Rara Lake Trek offers the best natural scenery on the north-western region of Nepal. Rara is the smallest national park in Nepal where in turn the country's largest lake, the Rara Lake can be found in the area of (10.8 sq. km. At 2,990 meters ). It is considered one of the finest parks in the world known as a piece of paradise. Rara National Park has dense forest , it is the ideal habitat for the wild animals like musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other fauna. The Danfe (Impeyan Pheasant), the national bird of Nepal flies above the Lake while a variety of fish, the snow trout, inhabit in the Rara lake.
You can get warm hospitality of open-heart and friendly people in this region. The trek can begin in Jumla (over an hours flight from Kathmandu) or from the nearer Nepalgunj. Rara is the best destination for easy and soft trekking in the west according to altitude level. The trail is very much “off the beaten path” and affords glimpses of culture and natural scenery, very different from those in the rest of the country. Along mountain paths and a series of picturesque villages, you reach to the magnificent banks of Rara lake. The park includes Trans- Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with forest and alpine pastures.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Rara Lake Trek Maximum Elevation: 3400m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 16 Days Mode of Operation: Camping Trek Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. Trip Grade: Moderate Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Rara Lake Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 02: Kathmandu free day trek preparation hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj. Overnight at hotel standard full board. Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal 2353 m and trek to Ghukuti 2550 m 3 hours Overnight camping. Day 05: Trek to Tharma 3280 m 6 hours crossing over Danfe La Pass 3400 m Overnight camping. Day 06: Trek to Chautha 2770 m 6 hours Overnight camping. Day 07: Trek to Forest Camp 2940 m 6-7 hours crossing over Churchi La Pass 3460 m Overnight camping. Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake 3062m 6 hours Overnight camping. Day 09: Rest day at Rara Lake. Exploration around Lake. Overnight camping. Day 10: Trek back to Gorushinga 3000 m 6 hours Overnight camping. Day 11: Trek to Hadsija 2440 m 5 hours Overnight camping. Day 12: Trek to Jaljala 3090 m 6 hours Overnight camping. Day 13: Trek ends at Jumla 2370m 4 hours Overnight camping. Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu hotel 2 star bed & breakfast. Day 16: International departure
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-1 night hotel standard in Nepalgunj full board.
-Trekking permits of Rara National Park & TIMS cards.
-Accommodation in camping with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food ( breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
-By plane: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal & Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmanudu.
-Internal airport tax in Kathmandu,Nepalgunj & Jumla.
-Camping equipment: tents,mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, tables, chairs etc.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook & porters.
-Nepal visa fee 25 $ for two weeks and 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -2- degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow