Rara Lake Trekking is a fascinating journey along the wild and remote Karnali region up to the mesmerizing Rara Lake. Only a few trekkers take this route making it an unexplored and less frequented trail. The largest lake in Nepal, Rara has mesmerized many with its serenity and turquoise beauty. Rara National Park has a rich preservation of wildlife like musk deer, tahr, leopards, rare red panda, ghorals et cetera. The area is also ideal for bird watching as migratory birds reach here during November and April. The valleys of Sinja and Jumla are equally worthwhile for their cultural significance.
We fly to Jumla from Nepalgunj where the trek begins. Jumla valley is the highest place for paddy cultivation on earth and the town is an administrative headquarter of Karnali. The trek to DanpheLagna, Chautha, Dhotu and finally to Rara Lake sees wavy trails crossing rivers and climbing to hilltops along the rugged terrains vegetated with conifers. Rara, the turquoise lake is a mesmerizing sight, even better from viewpoints around the lake. A round trip of Rara takes around eight hours. We rest here the next day as well and explore the place. Taking the route along the lake’s outlet, we descend to and pass stream below the Murma hill on a log bridge, the trail sees a lot of ups and downs and after a steep ascent, we reach Ghorasain, where we stay overnight. The next day’s trail is interesting as the gain in altitude gives an exotic view, then we descend to the valley of Sinja. The trek from here to Jumla through JajalChaur is less strenuous although the trail takes several ups and downs. From Jumla, we take a flight to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu, to mark the end of the journey.
Karnali Region carries a legacy of mysticism and shamanism. It’s a solitary walk along this less explored territory, rugged and weather beaten. The beauty of Rara Lake is unfaltering and has been well preserved along with the National park. People, culture and lifestyle that can be observed during the trek is unique to this part of the country.
Day 01:Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m]
Day 02:Trek preparation
Day 03:Fly to Nepaljung - Fly jumla - DanpheLagna (3300m)
Day 04:DanpheLagna - Chautha (2770m)
Day 05:Chautha - Dhotu (2380m)
Day 06:Dhotu - Rara Lake (2980m)
Day 07:Rest Day in Rara Lake (2980m)
Day 08:Rara Lake - Gorosingha (3190m)
Day 09:Gorusingha - Sinja (2440m)
Day 10:Sinja - JaljalaChaur (3270m)
Day 11:JaljalChaur - Jumla (2370m)
Day 12:Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepaligunj
Day 13:Final Departure or onward for next program
Day 01Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m] Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02Trek preparation After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.
Day 03Fly to Nepaljung - Fly jumla - DanpheLagna (3300m)Its takes an hour to reach Nepalgunj on an airplane. The flight to Jumla further takes around thirty minutes. Jumla is known as the highest point for growing rice. From here, we move the small city, and start gaining elevation. Passing Sisnamul, we walk through a big forest and reach Chere, a pasture land for grazing. The trail gets steeper and at the top, views of Patrasi and Jugdula peaks are outstanding. We further descend through rhododendron forests to DanpheLagna and set tent for the night.
Day 04DanpheLagna - Chautha (2770m)The trail gently descends to Tharamara along a stream and becomes steeper as it moves to HiranDuski. Dropping all the way to Sinja River, we then start on a steep climb to Bhara. Here, we take a turn and descend to ChauraKhola and walk on to Chautha. Overnight stya in a tented camp.
Day 05Chautha - Dhotu (2380m)After a short hike, we arrive at ChanteChaur from where we ascend to Bhulbule, the National Park entrance. Further ahead, the trail opens up to a meadow and climbs to GhurchiLagna (3450m). Following the trade route of Mugu, we take the trail through Mandu valley and take a direct route to Rara Lake at the junction. We then descend to Jhyari River and continue walking till Dhotu, a small rural village.
Day 06Dhotu - Rara Lake (2980m)After crossing a stream, the trail ascends through a cedar forest at Jhyari to the meadow at the top of the hill. From here, a short descent leads to the beautiful turquoise Rara Lake in the Rara National Park.
Day 07Rest Day in Rara Lake (2980m)Raralake is situated at an altitude of 2990m and covers an area of 10.8 square km. The oval shaped mesmerizing lake is enveloped by rich forests. Rara National Park is the smallest in Nepal though it’s immensely rich preservation of flora and fauna surprises everyone. The Park is also famous birdwatchers interested in migratory birds. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 08Rara Lake - Gorosingha (3190m)We take the bridge at the western end of the lake and move along the KhatyarKhola to Majhghatta. The trail further drops to Ghatta valley and heads towards Gorosingha. Scenic landscapes pass along this rather unfrequented trail. Overnight in a tented camp.
Day 09Gorusingha - Sinja (2440m)Towards Sinja, the route passes through Ghatta Valley from Gorosingha and takes the trail along the Sinja River. The short and pleasant walk down the valley leading to Sinja takes around five hours. We stay overnight at the beautiful valley of Sinja.
Day 10Sinja - JaljalaChaur (3270m)After crossing a wooden bridge, the trail ascends along the Dhobi Khola. We pass a temple and some small villages and cross the river several times. Further on, we pass through pine, oak and birch forest to reach JaljalaChaur where we stay overnight.
Day 11JaljalChaur - Jumla (2370m)We first climb through a forest and pass a ridge at 3510m, then descend to ChauriKhola, where a small settlement can be seen. Through hilly terrain, we pass Chere, Sisnamul and Ghumurti to finally reach Jumla, our campsite for the day.
Day 12Fly back to Kathmandu via NepaligunjAlong the scenic flight from Nepalgunj back to Kathmandu, a clear view of the chain of Himalayas spread across the northern horizon for several minutes. Once in Kathmandu, you would be transferred to the hotel. A small celebration dinner is scheduled by Mountain Rock Treks for the successful completion of the journey. You can use your free time strolling around Thamel or getting souvenirs to take back home.
Day 13Final Departure or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Mountain Rock Treks and elongate your stay.
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