Rara Lake Trek - 16 days

The beautiful and tranquil lake 'Rara' is the largest lake of Nepal, which lies in the remote far northwest of Karnali region. If you are looking for solitude and wilderness, Rara lake trek is an ideal because the Karnali region and Rara lake is relatively unexplored. The altitude of Rara lake is 2980m above see level, and it is five kilometers long by two kilometers in width. While trekking here we may have chances to see various wild life such as Himalayan black bear, leopard, black pather, mudk dear, red panda, wild boar etc. This place also consists of numerous species of birds and alpine flowers. Highlights of the trek are unsurpassed views of Rara Lake and mountain scenery, a chance of spotting wildlife such as musk deer and black bear, the ruins of the Malla dynasty's old palace.

Note: All flights to Western Nepal operate only once or twice a week, so before booking your international flight to Nepal await confirmation of your preferred arrival date. Trek dates September to end of November and February to late June.

Highlights

  • Scenic trek to Rara Lake , biggest lake of Nepal.
  • A Great Camping experience in western Nepal.
  • Offers magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Annapurna .
  • A Crowd free peaceful adventure to Rara Lake .
  • Passes through a number of local villages observing agricultural life of people
  • Home to many wildlives such as Himalayan black bear, leopard, black pather, mudk dear, red panda, wild boar .

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 - Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04 - Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla & trek to Chala Chaur [2900m]
Day 05 - Cross a Pass
Day 06 - Trek via Sinja [2440m] to Botan [2600m]
Day 07 - Trek to Rara Park border
Day 08 - Trek to Rara Lake [3062m]
Day 09 & 10 - Rest days at Rara
Day 11 - Trek via Jhyari [2630m] to River camp
Day 12 - Across Ghurchi Lagna Pass [3450m] to Chautha [2770m]
Day 13 - Trek to Tharamara [3280m]
Day 14 - Trek to Jumla
Day 15 - Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 16 – Transfer to Airport for departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Trekkers' Inn. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Rara Lake Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Annapurna Base Camp is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Rara Lake Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

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Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 3 nights standard hotel accommodation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea during the trek.
  • tented camp  accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guide,plus experience porter ( including their food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance).
  • Both way flight from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj , Nepalgunj - Jumla
  • All necessary permits and entry fees including Rara national park permit.
  • Medical kit box.
  • Rescue assistance.
  • All government taxes.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets etc. if needed).
  • Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Bar bills.
  • Staff & driver tipping.
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