Rara Lake Trek – 12 Days

Trip Overview

A journey to one of the most incredible and beautiful lake in Nepal.

Jumla and Rara lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake is ringed with pine, spruce and juniper forests, and mirrors snowcapped Himalayan peaks. In summer rainfall is low, ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake but the autumn season trekker is rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. Except for the army assigned to the park, nobody has lived at the lake since the government resettled the people of Rara and Chapra when the area was declared a national park.

If you are looking for wilderness solitude and can overcome the logistical complications of the region, this trek is good choice.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu

You will be welcomed our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Kathmandu is the capital city that is also the starting point of the trek. You can pay a visit to many UNESCO world heritage sites that includes Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

From Kathmandu, we take an hour long flight to Nepalgunj, located in the western part of Nepal. At an elevation of only 150m, Nepalgunj has a hot and humid climate.

Day 4: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla and trek to Ghumurti

The flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla takes off right after breakfast. After the 20 minutes of flight, we reach Jumla at an elevation of 2540 meters. From Jumla, we begin our trek to Ghumurti at an elevation of 2540 meters. We spend the night here.

Day 5: Trek to Danphe Lagna

From Ghumurti, we make our way through forests of Sisnamul and then reach the pastures of Chere. The trail gets steeper and we enjoy the views of Patrasi Himal and Jagdula Himal. We descend gently through forests of rhododendrons and finally reach Danphe Lagna.

Day 6: Trek to Chautha

This day comprises mostly of descents as we pass through birch, fir and bamboo forests, cross a bridge and then follow a river downstream. Then, we make a climb passing through water-driven mills along the way. Our steep climb continues and then levels as we reach Bhara village. Then, we descend to Chauro river and then to the village of Chautha.

Day 7: Trek to Dhotu

After breakfast, we start the day’s trek following a stream uphill that leads to Bulbule(3130 m). We keep climbing to reach Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3450 m). From the pass, the trail descends through spruce forests to finally reach Dhotu village. We camp in the village.

Day 8: Trek to Rara Lake

We traverse a steep slope from Dhotu and cross several fields to reach a stream. We cross a bridge and climb to a village called Jhyari. Then, we climb steadily through cedar trees to reach a meadow atop a hill.

Day 9: Excursion day

We follow the northern trail of the lake from here. After breakfast, we begin our exploration of the largest lake of Nepal which is about 13 km. We can go boating to see the various species of fishes and otters found in the lake. Chuchemara peak to the south and Ruma kand and Malika kand peaks to the north are other highlights of the day. We also visit the Rara village.

Day 10: Trek to Majhghatta

The trip from Rara Lake to Majhghatta is a short one. We take the route from the western part of the lake and follow Khytar Khola. We finally reach Majhghatta where we spend the night.

Day 11: Trek to Gorusinghe

From Majhghatta, we take a trail that descends to the river and leads to a hill. We walk through pine, spruce, and rhododendrons to reach the top from where we can admire the views of Rara Lake and mountains. We reach the ridge of Ghuchi Mara and take the long route that follows the main trail and reaches Ghatta valley. After a while, we reach Gorusinghe at 3050 meters.

Day 12: Trek to Sinja(2490 m)

From Gorusinghe, we follow Sinja Khola throughout the day as we follow a varied trail with scenic views. We climb up to Lumsa and then take a short, easy walk down to the valley. We walk trails that lead us to the Brahmin and Chhetri village of Sinja. Sinja was the capital of Malla rulers in western Nepal and also boasts an old Malla Palace and a temple of Tripura Sundari. We spend the night here.

Day 13:  Trek to Jaljala Chaur through Chalachaur

From Sinja, the trail crosses Sinja river over a wooden bridge and then continues on a long walk to Dhobi Khola. We pass through different villages and then cross the river several times over log bridges. We make our way through oaks, birch, pines, and fields of barley and corn. Then, the trail climbs up to Jaljala Chaur with a large meadow. We camp at an altitude of 3270 meters.

Day 14: Trek to Ghumurti

We make a final descent as we pass through villages to reach Ghumurti. We spend the night here before returning to Jumla the next day.

Day 15: Trek to Jumla

We trace our steps back to Jumla and spend the night there as the trekking comes to an end.

Day 16: Fly to Nepalgunj then to Kathmandu

The flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj is a scenic one that lasts 45 minutes. From Nepalgunj, we take a connecting flight to Kathmandu.

Day 17: Kathmandu sightseeing

We have an entire day to explore Kathmandu valley. We visit different cultural, historical, and religious spots. We can also shop for souvenirs Thamel and other tourist hubs.

Day 18: Departure

One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport.

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