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Jumla – Rara Lake Trekking is one of the most popular treks in western Nepal. Rara Lake known as Mahindra Tal which is one of the biggest lakes in Nepal. The other name of the natural panorama is the prides of western Nepal that can make anyone fall in love because of its hypnotic aura and bewitching charm. It’s a beautiful, calm heaven surrounded by forests and a paradise for bird watchers. Rara Lake expedition route is well off the beaten track and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from those in the rest of Nepal. The smallest park in Nepal, Rara National Park in this region is often considered as one of the finest and smallest parks in the world that abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and other fauna. The route is very much out-of-the-way with various natural and cultural sites of Nepal. The snow-capped Himalayas reflected in the Rara Lake gives you ideal feeling in the trekking. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ rewarded with the peaceful surrounding, magnificent snow-capped peaks and a delightful and enchanting abundant wildlife.

The trail of the Jumla Rara trek began from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj offering magnificent views along the Dhaulagiri range and lovely view of Nepal's western landscape. The trek offers a dramatic display of clear high altitude lakes mingled with pine, spruce and juniper forests as well as breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The Jumla Rara Lake trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal. Rara Lake comes within the catchments area of the Karnali River, one of the three main river systems of Nepal. Some of the animals found in here are like the red panda, black bear, yellow-throated martin, ghoral, serow and musk deer. There have also been reported sightings of leopard and wolf. The lake attracts some of the migrant birds like teals, pochards, and mallards. And the resident birds include Impeyan, kalij, blood pheasant, chukkor partridge etc. Rara Lake area is covered with coniferous forest with Rhododendron, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak and Himalayan cypress. One of the best trails of Jumla Rara trekking can be found walking deep into the jungle through fine grassland and typical villages.

If you are looking for wilderness and solitude and can overcome the logistical complications of the region than this Jumla Rara Lake Trekking is a good choice.  We Above the Himalaya arrange Jumla Rara trekking according to the trekkers/visitors holiday schedule and wish.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Katmandu to Nepalgunj flight

Day 4: Nepalgunj to Jumla

Day 5: Jumla – Padmara (2900m)

Day 6: Padmara – Nyawre (2660m)

Day 7: Nyawre- Chautha

Day 8: Chautha – Pina (2400m)

Day 9: Pina - Gamgadhi (District headquarter of Mugu District)

Day 10: Gamgadhi - Rara Lake (2980m)

Day 11: Rest day in Rara Lake

Day 12: Rara Lake – Gorosingha

Day 13: Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m)

Day 14: Sinja trek to Jaljala chaur (3270m)

Day 15: Jaljala -Chere Chaur (3010m)

Day 16: Chere Chaur to Jumla

Day 17: Jumla – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 19: Farewell Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3: Katmandu to Nepalgunj flight
We take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj of about 40min. Have a rest all over the day and can take some leisurely stroll around the city and prepare for next day flight. Nepalgunj is a business city as the centre of trade as well as culture. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Nepalgunj to Jumla
Take a fly to Jumla from Nepalgunj. The town is a delightful valley and here are the highest limits of rice paddy cultivation in the world. Overnight at Camp.

Day 5: Jumla – Padmara (2900m)
The trail follows the Tila River, passing through a patch work of fields, fragrant pine forest, and green hills through picturesque villages. The trek heads in the direction of Uthugoan (2530m) and begins an ascent up the Padmara valley beginning gently but becoming steeper as the climb continues. The trail ascends gently through a forest of spruces, birches and rhododendron and reaches Padmara. Padmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either the Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 6: Padmara – Nyawre (2660m)
The trail descends gently alongside the stream to two bhattis (teashops) at Tharamara (3280m). The descent becomes steep through forests of firs, birches, walnuts and bamboo. After a short level stretch the trail zigzags down to the sinja Khola, crossing it on a log bridge at 2680m. Follow the river downstream to Nyawre through potato and wheat fields near the riverbed. Overnight stay at Camp.

