Rara Lake Trek - days


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Trip facts

  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

RARA Lake which is well known for the queen of all Lakes described by our late King Mahendra and biggest and deepest lake in Nepal with the fresh water. It is situated at Jumla and Mugu district which lies on the western part of Nepal and it covers water surface of 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi), a maximum depth of 167 m (548 ft), is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) long and 2.7 km (1.7 mi) wide. RARA Lakes itself is in Rara National, where we can find unique flora and fauna with the different species and it has fauna includes 51 species of mammals and more than 214 species of birds.

The main profession of the people around the area is Agriculture, where they grow different kind’s herbs for own livelihood and take care of Goats and grow them to sell in the market to generate the income sources. Also, Thakur Baba Temple is situated in the Southeast corner of the Lake and Local people believe that the god Thakur shot an arrow to open the passage of the lake reducing the damage caused by flooding.

As, RARA Lakes has been a popular destination with a rough route in Western Nepal for trekkers, the cultural and scenery of the glimpsed on the way is quite different from the others part of Nepal. You can find the lake surrounded by Rara National Park with pine, spruce and juniper forest. The view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks enhances the attraction of trekkers. The trek commences by taking flight with flight to Jumla (over an hour flight from Kathmandu) or from nearer Nepalgunj.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrived Kathmandu, transfer to Kathmandu

Day 2: Flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj

Day 3: Flight Nepalgunj – Jumla (2370m)

Day 4-5: Trek to Danphe Langa (3130m)

Day 6: Trek to Chautha (2770m)

Day 7: Trek to Dhotu (2380m)

Day 8: Trek to Rara Lake (3040m)

Day 9: Rest and explore Rara Lake

Day 10: Trek to Ghorasingha (3190m)

Day 11: Trek to Sinja (2440m)

Day 12: Trek to Jaljala (3270m)

Day 13: Trek to Jumla

Day 14: Flight Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

Day 15: International Departure

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary, Overnight stay in hotel.
On the second morning, you will board a flight to the Nepaljung Airport commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. After wonderful 30 minutes on one of the most scenic mountain flights, you will be at Lukla. After having breakfast, you begin the trek which takes around to Phakding village and spend the night there.
Early Morning breakfast at Nepaljung hotel and officer will escorts you towards NEpaljung airport to take a flight towards Jumla and you will take a scenic flight, where you can see great Himalayan view.
Today we start trek after having breakfast, the trail to Rara follows the north bank of Tila Khola, then turn up the other small stream. The Jumla Valley disappears behind the ridge as the trail follows the river, keeping fairly level and passing through fields and pine forests. Now trek begins an ascent up the Padmara Valley and becoming steeper as the climb continues. We have our lunch in proper place. Along the Padmara valley, the canyon becomes very narrow with vertical cliffs on both sides as the trail ascends through a deep forest of pines, spruces and firs. Finally we arrive in the last village of Padmara and we continue the trek until reaching Danphe Langa. Stay overnight at tented camp.
In the morning after breakfast, the trail descent becomes steep, through forests of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo and some a short level stretch the trail zigzags down to the Sinja Khola, crossing it on a log bridge and follow the river downstream to Nyawre. Then we continue the serious climb, passing through marijuana fields and over a ridge into a side valley. Now the steep climbs continues for a while and the trail makes a turn into a big valley then descends until reaching Chautha. Stay overnight at tented camp.
In this day, the rocky trail follows the stream uphill, crossing it as the wooded valley becomes narrower. The climb continues to the Bhulbule where entry our permit and above Bhulbule the trail emerges into an immense treeless meadow and climbs gently but steadily to an assortment of Chhortens, cairns and prayer flags atop the Ghurchi Lagna. From here, there are views of the Mugu Karnali River and snowy peaks bordering Tibet. The route descends gently on a broad path to a hut, and then drops precipitously down a rough trail through spruces forests. Follow the direct trail to Rara Lake, which stays more or less level through pine forests, and then descend to the Jhyari Khola and another stretch of easy walking leads to Dhotu. Stay overnight at tented camp.
This day, cross s stream and make a steep climb to Thakuri Village of jhyari, in a picturesque grove of giant cedars. Then continue climbing through cedar forests to a huge meadow a top ridge with a great view of Rara Lake. Descends on the northern side of the lake where camping ground is available. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Today we are exploring the largest lake of Nepal. It is almost 13km around the lake and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent. There is a few parks wardens’ house, and the remnants of the now-deserted villages of Rara and Chapra on the northern side of the lake, but otherwise it is an isolated region where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive. Rara is Nepal’s largest lake and is surrounded by the protected forests of Rara National Park in the Karnali district. There is an abundance of wildlife in this area including musk deer, leopard, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda. The water of the lake is crystal clear and the area is a stunning place of natural beauty. We will spend a rest and acclimatization day here. The Great Himalaya Trail has 2 options in the far west – 1) From Gamgadhi to Simikot and the Yari Valley 2) Cross country from Rara Lake to Kolti and Chainpur and on to the Mahakali Nadi (river) in India. We will travel the Gamgadhi to Simikot and Yari route, as this route travels closer to the centre of the Great Himalaya Range. There is yet to be a crossing found to the Mahakali Nadi, which is further to the west, therefore our finishing point for the GHT is currently Simikot after trekking north to Yari. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Early morning after having breakfast you have two flights to reach Kathmandu from Jumla. For the first sector Jumla-Nepaljung and in the second Nepaljung to Kathmandu
sadly most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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