Rara Lake Trek

Duration 15 Days Difficulty3,450m

An expedition to one of the most remote regions of Nepal, Rara Lake Trek is truly an extraordinary experience. The trail takes us through the districts of Jumla and Mugu as we explore the Rara Lake which is quite astonishing.

A Remote Wilderness

Situated at an altitude of 2990 meters, Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal. It is located in the Rara National Park premises, which is a sanctuary for several plants and animals. The park, established in 1976, houses about 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. Hence, due to the abundance of dense forest and a variety of birds, it is an ideal destination for bird watching. Moreover, it is also a natural habitat for the musk deer and Himalayan black bear. The landscapes are mostly high ridges covered with dense forest and pasture lands.

We begin our Rara Lake Trek from Kathmandu as we fly to the Nepalgunj Airport. We then hike northwards through green forests and ridges. The woods are mostly covered by pine, spruce, and juniper and surrounded by gorgeous views of the snow-clad mountains. Furthermore, the trail is mostly uninhabited with only a couple of small villages on the way.

An Emerging Adventure

Until recently, there were no facilities of accommodation in the trekking route of the Rara Lake Trek. The few trekkers who ventured on this expedition used to spend the nights in outdoor camps. However, much has changed now as there are several lodges and teahouses opened on the way.

You can do Rara Lake Trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. During winter, the temperature falls to sub-zero, and heavy snowfall may occur. Moreover, July and August bring the monsoon rain which can be hindering to trekkers.

With us, you won’t be bothered by any hassle regarding the trek. We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout Rara Lake Trek.

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  • Duration 15 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 3,450m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges


After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up in a car and take you to your hotel. Later in the evening, we will have a briefing program about the trek.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

We board a plane that will take us to Nepalgunj. The flight is merely an hour-long and takes us to the western part of Nepal. We will explore the Terai city filled with diverse culture and tradition.

After having breakfast, we fly to Jumla, which is one of the least accessible regions of Nepal. It is a gateway to the remote Karnali region and sits in the hills of Sisne Himalaya. We will spend the night in Jumla.

From Jumla, we ascend along the Jugad Khola and pass Khalanga Bazaar. We hike further and pass several villages before reaching Chere Chaur.

Leaving Chere Chaur, we ascend westward and reach the Jalijala pass. After crossing the pass, we continue on a straight trail. Then, we climb on a steep path and arrive at the Rara Lake Circuit and then at Chala Chaur.


Climbing uphill, we pass through several villages and hike along the stream of Jaljala Khola.

We walk on an uphill path by the Hima River. Climbing on a steep trail, we then reach the Laha village after a while. From there, we ascend further to reach Ghorosingha.

After breakfast, we start our uphill climb on Chuchhemara Danda, where we can enjoy some magnificent views. Walking across Khatyar Khola Camp and the village of Murma, we reach the stunning Rara Lake.

We will explore the glorious Rara Lake. The largest freshwater lake in Nepal is majestic yet placid. We will also boat across the lake while admiring the view and the aquatic wildlife.

We walk on a relatively straight trail to reach the district headquarters at Gamgadhi. From there, we climb downhill to Pina Village.

After descending from Pina, we then ascend to the Ghurchi Lagna Pass which is at the height of 3280 meters. We keep hiking down from there, passing across several villages before reaching Bumra which is also known as Nauri Ghat.

After crossing two bridges over the Hima River, we will descend to reach a hot spring. We can take a hot bath in the spring which will ease the aches in our body. From there, we hike further to pass across Danphe Lagna Pass which sits at 3691 meters. We then reach Cherechaur and trace our way back to Jumla.

We take the earliest flight to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

We will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.


  • Fully Catered Camping Trek (FOT).
  • National park fees.
  • All domestic airfare.
  • Airport transfers and escort.
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with entry fees.
  • 3 nights accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary in private vehicle.
  • International flight.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature.
  • Client’s insurance.


This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside. Jumla – Rara Lake Trek throughout caters unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and eventually culminates to the Rara Lake inside Rara National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Any physically fit person can do this moderate trek anytime in March to May and October to early December.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.

Sun hat or scarf
Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries

Sunglass with UV protection
Face/body wipes

Lightweight gloves
Heavy weight winter gloves

Hiking shirts
Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
Hooded rain jacket
Fleece jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
Polypropylene underwear
down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
Water proof jacket and pants

Hiking Boots that been worn in
Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
Essential gear

Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
Thermal bottle
Water purification
Trekking pole
Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )

Medium size drying towel
Tooth brush
Deodorant/ floss
Bio degradable bar soap
Nail clippers
Small mirror
Personal accessories

Cell phone
Extra items
First aid kit
Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
Notebook and pen

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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