Rara Lake Trek and Tour - 8 Days

Tagged as the biggest and the deepest Lake of Nepal, whatever you see, touch and feel once you reach Rara Lake will be a one-of-a-kind experience. The scenery is extraordinary as you will notice a beautiful 10.8 sq. km big and 167 m deep blue lake in the middle of deep conifer forest. One of the most beautiful natural phenomena of the lake is it never freezes even in the winter being situated at an altitude of 2990 m. We will also view the scenic river of Karnali which is the longest river in Nepal. Rara Lake tour is one of the best ecotourism destinations as Rara national park is home to 214 species of bird and over 20 mammals of different species. 

Endless green forest, deep blue untouched lake, magnificent mountain range, and an experience for a lifetime are guaranteed once you backpack and traverse to this unique destination.

Overview

Starting Trek point: Talcha

Ending Trek point: Talcha

Highest altitude to gain: Rara Lake (2990 m)

Difficulty: 0.5 out of 5

Seasons to avoid trekking here: None (Avoid Jeep ride in rainy season)

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1400m)
Your arrival will be awaited by our representatives at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). You will be transferred to the hotel rooms in the city along with your luggage. There is no specific activity designated for this day. You will meet the rest of the trekking team and representatives and you will have all the freedom to prepare yourself for the next day.

Overnight in Kathmandu
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Kohalpur (11-12 hours)

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1400m), Kohalpur (175 m)
We will start our adventurous ride from the capital of Nepal. It is about an 11 to 12-hour ride and the road is comfortable. We will have to cover approximately 535 km today to reach the western city of Kohalpur. We pass through the Banke national park enjoying the hilly landscape and mesmerizing rivers throughout the way.
We have the luxury of selecting from a variety of Hotels in Kohalpur once we arrive in this beautiful city.

Overnight in Kohalpur
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 3
Drive from Kohalpur to Manma (Kalikot) (7-8 hrs)

Altitude information: Kohalpuri (175 m), Surkhet (1000 m), Manma (2033 m)

We start driving early in the morning and head towards Surkhet which will take about 2 to 3 hours of ride and is around 100 km away. We will exit the plain fields and arrive at the hilly part of Nepal as we drive through the dense forests with an alluring view.
Once we reach Surkhet we head towards the headquarters of Kalikot, Manma. The distance is about 150 Km from Surkhet to Manma which takes about 4 to 5 hours. There are bumpy roads here and there but overall it is still a very comfortable ride.

Overnight in Manma
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 4
Drive from Manma to Talcha and walk to Rara Lake (5-6 hrs)

Altitude information: Manma (2033 m), Talcha (2735 m), Rara Lake (2990 m)
This is it! We drive from Manma early in the morning towards Talcha which will take us about 4 hours. The road today might not be as smooth as previous days as we drive through the non-paved roadways alongside the Karnali River. We leave Sinja valley and Nagma valley behind to head towards Talcha which will take about 4 hours.
From Talcha 30 more minutes of drive brings us to the vehicle stop. We will have to hike from here to Rara Lake which takes about 2 hours. We prepare our gears and items and hike towards the biggest Lake of Nepal.

Overnight in Rara
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 5
Rest day in Rara

Altitude information: Rara Lake (2990 m)
After a short exploration of yesterday. Today we will have our breakfast on the banks of Rara Lake. There are options for horse riding and boat riding too. The Rara national park was officially initiated to protect the floras and faunas of the Humla-Jumla region. So we can stroll around the premises of the Rara region, we might just come across a musk deer or a red panda. Home to 20 different species of mammals and 214 species of birds, taking a short hike near the premises is the best way to spend time while we stay at Rara. We can also hike to Murma top for an awesome aerial view of Rara Lake. Travelers are free to spend their time in any way they want as long as everyone is enjoying this once in a lifetime experience.
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Overnight in Rara
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 6
Drive from Rara to Manma (5-6 hrs)

Altitude information: Rara Lake (2990 m), Manma (2033 m)
We will have our breakfast after an amazing exploration day. We will return to the jeep station and again start driving towards Manma through the same rough adventurous pathway. We will stay overnight here in Manma.

Overnight in Manma
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 7
Drive from Manma to Surkhet/Kohalpur (6-7 hrs)

Altitude information: Manma (2033 m), Surkhet (1000 m), Kohalpuri (175 m)
Today we will cover about 250 km and return to the city of Kohalpur. The roadways get more comfortable as we get close to Kohalpur. We will enjoy the scenic view of hilly landscapes and conifer forests. Once we reach Kohalpur we will check into the hotel and have our dinner.

Overnight in Kohalpur
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 8
Drive from Surkhet/Kohalpur to Kathmandu (7-8 hrs)

Altitude information: Kohalpuri (175 m), Kathmandu (1400 m)
We return to the capital today and celebrated the successful journey to the biggest and most pristine lake of Nepal. It will take us about 11 to 12 hours of jeep ride.

How difficult is this trek and tour?

This is one of the easiest treks in Nepal. There are little to no risks while trekking to this region because we will be traveling by jeep which eliminates the risk of fatigue, injuries, dehydration, and altitude sickness. An option of flight is time-saving and comfortable but you will still have to trek from Talcha to Rara Lake.

What is the accommodation like?

Since we are not heading to the most mountainous part of Nepal the accommodation choices are fairly good as we will not be spending any night in a tea house. Comfortable hotels and lodges are available throughout the trek.

What kind of fitness is required to complete this trek?

People of all ages and all fitness levels can complete this trek comfortably. We will be travelling by jeep throughout the time and will have to walk only after Talcha jeep station where we will park our jeep and hike for about 2 hours to reach Rara Lake.

How is the road condition?

The roadway from Kathmandu to Nagma is comfortable but from the checkpoint of Nagma, the road is bumpy and rough. As we will be traveling in a jeep it is much more comfortable than in a local bus. Taking a flight is a more comfortable and time-saving method of traveling but expensive than the roadways options.

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Rara Lake Trek and Tour

Trip Facts

  • Drive Kathmandu to Talcha and back
  • Rara Lake (2990 m)