Rara Lake Trek - 14 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: NA
  • Cost start: Contact
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
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About Trip:

Established in 1979, Rara National Park is named for the scenically extraordinary lake at its heart, the largest in Nepal, whose crystalline waters lie at an altitude of 2990m. Swathed in wide expanses of coniferous forests and with the snow-laden peaks of the Himalayas as a backdrop for the ages, the park preserves not only the lake’s beauty and charm but also acts as an important preserve for much of central Himalaya’s diverse flora and fauna. As such, it presents a wonderful opportunity to explore a panoramic and serene region that seems like one of Maxfield Parrish’s impossibly beautiful and mystical paintings come to life. 

The Rara Lake trek is one of the most unique and interesting trekking experiences of all,  one that’s aimed more at communing with the forests and lakeland of Nepal rather than the more typical trekking fare of precipitous trails through the mountains. Less crowded and largely untouched, the trek winds peacefully through glades of juniper, spruce and pine, with the ever-present peaks of the Himalayas embellishing the view to one side and the pristine waters of Rara Lake adding their own reflective gifts on the other.

The trek begins with a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, then sets out from Nepalgunj to Jumla the following day with another flight. From there we head out on a path to Chere Chaur and Chalachaur over the next few days, hiking up through Sinja Valley along mountain trails towards our prime destination of Rara Lake. En route we utilize a mixture of teahouses and private homestays for our accommodation and meals, lending a cultural touch that adds even more to the unique aspects of the experience. Once our circuit of the lake is complete the trek heads back down to Jumla for the return journey to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

  • Rara Lake and its stunning setting and beauty
  • Pristine flora and fauna protected within the national park’s enveloping borders
  • Unique and largely untouched culture
  • Tranquil and uncrowded pathways

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at Airport & transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation

Day 03: After Breakfast fly to Nepalgunj (1hrs) then overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2540m, 20 minutes) then trek to Chere Chaur. (3055m)

Day 05: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m )

Day 06: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m)

Day 07: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m)

Day 08: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m)

Day 09: Explore Rara Lake

Day 10: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m)

Day 11: Pina to Bumra (2850m)

Day 12: Bumra to Jumla (2540m)

Day 13: Fly to Nepalgunj then fly to Kathmandu same day

Day 14: Join with different program or farewell.

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu at a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Rara National Park, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return connecting flights between Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Jumla
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at Airport & transfer to the Hotel.

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation

Day 03After Breakfast fly to Nepalgunj (1hrs) then overnight in hotel.

Day 04Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2540m, 20 minutes) then trek to Chere Chaur. (3055m)

Day 05Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m )

Day 06Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m)

Day 07Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m)

Day 08Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m)

Day 09Explore Rara Lake

Day 10Rara Lake to Pina (2440m)

Day 11Pina to Bumra (2850m)

Day 12Bumra to Jumla (2540m)

Day 13Fly to Nepalgunj then fly to Kathmandu same day

Day 14Join with different program or farewell.

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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