Day 7: Nyawre- Chautha
The trail leaves the river and starts a serious climb, passing through Marijuana fields below Burma village. A steep nasty set of switchbacks leads to Kabra where, crammed under a huge over-hanging rock. The steep climb continues for a while, and then levels out before Bhara (2920m), also known as Bhadgoan. Beyond this large village the trail makes a turn into a big valley then descends to the Chaura Khola. Just cross this stream in the tiny village of Chautha (2770m). Try the fields before the village for overnight camping.

Day 8: Chautha – Pina (2400m)
Rocky trails follow through gently ascend until you cross a suspension bridge as the valley becomes narrower. Again trek along an ascending path reaching the check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Here you have to pay an entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trail emerges into an immense treeless meadow to Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3460m) with a steep ascent before turning steeply downhill all the way to Pina. En route, you can enjoy forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, wild animals and local birds.

Day 9: Pina - Gamgadhi (District headquarter of Mugu District)
Today follow the direct trail to Rara Lake, which stays more or less level through pine forests, then descends to Jhyari Khola at 2400m and follow a mostly ascending path again. On the way, you can observe musk deer and pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. You come across several villages rich in terraces, monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and local people following the Tibetan life style. Reach Gamgadhi for the overnight stay.

Day 10: Gamgadhi - Rara Lake (2980m)
It is a short, pleasant trek where 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. After crossing a bridge we climb steadily up a ridge to a low saddle from here we can see fine views of Beautiful Rara Lake. After working 2 hour, we arrive the western bank of the lake.

Day 11: Rest day in Rara Lake
After having breakfast you can visit all around Rara Lake which is almost 13km. In Rara Lake there found otter and different kinds of fish. This region is full of birds, flowers and wild animals.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.

Day 12: Rara Lake – Gorosingha
It is more rewarding to make a circuit via a different trail. From western end of the lake the trail follows the Khtyar Khola to Majhghatta. Take a lower trail that descends gradually to the river leading straight up to the hill, climbing through pine, spruce and rhododendron forests. There are views of Rara Lake and excellent views of western Himalaya from the ridge of Ghurchi Mara at 3710m. Follow the long route, the main trail as it drops into the Ghatta valley, then heads towards Gorosingha.

Day 13: Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m)
Follow the sinja Khola downstream to the Sinja. A varied trail with scenic views climbs Lumsa. It is then a short walk down the fertile valley, on a renovated trail, through a heavily populated region to the Brahman and Chettri village of Sinja (2440m). Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. There is an Old Malla Durbar & Tripura Sundari Temple.

Day 14: Sinja trek to Jaljala chaur (3270m)
From Sinja the trail crosses the Sinja Khola on a wooden cantilever bridge and then begins a long trip up to the Dhubi Khola. After passing a few villages, the trail crosses the back and forth across the river on a series of log bridges. Most of the trek is through pines, birches and oaks also few scattered houses and barley and corn fields. The trail climbs to Jaljala chaur, a gigantic meadow full of grazing horses. Overnight camping.

Day 15: Jaljala -Chere Chaur (3010m)
Keep climbing through the forests to another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510m and then descend to a few houses at Chauri Khola (3090m). Cross a stream and contour around the head of the valley, staying high, eventually crossing another ridge to rejoin the upward hill trail at Chere. Overnight at camp.

Day 16: Chere Chaur to Jumla
This day you trek through a steeply descending path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges. After reaching Jumla, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing.

Day 17: Jumla – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
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.

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 19: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu and Nepalgunj Jumla Nepalgunj.
  • All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
  • Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking on  local tea houses.
  • Permit for Rara National Park.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.

Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information

Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.

Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel

Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.

Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.

Flight delay:

Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.

Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.

Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.

Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list

Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  

Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.

How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip


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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 19 Days

Max. Altitude: Jaljala chaur (3270m)

Trek Grade: Moderate

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek

Transportation:  Car/ Van/ Plane

Activity: City tour, Trekking


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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

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