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Rara Lake Trek

Duration 14 days
Max-Altitude 3,480m/44,225ft
Transportation Car/Flight
Grade Moderate
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. Tea-houses during the trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. All meals during the trek
Best Season Through out the year how ever ( Dec - Feb) is not recommended.
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Group Size 2+

Rara Lake Trek takes you to Rara Lake which lies in the Western part of Nepal. It is the highest lake Situated about 370 kilometers, northwest of Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park that covers 106 square kilometers, which provides you the lifetime opportunity to explore the remote trails of western Nepal. Rara Lake is also famous as the ‘Queen of Lakes’ and one of the finest parks in the world and is an ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, and other exotic animals.

Rara Lake lies at an altitude of about 3,000m. The park was established in 1976 and protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine biological communities of the Himalayas. The focal point is the pristine Lake Rara, also famous as Mahendra Tal, the largest lake in Nepal. Richly forested hills and Chuchemara Danda at 4,087 meters surrounds the Rara Lake. Chuchemara Danda is the best viewpoint to witness stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. Other summits in the Park area are Ruma Kand at 3,731 meters and Malika Kand at 3,444 meters which lies towards the north of the lake. The trek to Rara Lake begins at Jumla, a village in the Trans – Himalayan area.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: World Heritage Sites
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft): 1 hour
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft) Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)
Day 05: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)
Day 06: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft)
Day 07: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)
Day 08: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)
Day 09: Explore Rara Lake
Day 10: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)
Day 11: Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)
Day 12: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)
Day 13: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu
Day 14: Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
One of the representatives from HSA welcomes you at the International airport and transfers you to the hotel. Rest and relax. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Full-day Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley after breakfast.

  • Pashupatinath Temple: The Pashupatinath Temple holds immense religious significance not just in Nepal, but throughout Asia. Constructed in the 5th century, the temple is believed to have existed for over a millennium and houses the revered Shiva Lingam. This sacred site is considered a place of great holiness for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Patan Durbar Square: It is also known as Durbar Square, which used to be the residence of the royal family of Nepal. It is rich in culture, tradition, and art.
  • Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa and the most sacred place for Buddhists in Nepal. It was built around the 14th century. This stupa is a representation of peace, prosperity, and enlightenment. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Swayambhunath Stupa: Swayambhunath is popularly known as The Monkey Temple listed on World Heritage Site. A beautiful view of Kathmandu city from the top of a hillock. The huge stupa is one of the sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of an ancient lake.
    Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft.): 1 hour

After breakfast, an hour-long flight to the western city of Nepalgunj from Kathmandu.
Located near the border between Nepal and India, Nepalgunj serves as the entry point to Simikot in the Humla region. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft) and Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)
After early breakfast, we fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible districts in Nepal situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. We start the first day of our trek leaving Jumla and ascending to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. On the way, we pass a popular marketplace Khalanga Bazaar. We also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching our destination. Overnight in Chere Chaur.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 05: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)
Starting from Chere Chaur, we will take the western trail which gradually ascends to the Jaljala Pass (3580m). After crossing the pass, we will continue on the trail and reach Jaljala Chaur. We will then climb a steep path and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before finally reaching Chalachaur. Overnight in Chalachaur.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 06: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft.)
We start our trek with an uphill climb towards Sinja Valley, passing through several villages while walking along the Jaljala Khola. Sinja Valley holds significant historical importance as it was the ancient capital of the “Khasa Kingdom” in Nepal’s history. Excavations led by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University have uncovered palaces, temples, and the remains of an ancient settlement. We will spend the night in Sinja Valley, surrounded by history and culture.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 07: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)

We will ascend a steep trail to reach Laha village, and from there we continue climbing until we reach Ghorosingha where we will spend the night.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 08: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)
We begin our steep ascent after breakfast. Witness the stunning panoramic view of mountains, verdant vegetation, and the vast and serene Rara Lake of the Rara National Park after passing through Khatyar Khola Camp and Murma village. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Day 09: Explore Rara Lake

Admire the beautiful and largest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast, we explore the massive lake also referred to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after the late king Mahendra. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area. Stay overnight at Rara Lake.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)
From Rara Lake, our trail is easy and we walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. Descending on a steep trail to reach Pina village from Gamgadhi. Spend a night there.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)

We descend from Pina crossing Ghurchi Lagna Pass and continue descending walking through beautiful villages. We reach Bumra village which is also known as Nauri Ghat and stay overnight.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)

After crossing two suspension bridges over the Hima River, we descend downhill for a few hours until we reach a hot spring where we can indulge in a natural hot shower. Continuing, we cross the Danphe Lagna pass before arriving at Cherechaur. From there, we follow the same trail we took a few days back and make our way to Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 13: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

Upon taking the earliest available flight to Nepalgunj, we will board another flight to Kathmandu. Once we arrive, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, we will take you out for a cultural dinner to experience the vibrant and diverse cuisine of Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: Departure Day

Our driver will see off you at the International Airport for the final departure.
Included Meal: Breakfast

What Is Included

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • Accommodations in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj including  Breakfast
  • Teahouses/Lodge  Accommodation including  all meals during the trek
  •  Farewell dinner
  • Domestic flights/Car
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), and  porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Entry fees, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Entrance Fees and Tour Guide
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara 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, Tea, Coffee, hot and cold drinks, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Cost raised by cancelations, landslides, weather, political unrest, and illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasp.

Below equipment list is only a guideline. You need to bring the listed items, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise. You can also shop the above equipment and clothing at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or synthetic hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer


  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants


  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other Essential 

  • Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)


  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks
  • Paperback books, cards,
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers, and batteries)
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