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RARA LAKE TREKKING

rara lake tour package

Rara Lake tour package takes you through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3,062 meters. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is ‘off the beaten track’ which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3,450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3,000 meters when hiking on the way back. Any physically fit person can do this moderate trek anytime in March to May and October to early December.

Rara lake tour package

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m. / 4,264ft).

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m. / 490 ft) 1 hour.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m. / 8,334ft) 20 minutes.

Day 05: Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m. / 10,023ft).

Day 06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m. / 9,777ft).

Day 07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m.).

Day 08: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m. / 10007ft).

Day 09: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m. / 9876ft).

Day 10: Explore Rara Lake.

Day 11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m. /  8006ft).

Day 12: Pina to Bumra (2850m. / 9351ft).

Day 13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m. / 8334ft).

Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final departure.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m. / 4,264ft)

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, here our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’t, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Rara Lake Trekking.


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m. / 490 ft) 1 hour

After breakfast, we will do short excursion in Kathmandu, then take an hour long flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, located western part of Nepal. Nepalgunj, the town itself is a fascinating Terai town near to the Nepal-India border, a gateway to Simikot, Humla. This town roll out the diverse culture of Nepal and we will visit the local market, zoo and close villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.


Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m. / 8,334ft) 20 minutes

After early breakfast, we will fly from Nepalgunj to the hilly landscape of Jumla, the least accessible districts in Nepal. It is located in the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya, Jumla and it is a gateway for trekkers to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. Overnight in Jumla.


Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m. / 10,023ft)

As we begin our first day of our trek we will head to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. We will pass Khalanga Bazaar, a small market place of the nearby villages and several other villages with a temple before reaching our destination. Overnight in Chere Chaur.


Day 06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m. / 9,777ft)

After breakfast, we take the western trial from Chere Chaur and ascend slowly to the Jaljala pass (3580m.). After crossing the pass we will head to Jaljala Chaur, trekking on a relatively straight trial. Furthermore, we will ascend on a steep trial before reaching the Rara Lake circuit to Chalachaur. Overnight in Chalachaur.


Day 07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m.)

It is an uphill climb to Sinja valley passing through several villages and walk along the Jaljala Khola (river). Sinja valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa kingdom who ruled this sector in 12th to the 14th century. During revealing this area, spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University, they uncovered the palaces, temples, and the ancient remains of a settlement. Overnight in Sinja valley.


Day 08: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m. / 10007ft)

Early morning, after we complete our breakfast we take an uphill climb trial alongside a river Hima. We will reach a local villages from where we climb on a steep trail following a relatively easy trial until Laha village. Then, again we take a steep climb until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatee khola (stream). Overnight in Ghorosingha.


Day 09: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m. / 9876ft)

Today, we will jhead to our main destination of our trip Rara lake following steep ascent alongside Chuchhemara Danda. This Danda offers us the panorama of Himalaya, the vast and tranquil Rara Lake and the lush vegetation of the Rara National Park. On the way, we pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. Continuing our trial from Murma, the ascent gets a little easier heading towards Chapri village. This villages houses the Rara National Park head quarter. Overnight in Rara lake.


Day 10: Explore Rara Lake

After breakfast, we probe the ultramarine waters of the massive lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Nepal. We can boat in this Lake and take a time to admire the picturesque setting of the lake where we can discover a varieties of fish. We can see the Chuchemara Peak on the southern side of the Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame it’s northern area. This lake is also referred as Mahendra taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra.


Day 11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m. / 8006ft)

We will follow the easy and relatively straight path from Rara Lake until Gamgadhi. Gamghadi is the hadquarters of the remote Mugu districts of Nepal. We descend down from the Gamghadi on a steep trial to Pina village. Overnight in Pina village.


Day 12: Pina to Bumra (2850m. / 9351ft)

From Pina also, we descend down and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass (3,480m.). Continuing our descent walk, we will pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra village, known as Nauri Ghat. Overnight in Bumra.


Day 13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m. / 8334ft)

After crossing the suspension bridge above Himal river, we will walk downhill about an hour’s, reaching to a hot springs. In hot springs we can ease our aching body with a dip.  Not long after the hot spring, we cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. We follow the same trial we took couple of days back and reach Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.


Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

We take the first flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj, continuing our next flight to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. After reaching Kathmandu, we will do some rest and our leaders officially announces the end of our wonderful trip. In the evening, Visit View Nepal Trek will organize a farewell dinner, serves with a typical Nepali cuisine with local dance and culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 15: Final departure

Our representative will take you to the international airport according to your flight schedule approximately 3 hours earlier than the scheduled time. Have a safe flight back home! and make a plan for your next adventure in Nepal with us.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow