TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

An Expedition to Rara Lake is one of supreme unbelievable fascinating treks in all Himalayas range lies in North West of Kathmandu in the remote area of karnali. Rara is Nepal smallest and most picturesque national park covers 106square km. Much of the park is at an elevation of about 3000 meters forested covered by conifers. This is one of the Nepal main lakes and is also known as Mahendra Tal, surrounded by juniper and spruce forests and the snowcapped Himalayan peaks to the North.  Rara Lake at an altitude 9,834 feet (2980m) which is protected by Rara national park, which was established in 1976 covering an area of 106 sq. kilometers. This place is one of the best treks to view Nepal wildlife. One of the least inhabited trekking routes, which will give you a feel for the natural environment of Nepal.

Rara Lake Trekking begins at jumla, a village in a trans- Himalayan area, the rides covered with forests and alpine pastures. The flight to jumla passes south along the Dhaulagiri range and provides lovely view of Nepal western landscape. It is three and a half- day trek from jumla to rara national Park. The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife like musk deer, leopards, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red pandas are al native and even bird watching will make your trekking more delight. The peaceful surrounding is enhanced by the reflection of the surrounding hills in the lake bright blue waters. You will be visiting typical villages’ where you can find unique religious and cultures, as well as jungle safari are also done. Other summits in the park area are Ruma Kand (3,731m.) and Malika Kand (3, 444m ) situated to the north of the Rara lake comes within the catchment area of karnali River, one of the three main river systems of Nepal. Main occupations of the people living in this region are mostly dependent agriculture and farming practices.

Though this trekking never reaches any great altitude it does involve a lot of up and down hiking. Nevertheless any reasonably fit person can do this camping trek anytime from March to October. The trek can be done during the monsoon season (June to September) as it sits in the Annapurna Dhaulagiri rain shadow and gets very little of the rain, though it does get a bit cold from November to February.  

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) we hope to satisfy the wanderlust of explorers to understand the most well-known lake and flora and fauna who love to cherish the natural environment so; this trip is perfectly fine where you can capture the best memories of your lifetime.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: World Heritage Sites

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft.): 1 hour

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft): 20 minutes

Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)

Day 06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)

Day 07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft.)

Day 08: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)

Day 09: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)

Day 10: Explore Rara Lake

Day 11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)

Day 12: Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)

Day 13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)

Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly back to Kathmandu

Day 15: Final departure

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your Arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our Team of GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking team) who will drop you off at your respective hotel after finishing checking in, you can freshen up or either visit GHHT office. In the evening, you will be given welcome dinner presented by GHHT members who will present you the best Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing: World Heritage Sites

After the breakfast, we will precede our exploring tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu like Kathmandu Durbar Square display Nepalese art and architecture typical of the Malla Empire who reigned over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century. After that you will be visiting Swayambhunath temple one of the Buddhist pilgrimage also known as monkey temple where lots of monkey will be seen roaming around the temple. The other spot will be Pashupatinath temple which is located in the banks of the Bagmati River where lots of Hindu devotees from India come to visit this temple. The other spots will be Boudhanath stupa which is one of the largest stupa in south Asia.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/490 ft.): 1 hour

After our short trip in Kathmandu, we will be taking an airstrip for an hour from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, situated in Western Nepal. From Nepalgunj, a town close to Nepal-India border is likewise the entrance to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is a stimulating Terai town that exposes the varied culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we will be visiting the local market, mini-zoo and close to the villages and observe their day to day activities. We then spend our whole night in Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540m/8,334ft): 20 minutes

After finishing our breakfast we will be leaving the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and take an airstrip to the hilly landscape of Jumla, which is known as least reachable regions in Nepal located in the foothills of the Sisne Himalya.this place( jumla )is one of the entrance to those explorer who want to sightsee the remote  Karnali region of Nepal. We then spend the night in Jumla.

Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur (3055m/10,023ft)

Beginning our first trek from Jumla we climb to Chere Chaur leading to the Jugad Khola. On the approach, we will pass to Khalanga Bazzar and stop over to small village for a while we then pass over some of communities and a temple before reaching our destination. We will spend our whole night in Chere Chaur.

Day 06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur (2980m/9,777ft)

We then begin our hike from Chere Chaur and proceeds to the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass (3580m). We will be crossing the pass and carry on hiking on a comparatively straight track before reaching Jaljala Chaur. From here we soar on a steep trail and then we will reach the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur. We then spend the whole night in Chalachaur.

Day 07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley (2490m/ft.)

It is an uphill climb to Sinja Valley. On the way we will be passing over numerous settlements and walk alongside the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Vale holds which is an also well-known place of history of Nepal.  This communities where the ancient capital city of Khasa kingdom had ruled this region since 12th to 14th century palaces, shrines, and the ancient remains of a settlement were exposed during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University.  Spend the whole night in Sinja Valley.

Day 08: Sinja to Ghorosingha (3050m/10007ft)

Leaving Sinja village behind we will hiking uphill trail alongside Hima River. From the community we ascent on a steep trail for a while pursue by a comparatively easy track until reaching Laha Community.  From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingha along Ghatte khola (stream).  We then spend the whole night in Ghorosingha.

Day 09: Ghorosingha to Rara Lake (3010m/9876ft)

After finishing our breakfast we will ascent our trail along Chuchhemara Danda from where we grab to adore the Himalayan panorama, plus the massive and soothing Rara Lake with the lavish vegetation of the Rara National Park. On the way to Rara Lake, we will be passing over Khatyar Khola Camp and a few communities as well as Murma. From Murma, the ascent gets a slightly easier than the earlier. We then carry on hiking towards Chapri village which is the houses of Rara National Park Head Quarter. We will be spending the whole night at Rara Lake.

Day 10: Explore Rara Lake

 In the morning after breakfast we will be visiting the largest fresh watery Rara Lake,one of the massive lake known as Mahendra Taal after the late king  mahendra. And do some other recreational activities like boating where we get scenic background of the lake and also get to observe few varieties of fish. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area. We then spend the whole night at Rara Lake.

Day 11: Rara Lake to Pina (2440m/ 8006ft)

Our trail will be easy from our Rara Lake and we will be walking on a comparatively straight trail until Gamgadhi which is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal.  From Gamgadhi, we then descend on a steep path to Pina Community where we will be spending the night.

Day 12: Pina to Bumra (2850m/9351ft)

We will be descending down from Pina and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. We continue our descent and pass through some settlements before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also recognized as Nauri Ghat.

Day 13: Trek ends: Bumra to Jumla (2540m/8334ft)

Crossing two suspension bridges above Hima River and walking downhill. For few hours of hiking we will be reaching hot spring where you can relax your body by getting into the water. Not long after the hot spring, we then cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. After reaching Cherechaur, we will be following the same trail we took couple of days back and reach Jumla. Spend the wholenight in Jumla.

Day 14: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly back to Kathmandu

We will be taking the first flight accessible to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, we will be taking another flight to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be taken to your respective hotel where you can freshen up and take a break. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner hosted by GHHT members to rejoice the fruitful completion of the Rara Lake trek. You will be spending the whole night in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final departure

Our representative will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your relating flight home around 3 hours earlier than the scheduled time. We will be looking further for your other trekking destination hope to see you soon.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
  • Nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO

Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 15 days which is main customary and pragmatic that has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment. 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 15 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Excursion & Sightseeing

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Tea House Trekking

Country: Nepal

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec