13 Days Rara Lake Trek Highlights
- Visit the largest lake of Nepal
- Explore the natural beauty and tranquility of Rara Lake
- Watching different varieties of birds during the trail.
- Outstanding landscapes and mountain views during the trek.
- Exploring the isolated and mysterious beauties of remote Nepal.
- Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
- Scenic flight to and from Jumla
- Discover and authentic Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture.
- Cultural tour of Kathmandu Valley
- Walk through beautiful pine, birch, and rhododendron forests
- Experience authentic culture and lifestyle of Jumla district
About the 13 Days Rara Lake Trek
The Rara Lake trek is located in the Rara National Park and also known as the queen of the lake in Nepal. The district is Mugu in the extreme northwest of the country. The surrounding area is relatively unexplored. The region of this lake is also the home to 20 different species of mammals and 214 species of birds.
The journey of this trek starts with an hour long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then taking another short flight to Jumla. From Jumla, we will set forth on a journey that promises greater solitude and a chance to be in the presence of the fantastic Rara Lake. During our trek, we will also be entering the Rara National Park which is considered to be one of the finest parks in the world and is an ideal habitat for wild endangered animals. On our journey we will not only be in the presence of snow capped mountains, forests and enchanting lakes but will also get to witness the rustic life of the locals who call this remote land their home. The trek ends with a pleasant walk to Jumla, from where you take the mountain flight back to Nepalgunj and then head to Kathmandu.
Brief Itinerary: 13 Days Rara Lake Trek
Itinerary: 13 Days Rara Lake Trek
Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu
Once you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu our representative will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. On this day, you can either rest or stroll around the nearby places like Thamel or Durbarmarg. In the evening, our tour guide will give a short brief about the upcoming trek. During this orientation program, you will get a chance to meet your trekking guide and other fellow trekkers. Finally, in the evening you can stroll around the nearby hotel area and if you have forgotten to bring any trekking gear you can buy over there
Day 2 - Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. The city of Nepalgunj lies next to the Indian border and it showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. A private vehicle will pick us up at the airport and take you to the hotel. Later in the evening, we can visit the nearby market of Nepalgunj. Overnight at the hotel in Nepalgunj.
Day 3 - Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla
After early morning breakfast we will drive to Nepalgunj airport to catch a flight to Jumla. We leave the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal. We fly over the Himalayan foothills with the views of the towering hills and vast river networks.On reaching at Nepalgunj airport we will be transferred to a nice hotel within the city area. We stayed the night at Jumla for acclimatization. Overnight stay at Jumla.
Day 4 - Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur
Today is the first day of our trek & after breakfast we leave Jumla and ascend to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, we pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the nearby villages. We also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching our destination. Overnight in Chere Chaur.
Day 5 - Trek from Chere Chaur to Chalachaur
Today we will follow the western trail and climb up to the Jaljala pass (3580m). Jaljala Pass offers a stupendous view of Kanjiroba Himal. We’ll cross this pass and continue our trek through the wide and easy trail. From the meadow, we climb up through the steep trail and reach Chalachaur. Overnight at Chalachaur.
Day 6 - Trek from Chalachaur to Sinja Valley
After breakfast we walked through the Sinja valley today. On the way we pass through several villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola (stream). The surroundings of the valley is breathtaking & it offers numerous ancient temples and places to explore to the trekkers. Finally, after 4-5 hours of walk, you’ll reach Sinja Valley (2,490 meters) for an overnight stay.
Day 7 - Trek from Sinja to Ghorosingha
On this day, you’ll have early morning breakfast and leave Sinja for Ghorosingha. The trail is mostly uphill and followed by an easy trail to the Laha village. From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte khola (stream). Overnight in Ghorosingha.
Day 8 - Trek from Ghorosingha to Rara Lake
On this day, after having breakfast you’ll head towards Rara Lake (3,010 meters) with a steep climb along the side of Chucharmare Danda. Chuchhema is one of the finest viewpoints to get the admire views of Himalayan ranges and mesmerizing Rara lake. One the way we pass through Khatyar stream and few villages including Murma. Finally, after 6-7 hours of trek, you’ll reach your dream destination Rara Lake. Upon your arrival, you can admire the close-up view of a tranquil lake and lush vegetation of Rara National Park.
Day 9 - Explore Rara Lake
Today we have a full day to explore the enchanting Rara Lake which is at an elevation of 2980m from sea level and its surroundings. Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. It is surrounded by dense green forests which is home to diverse flora and fauna including some indigenous species of birds, fish, and animals. The beauty of the lake is surreal as it reflects the surrounding lush hills and snowy mountains on its surface. We do boating to admire the picturesque setting of the lake. Also, hike around the Rake Lake for stunning views of Himalayan peaks on the southern and northern side of the Lake. We can just relax on the ground by the lake or simply enjoy the moment.
Day 10 - Trek from Rara Lake to Pina
On this day we leave behind beautiful pristine Rara Lake and trek towards Pina. We begin our hike with an easy and straight trail until Gamgadi. Gamgadhi is the headquarters of the Mugu district. From Gamgadhi, we descend on a steep trail to Pina Village where we spend the night.
Day 11 - Trek from Pina to Bumra
After the hot breakfast we’ll leave Pina for Bumra. Our trek starts with the descending hike by crossing Ghurchi Lagna pass elevated at 3485m with a beautiful mountain . This is the highest point of the trek. We continue our descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra.
Day 12 - Trek from Bumra to Jumla
Today is the final day of our trek. After our breakfast we’ll start our trek early in the morning along the Hima River and cross a suspension bridge. After a few hours of downhill walk, we’ll reach a hot spring. Here we can take a bath and relax our body. After spending some time in the hot spring, you’ll cross Danphe Lagna Pass at 3,691 meters. You’ll continue your trek and reach Chere Chaur & finally, after 5-6 hours of walk, we’ll reach Jumla (2,540 meters).
Day 13 - Fly to Nepalgunj & fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will board a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj we fly back to Kathmandu.There are no flights directly from Jumla to Kathmandu so you have to fly twice today. Upon landing in Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you can stroll around the nearby famous tourist hub, Thamel.
Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
Airport pickup and drop off service
All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
Both way transportation from kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-kathmandu
Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
Rara National Park Permit.
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
Additional costs or delays caused by out of control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
Personal clothing and gear
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Best Season/Time for 13 Days Rara Lake Trek
Rara lake is ringed with pine, spruce and juniper forest which mirrors the snow-capped the Himalayas. It is a beautiful, peaceful place that must be seen, and getting there at the right time of the year makes all the difference.
Autumn Season (September, October, November)
Autumn is one of the perfect & peak seasons of the year to visit Rara National Park, Nepal. During Autumn, the weather in the Rara region is usually not too warm and not too cold. The skies are clearer and you will be able to view the scenic snow-capped mountains. This season is an ideal time for trekking in this region.
Spring Season (March, April, May)
It is the second-best season of the year for trekking in the Rara National Park. Spring offers a favourable environment for trekking in Rara lake. At this time the weather is mild, the rhododendrons are blooming everywhere filling the mountain trails with color, the sky is clear and the lake is a crystal blue.
The overall beauty of the Rara region is visible during this season which will make your tour unforgettable.
Summer Season (June, July, August)/ Monsoon
During the summer season most places in Nepal experience heavy rainfall due to which we see less number of trekkers during this season. But travellers can also trek to Rara Lake during the summer season. But you could expect heavy, long rains, monsoon season of course, muddy trails, and very likely landslides that can prevent continuing on a trail and forcing you to change your route.
Winter Season (December, January, February)
December marks the beginning of winter season in Nepal where the temperature starts to drop significantly, especially in the late evenings and nights. The months of December, January and February are not ideal times to visit Rara lake. The trail and passes are covered with snow and temperatures fall below minus degree. And roads and airports are often shut down.
Packing list / Equipment checklist
List of Equipment for 13 Days Rara Lake Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
- Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
- Small Locks
- Trekking Towel
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
- Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
- Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medications
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Blister Plasters
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in Mustang region. Along the way to Mustang region, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
Basically, you’ll find twin-basis types of accommodation on the Mustang trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.
Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.
Documents & Permits
If you are planning for a trip to Rara National Park, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Rara National Park region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
Rara National Park Entry Permit:
- Rara National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
- Rara National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR
Restricted Area Permit (RAP): $500 per person for 10 days. If longer is required, an additional $50 per day is charged.
Many trekking enthusiasts are often curious about the difficulty during trekking in the Rara National Park region. This trek is suitable for all kinds of trekkers with family members. You can tour with kids and seniors too.
The main difficulty in this trek is the walking distance with a load on your bag. Trekking in this region is a long trek (also depends on itinerary) so your body should be able to walk for about 5-7 hours daily. So trekking to Rara National Park region is not difficult for physically fit trekkers. It requires a reasonable level of fitness for trekking. And the Rara Lake trek difficulty level is moderate.
13 Days Rara Lake Trek FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the highest altitude of Rara Lake Trek?
The Rara Lake Trek doesn't go higher than 3,691m.
How many hours a day do we walk?
On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?
Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.
Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?
You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.
I have never gone trekking yet. Is the Rara Lake trek for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.
What is the accommodation like?
The Rara Lake Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.
How much luggage can I take during my Rara Lake trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
Can I extend my trek?
Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.
How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.
Do I need Insurance?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.
Where can I exchange my money?
There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find one near your Hotel in Kathmandu.
Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?
There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.
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