Rara Lake Trek - 16 Days

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  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Jumla
  • Max. Altitude: 3710m/12171ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House/Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

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.


Outline Itinerary

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

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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.

Inclusion

  • All domestic Airfares (KTM-Nepalgunj-KTM & Nepalgunj-Jumpla-Nepalgunj)
  • All surface transfers as per itinerary
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax
  • Hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing, BB basis
  • Fooding,  lodging and other expenses of  trekking crew
  • Fooding (3 meals a day ) and lodging for the clients in trek days (Twin Sharing/Dormitory)
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • All Camping charge
  • Official expenses.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • National Park fees, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost:- http://greatnepaltreks.com/nepal-visa-information/
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other expences not mentioned in above include section
     

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.


WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
  • Sunblock SPF 30+
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips
      

DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.


WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS)

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS? 

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:

Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.

Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 

Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse

Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.

Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.

Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.

Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.

Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.


Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:

• Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)

• Chest tightness or congestion

• Confusion

• Coughing up blood

• Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction

• Grey or pale complexion

• Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all

• Shortness of breath at rest


At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.


LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.


 WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?

• Breathlessness

• A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva

• Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue

• Low fever up to 38°C/100°F

• Severe fatigue, progressing to coma


High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 

• Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down

• Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness

• Nausea/vomiting

• Loss of balance or coordination

• Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage


HOW TO PREVENT? 

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:

• Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration

• Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates

• Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine

• Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion

• Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft

• Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible

• Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness


 WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? 

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.


Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:

• Don’t ascent up rapidly.

• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.

• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.

• Climb high and sleep low.

• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.

• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.

• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

• Never leave or descent sick person along.

• Avoid getting cold.

• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.

• Sleep more than normal.


Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.

With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.


 HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.


 HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.


DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.


 IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?

Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 


Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.



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Trip highlights

  • Nepalgunj, one of the biggest cities in Nepal’s Terai region
  • Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla with panoramic mountain views
  • Trail through the forests of Pine, Rhododendron, Juniper, Oak
  • Villages through the trail route with their lifestyles, culture, and religion
  • Rara Lake, Nepal’s biggest Lake at an altitude above 3,200 m
  • The trail that chases the final stage of world’s one of the longest trekking trail- Great Himalayan Trail
  • Wilderness and solitude travel

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
  • Financial protection

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