Rara Lake Trek


Rara Lake undoubtedly is one of world’s most picturesque and serene lake. This biggest and deepest fresh water lake of the Himalayans is a major attraction of the Rara National Park. Rara Lake Trekking is an incredible and heavenly trekking route in all of the Himalayans, lying northwest of Kathmandu in the secluded “poverty capital” of the country, Karnali region.

If you are looking for a more isolated trek route, far from the tourist-packed mainstream trek routes of Nepal, Rara Lake Trekking is ideal for you. This off-beaten-track gratifies you with beautiful scenery of spellbinding mountains, ponds and sighting of rare animals.

Considered to be one of the finest national parks in the world, Rara National Park is covered in striking coniferous forests is home to the Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Ghorals, Wild Boar and Thar, and Danphe, the national bird of Nepal to name a few.

Lying in the altitude of 2,290m Rara Lake, also known as Mahendra Daha is our ultimate destination of the trek. The glimpses of scenery and cultural practices are bit peculiar than what you will see in the rest of the trekking routes. Located in a high altitude, the cobalt blue lake is surrounded by Juniper, Pine and Spruce forests. The spectacular mountain scenes from there is a major attraction for trekkers. In one sentence, the scenery can be described as, “a sparkling blue jewel set in a ring of snowy mounts”.

Nepal Eco Adventure arranges Rara Lake Trekking which is approximately 16 days long. October-November and April-May is regarded as the best months for Rara Lake Trekking. One can enjoy the terrific views of northwestern Trans-Himalayan terrace of Nepal. Northern viewpoint Chuchemara Peak (4,039m) provides stunning of western Himalayans and the deep Mugu Karnali Gorge.

Parallel to the matchless beauty of nature, you will be able to witness and be the part of the distinctive culture of the different ethnic groups which have sustained even in this harsh terrain and adversity. Religiously important Thakur Baba’s Temple is situated here, along with countless other pagoda styled temples and monasteries.

Rara Lake Trekking with Nepal Eco Adventure to this smallest yet most vibrant National Park of the Himalayan country will present to you once-in-a-lifetime memories to treasure forever.

Highlights of Rara Lake Trekking

  • Rara Lake, Biggest fresh water Lake of Nepal
  • Karnali River, Nepal’s longest river and Najir River
  • Rara National Park, finest in the world
  • Himalayan Black Bear, Black Panther, Leopard, Rhesus and Langur, Red Panda, Ghoral, and Thar
  • Impeyan Pheasant (Danphe)
  • Chuchemara Peak (4,039m)
  • Distinctive local culture


Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m).

Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. Our representatives will brief you about the trek. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own, or, take a cozy rest at your hotel.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing of capital and pre-trip meeting

Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Shikhara style. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture. We will brief you about the journey that starts tomorrow. You can do some last minute shopping for Rara Lake Trek in Thamel or New Road.

Day 3
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (140m).

After a wholesome breakfast in the capital, we will take a plane to Nepalgunj. Lying in the southwestern part of the country, Nepalgunj is the hottest place in Nepal. The flight will be an hour long during which you can enjoy the beautiful view of lush hills with mountains in the backdrop and finally green meadows of Terai.

Day 4
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla and trek to Uthugaon (2,530m).

We will fly to Jumla on fourth day after spending the night in the hot city. It is practically impossible to reach Jumla by roads as it is under construction. It will take us around 30 minutes to reach the scenic town of Jumla. On reaching Jumla, we will meet up with the trekking crew and shortly after lunch start our journey. After an hour walk, we will come across the small village named Micha bearing a fenced enclosure and numerous Buddhist Stupas. Most of these stupas were erected during the 15th century and are of great religious and anthropological importance. After walking through the rocky path we will stop for the day at Uthugaon (2,530m), where we will get some dinner and sleep at a local guest house.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Danphe Lagna (3130m).

Today we will continue our trek through a slender canyon to the village of Padmara at 2,900m. We will then slowly climb uphill to the Khali Lagna Pas at 3,550m through the gorgeous forests of Pines, Firs and Spruces. After that, we will slowly descend once again through mixed forests of Rhododendron, Birches and Spruces to arrive at Danphe Lagna. If you keep a watchful eye (and, if you’re lucky enough) you will catch glimpses of the Impeyan Pheasant (Danphe), the national bird of Nepal.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Chautha (2770m).

From here, the trail slowly descends alongside a clear stream. We will walk across the Fir, Birch, Walnut and Bamboo Forests. After crossing an exciting suspension bridge we will go along the river. After that, we will start moderately hard climb to reach Kabra. You can see a huge overhanging rock here, named “Silajit” which is believed to have healing properties for all kinds of diseases. Our steep ascend will lead us to Bhara, a typical mountain village. Here, you can see the traditional life of people oblivious to modernization. From there, we will descend to the Chauro Khola River which will take us to the village of Chautha.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Dhotu (2,380m).

