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Rara Lake Trekking

Duration: 12 Nights 13 Days Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Region: Rara
  • Maximum Altitude: 3804m.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/Hotel
  • Activity: Trekking/Hiking
  • Trip Grade: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Activity per day: 6 to 7 Hours
  • Trek duration: 11 Days
  • Best Time: September to November and March to June
  • Transportation: Both way domestic fly
  • Start/End Point: Nepaljung to Nepaljung

Trip Overview

Rara Lake Trekking is an exhilarating walk to remote area of Nepal via unspoiled wilderness to explore the largest freshwater lake of Nepal’s Himalayas. Basically, this trek is for those who really love trekking to the unspoiled nature and remote areas where people live their very natural life without being affected by the flame of modernization.

To witness and explore the largest freshwater lake of Nepal’s Himalayas can, definitely, be a dream to the trekkers/ travelers. The very dream will be fulfilled by Rara Lake Trekking. Taking you to Rara Lake, this trek offers you a great opportunity to explore it and its serene setting with magnificent green hills and mountain summits.

Walking through awe-inspiring landscapes, deep sal and pine forests, river beaches and ridges, local villages and terraced farmlands will be astonishing experiences during Rara Lake Trekking. The local settlements like Jumla, Sinja Valley, Nuri and Pina will let you experience another level of trekking in Nepal. You find everything fresh and natural during the trekking to Rara Lake.

About Rara Lake

Rara Lake can be reached by trekking like Rara Overland Jeep Tour. Whichever you find more exciting, can go with it. The Rara Lake is located in Mugu district and has the has a water surface of 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi), a maximum depth of 167 m (548 ft), is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) long and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) wide. The lake is protected by Rara National Park.

About Rara National Park

Without exploring Rara National Park, Rara Lake Trekking cannot be complete. Talking about the national park, 1074 species of floras can be found in it, of which 16 are endemic to Nepal. Talking about the faunas, 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds can be found in Rara National Park. So, undoubtedely, the bird watchers and the animal lovers find Rara National Park a fine destination during their Rara Lake Trekking. The presence of Himalayan cypress, West Himalayan Spruce, Black Juniper and Oak and the national flower of Nepal Rhododendron make this national park more fascinating to the trekkers/visitors.

Things to experience during Rara Lake Trekking

  • Experience an incredibly exciting wilderness trek to Rara Lake, one of the world highest freshwater lakes and the largest freshwater lake in Nepalese Himalayas
  • Walk though Rara National Park and explore diverse species of flora fauna
  • Celebrate the absolute wilderness around Rara Leke with green hills and majestic mountain peaks
  • Walk past local settlements, interact with them and enjoy local accommodation and food items
  • Explore popular Sinja Valley; its history and civilization

Best Time to do Rara Lake Trekking

What is the best time of the year for Rara Lake Trekking? Definitely, this query will be very common and mandatory to be raised beforehand venturing on the trail because one must know the best weather/time of the year so that they can make their Rara Lake Trekking a memorable and can accomplish comfortably. The best time to travel to Rara Lake is between Sep-Nov. These months in Nepal not only offer best time for Rara Lake Trekking but they also are the finest times of the year for trekking, hiking and all types of jeep tours. The temperature is mild, the region and the trail receives no rain and snowfall and the mountain breathtaking during the months September, October and November.

Similarly, people who are willing to travel to Rara Lake  region can find  the months March, April and May equally beautiful as September, October and November. The flowering rhododendron, birch, juniper and other flowering and non-flowering plants in Rara National Park make the trail and entire trek more enchanting during the trek.

Required Permits

Travelers need to collect three different types of Permits for Rara Lake Trekking. These are: TIMS Card, Rara National Park Entry Permit and Mugu Restricted Area Entry Permit. If you have time and idea to visit Nepal Tourism Boar Office, you can collect these permits on your own, or, you can ask your travel operator to collect them for you. Unless you obtain all these required permits, you cannot make your Rara Lake Trekking.

