RARA NATIONAL PARK - 7 Days

Rara Lake at 2,990 m, is the deepest lake in Nepal and also one of the most pristine. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, covered in juniper trees, one can camp by the sparkling waters of the lake. Go boating in the clear waters, hike to nearby hills for a closer view of the mountains and lake, get acquainted with the charming local people, or just walk around the large lake watching out for wild flowers or a rare bird along the way.

The park is surrounded by alpine coniferous vegetation and offers a representative sample of the region’s flora and fauna. More than 500 different kinds of flowers, 20 different species of mammals and 214 species of birds can be observed in the Rara National Park. As for life in the lake, the snow trout is one of the fish varieties recorded so far.

The rich vegetation of the park supports diverse species of wildlife including the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan thar, yellow-throated martin, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and common otter. During winter the park abounds in bird varieties like coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser and gulls. Migrant water fowl and gallinaceous birds can also be seen during certain seasons.

Rara in the far northwestern part of Nepal is the smallest national park in the country, while the Rara Lake is Nepal’s biggest lake. The lake is 167 m deep at some places, and drains into the rivers Mugu Karnali via Nijar Khola. Chuchemara Hill at 4,087 m is the best vantage point to enjoy magnificent views of the deep blue lake , the forested hillsides and the snow capped peaks around it.

The easiest means to reach Rara is to take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla, from where your destination is 2-3 days walk away. You could also start this refreshing trek in the hilly village of Jumla where apple orchards spread out over the hills.

The trek leads through remote countryside toward the Tibetan border. A journey into the Jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake is probably one of the most fascinating treks in the Himalaya undisturbed by hordes of trekkers as one finds on other trek routes.

The best time to visit the park is in the spring, summer and Autumn. As more people are now visiting the park, tourist services and infrastructure have developed over the years. However, for a great experience, it is still advisable to be self sufficient if you are traveling alone. Lake Rara is also a popular pilgrimage site for Nepalese.

Rara Lake at 2,990 m, is the deepest lake in Nepal and also one of the most pristine. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, covered in juniper trees, one can camp by the sparkling waters of the lake. Go boating in the clear waters, hike to nearby hills for a closer view of the mountains and lake, get acquainted with the charming local people, or just walk around the large lake watching out for wild flowers or a rare bird along the way.

Day 1
Drive Kathmandu - Surkhet. Overnight at Surkhet.

Kathmandu to Surkhet is 605 kilometers drive. Today we have to departs at sharp 5:30 AM so that we can reach Surkhet in Time. Surkhet is around 13 hours drive from Kathmandu. We will have breakfast and Lunch on the way. Will reach Surkhet in the evening (depending upon road condition and traffic on the way). Check in at Hotel. Free and relax. Dinner at Hotel.

Day 2
Drive Surkhet - Kalikot. Overnight at Kalikot.

Today we wake up early in the morning have breakfast at Hotel and get ready to drive to Kalikot. Our day journey begins at 6:30 AM in the morning. Surkhet to Kalikot is 150 kilometers drive. It take 7 – 8 hours to reach Kalikot. This is one the scenic drive of your journey where you will be travelling through Sal forest with beautiful views. Lunch will be on the way. You will reach Kalikot in the evening. Check in at Hotel. Free and relax. Dinner at Hotel.

Day 3
Drive Kalikot - Rara. Overnight at Rara.

Wake up early in the morning. Have breakfast and get ready for our destination “Rara Lake”. We continue our day drive via Sinja and Nagma. We will have our on the way. Nagma to Rara is and off-road drive. You will be travelling at the edge of Karnali river via villages and forest. It is around 4 hours drive. Upon reaching Talcha airport further you will drive around 20 – 25 minutes where we will park our Jeep. From there it is around 30 minutes walk to reach lake. As we will be staying in Guest House on the bank of the Rara Lake so we need to walk further 2 hours. Upon reaching Rara Lake we check in at Hotel. Free and relax. We will have dinner at Hotel.

Day 4
Rara Lake Excursion. Overnight at Rara.

Wake up early in the morning. This is your free day at Rara Lake. You can walk around, enjoy boating, have pictures and any other available optional tour like hike around etc yourself. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served at the Hotel. Free and relax.

Day 5
Drive Rara - Kalikot. Overnight at Kalikot.

Wake up in the morning have breakfast and begin our returning journey. We will walk couple of hours to catch our jeep where we parked. We will follow the same route while returning back as well. We will have our lunch on the way and following the same path will arrive kalikot in the evening. Check in at Hotel. Dinner at Hotel. Free and relax.

Day 6
Drive Kalikot - Surkhet. Overnight at Surkhet.

Day 7
Drive Surkhet - Kathmandu and our Rara Lake Tour ends.

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