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Max. Elevation
3050 m / 10006 ft
Group size
MIn 1+
Level
Moderate
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea house / Lodge during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Highlights

  • Marvel at the stunning vistas of Rara Lake, with its tranquil waters reflecting the surrounding mountains, creating a picture-perfect setting for trekkers and photographers alike.
  • Journey through remote and untouched landscapes, passing through charming villages, terraced fields, and dense forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna.
  • Experience the rich culture and hospitality of the local Thakuri and Tibetan communities, visiting traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and interacting with friendly locals along the trekking route.
  • Escape the tourist crowds and trek along secluded trails, enjoying the solitude and serenity of the pristine Himalayan wilderness.
  • Encounter a variety of wildlife species, including musk deer, Himalayan black bear, pheasants, and more, as you trek through the Rara National Park, a protected area known for its rich biodiversity.

Overview

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of the Himalayas, Rara Lake is a pristine alpine lake located in the remote Mugu district of Nepal. As the largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake captivates visitors with its crystal-clear waters, surrounded by lush forests, rolling hills, and snow-capped peaks. The trek to Rara Lake offers a rare opportunity to immerse oneself in the tranquility of nature and experience the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

Useful Information
Location and Altitude
Situated in the remote Mugu District of Western Nepal, Rara Lake stands at an altitude of 2,990 meters (9,810 feet) above sea level. It is the largest lake in Nepal, spanning an area of approximately 10.8 square kilometers.

Natural Beauty and Surroundings
Surrounded by verdant forests of pine, juniper, and rhododendron, Rara Lake is a spectacle of natural splendor. The crystal-clear waters mirror the towering peaks of the Himalayas, creating a picturesque panorama that captivates visitors.

Why Should You Trek to Rara Lake?
Trekking to Rara Lake offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Nepal's hidden gems, away from the hustle and bustle of popular trekking routes. The tranquil beauty of Rara Lake, coupled with its remote wilderness, makes it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Beauty and Serenity
Rara Lake mesmerizes visitors with its unparalleled beauty and tranquility. The pristine surroundings provide a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life, allowing trekkers to reconnect with nature.

Cultural Encounters
Trekking to Rara Lake offers the opportunity to interact with indigenous communities inhabiting the remote Himalayan villages. Immersing oneself in local culture, traditions, and hospitality enriches the trekking experience.

Adventure and Exploration
For adventure enthusiasts, the Rara Lake Trek presents an exhilarating journey through diverse terrain, challenging trails, and breathtaking landscapes. Each step offers a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring vistas.

Rara Lake Trekking Difficulty
The Rara Lake trek is considered moderate in difficulty, suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness. While the trek involves some uphill climbs and uneven terrain, it is generally achievable for most people with proper preparation and pacing.

While prior trekking experience is beneficial, individuals with a basic level of fitness and endurance can undertake the Rara Lake Trek. Regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training can help prepare for the physical demands of the journey.

Best Time for Rara Lake Trekking
The best time to trek to Rara Lake is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is pleasant with clear skies, making for excellent trekking conditions and offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Additionally, the lush greenery and blooming rhododendron forests in spring add to the beauty of the trek.

Trekkers should be mindful of weather conditions, as the Himalayan region is prone to sudden changes in weather. It is essential to pack adequate clothing layers and be prepared for occasional rain or snow showers.

Unique Experiences
1. Camping by the shores of Rara Lake under a star-studded sky.
2. Witnessing stunning sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayan range.
3. Participating in cultural festivals and ceremonies celebrated by indigenous communities along the trek route.

Permits and Regulations
Before embarking on the Rara Lake Trek, travelers must obtain the necessary permits from the Nepal Tourism Board. Additionally, adhering to conservation regulations is crucial to preserving the pristine environment of the region.

Accommodation Options
Along the trek route, trekkers can find accommodation in teahouses or opt for camping. Teahouses offer basic amenities such as meals and lodging, while camping allows for a closer connection with nature.

Teahouse and Camping Facilities
Throughout the trek, teahouses and guesthouses provide accommodation options for trekkers. These establishments offer simple yet comfortable lodging, along with traditional Nepalese meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Camping by the shores of Rara Lake is also a popular choice for adventurers seeking a closer connection with nature.

Local Cuisine Highlights
While trekking to Rara Lake, travelers have the opportunity to savor authentic Nepalese cuisine, including dal bhat (rice and lentil stew), momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup). Locally grown produce and dairy products add a flavorful touch to traditional dishes, providing nourishment and warmth during the journey.

Safety Tips for Rara Lake Trek
Altitude Sickness Prevention
To mitigate the risk of altitude sickness, trekkers should acclimatize gradually by ascending at a moderate pace and staying hydrated. Recognizing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue is crucial, and descending to lower elevations if necessary.

Emergency Protocols
In the event of an emergency, trekkers should have a contingency plan in place, including access to communication devices, emergency contacts, and knowledge of evacuation procedures. Carrying a first-aid kit and basic medical supplies is essential for addressing minor injuries and ailments along the trek route.

Cultural Etiquette and Respect
Interacting with Locals
Respecting local customs, traditions, and cultural norms is essential when interacting with indigenous communities along the trek route. Learning basic phrases in the Nepali language and observing customary practices demonstrate appreciation and goodwill towards the local populace.

Respecting Local Customs and Traditions
Trekking through remote villages, trekkers should adhere to cultural etiquette, such as removing shoes before entering homes and temples, refraining from public displays of affection, and seeking permission before photographing individuals or sacred sites. By fostering mutual respect and understanding, travelers can forge meaningful connections with local communities.

Environmental Conservation
Leave No Trace Principles
As stewards of the environment, trekkers are encouraged to adhere to Leave No Trace principles, minimizing their ecological footprint and preserving the natural beauty of Rara Lake and its surroundings. Practices such as proper waste disposal, avoiding single-use plastics, and staying on designated trails help safeguard fragile ecosystems for future generations.

Responsible Tourism Practices
Embracing responsible tourism practices, such as supporting local businesses, respecting wildlife habitats, and minimizing noise pollution, fosters sustainable development and cultural preservation in the Rara Lake region. By promoting eco-friendly initiatives and conservation efforts, travelers can contribute to the long-term well-being of the local community and environment.

FAQs
What is the distance of the Rara Lake Trek?
The Rara Lake Trek typically covers a distance of approximately 52 kilometers (32 miles) round trip from Jumla to Rara Lake and back.

Are there any age restrictions for the trek?
While there are no official age restrictions, trekkers should be in good health and physical condition to undertake the journey, particularly considering the terrain and altitude.

Can I trek to Rara Lake independently?
Yes, it is possible to trek to Rara Lake independently; however, hiring a local guide or joining a trekking group is recommended for safety and navigation purposes, especially for first-time trekkers.

Is it possible to visit Rara Lake in winter?
While technically possible, trekking to Rara Lake during winter (December to February) is challenging due to heavy snowfall, limited infrastructure, and harsh weather conditions. It is not advisable for inexperienced trekkers.

Are there any medical facilities available along the trek route?
Basic medical facilities are available in some villages along the trek route, but they may be limited in terms of equipment and expertise. Trekkers should carry a comprehensive first-aid kit and travel insurance for emergencies.

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the airport, you'll be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. After settling in, take some time to rest and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Today, embark on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, exploring its rich cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Visit ancient temples, bustling markets, and historic sites, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the city. In the afternoon, prepare for your trek with a briefing and gear check.

After breakfast, catch a short flight to Nepalgunj, a bustling city in the western Terai region of Nepal. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the local area and relaxing before the trek.

Start your day with breakfast before boarding a scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Upon landing in Jumla, begin your trek to Chere Chaur, a picturesque village situated at an altitude of 2540m. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape as you trek approximately 21km to reach Chere Chaur.

Today's trek takes you from Chere Chaur to Chalachaur, covering a distance of around 10km. Traverse through rugged terrain, lush forests, and charming villages as you make your way to your next destination. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Set out on a scenic trek from Chalachaur to Sinja Valley, a journey of approximately 12km. Follow the trail as it winds through verdant valleys, alongside gushing rivers, and past traditional Nepalese villages. Arrive in Sinja Valley, known for its ancient ruins and cultural significance, and spend the evening exploring the area.

Continue your trek from Sinja to Ghorosingha, covering a distance of about 13km. Trek through lush forests and verdant meadows, ascending gradually towards Ghorosingha. Along the way, soak in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness.

Today marks the highlight of your trek as you journey from Ghorosingha to the stunning Rara Lake. Trek approximately 14km through pristine forests and alpine meadows, with the crystal-clear waters of Rara Lake shimmering in the distance. Arrive at the lake and marvel at its breathtaking beauty, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and serene landscapes.

Take a well-deserved rest day to explore the enchanting surroundings of Rara Lake. Spend the day hiking around the lake, taking in the majestic views, and immersing yourself in the tranquility of this pristine wilderness. Enjoy picnics by the lakeshore, birdwatching, or simply relaxing and soaking in the serene atmosphere.

Bid farewell to Rara Lake as you embark on the trek to Pina, covering a distance of approximately 16km. Traverse through dense forests, rolling hills, and picturesque meadows as you make your way towards Pina. Along the way, encounter local wildlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape.

Continue your trek from Pina to Bumra, a journey of approximately 22km. Trek through remote villages, terraced farmland, and lush forests, soaking in the sights and sounds of the Himalayan wilderness. Arrive in Bumra, a quaint village nestled amidst the mountains, and spend the evening relaxing and reflecting on your journey.

Today, bid farewell to the mountains as you drive from Bumra back to Jumla, a distance of approximately 90km. Enjoy scenic views of the countryside as you descend from the high mountain passes to the lush valleys below. Arrive in Jumla and spend the evening reminiscing about your trekking adventure.

Catch an early morning flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj, where you'll then board a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy some leisure time to relax and unwind. In the evening, join a different program or prepare for your departure the next day.

Your Rara Lake trek comes to an end as you either join a different program in Kathmandu or bid farewell to Nepal and head home with unforgettable memories of your Himalayan adventure.

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Rara Lake Trek

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops ina private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Private vehicle / Tourists Bus
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German speaking trained and experienced local tour guide which one is your necessary and assistant trek leader (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Metro Everest’s trekking bag/duffel bag for the trekking and t-shirt is yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Certificate of Achievement by Metro Everest
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek after dinner 
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $30 or equivalent foreign currency, multiple entry visas for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 125. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Highway
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, cold drinks, hot drinks and shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Rara Lake Trek is renowned for its pristine beauty, stunning alpine scenery, and the opportunity to visit Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal.

Accommodation options along the Rara Lake Trek route include teahouses, guesthouses, and basic lodges in villages along the trail. While the facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking routes, they offer a cozy place to rest and enjoy local hospitality.

The Rara Lake region is home to diverse flora and fauna. Trekkers may encounter wildlife such as musk deer, Himalayan black bears, red pandas, and various bird species, making it a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Yes, it's possible to extend the Rara Lake Trek by exploring nearby areas or combining it with other treks in the region, such as the Khaptad National Park Trek or the Dolpo region treks. This allows trekkers to customize their itinerary and explore more of the remote western Nepal.

The starting point of the Rara Lake Trek is the town of Jumla, which can be reached by a combination of flight and road transportation from Kathmandu. Alternatively, trekkers can opt for a longer overland journey from Nepalgunj to Jumla, enjoying scenic views along the way.

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