Rara Lake Trek

Trek to Rara Lake – the Largest Lake in Nepal

Duration
11 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Strenuous
This interesting and varied trek takes you to the western region of Nepal and ultimately to the largest lake in the country. We travel through less frequented regions, with traditional villages and scenic passes in complete wilderness.

Tour code: GE019

Less frequented regions, traditional villages, scenic passes, in complete wilderness

This interesting and varied trek takes you to the western region of Nepal and ultimately to the largest lake in the country. We travel through less frequented regions, with traditional villages and scenic passes in complete wilderness. Rara Lake (5.1km long and 2.7km wide), sometimes referred to as Mahendra Taal, it is located in Mugu District and sits at an altitude of 2,990m. It is situated in Rara National Park, and there is the chance to explore the lake area on the rest day during the 8 day trek. The park is home to 214 species of birds, and migratory birds, and dozens of mammal species, including the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, jackals and others. The trek is quite strenuous in parts but does not rise above approximately 3,500m. The trail we take passes through lush vegetation and interesting villages, along rivers and over panoramic passes. Being a remote and less touristy area of the country, this is a camping trek where you can enjoy evenings under the stars before retiring to your luxury tent for a good nights sleep.

ITINERARY IN OUTLINE

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Full day sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Jumla by B3E helicopter 1.5 hrs (including re-fueling time)
  • Day 04: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3,055m) 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek Chere Chaur to Chala Chaur (2,970m) 5 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek Chala Chaur to Sinja Valley (2,490m) 6 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek Sinja Valley to Ghorosingha (3,050m) 6 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3,010m) 6 hrs
  • Day 09: Explore Rara Lake
  • Day 10: Fly from Rara Lake to Kathmandu by B3E helicopter 1.5 hrs (including re-fueling time)
  • Day 11: Departure from Nepal

Tour Map

Tour Overview

Tour Duration
11 Days
Trek Duration
8 Days
Mode of Trek
Camping
Max. Elevation
3,691 m
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Strenuous
Start / End

Jumla / Rara Lake

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU (1,300M)

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel. After some refreshments our Sherpa guide or other representative will give you 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, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu. Transfers by private vehicle.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel

DAY 2:  FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU

After breakfast, proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here we take in the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, known as the living goddess, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandap Temple. From our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about Nepalese history, architecture and religion.

From here, proceed by private vehicle to the Buddhist site of Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. From Swoyambhunath you can look down over the city while learning about the local Buddhist culture. Then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. Being that the Bagmati is considered a holy river, many funeral cremations take place along its banks.

Before returning to the hotel, visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. The area is particularly vibrant and colourful in the early evening when locals come out to circumambulate around the stupa, reciting prayers as they walk. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before the next morning's departure.

Overnight: Hotel Hyatt Regency Hotel

DAY 3: : FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO JUMLA (2,500M) 1.5 HRS

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport by private vehicle. Here it is an hour’s scenic flight to Jomsom by the After breakfast drive to the airport around 6am by private vehicle from where you will have a scenic flight by the latest model private chartered B3E helicopter. We fly over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Note: the helicopter may stop for about 15 minutes in Pokhara Airport and 15 minutes in Nepalganj Airport for re- fueling purposes. On arrival at Jumla our trekking staff will receive you.

Jumla is the largest town in the hills of the Karnali District. This area is Nepal's most sparsely- populated administrative zone with few roads and is mainly 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.

Overnight: Luxury Camping Jumla

DAY 4:  TREK TO CHERE CHAUR (3,000M) 5 HRS

After breakfast take half an hour walk from Jumla towards the college to the small village called Micha where, in a small walled enclosure, stands a number of stone stupas explaining some of Buddha’s history. The stupas were erected in memory of important dignitaries of the region and date back to the late 15th century. From here we climb away from Jumla and follow the trail to our overnight camp at Chere Chaur.

Overnight: Luxury Camping Chere Chaur

DAY 5:  TREK TO CHALACHAUR (2,980M)

After breakfast we take a route heading west, climbing 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. In the afternoon, descend about 870m through beautiful forests to our campsite.

Overnight: Luxury Camping Chala Chaur

DAY 6:  TREK TO SINJA VALLEY (2,490M)

Climbing uphill to Sinja Valley, we pass through several villages and follow the Jaljala River 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. 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 River, at a place known as Kotgaon or Lamathada, where you can explore the ancient sculptured stones overgrown with weeds.

Overnight: Luxury Camping Sinja Valley

DAY 7:  TREK TO GHOROSINGHA (3,050M)

After breakfast we leave the Sinja Valley, passing through farmland, until we reach the entrance of Rara National Park at the Ghorosingha check-post.

Overnight stay: Luxury Camping Ghorosingha

DAY 8:  TREK TO RARA LAKE (3,000M)

Leaving the Ghorosingha campsite, our route leads to a climb all the way to the Chuchemara Danda ridge, at around an elevation of 4,260m. This part takes nearly 2 hours, but the climb is not too hard. From 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 River which is followed upstream to our overnight camp near the shores of Rara Lake

Overnight: Luxury Camping Rara Lake

DAY 9:  EXPLORE RARA LAKE

Rara Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast you can walk to Murma Hill for the full view of Rara Lake and surrounding valleys or climb the wooden observation tower. There is also the opportunity for boating and admiring the picturesque setting of the lake, as well as visiting the National Park Headquarters to pick up information about the Park itself. Swimming is allowed, and it is very cold and refreshing!

Overnight: Luxury Camping Rara Lake

DAY 10:  FLY RARA LAKE TO KATHMANDU

After a champagne breakfast fly by the latest model B3E helicopter from Rara Lake to Kathmandu. Upon landing in Kathmandu our staff will receive you and escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon relax at the hotel and enjoy the spa or take a short, 10 minutes walk, to the area around Boudhanath Stupa to do some shopping. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a culture show.

Overnight: Hotel Hyatt Regency

DAY 11:  DEPARTURE

Today our staff will take you to the airport for your international flight. Please advise us in advance of your flight time and please ensure your ticket is confirmed. We can do this for you.

Highlights of Our Services

  • We use the latest model B3E helicopter for the Kathmandu – Jumla and Rara Lake – Kathmandu flights.
  • We provide you with a luxury suite in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Unlike other trekking agencies, we do not provide dome tents. We provide luxury tents, with enough headroom to stand up in, and which are fitted with beds.
  • We provide dry foods such as almonds, peanuts and chocolate bars during the trek.
  • We take fresh seasonal fruits for evening dessert.
  • We provide unlimited tea/ coffee throughout the trek.
  • Our guides are highly experienced, educated, dedicated and able to take decisions in any unforeseen difficult situation.

Complimentary Services

  • Complimentary tourist registration in the respective consulate office or embassy.
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability).
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu, including a culture show presented by different ethnic groups.
  • Complimentary use of freshly laundered sleeping bags and down jackets.

Services Included

  • 3 nights luxury suite accommodation in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu with AP meal plan (3 meals per day).
  • 7 nights luxury tented accommodation with beds in private tents in Jumla and Rara Region with AP meal plan.
  • Champagne with breakfast at Rara Lake.
  • Pure mineral water for drinking.
  • Hot boiled water for washing.
  • License holder, experienced, English speaking guide (we also have other language speaking guides, please ask us) for the entire tour.
  • High altitude porters for the entire trek.
  • Kitchen staff with our best trekking cook.
  • Member tents, kitchen tents, dining tents, toilet tents, bathroom tents.
  • Comfortable mattress, bed sheets, sleeping bag, and necessary items for comfortable sleeping.
  • Ground transportation in Kathmandu including airport pick up and drop by air conditioned luxury Land Cruiser and/orLand Rover.
  • Entry Fees and trekking permit fees.

Services Excluded

  • Emergency rescue evacuation charges.
  • Medical charges.
  • Extra beverage and bar bill during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance fees.
  • Extra charges borne by any natural calamities or political strikes.
  • Tips for the guides, porters and drivers.

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request an advance payment of 40% of the quoted amount. This can be done by credit card when filling up our GE Booking Form.

If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195, Third Floor, Bhattachan Complex,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4417959
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www.gurkhaencounters.com

Note: Payment through Master/Visa card has an additional bank service charge of 4%. Payment through American Express has an additional bank service charge of 5.5%.

Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made not less than 48 hours before departure. There is a minimum 40% cancellation charge PLUS any tax, transportation and permit fees. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the programme ends before the stated itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for the early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feel it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues.
  • The Company is not liable for cancellation or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances.
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in local or international flights being missed. We suggest you leave adequate time between the end of your trek and your international flight.
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue, should it be necessary. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal.
  • Our staff are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety. Therefore, their decision regarding safety is final. The Company is not responsible in any way, for any outcome, should you refuse to follow their advice.

Cancellation Charge Incurred

If you cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of cancellation fees will apply:
  • 60 days before departure - Loss of deposit 40% of total trip cost
  • 29 days to 59 days before departure - 50% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure - 70% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure - 100% of total trip cost

General Information

Equipment List (general, recommended items, may vary depending on your trek)

  • A pair of light hiking boots (please wear them before arrival to ensure comfort)
  • 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
  • 2 T-shirts
  • ipod or similar, camera and necessary chargers (optional)
  • A one litre water bottle
  • One flash light with 4 sets of batteries
  • 1 long sleeve tshirt or shirt
  • Two pairs of loose trekking pants
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (optional)
  • A pair of woolen gloves
  • One trekking back pack of 7 or 8 litre capacity
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • 1 four seasons sleeping bag (we also provide a four season sleeping bag for your convenience)
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF
  • Sunscreen stick with a high SPF
  • Two books for reading (optional)

Things to bring

Miscellaneous Items

  • Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Safety pins, sewing kits, zip lock bags for small items
  • You may wish to bring postcards of your hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with locals you meet along the route. Please do not give money or sweets to children on the trails.

Toiletry Items

Please bring with you a towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items. Please ensure you bring enough personal medicines and extras incase of flight delays.

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What Our Client Says

Very nice staff, porters and Guide, who gave explanations about everything and got out their way to help, they were also very knowledgeable of the terrain and the history of places we visited.

Onatibin, Tantanatia

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