Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Rara Lake Trek

Explore the off beaten ancient trade route and experience the ambience of remote world in Rara Lake Trek. The Rara Lake Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

The trek to Rara is strenuous and off-beaten trail, appreciate the endowments of nature. The trek continues through the forest and isolated villages to high altitude lakes, perfect for bird- watcher and wilderness lover. Rara Lake Trekking demonstrates the best beyond the harder trekking trail, where you will be gulped by the marvels of the capturing nature.

The trek to Rara Lake is one of the best Fascinating treks in Western Nepal. The trek offers a good glimpse of cultures and scenery different from the rest of Nepal. Rara Lake is the deepest and largest Lake in Nepal Himalaya at an elevation of 3010m with an area of 10.8sq.km. The lake reflects the sun rays in the day and resembles as a jewel in the top. The lake shows three different colors and background of the lake also keeps on changing. It is the popular destination route for trekkers surrounded by green hills and Rara National Park with pine, spruce, and juniper forest. Rara National Park, one of the most alluring national parks that have unique floral and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species. Travelers will get a very new and unique experience in this trip. The view of majestic snow-capped Himalayan peaks surrounding the lake enhances the attraction of trekkers. Every year thousands of visitors visit the lake, it is a good trekking destination. It is the home of a rare creature like red panda, normal langur, and rhesus macaque. Rhododendron, juniper, oak, spruce, and Cyprus are the rich vegetations of this region. Resident Gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl are also quite commonly sighted around the lake area Trekking in Himalaya. The trail leads through interesting villages of Hindu Thakuri Malla and Tibetan influenced tribes with rich old traditions and custom. If you look for the wildness and solitary path then it is a good choice. Malla stones can be found around the lakes. The tall pillars of rock around the lake features the inscription of the sun and moons during the times of Malla Kings. The best time for Rara Lake Trekking is Spring and Autumn season. During this time the weather will be pleasant and you’ll get splendid views of the Himalayas reflecting in the lake. During the spring season, the whole area is filled with blooming colorful rhododendron flowers which add unique beauty around the lake. The travelers can trek to some important summits like Murma Top. Enjoy these treks and get a panoramic view of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

Rara Lake Trekking route is off beaten and less crowded allows a unique and authentic Nepal trekking experience. It is quite easy and suitable for any level of trekkers. This trek will experience you the basic comfort of the local people they are having in their daily lifestyle. You are offered by local foods and stay at the local shelter. This trek could be customized according to clients available time. The view of snowcapped mountains, forests, enchanting lakes and witness of the rustic life of the locals enhances the beauty of this trek. Our 13 days trek starts from a vibrant capital city and flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla which leads through the ancient off beaten route formed by the traders who transport their goods from Tibet to Nepal and vice versa. On the way, we'll pass conifer, pine, expansive leafed chestnut, white birch, and rhododendron and cross the rich snow capped glades with groups of sheep and goat herders. Enroute we'll pass through the interesting village of Chere Chaur, Sinja, Ghorosingha and finally treks to Rara Lake. After the great trekking at Rara Lake, our journey back to Jumla via Pina, Bumra over Danphe Lagna pass.

Highlights:

   Explore the natural beauty and tranquility of Rara Lake
   Visit Sinja valley, an important old historical place of Nepal
   Explore the rich bio-diversity of Rara National Park
   Walk through beautiful pine, birch, and rhododendron forests
   Experience authentic culture and lifestyle of Jumla district
   Off beaten route and the remote area of Himalayas
   The stunning view of Himalayas from the high passes

Trip Facts

Duration: 13 days
Trek Duration: 10 days
Elevetion: 200m - 3804m
Difficulty: Moderate to hard
Accommodation: Teahouse
Starting / Ending: Kathmandu
Season: April - May, Sep - Oct
Transport : Private vehicle & domestic flight
Permits: Rara National Park trekking permit, TIMS card
Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft. )

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to a visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Representative welcome you by offering holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath, city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: KTM Valley UNESCO Heritage sites Sightseeing Tours (1350m/4429 ft. )

KTM Sightseeing tour will commence after breakfast on most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites; Swayambhu Stupa- an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley and popular with “Monkey Temple”, Boudha Stupa- the largest stupas in Nepal, Pashupatinath significant Shiva Temple and cremation center of KTM Valley. After the complete sightseeing tour, we return to the hotel and do preparation for the Himalayas trek.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Scenic flight to Nepalgunj(200m/656ft. ), 50min

After having our breakfast in the hotel at Kathmandu we moved towards Tribhuvan International Airport early in the morning. It takes 50 min to Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj 200m. Enjoying the view of Himalayan ranges while being on the flight, we reach Nepalgunj(gateway to Simikot). The weather is comparatively warmer than Ktm. Due to the nearness to India, necessities are quite cheap, esp. vegetables. Many Nepali go shopping in Rupaidiha, a little market town beyond the border. The biggest temple of Nepalgunj(Bageshwori Temple) one of the famous and most religious temples in Nepal. It dedicates to goddess Bageshwori- a Durga. Travelers can visit the temple and do arati, a mini zoo with a playground and a few animals. Visitors can also have a bicycle trip to the Rapti river and can experience the elephant safari at Bardia National Park few distances from the main market of Nepalgunj but if you are interested to participate these  activities, you require extra additional days. We will have a look of more than three hundred and fifty species of birds, along with other wild animals like deer, wild boars, wild elephants, crocodiles, dolphins, blue bulls, etc. After the visit back to the hotel where our accommodation is arranged.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Scenic flight to Jumla (2540m/8334ft. ) & trek to Chere Chaur (3055m/10023ft. ), flight 20min+5hr walk

A 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj will take us to Jumla, gateway town to the Dolpo Region. At Jumla, we will explore the bazaar, visit the temple dedicated to Chandannath. The picturesque landscapes, wildlife and fascinating people and culture of this place will amaze us. From here, we depart towards the Jumla valley, ascending to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. We will pass through Khalanga Bazzar and visit a small market place nearby villages and temple which leads to Chere Chaur. There is large, grassy plateau with views back down the valley to Jumla.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Chalachaur (2980m/9777ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Our treks starts following the western trail and ascend through beautiful rhododendron, birch, and pine forests to the place called Jaljala Pass. The Pass offers a spectacular view of Kanjiroba Himal. We’ll cross this pass and continue our trek through a pristine trail. After a couple of hours, we’ll reach a summer grazing pastures called as Jaljala Chaur. We will continue along the northern tree line that crosses small bridgeover a stream. After 5-6hr of walk, we’ll enter into the main Rara Circuit trail which decends rapidly through the forest into Jaljila Khola valley and reach Chala Chaur.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Sinja Valley (2490m/ 8169 ft. ), 4-5hr walk

We follow the Jaljala Khola across terraced fields and pine forests. We will encounter a 300 year old Hindu temple while passing through Kanaksundari. The trail to Sinja is marked with numerous stones etched with writing dating back to the Malla dynasty, as Sinja was the historical capital of the Malla Kings. The ruins of the old palace can be seen across the river. There is an interesting temple here dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides atop a tiger. Walking through the terraced farms, we will reach the Sinja valley, situated on a plain on the west bank of the Sinja Khola. The valley offers numerous ancient temples and places to explore to the trekkers. An interesting thing about this valley is that culture and traditions are well preserved. In the Sinja valley, we can encounter exquisite landscapes, unique Khas language, and lovely people.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft. ), 4-5hr walk

We leave Sinja on an uphill trail alongside Hima River, traversing the beautiful gorge to emerge into a landscape of lush forests and meadows. From the village we climb on a steep trail for a while followed by a relatively easy trail until Laha Village. From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte khola with the stunning beautiful wide valley dotted with farmhouses and terraced fields. Passing a police checkpoint and several flour mills we reach the entrance to Rara Lake National Park. We will passes through a meandering stream through a grassy valley come across to Gorosingha.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft. ), 6hr walk

