Rara Lake Trek -14 Days

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The Rara Lake Trek is one of the country’s most picturesque and well-known off-the-beaten-path trekking trips.It is a fantastic trekking adventure because of the trek’s unity and the beautiful natural ambiance..

Trip Duration 14 Days
Max Altitude 3500m
Group Size 2 - 15
DIFFICULTY Moderate
ARRIVAL ON Kathmandu Nepal
DEPARTURE FROM Kathmandu Nepal

Trip Overview

The Rara Lake Trek is one of the country’s most picturesque and well-known off-the-beaten-path trekking trips. Rara Lake, located in Nepal’s far western area, is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the Himalayas. Rara Lake, a Ramsar site, is a well-known religiously significant location that attracts hundreds of pilgrims every year during festivals. The Lake Trek takes you through the Annapurna region’s off-the-beaten paths and shows you the spectacular wetlands of the lake while trekking. It’s also a terrific opportunity to get to know the folks that live around the lake.

Rara Lake appears to be a sparkling glittering blue topaz in a ring of White Mountain peaks due to its placement within the White Mountain peaks. The tranquility of the lake’s surroundings is an excellent approach to immersing yourself in the natural splendor of the region. Rara Lake Trek is ideal for those looking for a different Annapurna hiking experience. The journey takes you to new and exotic destinations and sights to view.

The Rara Lake Trek takes you through the picturesque Rara National Park, allowing you to get up close and personal with the park’s unique natural flora and fauna. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife and biodiversity. Trekking through Rara National Park is a great treat because it protects numerous rare and vulnerable plant and animal species. The avifaunal life and diversity of numerous water birds that may be found all around the lake is a fascinating sight to behold. The fertile lacustrine soil around the lake is also known for growing a variety of medicinal herbs and medications.

As a result, the Rara Lake Trek includes many terrace farms and wetland farms. The lake’s natural beauty is unparalleled, and the journey’s inclusion of the people’s customs and culture adds to its enchantment and attractiveness.

The beautiful woodlands and pine and cedar forests that make up the Rara Lake Trek are fascinating to walk through. Musk deer, Himalayan Black Bears, Ghorals, Leopards, Red Pandas, and Impeyan Pheasants, Nepal’s national birds, all live in the forests. Rara Lake is also home to a diverse range of fish and aquatic life. It is rarely visited by hikers due to its off-the-beaten-path location, making it ideal for alternative Annapurna trekking options.

It is a fantastic trekking adventure because of the trek’s unity and the beautiful natural ambiance. The view of the mountain that encircles the lake is rather gorgeous. Come join us on this amazing adventure and take part in one of the most spectacular trekking journeys in the country!

We at Unique Path Trekking and Expedition provide our visitors with everything they want during the trip. Also, our experienced guide will guide you with everything. The Rara Lake Trek is one of the most anticipated treks in Nepal. Not only the trip is popular among international tourists but also famous as the national tour. Therefore, we hope that you get what you are looking for on this trip with us. And, we hope the beauty of this trek will help you realize the beauty of our country.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival

Our airport representative will greet you and transport you to your hotel in Kathmandu or to the location specified in the package. All aspects of the trip will be explored.

Day 02 Fly to Nepalgunj

To get to Nepalgunj, you enjoy a spectacular journey through the diverse topography of central and western Nepal. The hottest city in Nepal is Nepalgunj, which is located near the Indian border. You will be picked up from the airport and driven to the hotel in a private vehicle. Later in the evening, you can go to Nepalgunj’s adjacent market. Overnight in Nepalgunj.hotel in Kathmandu or according to the program. All aspects of the trip will be explored.

Day 03 Fly to Jumla

You fly from Nepalgunj Airport to Jumla airstrip in the morning for a 45-minute journey. With vistas of towering hills and enormous river networks, you fly over the Himalayan foothills. In the afternoon, you can visit the market in Jumla, the district’s capital. Tented camp for the night.

Day 04 Trek to Danfe Langa

The trail follows the Tika Khola’s north bank before ascending to another stream. Make your way to Padmara village through the narrow canyon. Climb the Khali Lagna Pass (3550m), then descend to Danphe Langa via dense pine and fir forests. Tented camp for the night.

Day 05 Trek to Chautha

To reach Lete Gad Bridge, descend through thick walnut and birch woodlands. Following the river downstream after crossing the bridge, start a steep ascent to Kabra. Chautha is only a short stroll away from here. Tented camp for the night.

Day 06 Trek to Dhotu

The walk begins by following the stream uphill until Bhulbule, where you will enter Rara National Park. You can see the region’s amazing vegetation and fauna while on this tour. Climb up to Ghurchi Langa Pass (3450m) from Rara National Park, then descend through the forest to Dhotu. Tented camp for the night.

Day 07 Trek to Rara Lake

Today’s journey will be brief. Hike from Dhotu through a steep north-facing slope and across a series of fields to a brook. Then you climb through the cedar forest to reach Jhyari settlement. Descend from the jungle to the serene Rara Lake, one of Nepal’s largest freshwater lakes. Tented camp for the night.

