Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days
Max. Altitude: 3804M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Rara
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Tented Camps

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Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake is Nepal’s largest lake and world’s largest glacial lake. Rara Lake is located in Rara National Park. Extraordinary Rara Lake is the most beautiful lake with its crystal clear water lied at an elevation of 2990 meters from sea level. Rara National Park is also one of very beautiful national park which is very rich for diverse nature and wild animals. Trekking Experts offer Rara Lake Trek to witness world’s largest glacial lake and trekking in pristine Rara National Park. Trekking in Rara National Park offers you wide range of forests, snowcapped mountain as its backdrop for the ages; the park preserves not only the lake’s beauty and charm but also acts as an important preserve for much of central Himalaya’s diverse flora and fauna.

 

Rara Lake Trek with Trekking Experts begins with fly to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. This most scenic trek brings you to less crowded and largely untouched, naturally rich and sorounched by snowcapped mountains.  You’ll trek peacefully through glades of juniper, spruce and pine, with the ever-present peaks of the Himalayas embellishing the view to one side and the pristine waters of Rara Lake adding their own reflective gifts on the other. Beginning from Kathmandu, this trek heads out on a path to Chere Chaur and Chalachaur over the next few days, hiking up through Sinja Valley along mountain trails towards our prime destination of Rara Lake.

Trip Highlights

Witness the world’s largest glacial lake-Rara Lake at 2900 meters from sea level

Explore the natural beauty and untouched culture of Jumla region

Trekking in  Sinja valley, an important old historical place of Nepal

Explore the rich bio-diversity of Rara National Park

Enjoy the beautiful landscape and view of distant peaks of Dolpo and Api Himal

Walk through beautiful pine, birch, and rhododendron forests

Experience authentic culture and lifestyle of Jumla district

Itinerary

Today, you have free morning at the hotel. This would be your final preparation for trek such as if you missed to buy anything for trekking, you can buy. In the afternoon, you’ll transfer to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and will fly to Nepalgunj. An hour flight to Nepalgunj takes you the south-west part of Nepal. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport, you’ll be picked by hotel. Check-in at hotel and rest at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today, you have free morning at the hotel. This would be your final preparation for trek such as if you missed to buy anything for trekking, you can buy. In the afternoon, you’ll transfer to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and will fly to Nepalgunj. An hour flight to Nepalgunj takes you the south-west part of Nepal. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport, you’ll be picked by hotel. Check-in at hotel and rest at the hotel.

  • Tourist-class Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 492 meter

After breakfast at hotel, depending on your flight time, you’ll be transferred to airport. And then you’ll take a scenic flight to Jumla. Upon arrival at Jumla, you’ll meet your trekking crew and will stay at Jumla today. You can explore around Jumla. You can visit Khalanga Bazaar, is paved in large flagstones and is a busy trading post for the region. Beyond the many shops are two interesting Hindu temples, Chandan Nath, which commemorates the yogi who introduced rice farming to the valley some 900 years ago and is dedicated to Vishnu, and Bhairavnath, a newer temple dedicated to Shiva. These temples were built at the beginning of the Malla Empire, a Khas dynasty that dominated western Nepal, Tibet, Ladakh and Kashmir for centuries; see Khas People in Ethnic Groups.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 2540 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll start your first day of trekking to Chere Chaur. You’ll first head towards north from Khalanga Bazaar, following a large trail into a shallow valley and towards Karnali Technical College. The trail is lined by buildings for the first hour and remains on the true right (west) side of the valley. When you reach a section of trail with fields on either side you will come to a bridge to the true left (east) bank. Cross the bridge, you’ll turn left and continue towards a large tank of water before the technical college (30 mins). The trail winds around the college and then begins to climb an easy gradient on a trail with little shade for 3 hours to Chere Chaur (3055m). This is a large, grassy plateau and makes an excellent campsite with views back down the valley to Jumla.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3055 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll follow trail towards northern end of the plateau and then turn left and enter a pine forest. Having turned left, the trail climbs steadily as it contours around the top of a small river basin to a couple of buildings at Chor Khola (3170m). From here, the trail climbs steeply through forest to the upper pastures of the Dori Lekh and Jaljala La (3585m). An easy descent on the north side of the pass soon brings you to a broad grassy pasture, Jaljala Chaur (3420m). To reach the few buildings on the far side of the pasture continue along the northern tree line to a trail that crosses a small bridge over a stream. And then you’ll descend rapidly through forest into the Jaljala Khola valley, where there is a good campsite at Chala Chaur (2980m).

