Rara Lake is Nepal’s largest lake and lies in the remote Karnali region of the Western Himalaya at an altitude of almost 3000 m. Rara lake is the deepest lake in Nepal wich surface of 10.8 sq km at altitude of 2990 m. Rara lake trek provides you the best opportunity to explore Jumla and Mugu. Around the lake, Malla stones which are tall pillars of rock featuring inscriptions of the sun and moon can be found which are thought to date to the time of the Malla kings who ruled the region in the 12th century. The snow-capped Himalayas can be seen in the distance, with Dhaulagiri, Dolpo, Kanjirowa and the Tibetan Himalayas predominating. The scenery is starkly different from that of the rest of Nepal. Rara lake is surrounded by Rara national park which was established in 1976. Rara national park has recorded 1074 spices of flora, fauna, 51 species of mammals that includes Himalayan black bear, musk deer, goral, Himalayan Tahr and wild boar and a staggering and a staggering 214 species of birds.
The Rara Lake trek is very much an ‘off the beaten path’ trek that allows for a unique and authentic Nepal trekking experience. Villagers were resettled in 1976 when the region became a National Park. Therefore, the Rara Lake trek is incredibly quiet as, except for the occasional soldiers patrols, no one lives there. Ringed with pristine forests of pine, juniper and spruce and flanked by the high ridges of the middle hills to the south and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya to the North, the setting for Rara Lake could not be more spectacular.
The trek is truly off-the-beaten track for true adventurers. From the high airstrip of Jumla, our circuit trek to Rara Lake travels by way of Sinja and across the Chuchuemara Danda, returning across the Danphe Lagna. For a different and refreshing aspect of Nepali culture quite unlike other parts of the country, this short circular trek to one of the Himalaya’s most beautiful and unspoiled lakes, will delight both the first time trekker and the seasoned veteran of Himalayan travel.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu|
|PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE DEPARTURE||Please call us or email us 14 days before with flight details so we can arrange pick up and drop off from Kathmandu Airport|
|NOT INCLUDED||International flight to Nepal
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Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Essential trip information:
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|No. of pax||2-12|
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu where you will be greeted by our representative and taken to your hotel. Enjoy an opportunity to rest or do a little sightseeing.
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
After early breakfast we leave the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal. Situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. Overnight in Jumla.
Today is the first day of our trek. We leave Jumla and ascend to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, we pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the nearby villages. We also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching our destination. Overnight in Chere Chaur.
From Chere Chaur we take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580m). We cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail until reaching Jaljala Chaur. From here we ascend on a steep trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur. Overnight in Chalachaur.
It is an uphill climb to Sinja Valley. On the way we pass through several villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley holds an important place in the history of Nepal. The valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled this area from the 12th to the 14th century. Palaces, temples, and the ancient remains of a settlement were uncovered during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University. Overnight in Sinja Valley.
We leave Sinja on an uphill trail alongside Hima River. 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 (stream). Overnight in Ghorosingha.
We begin our steep ascent after breakfast. Our trail is alongside Chuchhemara Danda from where we get to admire the Himalayan panorama, the vast and tranquil Rara Lake, and the lush vegetation of the Rara National Park. On the way to Rara Lake, we pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the ascent gets a little easier. We continue walking towards Chapri village which houses the Rara National Park Head Quarter. Overnight at Rara Lake.
Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast we investigate the azure waters of the massive lake also referred to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. While boating we get to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and discover quite a few varieties of fish. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area. Overnight at Rara Lake.
From Rara Lake 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 on a steep trail to Pina Village where we spend the night.
From Pina we descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. We continue our descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.
We cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and walk downhill. After walking for a few hours, we get to a hot spring where we can ease our aching body with a dip. Not long after the hot spring, we cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. After reaching Cherechaur, we follow the same trail we took couple of days back and reach Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.
We take the earliest flight available to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, we fly yet again to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. After reaching Kathmandu, we freshen up and take a rest. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier to celebrate the successful completion of the Rara Lake trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Return
About 3 hours prior to your flight, we will transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.
Fixed Dates – Please select your dates on the “book the tour” section
|Sat 1 Sep 18 – Sat 15 Sep 18
Mon 1 Oct 18 – Mon 15 Oct 18