Rara Lake Trekking

With five kilometers length and two kilometers width, Rara stands as the largest lake in Nepal. The maximum altitude of this trekking heights up to 3,710m and is circled by Western Himalayan ranges. Rara Lake lies in Mugu and Humla district and is a remote area blessed by Mother Nature with astonishing scenic views. This trekking is perfect for one who's craving for wilderness and solitude along with the picturesque valleys.
 
As the national park is home to many species of birds, it's always a delight to the travelers. The National Park is beautifully nestled surrounded by Blue pines, black juniper forests and Himalayan cypress Oak, Rhododendron, Abiesspectabilis are some of the vegetation found on the northern slopes and some particularly around the lake. Rara national park is the smallest national park of Nepal yet it provides shelter to 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. These wild animals; musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, ghoral, Himalayan thar, and wild boar makes the park even more intense for the travelers. Enriched in natural aspepcts, the park has invertebrate fauna like snow trout Schizothorax hodgsoni and Schizothorax progastus.
 
People living in this area mostly depend on agriculture while some extract medicinal herbs and sell them for living. The district is populated by various ethnic groups such as Magar, Tamang and Gurung at lower elevation and Tibetan at higher elevation. September to October and April to May is considered to be an appropriate season for travelling this area. Even though the major enchantment of this trekking lies in rural area, it never fails to please people with the geographical landscapes, typical houses, cultural diversity and the massif peaks. The exquisite scenery offered by the region adds to the grandeur of this place and entire Nepal

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 12 days
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu

Trip Map

Day 01: arrived Kathmandu (1350)
Day 02 :Nepalgunj – Juphal [2475m] – Chhepka [2720m]
Day 03 :Chhepka – Ringmogaun&Phoksundo Lake [3641m]
Day 04 :Ringmogaun – Phoksundo Lake view point – Ringmogaun– Pungmo [3500m]
Day 05: Pungmo – Kagmara La Pass [5115m] – KagmaraPhedi [3500m]
Day 06 : KagmaraPhedi – Kaigaon [2610m]
Day 07 : Kaigaon – MaureLanga pass [3894m] – Chotra [3380m]
Day 0 8 : Chotra – Gothichaur La [2995m] – Jumla [2540m]
supplies. Don't forget to have the local red rice at Jumla for dinner.
Day 09 : Jumla – Daphe Langa [3691m] – Chautha [2807m]
Day 10 : Chautha – Ghuchi Langa [3480m] – Rara Lake [2980m]
Day 11 : Rara Lake – Talcha
Day 12 : Talcha- Surkhet or Nepalgunj

Cost Include

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the rare lack  trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Farewell dinners.
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
soul himalaya trek  bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes


Cost Exclude

Personal equipment for trekking
Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency Rescue evacuation
Personal expenses
Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter
Bar & Beverage bills
You must pack all of your belongings in 2 bags:
 1 backpack and
 1 large soft travel bag.
 
 The backpack: Hiking backpack with a capacity of 40/45 liters, it will be useful for the transport of your personal belongings during the day. It will also serve you as hand luggage when traveling for all your business, and keeping your fragile devices (camera) and medicines too.
 Water purification drops or tablets: It’s better as economically and environmentally if you pack enough water purifying drops or tablets instead of buying mineral water in non-biodegradable plastic bottles.
 
 Large flexible travel bag: It must contain the rest of your accessories. It will be in the hold during air transport. It will be transported by porters and / or animals and / or vehicles. A point to be noted is that the air regulations limit the weight of baggage between 20 and 30 kg per person depending on the companies on the international flight. However, It is possible to leave a luggage in Kathmandu containing own belongings for your return.
 
 One pair of high-quality sunglasses with enough UV protection 2: Make sure you buy genuine UV protection sunglasses. The sun’s rays are particularly strong the higher up you go. 
 Water bottles required: It’s better if you have two bottles, one for drinking, and the other for water preparation or backup.
 T-shirts (1 for 2 or 3 days of walking). Avoid cotton, very long to dry; Prefer short sleeve t-shirts (breathable material) in Capilene (Patagonia), Dryflo (Lowe Alpine), Light Effect (Odlo) etc... 
 One sweater (remarks as above) or long sleeve shirt and one “polar fleece" jacket such as Polartec 200 or Wind stopper or Windproof.
 One Gore-tax jacket, simple and light, like Paclite or H2No Storm. And one vest or jacket (down or Thermolite) or warm anorak for the evening, especially in autumn 
 One short or Bermuda 
 One trekking pants and one comfortable pant for the evening type sweat pants.  And one Waterproof breathable pant (optional)
 Underwear required: Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems or Friction.
 Walking socks (1 pair for 2 to 3 days walking). Avoid socks type "tennis" (cotton), very long to dry and there is a high risk of formation of blisters; preferring those based on Coolmax for example.
 One pair of hiking shoes of very good quality and one pair of gaiters (optional) and one pair of sandals 
 One pair of relaxing shoes for the evening (optional) the list of clothing must be modulated according to the season chosen. Equipment.
 
 One pair of telescopic sticks: makes it easy to climb and downhill and is very useful for rough or slippery terrain and crossing rivers. 
 One headlamp and pocket knife (to be put in the luggage in the hold)
 One pocket knife (to be put in the luggage in the hold)
 One small pouch (preferably waterproof) to put money 
 One umbrella that can also protect from the sun (optional, available on site)
 One paperback book (for the long wait, inevitable in Nepal) 
 One Plastic bags to protect your belongings from moisture 
 
MISCELLANEOUS:
• One Toiletry: take preferably biodegradable products (there is a biodegradable liquid soap of CAD brand). 
• One towel: there are some that dry quickly: mark Packtowl (exist in 4 sizes). 
• Earplugs (optional) 
• Toilet paper + lighter 
• Sunscreen + lip stick Bedding 
• One sleeping bag at -10 ° C in "comfort" temperature in autumn
• One bag sheet (easier to wash after the trekking than the sleeping bag)
• One pillowcase (comfort and hygiene) Note: it is possible to rent a sleeping bag in Kathmandu (to be booked as soon as you register but pay on site with our correspondent) 
 
PERSONAL PHARMACY:
o Your usual medications
o Vitamin C or polyvitamin
o Pain medication: paracetamol preferably 
o Anti-diarrheal (type Lopémaride or Tiorfan ...) 
o Intestinal dressing (Smecta type)
o Broad spectrum antibiotic treatment: allow 8 days of treatment (on prescription) 
o Eye drops (dust, ophthalmia) and antibiotic eye cream 
o Purifying tablets for water (Micropur forte or Aquatabs) 
o Elastic adhesive tape (Elastoplast type, 6 cm wide)
o Adhesive dressings + disinfectants 
o Anti-inflammatory ointment
o Cold and sore throat treatment (pills)
o Effective mosquito repellent in tropical area.
o Diamox tablet for the prevention or treatment of acute mountain sickness (by prescription)
 
Authorized agencies can apply for trekking permits along with following documents
 
Online application form (trekkers) Link to Trekking Permit Application
Copy of Passport

Copy of  valid Visa sufficient to cover trekking days

Name lists of trekkers

Program Schedule of trekking

Guarantee letter of Agency

Agreement with Agency

Tax clearance Certificate of Trekking Agency

Documents relating to insurance of the trekkers (foreign nationals) and Nepalese staff accompanying the trekkers

License issued by The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation to operate trekking business

License  issued by Nepal Rastra Bank allowing exchanging of foreign currencies

Program schedule of trekking

Registration Certificate of Permanent Account Number

Voucher of Bank payment (fees) for permits
 

ONLINE VISA FROM YOU CAN VISIT THIS OFFICIAL LINK -
http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
1st  Step
Fill in ' Arrival Card '
Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up  prior to your arrival  visiting our official website  Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport).  If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after.  If so, you will have to fill it up again.
 
 
2nd  Step  
Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
Get the receipt
While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.
 
 
 
On Arrival Visa Fee
 
15 Days – 25 USD
 
30 Days – 40 USD
 
90 Days – 100 USD
 
 
 
3rd Step  
Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form,  payment receipts and your passport
Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.
 
 
Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)
 
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:
 
Children below 10 years
Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year.  Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
Chinese Nationals
Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement
 
Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non tourist visa extension can be done only at Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).

1. How can I enter in Nepal? 
In South Asia, Nepal is known as one of the most popular tourist destination. Direct and non- stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu (Capital city of Nepal) are also available in several airlines. Such as direct flights from Paris, London, Doha, Frankfurt, Osaka, Shanghi, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Karachi, Hong-Kong, Bombay, Delhi, Paro, Culcutta, Varanasi and Lhasa.
 
2. Is someone is going to pick me up from the airport with transfer included?
Yes, the member from our company will come to the airport to pick you up with a display card of Nepal Wild-Land Adventure Company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included for our clients.
 
3. Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, first of all our staff will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel while our tour leader will be in waiting for you to give a few brief details regarding about the trip (Trekking).
 
While briefing our clients are kindly requested to bring their passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travelling insurance, notepad and writing pen with them. 
 
4. What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake up normally at 7am in the morning. And after having breakfast, we repack our stuff and leave it with our other Sherpa team.
 