Day 08 Exploring Rara Lake

You’ll spend today exploring the beautiful Rara Lake and its surroundings. The lake’s splendor is dreamlike, as it reflects the verdant hills and snow-capped mountains on its surface. Relax on the ground beside the lake while reading a book, meditating, or simply taking in the peaceful atmosphere. Tented camp for the night.

Day 09 Trek to Ghorasingha

After saying your goodbyes to the lovely Rara Lake, you begin your journey back to Ghorasingha. To get to the southern side, walk past the Khatyar River and cross a bridge. You continue your journey to the southern ridge after passing through a deep woodland. Then descend to Ghatta Valley and enter Ghorasingha through the descending trail. Tented camp for the night.

Day 10 Trek to Sinja

To get to Sinja, descend from Ghorasingha and follow the Sinja River downstream. The relics of the ancient kingdom can be found in this settlement, which served as the capital of the Malla dynasty from the 12th to 14th centuries. A big temple devoted to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who mounts a tiger, can be found at Sinja. Tented camp for the night.

Day 11 Trek to Jaljala

The trail leads to Dhobi Khola after crossing Sinja Khola on a wooden bridge. Before entering the forest, pass via a succession of wood bridges and small towns. After that, you climb steeply to Jaljala, a vast meadow dotted with grazing horses. Tented camp for the night.

Day 12 Trek to Jumla

Continue rising through the forest until you reach a meadow, then descend to Chauri Khola’s few dwellings. To get to Jumla, cross a brook and then walk over a ridge before descending steeply. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore Jumla and connect with the people. Tented camp for the night

Day 13 Fly to Nepalgunj; Afternoon Flight to Kathmandu

Because there are no direct flights from Jumla to Kathmandu today, you will have to fly twice. You’ll take an early morning trip to Nepalgunj, then another flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening, you can either unwind in your hotel or visit one of Thamel’s pubs and bars. In Kathmandu, spend the night in a 3-star hotel.

Day 14 Departure

Today, our airport representative will drop you at the airport for the final departure.

What to expect?

Price Includes

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 to 4 stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara for you. (Sample of Trekking Menu)
  • Tented camp.
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Toilet tent, kitchen equipment, mattress.
  • Trip Map.
  • Domestic flight tickets with airport tax.
  • Cargo charge for trekking gears and flight tickets for Nepali staffs.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable English Speaking Government license holder trekking guide and strong porter (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, and local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • All necessary paper works/permits and national park / conservation entry fee.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • Farewell dinner in kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.(expect farewell dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Cold drinks and alcoholic beverages and mineral water in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Trip Info

The trip embarks with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Then, from Nepalgunj trek to Danphe Langa, Chautha, Dhoti, Rara lake. After reaching the Rara Lake all the visitors will explore the place and after that the trip continues towards Ghorasingha, Sinja, Jaljala, Jumla. Then finally the trip ends with a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

TREKKING EQUIPMENTS, GEARS & SOME MEDICINES

We do recommend following equipment's for trekking and Hiking in Nepal.

  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Light balaclava
  • Warm wool hat
  • UV protection one Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries.

  • Tshirts
  • Shirts
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Thermal Vest
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Pullover
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Waterproof outer jacket
  • Rain Coat
  • Hand wear
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens or gloves.

  • Long Under Wear
  • Short Under Wear
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
  • Warm Trousers
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Lightweight thermal trouser
  • Fleece pants
  • Cotton paints

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Walking boots with ankle support
  • Trainers or trail shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Micro spikes

  • Camera and Accessories
  • Phone
  • Power Bank
  • Solar Panel
  • Travel Adapter

  • Book
  • Playing Cards/Games
  • Journal and Pen
  • Snacks and Specialist Food

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Pocket Hand Warmers
  • Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid

  • Passport and Copy
  • Travel Insurance Details
  • Trekking Permit(s)
  • Waterproof Document Wallet
  • Cash

  • Guide will take a group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as
  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Blister treatment
  • Rehydration powder
  • Analgesics (Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diamox

  • Duffel Bag or Suitcase
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel

Valuable information

Q. Do you provide any gears for trekking?

A. Yes, we do provide roughly 65 liters one duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use for trekking without extra charge, if you do not have.

Q. Can I rent or buy gears in Kathmandu?

A. You can buy or rent trekking boots and rest of the gears, you need to need to buy.

Q. How much weight does porter carries?

A. We do provide one porter between 2 trekkers. One porter carries 25 to 30 kg respectively.

Q. How much weight does airplane allow to Lukla?

A. Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. It allows 15kg per passenger, including had bag.

Q. Can I take some more gears for paying extra charge?

A. It is hard but some time, they do allow 2 to 3 kg with paying extra charge US$ 2 per kg

Q. When Should I pack my gears?

A. You will have pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu that night you pack trekking gears.

Q. What equipment should I carry at Daypack?

A. Most of our day packs have a capacity of roughly 20 to 24 liters. You need to carry only day use things like water bottle, light jackets, some extra shocks, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, light glove, scarf, toilet paper, and small towel, camera, some personal medical, Sunscreen, Passport, money, camera, trekking poles and some snacks. Rest of the gears will be carried by porter.

Q. Can I store suitcase and other unnecessary gears in hotel in Kathmandu or at your office?

A. Yes, you can store either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office without extra charge.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please inquire with them.

  •  USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
  • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
  • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
  • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
  • India: ICICI Lombard

 ALTITUDE AND TEMPERATURE IN NEPAL

Altitude (in meter) & Temperature (in degree Celsius) in Nepal over 2000m/6056ft. Trekking areas are only situated over 2000meter in Nepal.

Altitude Spring Summer Autumn Winter
March, April, May June, July, Aug Sept., Oct,  Nov Dec, Jan, Feb
Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min.
2000m -2500m 27 5 29  9 25 2 20 -2
3000m – 3500m 12 -5 20 -1 17 -2 14 -7
4000m – 4500m 10  -7 14 -3 12 -7 7 -10
4500m- 5500m 9 -10 12 -5 10 -15 5  -20

Frequently Asked Questions

The best time for Rara Lake Trek is the spring and autumn seasons. Similarly, this is a long trek. Therefore, great care must be taken when choosing the right time for trekking. Spring and autumn are sunny and warm, so you can travel outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Also, since autumn is the festive season in the country, you can enjoy the biggest festivals in the country, Dashain and Tihar. In addition, you can travel to Nepal at this time of the year to learn about the culture and traditions of the place. Furthermore, you can explore various other festivals in the country.

Rara Lake Trek is long. Therefore, it is clear that it is a little difficult to complete. Similarly, it’s a modest hike that can be a bit difficult for new hikers and beginners. Also, this trek is done at very high altitudes and can always be the victim of altitude sickness. Even if you travel here during the high season, it is difficult to book the right accommodation and the hiking trails are crowded. If you travel here during the off-season, weather and climate can also affect your visit. Not suitable for a visit this time.

The Rara Lake Trek fits your body and is suitable for those who are mentally strong. It doesn’t matter if you have no trekking experience. This route can be the starting point for your life adventure. However, be sure to do physical training such as running, swimming, and hiking before choosing this route. Also, keep in mind that you may feel uncomfortable before acclimatizing. This means that you should start training for at least a few months before embarking on this trek. To enjoy the altitude and climate of this route and make a great experience unforgettable, we recommend doing aerobics 3-4 times a week for an hour.

The weather and climate for the Rara Lake Trek are suitable throughout the year. It is mostly chilly because it is at high altitudes and during the nighttime. Similarly, if you travel here during the spring and autumn seasons then you will find the perfect weather and climate for your visit. Similarly, if you travel here during the winter seasons you might not find suitable weather and climate. So, always make sure that you choose the right time for the Rara Lake Trek.

The Rara Lake Trek is a moderate-level trek. So, taking children with you during your visit is not recommended. However, if they are old enough for the trip then you can take them with you. Also, make sure they are older than 16 years and can handle them completely.

Yes, there is an age limit for doing the Rara Lake Trek. You should be older than 16 years and younger than 60 years for doing the Rara Lake Trek.

Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Rara Lake Trek. Therefore, you should drink a sufficient amount of water and acclimatize yourself from time to time.

Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 25 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast at the Rara Lake Trek.

You usually walk about 5-6 hours on most of your trek days. The walks must be slow and Steady during the Rara Lake trek.

Usually, the walking trail is not crowded but it is mostly jam-packed with travelers during the peak trekking and climbing seasons on the Rara Lake Trek.

The length of the trek can differ from the itinerary you choose. However, it is usually 12 days long.

As of now, there are no public swimming facilities on Lake Rara. The coast is rocky and the water is cold. The lake is isolated and relatively unaffected by the tourism and tourism business.

In case you want to cancel Rara Lake trek booking you should inform us through written documents or electronic mail. Then after we receive the document only we will be in a position to cancel your trip. We would like to inform you that 30% of the trip amount that you have paid in advance will be charged as the cancellation fee.

Yes, if you travel here with your friends and family members then your trip is going to be a lot of fun. Similarly, you will spend quality time with your friends and family.

Reviews

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 26 reviews
Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
Sandeep Dasgupta
Sandeep Dasgupta
2023-09-30
I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
Andrey Oktyabrev
Andrey Oktyabrev
2023-05-29
I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
Sylvia Schillings
Sylvia Schillings
2023-05-29
Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
DaveBessie Parsnick
DaveBessie Parsnick
2023-05-22
I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
Rachel Glaysher
Rachel Glaysher
2023-05-19
Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
Marc Ferrari
Marc Ferrari
2023-05-18
As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
Josiah Ng
Josiah Ng
2023-05-16
We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel
2023-05-16
Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
Guru Motgi
Guru Motgi
2023-05-06
I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
Janice Cheng
Janice Cheng
2023-05-06