Rara Lake Short Trek

  • Duration 13
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation
  • Max. Altitude 3000m
  • Activity Trekking,hikking and climbing
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season spring and Autumn

Rara Lake Short Trek Overview

The Rara Lake Trek is a travel into the remote district of Nepal which are landlocked in nature but they are traditionally and culturally rich and beautiful districts. They are Jumla and Mugu district which are remote but they are economically fine and settled supported by good agriculture and farming, animal and dairy farming, and today’s urbanization has provided facilities like road, transportation, electricity, developing business commerce centers, establishing schools and hospitals that had led all types of economic activities to be found in these regions. The Rara Lake is a protected Ramsar site covering area of 1061 hectare along with the encompassing wetland. The Rara Lake is one of the popular lake of Nepal being the deepest and biggest freshwater lake originated from Himalayas. The Rara Lake is resided in the Rara National Park of Mugu District of Nepal.

The simplest route to Rara Lake is from Jumla where the tourists take air-flight to Jumla airfield and trek towards the village of Sinja which was the winter capital of old Malla Kingdom passing through ChuCheman Danda and Danphe Lagna. The tourists enter the Rara National Park during their trekking trail after leaving off village and human settlements and travel inside Rara National Park towards Rara Lake. This is a shortest Rara Lake circular trek which is best for novice, beginners and general travelers who are looking for a simple delightful holiday trip.

 

Day to Day Itinerary
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This is the first welcoming day that we meet ( Nepal Guide Info team ) upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Short briefing will be followed about necessary formalities and rest of the program. Depending on your arrival time you will have choice of visiting nearby sanctuaries or rest of the time free for leisure.

Half-day sightseeing around Kathmandu, Patan city where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local tradition are highlighted on my guided tour. There’s time to explore the city’s many charms on your own or take a rest while I finalize trekking area permits. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. Q/N in Kathmandu.

Fly to Nepalgunj. Overnight at local hotel.

By flight. Jumla town (2340m) is in a valley and their paddy is cultivated (making Jumla the highest place on earth where it is grown). The town is the administrative headquarters of the Karnali Zone. From Jumla we start walking towards Padmara. There are two tracks leading north to Gumgarhi and Rara. One is a trail leading directly form the north of the town. The other is more popular trek route that turns east of the town towards Dansanhu (2347m) at the confluence of Tila Nadi with Chaubise Khola. We transverse northeast along the right side of the Chaubise Khola through pine forests. Two hours further is Urthu (2520m) at the confluence of Chaubise Khola and Ghurseni Khola. The bridge leads east to Chaubise area. The trek now ascends steeply through the narrow gorge of the Ghurseni Khola, keeping all the time to its right slope. Padmara (3017m), a Chhetri village at the head of the valley is one hour beyond the canyon head.

The track beyond Padmara continues rising along the north side of Ghurseni stream. We leave the last fields at 3048 meters and climb to the first pass, Khali Langa (3545m), four kilometers from Padmara. We follow down the right bank of stream to a foot-bridge at 3353 meter and cross it to the west side. We continue descending north for one hour through dense forest to reach a log bridge at 2743 meters over Sinja Khola, here called Lah Gad. Cross the bridge to the north side, turn west and climb to Bumra (2830m) about two kilometers further. Overnight at camp.

The track beyond Bumra keeps high above the river and skirts two small spurs to reach Bhargaon (2890m) in 1.5 hours. After one kilometer at the end of the fields, the track turns north into the tributary stream of Ghautha Khola. We cross the stream by a log bridge to the west side and climb to Chautha (3100m) in a forest clearing. After an hour the valley opens out into a pleasant meadow. We keep to the left stream until a western tributary joins it. Before reaching Ghurchi Langna (3457m) we climb up the narrow gully on the north east slope and skirt north across a series of spurs to reach Pine (2430m)
Overnight at camp.

RARA LAKE is only eight kilometers west of Pine. It is a short, pleasant trek with fine views to the north. From Pine, we take a trail turning west that transverse a steep north-facing slope. After crossing a stretch of fields, we climb a small spur and descend to the stream. We cross the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of Jhari from Pina (2500m). It will take just over two hours to reach Jhari form Pina. From Jhari, we ascend west along a ridge for about 700 meters to reach a low saddle in two hours. The large lake is visible directly north of this saddle. From here, it is pleasant descent to the meadows on the south side of the lake. The village site of Rara (3040m) on the north side is a pleasant two hours walk along the western bank of the lake. Overnight at camp.

Rest day and explore Rara area- Rara area was designated a National Park in 1975 and it takes about eight hours to walk round the lake. Overnight at camp.

We walk the lake outlet (2980m) and follow the down stream of Khatyar Gad for an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3139m). Cross the bridge to the south side and clime steadily over the 400 meters to reach an open clearing at 3277 meters. The trail continues climbing south through dense forest until the tree line is reached at 3658m. The ridge continues to south for another 200 meters but it is pleasant trail with distant view of the mountains. There is no pass on this high ridge and the trail turns southeast at an altitude of 3749m and descends by the east side of Chucheman Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasaini (3271m).

From Ghorasain there is trail down the valley to Botan (2895m). A more interesting trail with better scenic prospect is to climb Diyabala Danda due south of Ghorasain. The climb begins immediately west of Ghorasain and takes about an hour through forest to top the crest at 5351 meters. The trail then skirts south-east above the high fields of Lumsa. There are good views to the south along the Sinja valley. The trail descends to Okharpati village (3100m) on a high shelf above Mindrabali Gad. The descent from Okharpati to Sinja takes less than two hours.
Overnight at camp.

We cross the log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad beyond Kotgaon near Lamathada. We follow the stream for another five kilometers due east. Then we ascend the ridge (2865m) briefly to descend to the same stream again. The trail clings to the south side of the stream all the way for another nine kilometers. The trail twists and turns along the stream but it is a pleasant trail amidst forest wilderness.
Finally, the trail climb east along a gully to ascend a pass at 3597m. We descend east along a wide meadow into the headquarters of Ju Gad that drains to Jumla town. Descend east along the stream and transverse another kilometers to Chere Chaur (2987m). Overnight at camp.

Chere Chaur is a delightful alpine pasture where flowers are in profusion during later summer. It provides good views of the Jumla town, Tila valley and Chyakhure Lekh beyond. The return to the town camp is pleasant descent in slow stages.
Overnight at camp.

Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Everest trekking map.
  • Both ways domestic flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from March to May and from mid-September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
Useful Info
  • Jeans or slacks
  • Towel and toilet kit
  • Underwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
  • Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
  • Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
  • Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
  • Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
  • Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
  • Flashlight
  • Walking Boot
FAQs
  • The Rara Lake Short Trek is a relatively easy trek that takes you to Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal. It is known for its stunning scenery, including snow-capped mountains, pristine forests, and the crystal-clear waters of Rara Lake.

  • The Rara Lake Short Trek typically takes around 4 to 6 days to complete, depending on the starting point and the specific itinerary. The trek can be customized to suit your preferences and time constraints.

  • The best time to undertake the Rara Lake Short Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the best weather and clear mountain views.

  • The Rara Lake Short Trek is considered a relatively easy trek with moderate elevation gains. It is suitable for trekkers of all ages and fitness levels. The highest point of the trek is around 3,200 meters (10,500 feet).

  • To undertake the Rara Lake Short Trek, you will need a Rara National Park Entry Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or through your trekking agency.

  • Accommodation during the Rara Lake Short Trek is typically in tea houses or lodges along the route. These are basic but comfortable, with shared rooms and common dining areas. Hot showers may be available for an extra charge.

  • Altitude sickness is generally not a concern on the Rara Lake Short Trek, as the maximum altitude is relatively low. However, it’s still important to acclimatize properly and drink plenty of water.

  • While it’s possible to do the Rara Lake Short Trek independently, hiring a guide and porter is recommended for safety and convenience. A guide can also provide valuable information about the local culture and customs.

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