Rara Lake Trek

Package Details
  • Total Duration: 16 days
  • Trek Duration: 12 days
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Challenging
  • 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’

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.

Departure Dates

Spring/Autumn – 2014
03 April to 18 April
02 October to 17 October

Price

Budget accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis _ _
Single supplement _ _
Standard accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis _ _
Single supplement _ _
Deluxe accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Teahouse lodge basis _ _
Single supplement _ _

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Fly to Nepalganj and transfer to hotel
Day 04 Fly to Jumla and trek to Charya Chaur (2800m)
Day 05 Trek to the camp beneath the Unnamed Pass
Day 06 Trek to Botan (2680m) via Sinja Khola (2440m)
Day 07 Trek to Rara Border (3190m)
Day 08 Trek to Rara Lake (2990m)
Day 09 Rest day at Rara Lake
Day 10 Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari (2580m)
Day 11 Trek to Chauta (2770m) via Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3460m)
Day 12 Trek to Tharamara (3270m)
Day 13 Trek to Jumla (2370m)
Day 14 Fly to Nepalganj and then to Kathmandu
Day 15 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 16 Final departure

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.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC