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.
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 : Tents/Camping.
- 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.
- Rara Lake Trek Cost : US$2070/Person
THE FOLLOWING ARE INCLUDED IN THE COST
- Restricted Area Fees : –
- For the first 7 days US$90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person payable in convertible foreign currency.
- Airfare for Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla – Kathmandu
- Nepalgunj – Jumla – Nepalgunj : US$263 / Person
- Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu : US$344/Person
TREK COST INCLUDES :
- Twin Share Accommodation in Lodges.
- Airfare Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla – Kathmandu
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea / coffee during the trek.
- All transportation by private car.
- Simikot Humla Restricted Area permit.
- Rara National Park Permit and all necessary permits.
- Experienced English Speaking Guide.
- Porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
- First Aid Medical Kit box.
- Tourist service charge, Vat.
- Office Service charge.
- All government tax.
TREK COSTS EXCLUDES:
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Any meals in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
- International air fare to and from Nepal.
- Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
- Items and expenses of personal nature.
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
- Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
- Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
- Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
- Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
- Tips for guide, porters, driver…
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 participants,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 participants’ 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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