Rara Lake Trek

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Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake has been a popular trekking and tour destination last few year back both foreigner and domestic tourism in Nepal.

Rara Lake trek is one of the best destinations for culture and scenery different from rest of the Himalayan in western Nepal. Lake situated in high altitude protected area known as a Rara National Park reach with pine, spruce and juniper forest.

The views of snow-capped mountains/ Himalayan peaks the main attraction of the trekkers, we can reach to Rara Lake both ground transportation, and air/flight.

Nearest airport is Talcha Mugu district but there is not regular flight or direct flight, both fly to Jumla and Talcha connecting from Nepaljung. The treks begin from Jumla airport takes 4 days to reach to Rara Lake.

This trek is getting so popular last few years, even though Rara Lake is still without any comfortable services available along more popular treks & trails. Logistically Rara Lake trek is not an easy trek; it’s hard to get to and from, and it an organizational challenge, required experienced local guide and porter, Navigate Outdoor employee local expert and offer one of the best and reliable services.

The highlight of the trek off beaten track, unspoiled village and culture, views of the surroundings mountains and natural beauty, and blissful quite.

Since we’re offering this trek we carry our own first-aid and sufficient med for the group with certified outdoor leader who can easily cooperate with the situation and fulfillment your desire and interest. Our first priority is your satisfaction safety and fulfillment.

Rara trek can combined with Upper Dolpo or lower Dolpo region.

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:3040m
  • Total Duration:12-15 days
  • Best Time:April-May & Oct -Dec

Itinerary at Glance

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu transfer to hotel

Day 02: Preparation day; finished all official paper works and stay in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jumla (Explore Jumla) and stay.

Day 05: Trek Jumla to Danphe Langa 3130m and stay.

Day 06: Trek Danphe Langa to Chautha 2770 m and stay.

Day 07: Trek Chautha to Dhotu 2380 m and stay.

Day 08: Trek Dhotu to Rara Lake 3040 m and stay.

Day 09: Trek Rara Lake to Gorashinga 3190 m and stay.

Day 10: Trek Gorashinga to Sinja 2440 m and stay.

Day 11: Trek Sinja to Jaljala 3270 m and stay.

Day 12: Trek Jaljala to Jumla and stay.

 Day 13: Fly Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 14: Rest day in Kathmandu (optional sightseeing in Bhaktapur & Patan)

Day 15: Transfer to airport.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfer by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla & Talcha – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu returns flight tickets.
  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing B & B plan.
  • 1 night hotel in Nepalgunj on B & B plan.
  • Rara National park fee and permit.
  • Experienced guide and local porter and their payment etc.
  • Food during the trek (lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks along food) in the local tea-house.
  • Accommodation in the local guest house.

Cost Excludes

  • Your personal adventure and health insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Extra charges like boat ride on lake and personal expenses.
  • Single supplement's room/ single room extra charge.
  • Water purification tab, mineral water bottle, bottled beverages.
  • Alcohol and extra hot drinks, hot shower, attached bathrooms on the trekking.
  • Guide & Porter's Tip.

Please be ready and keep in mind that adventure in the Himalayan Mountains requires an open & emphatic mind. During your trek you are lacking some of the basic need like attached bath, hot shower and electricity. Due to weather conditions, health issues, and other general issues of the group members or sudden natural disaster like landslide, snow storms, and other natural aspect we may to change your route. We try our best to follow our original plan when you booked your expedition, but your safety is our primary concern. In case the trip need reroute of your trek is necessary, our group leader/ guide make final call or decision.

Essential Gear

  • Camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking loose fitting shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe, 3 to 4 pairs woolen socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • Day backpack 35ltr to 50ltr , and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, Thermals.

Create your dream trips together customize your holiday particular interest or wishes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking.

These days road track approached to Rara Lake, and also possible to do private 4 WD jeep tour 7-8 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu. (We can organize this tour and minimum 4 people)                                     

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Koholpur.

Day 02: Drive Koholpur to Manma Kalikot.

Day 03: Drive Manma to Rara.

Day 04: Explore Rara Lake.

Day 05: Drive to Rakam.

Day 06: Drive to Koholpur.

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu.

For further info please contact us.

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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