Rara Lake Trek
Rara Lake Trek Overview
Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal. It has a water surface of 10.8km square, a maximum depth of 167m, is 5.1 km long, and 2.7km wide. The pride of our country, the Rara Lake steadily lies at the elevation of 2990m in Jumla and Mugu district, Karnali province. The biggest attraction of Rara Lake Trek besides Rara Lake is Rara National Park itself. The park covers a surface area of 106km square. Even though it is the smallest National Park in our country, Rara National park is highly rich in diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to 51 species of mammals including red panda, musk deer, Indian leopard, yellow-throated Marten, Langur, etc. 241 species of birds, 2 species of reptiles, and 3 species of fish. Rare flora like brown oak, fir, birch, juniper, Rhododendrons, etc. is found here.
Rara Lake is one of the most popular and explored tourist destinations in Nepal. The Rara Lake Trek is not only covered with green vegetation, but also a stunning close-up view of snow-capped mountains, cultural villages, glaciers, and rivers. No doubt why Rara Lake is the most explored and popular tourist destination in Nepal. Since Rara Lake lies in the Far-North western region of Nepal, it is still behind and relatively undeveloped. Local people of the Rara lake area still get very excited and genuinely happy whenever they see any tourists whether they are national or international.
This journey may take you 14/15 days if you take gaps and rest for a few days. The cost of the journey entirely depends on your number of days, mode of travel, and foods. However, the average cost for this trek is 2100$.
Highlights of Rara Lake Trek
- Rare flora and fauna of Rara National Park.
- Experience bird watching and jungle walk.
- Breath-taking view of Rara Lake itself.
- Experience the boating adventure in Rara Lake.
- Day 1- Kathmandu- Nepalgunj, (50 minutes flight/8-9 hours drive)
- Day 2- Nepalgunj- Jumla, (45 minutes flight)
- Day 3- Jumla-Chere Chaur,(4-5 hours walk)
- Day 4- Chere Chaur-Chalachau, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Chalachaur-Sinja Valley,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 6- Sinja Valley-Ghorosingha, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 7- Ghorosingha-Rara Lake,(5 hours walk)
- Day 8- Rara Lake-Pina,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 9- Pina-Bumra,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 10- Bumra-Jumla, (6 -7 hours walk)
- Day 11- Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu, (45 minutes flight, 50 minutes flight)
Difficulties and safety
Rara being a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on the route and mode of transportation. Physical and mental fitness is something important to be considered. You can always build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Rara Lake is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. You might have to camp overnights and prepare food by yourself. These all factors can make your trek challenging but the adventure is all about this.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.
Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.