Rara Lake trek takes you through the remote wilderness of Western Nepal. The Rara Lake trek offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal's Largest Lake located at an altitude of 3062 meters. You begin the trek with a flight to mountain airstrip of Jumla from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. In winter, there is often snow on the ridges surrounding the Lake.
The trail is very much "off the beaten path" and affords glimpses of the distinct culture of the local people and their rustic way of life. Within its confines lies the Rara National Park, considered one of the finest parks in the world. The National park consists of Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Black Panther, Musk Deer, Red Panda, Wild Boar, Rhesus and Languor Monkeys and numerous species of birds.
While facilities are still basic, the area is an adventurer’s dream with authentic culture, a wealth of natural beauty and the trails largely to you.
This trek is strenuous and is camping only.
This flight journey is best described by the scenic views of Jungle and Himalayan Range.
This day you can enjoy the views of Sisne Himal, Dudu Kundari Himal and other unnamed mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.
The early part of the trails is through flat level and after some distance turn steep ascent up to Patmara. En route you pass pine forests, green hills and through picturesque villages. You find the local people exercising their distinct cultural and social practices. These villages are mostly inhabited by Chhetri and few other castes. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. Stay overnight at lodge.
You trek through steep ascent path for early two hours. After you cross Kharila pass (3050m.), the trails go down gently until you reach Nyawer (2670m.). This is a small village with terraces, mud roof houses and mainly inhabited by Chhetri. Now your trails go gently up crossing suspension bridge over Nyawer Khola (stream) to Bhargaon. En route you move through forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, bamboo and other local vegetation. Bhargaon is relatively a big village where there are monasteries, chorten, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Mostly people are involved in farming and they grow wheat, buck wheat, barley, and potato, maize and green vegetables. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trails you move through are gently ascent until you cross a suspension bridge. Again you trek through ascent path and reach check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Now you have to pay entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trails upto Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.) is steep ascent. Then the trails turn steep downhill all the way to Pina. En route, you can enjoy forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, wild animals and local birds. You are amazed to see the splendid hills, ridges and villages at some distance. Stay overnight at lodge.
This day you cross wooden bridge over Jhari Khola (stream) and follow mostly ascent path. At some place the trail goes downhill. On the way, you can observe musk deer, pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. You come across several villages rich in terraces, monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and people following Tibetan life style. Gumgarhi is yet another village mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Gurung and other castes. Stay overnight at lodge.
The route is mostly downhill and goes uphill for some distance. You come across villages and forests. This day you can enjoy the sight of magnificent lake which is Rara. Naturally built Rara Lake is the biggest lake of Nepal. Stay overnight at lodge.
On this day trekkers can walk around the lake to see lot of wild animals, birds and beauty of nature. Stay overnight at lodge.
To reach Jhari, you trek through steep descent path following forests, wooden bridge over Jhari Khola and villages. Jhari is a small village where you can enjoy monasteries, chortens, prayer flags and houses of Tibetan style. This is mainly inhabited by Gurung who are close to life style of Tibetan people. Stay overnight at lodge.
The route in the beginning moves downward and after some distance turns up until you cross Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.). From here the route falls down and up for a while and the route is now through quite descent path up to Bhargaon. It is also a village dominated mainly by Chhetri and few other castes. En route you pass through forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron, juniper, green hills and several villages. Stay overnight at lodge.
Leaving Bhargaon, you follow steep descent path all the way to Khari La Pass and then the route turns steep down up to Cherry (2009m.). This is a village with Tibetan style houses, apple and cherry orchard, terraces where local farmers grow wheat, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. Now the route moves through gently flat land all the way to Patmara. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either Buddhist or Hindu religion. Stay overnight at lodge.
This day you trek through steep descent path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges. Stay overnight at lodge.
Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.
Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by flight 40 minutes.
Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor. Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc
Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses
Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.
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