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
The Rara Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you to the beautiful Rara Lake, located in the Mugu District of Nepal. The lake is the largest and deepest in Nepal and is surrounded by stunning mountain peaks and dense forests. Here are some of the highlights of the Rara Lake Trek:
- Rara Lake:
- The main attraction of the trek is the beautiful Rara Lake, which is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning surroundings. The lake is surrounded by the Rara National Park, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
- Scenic mountain views:
- The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu.
- Diverse culture
- : The trek takes you through a variety of ethnic communities, including the Gurung, Magar, and Thakuri. You will have the opportunity to learn about their culture and way of life.
- Off the beaten path:
- The Rara Lake Trek is not as crowded as other popular trekking routes in Nepal, making it an excellent choice for travelers who want a more peaceful and serene experience.
- Natural beauty:
- The trek takes you through dense forests, pastures, and alpine meadows, offering a unique blend of natural beauty.
- Excellent for birdwatching:
- The Rara National Park is home to a variety of bird species, making it an excellent destination for birdwatchers.
- 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)
Day 1- Kathmandu- Nepalgunj, (50 minutes flight/8-9 hours drive)
Trek Distance :
Highest Altitude :
Trek Duration :
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
If you are planning a trip to Nepal, there are a few things you should know about traveling from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
By flight: The quickest way to get from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is by taking a 50-minute flight. There are several airlines that offer daily flights between these two cities, including Nepal Airlines and Buddha Air.
By road: If you prefer to travel by road, it will take you approximately 8-9 hours to get from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. The journey is around 600 kilometers and involves driving through scenic mountain roads and villages. You can hire a private vehicle or take a bus from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Nepalgunj is a city in the Banke District of Nepal, located in the western Terai region near the border with India. It is an important transportation hub and a gateway to the mid- and far-western regions of Nepal. The city is known for its hot and humid climate and is home to a mix of cultures and religions.
Day 2- Nepalgunj- Jumla, (45 minutes flight)
Trek Distance :
Highest Altitude :
4,679 metres (15,351 ft)
Trek Duration :
45 minutes flight
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Jumla is a town located in the Karnali Zone of Nepal, about 250 kilometers northwest of Nepalgunj. It is the administrative center of the Jumla District and is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.
The quickest way to get from Nepalgunj to Jumla is by taking a 45-minute flight. There are several airlines that offer flights between these two cities, including Nepal Airlines and Tara Air. The flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla involves a scenic route over the Himalayas, offering breathtaking views of the mountains.
If you prefer to travel by road, it will take you about 2 days to get from Nepalgunj to Jumla. The journey involves driving through rugged mountain terrain and is not recommended for travelers who are not comfortable with long drives on winding roads.
Day 3- Jumla-Chere Chaur,(4-5 hours walk)
Chere Chaur is a small village located in the Jumla District of Nepal, about 4-5 hours walk from Jumla. It is a remote village with limited access to modern amenities and transportation. The walk from Jumla to Chere Chaur involves traversing through mountainous terrain and may be challenging for some travelers.
Chere Chaur is a peaceful and quiet village surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. It is an excellent destination for travelers who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the rural lifestyle of Nepal. The village is home to a mix of ethnic groups, including Chhetri, Thakuri, and Magar, and offers a unique cultural experience.
When traveling from Jumla to Chere Chaur, it is recommended to carry water, snacks, and other essentials with you as there may not be any facilities available along the way. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and to be prepared for changes in the weather.
Day 4- Chere Chaur-Chalachau, (5-6 hours walk)
Chalachau is a small village located in the Jumla District of Nepal, about 5-6 hours walk from Chere Chaur. It is a remote village with limited access to modern amenities and transportation. The walk from Chere Chaur to Chalachau involves traversing through mountainous terrain and may be challenging for some travelers.
Chalachau is a peaceful and quiet village surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. It is an excellent destination for travelers who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the rural lifestyle of Nepal. The village is home to a mix of ethnic groups, including Chhetri, Thakuri, and Magar, and offers a unique cultural experience.
When traveling from Chere Chaur to Chalachau, it is recommended to carry water, snacks, and other essentials with you as there may not be any facilities available along the way. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and to be prepared for changes in the weather.
Day 5- Chalachaur-Sinja Valley,(5-6 hours walk)
The Sinja Valley is a beautiful and culturally significant region located in the Jumla District of Nepal, about 5-6 hours walk from Chalachaur. The valley is home to the ancient Sinja Kingdom, which was one of the first independent states in Nepal. It is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, and is an excellent destination for travelers who are interested in history and culture.
The walk from Chalachaur to the Sinja Valley involves traversing through mountainous terrain and may be challenging for some travelers. The valley is located at an elevation of around 2,000 meters above sea level, and the weather can be cool and pleasant in the evenings.
When traveling from Chalachaur to the Sinja Valley, it is recommended to carry water, snacks, and other essentials with you as there may not be any facilities available along the way. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and to be prepared for changes in the weather.
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)
Trekking Equipment List
|Woolen t shirts/shirts/thick sweaters.||Backpack/Duffle bag|
|Jackets (Fiber or down)||Passport size photographs|
|Raincoat||Permit and travel insurance|
|Pair of sandals||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Trekking trousers||Wash kit|
|Sleeping trousers||First aid kit|
|Hiking shorts||Power bank|
|Water proof pants||Summer/winter hat|
|Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Hiking boots||Trekking poles|
|Gloves and beanies||Camera|
|Snow glasses and sunglasses||trekking map|
|Neck gaiter||Water purification|
|Sun hat/woolen hat||Water bottles|
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.
Payment and Cancellation
Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.
Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.
Dates of Trip
Group Discount Prices
Frequently Asked Questions
Price W/O Addons: US$ 1850 per person
- A detailed certificate from Marvel Treks and Expedition (after accomplishment)
- Trendy Sunhat and t-shirt as souvenirs on behalf of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- A complimentary raincoat to shed you during the rainy season.
- A Complimentary Duffel Bag throughout the trek from our company. (returnable)
- A warm complimentary Down Jacket during the entire trek on behalf of Marvel Treks. (returnable)
- A complimentary sleeping bag for your icy trek. (returnable)
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner throughout the trek.
- The essential climbing gears like mountain axe, trekking sticks etc, for your need throughout the trek. (returnable)
- Delightful complimentary Authentic Nepali cuisine as dinner to embark on your arrival and departure
- Critical complimentary First Aid Service (in times of need)
- An informative trekking map for you to cherish on behalf of our company
- All the crucial services about airport transfer to and from the hotel via a private tourist vehicle ($40)
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems )($10)
- National park entry fees / ACAP permits / Conservation entry fees. ( $30)
- All essential local tax and Gov tax ($130 )
- All the required office service charges. ($200)
- Essential Medical supplies and first aid equipment will be provided.
- Miscellaneous ($40)
- Porter Guide ($350)
- Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for all the Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Extra nights in any city that’s not accommodated in the itinerary of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
- All the International flight checks and airfares.
- Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
- Additional porter fees along with tips of guides and porters.
- Electronic gadgets like chargers, headphones.
- Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs.
- Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
- Tips for our staff’s drivers.
Rara Lake Trek