Rara Lake Restricted Area

Rara Lake Restricted Area Trekking - 17 Days

“Restricted Area Trekking” in the far west wilderness of Nepal

Nepal’s largest Lake “Rara” is one of the most incredible and fascinating trekking in the entire Himalayan range located northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. This Restricted Area trek is an ideal choice of wilderness and isolation travel in Nepal Himalaya provides you excellent exploration opportunities to Napal’s finest National park, remote Nepalese rural life hood and beautify of Rara’s clear and unspoiled, which is situated at an altitude of 2,990 meter. Rara Lake Restricted Area Trekking is most popular destination for a trek in Western Nepal, where is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests, verities wield animals, un-spoilt culture, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Rara Lake Restricted Area TrekkingSpread five kilometers long and two kilometers wide Rara Lake is a popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese. This is considered one of the finest parks in the world, Rara National Park thrives in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the Musk Deer, Leopards, Ghorals, Wild Boar, Rhesus and Languor Monkeys, Tahr Himalayan Black Bear and the rare Red Panda are all native. The Danfe (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal flies above the tranquil Rara Lake while a variety of fishes, the snow trout moving here and there. Adding charm to your trip is its kind open-hearted and friendly people and their tradition have been dragging from centauries relatively unexplored and provide the glimpses of typical village cultures and their rustic way of life. Restricted Area Trekking in Rara Lake begins in Jumla fly over an hour from Kathmandu or short scenic flight from the Nepalgunj depends on schedule. The trail follows the secret trails of far northwest of Nepal "off the beaten path" and affords glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those in the rest of the country. Along mountain paths and a series of picturesque villages, one reaches the magnificent banks of Rara Lake. The park includes Trans- Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with forest and alpine pastures. Rara Lake Restricted Area Trek offer superb views over Mugu, the southern mountains of Humla and the border ranges of Tibet. The entire route involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna Pass at 3,450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3,000 meters when hiking on the way back. The trail takes us through grassy alpine pastures and remote villages, before descending steeply off the second pass to Jumla. From here, we fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Rara Lake Restricted Area Trekking can be organizing only camping (Tented Camp), where you will sleep in tents. Our staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won’t enjoy the experience. The Rara Lake Restricted Area Trip is possible to make shorter and longer as our Clients demands. We “Nepal Mother House Treks & Expeditions” operate this ‘off the beaten trail trekking” with our highly experienced guides and staffs considering Clients requirement and holiday schedule. Rara Restricted Area Lake Trekking is recommended for those mountains lovers and cultural seekers, who love to test the sacred trail journey in Nepal Himalaya. We operate this Trekking whole in the year but the best time is fall and spring season.

Rara Lake Restricted Area Trekking Trip Key Information:

Trekking Destination: Rara Lake

Activities: Trekking & walking, Sightseeing, Cultural Tour

Difficulty:  Moderate and Fairly Strenious

Max Elevation: 3450m (Ghurchi Lagna Pass)

Trek/Tour Style: Camping

Accommodation: Deluxe hotel in Ktm & Tented camp

Meals: Full board on trek & Breakfast KTM

Operation: Hotel/Lodge

Transportation: Comfortable vehicle/ Tourist bus

Best Month: Aug/ Sept/Oct/Nov & Feb/Mar/April/May

Trip Length: 17 days

Group Size: Min 1 people, Max 12 people

Suggested Itinerary

Note: we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization condition.

Rara Lake Restricted Area Trekking Suggested Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m) Welcome to country of Himalaya. Upon arrival at international airport, meet, assist and transfer to Hotel (star category, a very nice centrally located at Thamel), rest and free at afternoon. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide led you explore around Kathmandu valley for the sight seen. Have explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill knows as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICECO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, Sadhus and pilgrims bathing at occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. Finally we have sightseeing beautiful Patan Durbar squares; the Krisna Temple has build just by stone with incredible crafts, Patan king’s palace, Golden temple and much more. It is very famous for woodcarving, Metal works, Temples and Monasteries. If we have time there are still more remark site; the one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley “Bhaktapur” is known as Living Museum. Where, old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. After these activates back to hotel and pre- prier for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj -1 to 1 ½ munities As per day flight schedule, we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgung. We will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India, and stay overnight in this transit city.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m) -45 munities After a lovely overnight at Nepalgunj, early morning transfer to airport for the 45 minute flight to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Then, our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply. Jumla town is in a delightful valley and here are the highest limits of paddy cultivation, growing red rice. This is the administrative headquarters of the entire Karnali zone and Jumla district.

