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Rara Lake (Nepal’s Largest lake ) Trekking

‘in absolute wilderness in total bliss’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Rara Lake
Trip Basis
On Camping basis
Trip Grade
Moderate to Adventurous
Highest Elevation
3,460 m at Ghurchi Lagna pass
Total Trip
14 / 15 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking around far Western Himalaya onNepal’s largest Lake Rara heading on the North West of massive Api and Saiphal mountainous range,
travel from Himalayan sub-tropic – mediterranean-alpine to arctic climate awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu visiting the high mid hills villages of Takuri, Chettries,Bhotias and Magar tribes around Nepal’s scenic national park visit of lake Rara.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination to Nepal’s Largest lake Rara, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its awesome landscapes from both side of massive Api & Shaiphal mountain range from North West to South area.
 
On this trek Nepal’s Largest Lake Rara you can view on trek and from the flight looking at Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) Tukuche Peak (6,920 m) Nilgiri Peaks (7,061m) Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) with 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, range of mountains with Mt. Api and Saiphal including Kagmara Himal.
 
Nepal’s Largest lake Rara at present getting popular due to its remoteness and with flight to Jumla town on route Lake Rara joining the other areas of Western Nepal Himalayan region and due to its accessibility with short flight from Nepalgunj and then concluding at Jumla and then to Nepalgunj for another flight back to Kathmandu.
 
Nepal’s Largest lake Rara is moderate to adventurous where all experience trekkers and hikers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more than a week in the comfort of warm cozy camping tents along the route. 
 
Nepal’s Largest Lake Rara rated as one of the moderate to adventurous and scenic trekking among other trekking destination, and one of the most unique journeys leading from warm subtropical of Nepalgunj to mediterranean of mid hills alpine landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in Himalayan region of Nepal, this makes a drastic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
 
This trek leads through many traditional Magar, Thakuri (Chettri) and  Bhotia villages famous as traders with Tibet since many centuries and the route of this trek lies on the old Trans Himalayan Trade Route to Tibet.
 
This remarkable trek starts from with a scenic flight to southern city at Nepalgunj for transit with another short flight to Jumla the headquarter district of Jumla on route Lake Rara located  far North West Nepal and then over to scenic picturesque turquoise lake Rara with rest day to enjoy the beautiful scenery and then trekking back to Jumla via an alternative route over Ghurchi Lagna pass 3,460 meters and Tharamara 3,270 m and then heading back to Jumla and fly back to Kathmandu through Nepalgunj.
 
At Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking to Nepal’s Largest Lake Rara the land of awesome landscapes and sceneries.
Day 01:       Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02:       Morning sightseeing tour, afternoon flight to Nepalgunj.             
Day 03:       Fly to Jumla 2,370 m walk to Charya Chaur 2,800m- 04 hrs.
Day 04:       Trek on route Botan via unnamed pass at 3,500 m - 06 hrs
Day 05:       Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440 m -06 hrs.
Day 06:       Trek to Ghorasain near Rara Lake 3,190 m - 04 hrs.
Day 07:       Trek to Rara Lake 2,980 m - 06 hrs.
Day 08:       At Rara Lake rest day for excursion around the lake
Day 09:       Trek to Pina 2,580m via Jhyari - 05 hrs.
Day 10:       Trek to Chauta 2,770 m via Ghurchi Lagna pass 3,460 m.
Day 11:       Trek to Tharamara 3,270 m - 06 hrs.
Day 12:       Trek back to Jumla - 06 hrs.
Day 13:       Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 14:       In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 15:       Transfer to airport for international departure.

RARA NATIONAL PARK
AREA ( 106 SQ. KMS.)

 
LOCATION:       Rara National Park is located in north-west Nepal about 371 km air distance from Kathmandu. Most of the park, including Lake Rara, lies in Mugu District: a small area is within Jumla District of Karnali Zone. This is the smallest park in Nepal, containing the country’s biggest lake (10.8 sq kms) at an elevation of 2,990m.
 
FEATURES:       Park elevations range from 1,800m to 4,048 m. The park contains mainly coniferous forest. The area around the lake is dominated by blue pine, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak, Himalayan cypress and other associated species.
 
At about 3,350 m, pine and spruce give away to fir, oak and birch. Deciduous tree species like Indian horse-chestnut, walnut and Himalayan popular are also found.
 
A small portion of the park serves as an ideal habitat for musk deer. Other animals found in the park include Himalayan black bear, leopard, ghoral, Himalayan thar and wild boar.
snow trout is the only fish species recorded in the lake. Resident Gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl are also quite commonly sighted in this area.
 
The great - crested grebe, black-necked grebe, and red-crested pochard are seen during winter. Other common birds are the snow cock, chukor partridge, Impeyan pheasant, kalij pheasant and blood pheasant.

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Day 01:      Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
Day 02:      Morning cultural tour and fly to Nepalgunj.
As per the time set for sightseeing tour, our city guide will meet in the morning after breakfast  and then depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake. The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon flight to Nepalgunj transfer to domestic airport for a scenic flight to Nepalgunj with awesome mountain panorama views on this 55 minutes flight to Nepalgunj, on reaching Nepalgunj our staff will transfer you to respective hotels with time in the afternoon to visit around the Nepalgunj town situated on the south-west Nepal close to border of India, and it’s quite tropical in nature.
 
Day 03:      Fly to Jumla 2,370m trek to Charya Chaur 2,800 m - 04 hrs
As per the flight time, normal flight in the early morning to Jumla from Nepalgunj, after connecting the flight to Jumla which takes about 40 minutes offering panoramic scenery and range of mountains views, then on reaching at Jumla meet our field and trekking guides and porters who have drove here all the way from Kathmandu.
 
Jumla the largest hill town within Karnali zone, with a Government  administrative town, recently a jeep dirt road have connected here from Nepalgunj which will take at least two days drive to reach here at Jumla, the communication around this area is unreliable with only accessible route is on foot or by air with few jeeps to drive here.
 
After getting organized with the baggage’s and other trekking loads, our first day walk on a pleasant trail with short up to Charya Chaur village visiting nice farm villages around, our first overnight camping near Charya Chaur village.

Day 04:      Trek on route Botan beneath unnamed pass 3,500 m.
After a lovely morning, our journey starts with an uphill climb into rhododendron, birch and pine tree lined serene forest and then heading towards an unnamed green meadow ridge top and a pass sometimes it’s called Jaljala offering fabulous views of Kanjiroba Himal towards North East. Walk continues through tranquil wilderness then on the downhill path for couple of hours through cool forest and reaching on the summer grazing pasture area for the overnight camp in this nice, pleasant spot.
 
Day 05:      Trek to Botan 2, 680m via Sinja Khola 2,440 m - 06 hrs.
Today walk leads to downhill walk to Sinja for few hours and then following Jaljala Khola (stream) downstream through a forest with dense pine forest and walking past terraced farm fields and terraces, to reach at Sinja village, with a very old ruin temple and monuments, ancient sculptured stones which is covered in moss and weeds, and from here walk follows the river upstream, reaching at Ganj a small village and then our route leads through an impressive gorge to our overnight camp at Botan village, with time for short walk around.
 
Day 06:      Trek to Ghorasain 3,190 m - 04 hrs.
As the walk progress, our walk today is only for half day of three to four hours, as the morning walk starts after leaving Sinja Khola then following another stream of Ghatte Khola towards North- Eastwards towards a short uphill, then coming at pretty small valley and into farmlands with primitive water mills which is used for grinding corns, wheat’s into fine flour for breads, from here reaching our overnight camp on the border rim of Rara National Park at a small village of Ghorasain, this place with police post, after the camp is set, afternoon free for short walk around and just relax and catch up with the dairy.
 
Day 07:      Trek to Rara Lake 2,980m - 06 hrs.
Walk today heading to our final destination on Nepal largest lake at Rara, starting the morning walk in this serene environment from Ghorasain camp, heading  uphill with a climb all the way to Chuchemara Danda at
4, 260 meters, on reaching the top ridge with awesome panorama of  surrounding country landscapes and magnificent views of snow capped mountains towards north, after enjoying the marvelous views walk leads to a descend looking down at beautiful Rara Lake through forest of bamboo and birch trees, then crossing at Khatyar Khola walking along upstream of this crystal clear stream to our overnight camp at Rara Lake shore.
 
Day 08:      Rest day at Rara Lake for local excursion around.
After a week of good walk, a rest day here at Rara an ideal spot for local exploration and to relax, after a leisure morning an optional walk around or climb a wooden tower for panorama of the emerald picturesque lake and surrounding hills with distance snow capped mountain views.
 
Day 09:      Trek to Pina via Jhyari 2,580 m - 05 hrs.
Morning starting the journey back with an enjoyable and pleasant time in Rara lake and its surrounding, today a good, moderate trek on the path leading to a ridge top at Jhyari small village, from here onwards walk follows Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for a short time then crossing Dhauligar Khola valley, following this Dhauligar Khola (stream) all the way to Pina for our overnight camp, this is small farm village with police post and a some houses serving as lodge and local tea shops.
 
Day 10:      Trek to Chauta 2,770 m via Ghurchi-Lagna 3,460m - 06 hrs. From this village Pina, our walk continues with an uphill climb into tranquil and enchanting forest with excellent views of landscapes and mountains towards north, then with a gradual climb to reach at Ghurchi- Lagna pass the highest point of this fabulous journey, this place with several chortens
(a Buddhist monuments) and festooned with prayer flags, from here our route descends across alpine meadows and pastures, into walnut groves and then leading to a steep and narrow valley all the way to Chauta village for the overnight camp, this small place with shops and houses serving as  lodge for local and individual travelers and trekkers.
 
Day 11:      Trek to Tharamara 3,270 m - 06 hrs.
After a nice stop in this village of Chauta, our journey leads following
Sinja khola through Bumra and then past a small lodge and tea-shop and health clinic walking under the overhanging rock at Kamra, this is a source of an important herbal medicinal mineral called as Silaji.
From this spot on the downhill walk towards Sinja Khola, and then reaching at Nyawre village, after a nice break here our walk continues following the river upstream and then coming to an uphill walk of about 600 meters climb to Tharamara for overnight camp, this place with nice pasture land with pristine surrounding.
 
Day 12:      Trek back to Jumla - 06 hrs.
Our final day trek back to Jumla of this wonderful trip, morning starts with a pleasant descend to a nice green valley and into pristine alpine forests of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees, then reaching to a fertile agriculture tended valley, then walk leads past little villages of Padmara following the same river most of the way to Jumla town for the last overnight stop, after
a wonderful circuit and around the Jumla and Muga area, and then back to Jumla town with late afternoon free for walk to browse around this main busy market town.
 
Day 13:      Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
After completing this awesome journey, taking a morning a scenic short flight to Nepalgunj looking over the western Himalayan chain of mountains, then on reaching at Nepalgunj depending upon the time for connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the hotel at Nepalgunj, then with back to airport to continue flight to Kathmandu, on arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotels after a grand memorable time with an experience of a life time in the Far West Nepal Himalaya.
 
Day 14:      In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of flight delay in Jumla due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
 
Day 15:      International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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