Rara Lake Trekking

11 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 3710m
  • Bus,Cab,Plane


Rara Lake is the biggest lake of Nepal which has a water surface of 10.8km square, a maximum depth of 167m, is 5.1 km long, and 2.7km wide. The pride of our country, the Rara Lake steadily lies at the elevation of 2990m in Jumla and Mugu district, Karnali province. The biggest attraction of this trek besides Rara Lake is Rara National Park itself which covers a surface area of 106km square. Even though it is the smallest National Park in our country, Rara National park is highly rich in diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to 51 species of mammals including red panda, musk deer, Indian leopard, yellow-throated Marten, Langur, etc. 241 species of birds, 2 species of reptiles, and 3 species of fish. Rare flora like brown oak, fir, birch, juniper, Rhododendrons, etc. is found here. Rara Lake is one of the most popular and explored tourist destinations in Nepal. The trail to Rara Lake is not only covered with green vegetation, but also the stunning close-up view of snow-capped mountains, cultural villages, glaciers, and rivers. No doubt why Rara Lake is the most explored and popular tourist destination of Nepal. Since Rara Lake lies in the Far-North western region of Nepal, it is still behind and relatively undeveloped. Local people of the Rara lake area still get very excited and genuinely happy whenever they see any tourist whether they are national or international.      



Temperature and weather- 

Summer/monsoon season (June-August) is quite warm and pleasant while winter (December-February) can be extremely cold and harsh. In the winter season, the temperature normally falls below freezing point, and there is heavy snowfall, sometimes blocking the way to Rara Lake itself. During the summer/monsoon season, the trails are slippery and muddy due to heavy rainfall. Considering the facts, the best season to trek Rara Lake is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). The days are very clear with favorable temperatures. There is very less or no amount of rainfall or snowfall during these seasons. The trails are in their best condition offering us the view of green vegetation, Rhododendron forest, and many mountains.    

Food and accommodation 

Rara Lake has been greatly successful to attract many national and international tourists. They have been able to open a few teahouses or homestays where you are welcomed heartily. They have comfortable beds, blankets, and pillows. The toilets and bathrooms however have to be shared. Due to the few numbers of teahouses, they get packed  easily. In such cases, you need to camp. All the necessary equipment like tents, mats, cooking gas, etc are highly recommended. 

In the teahouses, hygienic, delicious home-cooked meals are available. Traditional food like Dal, Bhat, Vegetables, and noodles, pasta, eggs, bread are available. If you are camping, you need to prepare food by yourself or you can hire a cook.


There are few options available to reach Rara Lake. You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Jumla which takes you 2 days and 2 nights. Once you reach Jumla, it again takes around 2 days for you to reach Rara Lake. This option is very tiring and not very common among people. 

The other option you have is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj or Surkhet. From both the places, a flight to Jumla is available.e, you reach Jumla, again it takes 2 days for you to reach Rara Lake. The easiest option is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and to Mugu airport (Talcha) and 3 hours walk to reach Rara Lake. This option is common among people. 


The 3rd option is a helicopter tour which is best suited for those who are under limited time or want to have a more luxurious journey, or for physically disabled people. The helicopter tour to Rara Lake begins from Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, and offers you the beautiful Ariel view of all the green vegetation of Rara National Park, snow-capped mountains, Mugu valley, and glaciers. The tour is about 4-5 hours long and might cost you around 200$ per person. It is always better to travel in a group.  

Electronics and communication 

Facilities like electricity, internet, and telephones or mobile coverage are available in every teahouse. However, you might have to pay an extra charge for using these facilities. There might be slight difficulty in finding these facilities in higher altitudes or in the lake itself. Power banks and extra batteries could be helpful. 

Permits and fees 

Rara National Park entry Permit

       SAARC countries- 1500NRS (15$) excluding VAT

        NON-SAARC countries- 3000NRS (30$), excluding VAT 

Trekkers Information Management System Card- 1000NRS (10$)

     All permits are available in Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu  

Guides and porters 

Rara Lake is a much-explored area, you will definitely meet many trekkers on your way. You can always ask for help or the local people themselves are very friendly and helpful who can help you with the directions and also offer homestays. With this fact, guides are merely an option for you. However, guides always make the journey more interesting and informative. If you are fit enough to carry your own belongings you don’t need a porter either. Or, if you are carrying the camping stuff, it is quite difficult for you to walk with that burden. In such cases, porters are always there to help. The basic charge for a guide is 25-30$ and for a porter is 15-20$. 

Difficulties and safety 

Rara being a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on the route and mode of transportation. Physical and mental fitness is something important to be considered. You can always build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Rara Lake is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. You might have to camp overnights and prepare food by yourself. These all factors can make your trek challenging but the adventure is all about this. 

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness 

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food 

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol 

*Medicines for mountain sickness 


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea) 

Other requirements

Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month. 

Visas/passports– If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.      



  • Rare flora and fauna of Rara National Park
  • Experience bird watching and jungle walk
  • Breath-taking view of Rara Lake itself.
  • Experience the boating adventure in Rara Lake.



Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guesthouse/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bedroom) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before your departure from Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters


How difficult is the Rara Lake trek?

The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. While it doesn’t involve technical climbing, participants should be prepared for varying terrain and altitude.

What permits are required for the trek?

Trekkers need to obtain the Rara National Park permit and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or on the way to the trek.

Is it possible to do the trek independently or is a guide necessary?

While it’s possible to trek independently, hiring a local guide is recommended for a more enriching experience and for navigating the trails.

How do I reach the starting point of the Rara Lake trek?

The trek usually starts with a flight to Jumla from Nepalgunj. From Jumla, the trek follows a trail through remote areas, finally reaching Rara Lake.

Are there altitude-related concerns on the Rara Lake trek?

Altitude sickness is a concern as you trek to higher elevations. Acclimatization is crucial, and trekkers are advised to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Is camping allowed around Rara Lake?

Camping is allowed in designated areas around Rara Lake, providing a unique and immersive experience in the pristine natural surroundings.

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Rara Lake Trekking
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