Mix in with Nature: 15 Days Rara Lake trek

rar     One of the most popular and the most sought after destinations in Nepal, the Rara Lake trek is a must do deal. Situated in the Dolpa region of Nepal, the Rara National Park has been named as one of the finest locations in the world. The forest of the park is coniferous in nature and it is well known for the availability of fauna like musk deer, black bear, dance, snow turtle etc. but what takes attention away from all these is the Rara Lake. Rara Lake is the largest one and also arguably the most beautiful one in Nepal. Surrounded by Trans-Himalayan valley and alpine meadows, the lake is situated high at an altitude of 2990m and covers the extensive area of 10 square kilometers.

What’s more special about the Rara Lake trek is that it is a less trodden path, not made impure by the invasion of urbanization. The area of the Rara National Park has been able to maintain its beauty and people there have a rustic way of life that is so alluring.

The trail passes through green countrysides and offers the exotic and unparalleled views of the pristine snow-capped Himalayan Peaks  in the region. This off beaten path offers passage through mountain views and sturdy paths before one can finally glimpse the masterpiece which is the Rara Lake. Picturesque villages spotted along the way are equally beautiful too. Bird watching is popular here, as birds from all over the world flock to this beautiful region.  Situated nearby Humla and Dolpa, the trekking trip offers the perfect mix of culture and natural beauty that is unparalleled.

The trek starts with Kathmandu and the actual walking starts from Jumla which is reached via Nepalgunj. After reaching the pristine Rara Lake, one can also venture beyond to the masterpiece of nature to Dolpa or Humla through the ancient salt route. Pine spruce, juniper and 214 species of birds are calling you to explore them at their best. Visit the Thakuri Baba Temple and get blessings for your life. Even if you are a Nepali or a foreign traveler you will surely marvel on the delights of the Rara trek and embed the memories of the experience of a lifetime.

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Mix in with the inhabitants, explore nature and explore yourself, understand the actual meaning of going into the wild and explore nature at its best. It is sure that you will certainly look at Nepal from a different perspective and will die to come back for more in the days to come.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 3: Kathmanud- Nepalgunj (1300m- 150m)

Day 4: Nepalgunj- Jumla (150m- 2540m)

Day 5: Jumla- Chere Chaur (2540m- 3055m)

Day 6: Chere Chaur- Chalachaur (3055m- 2980m)

Day 7: Chalachaur- Sijnja Valley (2980m- 2490m)

Day 8: Sinja- Ghorosingha (2490m- 3050m)

Day 9: Ghorosingha- Rara Lake (3050m- 3010m)

Day 10: Exploration of the Rara Lake

Day 11: Rara Lake- Pina (3010m- 2440m)

Day 12: Pina- Bumra (2440m- 2850m)

Day 13: Bumra- Jumla (2850m- 2540m)

Day 14: Jumla- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu

Day 15: Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

This is the day we arrive at the beautiful capital of Nepal. Kathmandu, upon reaching, one has the option to stroll around the streets in order to live in with the ambiance of the youth of Kathmandu, or relax and enjoy the authentic Nepali cuisine that all restaurants provide.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu (1300m)

Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites worth exploring. Starting with the Kathmandu Durbar Square is the best idea. The Durbar Squares are ancient squares where kings of the kingdoms used to reside. Another Durbar Square is the Arti Chet rally authentic and beautiful Bhaktapur Durbar Square, followed by the Patan Durbar Square. After delighting in the pleasurable moments of witnessing architectural marvels, the remaining of the day can be spent by visiting the Syambunath or the Pashupatinath. Also included are other destinations like the Boudhanath Stupa, Central Zoo etc. which are all worth visiting.

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Day 3: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj (1300m- 150m)

Today too, we will embark on an excursion around Kathmandu in order to live in with what the people of the country of Nepal are like. After a sumptuous Nepali breakfast, it is now time to fly nearer towards our destination. Nepalgunj is situated in Western Nepal and is situated in the Terai Region. Terai refers to the plain regions with a smaller altitude that Kathmandu is located in. at the altitude of 150 meters, Nepalgunj is known best for being an area with high temperatures during the summer season. We take a 1-hour flight to reach Nepalgunj. The city is situated near the Nepal-India border and B has a diverse culture. It is the gateway to Simikot, Humla from where our trek comes to a start. In Nepalgunj, we can spend the rest of the day visiting the mini-zoo and nearby villages.

