Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Foods:
    Breakfast in City + BLD in Trek
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:
  • Trip Plan:
    All Inclusive
  • Pick Up Details:
    Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu under your name and Sublime Trails Sign Board

About Rara Lake Trek - 16 Days

A trek to Rara Lake takes you to a pristine off-the-beaten-track destination of Nepal. With majestic blue water that is draped by gorgeous hills on its sides, Rara is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Rara Trek takes you through Rara National Park. This is the smallest national park in Nepal and The forest lights up with the signature red colour of the rhododendron forests that are found plenty in this national park.

The national park is also home to 240 species of birds and 51 species of mammals. This makes it a popular destination for bird watchers and animal lovers.

Your Rara trek starts after a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and another connecting flight to Jumla. Rara lies in the remote parts of Nepal which give you a taste of the authentic rural lifestyle of Nepal.

Rara lake lies at an altitude of 2990 meters. It has a depth of 167 meters and covers an area of 10.8 square kilometres. But during the trek, you will cross two mountain passes i.e. Danphe Lagna Pass and Ghurchi Lagna pass. They have altitudes of 3691 m 3480 m respectively.

Rara lake trek is an unforgettable experience in the wilderness of the western part of Nepal. Trekking there is a sumptuous experience with views of the snow-capped mountains, wonderful lakes, and culture of this region.



  • Visit UNESCO world heritage sites like Durbar Squares, temples and stupas
  • Walk in the off-the-beaten-path of western Nepal
  • Pass two beautiful mountain passes Danphe Langa Pass(3691 m)  and Ghurchi Langa Pass (3480 m)
  • Explore diverse flora and fauna of the regional flora and fauna in the region
  • Cance to learn about the lifestyle of the people who reside in remort villages of western Nepal.
  • Notice different types of climatic variations in the same trip
  • Walk past the lush forests of pines and oaks, and diverse vegetation
  • Catch the enticing views of many snowcapped mountains
  • Enjoy the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 


What to Expect: 

1. Food and accommodation

During Rara Lake trek, you will have to isolate yourself from luxurious things as the Lake falls in one of the most remote of Nepal. Teahouses are available to spend the night run by local peoples. They provide you with very basic accommodation service and food items. You can expect to have Dal Bhat, fried rice, soup, noodles, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, eggs etc. 

However, while in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, you will stay in 3-starred hotels with breakfast service. For lunch and dinner, you can explore various traditional and modern dishes available in the cities. 

2. People and their lifestyle 

During your Rara Lake trek, you pass through many rural and isolated settlements of western Nepal. Most of the people here depend upon agriculture for survival. Some of the villagers extract medicinal herbs and sell them to make the living. Most of the villages here are dominated by Thakur society. There is also a temple of Thakur Baba in the south corner of Lake. It is interesting to explore these communities with there own and unique belief system and lifestyle. 

3. Rara Lake

Rara Lake is the biggest freshwater Lake in Nepal. The dark blue water surrounded by dense forest is the heavenly place to visit. This Lake is situated at the isolated place of Jumla district so te trail to get there is strenuous but the view of the Lake is so gorgeous that will make you forget the lethargy of the whole trek. As it is surrounded by the forest in every direction, you can get to see some exotic wild animals and birds in their natural habitat. With the heartwarming beauty of the lake and the surrounding environment, it is the most serene place to spend your time.

4. Rara National Park (Wildlife exploration and Bird Watching) 

Rara National park is the smallest National Park of Nepal whose sole purpose is to protect the Rara Lake and the floras and faunas surrounding it. The jungle consists of 1070 species of floras mainly dominated by rhododendron, pine, oak and fir trees. Many rare species such as musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Indian leopard, jackal, Himalayan tahr, yellow-throated marten, otter, dhole, grey langur, and rhesus macaque etc reside in the jungle of the park. Apart from floras and faunas, 241 different species of birds are recorded to be found in the park. So, Rara National Park is a paradise for wildlife exploration. Apart from the park, you may encounter many species of animals and birds along the way as most of the trail is covered by forest. 