Food and Accommodation

The food and accommodation you are using during the tour will be provided by local lodges/teahouses. They have their own menus and offer what they can prepare for the visitors.

You will get to have Nepali, Asian, Indian, Some Chinese, Continental and Some Japanese items of foods on the way to Rara Lake and back to Kathmandu. They also offer you some fresh and authentic local dishes which you can enjoy.

You will be using the accommodation on the twin sharing basis. Further, you will be spending the nights at local lodges/homestays. Don’t expect to enjoy luxury accommodation with suite rooms like you do enjoy in cities.

How difficult is Rara Lake Trekking?

Rara Lake Trekking is a moderate adventure trekking in a remote area of Nepal. Actually, trekking up to 4000m high is considered as a moderate trekking. Similarly, the highest elevation the trekkers will get during this trek is Chuchamare Danda (3804m./12480fit) and second highest  to Chhapri (RaRa lake) (2980m./9776fit).

There are no such technical rocky and slippery trails on the way to Rara Lake and back to Nepaljung. So, those who have experienced some easy hiking/trekking in the hills up to 3000m, going ups and downs, who are doing regular exercises like aerobics and jogging and those who have the stamina of walking 5-6 hours in higher elevation like above 3000m  can do Rara Lake Trekking. Therefore, one requires to prepare accordingly.

Getting to the Trailhead and Away

Jumla is the trailhead for Rara Lake Trekking. It is located iKarnali province. We take a short domestic flight from Kathmandu for 50 minutes to Nepaljung and then another 20 minutes to Jumla. After we reach the district headquarter of Jumla, we begin trekking towards Rara Lake via Sinja ( Kalikot). Both flights: Kathmandu to Nepaljung and Nepaljung to Jumla are very scenic flight.  You will come back to the same place, Jumla, to end your trek and take another short and scenic flight back Nepaljung and then to Kathmandu.

Acclimatization and Altitude Sickness

Actually, we don’t have acclimatization day while going up to Rara Lake but we have a rest and exploration day when we reach the lake (RaRa lake) (2980m./9776ft) after passing through the highest elevation of this trek, Chuchamare Danda (3804m./12480fit) .

However, some people also prefer to have a rest day to acclimatize their body with new elevation well during Rara Lake Trekking. Also, we get the elevation gradually by ascending with the proper pacing. If you ascend quickly while trekking in the mountain, there is high possibility of getting acute altitude sickness.

If you want to add another day for acclimatization, we will set Rara Lake Trekking Itinerary accordingly.

Yes, there are some cases of altitude or acute mountain sickness with the trekkers every year while doing Rara Lake Trekking. Then, what happen to them? They are evacuated safely or made okay with some first aids taking them to the lower elevation. Acute mountain sickness is sudden so that one has to adopt some important precautions:

  • Get elevation gradually with proper acclimatization
  • Address your health issues if you have beforehand the trek
  • Don’t smoke and drink a lot at higher elevation
  • Avoid having impure water and food during the trek
  • Use right and reliable trekking equipment
  • Have a sound sleep
  • Report immediately to the leader if you have any problem during the trek
  • Carry first-aid kit with some basic medicines

Internet, Phone and Wifi Services on the Trail

You can simply install local Nepali SIM card in your cell phone and take it to the mountain. You can also buy data pack to run internet on the trail. In fact, for some days at higher elevation, it may not work, but, it will help you a lot during the trek. You can buy either NT or NCELL Sim car and install call and internet on your phone. It will take no more than Rs.100 for you to get it.

You can also have the access of internet or Wi Fi on the trail at local lodges/teahouses. They may charge you Rs. 200-500 per password or per device. Few years back, there wouldn’t be these facilities on the trail and in the teahouses during Rara Lake Trekking.

You can even talk to your family, relatives and the friends from the Rara Lake Trekking Trail very easily and can share your images and the videos instantly these days.

However, you may not have good strength of phone, Wifi and internet in case of cloudy and snowy weathers at higher altitude.

Can Solo traveler do this Trek?

No. Solo independent traveler cannot do Rara Lake Trekking on his/her own. No solo traveler is permitted to do trekking in any area in Nepal by the government. But, it doesn’t mean that, single traveler cannot do this trek; one has to hire either a guide or a porter. Also, the group has to be accompanied at least a licensed guide during the trek. It means, without hiring an authorized and licensed guide, the group is not allowed to go on Rara Lake Trekking Trail. This is because of security issue during the trip. And most importantly, Rara Lake trekking is a restricted area trekking and has to obtain special/ restricted area trekking permit to do this trek.

Details Itinerary

You can arrive in Kathmandu via any international flight that people recommend for you. Optionally, you can take a drive if you are using road to enter Nepal. You can use Indian and Chinese border for this. Whatever way you use for arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you and takes you to the hotel. The representative will let you know about the short orientation meeting regarding your Rara Lake Trekking. Since we do not have any scheduled activities to do for today, you just rest and relax at the hotel or take a short walk around the city if time favors you.

Today, largely, you will spend your time with astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will go to explore them one by one after your breakfast. The private vehicle will come to receive you along with a professional and experienced city guide at the hotel where your stay and transfer you to the historical and religious sites which includes Swyombhunath Stupa( Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. You end this trip at around between 3-4 pm and prepare well for your Rara Lake Trekking. Or, you can choose not to do Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.

You are taking a short domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung. Sometimes, the flight to Neplajung may get disturbed due to bad weather condition. Otherwise, the flight will be very scenic and mesmerizing with incredible mountain views.

Arrive at Nepaljung located in Lumbini Province and stay overnight there at lodge.

Take another short flight to Jumla for 20 minutes from Nepaljung. Once you arrive at Jumla, the district headquarter, you head to Sherechaur on walk with your trekking crew. Within few hours of walk passing through beautiful landscapes, local villages and forest, you will arrive at  Sherechaur. Before you get Sherechaur, you will walk though the places like Jugad Khola, Khalanga Bazzar and a temple. Stay overnight at local lodge/teahouse.

We head to the western part from From Chere Chaur. First, we ascend gradually until we get to Jaljala pass (3580m). We walk past the pass head for Jaljala Chaur. Chaur is, actually, a pastureland in the mountain.  The further ascend from Jaljala Chaur crossing a steep trail; we enter the core Rara Lake area before reaching Chalachaur. Arrive at Chalachaur and stay overnight.

Walk past through several local villages and walk alongside the Jaljala Stream. Once you enter the Sinja Valley, you notice ancient houses representing age-old history and civilization. Actually, the houses, temples, palaces and the remains are there from 12th to the 14th century. It’s very exciting to explore the valley from the point of archaeology. Stay overnight at local teahouse/lodge in Sinja Valley.

Walk alongside of Hima River and reach Laha Village. From Laha village you will encounter  a steady ascent up until you get to Ghorosingha.  After Ghorosingha, you will again ascend alongside Ghatte khola  and the final steep ascent takes you to the today’s destination, Chuchamare Danda, the highest elevation of this trek and stay overnight at local lodge.

After you witness mesmerizing views of mountain panorama from Chuchamare Danda ( hill), you walk past  Khatyar Khola Camp and a few  local settlements  including Murma. After Murma, you walk further and get to the settlement of Chhapari where the office of Rara National Park located. You admire the serene surrounding of the national park and the Rara Lake. Stay overnight at local lodge at Chhapari.

You have a full day to explore the lake today. Walk up to the hills and witness mountain panoramas around.  Walk around the lake, climb hills and enjoy some spectacular views of lake and the mountains including Saipal Mountain of Himalayan Range. You can also walk up to the village named Murma village  and witness more mesmerizing views of mountain peaks. Most excitingly, you can hire a boat and explore the Rara Lake like people do in Phewa Lake in Pokhara city.