05: Trek Jumla to Uthugaon (2530m) – 4 to 5 hours We start journey by following the north bank of the Tila Khola River and then turn north following the Chaudhabise Khola passing through fields and pine forests. Then we will ascent up the Padmara valley. The trail keeps following the river until we arrive at the small village of Uthugaon, where we will have a good campsite close to the school on the opposite site of the river for overnight stay.

Day 06: Trek Uthugaon to Danphe Lagna (3500m) -4 to 5 hours Today, we follow the trail through the narrow canyon to the village of Padmara. Then we climbs to the Khali Lagna pass at 3550m through a deep forest of pines, spurches and firs. Soon after this pass, both routes come together and the trail descends gently through mixed forest of spruces, birches and rhododendrons to arrive at our campsite at Danphe Lagna.

Day 07: Trek Danphe Lagna to Chautha (2770m) – 5 to 6 hours Our trails descend steeply passing through fir, birch, and walnut and bamboo forests until bridge, and then we follow the river downstream before starting a serious climb passing some water-driven mills to Kabra. Where, you can see a huge overhanging rock which is the source of silajit, a mineral which is believed to have "healing" properties. Now, from here, we climb continues for a while and then levels out before Bhara village and then descend to the Chauro Khola river to the village of Chautha for overnight stay.

Day 08: Trek Chautha to Dhotu (2380m) – 5 to 6 hours We continue follow the stream uphill to Bhulbule, which is Rara National Park entrance station at 3130m. Then trail continues climbing gently to Ghurchi Lagna pass 3450m, which is covered with chortens (round stone Buddhist monuments) and prayer flags. From the top, we descend gently at first before dropping down steeply through spruce forests. Our camp will set at the small settlement of Dhotu village.

Day 09: Trek Dhotu to Rara Lake (2980m) - 4 to 5 hours This is a short and pleasant trek with fine views to the mountains. We traverse a steep north facing slope from Dhotu, and cross a series of fields down to a small stream. After crossing the bridge, the trail climbs up to the Thakuri village of Jhyari and again climbs steadily up through cedar forest to a huge meadow atop a 3050m ridge with great overhead views of Rara Lake. We will follow the trail along to the northern side of the Lake, where the park headquarters and our camp are set up.

Day 10: Explore day at Rara This is our goal of the trip. As a largest lake in Nepal, It is almost 13 km around the lake and a day devoted to walk around is well spent. Rara is designated a national park in 1975 and this region offers remoteness and a wilderness experience unlike any other region of Nepal, where birds, flowers and wildlife flourish. Himalayan bears, Serows, Gorals, Musk Deer, Red Pandas and both Rhesus and Langur Monkeys are main attraction of this trekking. The 180 meter deep Rara Lake is a habitat for otters and an important resting place for wandering water fowl.

Day 11: Trek Rara Lake to Gorusingha (3190m) – 5 to 6 hours After explore the Rara Lake the trail will follow the Khatyar Khola River and slowly descending before we climb out following a small trail surrounded by pine, spruce and rhododendron forests. Then, we follow the trail dropping into the Ghatta valley heading towards the small settlement of Gorusingha where we can see several excellent campsites.

Day 12: Trek Gorusingha to Sinja (2440m) – 5 to 6 hours Today, our journey keeps heading down the Ghatta valley from Gorusingha following the Sinja Khola River downwards to Sinja. Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty 12th to 14th century, which ruled western Nepal. We can see remains of the old palace across the river. Not all that, there is an interesting temple here dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides atop a tiger.

Day 13: Trek Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3270m) – 6 to 7 hours After breakfast, the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden plank bridge and passing a few small villages, the trail crosses back and forth across the river on a series of old-fashioned log bridges. Today, most of the trek goes through forest of pine, birch and oak and fields of barley and corn. At last the trail makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur, a gigantic meadow full of horses. We make camp at Laljala Chaur.

Day 14: Trek Jaljala Chaur to Jumla (2370m) – 4 to 5 hours This is our last day of the trekking, at first we keep climbing through forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510m then a pleasant descent to Jumla for overnight. We will celebration last day trekking party with all our crew.

Day 15: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj -30 munities flight Today, early the morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj, over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj the flight to Kathmandu is depends on the connecting flight schedule. If our flight in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj. We then connect with flight back to Kathmandu and received and transfer to your hotel.

Day 16: Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 17: Final Departure to your Destination Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.


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