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Rara Lake Trekking

Abhishek Subedi July 31, 2020

Rara Lake Trekking is the largest lake in the Himalayan region western part of Nepal; it’s also one of the most fascinating treks. Trekking provides you the best chance to explore the Jumla and Mugu districts of Nepal. Here you can observe the spectacular mountain views, amazing wildlife like the wildcat, wild yak, wolf, spotted deer, musk deer and many more. Other beautiful forests of pine and bamboo with enchanting rhododendron flowers, and unique Buddhist culture of the Rara region people with their own different traditions, rituals, norms, and values. Rara Lake is also known as “Queen of Lakes” and also known as Mahendra Daha. These are the people and culture Nepalese people provide you with unforgettable moments of your life. 

Rara Lake Trekking

About the Trek

Rara lake trekking unexplored trek to Karnali region offers a quiet, beautiful enchanting experience. It is situated in the Mugu district, near the western region of the country. Rara Lake Trek is a wonderful and unique opportunity treaded on the remote trails of western Nepal. Similarly, it is also known as Nepal’s biggest and deepest lake. “Rara” water surface which is 10.8 sq. km2 ( 4.2 sq mi ) at altitude of around 2,990 meters / 9810ft above sea level.

The maximum depth of 167 m/ 548 fit is 5.1 km (3.2 miles). The 10-day trek begins with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. Rara lake is surrounded by Rara national park which was established in 1976. Rara national park consists of 1074 species of flora, fauna 9includes 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. Beautiful freshwater lakes and wonderful natures admire the glory of Rara national park and people are enchanting to visit the place. 

The fertile land and availability of different types of herbs is the next chance to promote agriculture products and medical planets in this place.  Rara Lake Trek walks through desolate, stunning landscapes of the Trans Himalayan mountains. Finally, you can encounter authentic Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture during the Rara Lake trek. After spending the night in a hotel the following day starts off with a final air trip to Jumla.On the way lies an ancient village named Micha. The village has many Buddhist Stupas. These Stupas were built in the late 15th century in memory of the Buddhist saints who lived in the region. After around six days of trek , visit a 300-year-old Hindu temple known as Kanaksundari.

Day 1 Flight to Nepalgunj

You will take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj for about 1 hour, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, is also known as the gateway to Simikot, Humla which is situated near the border of Nepal and India. Nepalgung is a very interesting town place that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. On the way, you can see the people living there from different customs and culture. 

Day 2 Flight to Jumla

Now, it’s time to go up the geographical regions, after breakfast you will leave the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and fly to the hilly region where you get to observe the landscape of Jumla. Jumla is one of the least accessible districts in Nepal which is also the administrative headquarters of Karnali Zone. Situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya, Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal.

Rara Lake Trekking

Day 3 Trek to Chere Chaur

Jumla is the starting point of your trek. After breakfast, today you will leave Jumla and ascend to Chere Chaur via Jugad Khola. Chere Chaur is a very charming place, offering us a beautiful scenic environment of Jumla town, Tila valley and Chyakhure Lekh. On the way, you will go up through the stages and pass Khalanga Bazaar, a small market place for the nearby villages. You will also pass a couple of villages and a temple before reaching your destination.

Day 4 Trek to Chalachaur

This is the second day of your trek, first having the early breakfast; you will take the western trail and ascend slowly until the Jaljala passes (3580m) above the sea level. You will cross the pass and continue trekking on a relatively straight trail until reaching Jaljala Chaur. From here you will ascend up on a steep trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before reaching Chalachaur. 

Day 5 Trek to Sinja Valley

Uphill trek to Sinja Valley. On the way you will pass through several villages and walk along the dense forest with Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley holds an important place in the history of Nepal as the valley houses ancient remains with the capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled this area from the 12th to the 14th century. Different ancient remains, structures and temples of this settlement were uncovered during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University.

Day 6 Trek to Ghorosingha

You will leave Sinja on an uphill trail alongside the Hima River and cross by the Laha village. From the village you will climb on a steep trail for a while followed by a relatively easy trail, passing by the beautiful forests and valleys. From Laha, it is a steep climb up until Ghorosingha alongside Ghatte khola (stream).so, you have to pass through the suspension bridge. 

Day 7 Trek to Rara Lake

The steep ascent of today begins with breakfast. The trail you will walk through is alongside Chuchhemara Danda from where you get a chance to observe the spectacular views of Himalayas, along with the vast and tranquil Rara Lake. The lush green vegetation, flora and faunas of the Rara National Park provide you unexpected beautiful moments of your life. On the way to Rara Lake, you will pass through Khatyar Khola Camp, Khatyar stream and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the trail gets a little bit easier. Then, you will continue walking towards Chapri village quarter head of Rara National Park. 

Rara Lake Trekking

Day 8 Explore Rara Lake

Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal located at an altitude of 2290 m. After breakfast we explored the area, on the southeast corner of the Lake, there is Thakur Baba’s temple. So, you get a chance to observe the temple. While boating we get to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and discover quite a few varieties of fish. Here, we can find the amazing views of mountains as Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area. 

Day 9 Trek to Pina

Today, your trail is easy and you will walk on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi, headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, the trail descends down steeply to Pina Village.

Day 10 Trek to Burma

From Pina you will descend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m during which you get to observe the panoramic views of mountains. You will continue your descent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.  

Day 11 Trek to Jumla

You will take an early breakfast and then cross two suspension bridges above Hima River. After crossing the village you will walk downhill. Walking for a few hours takes you to a hot spring where you can ease your aching body with a dip or a natural hot bath. Not long after the hot spring, you will cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m. After reaching at Cherechaur, you will follow the same trail back to reach Jumla.

Day 12 Flight to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will take a scenic flight to Nepalgunj. It will take about 45 minutes to reach Nepalgunj. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj, you will take another domestic flight back to Kathmandu. It will take about 55 minutes to reach Kathmandu.  

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