Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m. / 4264 ft.)
Welcome program by Success Travels. At your arrival at Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Success Travels & Treks Nepal . After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc.), pick up your luggage and look for Successtreks representative with a Successtreks.com display board with your name on it at the arrival gate. He will bring you to your Hotel in Kathmandu. After check in, you visit the Success Travels & Treks office, meet other participants as well as your leader and do some preparation for the trip. Later in the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner in an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where we will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program alongside a fine meal.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip Preparation
After breakfast we can enjoy a free day on our own or take part in a sightseeing program. The sightseeing program is focused to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After some hours of sightseeing, we´ll get to the office and check our equipment with the climbing leader, prepare things as needed, introduce with fellow participants. After Success Treks briefs us about the trip, we have the chance to ask questions we might have regarding the trip. Overnight stay in your hotel. Breakfast is included.
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hour) and transfer to Hotel
You will be flying to Nepalgunj (40 minutes) which is the largest town in western Nepal. As we will be flying to a remote airstrip in western Nepal, we have to spend a night in a Hotel in Nepalgunj.
Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m. - 35 minutes)
Early in the morning you will fly to Jumla (35 minutes). Jumla airport is one of Nepal´s best remote airstrips, 900m long and an easy approach, so flights operate more regularly than at places such as Lukla. This is the gateway to the wild northwest and one of the highest rice-growing areas in the world. The unique red rice is tastier than white rice but scorned by most Nepalise. Jumla Bazaar is 10 minutes further from the airport and explores the Jumla Bazaar and surrounding area. Overnight stay will be in a tented camp.
Trek from Jumla to Danphe Langa (3130m. – 5/6 hours)
Today we start trekking after having breakfast. The trail to Rara follows the north bank of Tila Khola, then turns up the other small stream. The Jumla Valley disappears behind the ridge as the trail follows the river, keeping fairly level and passing through fields and pine forests. Now it begins an ascent up the Padmara Valley and becomes steeper as the country rises. We have our lunch in a proper place. Along the Padmara Valley, the canyon becomes very narrow with vertical cliffs on both sides as the trail ascends through a deep forest of pines, spruces and firs. Finally we arrive in the last village of Padmara and we continue the trek until reaching Danphe Langa. Staying overnight in a tented camp.
Trek from Danphe Langa to Chautha (2770m. - 5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, the trail descents steeply through forests of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo and zigzags down to the Sinja Khola, crossing it on a log bridge and following the river downstream to Nyawre. Then we continue the climb, passing through marijuana fields and over a ridge into a side valley. Now the steep trail continues for a while, makes a turn into a deep valley and then descends until reaching Chautha. Staying overnight in a tented camp.
Trek from Chautha to Dhotu (2380m. - 5/6 hours)
On this day, the rocky trail follows the stream uphill, crossing it as the wooded valley becomes narrower. The climb continues to the Bhulbule where we entry with our permits. Above Bhulbule the trail emerges into an immense treeless meadow and climbs gently but steadily to an assortment of Chhortens, cairns and prayer flags atop the Ghurchi Lagna. From here, there are views of the Mugu Karnali River and snowy peaks bordering Tibet. The route descends gently on a broad path to a hut, and then drops precipitously down a rough trail through spruce forests. Follow the direct trail to Rara Lake, which stays more or less level through pine forests, and then descend to the Jhyari Khola and another stretch of easy walking leads to Dhotu. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake (3040m. - 4/5 hours)
This day, we will be crossing a stream and making a steep climb to the Thakuri Village of Jhyari, in a picturesque grove of giant cedars. We will then continue climbing through cedar forests to a huge meadow a top ridge with a great view of Rara Lake. After that we will descend on the northern side of the lake where a camping ground is available. You will be staying overnight in a tented camp.
Exploring Rara Lake (3040m.)
Today we are exploring the largest lake of Nepal. It is almost 13km around the lake and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent. There is a few parks wardens’ houses and the remnants of the now deserted villages of Rara and Chapra on the northern side of the lake. Otherwise it is an isolated region where birds, flowers and wildlife thrive. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Rest day and exploration at Rara Lake and surrounding hills.
