Rara lies northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas is ringed with pine, spruce and juniper forest. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers.
If you are looking for wilderness and solitude and do not mind the initial travel, this trekking is an ideal choice.
The lake itself is perched on a high shelf at 2,980 meters and is protected by Rara National Park, which was established in 1976. The Park, covers an area of 106 sq. kilometers. Rara Lake is five kilometers long and two kilometers wide.It is the largest lake in Nepal.The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghoral, tahar, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a birdwatcher’s delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.Wildlife enthusiasts and admirers of natural beauty, will find that a trip to Rara Lake a very rewarding journey indeed.
Rara lake is the most beautiful lake in the world(here, I said it). I cannot describe how beautiful it is in words. It is the largest and the deepest lake in Nepal.
You’d be blessed to see the reflections of the tall mountains on the lake. It’s a sight that even the most expensive camera would not be able to do justice to.
You will have to go through the tough route which is totally worth it fi you love a view of beautiful scenery.
You might even see rare species of animals like Himalayan black bear; clouded leopard; musk deer and the rare red panda and more than 200 species of bird and 500 kinds of flowers.
Facts about Rara Lake Trekking
Rara lake is the deepest and largest lake in Nepal
The highest altitude is 3710 m
The minimum altitude is 2900 m
You can find more than 200 species of bird and more than 500 kinds of flowers.
What is Rara Lake Trek’s Altitude?
The Rara Lake trek’s maximum altitude is at Rara lake (3710m) and the minimum altitude is at Chala chaur (2900m).
How long does the trip last for?
The trip is a long trip and lasts for 14-17 days.
How difficult is Rara Lake Trek?
Rara Lake Trek is a strenuous trek and not advised for someone who has not previously trekked. But you can make it to the end with a good guide.
Rara Lake Trekking Route
The Rara Lake Trek Route is as follows :
Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla – Padmara-Gumra – Pine-Rara Lake – Ghorasain – Sinja – Chere Chaur – Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Frequently asked questions about Rara Lake Trek
Should I join a guided trek / group?
It’s better to join a guided trek group since there are many routes to Camp. Some of the routes are difficult and do not offer the beautiful views that others offer.
Can one trek to Rara Lake Base Camp independently or without a guide / support?
Yes, you can trek to Rara Lake Base Camp independently or without a guide or support. The route is simple enough. But a guide can definitely add value to your trip. A guide knows all the best places to visit and you don’t have to worry about where to stay or when to stop trek. You can focus only on enjoying beautiful scenarios and the fun of trekking.
-All domestic flight, hotel/airport transfer as per itinerary.
-Twin sharing accommodation in 4 star hotel Vaishali or similar with breakfast
– All ground transportation by private vehicles
-All accommodations in camping and all 3 times meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the treks
– All Porterages costs of Human carry or Animal carry
– All cost for a Joyful Trekking leader (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking) and Sherpa helpers
– All required major permits
-All necessary paper works and permits
-Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
-Meals whilst in Kathmandu
-Nepal Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
-Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)
-You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
-Personal equipment including sleeping bag.
– Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation etc
-Tips for guide, Porter and driver.
Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last minute arrangements.
03Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m)
Fly to North from Nepalgunj crossing several hilly regions. If weather stay good can see the good views of snow-capped mountains to the east and west. Jumla town is in a delightful valley and here are the highest limits of paddy cultivation, growing red rice. The town is the administrative headquarters of the entire Karnali zone and Jumla district.
05Uthugaon to Danphe Lagna (3500m) about 4 hours trekking.
After our breakfast we will follow the trail through this narrow canyon to the village of Padmara at 2900 m. Our path then climbs to the Khali Lagna pass at 3550 m through a deep forest of pines, spurches and firs. Shortly after this pass both routes come together and the trail then descends gently through mixed forest of spruces, birches and rhododendrons to arrive at our campsite at Danphe Lagna. Here the colorful national bird of Nepal (the Himalayan monal, or impeyan peasant) has been spotted many times at the edge of our campsite.
07Chautha to Dhotu (2380m) about 6 hours trekking
Our trail continues to follow the stream uphill to Bhulbule, the Rara National Park entrance station at 3130 meter. Our path continues climbing gently to Ghurchi Lagna pass (3450m) which is covered with an assortment of chortens (round stone Buddhist monuments) and prayer flags. From the pass the route descends gently at first before dropping down precipitously through spruce forests. The path levels at about 2900 meter and continues more or less level to the small settlement of Dhotu .
09At Rara lake for day exploration
Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal. It is almost 13 km around the lake and a day devoted to walk around is well spent. Designated a national park in 1975, this region offers remoteness and a wilderness experience unlike any other region of Nepal, where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive
11Gorusingha to Sinja (2440m) about 6 hours trekking
The route keeps heading down the Ghatta valley from Gorosingha following the Sinja Khola river downwards to Sinja. From the 12th to 14th century, Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. The ruins of the old palace can be seen across the river. There is an interesting temple here dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides back of the tiger.
13Jaljal Chaur to Jumla (2370m) about 4 hours trekking
Keep climbing through forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510m, then a enjoyable descent to Jumla .
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square).
02Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Transfer to the domestic airport in kathmandu for the flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western part of Nepal
04Jumla to Uthugaon (2530m) about 4 hours trekking.
We start our trek by following the north bank of the Tila Khola river and then turn north following the Chaudhabise Khola passing through fields and pine forests. We will ascent up the Padmara valley. Our trail keeps following the river until we arrive at the small village of Uthugaon, where we will have a good campsite close to the school on the opposite site of the river.
06Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m) about 6 hours trekking
The trails descend gently alongside the stream to two bhattis (teashops) ath Tharamara (3280m) and the descending more steep passing through fir, birch, and walnut and bamboo forests. After crossing a bridge at 2680 meter we follow the river downstream before starting a serious climb passing some water-driven mills to Kabra. Here is a huge overhanging rock which is the source of silaji, a mineral which is believed to have “healing” properties. It is exported to India and it is believed by people that ‘there is hardly any curable disease which cannot be controlled or cured with the aid of silaji……’ Our steep climb continues for a while and then levels out before Bhara (classic Tibetan style village). After this village we then descend to the Chauro Khola river to the village of Chautha .
08Dhotu to Rara lake (2980m) about 5 hours trekking.
It is a short, pleasant trek with fine views to the north. From Dhotu, we traverse a steep north facing slope and cross a series of fields down to a small stream. Crossing the bridge, we climb up to the Thakuri village of Jhyari (2630m). From Jhyari, we climb steadily up through cedar forest to a huge meadow atop a 3050 meter ridge with great overhead views of Rara Lake. We will follow the trail along to the northern side of the Lake.
10Rara Lake to Gorosingha (3190m) about 6 hours trekking
From the bridge at the western end of Rara Lake the trail will follow the Khatyar Khola River. We will keep following this river slowly descending before we climb out following a small trail surrounded by pine, spruce and rhododendron forests. We follow our path dropping into the Ghatta valley heading towards the small settlement of Gorosingha .
12Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3270m) about 7 hours trekking
From Sinja, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge. After passing a few small villages, the trail crosses back and forth across the river on a series of quaint log bridges. Most of the trek is through forest of pine, birch and oak and fields of barley and corn. Then the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur.
14Flight Jumla - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu .
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.