Rara Lake Trek - 14 Days

Trip Facts
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Destination Nepal


  • Trek in the Rara National Park and come across wide species of flora & fauna
  • Get to enjoy tranquil trekking to the stunning Rara Lake
  • The trail is not crowded, and the landscapes are breathtaking
  • Explore the northwestern part of Nepal, rarely visited by a foreign traveller
  • Enjoy adventurous trekking and unspoiled views
  • Get to see the unique lifestyle and rich cultural heritage of the locals
  • Witness the mountain panorama of Sisne Himal, Mt. Saipal. Malika kand, Ruma Kand, Chuchemara Peak, etc


"Explore the Rara National Park and enjoy a serene venture to the gorgeous Rara Lake. Rara lake trek 14 days is a perfect trek if you are on a quest for an isolated trekking route in the Himalayas."

Rara lake is situated at 3,010 m/ 9,875 ft from sea level. It is the biggest freshwater lake in Nepal and is also part of the Ramsar site. Locals refer to this lake as the Queens of Lakes for its heavenly beauty. The Rara lake trek lets you traverse the remote northwestern part of Nepal, which is rarely visited by trekkers. You explore the Mugu and Jumla districts of Nepal. 

The Rara lake trek route goes through the Rara National Park, established in 1979. The trail is adventurous and goes through coniferous forests to snow-laden Himalayan mountains. You spend the night in picturesque villages and get to see the unique lifestyle of the locals. The Rara lake trekking teaches you the simplicity of life and allows you to untangle your thoughts. 

The temping landscapes during the Rara lake trek will make you feel you are in some other world. Far away from the chaos of modern city life, you embark on a once in a lifetime journey by joining the Rara lake trek. The region is not touched by the crowd of the trekkers yet so perfect for travellers who love tranquillity. 

Mountain views

The mountain views during the Rara lake trek 14 days are outstanding. First of all, let's talk about landscapes. This part of the Himalayas boasts those perfect paintings like landscapes. The lush green hills with a river/lake in front of it. The yaks and mules grazing on the meadows and waterfall thundering at one side of the space. And the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. 

Chuchemara Peak (4,039 m), Ruma Kand (3,731 m), Malika Kand (3,444 m), Sisne Himal (5,911 m), and Mt. Saipal (7,031 m) are some of the mountains you witness duringothe Rara Lake trekking. Apart from the Rara Lake itself, you come across rivers and passes. Likewise, the rich cultural representation of the locals along the way is worth the view. 


Rara lake trek is a moderate/difficult trek. The terrain is rough and steep. We recommend this trek to someone who has previous hiking experience. The isolation and limited services along the trekking route, Rara lake trekking furthermore difficult. Along with good fitness, the trekkers have to be mentally prepared to endure the scarcity of the basic tourist infrastructure that other famous trekking routes offer. 

Altitude Sickness

The Rara lake trek does see that much of a high altitude. So, in terms of altitude sickness, there is a very slight chance of it. Our Rara lake trek itinerary is well designed and does not ascend more than 500 metres a day. Therefore, you'll get enough time to acclimatise. Likewise, the itinerary also has rest days. 

Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness you should know are difficulty in breathing, insomnia, headache, and loss of appetite. We understand it may get tough to drink lots of water during the trek, but you have to keep yourself hydrated to avoid altitude sickness. 


To prepare for the Rara lake trek, do exercises that involve cardio. Activities like swimming, jogging, running, and cycling are perfect to build your stamina. Also, if you are going to get a new pair of shoes, then wear them a few times and get used to them. 


To do the booking for Rara lake trek 2022/2023 excursions, you can check our departure dates on the package page. If our dates do not suit your availability, you can customise the trek. For more information, get in touch with us. 

Check out these trekking packages that lead to other beautiful lakes in the Himalayas- Tilicho Lake Trek, Gokyo Lake Trek, Phoksundo Lake Trek, and Gosaikunda Lake Trek.

Trip Itinerary




  • Day 1:Welcome to the Tribhuvan International Airport & transfer to the hotel
  • Day 2:Free day for trekking preparation
  • Day 3:After breakfast, fly to Nepalgunj 
  • Day 4:Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2,540 m) then trek to Chere Chaur
  • Day 5:Chere Chaur to Chalachaur 
  • Day 6:Day 06: Trek to Botan via Sinja Khola (2,440 m)
  • Day 7:Botan to Ghorasain 
  • Day 8:Ghorosingha to Rara Lake 
  • Day 9:Explore Rara Lake
  • Day 10:Rara Lake to Pina via Jhyari (2,580 m)
  • Day 11:Pina to Bumra
  • Day 13:Fly to Nepalgunj, then fly to Kathmandu the same day
  • Day 14:Join with a different program or farewell

Our airport representatives will be at the international airport on your arrival day. They will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. We do not disturb you and let you relax after your long flight. Meet us at the complimentary welcome dinner in the late evening.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner

You have one extra day in Kathmandu for sightseeing and preparing for the trek. In the morning, our tour guide will accompany you to famous monuments in Kathmandu like Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

After lunch, you get to meet your trek guide and begin trek preparation. Double-check the trekking gear and do the final packing. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast only

Our team will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at the domestic airport. You'll fly to Nepalgunj today. It's one of the hottest places in Nepal. The entire day is free. We recommend you visit the local market and other tourist sites in the city.


  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The day begins with another scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. It's the starting point of our trek. From Jumla, we trek north and soon reach Micha village. There are numerous stupas here built in the 15th century. Further, following a rock-strewn path, we hike to Chere Chaur for the night's stay. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2900m

Continue the trek along a steep rocky path and ascend through lush forests of pine & birch. We then cross a grassy pass at 3,500 metres. The view of Kanjiroba and the twin peaks from here is phenomenal. The trail then descends and further goes through a forest to Chalachaur. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,500 m

Following a downhill route, we reach Sinja Khola. From here, we walk following Jaljala Khola and trek through a dense pine forest. The trail then continues along with terraced fields and takes us to Sinja village. From here, we walk on an uphill trail along a river to Ganj. It is a small village. From here, we walk by an impressive gorge to Botan village. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,690 m

Today, it is a short walk from Botan to Ghorasain. We leave the Sinja Khola behind and follow another stream called Ghatee Khola. The trail ascends to a small beautiful valley and further passes by farmlands & water mills. We then walk for a few hours to reach Ghorasain, a small village in the Rara National park. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3190m

We wake up early in the morning and begin ascending toward the stunning Rara Lake. The trail is tranquil and offers a breathtaking landscape. From Ghorasain, we walk uphill to Chuchemara Danda (4,260 m). We then descend, enjoying jaw-dropping mountain scenery and walk through a lush woodland of bamboo & birch to Khatyar Khola. Crossing this Khola, we finally reach Rara Lake. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,260 m

We take an acclimatisation day at Rara Lake. The day begins leisurely. We'll explore the nearby areas and soak in the beauty of the emerald Rara Lake. The views of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the backdrop are just out of this world. 


  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Rara Lake to Pina via Jhyari (2,580 m)

Duration:5 hours

After having a warm breakfast, we enjoy a pleasant descent to Pina. The trail first ascends to a ridge top called Jhyari village. From here onward, we follow the Jhyari Bira Khola and cross the Dhaulagiri Khola valley. The route ascends all the way up to Pina, a small farm village with a police post. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,440 m

Pina to Bumra

Duration: 4-5 hours

The trail from Pina ascends to the Ghurchi Lagna pass (3,480 m). From here, we descend to the main valley and pass by many villages. The scenery along the way is fantastic. We spend the night in Bumra village. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,850 m

We fly back to Nepalgunj and take another flight to Kathmandu today. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we drop you at the hotel. The remaining day is free. You can relax and enjoy the city. Later, meet us over farewell dinner in the night and stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel.


  • AccommodationOvernight in the hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & farewell dinner

We say goodbye to each other. Meet us for the last time, if possible, in our office. Our airport representatives will drop you at the international airport terminal gate.

    It is our regular itinerary if you are looking for a personalized or planning an offline trip. Please, feel free to share our travel experts.

    Trip Map

    Rara Lake Trek - 14 Days map

    Cost Details

    • Airport pick up and drop.
    • Guide and porters.
    • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in trekking.
    • Tea house/lodge accommodation.
    • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
    • All land transportation.
    • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
    • All require national park and entry Permit.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, for guide and porters.
    • Sightseeing with guide and  transport.
    • All government taxes.
    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).

    Essential Info


    Best time

    Trek to Rara Lake in the spring and autumn seasons to enjoy a fantastic trek. The months of March, April, October, and November have the most stable weather and clear views of the mountains. The breezy days with the greenery of the region make the trek excellent. 

    Apart from these two seasons, you can also consider trekking in early December if you fancy enjoying the winter landscape and frozen lake. Trekking in winter is very challenging so prepare nicely.


    Rara lake trek is a teahouse trek. You can also do this trek as a camping trek. We provide full board support for camping treks. On the other hand, the teahouse is simple and clean. The rooms are double beds with clean blankets. The mattresses will not be the most comfortable but good enough to spend the night. 

    The washroom is usually common. Some places may have private washrooms. Likewise, there are basic facilities provided in the teahouse. You may not get a hot shower everywhere. 


    The meal options provided in the teahouse are simple too. As the Rara lake trek route is very isolated and rarely visited by trekkers, the trail has not grown muchin terms of tourist infrastructure like other famous trekking routes in Nepal. 

    The best meal option is Nepali dal bhat tarkari. It's a filling meal Nepalese have for lunch and dinner. Steamed rice is served with lentil soup and veggies, along with a few other side dishes. You can have a veg or non-veg meal as per your wish. Make sure to ask about the freshness of the meat. 

    Group/private joining

    Join a group and trek to Rara lake, or go on a private group trekking with your friends. Likewise, do solo trekking with the best guide and a porter. We are very flexible with our policy and also provide tailor-made treks.

    If you want to join the Rara lake trek at the last minute, contact us and let us know your requirements. We'll provide you with the best service even if you book a trek at the last minute. 

    Child Policy

    Trekking with a child in the Himalayas can get very challenging, specifically in isolated regions like this one. Rara Lake trekking is not an easy trek in terms of facilities along the way, so you have to be very well prepared if you want to do this with your kid. 

    For a better experience, we recommend doing a camping Rara trek. Get in touch with us to know more in detail about our child policy and what we can offer you.

    Travel Insurance

    Given the isolation of the Rara lake trek route, we advise travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation. If any medical emergency occurs with you while trekking, we need travel insurance to give you prompt help. A foreigner cannot take out travel insurance in Nepal, so get it in your country and carry documents with you.



    • Q1. What is the best time to visit Rara Lake?

      March to April and October to November are the best months to visit Rara Lake. The crystal clear sky, pleasant climate, and stunning mountain views make the trip phenomenal. If you can cope with the cold and want to explore a winter wonderland, then visit Rara Lake from late December till February.

    • To Rara lake, you have to take two domestic flights to reach Jumla, from where the trail begins. You can fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhupal to reach the starting point of the trek. Or fly from Nepalgunj to Tancha (Mugu) and walk for three hours to reach Rara lake on the same day.

    • The Rara lake is famous for its clean water, heavenly view, and snow trout fish. It is also a pilgrimage site in Nepal.

    • Yes, you can drive to Rara lake thanks to the recent construction of the Surkhet Jumla section of Karnal Highway. You have both airways and ride options to Rara Lake.

    • Yes, it snows at Rara. Moreover, the snow goes over two feet at a certain time of the winter season and makes the trail accessible. 

    • To go to Rara Lake by road, first, you have to take a local bus to Nepalgunj and continue to Kalikot. From here, you have to take another bus to Nagma and change the vehicle to Gamgadhi. From Gamgadhi, it's a five hours hike to Rara Lake.

    • From Kathmandu, Rara Lake is 864 kilometres away.

    • In winter, the weather at Rara Lake drops below zero degrees Celsius. It's very cold, and the region sees heavy snowfall.

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