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Jumla Rara Lake Trekking

Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : Trekking, tour
trip length
Total Days : 19
trip days
Trekking Days : 14
difficulty
Difficulty : Moderate-Hard
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 3,480m/44,225ft
season
Season : March to May, September to October

Jumla Rara Lake Trekking takes you to up to the lake area of Rara, which combines the beauty of neat and pine forest with an outstanding views of the surrounding hills and mountains. Rara is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park that covers 106 square kilometers that is situated about 370 kilometers, north-west of Kathmandu. The centerpiece of Jumla Rara Lake Trek is the pristine Lake Rara, also known as Mahendra Tal and is the largest lake in Nepal.

The trek to Rara Lake begins at Jumla, a village where the rides are covered with forests and alpine pastures. Our trek begins from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. Then the trail passes through green landscape. Jumla Rara Lake Trekking throughout provides unusual sights of a culture and scenery is quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal. And it eventually culminates to the Rara Lake inside Rara National Park. This beautiful high altitude Rara Lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine and juniper, whereas in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The Jumla Rara Lake trekking route is not heavily traveled, but it passes through a region that affords cultural interactions and scenery quite different from the rest of Nepal.The entire route is ‘off the beaten trail’ which involves the adventure of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3450 m on the way to Rara Lake and a few points at around 3000 meters when hiking on the way back. During the trek you may meet followers of Hinduism and immigrant Tibetan families.

Trekking here involves a great deal of up-and-down walking through forests and isolated villages. Mostly you remain at lower elevations, reaching a high elevation of 12,243 feet at Danphe pass. Also with Himalayan Recreation treks and Expedition you can spend two days at Baridiya National Park, where you can do elephant safari through the lush jungle.

Jumla Rara Lake trekking outline itinerary: 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj

Day 04: Fly to Jumla

Day 05: Trek to Pathmara

Day 06: Trek to Newrigard

Day 07: Trek to Chautha (Bulbule)

Day 08: Trek to Pina

Day 09: Trek to Gamgadhi

Day 10: Trek to Rara Lake

Day 11: Rest day in Rara Lake

Day 12: Trek to Gorosingha

Day 13: Trek to Sinja

Day 14: Trek to Jaljala

Day 15: Trek to Chere Chaur

Day 16: Trek to Jumla

Day 17: Fly: Jumla-Nepalgunj- Kathmandu

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 19: Final departure

 

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:

Once you arrive at the premises of International Airport at Kathmandu, you will be received by staff member from ‘Himalayan Recreation Treks’ and then transferred to the hotel through the bustling streets of Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be briefly explained about your itinerary package which will be followed by the welcome dinner.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu:

A government registered guide will take you on a ride through several World Heritage Sites inside Kathmandu which include Pashupatinath Temple Complex, Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. The tour on second day concludes with visit to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square premises which holds sites like Basantapur Museum and home of Living Goddess- Kumari.

 

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj:

It takes about an hour of flight to arrive at the Airstrip of Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj exists near to the Indian border and is the hub of Western Nepal. The unpredictable weather in Jumla often leads to delay or cancel of the flight. So, we will stay overnight at the hotel in Nepalgunj city on the 3rd day.

 

Day 04: Fly to Jumla:

30 minute of pleasant flight with view of mountains and the landscapes will convey us to Jumla. Disembarking at Jumla, we will stay in a local hotel as we will begin our trekking towards Rara Lake only in the next day. Exploring the nearby places is a great way to utilize the spare time. 

 

Day 05: Trek to Pathmara:

The exciting trekking begins only in the fifth day. Walking along the Tila River, we will pass through fields and arrive at forest of pine, spruce, juniper and fir. We will arrive at the village of Pathmara once we make our way out of those woods. 

 

Day 06: Trek to Newrigard:

Trekking on 6th day begins early in the morning. It takes about 6hours of pleasant walk through series of ups and downs to arrive at Newrigard. We will spend the night in a tented camp at Newrigard. 

 

Day 07: Trek to Chautha (Bulbule):

Leaving Newrigard behind, we will continue our journey through the woods. Enjoying the chirping of several local birds along the way, we will make a steep climb to Chautha (Bulbule) where we will be staying overnight. 

 

Day 08: Trek to Pina:

Walking past the local teahouses, we will pursue the path along woods to arrive at Gurchilanga Pass. We will have gratifying views of the surrounding landscapes before lowering down to the treeless plain land which exists halfway to the pass. We will be staying at Pina for the night.