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2980 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll trek to Sinja today. From here you’ll be in a fine deciduous forest with the sparkling Jaljala Khola leading the way. Cross the river several times, over bridges with traditional carvings on the handrail supports. After 45 minutes a large tributary valley merges from the right and the first small plots of farmland appear. The trail now remains on the true left (south) side of the valley, and climbs a small spur before continuing to descend an easy gradient. As the valley broadens the terraces of smallholdings appear and you pass through the scattered settlement of Garhigoth (2740m). The next settlement, Chauki (2500m), is a larger Thakuri village with its distinctive red- and white-painted homes. Walking through the village you are able to see the end of the valley ahead, and a rocky promontory with commanding views. The trail winds around the southern base of the promontory and then drops to a bridge across the outflow of the Jaljala Khola to a peninsula with the Sinja Khola on the far side. Camp on the peninsula next to the health post (2405m), the main part of the village is on the far side of the valley and can be reached by another bridge.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2405 meter

After breakfast at camp, today, from the campsite, you’ll cross the suspension bridge to Sinja village but turn right (not left to the village) and follow dirt trail that climbs a little as it heads through the gorge behind Lamathada. From the gorge it is easy to see why Lamathada was such an obvious choice for a fort palace, any attacker from here would have no chance of success. Continue on the north bank of the Sinja Khola along a trail that continues to climb, do not take any smaller routes that descend to the riverside. After 1½ hours you will reach the outlying homes of Bhota at the entrance of the Ghatta Khola valley (2600m). Unless you want to detour to the main part of the village stay on the true right (west) bank of the river. A detour to the village, which is on the true left (east) bank of the river, will add 45-60 minutes to your day. At the trail junction to Bhota take the left hand, smaller track and begin ascending the Ghatta Khola. The valley soon narrows and climbs steeply up an exposed trail that passes many grinding wheels. At the top of the ancient moraine wall (3050m) you are greeted with a meandering stream flowing through a broad grassy valley, and perhaps one of the most inviting campsites you will ever come across, Ghorosingh.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3050 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek to Rara Lake. The trail now winds through beech and pine forest as it continues to ascend the valley. After 40 minutes you will pass some derelict buildings. Climbing further the valley forms a grassy basin and then the river turns sharply to the north-west (right) into a much narrower gorge. Continue along the true right (north) side of the boulder-filled valley to the bottom of a steep switchback trail that climbs to a saddle on the Chuchuemara Danda (3804m). Traverse the northern slope to your right on a small but defined trail to a ridge (3756m) overlooking Rara Lake, which makes an ideal lunch spot if the weather is clear. The trail now descends, slowly at first, but more steeply once you enter rhododendron forest for 1½ hours to the main track along the Khatyar Khola (2965m). Cross a wooden bridge to the true right bank of the river, where you turn right to Murma and then ascend an easy gradient to the western end of Rara Lake (3010m). The main campsite (45 mins) is beside the National Park office on the northern shore of the lake, you will have to register here as well.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2990 meter

