Rara Lake Trek

15 Day(s)

Rara Lake Trek is a unique opportunity to be among those who have treaded on the remote trails of western Nepal. The 10-day trek begins with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. It is followed by a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. From Jumla, you will set forth on a journey that promises greater solitude and a chance to be in the presence of the fantastic Rara Lake. It is the highest lake in Nepal and proudly addressed by the Nepalese as the ‘Queen of Lakes’. The Rara Lake Trek is a breathtaking adventure that takes…

Rara Lake Trek is a unique opportunity to be among those who have treaded on the remote trails of western Nepal. The 10-day trek begins with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. It is followed by a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. From Jumla, you will set forth on a journey that promises greater solitude and a chance to be in the presence of the fantastic Rara Lake. It is the highest lake in Nepal and proudly addressed by the Nepalese as the ‘Queen of Lakes’.

The Rara Lake Trek is a breathtaking adventure that takes you to the pristine and remote Rara Lake, nestled amidst the Himalayas in western Nepal. This trek is a journey of approximately 300 kilometers and typically spans around 12 to 14 days, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and challenging trails.

During your trek, you will also be entering the Rara National Park which is considered to be one of the finest parks in the world and is an ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, and other exotic animals. On your journey, you will not only be in the presence of snowcapped mountains, forests, and enchanting lakes but will also get to witness the rustic life of the locals who call this remote land their home.

Outline Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day02: Kathmandu sightseeing: World Heritage Sites

Day03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft): 1 hour

Day04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft): 20 minutes

Day05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)

Day06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)

Day07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft)

Day08: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)

Day09: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)

Day10: Explore Rara Lake

Day11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)

Day12: Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)

Day13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)

Day14: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu

Day15: Final departure

Trip Highlights

Cultural tour of Kathmandu Valley
• Enjoy a super scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and vice-versa
• Explore the natural beauty and tranquility of Rara Lake
• Visit Sinja valley, an important old historical place of Nepal
• Explore the rich bio-diversity of Rara National Park
• Enjoy the beautiful landscape and view of distant peaks of Dolpo and API Shripal
• Walk through beautiful pine, birch, and rhododendron forests
• Experience authentic culture and lifestyle of Jumla district



Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport via respective airlines, our representative will receive you with a warm welcome. And from the airport after a short drive, you’ll reach the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking process, you can take some rest. After getting refreshed, you have to join a small orientation programme at our head office. In this small programme, our guide will brief you about the upcoming trip plan. Rest of time, you can explore the surrounding places try some authentic Nepalese food and get familiar to the Nepalese culture. Overnight at Kathmandu.


On this day, after having breakfast you’ll begin your half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Basically, you’ll visit several historical places enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The major attractions of the day are Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you can shop and prepare for the trip. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.


On this day, you’ll take an hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Located on Banke region in far western Nepal, Nepalgunj is popular transportation and industrial hub. Today you’ll have enough time to explore this multi-ethnic city of Nepal. You’ll get a close insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of Terai people which is quite different than people living in the capital city. You can visit Grasscutters’ Lane or indulge yourself in the street food. You can also visit Royal Bardia National Park which lies a few hours distance from the main market of Nepalgunj. Here you can do elephant safaris and get the wildlife experience. Overnight stay at Nepalgunj.

On this day, after having breakfast, you’ll take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. It is short 20 minutes flight and you’ll reach Jumla at an elevation of 2,540 meters. Today you’ll feel the drastic change in the landscape as you’ll fly from the plain land of Terai to the hilly landscape of Jumla. Jumla is one of the remote and less developed Karnali regions of Nepal. It is the main headquarters of Jumla districts. You’ll spend a whole day exploring this undiscovered place for the acclimatization purpose. Overnight stay at Jumla.


On this day, your Rara Lake Trek officially starts. After having breakfast you’ll start your trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3,055 meters). Today is your first day of the trek so you need to slowly ascend and drink plenty of water. On the way to Chere Chaur, you’ll pass Khalanga Bazaar, a small marketplace. After passing through several small villages and temple you’ll reach Chere Chaur for an overnight stay.


On this day, you’ll follow the western trails and make a slowly ascend through beautiful rhododendron, birch, and pine forests to the place called Jaljala Pass (3,580 meters). Jaljala Pass offers a stupendous view of Kanjiroba Himal. You’ll cross this pass and continue your trek through a pristine trail. After a couple of hours, you’ll reach a summer grazing pastures called as Jaljala Chaur. After 5-6 hours of walk, you’ll enter into the main Rara CIrcuit trail and reach Chala Chaur (2,980 meters) for an overnight stay.

On this day, you’ll head towards Sinja Valley, a remote village situated at the bank of Hima River. The trail passes through several small settlements. Enroute you’ll be well accompanied by Jaljala River. Finally, after 4-5 hours of walk, you’ll reach Sinja Valley (2,490 meters) for an overnight stay. This beautiful valley is the capital of the Malla Dynasty from the 12th – 14th century. Thus, this Sinja Valley offers numerous ancient temples and places to explore to the trekkers.

On this day, you’ll have early morning breakfast and leave Sinja for Ghorosingha. Following the upstream trail, you’ll head east and reach Laha. From Laha the trek continues to the small settlement of Gani. Further, following the steep trail, you’ll reach Ghorosingha (3,050 meters) for an overnight stay.

On this day, after having breakfast you’ll head towards Rara Lake (3,010 meters) with a steep climb along the side of Chucharmare Danda. At top of the hill, you’ll get fabulous Himalayan views with magnificent deep blue serene Rara Lake surrounded by green hills. Enjoying the natural scenery, now you’ll enter into a forested trail and continue your trek until you reach Majhghat. After crossing Majhghat, you’ll follow the Khatyar river and reach Chhapri village which is also a headquarter of the Rara National Park. Finally, after 6-7 hours of trek, you’ll reach your dream destination Rara Lake. Upon your arrival, you can admire the close-up view of a tranquil lake and lush vegetation of Rara National Park.

On this day, you’ll spend your whole day exploring the Rara Lake and the surroundings. After having breakfast, you’ll head towards to explore one of the biggest lakes in Nepal. It is surrounded by dense green forests which is home to diverse flora and fauna including some indigenous species of birds, fish, and animals. If you want to go for the long day trip, then Murma Top offers a mesmerizing view of the lake from the above. It’ll take around 6-7 hours to go there and come back. Also, if you just want to stay on the bank of the lake you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the lake and the Himalayas. The changing light of the lake’s hues whose magical transformation will definitely offer you lifetime memorable experience. Besides all this, you can also experience short boating trips on a clear day, even thous swimming is not allowed to avoid polluting crystal clear water. After enjoying and capturing the marvelous views in your camera you’ll walk towards the teahouse for an overnight stay.

On this day, leaving behind beautiful pristine Rara Lake you’ll trek towards Pina. Today’s walk is around 4-5 hours and quite pleasant until you reach Gamgadhi, a headquarter of the Mugu District. Further, you’ll follow the beautiful forest trail to Jhyari Khola. And after short uphill walks take you through the pine forest to Pina (2,440 meters). Overnight stay in the teahouse of Pina village.

On this day, after having breakfast you’ll leave Pina for Bumra. The trail is downhill and leads through Ghurchi Langna Pass at an altitude of 3,480 meters. This is the highest point of the trek. You can see colorful prayer flags and from the top of the pass, you can see the beautiful Karnali river. After enjoying the view, you’ll continue your trek down to Bulbule. From Bulbule, you’ll move towards the south and continue through the small settlement around Chautha. After 5-6 hours of walk, you’ll reach a beautiful village in Burma (2,850 meters) for an overnight stay. This village is also called as Nauri Ghat.

On this day, you’ll start your trek early in the morning from Bumra village. Enjoying the final day of your Rara Lake Trekking you’ll cross two suspension bridges over Hima River. After a few hours of downhill walk, you’ll reach hot spring. Here you can take a bath and relax your body. After spending some time in hot spring, you’ll cross Danphe Lagna Pass at 3,691 meters. You’ll continue your trek and reach Chere Chaur. From this village you’ll walk on the same trail you took a few days back. Finally, after 5-6 hours of walk, you’ll reach Jumla (2,540 meters) for an overnight stay.

On this day, early in the morning, you’ll fly back to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, you’ll again catch a flight back to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Upon your arrival at International Airport, you’ll get transfer to the respective hotel. In the evening, you can stroll around the nearby famous tourist hub, Thamel. Here you can celebrate the successful completion of the Rara Lake Trek. You can also do last-minute shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

The Great Adventure Treks representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure approximately 3 hours earlier than your flight scheduled time. Have a safe journey!

What's Included

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

What's Excluded

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Information

Rara Lake Trek is a beautiful trekking trail located in the remote northwestern part of Nepal. The trek takes you through the Rara National Park, which is the smallest national park in Nepal, and is known for its beautiful Rara Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal.

Here’s some information about the Rara Lake Trek:

  1. Duration: The trek usually takes around 12-14 days, depending on your itinerary and pace.
  2. Difficulty: The trek is considered moderate to difficult, as it involves walking through rugged terrain, steep ascents and descents, and high altitude.
  3. Altitude: The highest point on the trek is 3,710 meters above sea level at the Chuchemara Danda viewpoint.
  4. Best time to go: The best time to go for the Rara Lake Trek is during the months of September to November and March to May. During these months, the weather is usually clear, and the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking.
  5. Permits: You need to obtain a permit to enter the Rara National Park. You can get the permit from the Nepal Tourism Board or through a local trekking agency.
  6. Accommodation: There are teahouses and lodges along the trekking trail where you can stay. These accommodations are basic, but comfortable, and offer meals and hot showers.
  7. Itinerary: A typical itinerary for the Rara Lake Trek includes flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla, from where the trek begins. You will trek through various villages, forests, and mountains, eventually reaching Rara Lake. You will spend a day or two exploring the lake before returning to Jumla and flying back to Kathmandu.

Overall, the Rara Lake Trek is a beautiful and adventurous trek that offers stunning views of nature and a unique cultural experience. It’s a great choice for trekkers looking to explore the off-the-beaten-path destinations of Nepal.


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