RARA Lake which is well known for the Queen of all Lakes described by our late King Mahendra and biggest and deepest lake in Nepal with the fresh water. It is situated at Jumla and Mugu district which lies on the western part of Nepal and it covers water surface of 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi), a maximum depth of 167 m (548 ft), is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) long and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) wide. RARA Lakes itself is in Rara National, where we can find unique flora and fauna with the different species and it has fauna includes 51 species of mammals and more than 214 species of birds.
The main profession of the people around the area is Agriculture, where they grow different kind’s herbs for own livelihood and take care of Goats and grow them to sell in the market to generate the income sources. Also, Thakur Baba Temple is situated in the Southeast corner of the Lake and Local people believe that the god Thakur shot an arrow to open the passage of the lake reducing the damage caused by flooding.
As, RARA Lakes has been a popular destination with a rough route in Western Nepal for trekkers, the cultural and scenery of the glimpsed on the way is quite different from the others part of Nepal. You can find the lake surrounded by Rara National Park with pine, spruce, and juniper forest. The view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks enhances the attraction of trekkers. The trek commences by taking flight to Jumla (over an hour flight from Kathmandu) or from nearer Nepalgunj.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj Fly (150m/492) - 1 Hour
Day 3: Flight Nepalgunj – Jumla (2370m/7775ft)
Day 4-5: Trek to Danphe Langa (3130m/10269ft)
Day 6: Trek to Chautha (2770m/9087ft)
Day 7: Trek to Dhotu (2380m/7808ft)
Day 8: Trek to Rara Lake (3040m/9973ft)
Day 9: Rest and Explore Rara Lake
Day 10: Trek to Ghorasingha (3190m/10465ft)
Day 11: Trek to Sinja (2440m/8005ft)
Day 12: Trek to Jaljala (3270m/10728ft)
Day 13: Trek to Jumla (2370m/7775ft)
Day 14: Flight Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Day 15: Full day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
Day 16: Final departure
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 13m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
On the second morning, you will board a flight to Nepaljung (150m/492ft). Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nepalgunj.
Early Morning breakfast at Nepaljung hotel. Later transfer to Nepaljung airport to board your onward flight to Jumla. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Today we start trek after having breakfast, the trail to Rara follows the north bank of Tila Khola, then turn up the other small stream. The Jumla Valley disappears behind the ridge as the trail follows the river, keeping fairly level and passing through fields and pine forests. Now trek begins an ascent up the Padmara Valley and becoming steeper as the climb continues. We have our lunch in proper place. Along the Padmara valley, the canyon becomes very narrow with vertical cliffs on both sides as the trail ascends through a deep forest of pines, spruces and firs. Finally we arrive in the last village of Padmara and we continue the trek until reaching Danphe Langa. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
In the morning after breakfast, the trail descent becomes steep, through forests of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo and some a short level stretch the trail zigzags down to the Sinja Khola, crossing it on a log bridge and follow the river downstream to Nyawre. Then we continue the serious climb, passing through marijuana fields and over a ridge into a side valley. Now the steep climbs continues for a while and the trail makes a turn into a big valley then descends until reaching Chautha. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
In this day, the rocky trail follows the stream uphill, crossing it as the wooded valley becomes narrower. The climb continues to the Bhulbule where entry our permit and above Bhulbule the trail emerges into an immense treeless meadow and climbs gently but steadily to an assortment of Chhortens, cairns and prayer flags atop the Ghurchi Lagna. From here, there are views of the Mugu Karnali River and snowy peaks bordering Tibet. The route descends gently on a broad path to a hut, and then drops precipitously down a rough trail through spruces forests. Follow the direct trail to Rara Lake, which stays more or less level through pine forests, and then descend to the Jhyari Khola and another stretch of easy walking leads to Dhotu. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
This day, cross s stream and make a steep climb to Thakuri Village of jhyari, in a picturesque grove of giant cedars. Then continue climbing through cedar forests to a huge meadow a top ridge with a great view of Rara Lake. Descends on the northern side of the lake where camping ground is available. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Today we are exploring the largest lake of Nepal. It is almost 13km around the lake and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent. There is a few parks wardens’ house, and the remnants of the now-deserted villages of Rara and Chapra on the northern side of the lake, but otherwise it is an isolated region where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive. Rara is Nepal’s largest lake and is surrounded by the protected forests of Rara National Park in the Karnali district. There is an abundance of wildlife in this area including musk deer, leopard, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda. The water of the lake is crystal clear and the area is a stunning place of natural beauty. We will spend a rest and acclimatization day here. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
We walk the lake outlet (2980m/9776ft) and follow the downstream of Khatyar Gad for an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3139m). Cross the bridge to the south side and climb steadily over the 400 meters to reach an open clearing at 3277 meters. The trail continues climbing south through dense forest until the tree line is reached at 3658m. The ridge continues to south for another 200 meters but it is the pleasant trail with a distant view of the mountains. There is no pass on this high ridge and the trail turns south-east at an altitude of 3749m and descends by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghorasinga (3190m/10465ft). Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
From Ghorasain there is trail down the valley to Botan (2895m). A more interesting trail with better scenic prospect is to climb Diyabala Danda due south of Ghorasain. The climb begins immediately west of Ghorasinga and takes about an hour through forest to top the crest at 5351 meters. The trail then skirts south-east above the high fields of Lumsa. There are good views to the south along the Sinja valley. The trail descends to Okharpati village (3100m) on a high shelf above Mindrabali Gad. The descent from Okharpati to Sinja takes less than two hours. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
From Sinja, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge. After passing a few small villages, the trail crosses back and forth across the river on a series of quaint log bridges. Most of the trek is through forest of pine, birch and oak and fields of barley and corn. Then the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur, a gigantic meadow full of horses. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Climbing through forests to another meadow just below the ridge at 3510m, we descend to a few houses at Chauri Khola (3090m). From here we move to Chere (3010m), the final descent to Jumla is the reverse through Sisnamul, passing through the school at Ghumurti then to Campus and finally to Jumla. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Early morning after having breakfast you have two flights to reach Kathmandu from Jumla. For the first sector Jumla-Nepaljung and in the second Nepaljung to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek.Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.