Trekking in Nepal

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek
  • Total Duration

    16 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate to Challenging
  • Trek Duration

    12 days
  • Max Elevation

    3460m at Ghurchi Lagna Pass
  • Mode of Trek

    Camping
  • Trek Starts

    Jumla
  • Trek Ends

    Jumla
“Less frequented regions traditional villages, scenic pass in complete Wildernesses”

Overview

A journey into the Jumla region and the Rara Lake is probably one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all of the Himalayan range, with its unique tranquility, blending well in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountains and beautiful landscapes. Adventure starts from the hill town of Jumla in the remote north-west of Nepal.

From Jumla, the trek heads north passing through beautiful country side, farm villages and valleys with excellent views of snow capped peaks of the Dolpo and the Tibetan mountain ranges. You will feel as if you have entered a totally different world, as you enter the Rara National Park and its beautiful surroundings including the pristine Lake Rara. Its scenery and unbelievable quietness is fascinating amidst its charming forest and landscapes. We will be camping here for two nights to explore all around the largest lake in Nepal.

After an enjoyable stay here, we return to Jumla by an alternative route. In order to give you the best of this magnificent country, we conclude our wonderful and memorable journey at Jumla with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

03 April to 18 April
02 October to 17 October

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, we will be greeted by the office representatives, who will escort us to the hotel, where the Sherpa guide or office staff will give us a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast today it's time for a relaxed and easy guided tour of some of the many highlights of Kathmandu and the valley. We'll visit central Durbar Square at the heart of old Kathmandu and site of the ancient palace, the living goddess Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav temples. We'll also visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, with its fine views over Kathmandu and many interesting, features as well as the great spiral stupa itself. Join the pilgrims and saddhus (holy men) at Pashupati, one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Enjoy the ambience at Bouddha, one of the largest Buddhists stupas in the world and centre of the Tibetan community in Nepal. Later this afternoon return to the hotel and rest of your evening at leisure to rest and relax. Overnight in hotel
Day 03: Fly to Nepalganj and transfer to Hotel
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj, we transfer to the domestic airport for one scenic flight to Nepalgunj. We will arrive into Nepalgunj with time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical. Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Jumla (2370m) and trek to Charya Chaur (2800m)
After a pleasant stay overnight at Nepalgunj, we will have an early morning transfer to the airport for half hour flight to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the distant snow capped peaks. On arrival into Jumla, our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Jumla is the largest upland town in the Karnali District, and Nepal's most sparsely-populated administrative zone with no roads communication and is only accessible on foot or by air. There is time to explore Jumla to see the bazaar and temple dedicated to Chandan Nath, a mythical saint who defeated a serpent’s demon, and emptied the lake which flooded the valley. A half an hour's walk from Jumla towards the college is the small village called Micha where, in a small walled enclosure, stands a number of stone stupas telling of the Buddhist history. The stupas were erected in memory of important dignitaries of the region and date back from the late 15th century. From here we take a short walk climbing away from the Jumla Valley to the campsite at Charya Chaur high above the Karnali Technical College. Overnight at tented camp
Day 05: Trek to Camp Beneath the unnamed Pass 06 Hrs
Day starts with a morning climb through birch and pine forests to the unnamed grassy pass sometimes known as Jaljala. As the walk progresses, views of Kanjiroba Himal can be seen to the East, with its twin peaks that towers over the adjacent area. At afternoon, descent of about 870m through beautiful forests and find a suitable spot for overnight camping on the pastures with a nearby Shepherds’ hut after a relatively moderate day on the trail. Overnight at tented camp
Day 06: Trek to Botan (2680m) via Sinja Khola (2440m) 07 Hrs
A morning walk completes the descent to Sinja .We will follow the Jaljala Khola downstream through forests with immense gnarled pines and through terraced farmland. Just before the final descent to Sinja the trail passes the 300 year old Kanaksundari Temple where ancient stone lions guard the inner sanctum. Sinja was once the ancient and thriving winter capital of the Malla kings and a few Malla stones dating from the medieval Khasa kingdom can still be seen alongside the trail on its steep, low knob. The trail passes south of the peaked, white temple and descends to the main river, crossing a thick plant bridge at a place where the water has cut a deep, narrow furrow through bedrock. Sinja village rests upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, although here it is called Sinja River. The ruined town actually stood on the east bank of the Sinja Khola, at a place known as Kotgaon or Lamathada, where you can poke among ancient sculptured stones overgrown with weeds. Just north of Sinja stone-bound aeries -once used by meditating enunciates- are visible along the rock walls. We can have lunch here or else just take a short break near the bridge over the Khola. We will then continue to follow the river upstream, passing by the small village of Ganj through a spectacular gorge to the campsite at the village of Botan. Overnight at tented camp
Day 07: Trek to Rara Border (3190m) 04 Hrs
Today, there will be a short walk to the entrance of the Rara Lake National Park for your overnight camp. The trek continues after leaving the Sinja Khola from Botan to follow the Ghatte Khola north and then walking towards north-eastwards up a beautiful valley through farmland and past primitive flour mills to enter the Rara National Park at the Ghorasain police post. We will have enough time for short walk around or catch up on some laundry or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at tented camp
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake (2980m) 07 Hrs
Leaving the Ghorasain campsite, our route leads to a climb all the way to the Chuchemara Danda ridge, which is at about 4,260m elevation. This part takes nearly 2 hours, the climb is not too hard, and upon reaching the crest of the ridge, an excellent panorama can be seen against the northern horizon. Descending the trail northwards, Rara Lake will soon be seen to the north-east and the trail passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola which is followed upstream to our overnight camp near the Shore of Rara Lake. Overnight at tented camp
Day 09: Rest day at Rara Lake
A rest day to explore and climb up to the wooden observation tower for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. The National Park Headquarters can be visited and a leaflet about the National Park can be obtained there. Swimming is allowed in the lake and is piercingly refreshing. Overnight at tented camp
Day 10: Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari (2580m) 06 Hrs
A short day on the trail, leaving behind Rara Lake across a ridge to the village of Jhyari, following the Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for only short way, the route then crosses into the Dhaulagiri Khola valley to the overnight campsite beside the river. Farming is very evident in these valleys with terraced fields on all but the steepest slopes and snow capped peaks will be seen to the north east. Time permitting and willingness of the group and the porters trek further on to a delightful campsite at Pina to make the next day shorter. Overnight at tented camp
Day 11: Trek to Chauta (2770m) via Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3460m) 06 Hrs
From the campsite on the Dhaulagiri Khola, the walk leads through farmland to the village of Pina where there is a police post and a small local hotel before climbing to the Ghurchi pass. The long climb from Pina is mostly through forests with fine views to the north which are best enjoyed during rest stops. The pass is marked by several chortens and the trail then descends across alpine pastures, through walnut groves and to a steep narrow valley all the way to the village of Chauta for the overnight stop, where there are shops and local hotels. Overnight at tented camp
Day 12: Trek to Tharamara (3270m) 06 Hrs
The journey from Chauta follows the northern bank of the Sinja Khola through Bumra and past the small hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kamra, source of the important medicinal mineral, Silaji. Descending to the Sinja Khola the route passes the village of Nyawre, which is supplied by hydroelectricity, to the next bridge upstream before climbing for some 600meters to the pasture at Tharamara, camping here or an hour further above Tharamara. Overnight at tented camp
Day 13: Trek to Jumla (2370m) 06 Hrs
The last day of trekking begins slowly and gradually, dropping down a lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. There are many charming little villages such as Padmara, and the track is not too steep. It follows the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town. Overnight at tented camp
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalganj
Early morning wake up with a divine sound of temple bell and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area, and after breakfast easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Late afternoon visit two hundred years old monastery and visit the small alleys in a village. Overnight in Hotel
Day 15: Full day in Kathmandu
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. Please let our staff or tour officer know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for our extension trip white water rafting-Jungle Safari, paragliding or Bungee Jump. Overnight in Hotel
Day 16: Final Departure
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Tour Officer will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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