This extraordinary trek takes you from Rara Lake, Nepal’s biggest lake, to Khaptad National Park, a hidden gem in Far West Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara, which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas, is ringed with blue pine, black juniper forest and Himalayan cypress Lake Rara is a popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. Rara Lake is five kilometers long and two kilometers wide and is the largest lake in Nepal. The national Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghorals, tahr, Himalayan black beer, and the rare red panda are all native.
This wonderful journey starting with a scenic flight to warm tropic at Nepalgunj city in Nepal’s Far South West, and then taking another sweeping flight to land in Jumla where our walk begins to Rara Lake visiting, the trail leads through interesting villages of Hindu Thakuri Malla and Tibetan influenced tribes with rich old traditions and custom, walk leads with amazing views of high snow capped mountains.
The pivotal feature of the National Park is Rara Lake – Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest body of fresh water in the Himalayas at almost 10km2. The park is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lush green forests with unique biodiversity. The lake is a hidden gem and the trail leading to it is still considered off the beaten path and therefore still pristine.
Day01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transfered to the hotel and will provided you with welcome dinner party.
Day02: Cultural heritage sites tour in Kathmandu
On the next day, our city guide will take you for the sightseeing of world heritage sites of UNESCO in Nepal. As it is not possible to visit all heritage sites of Kathmandu, have to choose 3 to 4 sites. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country
Day03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
In the evening we take a scenic flight for Nepalgunj which is about 1 hour from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is one of the biggest towns located in Nepal-India border in western Nepal and also gateway to Kailash via Simikot. Transfer to the hotel for night.
Day04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla
After breakfast in the morning, we leave hotel for flight to Jumla. It takes 30 minutes to complete flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla which covers a distance of 140 kilometers.We stay night at Jumla for acclimatization. Stay night at camp on full board meals with hot drinks.
Day05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur
Today, after breakfast we begin our trek to Chere Chaur. Journey starts with ascend hike along the Jugad river. The trail passes through green forest, beautiful villages, ancient monasteries and markets with amazing landscapes views. Stay night at camp in Chere Chaur on full board meals with hot tea and coffee.
Day06: Trek from Chere Chaur to Chala Chaur
Today is the second day of our trek, starts with hot breakfast and trail goes ascend until the Jaljala pass. Jaljala pass is not a hard such like other passes because it measures only 3,580m from sea level. Moreover, after crossing the pass trek continue straight way to Jaljala Charu. After reaching Jaljala Chaur we take rest for some moments and then trail goes ascend up to Chala Chaur. Overnight at camp in Chala Chaur on full board meals with hot drinks.
Day07: Trek from Chala Chaur to Sinja Valley
After breakfast, today’s trek starts with ascend hike to Sinja valley which passes through several settlements, dense forest along the Jaljala stream. .Sinja is an ancient capital city of Khasa kingdom which ruled this region from 12th to 14th century. Overnight at tented camp on full board meals.
Day08: Trek from Sinja Valley to Gorusinga
After hot breakfast, we stretch our trek with uphill trail along the Hima River by crossing Laha village, forest and beautiful valleys. On the way we have to cross suspension bridge. Stay night on tented camp at Gorusinga with full board meals.
Day09: Trek from Gorusinga to Rara Lake
Our trek begins with hot breakfast and goes through Chuchhema Danda. Chuccheman is one of the finest view point to get the admire views of Himalayan ranges and mesmerizing Rara lake. One the way we pass through Khatyar stream and few villages including Murma. Overnight at tented camp in Rara Lake on full board meals with hot tea and coffee.
Day10: Rara lake exploration day
Today is a day to explore around Rara Lake. Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal located at an altitude of 2,290m and has a surface of 10.8 sq km. We do boating to admire the picturesque setting of the lake and observe verities of fish. Moreover, hike around the Rake Lake for stunning views of Himalayan peaks on the southern and northern side of the Lake. Overnight at tented camp in Rara Lake on full board meals.
Day11: Trek from Rara lake to Pina
After breakfast, our trek goes to Pina village. We begin our hike with easy and straight trail until Gamgadi. Gamgadi is the headquarters of Mugu district where government offices are located. Then after, we walk down to get Pina village. Stay night at Pina village in tented camp on full board meals.
Day12: Trek from Pina to Bumra
Today’s trek starts with descend hike by crossing Ghurchi Lagna pass (3485m.) with beautiful mountain views and villages to get Bumra. Bumra is one of the beautiful villages in this region. This village is also known as Nauri Ghat. Overnight at Bumra in tented camp on full board meals.
Day13: Trek from Bumra to Jumla
After breakfast, we begin our final day hike along Hima River and cross suspension bridge. The trail goes to downhill then enjoy hot spring where you can take natural hot bath and get some relief your aching body. Then after we continue our hike by crossing Danphe Lagna pass (3690m.) and reach Jumla. Stay night at Jumla in tented camp with full board meals.
Day14: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
After adventurous long hikes, we take flight back to Nepalgunj early in the morning and then in the evening we take next flight for Kathmandu on same day. We transfer to hotel form the airport for freshen up. Finally we will have farewell dinner at typical local Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance show. Stay night at hotel inclusive breakfast.
Day15: Departure to your home.
After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)