5. Daphne Langha Pass and Ghurchi Langha Pass 

To get to Rara Lake, you will have to pass two mountain passes namely Daphe Langha Pass (3691 m) and Ghurchi Langha Pass ( 3480 m). They will provide you with an amazing view of the surrounding landscapes. You can see the snow-capped mountains and the landscapes covered in Lush forests from these passes. These are some of the beautiful vantage points throughout the journey to Rara Lake.

6. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes

Rara Lake Trek provides you with the plethora of the amazing view of mountains and landscapes. Most of the trek route passes through the forest of Rhododendron, oak, pine and fir forests. You will cross some beautiful river valleys, ridges etc accompanied by snowcapped mountains in the backdrop. You are guaranteed to have beautiful views of the green landscapes and mountains from almost every step of your trek journey except when you get caught up in dense forests.  You will also get a thrilling bird’s eye view of the landscapes during your plane flight to Nepalgunj.

Rara Lake Trek - 16 Days Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

When you arrive in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will be there to receive you. Our representatives will be carrying a signboards that reads “Sublime Trails” which will help you to spot our representatives. Then you will be transferred to your respective hotel where you will stay overnight.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 
Elevation: 1345 m


DAY 02: Orientation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

On this day you will prepare for your trek. You can talk to your guide to be assured that you have every item you will need for trekking. If you don’t have all the appropriate gear, you can buy it this day. After buying all the items you might need, you will head to several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu viz. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will spend your night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel 
Elevation: 1345 m


DAY 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

After a sightseeing trip in Kathmandu, you will take a 60 minute flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a sub-metropolitan city that is situated in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is located quite close to the Nepal-India border in the south western part of Nepal. The town itself is a fascinating Terai town that houses people across various cultural backgrounds in Nepal. In Nepalgunj, you will visit the neighborhood showcase, smaller than normal zoo and close-by towns. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Elevation: 150 m


DAY 04: Fly from  Nepalgunj to Jumla

After an early breakfast in a hotel in Nepalgunj, you will fly to Jumla. This flight takes about 20 minutes. Jumla welcomes you with its bumpy roads and is one of the minimum open areas in Nepal. Jumla is likewise the door for trekkers who come to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. Jumla also holds a special place in the Nepalese history in culture. Nepali language first originated in the Sinja Valley of Jumla district. At the time of its origin, Nepali language was known as “Khas Bhasa” as Sinja was the capital of Khas Kingdom. Overnight in Jumla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2540 m


DAY 05: Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur

Today is the first day of your trek. You leave Jumla and rise to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. Along the way, you will pass Khalanga Bazzar, a little commercial center for the close-by towns. You likewise pass a few towns, green forests, religious temples, and a sanctuary before getting to Chere Chaur. Overnight in Chere Chaur.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3055 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 06: Chere Chaur to Chalachaur

Today is the first day of your trek. You leave Jumla and rise to Chere Chaur along the Jugad Khola. Along the way, you will pass Khalanga Bazaar, a little commercial center for the close-by towns. You likewise pass a few towns, green forests, religious temples, and a sanctuary before getting to Chere Chaur. Overnight in Chere Chaur.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2980 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.


DAY 07: Chalachaur to Sinja Valley

It is a tough move to Sinja Valley. In transit, we go through a few towns and stroll along the Jaljala Khola (stream). Sinja Valley holds a place in the ancient history of Nepal. The valley houses the old capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that controlled this territory from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. Royal residences, sanctuaries, and the old stays of a settlement in this valley were revealed amid unearthings in a research that was led by the Department of Archeology at Cambridge University. Overnight in Sinja Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2490 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 08: Sinja to Goru Singhe 

You will leave Sinja on a tough trail nearby Hima River. From the town, you will we get on a steep uphill trail for some time. This will be followed by a moderately simple trail that will take you to Laha Village. From Laha, you will have to cross a few forests, a suspension bridge, and trek along an uphill to Goru Singhe (stream). Overnight in Goru Singhe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3060 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 09: Goru Singhe to Rara Lake

