Rara Lake trekking is one of the most rewarding and incredible trekking trail located in northwest of Nepal in remote Karnali region. This trekking is an ideal choice to those who are looking for wilderness and solitude while trekking in Nepal. This trekking takes you to a serene lake, Rara surrounded with lush and deep green woods include birch , pine, juniper and Himalayan cypress and stunning mountain panorama. Most striking, the lake mirrors the breathtaking mountain range on its deep blue surface.
Rara Lake is the largest in Nepal which is 5 kilometer long and 2 kilometer in its wide. It is protected by Rara National Park which is the smallest national park in Nepal. The lake and its premises and the national park is shelter to a great variety of flora and faunas. Musk deer leopard, ghorals, thar and Himalayan black bear are common to this park. The rare red panda is native to this park. The park is alo spectacular for bid watchers. Different species of birds including migratory birds visit this park especially duting November and April.
This less explored and less beaten trail to Rara Lake protected by Rara National Park is a perfect tourist destination for naturalists and wilderness lovers. The peaceful lake mirroring the exotic floras and the magnificent mountain peaks is experience for the lifetime. The off the beaten track and the hospitable people during the trip makes this trip more astounding .
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding Nepal’s largest Lake Rara trek.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for 55 minutes scenic flight to Nepal’s South West region at Nepalgunj close to the border of India, where the temperature are warm of sub-tropical climate on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to respective hotels for overnight stop.
Day 03: Fly to Jumla 2,370m trek to Charya Chaur 2,800 m – 04 hrs
As per the flight time, normal flight in the early morning to Jumla from Nepalgunj, after connecting the flight to Jumla which takes about 40 minutes offering panoramic scenery and range of mountains views, then on reaching at Jumla meet our field and trekking guides and porters who have drove here all the way from Kathmandu.
Jumla the largest hill town within Karnali zone, with a Government administrative town, recently a jeep dirt road have connected here from Nepalgunj which will take at least two days drive to reach here at Jumla, the communication around this area is unreliable with only accessible route is on foot or by air with few jeeps to drive here.
After getting organized with the baggage’s and other trekking loads, our first day walk on a pleasant trail with short up to Charya Chaur village visiting nice farm villages around, our first overnight camping near Charya Chaur village.
Day 04: Trek onroute Botan beneath unnamed pass 3,500 m- 06 hrs.
After a lovely morning, our journey starts with an uphill climb into rhododendron, birch and pine tree lined serene forest and then heading towards an unnamed green meadow ridge top and a pass sometimes it’s called Jaljala offering fabulous views of Kanjiroba Himal towards North East. Walk continues through tranquil wilderness then on the downhill path for couple of hours through cool forest and reaching on the summer grazing pasture area for the overnight camp in this nice, pleasant spot.
Day 05: Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440 m – 06 hrs.
Today walk leads to downhill walk to Sinja for few hours and then following Jaljala Khola (stream) downstream through a forest with dense pine forest and walking past terraced farm fields and terraces, to reach at Sinja village, with a very old ruin temple and monuments, ancient sculptured stones which is covered in moss and weeds, and from here walk follows the river upstream, reaching at Ganj a small village and then our route leads through an impressive gorge to our overnight camp at Botan village, with time for short walk around.
Day 06: Trek to Ghorasain 3,190 m – 04 hrs.
As the walk progress, our walk today is only for half day of three to four hours, as the morning walk starts after leaving Sinja Khola then following another stream of Ghatte Khola towards North- Eastwards towards a short uphill, then coming at pretty small valley and into farmlands with primitive water mills which is used for grinding corns, wheat’s into fine flour for breads, from here reaching our overnight camp on the border rim of Rara National Park at a small village of Ghorasain, this place with police post, after the camp is set, afternoon free for short walk around and just relax and catch up with the dairy.
Day 07: Trek to Rara Lake 2,980m – 06 hrs.
Walk today heading to our final destination on Nepal largest lake at Rara, starting the morning walk in this serene environment from Ghorasain camp, heading uphill with a climb all the way to Chuchemara Danda at 4, 260 meters, on reaching the top ridge with awesome panorama of surrounding country landscapes and magnificent views of snow capped mountains towards north, after enjoying the marvelous views walk leads to a descend looking down at beautiful Rara Lake through forest of bamboo and birch trees, then crossing at Khatyar Khola walking along upstream of this crystal clear stream to our overnight camp at Rara Lake shore.
Day 08: Rest day at Rara Lake for local excursion around.
After a week of good walk, a rest day here at Rara an ideal spot for local exploration and to relax, after a leisure morning an optional walk around or climb a wooden tower for panorama of the emerald picturesque lake and surrounding hills with distance snow capped mountain views.
Day 09: Trek to Pina via Jhyari 2,580 m – 05 hrs.
Morning starting the journey back with an enjoyable and pleasant time in Rara lake and its surrounding, today a good, moderate trek on the path leading to a ridge top at Jhyari small village, from here onwards walk follows Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for a short time then crossing Dhauligar Khola valley, following this Dhauligar Khola (stream) all the way to Pina for our overnight camp, this is small farm village with police post and a some houses serving as lodge and local tea shops.
Day 10: Trek to Chauta 2,770 m via Ghurchi-Lagna 3,460m – 06 hrs.
From this village Pina, our walk continues with an uphill climb into tranquil and enchanting forest with excellent views of landscapes and mountains towards north, then with a gradual climb to reach at Ghurchi- Lagna pass the highest point of this fabulous journey, this place with several chortens (a Buddhist monuments) and festooned with prayer flags, from here our route descends across alpine meadows and pastures, into walnut groves and then leading to a steep and narrow valley all the way to Chauta village for the overnight camp, this small place with shops and houses serving as lodge for local and individual travelers and trekkers.
Day 11: Trek to Tharamara 3,270 m – 06 hrs.
After a nice stop in this village of Chauta, our journey leads following Sinja khola through Bumra and then past a small lodge and tea-shop and health clinic walking under the overhanging rock at Kamra, this is a source of an important herbal medicinal mineral called as Silaji.
From this spot on the downhill walk towards Sinja Khola, and then reaching at Nyawre village, after a nice break here our walk continues following the river upstream and then coming to an uphill walk of about 600 meters climb to Tharamara for overnight camp, this place with nice pasture land with pristine surrounding.
Day 12: Trek back to Jumla – 06 hrs.
Our final day trek back to Jumla of this wonderful trip, morning starts with a pleasant descend to a nice green valley and into pristine alpine forests of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees, then reaching to a fertile agriculture tended valley, then walk leads past little villages of Padmara following the same river most of the way to Jumla town for the last overnight stop, after a wonderful circuit and around the Jumla and Muga area, and then back to Jumla town with late afternoon free for walk to browse around this main busy market town.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
After completing this awesome journey, taking a morning a scenic short flight to Nepalgunj looking over the western Himalayan chain of mountains, then on reaching at Nepalgunj depending upon the time for connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the hotel at Nepalgunj, then with back to airport to continue flight to Kathmandu, on arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our Team Himalaya staff receives and transfer you to respective hotels after a grand memorable time with an experience of a life time in the Far West Nepal Himalaya.
Day 14: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Nepal’s Largest Lake Rara Trek with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.