We first walk to Gamgadhi which is the headquarter  Mugu District . Next, after we reach Gamgadhi, we walk down  until we get to the village of Pina where we stay overnight at local lodge.

We walk down and encounter a cross named the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. From the Gurchi Lagna Pass, we descend to Nauri Ghat which is also known as Burma. Stay overnight at local lodge.

You will still admire the landscapes you pass through today. After spending a quality of time with wild nature for 5-6 hours ,you will arrive  at the village Urtchu and stay overnight at local lodge.

Within 2-3 hours of walk , you will arrive back to Jumla, the district  headquarter and wait for the next day’s flight to Nepaljung early in the morning and then to Kathmandu.

Take earliest flight to Nepaljung from Jumla. This flight lasts for 20-25mins. Next, you will fly to Kathmandu for around 50 minutes from Nepaljung.

Arrive at Kathmandu airport and you will be received by our representative from the Kathmandu airport and transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Enjoy Farewell Dinner with our Team in the evening.

We drop you to the Kathmandu airport on time so that you can catch up your international flight homewards or can begin another trip to other destinations.

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All set dates are guaranteed departures. If the following dates are not suitable for your travel plans then contact us for your custom trip dates. The private trips are available on any date of your selection at any time of the year.

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Client Reviews

Based on 58 reviews.
Alfie Duchars
Alfie Duchars
We arrived at Kathmandu airport with only the plan that we wanted to do the 3 passes trek, we hadn’t actually organised anything, and were even thinking we would only need a guide for parts of the trek. Milan met us at the airport by chance, rode with us in our taxi to our hotel and said he’d be happy to help us with the whole trek, but without forcing us to use his company. We don’t regret a thing - we paid one very good price which included a guide from Kathmandu for the whole trek, the flights to and from Lukla, accomodation in lodges and teahouses and 3 meals a day. Milan even included paragliding, bunjee jumping and white water rafting in this same price. The trek was stunning, lucky enough to have perfect weather for the most part. We also couldn’t have asked for a better guide, Rajan was perfect for us, took us at our pace and taught us so much about Nepal and the culture that we never would’ve been able to learn without him. He became not only a brilliant companion but a good friend who we hope to see again. Once we arrived back in Kathmandu after the trek he even took us to his sister’s home and we were given a perfect home cooked Dhal bhat - a real treat after all the mountain food we’d been having. Overall, Himalayan Spirit Adventure has turned out to be a very good find, and Milan an excellent organiser and very fair businessman. He’s even taking us out to dinner tonight! We are very pleased and happy that our 2months in Nepal has started so well. Thank you Milan and the team!
Nans Bouissou
Nans Bouissou
Nice tour very Well organised from Kathmandu I spent 11 days in Langtang which was beautiful going two times over 4000 meters !! The guide was very kind and professionnal and helped me to go through that challenge. Im very thankful to him for that. After I saw beautiful mountain from Nagakrot and had the chance to chill 3 days in Pokhara. The company is very arranging as they accept to change my hotel for a better one in the center. You can trust them for your next trip Nepal if you want to be well accompanied ;)
Bianka Hermanski
Bianka Hermanski
We really liked the trip Milan organized for us. We met him at the airport and we discussed our wishes at his office in Kathmandu. We did a nice hiking tour from Pokhara to Australian Basecamp in the Annapurna highlands. After that we did a nice rafting tour and a safari near Chitwan. Milan was always available for questions and we didn't need to be worry about anything. I can recommend him very much.
Gerrard Ould
Gerrard Ould
