Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

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    Western
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    Geography
    Mountain/ Forest/ Village/ Glaciers
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    Difficulty
    Moderate
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    Max Altitude
    3055m
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    Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge
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Surrounded by glorious high snow peaks and vivid green hills, Rara Lake beautifully captures and reflects the scenic beauty around it. The pristine lake has a heavenly look to it and envelops the surrounding with tranquility. Rara Lake lies inside Rara National Park which has its own unique diversified ecosystem with different rare species of flora and fauna. Lying in the remote part of Mugu district, the trek to Rara Lake is an opportunity to explore the life lived in scarcity and inaccessibility.

Rara Lake Trek allows you to explore Kathmandu at 1,300m to Ghurchi-Lagna Pass at 3,450m with Rara Lake at 2,990m as the highlights of the tour. The actual trekking begins from and ends in Jumla, one of the remotest parts of Nepal. The trek passes through alpine forests of rhododendrons, oaks, and pine, and several water streams. Dispersed peaceful local villages on the trail are home to many communities like Chhetri, Thakuri, and Brahmins to mention a few.

Rara Lake trek allows the trekker to explore the ruins of ancient palaces and temples in Sinja Valley. The trek destination, Rara Lake is situated inside the Rara National Park where 214 species of bird and more than 20 mammals can be found. Upon entering the national park territory, a spectacular vista of the vast Rara Lake and the breathtaking surroundings can be observed from Chuchemara Danda.

Reaching the lake itself is sure to make you spellbound with its calm, sparkling water which reflects the hills and the mountains on its surface. Rara Trek is rich in natural and cultural diversity despite its remoteness; hence makes for an amazing adventure. Best season for this trek is from March to May and October to early December.

Amble Himalya – run and led by women,  is determined to take care of all the necessities you might have while trekking in Nepal. The local, experienced English speaking guides assist you throughout the trek. Our years of experience will be to your advantage to have the best of adventures in Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Natural scenery: One of the most common trip highlights is the natural scenery that travelers get to experience, whether it's hiking in the mountains, admiring waterfalls, exploring beaches, or going on safari.
  • Cultural experiences: Many travelers seek out trips that offer unique cultural experiences, such as visiting historical sites, trying local cuisine, participating in traditional ceremonies, or staying with local families.
  • Adventure activities: For those seeking an adrenaline rush, adventure activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, zip-lining, or skydiving can be a major trip highlight.
  • Wildlife encounters: Wildlife viewing can be a major highlight of trips, whether it's seeing lions on safari, watching whales in the ocean, or spotting exotic birds in the jungle.
  • Relaxation: Sometimes the highlight of a trip is simply relaxing and enjoying a change of scenery. Whether it's lounging on a beach, soaking in hot springs, or getting a massage at a spa, taking time to unwind can be a major trip highlight.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft): 1 hour

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft): 20 minutes

Day 03: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)

Day 04: Trek from Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)

Day 05: Trek from Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft)

Day 06: Trek from Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)

Day 07: Trek from Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)

Day 08: Explore Rara Lake

Day 09: Trek from Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)

Day 10: Trek from Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)

Day 11: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)

Day 12: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

Rara Lake Trek Trip Itinerary

Taking an hour flight from Kathmandu, you will reach Nepalgunj, in the lowlands of Nepal. The city is inhabited by mixed ethnic communities and serves as a border to India. The culture and lifestyle, completely different than of the hills, is sure to fascinate you. You can spend the time exploring the vibrant market of Nepalgunj. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Catching a twenty minutes flight from Nepalgunj, you land in Jumla. Jumla, being one of the most rural districts of Nepal, is infamous for the hardships and struggles faced by the locals due to inaccessibility. For us, Jumla serves as the gateway to Rara Lake. You can walk around the village in Jumla, interact with the locals, and may take a few pictures of them. Overnight in Jumla.

Being the first day of the trek, you trek towards Chere Chaur along with your guide. The trail ascends alongside Jugad River and passes through ancient monasteries, temple, and scattered settlements. The trail also reaches Khalanga Bazaar, a small marketplace for the nearby villages, and continues on the isolated path to Chere Chaur. Overnight in Chere Chaur.

Starting early morning, you trek from Chere Chaur to Chalachaur today. Climbing up the trail, you pass through Jaljala Pass (3580m) and continue walking on a relatively flat trail until you reach Jaljala Chaur. You then make a steep ascend to enter the Rara Lake Circuit, en route to Chalachaur. Overnight in Chalachaur.

You trek alongside Jaljala River to reach Sinja Valley which was capital of ancient Khas Kingdom before the unification of Nepal. Ruins of ancient palace and temples of 12th to the 14th century still remain there to the date. Walking past terraced farms and pine forest, you reach the village of Sinja. Explore the village and get to learn about the history and present of Jumla from the locals. Overnight in Sinja.

Walking alongside water streams like Sinja River, Ghhate River, and Hima River, you trek from Sinja to Ghorosingha crossing the Laha village. It is a short uphill trail to Ghorosingha where you get to see the ancient grinding mills run by water streams. Walking past several villages, you reach the edge of Rara Lake in Ghorosingha where you will spend the night at a camping site.

Today, you start trekking early in the morning following a steep trail uphill to reach the enthralling Rara Lake. From Chuchemara Danda, you will have a panoramic view of the Himalayas, the enticing countryside landscape, the huge Rara Lake, and the lush green vegetation of Rara National Park. It is an easy ascent from Murma to reach the pristine Rara Lake. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake of Nepal, has its own majestic presence. Boating, cycling, horse riding, and campfire are some activities you can enjoy around Rara Lake. Surrounded by and reflecting snow-capped mountains and vibrant green hills, Rara Lake amuses every trekker. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Crossing the bamboo and birch forests, this relatively easy trek from Rara Lake to Pina village is pleasant with scenic beauty surrounding you. You also reach Gamgadhi, the headquarters of Mugu district along the way. From Gamgadhi, you walk down a steep trail to arrive at the small village of Pina. Overnight in Pina.

You move forward to Bumra from Pina village passing the Ghurchi-Lagna Pass (3,450m) decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. Ghurchi-Lagna Pass is the highest altitude of our trek looking over green meadows and snowy peaks. You continue the descent to reach Bumra where you will be staying for the night.

It’s the final day of the trek as you trek from Bumra back to Jumla. The downhill trail passes through two suspension bridges to reach a hot spring where you can take a dip to ease your sore muscles. Without wasting much time there, you then cross the Danphe Lagna Pass (3691m) and continue walking through the rhododendron and oak forests. You reach Chere Chaur and retrace your way to Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.

You take the scenic flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj, and further back to Kathmandu. You can either take rest or explore local tourist markets of Kathmandu like Ason and Thamel to buy souvenirs. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at a local Nepali restaurant.

Rara Lake Trek Trip Included

  • TIMS and National Park permits
  • Trekking guide and porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Tea house or guest house accommodation during the trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for the trekking staff

Rara Lake Trek Trip Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks, bottled water, and snacks during the trek
  • Tips for the guide and porter (recommended)
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. natural disasters, flight delays, etc.)

General Packing List for Rara Lake Trek

Clothing:

  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts (preferably quick-dry)
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof pants
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Thermal underwear

Equipment:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Personal first aid kit (with blister kit, painkillers, and altitude medication)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards

Miscellaneous:

  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Cash in Nepalese rupees and US dollars
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Book or other entertainment for rest days
  • Note: The packing list may vary depending on the season and personal preferences. It is important to pack light and only bring essential items, as porters have a weight limit for carrying luggage.

Rara Lake Trek FAQ's

Rara Lake is situated in and passes through the remotest districts of Nepal, Mugu, and Humla. There are still no proper roads in the area and people are still untouched by the urban culture. So, do not freak out if a group of village kids is staring continuously at you. They're just curious.

Yes, except for Nepali citizens all foreign nationals need Restricted Area Permit for Mugu and Rara National Park Entry Permit to enter the national park area. It is compulsory to have a trekking guide with you. Once you sign up with us, we take care of all the permits and your guide will be your faithful ally.

Rara trek is a moderate trek and doesn't require strenuous walking. You will have breaks during your trek and your guide will suggest you on the walking techniques. Safety is not a concern in this trek, except for natural calamities. Our team members are there to make sure you are not bothered by a stranger in the journey.

You must disclose your medical condition while booking the trek. We suggest you take advice from your doctor before heading on for the trek. As you need to trek on high altitude without proper medical facilities we advise persons with chronic asthma, heart conditions, knee problems, and pregnant women to not participate in the trek.

A down jacket, a pair of trekking boots, and a pair of thermal wear is a must as the upper regions are colder. For other days, you can bring clothing and sundry items as per your choice, but we suggest you dress up decently in order to avoid offending the locals. Also, bring along the extra supply of any medicine that you use regularly.

In Kathmandu, you will be staying in a 3-star hotel in Thamel, the heart of Kathmandu. During most of the trek, you stay in homestays or tea houses best available in the area. However, there's only one lodge in Rara with decent facilities where you can choose either you want to camp or stay in one of their rooms. The price is the same for both.

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    Group Size
    2
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    Region
    Western
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    Geography
    Mountain/ Forest/ Village/ Glaciers
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    Difficulty
    Moderate
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    Max Altitude
    3055m
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    Accommodation
    Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge
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    Transportation
    Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge
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