On the seventh day, we will continue our trek to reach the village of Dhotu. We will continue our trail along the stream to reach BhuBule, gateway to Rara National Park at 3,130m. We will go on uphill to Ghuchi Lagna Pass (3,450m) decorated with a beautiful prayer flags and Chortens. From here, we will descend before dropping swiftly through Spruce Forests. From here, we will walk along the path, tentatively at an attitude of 2,900m to reach the small settlement of Dhotu.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake (3,040m).

Today we will walk, a pleasant distance towards our beautiful destination. The scenery of the sunlight reflecting on the silver mountains will keep up refreshed throughout the trek. From the village of Dhotu we will hike towards steep terrain northward across green fields and small stream. After crossing a suspension bridge, we will ascend to the Thakuri village of Jhyari (2,630m) occupied by the Thakuri people. From there, we climb gradually up the Cedar Forests to reach a beautiful meadow over a great 3,050m ridge with great overhead scenery of the Rara Lake.

Day 9
Day 09: Rest and travel around Rara Lake.

We have allocated the whole day to explore our beautiful destination. We will walk around the lake which will take around 8 hours and rest for some time. We will visit the old village of Rara and climb up the observation tower behind the postal office for even more beautiful view of the serene lake and surrounding peaks and hills.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Ghorasingha (3,190m).

Crossing the bridge at the western end of the 170m deep lake, we will follow the trail to the Khatyar Khola River. We will slowly descend along the river and then climb uphill to cross the Pine, Spruce and Rhododendron forests. We will then descend further through the Ghatta Valley to reach the clustered settlement of Ghorasingha.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Sinja (2,440m).

Today we will climb, downhill to reach Sinja. We will follow the Sinja Khola is heading down from the Ghatta Valley. Sinja is a historical town as it was the capital city of the Malla Kings of the west in the 14th and 15th century. Once a capital of prosperity, Sinja now is a far cry from prosperity and development. We can visit the ruins of the old palaces in the river bank and a temple dedicated to Durga, Hindu goddess.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Jaljala (3,270m).

We will cross the dwindling Sinja Khola on a wooden plank bridge. After travelling across small villages, the trail continues uphill and sometimes downhill across the river on log bridges. We will walk through the forests of Pine, Birch and Oak trees in fields of Barley and Corn. We will climb steeply for some time to reach Jaljala Chaur, a vast meadow occupied by horses.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Jumla

On our last day of trek leaving the mountains in the backdrop, we will walk through the meadows and forests. We will continue to the ridge at 3,510m and continue descend to Jumla. We will spend the night in a local hotel and prepare for our flight next morning.

Day 14
Day 14: Fly Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.

We will board two planes on the 14th day. We will fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj (30 minutes) and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (60 minutes). After a tiring day, you can spend the evening in your hotel or explore this vibrant city.

Day 15
Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

You can spend the day further exploring this historic city. You can also go travel to the outskirts of the valley. Buy souvenirs at Thamel, Basantapur and old towns of Patan and Bhaktapur to take back home.

Day 16
Day 16: Farewell Nepal.

The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayans with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!

What is Included

  • All the ground transportation by car, van or bus depends on group size.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu four nights on Bed and breakfast (B/B) plan.
  • Guided city tour as per above program with private vehicle and included entry fee.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and other equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully water proof two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, shower tent etc.
  • Full board meal (veg / non veg) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with tea & coffee.
  • Expert government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, cook, kitchen helper, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine.
  • Special Trekking permit for Rara National Park and other required paper documents.
  • Flight tickets Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Jumla -Nepalgunj-Kathmandu with airport pickup and drop by car, domestic airport tax.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Down Sleeping Bags/Jackets, Walking Pole, and other necessary equipments during the trek. (If you don`t have you own).
  • Boiled and purified drinking water for the trek.
  • All the government taxes and official expenses.

What is Excluded

  • Food while you are in Kathmandu (Lunch and Dinner).
  • Nepal entry visa fees (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, telephone.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March(http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?

Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it. and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.

 When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

 How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How fit do need to be for trekking? wil i be able to do it?

It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly  for you. Choose  the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.

 How long will be the trekking?

The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods.  But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience.  We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

 Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make  your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.

 Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

 In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What doI need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

 What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

 Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

we are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women travelling or trekking with us. We will give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking. we provide female friendly guide and porter. we are female friendly Company.

what currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodateLAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

 What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you  arrive to kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much  extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

 Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?                        

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

 How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters  and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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Trip Facts

  • 16 Days Rara Lake Trek
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02
  • March-May and October-December
  • 4039m
  • Aeroplane
  • NEA-RAT-05

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