a relatively easy trail to Laha Village. From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte Khola (stream).

Day 9: Trek from Ghorosingha to Rara Lake: 4- 5 hours trek
Begin your steep ascent after breakfast. Your trail is alongside Chuchhemara Danda from where you 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, pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the ascent gets a little easier. You continue walking towards Chapri village which houses the Rara National Park Head Quarter.

Day 10: Acclamitazation day at Rara Lake
Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast investigate the azure waters of the massive lake also referred to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. While boating, get to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and discover quite a few varieties of fish. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area.

Day 11: Trek from Rara Lake to Pina: 5-6 hours trek
From Rara Lake your trail is easy and walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, descend on a steep trail to Pina Village.

Day 12: Trek from Pina to Bumra: 4-5 hours trek
From Pina descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. Continue your descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.

Day 13: Trek ends: Trek from Bumra to Jumla: 4- 5 hours trek
Cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After walking for a few hours, get to a hot spring where you can ease your aching body with a dip. Not long after the hot spring, cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. After reaching Cherechaur, follow the same trail you took a couple of days back and reach Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.

Day 14: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu: 20 Min flight/1 hour Flight
Take the earliest flight available to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, fly yet again to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. After reaching Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

Day 15: Departure day: transfer to the international airport for your final departure!!
After a few days of fun and excitement the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
What's Included
  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport in a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation 4 star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Mulberry or similar Category) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with private vehicles
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks on twin sharing basis.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance performance in the evening.
  • Flight ticket (Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Jumla-Nepalgung-Kathmandu)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Luxury Holidays Nepal's sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, duffle bags, city and trekking routes maps - if necessary.
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

What's excludes
  • International airfare (See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu (Meal costs about 3 -7 dollars per item depending on the place where you eat).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • City sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Hot Shower / Batteries charge / Heater during the Trek.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
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