Rara Lake Trekking
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.
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.
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.