Jumla Rara Trek 15-Days

Jumla Rara trek

Trip Highlights

Rara trek is in the remote wilderness of west Nepal, offering a superb experience of nature and unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal. The trek begins with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla.

This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside. Jumla – Rara Lake Trek throughout caters unusual glimpses of culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and eventually culminates to the Rara Lake inside Rara National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper, and spruce, whilst in the background, you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Rara trek is in the remote wilderness of west Nepal, offering a superb experience of nature and unusual glimpses of culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal. The trek begins with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu followed by a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. From Jumla, you will set forth on a journey that promises greater solitude and a chance to be in the presence of the fantastic Rara Lake-the highest lake in Nepal. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows full of flowers and forests of pine, juniper, and spruce. During our trek, we will also be entering the Rara National Park which is considered to be one of the finest parks in the world and is an ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, and other exotic animals.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 3,450m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

You will be warm welcomed at airport by our office representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will give brief explanation about the program. This day you can stay within the hotel or enjoy night at Thamel, Kingsway especially famous for clubs and bars.

This day, you will visit much cultural heritage, which includes some of the famous world’s heritages like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath stupa and many more. You can do shopping various Nepalese cultural kinds of stuff on this day.

Generally, we go via Nepalgunj to get to Dolpo so, firstly we will fly to Nepalgunj and spent food time in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj has situated in southwestern part of Nepal a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritage. It includes Bageshowri temple, Nepal’s one of the important Hindu temples.

We take a thirty-minute scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. On reaching Jumla, we interact with the trekking crew and begin our trekking after lunch. We traverse northwards out of the Jumla Valley. Soon after trekking for an hour, we encounter a small village of Micha bearing a small walled enclosure and a number of Buddhist stupas. These stupas were erected at around late 15th century, in the memory of important dignitaries of the region. The trail further leads to rock-strewn path and at last ends at Chala Chaur.

We leave Chala Chaur and follow a trail moving along path of steep stones. While ascending, we cross through birch, pine forests and grassy pass at approx 3500m. From this point Kanjiroba becomes visible in the east with its twin peaks towering over the adjacent area. Further on, we descend as the trail opens into lush forests. After trekking for a couple of hours, we finally stop at a suitable campsite in the meadows nearby some shepherd’s huts.

We walk along the Jaljala Khola through pine forests of and terraced farmland. En route the trail passes the 300-year-old Kanaksundari Temple. The temple holds immense religious significance for Hindus. The route further bends along the main river. Crossing a thick plank bridge, we finally descend to reach Sinja village. Sinja village rests upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, also called the Sinja Khola. Sinja was once the ancient capital of the Malla kings. There are stones lying along the trail that foretell the history of Malla dynasty. After lunch, we head to Botan. On the way, we pass through a spectacular gorge and finally reach the village of Botan.

Leaving Sinja Khola, we follow the trail along Ghatta Khola amid the unparallel beauty of nature. The sinuous route winds up into terraced farmland and beautiful valley. Soon we find ourselves within the territory of Rara Lake National Park. We come across primitive flour mills and police post on the way. Rara Lake National Park houses a unique and rich ecosystem. We can spend half an hour exploring the beauty of the park or simply doing whatever we feel like. We spend the night in Gorosingha.

We walk away from Gorosingha and ascend to the Ghurchi Mara ridge [3710m] for one and half hour. The trail is not as strenuous as it looks. On reaching the crest of the ridge, we get to experience an excellent panorama to the north, flaunting irresistible beauty and charm. As the trail descends, Rara Lake becomes visible on the northeast. The trail further passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola. We then follow the river upstream to Rara Lake, where we savor the most fascinating trekking experience amid the beauty of nature.

We now have 2 days set aside to explore the area, including the old village of Rara. We can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. We can even visit the National Park Headquarters. Swimming is allowed in the lake and it is piercingly refreshing. This can be a perfect way for acclimatization.

We depart from Rara Lake and continue skirting along the target destination. On crossing a ridge, we enter the village of Jhyari. Strolling by the Jhyari Khola, the trail further follows terraced farmlands. As we approach Dhauligar Khola valley, we find a suitable campsite near the river bank. We also get to witness an exotic charisma of nature and an outstanding panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks.

As Dhauligar Khola blurs out of our trekking route, we pass through farmland and then enter the village of Pina. Pina has a police post and some hotels. We continue climbing to the Ghurchi Lagna Pass and come across several small chortens, alpine-like pastures, walnut groves and a narrow valley. Finally, the steep slope guides us into the village of Chautha where we conclude the trek of the day.

From Chautha, the trail follows the northern bank of the Sinja Khola past the hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kabra. Silaji found in this area is the source of the important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything. The route then passes through the villages of Bumra and Nyawre, before climbing to the pasture at Tharamara.

Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jumla. We meet tall birch trees on our way to the Khali Lagna and Danphe Lekh. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain ridges to the south and Jumla below. Further on, we descend steeply to the first night’s campsite. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. We then follow the same route back to Jumla. After reaching Jumla, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

We take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. You can spend the rest of the day shopping and general sightseeing.

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc. – ask us.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Fully Catered Camping Trek (FOT).
  • National park fees.
  • All domestic airfare.
  • Airport transfers and escort.
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with entry fees.
  • 3 nights accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary in private vehicle.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International flight.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature.
  • Client’s insurance.

FAQs

This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside. Jumla – Rara Lake Trek throughout caters unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and eventually culminates to the Rara Lake inside Rara National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

Any physically fit person can do this moderate trek anytime in March to May and October to early December.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
Head

Sun hat or scarf
Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries
Face

Sunscreen
Sunglass with UV protection
Face/body wipes
Hands

Lightweight gloves
Heavy weight winter gloves
Body

Hiking shirts
Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
Hooded rain jacket
Fleece jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
Polypropylene underwear
down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
Sweater
Water proof jacket and pants
Footwear

Hiking Boots that been worn in
Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
Essential gear

Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
Thermal bottle
Water purification
Trekking pole
Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )
Toiletries

Medium size drying towel
Tooth brush
Toothpaste
Deodorant/ floss
Bio degradable bar soap
Nail clippers
Small mirror
Personal accessories

Money
Watch
Cell phone
Camera
Extra items
First aid kit
Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
Notebook and pen
Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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