Rara Lake at 2,990m, is the deepest lake in Nepal and also one of the most pristine. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, covered in juniper trees, one can camp by the sparkling waters of the lake. Go boating in the clear waters, hike to nearby hills for a closer view of the mountains and lake, get acquainted with the charming local people, or just walk around the large lake watching out for wild flowers or a rare bird along the way.
The park is surrounded by alpine coniferous vegetation and offers a representative sample of the region’s flora and fauna. More than 500 different kinds of flowers, 20 species of mammals and 214 species of birds can be observed in the Rara National Park. As for life in the lake, the snow trout is one of the fish varieties recorded here so far.
Rara Lake Trekking is an outstanding trip to the small piece of heaven in the remote part of the mid-western region. The pristine Rara Lake is the pivotal attraction of this trek, which is regarded as the queen of the Lake. It lies in the Rara National Park, which spreads over an area of 106 sq km. It is located at an altitude of 2,290 meters. The breathtaking views of the lake, forest, hills and back drop mountains allure you with its extreme fascinations.
Rara Lake trek has multiple gateways. One of the options is to fly Nepalgunj and connect to Jumla to trek through the Sinja valley. Even for short time trekkers, fly directly to Talcha airport of Mugu and hike to the Lake. Another option is to drive Surkhet and connect to Jumla or Mugu. Trekking through the Sinja valley is most recommended, which is the place of Nepali language origin, locally known as Khas bhasa. The trekking region is mostly drought and remote, but the trail is relatively fine. Then the forest region begins, dominated by pine, spruce and juniper tree line. Chuchemara hill (4087m) is the high pass of the trek and you can get the striking panoramas of Lake and snow-covered Himalayas. The bio-diversities of this national park are undisturbed and 500 different types of plants and flowers can be found. Along with it, the cultural aspect of the local people is another superb attraction of the trek. Jumla is famous for apple production. Passing through the indigenous communities you can explore the different lifestyle of the local people, their language, food and garments.
The best time to visit the park is in the spring, summer and autumn. As more people are now visiting the park, tourist services and infrastructure have developed over the years. However, for a great experience, it is still advisable to be self-sufficient if you are traveling alone. Lake Rara is also a popular pilgrimage site for Nepalis.
Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-
In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.
For clothing, you will require the following-
Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.
Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.
Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.
Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.
Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.
First Aid Kit– Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.
Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.
Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.
Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.
Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.
• Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
• Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation
• Day 03:Flight Kathmandu-Nepalganj 2,540m
• Day 05:Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m) : 25 minutes
• Day 06:Trek Jumla to Chere Chaur (3,055m) : 4- 5 hours
• Day 07:Trek Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2,980m) : 5-6 hours
• Day 08:Trek Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2,490m) : 5-6 hours
• Day 09:Trek Sinja Valley to Ghorosingha (3,050m) : 5-6 hours
• Day 10:Trek Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3,010m) : 5 hours
• Day 11:Exploration day at Rara Lake 3,010m
• Day 12:Rara Lake to Pina (2440m) : 5 -4 hours
• Day 13:Trek Pina to Bumra (2850m) :5-6 hours
• Day 14:Trek Bumra to Jumla (2540m) : 6 hours
• Day 15:Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepaljung