Rara Lake Trekking

13 Nights 14 Days


Rara Lake trekking is one of the most rewarding and incredible trekking trail located in the northwest of Nepal in remote Karnali region. Rara lake trekking is an ideal choice for those who are looking for wilderness and solitude while trekking in Nepal. Rara lake 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 kilometers 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, that and Himalayan black bear are common to this park. The rare red panda is native to this park. The park is also spectacular for bird watchers. Different species of birds including migratory birds visit this park, especially during November and April.

Rara lake Trekking is 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 experiencing for the lifetime. The off the beaten track and the hospitable people during the trip makes this trip more astounding.

Rara lake Trekking Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03: Fly to Jumla 2,370m trek to Charya Chaur 2,800 m – 04 hrs.

Day 04: Trek on route Botan beneath unnamed pass 3,500 m- 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440 m – 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Ghorasain 3,190 m – 04 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Rara Lake 2,980m – 06 hrs.

Day 08: Rest day at Rara Lake for the local excursion around.

Day 09: Trek to Pina via Jhyari 2,580 m – 05 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Chauta 2,770 m via Ghurchi-Lagna 3,460m – 06 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Tharamara 3,270 m – 06 hrs.

Day 12: Trek back to Jumla – 06 hrs.

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 14: International departure homeward bound.

Trip Highlights

  • spectacular Rara lake Trekking.
  • Serene Rara Lake mirroring mountain peaks on its surface
  • Rara National Park.
  • Exotic flora and fauna of Rara lake Trekking.
  • Wilderness and remoteness of Rara.


What is the trip about

  • Trip Standard: on camping and basic lodge basis
  • Trek Grade: moderate & adventurous
  • Trek duration: 10 Nights &11 Days.
  • Highest altitude: 3,460 meters at Ghurchi Lagna pass..
  • Total Trip: 13 Nights & 14 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • Season: March to June & September to November

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.


  • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  • Twin sharing accommodation in nepalgunj / jumla at tourist standard hotels on full board basis includes dinner-breakfast. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  • Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.
  • Full board trekking on camping includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single tents supplement at extra cost if required). Include separate kitchen unit with cook-kitchen staff accompanied by guides and porters.
  • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) and Rara National Park permits fees .
  • Service of trekking guides / porters and other field staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags (with inner linear) and comprehensive medical kits.
  • Transportation on Private Vehicle before trek with trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.
  • Domestic Airfare Kathmandu to Nepalgunj /Jumla and to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.


  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks including tea-coffee etc throughout the trip. (on camping includes tea-coffee drinks with drinking boiled filtered water)
  • Personal trekking gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.