After having breakfast in Goru Singhe, you will start your trek to Rara Lake. Our trail is near Chuchhemara Danda, which is a wonderful location to view the Himalaya, the gorgeous Rara Lake, and the lavish vegetation of the Rara National Park. The trail from Chuchhemara Danda will take you through Khatyar Khola Camp and a couple of towns including Murma. The uphill from Murma is moderate in nature. You will move ahead towards Chapri town, where the headquarters of Rara National Park lies. Overnight at Rara Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3010 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 10: Explore Rara Lake

You will explore the biggest freshwater lake in Nepal- Rara Lake- this day. The lake is located at an altitude of 2290 meters. The turquoise blue waters of the huge lake likewise alluded to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late lord Mahendra. While boating in Rara Lake, you will get to admire the beautiful setting of the lake. You can also catch the sight of the many assortments of fish in this lake. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake while Ruma Kand and Malika Kand lies on the northern range. Overnight at Rara Lake

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3010 m


DAY 11: Rara Lake to Pina

You will have your breakfast at Rara Lake and begin this day’s trek. You will trek on a relatively straight path until Gamgadhi. Gamgadhi is the central command of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, you will trek to Pina Village, where we spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2440 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 12: Pina to Bumra

On this day, you will descend from Pina and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. From Ghuruchi Lagna pass, you will cross various towns with beautiful mountain views before reaching Bumra. Bumra, which is also known as Nauri Ghat, is a quaint village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2850 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 13: Bumra to Jumla

This days trek begins with with crossing of two suspension connects above Hima River and walk downhill. After trekking for a couple of hours, you will get to a hot spring. A bath at the hot spring will help you get relief from whatever aches and tiredness you might be experiencing during your trek. After trekking from the hot spring for some time, you will cross Danphe Lagna Pass. The pass is located at an altitude of 3691 m. From Chercheur, you will take the same trail you took on your way up from Jumla. Overnight in Jumla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2540 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 14: Fly to Nepalgunj

From Jumla, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj. The total length of the flight is about 30 minutes. You can spend the rest of your day strolling around the market areas of Nepalgunj. You can also spend the day giving rest to your body after the stress of trekking.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Elevation: 150 m


DAY 15: Fly to Kathmandu

Next day, you will take a flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Whatever time you have in Kathmandu this day, you can do anything you wish for.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Elevation: 1345 m


DAY 16: Departure

This is the day when you bid goodbye to the beautiful country of Nepal. You also have the option of taking a tour around any other part of Nepal. We hope that the tour you took with us was satisfying and we could see you again in the future.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • All airport pick up and transfers
  • Accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One day Kathmandu tour with monument entrance fees
  • Accommodation during Rara Lake Trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Rara Lake Trek
  • Well experienced guide and porter throughout the trek
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance permit & Tims card fee
  • All the necessary transportation for the trip
  • Sublime First Aid kit carried by our guide
  • Salary, food and accommodation for Sublime crews
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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Rara Lake Trek - 16 Days Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews

I interacted with some Nepali trekkers on my trip to Annapurna Base Camp organized by Sublime Trails. When I asked them about the most gorgeous place they had been to in Nepal, they said that there was something majestic about their trip to Rara lake. So when I completed my ABC trek, I asked Sublime Trails to manage a trek to Rara. I just fell in love with Rara Lake. Surprisingly, there were not a lot of tourists from outside Nepal during my visit. It might have been due to the remote location of the place. But my stay was simply awesome. Despite its remote location, I had fantastic services arranged for me by Sublime Trails. If any of my friends look for some suggestion regarding the places to visit in Nepal, I’ll certainly tell them to go to Rara. And if they ask for a trekking agency, there is no one I would recommend them more than Sublime. You guys made my trip rocking.  

People tell me I should stop trekking at this age, but I tell them to mind their own business. I have done several trekking in Nepal and always with Sublime Trails. Sometimes, it is harder than the previous sometimes its a lot easier, sometimes you even get sick but you have to know that you're just a human and you have to let your body heal. After travelling to so many places, I can tell you that happiness doesn't come easily, you have to take yourself to the edge and do new things each time. Rara lake was beautiful when I saw it, I hope it will forever be. The trail was a pleasure in itself and the views were worth everything. 

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