Rara Lake Trekking Nepal
Rara lake trekking Nepal is one of the most incredible and fascinating trekking trail in Nepal. Rara is Nepal’s largest lake. It lies at an altitude of 3050 meters within Rara National Park. The surface of this lake is around 8 square kilometer and the perimeter 9 kilometer. The length of the lake is 5 kilometers, width is 2 and depth is 167 meter. The lake Rara looks like a blue nymph, indulged in romance with mountains. Trekking to this stunning lake gives a taste of natural wilderness and silence. If you are looking of wilderness and solitude travel, this trek is an ideal choice. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal.
From the high airstrip of Jumla, our circuit trek to Rara Lake travels by way of Sinja the ancient winter capital of the Malla Kingdom and across the Chuchuemara Danda, returning across the Danphe Lagna. Climbing gradually through forests of mixed oak, conifer, pine, broad-leafed chestnut, white birch and rhododendron, we cross the lush alpine meadows with herds of sheep and goat herders. After exploration of this lake we hike through grassy alpine pastures and some villages. On your journey you will not only be in the presence of snowcapped mountains, forests and enchanting lakes but will also get to witness the rustic life of the locals who call this remote land their home. Then we descend to Jumla. From Jumla we take flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
During your trek, you will also be entering the Rara National Park. It is considered to be one of the finest parks in the world and is an ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, and other exotic animals. The park is also a bird watcher’s delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.
Day to Day Itinerary Rara Lake Trekking Nepal
Day 1: Arrive In Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer to Hotel. Short briefing will be followed about necessary formalities and rest of the program. You can opt out to visit nearby tourist destinations in your free time.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu, Patan city where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local tradition are highlighted on my guided tour. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali dinner awaits for you.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj
Fly to Nepalgung. Overnight at local hotel
Day 4: Nepalgunj- Jumla
By flight. Jumla town (2340m) is in a valley and their paddy is cultivated (making Jumla the highest place on earth where it is grown). The town is the administrative headquarters of the Karnali Zone. From Jumla we start walking towards Padmara. Two hours further is Urthu (2520m) at the confluence of Chaudbise Khola and Ghurseni Khola. The bridge leads east to Chaudbise area. The trek now ascends steeply through the narrow gorge of the Ghurseni Khola, keeping all the time to its right slope. Padmara (3017m), a Chhetri village at the head of the valley is one hour beyond the canyon head.Overnight at camp.
Day 5: Padmara -Bumra
We leave the last fields at 3048 meters and climb to the first pass, Khali Langa (3545m), four kilometers from Padmara. Then We follow down the right bank of stream to a foot-bridge at 3353 meter and cross it to the west side. We continue descending north for one hour through dense forest to reach a log bridge at 2743 meters over Sinja Khola, here called Lah Gad.Overnight at camp.
Day 6: Gumra- Pine
The track beyond Bumra keeps high above the river and skirts two small spurs to reach Bhargaon (2890m) in 1.5 hours. After one kilometer at the end of the fields, the track turns north into the tributary stream of Ghautha Khola.Before reaching Ghurchi Langna (3457m) we climb up the narrow gully on the north east slope and skirt north across a series of spurs to reach Pine (2430m). We stay Overnight at Camp.
Day 7: Pine – Rara Lake
RARA LAKE is only eight kilometers west of Pine. It will take just over two hours to reach Jhari form Pina. From Jhari, we ascend west along a ridge for about 700 meters to reach a low saddle in two hours. The large lake is visible directly north of this saddle. From here, it is pleasant descent to the meadows on the south side of the lake. Overnight at camp.
Day 8: Rara Lake
Rest day and explore Rara area- Rara area is a National Park and it takes about eight hours to walk round the lake. Overnight at camp.
Day 9: Rara Lake – Ghorasain
We walk the lake outlet (2980m) and follow the down stream of Khatyar Gad for an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3139m).The trail continues climbing south through dense forest until the tree line is reached at 3658m. There is no pass on this high ridge and the trail turns south-east at an altitude of 3749m and descends by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasain (3271m). Overnight at camp.
Day 10: Ghorasain – Sinja
From Ghorasain there is trail down the valley to Botan (2895m). There are good views to the south along the Sinja valley. The trail descends to Okharpati village (3100m) on a high shelf above Mindrabali Gad. The descent from Okharpati to Sinja takes less than two hours.Overnight at camp.
Day 11: Sinja – Chere Chaur
We cross the log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad beyond Kotgaon near Lamathada. We follow the stream for another five kilometers due east. Then we ascend the ridge (2865m) briefly to descend to the same stream again. Finally, the trail climb east along a gully to ascend a pass at 3597m. We descend east along a wide meadow into the headquarters of Ju Gad that drains to Jumla town. Descend east along the stream and transverse another kilometers to Chere Chaur (2987m). Overnight at camp.
Day 12: Chere Chaur -Jumla
Chere Chaur is a delightful alpine pasture where flowers are in profusion during later summer. It provides good views of the Jumla town and beyond. The return to the town camp is pleasant descent in slow stages. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 13: Jumla- Kathmandu Flight
Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.