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Rara Lake Trek – 15 Days

14 Days

Rare Lake Trek is a unique opportunity to be part of those who have travelled the isolated trails of western Nepal. Rara Lake Trek offers a cultural and scenic adventure in Far North West around Jumla and Mugu district at Rara Lake, which is largest Lake in Nepal Himalaya of 10.8 sq kms at an altitude 2,990 meter high, located within pristine environment and proudly addressed by the Nepalese as the Queen of Lakes. It drains into the Mugu Karnali River via the Nijar River. Its water quality is characterized by high pH, conductivity and total hardness. It has been classified as oligotrophic as it is slightly polluted. The route is very much 'off the beaten track' and offers glimpses of unique cultures and scenery which is very different from the rest of Nepal. Summer is quite pleasant but winter is cold. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May. From December to March, the temperatures go low below the freezing point, and heavy snowfall occur up to one meter,
Rara Lake, being surrounded by Rara National Park, where altitude range from 1,800m to 4,048 m of pristine coniferous forest, blue pine, black juniper, Himalayan spruce, oak, Himalayan cypress, and other related species as well as which has unique floral and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species. The park was established in 1976 to preserve the beauty of the lake and protect it from sedimentation and adverse human activities. The park is place for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, Red Panda, and “Danfe” besides this, the park also abounds with coniferous trees, such as pine, juniper, and spruce. The neighboring area of the lake is composed of one thousand and seventy-four species of flowers and is a home to fifty-one species of mammals and two hundred fourteen species of birds. The main occupation of the people living around the area is agriculture. People also rear goats and extract medicinal herbs and sell them for their living.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Explore the largest lake of Nepal which size is approx. 13 KM
2. Explore different varieties of birds during the trail
3. Discover the Outstanding landscapes and mountain views during the trek
4. Exploring an isolated and mysterious beauties of remote Nepal
5. Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
6. Explore the Rara National Park which has unique floral and faunal with rare and vulnerable species
7. Discover the musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, Red Panda, and Danfe

Accommodation: Lodge, guest house
Location: Jumla
Meals: Brekfas, Lunch, Dinner
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Trip Level: Low
Max Altitude: 3520m
Suitable for: All
season Sept. to Dec. ,Jan. to May
Route:

Kathmandu - Jumla - Danphe Lagna - Chautha - Dhotu - Rara Lake - Gorosingha - Sinja - Jaljala chaur - Jumla Kathmandu

The price includes the following services::

• Standard twin-Share accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast three night.
• Lodge or Guesthouse in Nepalgunj one night.
• All the trekking and camping equipment such as tent kitchen utensils etc.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, diner) during the trek.
• Trekking guide/s.
• Porters (one porter carries 25kg of luggage) - each two-person one porter.
• Sleeping bags, trekking sticks if required.
• National park trekking permit and others essential fees.
• Domestic airfare as per itinerary.
• An expert cook during the trek.
• Insurance and equipment for trekking staffs.
• One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last night.

 

The price does not includes the following services::

The price does not Includes the following
• Personal expenses.
• Drinks, beverages, hot shower, charging mobile, wi-fi.
• Travel insurance.
• Tips for guide.
• Lunch dinner at Kathmandu.

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Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative then who will drive you to the hotel. After check-in, you can rest and refresh yourself for the time being. In the evening, there will be welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant, where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - 40 Minutes flight.

After our short exploration around Kathmandu, we take a 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The city itself is an interesting city of the Terai that highlights the cultural diversity of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, the mini-zoo and the neighboring villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

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Day 3: Nepalgung to Jumla - 30 minutes flight.

After an early breakfast, we leave the plains of Terai at Nepalgunj and join the hilly landscape of Jumla, one of the least accessible place in Nepal. Located at the foot of the Sisne Himalya, Jumla is also the gateway for hikers who wish to explore the isolated Karnali region of Nepal. Overnight in Jumla.

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Day 4: Jumla to Danphe Lagana Camp(3520m) – 6 hours trek.

Day 4: Jumla to Danphe Lagana Camp (3520m) – 6 hours trek.
Today is the first day of our trek. We leave Jumla and ascend to Danphe Lagan along the Jugad Khola. On the way, we pass Khalanga Bazzar, a small market place for the nearby villages. We also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching our destination. Overnight in Camp at Danphe Lagana.

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Day 5: Danphe Lagna Camp to Chautha(2770m) – 5 hours trek.

From Danphe Lagna Camp we take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580m). We cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail, the trails descend gently alongside the stream to teashops at Tharamara 3280m. After crossing a bridge at 2680 meter we follow the river downstream before starting a serious climb passing some water-driven mills to Kabra. 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.

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Day 6: Chutha to Dhotu(2400m) – 5 hours trek.

Our trail continues to follow the stream uphill to Bhulbule, the Rara National Park entrance station at 3130 meters. Our path ascends 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 were our camp of the day will be. Overnight at Dhotu.

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Day 7: Dhotu to Rara Lake(.2630m) – 5 hours trek.

It is a short and pleasant hike with beautiful views to the north. From Dhotu, we cross a steep north-facing slope and cross a series of fields to a small stream. Crossing the bridge, we go up to the village Thakuri of Jhyari (2630m). From Jhyari, we regularly climb through the cedar forest to an inmense meadow at the top of a ridge of 3050 meters with breathtaking views of Lake Rara. We will follow the path along the north side of the lake, where the park headquarters and the camping ground are situated. Overnight at Rara Lake.

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Day 8: Rest and Explore to Rara lake.

ake Rara is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. After breakfast we will examine the azure waters of the Inmense Lake, also called Mahendra Taal (lake) después the late King Mahendra. While sailing, we admire the picturesque setting of the lake and discover some varieties of fish. The peak of Chuchemara lies on the south side of Rara Lake, while the peaks of Ruma Kand and Malika Kand surround the northern zone. Night at Lake Rara.

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Day 9: Rara lake to Gorosingha(2440m) – 4 hours trek.

From the bridge at the western end of Rara Lake, the trail will follow the Khatyar Khola River. We will continue to follow this river downhill, before leaving by a small path surrounded by pine forests, spruces and rododendrons. We follow our way down the valley of Ghatta towards the small village of Gorosingha where there are several excellent campsites. Overnight at camp in Gorosingha.

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Day 10: Gorosingha to Sinja( 2440m) – 5 hours trek.

We leave Gorosingha on a downhill trail alongside Ghatte khola (stream). From the village we climb down on a steep trail for a while followed by a relatively easy trail until Laha Village. From Laha, it is a steep climb down until Sinja alongside Hima River. There is an interesting temple here dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides a tiger. Overnight in Sinja.

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Day 11: Sinja to Jaljala chaur(3270m) – 6 hours trek.

From Sinja, the path winds through the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge. After crossing a few small villages, the trail crosses the river through a series of picturesque log bridges. Most of the trek is through a forest of pine, birch and oak and fields of barley and corn. Then, the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur, a gigantic meadow full of horses. Overnight at Jaljala Chaur.

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Day 12: Jaljala chaur to Jumla( 2830m) – 4 hours trek.

We cross two suspension bridges over the Hima River and descend down the hill. After a few hours of trek, we arrive at a hot spring where we can relieve our sore body by diving. Shortly after the thermal spring, we cross the Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. After reaching Cherechaur, we follow the same path as we took two days back and reach Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.

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Day 13: Jumla to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

We take the first available flight to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, we fly to Kathmandu again, the capital City of Nepal. After reaching Kathmandu, we rest and refresh ourselves. Later in the evening you can stroll down the Thamel city. Thamel is the city's main nightlife zone. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades. Overnight at Kathmandu.

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Day 14: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Today, after early morning breakfast, we begin a tour to many of Kathmandu's most historical and spiritual attractions. Some of these monuments are considered World Heritage sites, such as the Historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous "Temple of the Monkeys" (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), which is one of the biggest stupas in the world. We visit Patan Durbar Square too which is located on a lovely little plateau across the Bagmati River is 7 KM southeast of Kathmandu. . The important things to be seen in this area include the Golden Gate and the Golden Window of the old Palace, the beautiful piece of traditional metal crafts, the famed Krishna temple with 21 golden pinnacles. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 15: Departure to home.

Our adventure in Nepal ends today. Our airport representative will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. We wish you a safe Journey.