Today will be a hiking and photographer day. We´ll be staying overnight in a tented camp.
Trek from Rara Lake to Ghorasingha (3190m. - 4/5 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, we will walk a more rewarding circuit on a different trail. From the bridge at the western end of Rara Lake the trail follows the Nisa Khola and ascends to Murma. Then the trail descends gradually to the river, which we will be crossing on a log bridge, and then cross another stream beside a decrepit mill. A small trail leads straight up the hill, climbing through pine, then spruce and rhododendron forests. Now the trail becomes less steep and then crosses meadows to a ridge from where you can get views of western Himalaya in clear weather and Rara Lake far below as the trail skirts the head of a huge valley to the crest of the Ghurchi Mara. Then the route follows the main trail as it drops into the Ghatta Valley, then heads towards Ghorosingha. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Trek from Ghorasingha to Sinja (2440m. - 4/5 hours)
This route heads down the Ghatta Valley from Ghorosingha, then follows the Sinja Khola downstream to Sinja. It is then a short walk down the fertile valley, on a renovated trail through a heavily populated region to the Brahmin and Chherti village of Sinja, on the banks of the Sinja Khola. From the 12th to the 14th centuries, Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. The ruins of the palace can be seen across the river. The large temple at the top of a promontory is the Bhagwati Than, dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rises over a tiger. You´ll be staying overnight in a tented camp.
Trek from Sinja to Jaljala (3270m. - 5/6 hours)
On this day, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge, and then begins a long climb up the Dhobi Khola. The trail then crosses back to the river on a series of log bridges and passes a few scattered houses as well as barley and corn fields. From Chala Chaur, a meadow with a few herders’ huts and the trail climbs steeply to Jaljala, a gigantic meadow full of grazing horses. You will again stay in a tented camp overnight.
Trek from Jaljala to Jumla (2370m. - 3/4 hours)
Today, we keep climbing through forests to another meadow, just below the ridge, then we will descend to a few houses of Chauri Khola. After crossing a stream and contour around the head of valley, we´ll be staying high, eventually crossing another ridge to rejoin the upward high trail at Chere. The final part of trail descends to Jumla. Overnight stay will be in a tented camp.
Flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If you are interested to take home some gifts from Nepal for your friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods, at what can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other area of Kathmandu you have the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together in occasion of successfully completing our Rara Lake trip! Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Dinner are included today.
Final Departure back to your home.
You are saying good bye to the mountains of Nepal as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails-adresses with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Success Treks will drop you off at the airport and say good bye. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Brekfast is included today.
Photos of the Trip
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Rara lake trekking is a popular destination for trekkers in western Nepal. Rara Lake is one of the biggest and deepest lake in Nepal. And next, Rara National Park is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park. Rara National Park which surrounds Rara Lake is 106 square km. Much of the park is at an altitude of about 3000 meters forested by conifers. The park was established in 1976 and protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. It is considered one of the finest parks in the world. The centerpiece of Rara Lake Trekking is the pristine Lake Rara at 2990m. Also known as Mahindra Tal, the biggest lake in Nepal with 10.8 sq.km. It is so huge that the other end of the lake is hard to see. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills, Chuchemara Danda at (4,087m.) is the best vantage point to get stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. Other summits in the park area are Ruma kand (3,731m.) and Malika Kand (3,444m.), situated to the north of the lake. The habitat supports animals like the red panda, black bear, yellow-throated martin, goral, sorrow and musk deer. There have also been reported sightings of leopard and wolf. The lake attracts migrant wildfowl like teals, pochards and mallards. Resident birds include the Implying (national bird of Nepal, kalij and blood pheasant as well as others likes the chucker partridge. Jumla offers the best scenery on the most north-western side of Nepal. Adding charm to the region, are its generally open-hearted and friendly people. The Rara lake trekking can begin in Jumla (over an hour flight from Kathmandu) or from nearer Nepalgunj. The route is very much “off the beaten path” and affords glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those in the rest of the country