Rara lake is the most beautiful lake in the world(here, I said it). I cannot describe how beautiful it is in words. It is the largest and the deepest lake in Nepal.
You’d be blessed to see the reflections of the tall mountains on the lake. It’s a sight that even the most expensive camera would not be able to do justice to.
You will have to go through the tough route which is totally worth it if you love a view of beautiful scenery.
You might even see rare species of animals like a Himalayan black bear; clouded leopard; musk deer and the rare red panda and more than 200 species of bird and 500 kinds of flowers.
The Rara Lake trek’s maximum altitude is at Rara lake (3710m) and the minimum altitude is at Chala chaur (2900m).
The trip is a long trip and lasts for 14-17 days.
Rara Lake Trek is a strenuous trek and not advised for someone who has not previously trekked. But you can make it to the end with a good guide.
The Rara Lake Trek Route is as follows :
Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jumla – Padmara-Gumra – Pine-Rara Lake – Ghorasain – Sinja – Chere Chaur – Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last minute arrangements.
Fly to North from Nepalgunj crossing several hilly regions. If weather stay good can see the good views of snow-capped mountains to the east and west. Jumla town is in a delightful valley and here are the highest limits of paddy cultivation, growing red rice. The town is the administrative headquarters of the entire Karnali zone and Jumla district.
After our breakfast we will follow the trail through this narrow canyon to the village of Padmara at 2900 m. Our path then climbs to the Khali Lagna pass at 3550 m through a deep forest of pines, spurches and firs. Shortly after this pass both routes come together and the trail then descends gently through mixed forest of spruces, birches and rhododendrons to arrive at our campsite at Danphe Lagna. Here the colorful national bird of Nepal (the Himalayan monal, or impeyan peasant) has been spotted many times at the edge of our campsite.
Our trail continues to follow the stream uphill to Bhulbule, the Rara National Park entrance station at 3130 meter. Our path continues climbing gently to Ghurchi Lagna pass (3450m) which is covered with an assortment of chortens (round stone Buddhist monuments) and prayer flags. From the pass the route descends gently at first before dropping down precipitously through spruce forests. The path levels at about 2900 meter and continues more or less level to the small settlement of Dhotu .
Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal. It is almost 13 km around the lake and a day devoted to walk around is well spent. Designated a national park in 1975, this region offers remoteness and a wilderness experience unlike any other region of Nepal, where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive
The route keeps heading down the Ghatta valley from Gorosingha following the Sinja Khola river downwards to Sinja. From the 12th to 14th century, Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. The ruins of the old palace can be seen across the river. There is an interesting temple here dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides back of the tiger.
Keep climbing through forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510m, then a enjoyable descent to Jumla .
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square).
Transfer to the domestic airport in kathmandu for the flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western part of Nepal
We start our trek by following the north bank of the Tila Khola river and then turn north following the Chaudhabise Khola passing through fields and pine forests. We will ascent up the Padmara valley. Our trail keeps following the river until we arrive at the small village of Uthugaon, where we will have a good campsite close to the school on the opposite site of the river.
The trails descend gently alongside the stream to two bhattis (teashops) ath Tharamara (3280m) and the descending more steep passing through fir, birch, and walnut and bamboo forests. After crossing a bridge at 2680 meter we follow the river downstream before starting a serious climb passing some water-driven mills to Kabra. Here is a huge overhanging rock which is the source of silaji, a mineral which is believed to have “healing” properties. It is exported to India and it is believed by people that ‘there is hardly any curable disease which cannot be controlled or cured with the aid of silaji……’ Our steep climb continues for a while and then levels out before Bhara (classic Tibetan style village). After this village we then descend to the Chauro Khola river to the village of Chautha .
It is a short, pleasant trek with fine views to the north. From Dhotu, we traverse a steep north facing slope and cross a series of fields down to a small stream. Crossing the bridge, we climb up to the Thakuri village of Jhyari (2630m). From Jhyari, we climb steadily up through cedar forest to a huge meadow atop a 3050 meter ridge with great overhead views of Rara Lake. We will follow the trail along to the northern side of the Lake.
From the bridge at the western end of Rara Lake the trail will follow the Khatyar Khola River. We will keep following this river slowly descending before we climb out following a small trail surrounded by pine, spruce and rhododendron forests. We follow our path dropping into the Ghatta valley heading towards the small settlement of Gorosingha .
From Sinja, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge. After passing a few small villages, the trail crosses back and forth across the river on a series of quaint log bridges. Most of the trek is through forest of pine, birch and oak and fields of barley and corn. Then the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur.
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.
We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.
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The best time to visit Rara is from March to June when the summer offers a clear blue sky and sunny days. At this time Nepal’s national flower, Rhododendron, lightens the lake with lush red color, while the lake beautifies itself with the crystal blue shades.
Moreover, another best schedule to visit this lake could be from September through November. The weather in these months is neither too hot nor too cold. Actually, these months are better because the monsoon is gone and the winter is yet to arrive. Besides, it is also a favorable time for trekking, taking a bus or jeep rides, and flying.
Unfortunately, monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons are not supposed to be an ideal time to visit this lake. Heavy rain during monsoon makes bus routes difficult and vulnerable to landslides. Also, snowfall in winter makes the temperature quite cold and blocks the trail to the lake. However, it does not mean that traveling to Rara during winter and monsoon is impossible. In crux, flying from Nepalgunj to Talcha airport is highly recommended during monsoon.