Rara Lake Trek

If you are looking for a trekking package to one of the remote locations in Nepal to experience wilderness to its fullest then Rara Lake Trek is probably the one for you! Enjoy the raw appeal of mountains, lakes, valleys, and forests as you embark your way to Rara Lake inside the Rara National Park. Rara Lake trek is an incredible and enchanting trek that takes you to the remote area of Karnali. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which is followed by a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. This off the beaten track trek is blessed with the unique and secluded beauty of wild nature and breathtaking scenery. It takes you along the mountainous paths through a series of quaint villages to the banks of Rara lake which is surrounded by Rara National Park. The park is ringed by Trans Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with pine, spruce, juniper forest and alpine pastures.

Rara National Park has its own floral and faunal importance and is a home to many rare and endangered species of birds and animals. The Park flora consists of 1074 species, of which 16 are endemic to Nepal; the fauna 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds. If you are a real wildlife lover then Rara National Park is the best place to catch a glimpse of wildlife like  ghoral, leopards, Himalayan Black Deer, musk deer, and rare red panda. It is a delight for the bird watchers too. Local people of this region are engaged in agriculture for a living. They also rear goats and extract medicinal herbs to sell them. The region is dominated by people of Thakur community. Thakur Baba’s Temple in the southeast corner of the lake is very popular. It is believed that Local people believed that God Thakur shot an arrow to open the passage of the lake to reduce the damage caused by the flood. Rara Lake Trek is a dream of every enthusiastic traveler and wildlife lovers. It is an opportunity to experience the real aroma of natural elegance. Nepal Intrepid Treks organizes Rara lake trek for all those enthusiastic trekkers who would love to travel in the secluded region enjoying the magnificence that lies in lush nature, wildlife, birds and azure lake of Rara.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
  • Day 04: Fly to Jumla and trek to ChalaChaur
  • Day 05: Cross a Pass
  • Day 06: Trek via Sinja to Botan
  • Day 07: Trek to Rara Lake Border
  • Day 08: Trek to Rara Lake
  • Day 09 & 10: Rest day at Rara Lake
  • Day 11: Trek to Jhyari to River Camp
  • Day 12: Cross GhurchiLagna Pass to Chautha
  • Day 13: Trek to Tharamara
  • Day 14: Trek to Jumla
  • Day 15: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Farewell

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As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Intrepid Treks will welcome you and transfer you to a pre-booked three-star hotel at Kathmandu. A luxurious cab drive will drop you at the hotel. Check-in and rest for a while. If there is enough time, you can roam around the Kathmandu city in the evening. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu! (Breakfast included)

Today after breakfast we visit to the monkey temple – Swayambhunath. We walk up the stairs to the stupa. From the height, we can get an excellent view of Kathmandu city. Then we head towards the largest stupa in the world – Boudhanath stupa. In the evening, we return back to our hotel for overnight stay. This day is reserved in case you are stuck in airport due to flight delays.(Breakfast included)

Today we fly to a place near the Nepal – India border i.e. Nepalgunj. The place is extremely hot and is one of the hottest city in the Terai region of Nepal. Lying close to border, then city is extremely chaotic with people, crowd, vehicle, cart, etc. Upon our arrival, we check in to the hotel and if possible, we visit a popularBageshwori temple here. The temple holds a high value amongst the Himdu people. We stay at a hotel in Nepalgunj for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we take another flight that takes us to one of the remote places in Nepal i.e. Jumla. Upon arrival, we have our lunch with the trekking crew and fuel up for our trekking journey ahead. We leave Jumla valley and traverse through a small village of Mircha. The village is remote with small walls that forms an enclosure with number of stupas on our way. The stupas are old that holds history of 15th century. As we move forward, the trail takes us through a path spread with rocks to ChalaChaur which is our stopping point for the day. We set up a tented camp here. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving ChalaChaur we follow our trail that goes through a path paved with steep stones. We cross the forests of pine, birch as we ascend up to grassy pass at an elevation of 3500 metres. At the pass, we can get the glimpse of Mt. Kanjiroba. The twin peaks that towers above in the east is visible clearly from this point. We descend down from the pass through lush forests to meadows where we set up our tent for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We continue our trail along the Jaljala river and pass pine forests and terraced farmland. A temple named Kanak sundari that was built over 300 years ago is the major attraction for our journey today. We pay our visit to the temple. The temple has a great value amongst the Hindu pilgrims. We further follow our trail along the river and cross a bridge over the river before we descend down to reach Sinja village. Sinja village was once a capital of Malla kings. A village that lies upon an alluvial plain on the west bank of SinjaKhola has stones paved on the street that reflects so much about the Malla kings, their history and lifestyle. We walk further until we reach the village of Botan. We set up our tent at Botan. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We follow our path along the Ghattariver enjoying the beauty that lies in pristine and lush nature. As we march forward the scenic route winds up into a beautiful valley where we can see terraced farmlands. No sooner, we will find ourselves amidst the Rara National Park. Though the smallest national park, the richness in natural diversity is found in abundance. We spend rest of our time exploring the park and its ecological richness. We set up our tent at Gorosingha which is our stopping point for the day. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Gorosingha, we ascend up towards the Ghurchimara ridge at an elevation of 3710 metres. Though the trail looks quite strenuous, it’s not that demanding. Within one and half hour we will find ourselves on the top of the ridge admiring the panoramic views of mountains to the north and the stunning views of alluring nature all around. We further descend down from the ridge when the sparkling Raralake comes to our sight. We walk through birch and bamboo forest and crosKhatyarriver. We continue walking upstream until we stand right in front of the azure Raralake. We set up our tent in the bank of Raralake. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We have set aside two days to satisfy ourselves with the beauty that lies in the pristine water of Rara. Meanwhile, we can also explore the villages around Rara and get adhered to people, their lifestyle and culture. We also walk to the view tower that offers magnificent views of lake and surrounding hills. If you are interested in swimming, you can also enjoy swimming in the fresh water of the lake. We stay for next two nights in the bank of Rara lake. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After acknowledging the beauty of Raralake for two days, it’s time to depart from the lake and continue our trail to river camp. We cross a ridge and walk towards the Jhyari village. We stroll along the Jhyaririver and continue walking along terraced farmlands until we reach a Dhauligarkhola valley. We set our tent near the bank of the river under the backdrop of snow-capped mountain peaks. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today we pass various farmlands and enter the village of Pina. Pina is a small village with a police post and few hotels for accommodation. Leaving Pina, we ascend up to the GhurchiLagna Pass. We continue walking and pass various chortens, pastures, walnut groves and a narrow valley to a village to Chautha. We set up our tents for the night at Chautha. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Moving ahead along the Sinjariver, we pass the hotel and a clinic that lies under a hanging massive of rock at Kabra. The place is popular for Silaji which is considered as a medicinal mineral which is believed to be a cure to anything. We follow our trail and pass the villages namely Bumra and Nyawre. We climb up to a pasture at Tharamara where we set up our tent for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Our trail slopes gently upward towards Jumla.We pass birch trees on our way to DanpheLekh via Khali Lagna. The ridge offers some stunning views of mountains and Jumla village below. Leaving the top of the ridge, we descend down slowly until we reach Jumla. As we reach Jumla, we explore the village and stay at a tent in the village. Enjoy campfire as you sleep beneath the open sky admiring the beauty of stars in the sky. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we take a flight back to Nepalgunj. As soon we arrive in Nepalgunj, we take another flight that takes us to the capital city – Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and take rest for a while. Stay at the hotel for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Spend this day at your leisure in or around Kathmandu. You can take one of our optional day trips, relax or roam around Kathmandu city. Perhaps go for a massage – you deserve it – or do some last-minute shopping. Take a leisurely lunch in one of the many tea gardens or dine on one of the rooftop terraces. Overnight stay at the hotel (breakfast included).

After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop option from and to the airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3-star category hotel which is inclusive of breakfast
  • Transportation cost
  • Flight Cost
  • Three-time meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with the cup of tea during the trek
  • Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
  • First aid kit with basic medicines
  • Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Annapurna Sanctuary and trek
  • Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
  • Expenses related to our staffs (guide and porter)
  • A duffle bag, t-shirt and travel achievement certificate on the behalf of our company
  • Government taxes and office service charge during travel

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  • We provide such service with extra charge.
    (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: – Clients they have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

Unforgettable solo trek in Nepal

I did the Mardi Himal trek with Nepal Intrepid Treks as a solo hiker in November 2019. I learned that I would be traveling in the region on business only a few weeks in advance, and after some research I reached out to Lal for help in customizing an add-on personal trip that worked for my tight schedule and my desire to do a beautiful and challenging trek in the iconic Annapurna region. Mardi Himal was the perfect trek:
- It offered epic views of Annapurna South and Fishtail nearly the entire time, getting closer and closer each day until High Camp and Base Camp when you’re right in between them and it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
- It offered a good balance of physically demanding sections and relatively easy sections, as well as spots to catch your breath, have some masala tea and take in the scenery.
- It offered great elevation gains, so that you can experience firsthand the way the environment, weather, and level of exertion changes as you climb higher and higher.
- The trekking camps were comfortable and the meals were very good. The people who ran the camps as well as the other guides and trekkers were lovely.

Lal put together my entire itinerary, including a couple nights in nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a yoga class at a beautiful retreat outside Pokhara. He ensured that every detail was covered during my stay, and he was in touch throughout to make sure everything was going smoothly. As an experienced hiker and marathon runner we were able to shorten the trek to 5 days by combining some days for greater distance each day; this was great for me both for the level of difficulty I was seeking as well as my tight schedule. My guide Nisan and my porter Prabin were skilled, knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful and attentive, and fun to be around (not to mention they were great sports about the fast pace).

I’m beyond thrilled with the experience and the service level of Nepal Intrepid Treks. I will definitely come back for a longer trek, and I recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Thank you Lal, Nisan, Prabin, and the entire Intrepid team for being excellent guides in every sense of the word, going above and beyond to make my unique solo trip a success and a truly life-changing experience.

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dietrich325,
New York City, New York

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