Rara Lake Trekking

Trip Overview
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionRara Lake, musk deer, tahr, leopards, rare red panda, Ghorals
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-Octuber-November

Highlights

Karnali Region carries a legacy of mysticism and shamanism. It’s a solitary walk along with this less explored territory, rugged and weather-beaten—Rara Lake's beauty and the National park. The people, culture, and lifestyle that trekkers can observe during the trek are unique to this part of the country.

Rara Lake Trekking is a fascinating journey along the wild and remote Karnali region up to the mesmerizing Rara Lake. Only a few trekkers take this route, making it an unexplored and less frequented trail. The largest lake in Nepal, Rara, has mesmerized many with its serenity and turquoise beauty. Rara National Park has rich wildlife preservation like musk deer, tahr, leopards, rare red panda, Ghorals, et cetera. The area is also ideal for bird watching as migratory birds reach here during November and April. The valleys of Sinja and Jumla are equally worthwhile for their cultural significance.

We fly to Jumla from Nepalgunj, where the trek begins. Jumla valley is the highest place for paddy cultivation on earth, and the town is the administrative headquarter of Karnali. The hike to DanpheLagna, Chautha, Dhotu, and Rara Lake sees wavy trails crossing rivers and climbing to hilltops along the rugged terrains vegetated with conifers. Rara, the turquoise lake, is a mesmerizing sight, even better from viewpoints around the lake. A round trip of Rara takes around eight hours. We rest here the next day as well and explore the place. Taking the route along with the lake’s outlet, we descend to and pass a stream below the Murma hill on a log bridge, the trail sees a lot of ups and downs, and after a steep ascent, we reach Ghorasain, where we stay overnight. The next day’s trail is interesting as the gain in altitude gives an exotic view, and then we descend to the valley of Sinja. The trek from here to Jumla through JajalChaur is less strenuous, although the trail takes several ups and downs. From Jumla, we take a flight to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu to mark the journey's end.

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1,300m

After breakfast, Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Then, you can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping. Then, as requested, a visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, et cetera, is a choice.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It takes an hour to reach Nepalgunj on an airplane. The flight to Jumla further takes around thirty minutes. Jumla is known as the highest point for growing rice. From here, we move to the small city and start gaining elevation. Passing Sisnamul, we walk through a big forest and reach Chere, pasture land for grazing. After that, the trail gets steeper, and at the top, views of Patrasi and Jugdula peaks are outstanding. We further descend through rhododendron forests to DanpheLagna and set a tent for the night.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3300m

The trail gently descends to Tharamara along a stream and becomes steeper as it moves to HiranDuski. Dropping to Sinja River, we then start a steep climb to Bhara. Here, we take a turn, descend to ChauraKhola and walk on to Chautha. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2770m

After a short hike, we arrive at ChanteChaur, from where we ascend to Bhulbule, the National Park entrance. Further ahead, the trail opens up to a meadow and climbs to GhurchiLagna (3450m). Then, following the trade route of Mugu, we take the trail through Mandu valley and take a direct way to Rara Lake at the junction. We then descend to the Jhyari River and continue walking till Dhotu, a small rural village.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2380m

 The trail ascends through a cedar forest at Jhyari to the meadow at the top of the hill. A short descent leads to the beautiful turquoise Rara Lake in the Rara National Park.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2980m

Raralake is situated at an altitude of 2990m and covers an area of 10.8 square km. Rich forests envelop the mesmerizing oval-shaped lake. Rara National Park is the smallest in Nepal through its immensely rich preservation of flora and fauna surprises everyone. The Park is also famous for birdwatchers interested in migratory birds. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2980m

We take the bridge at the lake's western end and move along the KhatyarKhola to Majhghatta. The trail further drops to Ghatta valley and heads towards Gorosingha. Scenic landscapes pass along this rather unfrequented trail—overnight in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3190m

Towards Sinja, the route passes through Ghatta Valley from Gorosingha and takes the trail along the Sinja River. The short and pleasant walk down the valley leading to Sinja takes around five hours. We stay overnight in the beautiful valley of Sinja.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2440m

After crossing a wooden bridge, the trail ascends along the Dhobi Khola. We pass a temple and some small villages and cross the river several times. Further on, we pass through pine, oak, and birch forest to reach JaljalaChaur, where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3270m

We first climb through a forest, pass a ridge at 3510m, then descend to ChauriKhola, where we see a small settlement. Next, through hilly terrain, we pass Chere, Sisnamul, and Ghumurti to reach Jumla, our campsite for the day finally.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2370m

Along with the scenic flight from Nepalgunj back to Kathmandu, a clear view of the chain of Himalayas spread across the northern horizon for several minutes. Once in Kathmandu, you would return to the hotel. Mountain Rock Treks schedule a small celebration dinner to complete the journey successfully. After that, you can use your free time strolling around Thamel or getting souvenirs to take home.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Mountain Rock Treks and elongate your stay.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

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