rara-lake-trek

Rara Lake Trek

  • duration 15 days
  • usd 3,620 All inclusive
  • difficulty Hard
  • best season Mar-Nov
  • group size min. 2 pax
  • max altitude From 4,600 feet at Kathmandu to 11,7450 feet at Jaljala Pass

trip overview

The Rara Lake is called the “queen of lakes” because she lies majestically high in the throne of hills with the Himalayas as her bejeweled crown. Travellers say that you can experience heaven on earth at this place.

At 9,876 feet, the Rara Lake is a formidable place to be. It is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal formed by Himalayan glacier. The lake is surrounded by forests and mountain peaks which make it look like a place straight out of myths. You will have to trek amid beautiful landscape for five days to reach there and you get to spend a two nights at the lakeside. Trekking along several rivers, passing through villages and climbing hills make the trip even more interesting.

Detail itinerary

  • day 01
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).

    A Mountain Kick representative will receive you as you land into Kathmandu and take you to your hotel.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • day 02
    Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Pre-trip Meeting.

    We will take you on a guided tour to three iconic monuments in Kathmandu which are included in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest and holiest shrines in the world of Hindu god Shiva.

    We visit another World Heritage Site of BoudhanathStupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the Stupa is a tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha.

    We then drive to Bhaktapur to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is a former royal courtyard where there are several ancient temples and monuments to visit. The place is rich in culture and preserves the traditional way of living.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 03
    Fly to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft).

    We take a one hour flight to Nepalgunj in the southern plains of Nepal. Nepalgunj is the biggest city in the region and shares its southern border with India. It is hot and humid in Neplagunj but you can visit around town in the evening.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 04
    Fly to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft).

    We fly northwards from Nepalgunj to Jumla which lies high above the hills. You will reach Jumla in 20 minutes where a cold and chilly weather will be waiting for you. The trekking trail to the Rara Lake in Mugu district begins here.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 05
    Trek to ChereChaur (3055m/10,023ft).

    We follow the JugadKhola River uphill as we head towards ChereChaur. The river bank trail passes through several beautiful villages where we can stop for rest. Khalanga Bazaar is the busiest town in the way where we can stop for lunch, snacks or tea.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 06
    Trek to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft).

    We begin early as we have to do a lot of climbing this day. We begin by ascending to the Jaljala Pass (3580m/11745ft). Beyond the pass is the JaljalaChaur from where the ascent gets steeper. As we reach Chalachaur, we will have entered the Rara Lake Circuit.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 07
    Trek to Sinja Valley (2490m/8169ft).

    The JaljalaKhloa River will lead us uphill towards the Sinja Valley. There are several villages along the way which keep the tiring journey interesting.Sinja Valley was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Khasa between the 12th and 14th century. The ruins of structures from those times are still seen here.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 08
    Trek to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft).

    There is another river to follow this day – the Hima River. The first part of the trek goes along a steep slope which gets gentler as we reach the village of Laha. From Laha, the trail again gets steeper as we follow the Ghattekhola River till Ghorosingha.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 09
    Trek to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft).

    This is the day we reach the queen of lakes. We begin by climbing up cliff of the ChuchhemaraDanda. From the top, you can see the Rara Lake resting majestically in the distance along with the Himalayas in the backdrop. That will be motivation enough for you to continue further as we pass villages and lush green vegetation till we finally arrive at the Rara.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 10
    Explore Rara Lake.

    The biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal the Rara Lake is spread over 6.11 square miles. The lake is surrounded by alpine forests while the snow-capped Himalayas adorn its background. Spend hours watching the blue lake soaking in the tranquility of the place.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 11
    Trek to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft).

    The Rara Lake will have healed all your fatigue as we make our way back. It is an easy downhill trek to Pina. We will pass through the district headquarters of Mugu district, Gamgadhi, on our way there.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 12
    Trek to Bumra (2850m/9351ft).

    Another day of heavy descent but first we have to climb up the GhurchiLagna Pass (3480m/11717ft). We pass several villages on our way down finally arriving at Bumra where we spend the night.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 13
    Trek to Jumla (2540m/8334ft).

    This is the last day of trek. We cross the Hima River and climb down till we reach a natural hot spring. You might want to take a dip as the water can provide a relief from all your pain and fatigue. Moving on, we will have to cross the DanpheLagnaPass and get to ChereChaur on its other side. The downhill trek from ChereChaur to Jumla will be the last of it.

    • Accomodation: Teahouse
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • day 14
    Fly to Nepalgunj. Then fly to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner.

    A 20-minute flight takes us to Nepalgunj. We will fly back to Kathmandu on the same day. In the evening, Mountain Kick will host a farewell dinner to end you vacation in Nepal.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • day 15
    Final Departure.

    We will drop you to the airport.

    • Meal: Breakfast

Included in cost

  • Receive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
  • Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfast is on us.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle with our guide. All entrance fees will be paid.
  • Stay at teahouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will also be taken care of.
  • Local government-licensed guides.
  • Porters (one each for a pair of travellers) and local support staff to help you trek.
  • Fees for entering Rara National Park and for Trekkers’ Information Management System card.
  • We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
  • Fully paid round tickets for Kathmandu-Nepalgunj and return flights. Round tickets for Nepalgunj-Jumla flight and back.
  • Rides in private vehicles included in the itinerary.
  • A duffel bag, a sun hat and a t-shirt as a souvenir from us.
  • A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner.
  • All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.

