Rara Lake is popular for being the largest lake in Nepal. Known as the ‘Queen of Lakes’ and later rechristened by the late King Mahendra Shah of Nepal as ‘Mahendra Daha’, the lake is situated at the altitude of 2,980 meters (9,837 ft). The lack of access and lesser crowd makes the site a clean, pristine and solitary place for the visit.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the far west region of Nepal. It is located inside the Rara National Park, which is popular for its wildlife, namely; Musk deer, Red Panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard and Himalayan goral. The Rara National Park is home to around 1,074 species of animals including 51 mammalian species and 214 species of birds.

The highest you will reach during the trek is at Daphne Langa Pass at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,480 ft). The landscape is mostly covered by pine and juniper forests.

The 9 days of continuous trekking may prove to be strenuous for some trekkers. The trek begins from Jumla, a beautiful town in western Nepal and end at Nepalgunj. A flight will facilitate the commute to and from Kathmandu.

Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Poses challenge for the amateurs. It may require fair level of fitness. Maximum altitude remains around 4000 m – 4500 m and the hike requires around 5-6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Trek preparation day
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 4 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla
Day 5 Trek to Uhtu Gaon 2,530 m (8,298 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 6 Trek to Danphe Lagna Pass 3,500 m (11,480 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 7 Trek to Chautha 2,770 m (9,058 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 8 Trek to Dhotu 2,380 m (7,806 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 9 Trek to Rara lake 2,980 m (9,774 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 10 Explore Rara lake
Day 11 Trek to Gorusingha 3,190 m (10,463 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 12 Trek to Sinja 2,440 m (8,003 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 13 Trek to Jaljala Chaur 3,270 m (10,725 ft) 6-7 hours
Day 14 Trek to Jumla 2,370 m (7,773 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 16 Depart from Kathmandu
  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • Dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • 3 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1 Night at tourist standard hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • Entire land commute during the trip
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
  • (B,L,D) Meals during the trek.
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • 1 Duffel Bag and Company T-shirt
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine)
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping


Annapurna is the best place on Earth. The route and scenery are breath-taking. The way leading from Machhapuchhre to Annapurna base camp is the best.

I had fun with my friends. The guide is the best! He helped us throughout the trip. I’d suggest you to take Diamox to help prevent altitude sickness. It’s really hard to breath when you reach at the top. All in all a great experience. ~Jessica Mahut (Florida, USA)

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Additional information

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program
  2. Rest Day/Trek Preparation You can rest a day at Kathmandu before embarking on the trip. You can prepare and buy/rent necessary stuffs for the trip.
  3. Drive to Nayapul/Trek to Ghandruk A short early morning drive through Banglung Highway will lead you to Nayapul. From here, your trek will begin. The first day leg will include a moderate hike up to the culturally rich village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. The ethnic Gurung culture and lifestyle will surely bring a smile to you face. You can rest here the entire day, contemplate on your first day trek and enjoy your meal along with relishing the local lifestyle and scenery.
  4. Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj You will take a morning flight to Nepalgunj. The commute will take around one and half hour. In the noon/evening, you can consider strolling around the bustling city and exploring the lifestyle of the Southerners in Nepal.
  5. Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj, you will catch an early morning flight to Jumla. The 45 min long flight will come with the scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jumla town is in a delightful looking place with much cultivated land. You will be briefed about the trek and the rest day of the day can be spent relaxing.
  6. Trek to Uthugaon After breakfast, you will start the trek by following the north bank of the Tila river and then turn north following the Chaudhabise river passing through fields and pine forests. After an ascent up the Padmara valley, the trail follow to the small village of Uthugaon, where you will spent the night overlooking the river.
  7. Trek to Danphe Lagna Today, it can be a tough hike. The path will ascend to the Khali Lagna pass through the deep forest of pines, spurches and firs. Shortly afterwards, the trail descends gently through the forest to arrive at the campsite at Danphe Lagna.
  8. Trek to Chautha Today, you will descend down the pass and make your way to the Chautha. The trail will pass through the bamboo forest. After crossing a bridge, you follow the river downstream before starting a serious ascend to Kabra. Here is a huge overhanging rock which is the source of silajit, a mineral which is believed to have “healing” properties. After a brief hike, you will reach the village of Chautha.
  9. Trek to Dhotu The hike will follow the stream uphill towards Bhulbule, also the Rara National Park entrance. You will ascend gently towards the Ghurchi Lagna Pass before descending the small settlement of Dhotu village.
  10. Trek to Rara Lake Today, it will be a much shorter hike. You will hike through a steep north facing slope from Dhotu, and cross a series of fields down to a small stream. After climbing up to the Thakuri village of Jhyari, you can make you pass through the forests towards the Rara Lake. The camping site is located north of the lake.
  11. Explore Rara Lake Today, you can explore around the lake. The surrounding forests and Ramsar site is filled with varying wildlife and floras. Taking a short hike or stroll around the lake is recommended. Rara is the largest lake in Nepal. The 180 meter deep lake is a habitat for otters and an important resting place for migrating water fowl.
  12. Trek to Gorusingha After Rara Lake, it’s time to head back towards the city. The trail will follow the Khatyar river until the forest. The path descends towards the Ghatta valley before conceding at Gorusingha.
  13. Trek to Sinja From the 12th to 14th century, Sinja was the capital of the Malla dynasty that ruled western Nepal. The ruins of the old palace can be seen across the river. There is an interesting temple here dedicated to Bhagwati, the goddess of justice who rides atop a tiger. The short hike from Gorusingha will take you to the historical city of Sinja.
  14. Trek to Jaljala Chaur The trail crosses the Sinja river though a bride and passes through few small villages. Most of the trek today will pass through the forests before ascending towards Jaljala Chaur, a gigantic meadow full of horses.
  15. Trek to Jumla Keep climbing through forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge, then a pleasant descent to Jumla.
  16. Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu An early morning flight from Nepalgunj will take you to Jumla, from where you can catch your connecting flight to Kathmandu.
  17. Depart from Kathmandu You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trip Length 17 days
Trek Length 09 days
Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 3,500 meters (11,480 ft)
Trek Style Tea-house (Lodges)
Meal Full board on trek
★★★ Hotel ( Kathmandu) Standard BB Lodges on Trail
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Group Size Minimum 2 people
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