Our trek to Everest Base Camp with Himalayan Spirit Adventure Treks and Expeditions was exceptional! We were lucky to have one of Nepal’s greatest and best known guides - Jagat (“Kaji”). He knew Everest like the back of his hand, having been a guide and Sherpa for over 50 years. Everyone along the trek knew him well and we were warmly welcomed by his colleagues and friends everywhere we went. He was so respected and known that he was able to use his connections to achieve what we simply couldn’t do ourselves (eg. Getting us on return flights from Lukla on a different airline at no cost, when there was no availability with the company we had tickets to). He spoke some English and was able to tailor our trip to our needs. He is an incredibly kind, giving and caring person. Whilst he was much older than us, and we consider ourselves fairly active and fit, he set a comfortable pace and we felt so incredibly lucky to have experienced the Everest trek with him. DB (family to Kaji), organised everything before our trip, including flights and pick up. He set out our itinerary and made sure it was what we needed, and that nothing was left out. He even contacted us periodically through our trek to ensure we were well and didn’t need anything. This company is a LOCAL company, employing LOCAL people, ensuring the money returns to the LOCAL community. Whilst you may be tempted to trek with a big foreign company for peace of mind, I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed by this company as it’s fantastic and the people are genuine and wonderful. Thank you especially to Kaji. We would love to see you soon.
Lucilla Patrizi
Lucilla Patrizi
Through our accommodation in Thamel, we were introduced to manager Dh, who immediately informed us about the different trekking options. We went for a drink to discuss the routes again and he told us about the career of the agency. We finally decided on the Manaslu trek, which we unfortunately had to postpone for 2 days due to an illness. Dh was helpful and understanding, so it was no problem to postpone the tour at very short notice. The Manaslu Circuit Tour would have been unimaginable without Madhu, our guide. He organized spontaneously and reliably the accommodations and the daily stages and was always a good companion. Madhu knew the area and the people of the surroundings very well, so he did not have a map with him. If you value getting an overview of the route, you should carry one yourself. On the whole, a good price-performance ratio, a helpful crew who knows their business!
Tomás González
Tomás González
We arrived to Nepal thinking about doing this trek on our own, but in the end we thought the piece of mind of having everything arranged for us (route, sleeping places, etc.) would make the trip more worth it. We were right! Milan and his team made sure we had all perfectly planned, but also had space to make adjustments based on our adaptation to the altitude and spontaneous decisions based on our interests (I'm a photographer so I took my time on each place.) Our guide/porter made sure we achieved our goal of reaching the Everest Base Camp safely. When I had complications adapting to the altitude of over 5000 meters, he reacted promptly, knowing exactly what to do. As I plan to come back to Nepal in a few years (this time to do a summit), I would trust on this company again and I recommend it whether you want to do a short trek or one of +2 weeks.
Jamie McClenaghan
Jamie McClenaghan
Such an unforgettable experience. I arrived to Nepal on a whim with no real plan on what i wanted to get out of the trip. I was introduced to Milan and his team who created a unique and thrilling experience for me which would last the duration of my trip. I paid a single fee and EVERYTHING else was taken care of by Milan and his team. Milan and the team were very flexible and helped me in any way they could with information about Kathmandu, local deals and even arranged my PCR tests. Literally everything was taken care of by Milans team. It was fantastic. I will most certainly come back to Nepal and will 100% be with Himalayan Spirit Adventure Treks & Expeditions again. Though this time i will arrive as a friend rather than a customer. Thank you once again Milan!
Cassidy Newman
Cassidy Newman
Milan and his team made our trip to Kathmandu unforgettable. My travel partner and I got to the country having no idea what to do and how we would navigate the city until Milan came in and saved the day. His team went above and beyond to make sure we didn't have to do any logistics and could just enjoy our vacation. With knowledgeable tour guides and the best hospitality in the city, Milan gave us an insider's view of Nepal with an experience that left us feeling like family.

Cassidy Newman

Milan and his team made our trip to Kathmandu unforgettable. My travel partner and I got to the country having no idea what to do and how we would navigate the city until Milan came in and saved the day. His team went above and beyond to make sure we didn’t have to do any logistics and could just enjoy our vacation. With knowledgeable tour guides and the best hospitality in the city, Milan gave us an insider’s view of Nepal with an experience that left us feeling like family.

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