Rara Lake lies in the remote area of Nepal’s Himalayan region. While trekking through this trail, you will witness some of the most beautiful sceneries of Nepal; sometimes, you will get to see these sceneries only once in a lifetime. This remote route to Rara Lake is not much busy and offers glimpses of culture and scenery quite different from other treks of Nepal. Visitors are sure to have an enjoyable unique experience with the distinctive culture and traditions that the region offers. This gorgeous high altitude lake is bounded by mountain meadows and forest of pine, juniper, and spruce, with the majestic Himalayas covered with snow in the background. Far from busy trekking routes, this trek provides some fantastic display of clear high altitude lakes, with pine, spruce, and juniper forests with the astonishing views of the snowcapped mountain peaks.
This 15-day trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a district in the Terai region of Nepal. Then, we will start the trek from the mountain airfield in Jumla, the highest rice cultivating area in Nepal. Jumla lies on the bank of the Tila Khola at an altitude of 2370 meters. You will take on a journey that lets you enjoy solitude and a chance to be in the presence of the gorgeous Rara Lake. It is the highest lake in Nepal, which is often known as the “Queen of Lakes.”
On this trip, we will also be entering the Rara National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the world and excellent habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan Ghoral, and many other exotic animals. Our trail passes through the countryside that provides glimpses of a culture and scenery, different from those found in Nepal, and leads to the Rara National Park. The whole course lets us enjoy the solitude between Nepal’s natural beauty, which involves crossing Gurchi Mara Pass at 3710m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters on the way back. This route includes many ups and downs walking through the forest and remote villages that lead to a high altitude lake surrounded by dense woods, giving you a great wilderness experience.
The best month to trek in this region is from September to December and from March to May. This trek can be done even by beginners with good health and well physical condition.
Visit the Queen of Lakes; Rara Lake
Enjoy the views of majestic Himalayas
Cross the Gurchi Mara Pass at 3710 meters
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Nepalgunj
- Airfare to and from Nepalgunj – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Airfare to and from Nepalgunj – Jumla including departure taxes
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance paid for.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- All necessary permit fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot showers if not free during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Our trip begins with a beautiful flight for about one hour from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is located in the western region of Nepal and is one of the nearest regions to the Nepal-India border. The district is also an entrance to Simikot and Humla. It is a fascinating Terrain town that displays a diverse culture of Nepal. Here, we can visit the local markets, mini-zoo, and nearby villages. We will spend the night at Nepalgunj.
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2540m)
We will catch an early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Leaving the terai plains of Nepalgunj, we move towards the hilly areas of Jumla. With this twenty minutes’ trip, we reach Jumla. Jumla is one of the harsh regions in Nepal to enter. Jumla lies in the base of the Sisne Himalaya. Jumla is the highest region on earth where paddy is cultivated. The town is also an administrative headquarters of Karnali Zone and even an entrance to the Karnali region of Nepal. We will spend the night at Jumla.
Trek from Jumla to Bumra (2850m)
This is the first day of our trek. We will climb uphill and cross a couple of suspension bridges above the Himal River. Then, we will pass through a few villages to reach Bumra village, also famous as Nauri Ghat. Nauri Ghat is our final destination for the day. Overnight at Bumra.
Trek from Bumra to Pina (2440m)
Departing from Bumra, we ascend and pass through the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 meters. Continuing the climb, we pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The path after Burna is high above the river and borders two small spurs to reach Bhargaon in one and a half hours. After one kilometer, the trail turns north into the tributary stream of Ghautha Khola. We pass over the stream via a wooden bridge to the west side and climb to Chautha through a forest. After about an hour, the valley widens out into a beautiful meadow. Then, we move along the left stream until we reach a western tributary. We climb through the small gorge on the northeast hill and adjoin north across several spurs to reach Pina. We spend the night at Pina.
Trek from Pina to Gamagadhi (2095m)
Today, we will climb up through a steep trail to Gamagadhi. Gamagadhi is the headquarters of an isolated district in Nepal, Mugu District. We will spend the night at Gamagadhi.
