Rara Lake 13 days
Duration: 13 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3062 m
Accommodation: homestay and camping
Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Rara Lake is situated in Western Nepal. The biggest lake of Nepal lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal ranges and is a drier and very arid area. Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 3062 meters. It has a water surface of eleven square kilometers, is five kilometers long and two-and-a-half kilometers wide. Situated in high altitude, you find the lake surrounded by the Rara National Park, a rich pine, spruce and juniper forest. This region is of unique floral and faunal importance with its rare and vulnerable species. The park flora consists of 1074 species, of which sixteen are endemic to Nepal; the fauna includes fifty-one species of mammals and 214 species of birds.
Rara Lake lies in Nepal’s most remote areas and is relatively unexplored by foreign travelers and remains mysterious even to Nepali people. Although more trampled than in the past, the trail to Rara Lake is still sparsely in services compared to the more popular trails. During this trek you stay at homestays and sometimes at camping sites. The homestays are simple, and basic accommodations. The food is local, traditional Nepali food.
The trek begins with flight to Jumla. You wander through virgin forests and experience life in the region’s charming villages that are rarely visited by tourists. Before you arrive at the bank of the lake you must cross two mountain passes. On your way you will pass several rural villages. Beautiful forests are blended with local villages and farmlands. On the banks of the lake we will set up camp for you where you will have plenty of time to walk around the lake. During camp you will enjoy the special surroundings and serenity of the area. After this special visit you will return to Jumla airport.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150 m – 1 hrs.)
Day 02 Flight to Jumla (2370 m – 30 min.)
Day 03 Trek to Patmara (2910 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Chautha (2770 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Jhyari (2635 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Rara Lake (3062 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07 Resting day at Rara Lake for exploration
Day 08 Trek to Gurosingha (3190 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Sinja (2440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Jaljala Chaur (3531 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Jumla (2370 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 12 Buffer day
Day 13 Flight Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return flight Kathmandu to Jumla, and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to JumlaOne night in Jumla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast/ lunch/ dinner; Tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate/ hot water and cookies; and if possible fresh fruit
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-Rara National Park entry permit, Rara restricted area permit TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff