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.
In Kathmandu, we will have a 3-star hotel room which will be shared in a twin-share basis and will have a supplement of breakfast alongside. The rooms will have attached bathrooms and will have all the facilities that will at least help you have a semi-urban experience judging from where you come. But, during the trek, we will have to forfeit the luxury of a 3-star hotel in the pursuit of what nature has in store for us and travel through the wildlands in local teahouses, which will be very comforting as well but just not luxurious enough in terms of the facilities provided.
We can have a myriad a local and international cuisines to choose from during the trek though the list of meals will not be as elaborate as you might think, but still we do have options and they surely do taste awesome. We are very careful for providing you with food that is both hygienic and heavy for sustaining your energy throughout the trek. All kinds of meal fall under the package costs during the trek except for when you stay in Kathmandu where we will only be able to offer the breakfast. And, we will also end our lovely soulful trekking experience with a lovely farewell dinner at the end of our trek in Kathmandu.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Though it might seem very daunting in the face of it, but we are pretty sure an average human being with average walking capability will be able to complete the trek with no trouble. Our guides are very supportive in terms of your walking abilities during the trek and if needed, s/he will change the entire trek stuructre for you as well. (But, that will come alongside its own repercussions, like longer trekking days). Walking in higher altitude will surely be more tiresome than in lower altitude but the transition between the two will be as smooth as possible. We do recommend to consult with your personal doctor before making the trip though just to make sure. consult your doctor(s) before the trip.
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 through in this trek in anytime of the year that you find feasible, these are just suitable months.
Trip Start Dates and Cost
We have a perfectly customisable trip flexibilty depending upon your preferred dates.
We will be more than happy to discuss whatever aspects you find confusing in mail or directly in phone if you prefer.
Though we always Endeavour in making your experience in Nepal the best one, there must be efforts from your side as well to make that possible. Even though we will be informing about all these a multiple times before and during the trek, it might still be better to have a general overview of certain things on your trek to Nepal. Some of the useful suggestions we could give to you for your travel to Nepal with us are:
A) This really should not be necessary to mention here. But, just for the formality, please DON'T mishandle the natural resources in any manner in any time, either on your destination or the way. Those natural resources are what help that particular place to maintain its inherent beauty and to attract generous souls like you in the first place. You wouldn't want to rob the place of its natural beauty now, would you?
B) And, another important aspect we need to consider before taking any actions, especially when we are in some places with indigenous culture and traditions, are the direct and indirect implications of our activities to the culture of that particular place and by and large, the people. We need to carefully analyse and decide whether what we are doing can really be justified if we look at the greater impact of it in the culture of that place. We all, as a tourist to that particular place and the people, have an inherent responsibility to acknowledge and respect the culture and traditions, no matter how odd or eccentric we might perceive it to be.
C) Though there will always be a professional trekking guide mastered in the art of first aid and basic medicines when you travel with us, we still suggest you to take precautionary and pre-emptive measures to maintain proper physical and mental health, which includes but not limited to, activities like maintaining proper sanitation, consulting with the guide about any health problems prior to the start of the trek if there is any, having pure drinking water and taking in the zeal and adventure of the trek to an extent that your body can take in.
D) Another factor to give a serious consideration on is your obedience to what your guide says to you is best for the trek. We all need to follow whatever the guide explains us to, because we are not only unaware about most of the things that the guide is, but also ignorant of the greater impacts of our activities to the community. You are free and actually encouraged to question your guide on the reasoning’s of a particular decision if time and situation permits, but generally it would not be a problem since we all are rational individuals, except for children who ought to be taken care of and supervised.
E) Though we would not necessarily term it as a 'civil responsibility' but it certainly does fall under a 'moral responsibility' to help the local community foster via recommending your friends and acquaintances to travel as well. Because after you acknowledge the natural and cultural beauty of a particular place, you don't only owe it to your friends to let them know but also, to the local community itself to help them survive and grow as a society.
Other than these, it will always be extremely fun and enticing to travel in this holy country and we promise you to make it the best experience that you possibly can ever have.