Rara lake Trekking
A trek to Rara lake is one of the most incredible and fascinating destination in all the Himalayan range lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali district. These area is rich of birds as more species of birds (236) nest around Rara lake than people visiting in 2010 (170). Yet the largest lake (10.8 sq.km.) in Nepal ensconced within its smallest national park. It is a beautiful, calm heaven surrounded by forests and a paradise of bird watchers. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude travel, this trek can be an ideal choice. It is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Ghoral, leopards, Thar, Himalayan black bear, rare red panda and other faunae. The Danfe (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal, flies above while a variety of fish, the snow trout, inhabit the Rara lake. November and April will be the best time to visit birds and wildlife during their seasonal migration.
The route is very much “off the beaten track” and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara, which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas is ringed with blue pine, black juniper forest and Himalayan cypress. Rara is popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese. In summer rain fall is low, and idea for trekking.
Nepal alternative treks has been offering Rara Lake Camping Trek each season since it has opened to tourists. Our dedicated and professional team will ensure your trip to Rara lake with great care, safety and warm hospitality.
|FACT OF THIS TRIP|
|Trip Duration||15 days Trekking|
|Max. Altitude:||3457 m.|
|Minimum Altitude:||600 m.|
|Meals:||Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee|
|Trek Departure:||Every day throughout the Month|
|Group Size:||2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)|
|Best season:||Feb, March, April, May, June, Sep, Oct & Early Nov.|
|Available Time:||All months|
|Per day hiking:||5 to 6 hours|
Day 1: Warm welcome to Nepal, Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m):
Welcome to Nepal. Upon your arrival, a representative from all Nepal alternative treks will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). You will be transferred by private vehicle to three star level hotel ( Kathmandu garden home ) on b/b basis. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel.
Day 2: Preparing the permits and Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most cultural attraction in Kathmandu including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Durbar Square, Pashupati temple, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Boudhanath Stupa. You will also meet your trek leader for a briefing about the trek beginning from the next day. After the briefing, there will be a short question and answer session about your trip in which you may ask anything regarding the trek. We all finalize our preparation for the trek. In the evening enjoy the nightlife in Kathmandu. BB
Day 3: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai. Stay overnight there at hotel.
Day 4: Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla and trek to Padmara (3017m.)
We take morning flight to Jumla. It is 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 from 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 Chaudbise Khola. We transverse northeast along the right side of the Chaudbise Khola through pine forests. Two hours further is Urthu (2520m) at the confluence of Chaudbise Khola and Ghurseni Khola. The bridge leads east to Chaudbise area. The trek now ascends steeply through the narrow gorge of the Ghurseni Khola, keeping all the time to its right slope. Padmara , a Chhetri village at the head of the valley is one hour beyond the canyon head. Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 5: Padmara – Bumra
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. Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 6: Gumra – Pine (2430m.)
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. Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 7: Pine – Rara Lake
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. Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 8 and 9: Rara Lake exploration
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. Now have two days set aside to explore the area, including the old village of Rara. We can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 10: Rara Lake – Ghorasain
We walk the lake outlet (2980m) and follow the downstream 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 climb 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 south-east at an altitude of 3749m and descends by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasain (3271m). Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 11: Ghorasain – Sinja
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. Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 12: Sinja – Chere Chaur
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 climbs 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). Stay overnight at tented camp on FB basis.
Day 13: Chere Chaur – Jumla
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.
Day 14: We fly from Jumla - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
We take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Stay overnight at hotel ( Kathmandu garden home) on b/b basis.
Day 15: Departure
Nepal alternative treks will provide private transportation to Tribhuwan international airport for your onward journey or back home.
TREKKING PERMITS AND NATIONAL PARK FEE
For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:
1. Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.
2. Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.
3. Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.
4. Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.
Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).
An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.
|Trekking season in Nepal|
|Trekking area name||Grade||Good season||No. of days||Type of trekking|
|Annapurna Area trek||1 to 3||Autumn and Spring||5 -27 days||Tea house/Lodge|
|Arun Valley & Makalu||3||Autumn and Spring||15-20 days||Tea house/Camping|
|Nepal tour||1||All seasons||4-10 days||Hotel/Resort/home stay|
|Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking||4||April-May, Sept-Nov.||21-28 days||Camping/organised only|
|Dolpo Area Trekking||2-4||April-July, Sept.-Nov.||16-27 days||Lodge/Organized|
|Everest Area Trekking||2-4||Autumn and Spring||6-28 days||Lodge /Tea house|
|Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek)||1-2||Autumn and Spring||5-18 days||Home stay/Camping|
|Manaslu Area Trekking||2-3||Autumn and Spring||13 -18 days||Lodge/Camping trek|
|Langtang Area Trekking||2-4||Autumn and Spring||6-15 days||Lodge/Camping|
|Tsum valley trekking||2||Autumn and Spring||7-10 days||Home stay/Lodge/Camping|
|Kanchanjunga||3||Autumn and Spring||16-23 days||Lodge/Camping|
|Mustang Trekking||2-3||March-Nov.||10 -18 days||Lodge/Camping|
|Panchase Trekking||2||Autumn and Spring||4-6days||Camping/Organized only|
|Panchpokhari trek||3||Autumn and Spring||10-21 days||Campingm/organized only|
|Rara and Jumla trek||2||Autumn and Spring||10-21 days||Camping/Organized only|
|Royal trek||1||Autumn and Spring||4-5 days||Camping only|
|Siklish Trek||1||Autumn and Spring||7-10 days||Home stay|
|Tamang heritage trail||2||Autumn and Spring||6-8 days||Community lodge/home stay|
When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS
- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.
- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.
- At night -track top, pants
- Cotton T-shirts.
- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.
- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.
- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton
- Vaseline for feet and crutch.
- Water bottle - 2 liters.
- Sunglasses and strap
- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch
- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage
- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.
- Small daypack - 25 liters.
- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.
- Small towels
During winter Ads:
- Warm down fiber filled jacket.
- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet
- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
- Flannel shirt
- Beanie with ear flaps
- A pair of gloves
- Snow glasses and strap
- Snow gaiters.
- Sandals or slip on shoes
- Camera and film.
- Spare boot laces.
It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:
Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.
this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.
these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.
this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.
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