Day 4: Nepalgunj- Jumla (150m- 2540m)

Today, we start off towards the trekking start location of Jumla. Jumla is not a terai plane and is situated art a height. We will fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla today. The hilly landscape of Jumla welcomes you with open arms and a feeling of being close to nature. One of the most underdeveloped regions of Nepal, Jumla is situated in the foothill of Sisne Himalaya. It is a gateway for people with an interest to explore the remoteness of the Karnali region of Nepal. We can explore the region in an attempt to know more.

Day 5: Jumla- Chere Chaur (2540m- 3055m)

The actual trek begins from today. We will leave Jumla behind and reach the destination of Chere Chaur today. The entire trekking trail is windy and full of stony and rocky paths but with exquisite views that leave the minds paralyzed with peace and happiness. We will firstly reach the Jugad Khola which is crossed to reach the Khalanga Bazaar. The small marketplace for other villages can be sued to buy supplies. We will then pass along a couple of more villages as well as a temple before finally ending the day at Chere Chaur. As the name suggests, the Chere Chaur is a wide area where we will be spending the night in a lodge.

Day 6: Chere Chaur- Chalachaur (3055m- 2980m)

This day’s path follows a path moving further towards the east. We will ascend slowly by gaining height gradually. The first location that we come across is the Jaljala pass. The pass is situated at the height of 3580 meters and offers the delight of getting the glimpses of the pristine white-capped mountain peaks of the western region of Nepal. After crossing the pass, we gradually ascend up wards to the Jaljala Chaur. The path ascends and descends to enter the Rara Lake Circuit finally. The steep trail will take us to the Rara Lake Circuit which will; finally, make us end the day at Chalachaur.

Day 7: Chalachaur- Sijnja Valley (2980m- 2490m)

The Sinja valley is reached by embarking first on a steep uphill trek. Several villages will be passed along the way and we will need to cross the Jaljala Khola in order to reach the Sinja valley. The ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom is situated in the Sinja Valley. The Khasa Kingdom is known to have ruled the Sinja Kingdom in the time lapse between the 12th to the 14th Century. Temples, ancient remains of settlements etc. can be found here.

Day 8: Sinja- Ghorosingha (2490m- 3050m)

This day marks an uphill trek from the mystical Sinja valley to the Hima River. The steep trail now takes us to the Laha Village which needs to be crossed to reach Ghorosingha. The trail now gently passes alongside the Ghatte Khola before finally ending in Ghorosingha.

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Day 9: Ghorosingha- Rara Lake (3050m- 3010m)

Today is the ay we had been waiting for. After a steep ascent upwards, we will reach the Chucchemara Danda. Himalayan panorama can be seen in the full 360-degree view from this Danda. The vast and the tranquil Rara Lake shows us its glimpses. The lush vegetation of the Rara National Park pushes us further towards the Rara Lake before which we need to pass through the Khatyar Khola Camp. We will pass along the few villages including the likes of Murma. We walk upwards, pass the Chapri village and reside in the village for the day.

Day 10: Exploration of the Rara Lake

The largest freshwater lake in Nepal is finally reached. We explore the azure waters of the lake, which has also been called as the Mahendra Taal, named after the late king Mahendra. Boating in the Rara Lake is a wonderful experience in itself, which is unforgettable. Discover a huge variety of fish and take in the pretty view of the Chuchemara Peak residing along the southern side of Rara. The northern area is adorned with the peaks like the Malika Kand and Ruma Kand.

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Day 11: Rara Lake- Pina (3010m- 2440m)

The trek is an easy one with a straight path. We reach the headquarters of the Mugu District of Nepal, named the Gamgadhi. From here a steep descend will take us to the Pina village where we spend the night.

Day 12: Pina- Bumra (2440m- 2850m)

Through the Ghurchu Lagna Pass, we reach Bumra to0day. The passage through the trial takes us past a few villages. The Bumra village has another name too, it is called the Nauri Ghat.

Day 13: Bumra- Jumla (2850m- 2540m)

This day marks an end to the trek. We walk below from the Hima River and pass through natural hot springs whose waters can be sued to relieve our aching muscles. After this, we will pass through the Danphe Lagna pass and reach Cherechaur. We same trail on going upwards will be taken to reach back to Jumla.

Day 14: Jumla- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu

We will return back, with memories of the trek strong, back to the capital Kathmandu. We take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj and then from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

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Day 15: Departure

With a promise to come back for more, we put an end to this experience of a lifetime.

 

 

 

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