17 days
Trip Level
Min 2 person
Group Size
Year round

Jumla Rara Lake Trek is the epic; a famous Rara lake lies in Nepal’s Mugu district and admits the ecologically serene surroundings of the smallest national park of Nepal. The most significant lake in Nepal, Rara, is the queen lake and a popular trekking destination. The trail follows an off-the-beaten-track with less traffic and dramatically displays snow-capped mountains with views.

It passes through lush green forests such as juniper, oak, cypress, pine, and spruce forests. The entire manifest Rara lake drains into the Nijar Khola and finally arrives in Mugu Karnali. The Rara National Park is small, but it incorporates 2o different species of animals, including the endangered red panda. Furthermore, 214 species of birds and various floras are attractions of the trek. The Rara lake lies at an altitude of 3062 meters from sea level. The turquoise blue, clear, and immense lake gives the serenity unlike anywhere else.

The route we follow

The highest point of the Jumla Rara Lake Trek is the Chuchemara Danda, at 4087 meters. It is a million-mile journey that starts with a flight to Jumla, then trekking into Chala Chaur, Sinja Valley, and Bitan. Finally, the Rara National Park border is accompanied by passage through scenic mountain views, terraced landscapes, and temples. It is heaven for those with a flair for observing the beauty of nature. For better ideas, one should take a further hike to the vintage viewpoint of the Chuchemara Danda. It showcases magnificent views of the blue Rara, surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks.

The return trek follows the route from the lake to make a bit of a circuit. Here is the Rara Lake Trek map with its GPS coordinates. It helps to figure out a daily plan for trekking. Generally, it passes through charming villages and forests to Jumla. Moreover, you may also like to extend the journey to the mysterious Dolpo even more towards Upper Mustang, which is much more rewarding.

Jumla Rara Lake Trek: Highlights

Fascinating blend of religious practices with Buddhist and Hindu practices borrowing from the ancient Bonpo religion
A small national park in the area but immensely enriched in flora and fauna

Spectacular setting of Rara Lake beneath snow-capped Himalaya, but a lifetime experience
Admirable, pristine forests, alpine meadows, and a paradise for bird watchers


Rara Lake Trek short itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude in Meters Timing
1. Arrival in Kathmandu 1350
2. Free day & trek preparation
3. Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150
4. Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2370 0h40
5. Jumla to Uthugaon 2530 5h00
6. Uthugoan to Danphe Lagna 3500 5h30
7. Danphe Lagna to Chautha 2770 6h30
8. Chautha to Dhotu 2380 6h00
9. Dhotu to Rara Lake 2980 5h00
10. Exploration day at Rara Lake
11. Rara Lake to Goru Singa 3190 6h00
12. Goru Singa to Sinja 2280 6h30
13. Sinja to Jaljala Chaur 3270 7h00
14. Jaljala Chaur to Jumla 5h00
15. Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with a short break at Nepalgunj.
16. Free day in Kathmandu
17. Final departure

The Jumla Rara Lake trek concludes all year round. The best time for the tour is when the flowers bloom in the summer. Besides that, September to December or February to May also seems rewarding. The Jumla Rara Lake trek requires no acclimatization whatsoever and is a moderate to strenuous hike recommended for everyone with an excellent physique.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m).

Our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu.

During your free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu Valley. This will be followed by a pre-departure meeting in the evening conducted by a guide, who will provide brief information regarding the trek team introduction and formation, equipment, and nature of the trek.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

The flight schedule shows it is approximately a one-hour superb airstrip to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. It crosses the whole range of the western part of the Himalayas, including Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Comparatively, it is warmer than Kathmandu, and Nepalgunj lies near the Indian border.

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370 m)

In the early morning, we have to be at the airport as we take the flight to Jumla, which takes 45 minutes splendid flight by traversing the Churen Himal. We met our crew member in Jumla, who had walked there a week earlier.

Day 5: Jumla – Uthugaon (2530 m) 5h00 walk.

This is the first day of the adventure, and normally, it is a late start because checking takes time. After breakfast, we start our trek along the north bank of the Tila Khola River, turn north, and follow another stream named Chaudhabise Khola through beautiful terrace fields and pine forests. We climb up to the valley. The trail continues to the River as we arrive at the small village of Uthugoan.

Day 6: Uthugaon – Danphe Lagna (3500 m), 5h00 walk.

As we have breakfast, the trail leads us through the small valley of Pas Mara, then climbs up to the Khali Pass, with an elevation of 3550 meters through the dense forests of pines, firs, and spruces. Gently descend through forests as we arrive at Danphe Lagna.

Day 7: Danphe Lagna – Chautha (2770 m) 6h00 walk.

After breakfast, the trails lead you down through the dense forests as we meet a small stream, then cross a bridge following downstream before starting a steep climb. There are huge overhanging rocks that we believe to be silajeet, a mineral used for healing. Continue to climb up as we arrive at Bhara village, then descend to a stream named Chauro Khola of the village of Chautha.

Day 8: Chautha – Dhotu (2380 m) 6h00 walk

After breakfast, we climb uphill to Bhulbule walk along the stream, the entrance of Rara National Park and continue climbing up to Gurchi Lagna Pass with an elevation of 3450 meters then descending to Dhotu village by crossing the dense forest of spruce.

Day 9: Dhotu – Rara Lake (2980 m) 5h00 walk

It is A short day walk but an enjoyable trek. As usual, we climb up to the north, offering fine views, passing through the beautiful rice terrace downhill to a stream and cross a bridge as we climb up to a village named Jyari, gradually climbing up to a huge meadow with an elevation at 3050 meters as we reach top approaching first scenery of Rara Lake. Further, continue the walk that leads you to Rara Lake.

Day 10: Explore day at Rara

Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal. It is almost 13 km around the lake, and a day devoted to walking around is well spent. Rara was designated a national park in 1975, and this region offers remoteness and a wilderness experience unlike any other region of Nepal, where birds, flowers, and wildlife thrive. Among the mammals in this region are Himalayan bears, Serows, Gorals, Musk Deer, Red Pandas, and Rhesus and Langur Monkeys. The 180-meter-deep lake is an otter habitat and an important resting place for migrating waterfowl.

Day 11: Rara Lake – Gorusingha (3190 m) 6h00 walk

After exploring the Rara Lake, the trail leads you through the Khatyar Khola River and slowly descending as we climb a small trail. We follow the trail that gradually descends to Ghatta Valley towards the small settlement of Gorusinga.

Day 12: Gorusinga – Sinja (2440 m) 6h00 walk

The trail keeps on down through the Ghatta valley along the Sinja Khola downstream to Sinja. Sinja is a historic place, the capital of the Malla Dynasty from the 12th to 14th centuries.

Day 13: Sinja – Jaljala Chaur (3270 m) 7h00 walk

Today, the trail goes along the Sinja Khola and cross a wooden plank bridge. After passing a few small villages, the trail crosses back and forth across the River on a series of quaint log bridges. Most of the trek is through a forest of pine, birch, oak, and fields of barley and corn. Then, the trail climbs steeply to Jaljala Chaur, a gigantic meadow full of horses.

Day 14: Jaljala chaur – Jumla (2370 m), 4h00 walk

Keep climbing through the forest to yet another meadow, just below the ridge at 3510 meters, then a pleasant descent to Jumla.

Day 15: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with the brief stop at Nepalgunj

Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj, depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu, If it’s in the afternoon, we will have a few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj. We then connected with a flight back to Kathmandu and received a transfer to your hotel.

Day 16: Leisure at Kathmandu

It’s also a spare day in case of bad weather in Jumla. On this pleasant day, you may have a full day at leisure on your own or can extend your extra trip with us at additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for the last day of shopping, and the evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner.

Day 17: Final departure.

You will transfer to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please, report at least 3 hours before the flight.
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All published rate on our website set as low as possible. The Prices may vary at any time due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen economic circumstances. But, we guarantee our prices which already signed up for your tour. Please consult us for a custom quote.

No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Rara Lake. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
Jumla Rara Lake Trek
Rara Lake trek via Jumla
Jumla Rara Lake Trek

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