We normally go on a trail before 8am, all you need to carry is a stuff which are necessary to you and a camera to capture the beautiful moments while trekking. Our Sherpa team guides hike with an interesting flora and fauna sights. You can also find the spot to relax, use toilet facilities, purchase snacks or any drinks which you prefer and shop for souvenirs.
 
We will have lunch within 11am to 12pm. A usual day's trek normally ends in the early afternoon like 4pm to 4:30pm. After that you can have a quality time for yourself to read or nap before dinner.
 
After dinner you can play cards, rememorize all the breath taking moments of your day or chat about tomorrows hiking plans. 
 
5. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Yes, of course. Telephone services and internet services are available in all the trekking routes in Everest, Annapurna and Lang tang areas. 
 
6. Can I recharge my camera and other gadgets batteries along the trek?
Yes, in most of the places you can charge your batteries along our trek.
 
7. About water – are they available at each teahouse? Or are we supposed to bring iodine tablets?
You can buy mineral water, filter or boiled water during the trekking trail. If you want to bring iodine tablets then that would be great.
 
8. What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
Meals on full protein and nutritious basis will be provided to you during our trekking. Warm and freshly cooked food is served (Western, Continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Normally three meals each day will be provided.
 
9. What will happen if there is an emergency?
For the emergency case, all of our guides are well trained in the basic first aid and can handle the basic aliments that may occur on trek. If the case is out of hand then our team of Nepal Wild-land Adventure trekking will cover the required expenses of rescue operation likewise it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such as event where these expenses will be needed to recovered from your insurance company. In most regions there are also help posts which have been organized and established by the foreign doctors with an expert staffs.
 
10. Are all of your company staff insured?
All the trekking staff including guides, Sherpas, cooks and porters of our company is insured. They are all protected by fine life insurance policy with facilities of warm clothing and proper shelter on high altitude. We make sure to insure our staff member to be well paid and properly insured.
 
11. Could you give us some information about the guide?
We guarantee for the safety and security of all the trekkers with the many years of experience in this field with you. All of our staffs and members are well trained on this field with a trekking guide license and experience. We only hire the professional guides who are able to serve in a effective way to the guest and good in fluent English and also the one who can adjust to the Trekkers desired language. Our team members are expert one and are also active for any services as per the preference Of the Trekkers. 
 
12. What kinds of banking facilities are provided in Nepal?
In Nepal you can find modern banking facilities with international banks in KTM (Kathmandu). All foreign currencies along with credit cards are accepted in Nepal. For eg: American Express, Visa and Master Cards. You can also find A.T.M facilities in Nepal.
 
13. Is travelling alone women with your company is safe?
We guarantee all the safety and security for every individual women traveler while with us. We are more alert and confident for such issues. You can believe us without any doubt for your safety. All the guides of our company are well trained and experienced in such types of cases. Personal room on lodge trek and tent for camping is provided to our clients according to their preference.
 
14. What happens if I have to leave the trip early?
Sometimes communication on mountain region is difficult but we assure you that in the case like this our company guides will make the best effort to obtain the quick transportation and reservation to get you home as quickly as possible in a safe and sound way.
 
15. Does this trekking company (Nepal Wild-land Adventure) accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, American Express and Master Cards. In case, if you are paying in person in Nepal then we kindly request you to pay in cash or traveler's cheque because the bank charges for credit cards are quiet high.
 
16. Can you arrange extra night lodging in case if I arrive early or depart late?
Is there a single room option?
We would be honored to make arrangements such as extra hotel rooms, personalized tour, airport pickup and arrangements for private rooms. If you need a single room then we request you to indicate us that on your application and we will contact you the details and info on single room supplementary costs.
 
17. Can I bring some food from home?
Yes, you may bring power gel, cereal bars, and similar high energy foods. We suggest you to bring Gatorade because it is one of the most highly recommended to fight dehydration. 
 
18. Except trip price, how much extra money should I take with me?
This case depends on your spending habits. US$ 15 to US$ 20 per meal in Kathmandu is allocated.US$ 12 to US$ 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, coca cola, chocolates and other preferable stuffs.
 
19. Is visa to travel in Nepal is needed? What do I need to get my Visa?
Except Indian citizens, all the other foreign nationals need to obtain visa while entering in Nepal. To travel Nepal for 30 days, you need a visa passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for your stay.
 
20. What's the main form of greeting in Nepal?
Namaste or Namaskar are the common form of greeting in Nepal. You can also say the greeting in words as well as a gesture where you have to join your palms together and bring them closer to your chest and above 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaskar holds many meaning like Hello, how are you doing?, nice to meet you, good morning and so on. 
 
21. What is the basic Nepali costume that I should know about?
The main and most important thing is that you should take off your shoes before entering one's home or a temple. And also it is considered illegal to take photographs inside the most temples.

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