Ascending the Ghurchi Mara ridge from Gorosingha, we encounter an amazing panoramic view of the park. The deep blue waters of Rara Lake glisten on the northern horizon as we descend through verdant trails of birch and bamboo. Enjoying the natural scenery, we’ll enter into a forested trail and continue our trek until reaching Majhghat. After crossing Majhghat and Khatyar Khola we will continue to wooden bridge leads over Khola to the north and ascend an easy gradient to the western end headquarter of Rara National Park. Finally, after 5-6hr of trek, we’ll reach our destination Rara Lake. Upon our arrival, we will admire the close-up view of a tranquil lake and lush vegetation of Rara National Park.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 09: Explore Rara Lake

We'll spend the day exploring the heavenly shores of Rara, Nepal’s largest lake. A 13 kilometer circumambulation of the lake is a truly a walk through one of the world’s most precious wild regions, home to diverse flora and fauna including some indigenous species of birds, fish, and animals. We can enjoy the spectacular view of the lake and the Himalayas staying on the bank of river. We can practice our photography of nature, wild animals, birds. Local people are very friendly and pleased to have their pictures taken. On the northern-eastern bank is Rara Mahadev Temple, decorated with wood-carving of elephant, peacock and people. On the full moon in July/August we can see the people gathering together and honor the god Thakur. Besides this, we can also experience short boating trips in the lake for an amazingly refreshing experience, or visited the deserted villages of Rara and Chapra on the lake’s isolated northern shore.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 10: Trek to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Leaving behind beautiful pristine Rara Lake we’ll trek towards Pina over the bridge flowing Khatyar Khola. We will cross the bridge and continue around the lake to a trail to south west and climb. Our trail is easy and we walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, we descend through a pine cedar forest to Jhyari Khola and after short uphill climb to grinding mills leads to Pina village.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Trek to Bumra (2850m/9351ft. ), 6-7hr walk

From Pina we descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at an altitude of 3480m. We will see colorful prayer flags, beautiful Karnali river from the top of the pass. The trail follows a stream through forest and rocky spurs and reach the pass. From the top of the pass we can have the beautiful view of Kanjiroba Himal. After enjoying the view, we’ll continue our trek down to Bulbule. From Bulbule, we’ll move towards the south and continue through the small settlement around Chautha. We continue our descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. After 6-7hr of walk, we’ll reach a beautiful village in Bumra. This village is also called as Nauri Ghat.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Trek to Jumla (2540m/8334ft. ), 6-7hr walk

After having breakfast, we will continue our trek to Jumla crossing two suspension bridges over Hima River and walk downhill. The trail climbs an unrelenting gradient through birch forest to some patures. After walking for a few hours, we'll get to a hot spring where we can ease our aching body with a dip and cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3804m. The scenery is excellent upon our gradual descent, culminating in a challenging stretch before our final stop in Jumla. We’ll continue our trek and reach Chere Chaur, we follow the same trail we took few days back and reach Jumla.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Scenic flight to Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

After having breakfast in the morning, we will take the flight back to Nepalgunj and fly again to Kathmandu on the very same day. Our representative shall take you to your hotel after your arrival in Kathmandu. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
[Included meals: Dinner in Ktm]
Overnight at hotel in Ktm

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Fight from KTM-Nepalgunj-Jumla 

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in basic teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Rara National Park Entry Permit, TIMS registration card

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family


Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. For further more information, have to visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Heli Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, and boiled water as well as snacks, desserts, etc. during the trek

- Gratuity for Guide & Porter

- Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.


Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

 

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

 

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

 

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

 

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

 

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

 

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Additional Options:

+Additional porter: 220 USD [22 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.


+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.

Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. For further information, visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit a copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to an unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to a health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In many cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be covered in these cases.

Money and Gratuity

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
13 days
Season
April - May, Sep - Oct
Region
Far-West of Nepal
Grade
Medium
Altitude
3804m
Walking
5 - 6hr
Accommodation
Teahouse & hotel