The Rara Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful and famous off-the beaten-paths trekking journeys in the country. Lying at the far-western region of Nepal- Rara Lake is the biggest and the deepest freshwater in the Himalayas of Nepal. A declared Ramsar site, Rara Lake is a famous religiously significant site as well where hundreds of pilgrims visit every year during festivities. Rara Lake Trek takes you through the off-the-beaten-paths of the Annapurna region and presents the amazing wetlands of the lake while trekking. It is a great way to get yourself acquainted with the local people of the lake’s residents as well. The combination of natural beauty, the sapphire lake and the cultural and traditional diversity presents a great experience for trekking journeys. The natural pulchritude of Rara Lake is something that resembles a blue jewel. Considering its location amidst the White Mountain peaks, Rara Lake looks like a shining shimmering blue topaz in a ring of White Mountain peaks. The serenity of the lake’s surrounding is a great way to get yourself be marinated in the beauty of the region’s natural elements. Rara Lake Trek is a perfect trekking journey for people who want to experience an alternate trekking route in the Annapurna. The journey presents new and far-flung destinations and sites to explore and see.
The Rara Lake Trek takes you through the beautiful Rara National Park where you can experience the park’s diverse natural flora and fauna in close proximity. The park harbors a wide variety of biodiversity and wild life. Because of Rara National Park’s protection of many rare and vulnerable species of plants and animals, trekking through the park is pure delight. The avifaunal life and diversity of many water birds all around the lake is something that presents a fascinating sight for the eyes. The fertility of the lacustrine soil around the lake is also famous for the growth of many medicinal herbs and medicines. As such, Rara Lake Trek presents many terrace farms and wetland farms while trekking. The very atmosphere of the trek resembles an ancient time when the lands were undisturbed. The natural beauty of the lake is unprecedented and the journey’s encompassment of the people’s traditions and culture makes it even more enchanting and appealing.
Rara Lake Trek is filled with lush woodlands and pine and cedar forests that are mesmerizing to go through. The forests are a home to animals like the Musk deer, Himalayan Black bears, Ghorals, Leopards, red Pandas and Impeyan Pheasants- the national birds of Nepal. Rara Lake is also home to many species of fishes and aquatic like forms. Due to its off-the-beaten-paths location, it is seldom visited by trekkers and is perfect for alternate trekking options in the Annapurna region. The solidarity of the trek, along with the beautiful natural ambiance makes it a perfect trekking journey. The sight of the mountain encircling the lake provides a pretty picturesque sight. Come join us in this wonderful adventure where you can experience one of the most magnificent trekking journeys in the country!
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj Flight
- Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla & Trek to Chala Chaur (2900m)
- Day 05: Cross a Pass
- Day 06: Trek via Sinja (2440m) to Botan (2600m)
- Day 07: Trek to the Rara National Park Border
- Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake (3062m)
- Day 09: Rest days at the Rara Lake
- Day 10: Trek via Jhyari (2630m) to River Camp
- Day 11: Across Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3450m) to Chautha (2770m)
- Day 12: Trek to Tharamara (3280m)
- Day 13: Trek to Jumla
- Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
- Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu
- Day 16: Farewell
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
- Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
- One night accommodation in Nepaljung at hotel Batika
- KTM - Nepalgunj - Jumla - Nepalgunj - KTM airfare including departure tax
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
- Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
- An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments
- Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
- Special trekking permit (Rara Lake trek is in restricted zone, we need special permit to visit this area)
- Rara National Park entry fees
- Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
- First aid medical kit bag.
- All government and local taxes.
- Office service charge.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal shopping and laundry
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be welcomed by one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives who will help you get to your hotel and will explain further programs and plans to you. You may proceed to check into your hotel and relax for the remainder of the time. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Today, the sightseeing tour will start of Kathmandu valley, and the tour will mainly maunder around the cultural heritage sites Kathmandu valley has to offer, all listed under the World Heritage List by UNESCO. You will also prepare for the Trek today. The highlight of the tour includes the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most religiously reverent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva; and we can sometimes observe the cremation ritual of the Hindu people by the bank of the holy river Bagmati at the temple as well. The Bouddhanath is one of the largest Buddhist Mandala in the country. The Swayambhunath is a beautiful stupa situated atop a hill and is also known as “the Monkey Temple”. The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds old monarchial palaces of the Malla kings who ruled over the city in ancient times, along with many architecturally intricate buildings and temples. Many of the buildings in the Kathmandu Durbar Square were heavily damaged during the 2015 earthquake. Reconstruction work is underway. After the tour, we will be heading back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj Flight
To get to the region, generally you have to fly to Nepalgunj first. Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal, situated in the lowlands of Terai, close to the Indian border that just 8 kilometers away. Culturally, the areas resemble more India than upland Nepal. You can take a cycle rickshaw for a ride in around the town as well. Passing the hustle and bustle of the bazaar, you can 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, breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla & Trek to Chala Chaur (2900m)
Today, you will be taking a thirty minute flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. The flight is beautiful and the sights of the mountains and of the valleys below are quite fascinating. Upon reaching Jumla, we shall interact with the trekking crew and will begin our trekking journey after lunch. Traversing northwards out of the Jumla Valley, we will be walking on paths that are filled with trees and beautiful environments. After an hour of trekking, the small village of Micha, bearing a small walled enclosure and a number of Buddhist stupas, lays further ahead. These stupas were erected at around late 15th century, in the memory of important dignitaries of the region. The trail further leads to rock-strewn path and at last ends at Chala Chaur. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Cross a Pass
Leaving Chala Chaur today, we will follow a trail moving along path of steep stones. The natural environment is extremely beautiful and is decorated with the growth of verdant woods. The serene environment of the land is enhanced by the tranquility and mystical atmosphere. While ascending, we cross through birch and pine forests and a grassy pass at approx 3500 meters. From this point, the sight of the Kanjirowa Himal becomes visible in the east with its twin peaks towering over the adjacent areas. Further on, we descend as the trail opens into lush forests and wide open pastures. After trekking for a couple of hours, we will finally stop at a suitable campsite in the meadows nearby some shepherd's huts. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Trek via Sinja (2440m) to Botan (2600m)
Walking along the Jaljala Khola today, we will be crossing pine forests and beautiful terraced farmland. En route, the trail passes the 300 year old Kanaksundari Temple. The temple holds immense religious significance for Hindus. The route further bends along the main river. Crossing a thick plank bridge, we will finally descend downwards along the path to reach the Sinja village. The village of Sinja rests snugly upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, also called the Sinja Khola. Sinja was once the ancient capital of the Malla kings. There are stones lying along the trail that foretell the history of the Malla dynasty. After lunch, we will head to Botan, passing through a spectacular gorge along the way and finally reaching the village of Botan. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Trek to the Rara National Park Border
Leaving Sinja Khola and following the trail along the Ghatta Khola amid the unparallel beauty of nature, we will make our way to the border of Rara National Park. The sinuous route winds up into terraced farmland and beautiful valleys. Soon, we find ourselves within the territory of Rara Lake National Park as we come across primitive flour mills and police post along the way. Rara Lake National Park houses a very unique and rich ecosystem. We can spend half an hour exploring the beauty of the park or simply doing whatever we feel like. Rara National Park was established in 1976 and is the country’s smallest national park. With the sapphire Rara Lake being the main feature of the park, Rara National Park’s establishment serves to protect the lake from sedimentation and to preserve the lake’s wild life. The park ranges in elevation from 2,800 m (9,200 ft) to 4,039 m (13,251 ft) at the Chuchemara Peak on the southern side of Rara Lake. On the northern side, the peaks of Ruma Kand and the Malika Kand frame the alpine freshwater lake. Rara National Park is managed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and protected with the assistance of the Nepal Army. We will spend the night in Gorosingha. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake (3062m)
We walk away from Gorosingha and ascend to the Ghurchi Mara ridge (3710m) for one and half hour. The trail is not as strenuous as it looks. On reaching the crest of the ridge, we will get to experience an excellent panorama to the north, flaunting irresistible beauty and charm filled with the sight of the valley and of the wonderful natural enamor. As the trail descends, Rara Lake becomes visible on the northeast. The trail further passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola. Following the river upstream to Rara Lake, we can savor the most fascinating trekking experience amid the cusp of amazing natural surroundings. Overnight stay at the tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Rest days at the Rara Lake
We now have 2 days set aside to explore the area, including the old village of Rara. We can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and its surrounding hills. We can even visit the National Park Headquarters. Swimming is allowed in the lake and it is piercingly refreshing to do so. The freshwater of the lake is crystal-like and quite beautiful. Overnight stay at the tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Trek via Jhyari (2630m) to River Camp
Departing from Rara Lake, we will continue skirting along to the target destination. Upon crossing a ridge, we enter the village of Jhyari. Jhyari is a small village that houses dainty homes and extremely hospitable Gurung, Magar and Thakuri people. Strolling by the Jhyari Khola, the trail further follows terraced farmlands, winding serpentine along the fields and through the segregation of the terrace farms of rice and mustard. As we approach the Dhauligar Khola Valley, we will find a suitable camp site near the river bank. We can also witness an exotic and charismatic natural sight with an outstanding panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Across Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3450m) to Chautha (2770m)
As Dhauligar Khola blurs out of our trekking route, we pass through further verdant farmlands and enter the village of Pina. Pina has a police post and some hotels. We will continue climbing to the Ghurchi Lagna Pass and come across several small Chortens, alpine-like pastures, walnut groves and a beautiful narrow valley. Finally, the steep slope guides us into the village of Chautha where we conclude the trek of the day. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Trek to Tharamara (3280m)
From Chautha, the trail follows the northern bank of the Sinja Khola past the hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kabra. Silaji found in this area is the source of the important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything. The route then passes through the villages of Bumra and Nyawre, before climbing to the pasture at Tharamara. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Trek to Jumla
Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jumla. Tall birch trees line the way to the Khali Lagna and the Danphe Lekh. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain ridges to the south and of Jumla below. Further on, we will descend steeply to the first night's campsite. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail because of its treacherous route. We then follow the same route back to Jumla. After reaching Jumla, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like doing here. Jumla is one of the 75 districts in the mid-western hills of Nepal where rice cultivation ranges from 2,400 to 3,050 meters in altitude- which is the highest elevation in the world. The highest elevation at 3,050 meters is Chhumjul of Jumla, a record altitude, where rice is cultivated. Jumli Marshi, a Japonica variety of indigenous rice, having cold tolerant gene, has probably been cultivated here since 1,300 years ago in the bank of the Tila River. The Tila Valley as well as the Sinja Khola Valley is covered with paddy fields growing the “Kali Marshi” rice variety, a unique red rice that is sought after for its special taste. Overnight stay at the tented camp, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
We will take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is a leisure day in Kathmandu you can use to roam around the city shopping or simply relaxing at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 16: Farewell
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart.