Rara Lake Trek- 7 Days

Tour Overview

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7 Days

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Best Time

Spring and Autumn

Tour Description

Trekking to Rara Lake, also known as the Queen of Lakes, is an incredible adventure that takes you through the rugged terrain of the Karnali province. The trek is considered the shortest in the province, covering a distance of approximately 12 km from Talcha airport to Rara Lake. At an elevation of 2990 meters above sea level, Rara Lake, also known as Mahindra Tal in Nepal, is the largest lake in Nepal, and its crystal clear blue waters are a sight to behold.

The trek to Rara Lake is a fantastic opportunity to explore the pristine beauty of Nepal's natural environment, which includes dense pine and juniper forests and snow-capped mountain peaks. It is located in Rara National Park, which is the smallest protected national park in Nepal, making it a unique and valuable experience for trekkers looking to explore the natural wonders of Nepal.

In addition to its stunning natural scenery, the Rara Lake trek also offers a glimpse into the remote culture and lifestyle of the local people, who have maintained their traditional way of living for generations. As you trek through the rugged terrain, you'll encounter friendly locals, who will warmly welcome you and share their cultural traditions with you.

One of the highlights of the trek is the Murma Top, which offers a panoramic view of Rara Lake, the lush forest surrounding it, and the snow-capped mountain peaks that soar up to the skyline. Trekking up to the Murma Top is a rewarding experience, as you get to witness the beauty of the region from a bird's eye view.

Overall, the Rara Lake trek is an excellent choice for those looking to explore the natural wonders of Nepal and experience its rich cultural heritage. It's an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.

Ideal Season for Rara Lake Trekking

When heading for a hike, one needs to be mindful about the season they decide to go. And what exactly time of year is ideal for Rara Lake Trekking? Hiking Bees advise you to reserve this excursion for the spring and autumn seasons.

Through splitting these seasons further, spring lasts from March to May. These are pleasant hiking months because of the milder weather. During this season, the flowers are in full bloom, and the pathway is lined with petals and leaves. Autumn, which lasts from September to November, is the second-optimal season. These months are characterized by vibrant clouds and a refreshing atmosphere. Normally, we advise avoiding hikes to Rara Lake in the summer. Although, Hiking Bees would be pleased to plan a suitable Himalayan trip to the Rara Lake if your timetable for visiting Nepal is scheduled during the summer.

Suggested Preparation: 

To undertake the Rara Lake Trekking, you should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months before the trek. Some of the suggested preparations include:

Physical Preparation:

Rara Lake Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:

 Regular exercise: Start doing cardio exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming to improve your endurance and stamina.

Strength training: Incorporate strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg presses to build leg muscles and increase your overall strength.

Altitude training: You can train your body for high altitude by doing stair climbing, hiking, or trekking on nearby hills or mountains.

Mental preparation:

Mental preparation is equally important for as physical preparation. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey.

Research: Research about the trek, its challenges, and the culture and customs of the region. This will help you to have realistic expectations and avoid culture shock.

Meditation: Meditation helps to calm your mind and improve your mental strength. You can start with short meditation sessions and gradually increase the duration and frequency.

Positive Attitude: Having a positive attitude helps you to overcome challenges and enjoy the journey. You should focus on the beautiful scenery and the experience rather than the difficulties.


How challenging is Rara Lake Trekking?

The Rara Lake Trekking, is the most popular and demanding hiking destination based on the unexplored trekking trails as well as feedback from hikers. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this walk, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. As this is a high-altitude trek with unpaved roads, normal people can have difficulties in breaking and walking. 

However, there is always a workaround. Beginners may get ready for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Walking in the dusk and at the dawn, Remaining hydrated, Meditation and Yoga, Remaining hydrated, Nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym and so on.

You should plan your trip with warm clothes and comfortable boots for pleasant hike along with raincoats or umbrellas as the weather of the Himalayan region is mostly drizzly. When in the journey, we are here to ease your hike with the availability of guides, who will give you directions and porters, who will carry your luggage and oxygen cylinders.

So if you are an enthusiast and an adventure-loving person, now is the chance to explore the Rara Lake Trek – 7 days with Hiking Bees.


Rara Lake Trekking by Hiking Bees

Hiking Bees is a professional Nepalese trekking company with a team of professional guides, who efficiently run a variety of treks and vacations. Locals from the region where you will be hiking serve as our guides and carriers. They are knowledgeable in hike routes and schedules and have received extensive training. Rara Lake Trekking is unquestionably a fantastic, ideal location for trekkers. We also suggest other lengthy alternatives if you're searching for other variations of Rara Lake Trekking.

With Hiking Bees, you can travel anywhere for a reasonable price, capture your precious moments, and enjoy your vacation. You may schedule your upcoming travel with us straight away!!

Tour Highlights

  • Experience a trek in Karnali province, with the opportunity to witness the largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake.
  • Explore the pristine beauty of the Rara Lake with its turquoise blue waters, surrounded by lush pine and juniper forests.
  • Get to know the typical remote culture and scenery which are different from the rest of Nepal.
  • Trek through the Rara National Park, the smallest protected national park in Nepal, and see its unique flora and fauna.
  • Trek to Murma Top and get rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Rara Lake, the surrounding forest, and snow-capped mountain peaks.
  • Enjoy the peaceful and serene environment of the remote regions of far west Nepal.
  • Have a chance to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their daily life and culture.

Tour Includes

  • All kinds of transportation services, notably private vehicles and airport shuttles.
  • 2 nights lodging plus breakfast at a 3-starred tourist standard Kathmandu hotel.
  • Finest possible double-split lodge-to-lodge accommodation throughout the hike,
  • Breakfast, day meal, and supper are all included in the full board hike package, along with tea and coffee.
  • One incredibly skilled, accommodating, and kind guide plus one porter (1 porter for two individuals), and all of the staff's meals, lodging, and so on.
  • Administrative fees and governmental taxes.
  • Emergency Rescue Arrangement service which will be funded by your travel insurance.
  • First-aid supplies include an oxygen meter to check pulse rate.
  • Energy Supplements (Cookies, chocolate bar, etc.) once in a day.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali kitchen.

Tour Excludes

  • Your entrance visa and international travel costs.
  • Meals not listed in the "Daily food Inclusions".
  • Personalized hiking kit.
  • Traveling insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porter.
  • Drinks, snacks, water as well as other individual needs and expenses.

Detailed Itinerary

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

Highest Altitude : 1,300m/ 4,264ft
Meals : Welcome Drinks

At the Kathmandu airport's arrival zone, staff from our service will be waiting for you with your nameplate. Once you arrive, the staff will greet you and take you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. A description of our arrangements will be provided to you by the hotel when you check-in.

Trek Distance : 1 hr Flight (approx)
Meals : B,L,D

Today you will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a journey that takes about an hour. During the flight, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas. Once you arrive in Nepalgunj, you will have some free time to explore the area and acclimatize to the warmer weather. You can visit some of the local markets and try some of the delicious local food.

Trek Distance : 7 km or 5 miles
Highest Altitude : 2,990m/9.810ft
Trek Duration : 3-4 hours
Meals : B,L,D

After a flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha Airport, you will begin your trek to Rara Lake. The trail starts through the beautiful pine and oak forests, and you will come across several small villages on your way. You will get to experience the local culture and lifestyle of the people living in these remote areas.

Once you reach Rara Lake, you will be mesmerized by the stunning view of the pristine blue lake surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the lake and taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Trek Distance : 8-9Km or 5-6 miles)
Highest Altitude : 3700m/12,139ft
Trek Duration : 4-5 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

On this day, you will hike to Murma View Point, which is located at an altitude of 3700m. The trail is steep, but the reward is the stunning panoramic view of Rara Lake and the surrounding mountains. You will also get a chance to spot some wildlife and exotic birds on your way. After reaching the Murma View Point, you can spend some time taking pictures and soaking in the beautiful views.

Trek Distance : 9 Km or 7 miles
Highest Altitude : 2,990m/9.810ft
Trek Duration : 5-6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

This is your last day at Rara Lake, and you will hike back to Talcha Airport. You can spend the morning exploring the area around the lake, taking in the serene surroundings, and enjoying the fresh mountain air. The hike back to Talcha Airport will be through the same trail, but you will have a different perspective of the landscape as you descend. Once you reach Talcha Airport, you can take some time to relax and reminisce about the beautiful memories of the Rara Lake trek.

Meals : B,D

This is your final day of the trek. You will take a flight from Talcha to Nepalgunj and another flight to Kathmandu, which will take approximately 1 hour and cover a distance of 430 km.

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can rest and reflect on your trekking experience. You can visit some of the famous tourist attractions in Kathmandu such as the Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Durbar Square. You can also explore the streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub, and buy some souvenirs to take back home. 

At the evening, we will have a farewell dinner discussing about the journey with the staff members and call it a day.

Meals : B

This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We really enjoyed hosting you. Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.

FAQs Section

Rara Lake is located in the Mugu District of western Nepal, near the border with Tibet. It is the largest lake in Nepal with a surface area of 10.8 square kilometers.

The trek takes around 7-12 days, depending on the itinerary and route chosen. The standard trek route starts and ends in Jumla and covers around 52 kilometers.

The Rara Lake Trek is considered a moderate trek with some challenging sections. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and high altitude. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness and some trekking experience.

Yes, you need a permit to go on the Rara Lake Trek. You will need to obtain a Trekking Permit from the Nepal Tourism Board or a local trekking agency. You will also need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

Accommodation during the Rara Lake Trek is mostly basic lodges and tea houses. These offer basic facilities such as a bed, blankets, and a shared bathroom. It is advisable to bring your sleeping bag and warm clothes.

Nearby attractions include the Rara National Park, which is home to rare wildlife such as musk deer and snow leopards, as well as the beautiful Himalayan landscapes.

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