Rara Lake Trekking
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Modorate
- Destination: Nepal
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Tea House
- Meals: Included
- Group size: 5
Lying in the Mugu and Humla region and at 5km long by 2km wide, Rara is the largest lake in Nepal and this remote area is blessed with astonishing scenic views. This trek is perfect for those craving wilderness and solitude.
Rara National Park is Nepal’s smallest national park yet it provides shelter to 51 species of mammals; musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, ghoral, Himalayan thar, wild boar and 214 species of birds. The park nestles in a backdrop of blue pines, black juniper, Himalayan cypress and Oak forests.
People living in this area mostly depend on agriculture while some extract medicinal herbs to sell. The district is populated by various ethnic groups such as Magar, Tamang and Gurung at lower elevations and Tibetan at higher elevations. September to October and April to May is considered to be an appropriate season for travelling in this area. Reaching a height of 3.700m, the exquisite scenery, diverse geographical landscapes and stunning views of massive peaks adds to the grandeur of this trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1400m and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Morning free and then fly to Nepalgunj city on route Dolpo.
Day 03: Fly to Jumla 2,540 m then trek to Chauriya Chaur 3,055 - 05 hrs.
Day 04: Trek on route Botan beneath unnamed pass 3,500 m.
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 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 back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 14: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 15: Final International departure homeward bound.
- Hour scenic flight
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Hotel accommodation
- An experienced English speaking and government likened trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Power service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permit (national park permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local tax
- Personal equipment for trekking
- Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Emergency rescue evacuation
- Personal expenses
- Tipping (tips) for guide and porter
- Bar and Beverage bills
In Kathmandu, we provide a 3-star hotel room which will be shared in a twin-share basis with attached bathrooms and breakfast included. However, during the trek, we will have to forfeit the luxury - in the pursuit of what nature has in store for us as we travel through the wildlands - and we stay in local teahouses, which will be comfortable but not at the standard of a 3-star hotel.
We are very careful to provide you with food that is both hygienic and sustaining. All meal costs during the trek are included in the package except for when you stay in Kathmandu where we will only be able to offer breakfast. We will also end our lovely soulful trekking experience with fair well dinner in Kathmandu.
Physical Condition&Experience Requirements
This tour is suitable for a person of good to average fitness. Our guides are very supportive in terms of your walking abilities and there are possibilities to change the structure, to have longer or shorter days during the trek. There is plenty of opportunity to acclimatize to the higher altitudes as we progress.
Best Time to Travel
The best seasons for the trek would be Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). Though we are perfectly willing to guide you on this trek in anytime of the year that you find suitable.
Trip Start Dates and Cost
We can ‘customise’ this trek to suit your itinerary and budget and are more than happy to discuss any aspects of this trek by email or phone.
Upper body layers
- Walking t-shirts -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry
- Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
- Thermal base layers top-1weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capelin or polar Tec power dry.
- Insulating layers -1 mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
- Fleece vest optional-advisable for those who feel cold
- Rain jacket -1 essential
- Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meter
Lower body layers
- Underwear-enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
- Hiking ttousers-2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
- Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
- Trekking shorts-1 if no zips off trousers below the knee for ladies.
- Rain pants-1 advisable
- Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping
Packs and bags
- Duffle bag packs 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
- Day pack with rain cover-1 to carry your personal items during the treks e.g. Camera and chocolate, water.
- Sleeping bag-1 3 season (4 season oct-feb)
- Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags
- Trekking boots – 1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
- Socks-3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quantity socks.
- Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
- Water bottles -2 (one or two liters) Nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladder is preferred
- Water purification drops – 1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (pious)
- Lip balm- 1 with SPF 30 greater
- Bandana – 1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
- Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
- Warm woolen hat-1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
- Flash light or head torch-1 head light is best as it leaves your hand freehand extra batteries
- Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
- Travel towel-1 light weight and compact.
- Wash kit-1 travel items for the trek.