Rara Lake Trek

16 Days

Explore the remote and rural culture, lifestyle, and incredible biodiversity of the western mid-mountains

Trip Highlights

  • Rara Lake and its amazing surroundings and beauty
  • Flora, fauna preserved boundaries of the national park
  • A unique and largely untouched culture
  • Explore quiet and uncrowded streets

Rara Lake is an off-the-beaten track trek that takes you to the beautiful and serene Rara Lake within the Rara National Park. Due to the beauty and tranquility of the pond, this trek has recently become very popular among tourists. Traveling through the remote trails of the western mid-mountains, you can explore the rural culture, traditional lifestyle, and incredible biodiversity of the region.

Our camping trek include many climbs and descents through lowlands, alpine forests and ethnic villages. The highest point you will reach during the trek is Ghumchi Langa Pass (3450 m), which is surrounded by fir and pine trees. Rara Lake is serene within the National Park, surrounded by picturesque hills and snow-capped mountain peaks. The mesmerizing lake emits peaceful vibrations and makes everyone sweat during the trek.

Home to Rara Lake, Rara National Park is a sanctuary for many rare species of wild birds and animals. Wild animals like musk deer, ghoral, leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, waterfalls can be seen. Along with the fascinating biodiversity and magnificent mountain scenery, one can also witness the traditional culture of the “Khas” tribe. From where there is a mountain flight to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

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Trip Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. And after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the world's largest Buddhist pilgrimage site, Boudha Nath Stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath, home to the country's most famous Hindu temple, situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims taking a ritual bath, and occasionally, pyres on the ghats. The cremation ground here is also used for the royal family and commoners living nearby. Your afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some exciting shopping. You will be given your trek departure orientation in the afternoon by our senior guide.

You take a scenic flight over the various terrains of central and western Nepal to reach Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj city is located near the Indian border and is the hottest city in Nepal. A private vehicle will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel. Later in the evening, you can visit the market near Nepalgunj.

In the morning, you take a 45-minute flight to Jumla airstrip from Nepalgunj Airport. You fly over the Himalayan foothills with views of the towering hills and vast river networks. In the afternoon, you can explore the market of Jumla, the capital of the Jumla District.

The trail follows the north bank of Tika Khola and then turns up to another stream. Make your way through the narrow canyon to Padmara village. Climb the Khali Lagna Pass (3550m) through deep pine and fir forests and then descend to reach Danphe Langa. Overnight at tented camp.

Descend through the thick forests of walnut and birch to reach Lete Gad Bridge. After crossing the bridge, you follow the river downstream and make a serious ascend to Kabra. A short hike from here will take you to Chautha. Overnight at tented camp.

You begin the trek by following the stream uphill to Bhulbule and entering Rara National Park. During this journey, you can observe the fascinating flora and fauna of the region. From Rara National Park, you climb up to Ghurchi Langa Pass (3450m) and then descend through the forest to reach Dhotu. Overnight at tented camp.

It will be a short trek today. Hike through a steep north-facing slope from Dhotu and cross a series of fields to reach a stream. Then you ascend to Jhyari village and climb through the cedar forest. Descend from the forest to reach the tranquil Rara Lake, one of the biggest freshwater lakes in Nepal.

You take another day off trekking to immerse in the beauty of the true blue-colored lake. You can explore the nearby areas and hike up the small hills surrounding the lake for a full view of the pristine beauty. The wildlife around the lake includes leopard, Ghoral, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and red panda, which you may spot as you explore the premises of Rara National Park. Overnight at tented camp.

Bidding goodbye to the beautiful Rara Lake, you start your return trek towards Ghorasingha. Walk past the Khatyar River and cross a bridge to head towards the southern side. You pass through a dense forest and continue the trek to the southern ridge. Then follow the descending path to Ghatta valley and make your way into Ghorasingha. Overnight at tented camp.

Head down from Ghorasingha and follow the Sinja River downstream to reach Sinja. This village was the capital of the Malla dynasty from the 12th to 14th century hence houses the ruins of the ancient kingdom. In Sinja, there is a large temple dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides on a tiger. Overnight at tented camp.

The trail crosses Sinja Khola on a wooden bridge and takes you to Dhobi Khola. Pass through a series of log bridges and small villages before heading into the forest. Afterward, you make a steep ascend to Jaljala, a gigantic meadow full of grazing horses. At tented camp.

You keep climbing through the forest to reach a meadow and then descend towards the few houses in Chauri Khola. Cross a stream, and then walking on a ridge, make a steep descent to reach Jumla. You will have plenty of time to explore the town of Jumla and interact with the locals. Overnight at tented camp.

Since there is no direct flight from Jumla to Kathmandu, we had to fly twice today. A morning flight takes you to Nepalgunj, and from there, you return to Kathmandu on another flight. In the evening, you can relax in your room or roam around in Thamel.

Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu. This day can be used as a contingency for any reason or possible delay. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you wish to extend your stay. Please contact us for more details.

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it's been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay tuned and this is the last day of our trip. So we will transfer your departure flight homebound or to the airport for another destination. We look forward to welcoming you on your next adventure in Nepal. Safe travels!! We hope to see you again. Namaste!


Cost Inclusion

  • Full board camping service for whole trekking period
  • Guide and camping staff
  • Cook and kitchen staff
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 star hotel Manang or similar) It is conveniently located at Thamel, the main tourist hub of Kathmandu.
  • Entrance fees to sightseeing places in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel in Nepalgunj with bed and breakfast
  • Restricted area permits + National park fee
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guide, cook, porters and their insurance
  • Best possible equipment for staffs and porters
  • First aid kit with high-altitude medications
  • All arrival and departure in Kathmandu Airport
  • Emergency Rescue Service

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare, Nepal Visa
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu or during the trek for any reason (early arrival or delay, early arrival from the trek for any reason)
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Helicopter rescue costs
  • Staff tips


You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Rara Lake Trek
From $2,199.00
/ person

Trip Facts

  • 15N/16 Days
  • Moderate
  • 3,550m/11,647ft
  • Sep-Nov (March-May & June-August)
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight & 4WD Jeep
  • Entire tent camp
  • 2 Max 12


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