• Duration:14 Nights 15 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 4260m
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Activity: Hiking & Trekking
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Rara Lake Trekking

Trek to Rara Lake is a magical moment. Situated at Far Western Region of Nepal, Rara Lake at 2,990m is the Biggest Lake and also one of the most pristine lakes in Nepal. Rara National Park is the smallest national park in the country with rich vegetation and diverse species of wildlife. Travelers can camp nearby the sparkling waters of the lake. Rara Lake preserved by Rara National Park is an ideal territory for observing endangered wildlife such as musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, goral, Himalayan Thar, etc. At Rara, altitude ranges from 1,800m to 4,048 m of untouched coniferous forest, blue pine, black juniper, oak, Himalayan cypress, and other relevant varieties. Remote and pristine trekking through such landscapes and vegetation makes Rara Lake Trekking a hidden gem in the Far Western Nepal.

Our Rara Lake Trekking starts with a fight to Nepalgunj followed by another mountain flight to Jumla next morning. Weather condition should be good for the flight to Jumla as the airport is situated in mountain region. One or two buffer days should be a great idea. Jumla is the starting and ending point of our trekking journey. The trek leads through remote countryside toward the Tibetan border. A journey into the secluded Jumla region and the mesmerizing Rara Lake is probably one of the most alluring treks in the Himalaya as it is quiet and undisturbed by the groups of other trekkers. Jumla is known for its fine apples and walking through these orchards can be a great local experience. The trail leads through the appealing villages of Hindu, Malla and Tibetan influenced tribes with their rich old traditions and customs. From Jumla, you will set forth on a journey that assures you greater isolation and a chance to be in the incredible Rara Lake. It is proudly addressed by the Nepalese as the ‘Queen of Lakes’.

On your journey to this beautiful region, you will not only be in the habitation of snowcapped mountains, forests and enchanting lakes but will also get to eye witness the rural life of the locals. Far Western Region of Nepal remains behind in terms of development compared to other region. Due to the nature of its landscape, the infrastructure is difficult. However, on a positive aspect, the people, lifestyle & culture that you will witness will be authentic, pure and a life changing experience in remote Nepal. Sinja Valley is another highlight of this trek. Sinja Valley was where the Nepali language originated from and the earliest examples of the “Devanagari” script from the 13th Century were found on the cliffs and in nearby Dullu. The trekking trail that is ‘off the beaten trail’ in nature has the characteristics of crossing a lot of ridges at an altitude of 3000m respectively and heads to the bizarre villages where the life of people exists but absolutely different from others. Tea Houses or Home stays will be very basic during this trekking. Carrying our own tents for camping is also an option for this amazing trek.

The best seasons for Rara Lake Trekking are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late October). As more travelers are now visiting the Rara National Park, tourist services and infrastructure have developed over the years. Especially at Rara Lake, we can find nice Tea Houses or Cottages and Camping facilities available too.

Highlights of Rara Lake Trekking

  • Pristine Rara National Park
  • Explore the natural beauty and serenity of Rara Lake also known as the ‘Queen of Lakes’
  • Sinja Valley where Nepali language was originated
  • Unique culture and lifestyle with beautiful flora and fauna protected within the national park’s obscuring boundaries
  • Relish a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jumla and back
  • One of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalaya of Nepal


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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m/4,264ft

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be staying before commencing the trip.

  • Hotel

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the trip. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. 

  • Breakfast and Welcome
  • Hotel

We fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which lies in the southwest part of the Terai, right on the border to India. After checking into our hotel we might visit the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple to honor Goddess Kali. Nepalgunj is known for its local bazaars, which have goods with cheap price rates. Here, not only do we see people from all over Nepal, but also people from Tibet and India; they all come here for trade.

  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Hotel

We once again take a flight to the sloping countryside of Jumla. Jumla is nestled in the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya where the major occupation is cultivating paddy making this place the highest place on earth to grow paddy. This city is the entrance for every enthusiast trekkers who want to explore the untouched Karnali region of Nepal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

From Jumla, we start our trekking to Rara Lake. Today, we leave Jumla valley and walk towards Chere Chaur. As this is the first day of our take, we will ascend gradually. Chere Chaur is an ideal farming village en route to Rara Lake. We will go through Khalanga Bazaar- and with a short climb walking along couple of other villages, we reach Chere Chaur.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Today, we follow the western trail and make a slow ascend through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests to Jaljala Pass 3,580m. We cross this pass which rewards you with an excellent view of Kanjiroba Himal and continue to trek through a pristine trail. After 5-6 hours of total walk, we enter into the main Rara circuit trail and reach Chalachaur.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Moving forward, we head towards Sinja valley, a charming pristine village with ancient demolished monuments and sculptured stones mostly covered with weeds and moss. Sinja valley was believed to be the capital city of the Khasa Kingdom from the 12th to the 14th century. En route, we will be accompanied by Jaljala River and after walking for 4-5 hours, we reach the beautiful Sinja Valley where we will stay overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

As the walk advances, we leave Sinja and follow the Hima River to reach a small village of Ganja. Our walk today will be of 4 hours approx. After that, we continue following another stream of Ghatte Khola towards North-East coming to a small valley, Ghorosingha. We will be here by early afternoon. So after lunch, we can walk around or just give a good rest to your body. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Today's trek will take us to the dazzling Rara Lake, also known as the ‘Queen of Lakes’. It’s the final destination of our trek. We start our hike today through the steep ascent apace with Chuchhemara Danda 4260m. From here, we observe the amazing panoramic view of surrounding landscapes with spellbinding views of Himalaya. Gradually, the trail starts to get a bit easier as we descend down glancing at mesmerizing Rara Lake through the forest of bamboo and birch trees. Then crossing Khatyar Khola and walking along upstream, we reach the crystal clear Rara Lake. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Rara Lake 2,990m is the deepest and the largest freshwater Lake in Nepal. We take an extra day to explore this ideal and spotless lake and its surroundings. After breakfast, we can hike around or move up to a wooden tower for the panoramic view of rich green quaint lake with snow capped snow giants in distance. Rara Lake is also known as Mahendra Lake after late king Mahendra. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Todays trail will be a moderate walk on the way leading to a ridge top at a small village known as Jhyari. Then the trail goes downwards following Dhauligar Khola all the way to a small farm village with police post and few houses serving as local tea houses, Pina where we stay overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Today, we descend in the morning and cross the Ghurchi Lagna 3480m. This is the highest stop of our trekking where you can witness chortens adorned with extensive prayer flags. Admiring the amazing nature and passing few villages rich in Gurung culture, we continue our descent and reach Bumra. Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Last day of trekking today; we start our morning walk from this village. We cross two suspension bridges above Hima River and a few hours downhill walk, we reach to a hot spring. After relaxing your body in the hot spring, we cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691m. Once we reach Cherechaur, we retrace the path that we took to Rara Lake and finally, reach Jumla

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House/ Homestay

Today, we take the morning flight available to Nepalgunj from Jumla. After reaching Nepalgunj, we again fly to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, give a proper rest to your body and be ready for the farewell dinner which will be hosted by Annapurna foothills for the successful completion of divine Rara Lake trekking.

Note:  Mountain weather can be challenging sometimes. Domestic and mountain flights in Nepal is hugely affected by weather condition. We suggest two or three buffer days for this trip. 

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. Check in at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours prior to your flight time. 

  • Breakfast

What's Included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu ; Three Nights on BB plan ( twin sharing rooms)
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj on One night
  • Accommodation during Trekking ; Ten nights local lodges/ tea house/ Home stay
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s T-shirt.
  • Energy Supplies; Snickers, Mars, Bounty etc. 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Special Permit s & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Domestic Flights Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jumla and vice-versa
  • All ground transfers Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).

Departure Dates

Start Date28 Apr, 2024End Date12 May, 2024AvailableUS$ 2300

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Rara Lake Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.

Rara Lake Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Rara Lake is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.

Useful Info

Why Trek to Rara Lake with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 15 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of the Year for the Rara Lake Trekking:

The best seasons for trekking in the Rara region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). The fall season is generally known to have the best weather, while the spring is exceptional for the beauty of spring flowers and rhododendron forests in bloom.

Temperatures on the Rara Lake Trekking:

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to -10 C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Rara Lake Trekking is a Tea House/ Homestay Trekking :

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. The lodges/ tea house in this area are basic and we believe our guests will enjoy this local experience.

Sherpa Support Staff:

  1. Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Drinking Water:

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.


The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

  • Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
  • First Aid Kit

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.


It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance:

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.