Rara Lake Trek – A Trek to the highest Lake in Nepal
Rara Lake Trek is remote, least visited and off the beaten Trek inside the Rara National Park in remote Jumla and Mugu Region, close to the border with Tibet in western Nepal. Considered the most beautiful Trek in Nepal Himalayas, but logistically speaking Rara Lake Trek is not easy as it involves crossing several 11000ft passes. However, once you overcome the hardship the rewards are amazing.
While standing in front of the clear blue waters of Rara Lake, sorrounded on all sides by green forests with the outer ring laced with snow clad Himalayas you will realize that the Rara Lake Trek is most probably the best thing that can happen to you. Blissful, untouched and serene. Home to a large variety of Birds and wild animals, the Rara Lake Trek attracts bird watchers and nature lovers from across the Globe.
Rara lake Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and a further flight to Jumla. Jumla is famous for Apples and trekking through these apple orchards can be a whole new experience too. The Rara lake Trek in Nepal is most probably the most fascinating trek as compared to other popular Treks in Nepal for a very simple reason that this trek is least populated as compared to the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek which are crowded with hordes of Trekkers.
It is being said that on any given day, Rara Lake Trek is the most beautiful Trek in Nepal Himalayas. Rara Lake Trek route that leads to the shores of Rara lake in Jumla Region in remote Nepal. A strenuous, remote and the least trodden trek to the highest lake western Nepal.
Sorrounded on all sides by Green Forests of the Rara National Park and the snow clad Himalayas, Rara lake Trek can be defined as a journey into the most beautiful and remote part of Nepal Himalayas very close to the border with Tibet.
Highlights of the Rara Lake Trek
The focal point of Rara lake Trek is the Rara Lake situated at an altitude of 2990m, described by GORP founder Bill Greer “A shimmering blue jewel set in a ring of snowy peaks”. Rara lake with a water surface of 10.8 sq. Km and a maximum depth of 167m, is 5.1Km long and 2.7Km wide. Therefore, Rara Lake is the deepest and the biggest fresh water lake in Nepal Himalayas. The other highlight of this trek is that culture and the scenery that you get to glimpse on the Rara lake Trek is also quite different as compared with other parts of Nepal.
When is the best time visit Rara lake
The best time to visit Rara lake is from April to May when the temperature is mild and from September to October. From December to March, the temperature falls below freezing point, and heavy snowfall blocks the way to Rara lake. Summers are pleasant and winters are very cold.
TRIP FACTS :
- Minimum No. Of Participants : 2 Persons.
- Type of Trek : Lodge Trek.
- Highest point : 3270m.
- Trail grade : Strenuous.
- Total duration : 12 Days.
- Starting Point : Kathmandu.
- Ending Point : Kathmandu.
- Best Season : February to May and September to December.
- Climate: Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be (general) very cold and in winter even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers in summer(heaviest in July, August) and sometimes even in spring and autumn.
- Trek availability: Private treks only for a minimum of 2 persons on request. No group departures available.
RARA LAKE TREK ITINERARY
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu–Nepalgunj (2540m). HOTEL.
Day 2: Flight Nepalgunj – Jumla(2540m/25minutes Flight). Lodge.
Day 3: Trek to Chere Chaur (3055m). Lodge.
Day 4: Trek to Chautha Chalachaur (2980m). Lodge.
Day 5: Trek to Sinja Valley (2490m). Lodge.
Day 6: Trek to Ghorosingha (3050m). Lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Rara Lake (3010m). Lodge
Day 8: Rest and Exploration Day. Lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Pina (2440m). Lodge.
Day10: Trek to Bumra (2850m). Lodge.
Day11: Trek to Jumla. End of Nepal Rara Lake Trek. Lodge.
Day12: Flight Jumla-Nepalgunj–Kathmandu.
NOTE : The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participant’s etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The trek is a relatively difficult requiring good physical fitness. Few weeks training is advised and a physical fitness check-up is a must
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