Trek from Gamagadhi to Rara Lake (3010m)
Departing from Gamagadhi, our course is quite comfortable, and we trek mostly through the straight path until we reach Rara Lake. Then, we follow the river upstream to Rara Lake, where we can enjoy the beauty of trekking in the company of beautiful nature. Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. Chuchemara Peak resides on the southern side of the Rara Lake while Ruma Kand and Malika Kand summits surround its northern area. We will spend the night at Rara Lake.
Explore Rara Lake
Today, we will visit the gorgeous Rara Lake. After breakfast, we explore the azure waters of the enormous lake, also known as Mahendra Taal, named after late king Mahendra. This day is to explore the area as well as the ancient village of Rara. We might also ascend to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding hills. Or we can visit the National Park Headquarters. It is allowed to swim in the Rara Lake. The lake is piercingly cold, and it can be quite refreshing to swim in it, which can be an excellent way to acclimatize. Besides, you can have a pleasant walk towards the north where you can get some beautiful views. Overnight at Rara Lake.
Day Eight :
Trek from Rara Lake to Khatyar Khola Camp (2965m)
Leaving the gorgeous Rara Lake, we walk towards Khatyar Khola camp. The trail to Khatyar Khola looks quite challenging, but while walking, it is not as tough as it seems. Along the way, we will get many chances to enjoy the panorama of beautiful mountain peaks. We will move past a village named Murma. From Murma, the trail gets even more relaxed. Further, the trail passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola, where we will spend the night.
Khatyar Khola Camp to Ghoro Singha (3050m)
Today, we will start our trek right after breakfast. After breakfast, we walk the lake outlet and then follow the downstream of Khatyar gad for about an hour. Then, we will cross a wooden bridge to the south side and ascend gradually over the 400 meters to reach an open space at 3277 meters. The trail then continues climbing south through thick forest until you reach the tree line at 3658 meters. The ridge continues further to the south for 200 meters along a beautiful trail with distant views of the Himalayas. We will move through the high hill and turn south-east at an altitude of 3749 meters. Then, descending by the east side of Chuchemara Danda, it is a bit steep path to Ghoro Singha, where we will stay overnight.
Ghoro Singha to Sinja
We will mostly be descending until we reach Laha beside the Ghatte Khola. We climb down through the steep pass for a while then walk through a bit easy path until Botan. Then, we move through a beautiful trail while climbing Siyabala Danda located south of Ghoro Singha. The climb starts immediately west of Ghoro Singha and takes about an hour through the forest to reach the top at an altitude of 5351 meters. The trail then bounds south-east above the high fields of Lumsa. Along the Sinja valley, we will get some great views to the south. After moving down for about two hours, we reach Sinja, our final destination for the day. Sinja Valley is a significant plane in the history of Nepal. The valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdon that ruled this area from the 12th to 14th centuries. Sinja valley is also the highest human settlement in the world. Trekkers can enjoy the view of the majestic Himalayas from here. Palaces, temples, and the ancient remnants of a settlement were discovered during excavations led by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University. We will spend the night at Sinja.
Sinja to Chala Chaur (2980m)
Today, we will trek along a rock-strewn path between a dense forest. Experiencing the wilderness, we will have a pleasant walk. Then, we cross a bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank. Following the stream, we climb over the ridge. Continuing the trail to the south side of the stream, we will eventually reach the Chala Chaur, where we will be spending the night.
Trek from Chala Chaur to Chauirya Chaur (3055m)
Our trip keeps moving along a hard way from Chala Chaur. After walking for a bit, the path straightens a bit until we reach Jaljala chaur from where we rise gradually to the Jaljala pass at an altitude of 3850 meters.
Chauriya Chaur to Jumla
This is the final day we enjoy our journey on foot. Today, we retrace our path back to Jumla. The trail offers some of the most magnificent views of the trip. Descending steadily, we will eventually reach Jumla, where we will spend the night.
Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj
We will take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On this twenty minutes’ flight, we get to enjoy gorgeous views of altering vegetation of Nepal. We will spend the night at Nepalgunj.
Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
We will take an early flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the time is free. So, you can just rest or roam around the streets of Thamel. You can also go for shopping around Thamel as you can get almost anything in this tourist street of Nepal.