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Trip Code: NET-TR-RRJ1

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 14 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 2980 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Flight
Rara Lake ‘queen of lakes’

Rara Lake ‘queen of lakes’

Rara lake trek takes you on a long journey through hills, forests, lakes, rivers and villages into foothills of Himalayas and perfect natural wilderness. On this trek you will get to experience Rara Lake, known as the ‘queen of lakes’, visit Rara national park and view crisp snow capped Himalayan peaks. 
The word ‘Rara’ quickly conjures up two things in mind: Remote and Beautiful. Situated in mid-western region of Nepal, where no roads ever exist, Rara is indeed a beautiful, hidden natural paradise.
The path is entirely ‘off the beaten’ track, hence very few trekkers visit the area every year. One of the prominent passes in the Rara lake trek is Ghurchi Lagna pass (3450m) just ahead of the Rara lake. Located at a height of 3062m, Rara Lake is the centre of ecological diversity. Almost 250 species of birds, reptiles and amphibians have been recorded in the park with sightings of musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, Jackar and Marten being common. The lake provides a perfect vantage point to see forested hills of pine, spruce and Juniper along with unobstructed views of Chuchemara, Ruma and Malika peaks. 
The culture and lifestyles of local Khas and Bhotia people will be another attraction during the Rara lake trek. The architectural relics of Khas and Malla kingdoms in Mugu and Jumla and their attachment to the Karnali basin expose rare history of medieval Nepal. 
Rara trek is a Strenuous Trek and camping accomodation is recommended. However, now a days basic lodges and home stay are also available in this trek. Thought this trek can be done throughout the year, the best time to do Rara trek is during Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov).
For lack of road connections, trekkers will have to catch flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla, which is the starting point for Rara lake trek.


 Trip code: NET-TR-RRJ1
  Region Dolpo Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 14 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 2980 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accomodation during Trek


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.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

Rest at Rara Lake.

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

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

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.

Stay overnight at Camp.

Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj which takes about 35 minutes.

Stay overnight at Lodge.

Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. 


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for Rara National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Cook and Kitchen helpers
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Flight from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj & Nepalgunj - Jumla
  • Flight from Jumla - Nepalgunj & Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.



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