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Rara Lake Trekking

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Difficulty Level
  • Strenuous Strenuous

    The moderate trip is between the mediums and strenuous, the increasing altitude is the main harder part of this grade, altitude goes up to 4000meters, it requires the good physical fitness and health conditions.

Trip Duration

14 Days

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Trip Budget

USD 2750

Rara Lake Trekking

A beautiful and biggest lake Rara is located in the Mugu district at the altitude of 2,972m in the western part of Nepal. Travelling to Rara Lake is the most incredible and fascinating trail in the northwestern Himalaya. 

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  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • Finish At: Kathmandu
  • Countries: Nepal
  • Destination: Kathmandu-Jumla-Mugu-Jumla-Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude:3749m
  • Physical rating:
  • Trip Code: ATAH-RTRL
  • Group size: Any size, But we offer huge discount for any large group
  • Daily walking Hour: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Activities : Trekking and Camping


Rara Lake Trek is being most visiting trekking route of Nepal. It is a beautiful and biggest lake Rara lies in the Mugu district. The elevation of the lake is 2,972m from the sea level in the western part of Nepal in Karnali Zone. Rara Lake is the most incredible and fascinating trail in the northwestern Himalaya. Rara Lake Trek is an ideal choice for them who are interesting to do somehow solitude and wasteland trek. The scenery, off-road peep, off the beaten path is incomparable. The vibrant and deep blue lake reflects the beautiful snow-capped peaks and pine forest.

The lake gives you different outlooks in each changing season; low rainfall and the best time for a trek in summer, snow covered the edge of the lake during the winter, spring and autumn trekkers will be rewarded with the abundance alpine flowers with the azure sky, clear weather. It has spread with 5-kilometer length and 2-kilometer width. To watch the wildlife it is an best national park, where you can see the endangered Red Panda, musk deer, leopard, Ghorals, Thar, Himalayan black deer etc. and for the mid-October to November and March to April is the best season for the birds, because in that time the migrated birds will visit the Rara Lake.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrive in Kathmandu

    You will be welcomed by our airport representative at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02
    Pre Meeting and Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    Today, before commencing the day tour Apex the Asia Holidays organizes a small meeting to discuss the day tour and entire trek. In the meeting, we will finalize all the requirements for the trek, also you will be introduced to trekking leader and the city guide of the day. During the city tour you will visit mainly three sights of Kathmandu: Pashupatinath Temple, it is a largest Hindu shrine in the world. It also listed in the world heritage sites, Teej and Mahashivaratri is the main day of festival celebrate in the Temple. It the temple of Lord Shiva, the greatest god of the Hinduism. Likewise, you will visit next shrine that is of Buddhism, Buddha Stupa. and next is the royal palace, which was built in centuries ago by Malla dynasty; Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 03
    Fly to Nepalgunj

    Today we will fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu in the afternoon. The flight takes an hour. Nepalgunj located in the southwestern part of Nepal.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 04
    Nepalgunj- Jumla- Padmara

    The day beings with the panoramic flight to Jumla at the altitude of 2340m, it is an only one highest town where the paddy can grow. It is also the administrative town of Karnali zone. Once you landed at the Jumla, trekking of Rara Lake will be started. We off to Padmara the first camp through the right side of Chaudbise Khola along the pine forest, until get to Urthu (2520M) it is the meeting point of two rivers; Chaudnise Khola and Ghureseni Khola, cross a suspension bridge and steep ascends to thru the narrow gorge of Ghurseni Khola and finally reached at Padmara, which is at the altitude of 2740m. It is a village with native Kshetri, an ethnic group of Nepal.

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 05
    Padmara - Burma

    The continuing trail with following Ghurseni river and steeply climb and cross the first pass Ghurchi Langa (3557m). Once we cross the pass then descend about 200meter and cross the bridge to turn west. Again continuing to descend we reach Lah Gad (2743m) thru the dense forest and again cross the log bridge over the Sinja Khola, and again climb up to Burma (2830m). The pleasant valet Burma is the valley of Ghurchi Lekh north and Dwari Lekh south.

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 06
    Burma - Pina

    Today we are leaving to Pina (2,430m), the trail keep continues up steep way reach the Bharagoan (2890m). The zigzag trail continues to get Ghautha Khola cross the log bridge then trek to Pina thru the narrow ravine via Chautha.

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 07
    Pina- Rara Lake

    The track to Rara Lake is through the pine forest and the settlements of Topla (2,740m) and Jhari (2,460m). It is about eight kilometer from Pina. The view of Mugu Karnali in down and Himalaya of Humla is outstanding. And finally we reach at the meadows on the southern part of lake at the altitude (2,980m).

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 08
    Explore the Rara Lake

    Today is the rest day. We will walk around the lake explore.

    Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 09
    Rara Lake to Ghorasinga

    Today we off to Ghorasingha from Rara Lake, following Khatyer Khola that is the outlet of Lake. And steeply climb to Ghurchi Lake (3749m) once we reach at the top we can the close distance Himalaya. Then take down path to get Chuchemara Dada from the east side and reach at Ghorasinga.

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 10
    Ghorasiga to Sinja Valley

    Down trail is continue to the Botan (2,895m) the up and down trail cross the Diyabala Dada and Lumsa with good views of Sinja valley. It is the wonderfully fertile and there are numerous archaeological offcuts from the Malla empire of the fourteen century.

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 11
    Sinja Valley to Chere Chaur

    After crossing the log bridge over the Sinja Khola then follow the south bank of Jaljale Gad and after few hours we ascend the ridge. The up and down trail finally gets to Chere Chaaur via Ju Gad with many time crossing the streams.

    Overnight at the tented camp.
  • Day 12
    Cherechaur to Jumla

    Chere Chaur is a charming alpine meadowland. The downward view of Jumla, Tila valley and Chyakhurey Lekha is a very perfect. The short descend from Chaur we will reach at Jumla.

    Overnight at the tented camp
  • Day 13
    Fly to Nepalgunj and take next flight to Kathmandu

    Early morning get up and ready for Nepalgunj flight. Once we landed at Nepalgunj then after few hours we fly to Kathmandu with concluding the trip. In the evening Apex the Asia Holidays will provide a cultural dinner at Nepal Cultural Restaurant with Nepali folk songs and dance.

    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 14
    Trip conclude. Final departure

    The entire trip is concludes. Apexs airport representative or your trekking will come to the hotel and drop at Tribhuwan International Airport.


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Trip Includes

Price Includes

  1. Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu. (3 nights on a BB plan)
  3. Twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Nepalgunj. (1 night on a BB plan)
  4. Full-board meals during trek.
  5. Ground transportation to and from Kathmandu on a reserved tourist vehicle.
  6. Airfare from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Jumla-Nepaljung-Kathmandu, including airport departure taxes in both airports, for clients and guide(s).
  7. Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a reserved tourist vehicle.
  8. English-speaking local guides. All our guides are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and have received high-altitude first-aid and eco-sustainability training.
  9. The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek. We assign one porter for every two guests.
  10. Meals, accommodation, remuneration, equipment, medicine for our field staff and insurance.
  11. Rara Lake Conservation Park and all trekking permits.
  12. Farewell dinner on the night before departure at a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide and an office staff will accompany you.
  13. All government taxes and official expenses.

Please Note:
If you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, including breakfast.The price is USD 60 per person per night for single room and USD 75 per night for a double (twin sharing) room.

Trip Exclude

Price Excludes

  1. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  2. Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person).
  3. Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa without doubt upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  4. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  5. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  6. Personal trekking equipment.
  7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
  8. Others expenses not mentioned in the includes section.

Equipment List

This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Upper Mustang. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.

Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in the day time, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.

  1. Day Pack
  2. Duffel Bag
  3. Down jacket and sleeping bag
  4. Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  5. A baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
  6. Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears
  7. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
  8. UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in the mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
  9. Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in the mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.


  1. A pair of linear synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
  2. A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
  3. A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  1. Two cotton t-shirts.
  2. A synthetic t-shirt.
  3. Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
  4. A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. The full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
  5. A medium to heavyweight expedition down parka w/hood.
  6. For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Three pairs nylon hiking shorts, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton
  3. Two pairs lightweight long underwear
  4. Pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable
  5. Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
  6. Pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  7. Pair cotton pants
  8. Especially for the women a full-length skirt.


  1. At least four pairs of liner socks, synthetic.
  2. Three pair heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks
  3. A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
  4. A pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
  5. A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
  6. Sandals are optional for the trek.

Medicine and First Aid

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  3. Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness


Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.

Miscellaneous, but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Airline ticket(s)
  3. Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
  4. Immunization record
  5. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport
  6. Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
  7. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  8. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  9. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc


  1. A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for the downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
  2. Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
  3. Books and other devices for relaxing during the trek and rest time.
  4. For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras.
  5. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  6. A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to avoid that chilly late night trip
  7. A small stainless steel thermos

The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.

Please Note: The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.

Altitude Sickness Info

Acute Mountain Sickness may happen when the travellers rapidly up to the height of 3000m. Our itineraries are designed with rest days. Once when you arrived in high altitude, your acclimatization line will rise your body to start adjust. The commonly happened in altitude are shortness of breath, light headache, whereas the mountain sickness is quite different which involves the severe headache, vomiting etc.

The trained and expert guides will everyday advise you about your health conditions, requirements and altitude sickness while you are trekking, hiking and climbing. That’s why you should not be worry about the sickness. Also we would like to recommend you to meet your doctor, advisor before you start your travel.

Given some information helps you to get rid from the Acute Mountain Sickness.

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.

Normal AMS Symptoms
The given altitude symptoms may every trekkers will have experience but no worries these are common.
  1. Need more sleep than normal sleep time
  2. Occasional loss of hunger.
  3. Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
  4. Periodic breathing.
  5. Runny nose.
  6. Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign)
  7. Dizziness.

Minor AMS Symptoms
The trekkers when they entry on high Himalayan Valleys get mild AMS that your having symptoms. The symptoms to be altitude sickness at least you have given one indication.

  1. Hard to breath
  2. Dizziness
  3. Dry raspy cough
  4. Runny nose
  5. Loss of hunger
  6. Weakness
  7. Nausea
  8. Mild headache

What to do when Minor Symptoms does not stop?

  1. If the symptoms developing while walking, then stop and take relax, drink water. Drink frequently.
  2. If symptoms do not stop and developing continuously then stop take rest and drink water and take Diamox of 125 -250mg. Drink more water.
  3. If symptoms growing in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
  4. If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
  5. If the symptoms continue getting worse then you have to descending for a few hours which is more merits than staying at the same altitude.

Serious AMS Symptoms
The given conditions are quite danger so descend immediately

  1. Severe headache.
  2. Persistent vomiting and dizziness.
  3. Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk)
  4. Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions.
  5. Hallucinations.
  6. Liquid sounds in the lungs.
  7. Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
  8. Difficulty breathing.
  9. Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
  10. Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign)
  11. Severe lethargy/fatigue.
  12. Marked blueness of face and lips.
  13. High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute)
  14. Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse

Dangerous cases of AMS

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

The brain swelling with the fluid is HACE. It involves disorientation, lethargy and nausea. Before attacking the HACE, patient will have the symptoms of fever, ataxia, photophobia, and rapid heartbeat. Unconsciousness and coma from HACE can be lead to death within 12-20hrs from the onsets of symptoms. In the initial phase of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and dexamethasone.

Normally, 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. The patient must have to be descended.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

The condition, that buildup the fluid in the air sacs of lungs is HAPE. HAPE symptoms start progressively within 2-4 days in high altitude. Shortness of breath at rest, cough, weakness and chest tightness and at least two of; fast heart beat rate, wheezing heard in lungs, bluish appearance of the skin are the symptoms of HAPE. Descent to the lower altitude is needed if patient does not get better with oxygen. The Gamow Bag may be use to the lower altitude if a person is in the backcountry unable to descend immediately because of weather.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

  1. Plenty of acclimatization above 3500 meters.
  2. Do not take sleeping pill, no alcohol and smoking
  3. Drink more water (Boiled, mineral/ clean or treated) or any fluids – at least 4 litters per day.
  4. Climb up high altitude and sleep at low altitude.
  5. Never do trek/ travel without guide and porters
  6. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, and guidebook.
  7. Must have to decent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

First Aid Kit
First aid kit is a basic list of common medicines.

  1. Bandage for sprains
  2. Plasters/Band-Aids
  3. Iodine or water filter (optional)
  4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
  5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
  7. Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
  8. Oral rehydration salts
  9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
  10. Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
  11. Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium - optional)
  12. Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
  13. Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
  14. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  15. Gel hand cleaner.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Jumla Village
  • Visit Rara Lake
  • Set out Ghurchi Lake -Khari Langa Pass
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I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepals and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2013, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like myself, he explained and shared with us his cult Linda Nguyen
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