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Rara Lake Treks Nepal (camping)

Rara Lake Treks is one of the most famous camping trekking destinations in Nepal which offers the remote wilderness of western Nepal and a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara lake.

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Rara Lake Treks is one of the most famous camping trekking destinations in Nepal which offers the remote wilderness of western Nepal and a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara lake.

Rara Lake is the largest lake of Nepal, situated in Mugu district in the far western region of Nepal, near Gam Ghadi (district-headquarters of Mugu) and Talcha airstrip. It takes around 3 to 4 days of walking to reach Rara from Jumla.
The surface is around 8 square kilometer and the perimeter 9 kilometer. The length of the lake is 5 kilometers and it is 2 kilometers wide, the altitude around 3060 meter and the max. depth is 167 meter. Trekking in Rara Lake offers the best scenery on the north – western most side of Nepal. The peaceful surroundings are enhanced by the reflection of Ghurchi Lekh in its blue waters. Chankheli peak (4,201 m) looms in the north across the deep Mugu Karnali gorge. The trail is very much "off the beaten path" and affords glimpses of the distinct culture of the local people.

The people are a mixture of ethnic groups, such as the Magar, Gurung and hill people of Hindu caste origin. Of particular interest are the Thakuri, the royal family caste. Again they are quite different in culture and language to their cousins further east.

The lake itself is perched on a high shelf at 2,980 meters and is protected by Rara National Park, which was established in 1976. The Park, covers an area of 106 sq. kilometers. Rara Lake is five kilometers long and two kilometers wide and is the largest lake in Nepal.

The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a birdwatcher's delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Please check your name at play card. He will bring you to hotel in kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes

Day 02: Kathmandu (1360m)

In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. We also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your Trek Pack and departure information for the next morning.Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes about 40 minutes.

This flight offers you enchanting aerial views of the jungles and Himalayan Range. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m.)

Takes about 35 minutes. This day you can enjoy the views of Sisne Himal, Dudu Kundari Himal and other unnamed mountains.

Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Patmara (2920m.)

Takes about six hours. The early part of the trail is flat and after some distance begins a steep ascent to Patmara. En route you pass pine forests, green hills and through picturesque villages. These villages are mostly inhabited by Chhetri and few other castes. Here you will find the local people exercising their distinct cultural and social practices. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either the Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 06 : Trek from Patmara to Bhargaon (2690m.)

Takes approximately six hours. You trek along a steeply ascending path for early two hours. After you cross Kharila pass (3050m.), the trails go down gently until you reach Nyawer (2670m.). This is a small village with terraces, mud roof houses and is mainly inhabited by Chhetri. Now your trail goes gently up crossing a suspension bridge over Nyawer Khola (stream) to Bhargaon. En route you move through forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, bamboo and other local vegetation. Bhargaon is relatively a big village where there are monasteries, chorten, and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Day 07 : Trek from Bhargaon to Pina (2380m.)

Takes about six hours. The trails you move through gently ascend until you cross a suspension bridge. Again you trek along an ascending path until reaching the check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Here you have to pay an entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trail to Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.) is a steep ascent before turning steeply downhill all the way to Pina. En route, you can enjoy forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, wild animals and local birds.

Day 06 : Trek from Pina to Gumgarhi (2580m.)

Takes approximately six hours. This day you cross a wooden bridge over Jhari Khola (stream) and follow a mostly ascending path. At some places the trail goes downhill. On the way, you can observe musk deer and pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. You come across several villages rich in terraces, monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and local people following the Tibetan life style. Gumgarhi is yet another village mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Gurung and other castes.

Day 08 : Trek from Gumgarhi to Rara Lake (3060m.)

Takes about five hours.The route is mostly downhill but goes uphill for some distance. You come across villages and forests. This day you can enjoy the sight of the magnificent lake which is Rara. Naturally built, Rara lake is the biggest lake of Nepal.

Day 09: Rest at Rara Lake.

On this day you can walk around the lake to see the wild animals, birds and beauty of nature.

Day 10 : Trek from Rara Lake to Jhari (2500m.)

Takes about seven hours. To reach Jhari, you trek on a steeply descending path following forests and a wooden bridge over the Jhari Khola and villages. Jhari is a small village where you can enjoy monasteries, chortens, prayer flags and houses of Tibetan style. This is mainly inhabited by Gurung who are close to life style of Tibetan people.

Day 11 : Trek from Jhari to Bhargaon (2690m.)

Takes six hours. The route in the beginning moves downward and after some distance turns up until you cross Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.). From here the route travels up and down for a while before descending to Bhargaon. It is a village dominated mainly by Chhetri and a few other castes. En route you pass through forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron, juniper, green hills and several villages.

Day 12 : Trek from Bhargaon to Patmara (2920m.) takes about six hours. Leaving Bhargaon\

You follow a steeply descending path all the way to Khari La Pass and then the route turns steeply down to Cherry (2009m.). The route then moves through gentle flat land all the way to Patmara. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either the Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 13 : Trek from Patmara to Jumla (2370m.)

Takes about five hours. This day you trek through a steeply descending path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges.

Day 14 : Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj which takes about 35 minutes.

Day 15 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu or self visit to bhaktapur city.

Bhaktapur

Changu Narayan

Day 17: Tour ends

Cost  Include

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • All the ground Transportation by bus
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu. and (Tourist Standard)
  • All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Trekking in Tent
  • Trek Permit & National Park Fee
  • Trek leader for entire tour (All camping equipment like tent, Sleeping Bag, Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), necessary staff and their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments.

Cost Exclude

  •  Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at TribhuvanInternational Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Sight seeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
  • Lunch and Dinner  while at Kathmandu and pokhara ( Allow Rs 1500.00 per person per day for your meals and drinks)