Not included in cost

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
  • Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
  • Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks.
  • Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance. (It is compulsory and covers emergency rescue and evacuation.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa fees for entering Nepal.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in “Included in cost” list.

Accomodation during the Trip

In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 50.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

faqs

  • How do I come to Nepal?
    You have to book your own international flight from your country to Nepal and back according to your trip departure dates.
  • What happens after I land into Nepal?
    A chauffeur from Mountain Kick will come receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Representatives of the company will visit you at the hotel itself and brief you on your trip.
  • What will a trekking trip with Mountain Kick involve?
    You will trek in the Himalayas in a group of international travellers fully assisted by our guides, porters and local support staff. We will take care of your entire trip as soon as you land in Kathmandu and safely take to your preferred destination and back as per the package you choose. Travel will involve plenty of sightseeing and mixing with local culture.
  • In what physical condition do I need to be for the trip?
    A regular person can complete the trip with help from our guides and porters. But it is important that you are healthy and have no physical injuries. Trekking for long hours in high altitude and difficult terrain will surely put a strain on your body and you might suffer severe physical and mental breakdown, especially if you are trekking in the Himalayas for the first time. It is, therefore, expected that you have taken light endurance training especially for longer trips.
  • How long do I have to trek each day?
    On most days of your trips, you will trek for a couple of hours only. But some trekking days require as much as six to eight hours of walking in high altitude. However, there will be plenty time each day for rest and acclimatization.
  • Where will I be staying during the trip?
    In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. At some destinations, especially in the Himalayas, you will have to stay in a tented camp. If you want to make separate living arrangements, talk to us beforehand and we can arrange single rooms for additional $250. Some guesthouses at very high altitudes and remote places may not have attached washrooms or single rooms.
  • And food?
    All your major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in your trekking package except in Kathmandu (where only breakfast is provided for). You will be served local food at all places we dine but you can order anything you like on the menu which you will have to pay for yourself. You will have a range of options so there won’t be a problem if you are a vegetarian or vegan. We make sure you get healthy and hygienic food throughout your travel.
  • How much help do I get during the trek?
    Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have one porter assigned each for two travellers and you will have to pay separately if you want to hire extra porters. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.
  • What happens in case of injuries and emergencies?
    The guides always carry a professional first aid kit with them to treat with minor injuries. We also have health professionals at villages and camps along the journey. The travel insurance you take (which is compulsory) covers any and all emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
    We are always happy to accommodate your wishes during the travel so far as they do not conflict with schedules and other travellers. If you have special plans, you can talk to us beforehand so that we can arrange a customised trip for you.
  • What equipment do I bring?
    You have to bring all travel equipment yourself. Please see the equipment section for a standard list of required equipment prepared by our guides. Most of the items are easily available in Kathmandu in case if you miss any and we also lend you some of the gears for the duration of the trip for a small fee.
  • Will I get to communicate with the outer world?
    There is internet and telephone connection in all of our stops for the day throughout the journey. You will be able to call back home or post your pictures on Facebook everyday.
  • What travel documents do I need?
    As soon as you land into Kathmandu, we take care of all your travel documents required during your trip. You just need to bring your passport and a copy of your travel insurance. Tourist fees and permits to enter certain areas will be arranged for by Mountain Kick.
  • Which is best time of the year to travel?
    Most of the trekking routes are open throughout the year but September through to December and March to May are the best months to travel.
  • What are the modes of transportation for travel mentioned in the itinerary?
    Rides for sightseeing and reaching destinations within city limits are done in a private vehicle like a car, a jeep or a microbus. Most of the long distance travel is done in luxurious tourist buses hired exclusively by the company. In some journeys, you may also need to take a public bus but as you will travel in a group with our guides and support staff, you need not worry about your safety or comfort.
  • How much money do I need to carry during the trip?
    Around $50 will be enough to buy you lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During your travel, you can get by with around $25 a day. But it depends on how much you want to spend. Due to the exchange rate and predominantly rural economy of Nepal, things are pretty cheap in Nepal.
  • Can I use my credit cards?
    Almost all international credit cards are accepted in Nepal. However, not all places, especially during your travel, accept them. There may be a fee involved in processing your card.
  • Are tips for my guides and porters expected? How much?
    Our staff do not expect you to tip them. Generally, travellers tip them if they are satisfied with the service as a means of gratitude. Even when travellers tip the guides and porters, there is no fixed rate. However, if you like to tip them, follow customs of your own country for tipping (which, as we have learned, is 10 to 15 percent of total cost for most western countries).
  • Where will I get a visa to come to Nepal?
    You can obtain a visa at your home country through Nepal’s embassy or consular office. But you can easily get a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just need two passport-size photographs. A tourist visa with multiple entry for 30 days costs $40 while the same for 90 days costs $100.
  • How do I book a tour?
    Choose from a variety of tour packages available (click here to view). Click Book Now to enter your details and we shall contact you. You can contact us directly for any further information or to prepare a customized itinerary for you. For payment information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Trip notes

  • You will have to trek uphill continuously for five days before arriving at the Rara. There are several cliffs and high passes that you have to cross. Take light endurance training before starting the trip.
  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.

Equipment List

General

  • 2 season sleeping bag – one.
  • Spring down jacket – one.
  • Duffel – one. (We will provide you one complementary duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • 35-45 liter daypack – one.
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