 

Day 09: Trek to Gamgadhi:

Continuing our journey from Pina, we will follow the trekking trail that meanders upward and downward and passes through few dispersed settlements to arrive at Gamgadhi. Gamgadhi is the district headquarter of Mugu district. We will stay overnight at Gamgadhi. 

 

Day 10: Trek to Rara Lake:

Much awaited Rara Lake can be accessed on the 10th day. Walking through the easy trail, we will cross the bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will have a short trek to saddle. Saddle offers the finest view of Rara Lake. Two hours of walk from Saddle will take us to the western bank of Rara Lake. 

 

Day 11: Rest day in Rara Lake:

We will devote the whole day in admiring the beauty of Rara Lake. Rara Lake is the biggest Lake of Nepal which stretches itself to 9.8 sq. km. of an area. We will be setting our camp at the edge of Rara Lake for the night.

 

Day 12: Trek to Gorosingha:

From Rara Lake, we will follow the straight trail for about 15minutes from where the trail starts raising upward. We will reach Gurchimara (3710m) and enjoy some wonderful sights before lowering down to Gorosingha that positions itself at 3190m altitude. 

 

Day 13: Trek to Sinja:

Leaving Gorosingha, we will choose the ascending trail to Lumsa. From Lumsa, we will have a gentle descent to the Vilage of Sinja which is basically the Thakuri Village. Ancient Malla Durbar and Tripura Sundari Temple are some visit worthy sites around Sinja Village.

 

Day 14: Trek to Jaljala:

The trail follows through the jungle that comprises of pine and birch woods. Exiting from the forest, we will continue our walk through the fields of barley and corn from where the trail raises steeply to Jaljala. We will spend the night at Jaljala which is located at 2370m altitude. 

 

Day 15: Trek to Chere Chaur:

Walking past Jaljala, we will cross the verdant forest and arrive at the settlement made up of few houses. Later, we will be taking the downward trail to Chere Chaur. Chere Chaur exists at the close proximity of Chauriya Chaur. We will be staying overnight at Chere Chaur. 

 

Day 16: Trek to Jumla:

Taking light lunch at Chere Chaur, we will proceed through woods and choose the downward trail to Jumla. The weather always remains unpredictable in Jumla. So delay and cancellation of flight is a common practice. We will take flight to Nepalgunj only in the next day.

 

Day 17: Fly: Jumla-Nepalgunj- Kathmandu:

45 minutes flight from Jumla with view of mountains will shift us to Nepalgunj. Disembarking at Nepalgunj, we will take an hour long connecting flight to Kathmandu. Landing at the domestic Airport of Kathmandu, we will head to the hotel where we will spend the pleasant night. 

 

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu:

This is the leisure Day. You can either take rest and soothe your tired limbs or explore around the streets of Thamel. Thamel is a bustling area with several tourist markets where you can buy varieties of souvenirs and handicraft goods.

 

Day 19: Final departure:

19th day will conclude our adrenaline ‘Jumla Rara Lake Trekking’. Our staff will assist in your last moment preparation and then convey you back to Tribhuvan International Airport from where you will take flight to your desired next destination. We are happy to serve you.

 

Include/Exclude

Costs included in the Jumla Rara Lake trekking Package:

  • Pickup and drop at Airport
  • hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking period
  • Air fair for Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jumla
  • Fly back from Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu 
  • Best available accommodations during the trek
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour inclusive of guide, entry fees and transportation
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Entry Fees wherever required
  • Trekking Permits needed for Restricted Area Trekking
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure

Costs excluded in the package:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
  •  All items not listed in Cost included section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified. 

Equipment List

The basic equipments check lists for trekking:

  Sun hat or scarf

  Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

  Sunglasses

  Sun protection cream 

  Gloves

  Camera

  Basic First Aid Kit

  Down vest and/or jacket *

  Rain cote

  Water bottles

  Trekking shoes

  Thick and thin both type of socks

  Warm clothes

  Tissue and Toilet papers

  Tooth brush/paste

  Large plastic bags – to keep items dry inside the trek bag

  Towel etc…..

 

  Extras Equipments:

   Binoculars

   Reading book

   Travel game i.e. chess, card etc

   Swimming customs 

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