Description of Rara Lake Trekking
Mystical Rara Lake (2980m) is the main highlights of Rara National Park and is a most famous destination for a western region trekking in Nepal. Rara Lake, the other name of natural panorama is the pride of western Nepal that can make anyone fall in love because of its hypnotic aura and bewitching charm. Rara Lake expedition route is well off the beaten track and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from those in the rest of Nepal. The smallest park in Nepal, Rara National Park in this region is often considered as one of the finest parks in the world that abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other faunae. The route is very much out-of-the-way with various natural and cultural sites of Nepal. The snow-capped Himalayas reflected in the Rara lake gives you ideal feeling in the trekking. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ rewarded with peaceful surrounding, magnificent snow-capped peaks and a delightful and enchanting abundant wild life.
Beginning the Jumla Rara trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj offers magnificent views along the Dhaulagiri range and lovely view of Nepal's western landscape. The Jumla Rara Lake trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found else where in Nepal. Rara Lake comes within the catchments area of the Karnali River, one of the three main river systems of Nepal. The habitat supports animals like the Red panda, Black bear, Yellow-throated martin, Ghoral, Serow and Musk deer. There have also been reported sightings of leopard and wolf. The lake attracts migrant wildfowl like teals, pochards and mallards. Resident birds include the Impeyan, kalij, blood pheasant, chukkor partridge etc. Rara Lake area is covered with coniferous forest with Rhododendron, black juniper, west Himalayan spruce, oak and Himalayan cypress. One of the best trail of Jumla Rara trekking can be found walking deep into the jungle through fine grassland and typical villages where you can find unique religions and cultures, as well as abundant wild life. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude and can overcome the logistical complications of the region, this Jumla Rara Lake Trekking is the good choice.
highlights of the trip:
Experience the real Tibetan life - Explore ancient Buddhist monastery and primitive life - Visit hidden kingdom
This Trekking is suitable for any walker looking for more challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December
Rara Lake outline itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport Airport (TIA)
- Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
- Day 03: Katmandu to Nepalgunj flight (40 minutes)
- Day 04: Nepalgunj to Jumla
- Day 05: Jumla – Padmara (2900m)
- Day 06: Padmara – Nyawre (2660m)
- Day 07: Nyawre- Chautha
- Day 08: Chautha – Pina (2400m)
- Day 09: Pina - Gamgadhi (District headquarter of Mugu District)
- Day 10: Gamgadhi - Rara Lake (2980m)
- Day 11: Rest day in Rara Lake
- Day 12: Rara Lake – Gorosingha
- Day 13: Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m)
- Day 14: Sinja trek to Jaljala chaur (3270m)
- Day 15: Jaljala -Chere Chaur (3010m)
- Day 16: Chere Chaur to Jumla
- Day 17: Jumla – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
- Day 18: Farewell and final departure
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Rara Lake trekking itinerary in details
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 m)
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program with your trekking guide to discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets
Katmandu to Nepalgunj flight (40 minutes)
We take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Have a rest all over the day and can take some leisurely stroll around the city and prepare for next day flight. Nepalgunj is a business city as the centre of trade as well as culture. Overnight stay at hotel
Nepalgunj to Jumla
Take a fly to Jumla from Nepalgunj. The town is a delightful valley and here are the highest limits of rice paddy cultivation in the world. Overnight at Camp
Jumla – Padmara
The trail follows the Tila River, passing through a patch work of fields, fragrant pine forest, and green hills through picturesque villages. The trek heads in the direction of Uthugoan (2530m) and begins an ascent up the Padmara valley beginning gently but becoming steeper as the climb continues. The trail ascends gently through a forest of spruces, birches and rhododendron and reaches Padmara. Padmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either the Buddhist or Hindu religion
Padmara – Nyawre (2660m)
The trail descends gently alongside the stream to two bhattis (teashops) at Tharamara (3280m). The descent becomes steep through forests of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo. After a short level stretch the trail zigzags down to the sinja Khola, crossing it on a log bridge at 2680m. Follow the river downstream to Nyawre through potato and wheat fields near the riverbed. Overnight stay at Camp
The trail leaves the river and starts a serious climb, passing through Marijuana fields below Burma village. A steep nasty set of switchbacks leads to Kabra where, crammed under a huge over-hanging rock. The steep climb continues for a while, and then levels out before Bhara (2920m), also known as Bhadgoan. Beyond this large village the trail makes a turn into a big valley then descends to the Chaura Khola. Just cross this stream in the tiny village of Chautha (2770m). Try the fields before the village for overnight camping
Chautha – Pina (2400m)
Rocky trails follow through gently ascend until you cross a suspension bridge as the valley becomes narrower. Again trek along an ascending path reaching the check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Here you have to pay an entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trail emerges into an immense treeless meadow to Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3460m) with a steep ascent before turning steeply downhill all the way to Pina. Along the trails, you can enjoy the forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, wild animals and local birds
Pina - Gamgadhi (District headquarter of Mugu District)
Today follow the direct trail to Rara Lake, which stays more or less level through pine forests, then descends to Jhyari Khola at 2400m and follow a mostly ascending path again. On the way, you can observe musk deer and pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. You come across several villages rich in terraces, monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and local people following the Tibetan life style. Reach Gamgadhi for the overnight stay
Gamgadhi - Rara Lake (2980m)
It is a short, pleasant trek where on reaching the crest of the ridge, we get to experience an excellent panorama to the north, flaunting irresistible beauty and charm. As the trail descends, Rara Lake becomes visible on the northeast. The trail further passes through bamboo and birch forests. After crossing a bridge we climb steadily up a ridge to a low saddle from here we can see fine views of Beautiful Rara Lake. After working 2 hour, we arrive the western bank of the lake
Rest day in Rara Lake
After having breakfast you can visit all around Rara Lake which is almost 13km. In Rara Lake there found otter and different kinds of fish. This region is full of birds, flowers and wild animals. Explore the area, including the old village of Rara. We can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. We can even visit the National Park Headquarters. Swimming is allowed in the lake and it is piercingly refreshing. This can be a perfect way for acclimatization
Rara Lake – Gorosingha
It is more rewarding to make a circuit via a different trail. From western end of the lake the trail follows the Khtyar Khola to Majhghatta. Take a lower trail that descends gradually to the river leading straight up to the hill, climbing through pine, spruce and rhododendron forests. There are views of Rara Lake and excellent views of western Himalaya from the ridge of Ghurchi Mara at 3710m. Follow the long route, the main trail as it drops into the Ghatta valley, then heads towards Gorosingha
Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m)
Follow the sinja Khola downstream to the Sinja. A varied trail with scenic views climbs Lumsa. It is then a short walk down the fertile valley, on a renovated trail, through a heavily populated region to the Brahman and Chettri village of Sinja (2440m). Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. There is an Old Malla Durbar and Tripura Sundari Temple
Sinja trek to Jaljala chaur
From Sinja the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge and then begins a long trip up to the Dhubi Khola. After passing a few villages, the trail crosses the back and forth across the river on a series of log bridges. Most of the trek is through pines, birches and oaks also few scattered houses and barley and corn fields. The trail climbs to Jaljala chaur, a gigantic meadow full of grazing horses. Overnight camping.
Jaljala -Chere Chaur (3010m)
Keep climbing through the forests to another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510m and then descend to a few houses at Chauri Khola (3090m). Cross a stream and contour around the head of the valley, staying high, eventually crossing another ridge to rejoin the upward hill trail at Chere. Overnight at camp
Chere Chaur to Jumla
This day you trek through a steeply descending path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges. After reaching Jumla, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing
Jumla – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
We take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. You can spend the rest of the day shopping and general sightseeing
Free day in Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International
- Kathmandu International airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 Nights hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within B.B Plan.
- Domestic flights Kathmandu - Nepaljung – Juphal – Jumla - Nepaljung -Kathmandu as a round fare.
- Applicable domestic airport taxes.
- All land transfer as per given itinerary.
- Dolpa controlled region permits by Nepal Immigration.
- Shey - Phoksundo National Parks entry permits fees.
- Tented accommodation with all cooking equipment during the trekking days.
- Food ( Bf, Lunch, Din) each day serve with hot drinks while on trekking days
- Fluent English speaking license holder local Mountain Trekking Guide.
- Professional cook, Sherpas, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as upon the group size.
- All program according to itineraries on full board.
- Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurances for all the Nepali trekking staffs
- After trek, you will get an attractive gift souvenir from Gokyo Treks and Expedition (P) Ltd.
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- Lunch and dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and other city area.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments and clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.