Rara Lake TrekkingRara Lake Trekking”Less visited regions and traditional villages, scenic passes in complete wildernesses amidst stunning landscapes”…..
A journey into the Jumla region and the Ra Ra Lake is probably one of the most hard to believe and captivating treks in all of the Himalayan range, with its unique harmony, blending well in perfect accord with the surrounding mountains and beautiful landscapes. Adventure starts from the hill town of Jumla in the remote north-west of Nepal. From Jumla, the trek heads north passing through beautiful country side, farm villages and valleys with tremendous views of snow capped peaks of the Dolpo and the Tibetan mountain ranges. You will feel as if you have entered into an unknown but beautiful environment, as you enter the Ra Ra National Park and its beautiful surroundings including the pristine Lake Ra Ra. Its scenery and unbelievable quietness is fascinating amidst its charming forest and landscapes. We will be camping here for two nights to explore all around the largest lake in Nepal. After an enjoyable stay here, we return to Jumla by an alternative route in order to give you the best of this magnificent country. Our wonderful and memorable journey ends at Jumla with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1300m
Day 02: In Kathmandu for a half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jumla 2370m & trek to Charya Chaur 2800m
Day 05: Trek to camp beneath the unnamed pass 3500m
Day 06: Trek to Botan 2680m via Sinja Khola 2440m 6 – 7 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Rara Border. 3190m 3 – 4 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake 2980m 6 – 7 hrs
Day 09: Rest day at Rara Lake
Day 10: Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari 2580m
Day 11: Trek to Chauta 2770m via Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3460m 5 – 6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Tharamara 3270m 5 – 6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Jumla 5 – 6 hrs
Day 14: Fly Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.
Day 15: At leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.1, 300m.
Upon arrival to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our escort who will take you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do’s and don’ts of the area. Also, they will go over any other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Your first overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: In Kathmandu for a half day sightseeing tour
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and the various places of interest. Depending on the time of your flight arrival the night previous, we will schedule your half day tour in the morning or afternoon. For late night flight arrivals, we prefer to do an afternoon tour in order for you to get properly acclimated to the time change. Overnight at your hotel
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj, we transfer to the domestic airport for one scenic flight to Nepalgunj. We will arrive into Nepalgunj with time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jumla 2,370m. Begin trek to Charya Chaur 2,800m.
After a pleasant stay overnight at Nepalgunj, we will have an early morning transfer to the airport for half hour flight to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of the distant snow capped peaks. On arrival into Jumla, our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Jumla is the largest upland town in the Karnali District, and Nepal’s most sparsely-populated administrative zone with no roads communication and is only accessible on foot or by air.
There is time to explore Jumla to see the bazaar and temple dedicated to Chandan Nath, a mythical saint who defeated a serpent’s demon, and emptied the lake which flooded the valley. A half an hour’s walk from Jumla towards the college is the small village called Micha where, in a small walled enclosure, stands a number of stone stupas telling of the Buddhist history. The stupas were erected in memory of important dignitaries of the region and date back from the late 15th century. From here we take a short walk climbing away from the Jumla Valley to the campsite at Charya Chaur high above the Karnali Technical College. Overnight camp
Day 05: From Charya – Chaur to camp beneath the unnamed pass. 3,500m.
Day starts with a morning climb through birch and pine forests to the unnamed grassy pass sometimes known as Jaljala. As the walk progresses, views of Kanjiroba Himal can be seen to the East, with its twin peaks that towers over the adjacent area. At afternoon, descent of about 870m through beautiful forests and find a suitable spot for overnight camping on the pastures with a nearby Shepard’s hut after a relatively moderate day on the trail. Overnight camp
Day 06: Trek to Botan. 2, 680m via Sinja Khola. 2,440m. 6 – 7 hrs.
A morning walk completes the descent to Sinja .We will follow the Jaljala Khola downstream through forests with immense gnarled pines and through terraced farmland. Just before the final descent to Sinja the trail passes the 300 year old Kanaksundari Temple where ancient stone lions guard the inner sanctum. Sinja was once the ancient and thriving winter capital of the Malla kings and a few Malla stones dating from the medieval Khasa kingdom can still be seen alongside the trail on its steep, low knob. The trail passes south of the peaked, white temple and descends to the main river, crossing a thick plant bridge at a place where the water has cut a deep, narrow furrow through bedrock. Sinja village rests upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, although here it is called Sinja River.
The ruined town actually stood on the east bank of the Sinja Khola, at a place known as Kotgaon or Lamathada, where you can poke among ancient sculptured stones overgrown with weeds. Just north of Sinja stone-bound aeries -once used by meditating enunciates- are visible along the rock walls. We can have lunch here or else just take a short break near the bridge over the Khola. We will then continue to follow the river upstream, passing by the small village of Ganj through a spectacular gorge to the campsite at the village of Botan.
Day 07: Trek to Rara Border.3, 190m. 3 – 4 hrs.
Today, there will be a short walk to the entrance of the Rara Lake National Park for your overnight camp. The trek continues after leaving the Sinja Khola from Botan to follow the Ghatte Khola north and then walking towards north-eastwards up a beautiful valley through farmland and past primitive flour mills to enter the Rara National Park at the Ghorasain police post. We will have enough time for short walk around or catch up on some laundry or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Overnight camp
Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake. 2,980m. 6 – 7 hrs.
Leaving the Ghorasain campsite, our route leads to a climb all the way to the Chuchemara Danda ridge, which is at about 4,260m elevation. This part takes nearly 2 hours, the climb is not too hard, and upon reaching the crest of the ridge, an excellent panorama can be seen against the northern horizon. Descending the trail northwards, Rara Lake will soon be seen to the north-east and the trail passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola which is followed upstream to our overnight camp near the Shore of Rara Lake.
Day 09: A day for rest at Rara Lake.
A rest day to explore and climb up to the wooden observation tower for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. The National Park Headquarters can be visited and a leaflet about the National Park can be obtained there. Swimming is allowed in the lake and is shrilly refreshing. Overnight camp
Day 10: Trek to River Camp or Pina via Jhyari 2,580m.
A short day on the trail, leaving behind Rara Lake across a ridge to the village of Jhyari. Following the Jhyari Bira Khola downstream for only short way, the route then crosses into the Dhaulagiri Khola valley to the overnight campsite beside the river. Farming is very evident in these valleys with terraced fields on all but the steepest slopes and snow capped peaks will be seen to the north east. Time permitting and willingness of the group and the porters trek further on to a delightful campsite at Pina to make the next day shorter.
Day 11: Trek to Chauta 2,770m via Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3,460m. 5 – 6 hrs.
From the campsite on the Dhaulagiri Khola, the walk leads through farmland to the village of Pina where there is a police post and a small local hotel before climbing to the Ghurchi pass. The long climb from Pina is mostly through forests with fine views to the north which are best enjoyed during rest stops. The pass is marked by several chortens and the trail then descends across alpine pastures, through walnut groves and to a steep narrow valley all the way to the village of Chauta for the overnight stop, where there are shops and local hotels.
Day 12: Trek to Tharamara. 3,270m. 5 – 6 hrs.
The journey from Chauta follows the northern bank of the Sinja Khola through Bumra and past the small hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kamra, source of the important medicinal mineral, Silaji. Descending to the Sinja Khola the route passes the village of Nyawre, which is supplied by hydroelectricity, to the next bridge upstream before climbing for some 600meters to the pasture at Tharamara, camping here or an hour further above Tharamara.
Day 13: Trek to Jumla 5 – 6 hrs.
The last day of trekking begins slowly and gradually, dropping down a gorgeous valley from high alpine pastures, through splendid forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. There are many charming little villages such as Padmara, and the track is not too steep. It follows the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town. Overnight camp
Day 14: Fly Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.
Early in the morning we wake up with a divine sound of temple bell and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area, and after breakfast easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Late afternoon visit two hundred years old monastery and visit the small alleys in a village and overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: This day is yours in Kathmandu to do your own things.
Early in the morning, you will take a half hour flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. Depending on the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu, we will have the opportunity to have refreshments and take advantage of amenities at the Hotel Batika in Nepalgunj. Then transfer to airport for the connecting flight back to Kathmandu. In the evening, we go for a complimentary dinner to one of the finest local restaurants in town for a delicious Nepali meal; & while enjoying your meal, you will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary outing on behalf of Higher Limits Trek & Expedition for the good welfare of our guests. Overnight hotel
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this beautiful country, Nepal.
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail, or any other unforeseen conditions.
In case of trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other areas, your Group Leader or Sherpa Guide will make a decision that will be final. Of course, this will be done in consultation with our guests.
“If above itinerary couldn’t meet your desires, we can design a teller made itinerary to suite your requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer”
Price For The Trip:
The total cost for the trek, tour you choose you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodation) The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist bus or local buses. The number of guides and/or porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek/tour. For these reasons the same trek/tour can vary in price quite considerably.
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