Today is fully free day to rest and explore Rara Lake. Rara Lake is an idyllic place; the astoundingly clear water surrounded by protected forest is a nature-lover’s dream. A walk around the rim of the lake (13km, 5½hrs) is really worth the effort – see if you can spot the stele marking the cardinal points, nobody knows how or why they are here. On the north-eastern bank is Rara Mahadev Temple, decorated with woodcarvings of elephant, peacock and people. On the full moon in July/August locals gather here to honour the god Thakur, who, legend says, created the lake by firing an arrow at the western shore and then built the eastern bank by stamping down the earth. Swirling rock formations at the eastern end of the lake are said to be his footprints. There are some old canoes near the army camp that you might be able to use. The lake water is extremely clear for swimming, but cold, and Park rules stipulate that you must use buoyancy aids.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 2990 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll take the lakeside trail back to the western end of the lake and the bridge over the out-flowing Khatyar Khola. Cross the bridge and continue around the lake to a trail junction in the south-western corner, the left-hand trail continues around the lake, but this time take the southern (right) fork and climb an easy gradient through forest. Crest the grass-covered ridge (3060m) to the south of the lake in 2½ hours from camp. Descend through a fine cedar forest to Jhari (2550m, 1¼hrs) and to a trail junction. There is a newer trail that avoids Pina and takes an almost direct route south to Ghurchi Lagna, which is reached in 6 hours. You need local knowledge to follow this route, which is committing as the first campsite is in the valley on the far side of the pass. Alternatively, the older route descends to Pina where there is a good campsite; to take these routes descend to the small river in the valley, which you should cross to the true right bank. Keep descending for another 20 minutes before a slight climb to a grinding mill, beyond which are the cultivated fields of Pina (2440m). Do not descend through the village, instead contour through the upper parts of the village to a campsite next to a teahouse (10 mins).

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2440 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll head to the south of Pina valley climbs up towards Ghurchi Lagna (3445m) to the south. The trail follows a stream through forest and some rocky spurs; it takes 3½ hours to reach the pass. From the top of the pass there are good views of Kanjirowa Himal. Descend to a small valley which joins another from your left, take the larger, downstream (south-westerly) route that continues to descend. The valley then curves westward and another tributary join from your left, again continue downstream (south-west) and descend. Once you reach about 3100m the valley turns to the south and enters forest; pass the National Park office and enter Chauta (2745m, 1¾hrs from the pass). Descend through the village to a trail junction turn south (left) and contour about 150m above the Sinja Khola. It is now 2 hours to Bumra (2850m) where you can camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2850 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll do your last day of trekking. You’ll descend to the Sinja Khola and follow the true left (south) bank along a broad trail to a bridge (2720m), which you cross. The trail now climbs an unrelenting gradient through birch forest for 3½ hours to some pastures where there is a trail junction (3520m). The left-hand fork, which continues across the meadows, leads to Padmara (3060m) and will add an extra day to the return to Jumla. A smaller trail branches right towards a tree line; you might have to scout around for this if the meadow is overgrown. Climb through the forest, which soon ends, and emerge onto another grassy pasture that leads up towards the Danphe Lekh pass (3685m). From the top you can see the broad meadow of Chere Chaur, where you camped the first night out of Jumla, descend to it (40 mins) and continue on the same trail back to Jumla (1½hrs).

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2540 meter

After early breakfast at Jumla, you’ll take a short 30 minutes’ flight to Nepalgunj. And then you’ll catch another flight to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. Depending the flight time to Kathmandu, you can spend some time in Nepalgunj to wait connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you’ll be transfer to hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be met by your city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible, you’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora. And after your back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

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  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 1 night in Nepalgunj at tourist-class hotel on twin sharing basis 10 nights in tented camps during the trekking on twin sharing basis

3 meals a day during the trekking at tented camps served by our cook (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj- Kathmandu flight with airport taxes Nepalgunj-Jumla and Jumla -Nepalgunj flight with airport taxes 18 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

Rara National Park Fee Rara Special Permit Fee Jumla National Park Fee < Jumla Special Permit Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 experienced trekking cook Required kitchen team (kitchen helpers) < 1 assistant guide for every 5 members Required porters to carry personal baggage, camping equipment, kitchen utensils and trekking food English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

One 2-men sleeping tent for every two members < 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map 1 Satellite Phone for emergency use only 1 Certec Bag for emergency use

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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