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Rara Trek - 17 Days

Rara Trek, Far Western Region, Nepal.

Rara Lake has been a popular destination with a very rough route in Western Nepal for Trekkers. The glimpses of culture and scenery on the way is quite different from the rest of Nepal. Situated in high altitude, you can find the lake surrounded by Rara National Park with pine, spruce and juniper forest. The view of snow capped Himalayan Peaks enhances the attraction of trekkers. The trek begins with flight to Jumla. Going along the mountain path and some village one can reach the bank of Rara Lake.

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla(2370m/1hour)

Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Danphe Langa (3720m/4 - 5hours)

Day 06: Trek from Danphe Langa to Chautha (2770m) via Danphe Danda (3750m/4 - 5hours)

Day 07: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu (2410m) via Bhulbule Village (3120m) & Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m/4 - 5hours)

Day 08: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake Camp (2980m/5 - 6hours)

Day 09: Rest and excursion day at Rara Lake Camp (2980m)

Day 10: Trek from Rara Lake Camp to Gorosingha (3858m/5 - 6hours)

Day 11: Trek from Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m/5 - 6hours)

Day 12: Trek from Sinja to Jaljale Chaur (3270m/5 - 6hours)

Day 13: Trek from Jaljale Chaur  to Jumla (2370/4 - 5hours)

Day 14: Flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj (150m/1hour)

Day 15: Flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1400m/1 hour)

Day 16: A free day in Kathmandu

Day 17: Final Departure                                       

                                                                                                                    

 


​  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Tribhuwan Int'l Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Once you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and accomplish your entry/visa formalities, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel after which we will have a quick pre-trip meeting and discuss the itineraries. You can then take your time to relax, unpack and spend the time as you wish. In the evening, stroll around the nearby places and get the feel of this energetic city. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 

 

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)Pashupatinath Temple, the most revered Hindu shrine located in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Short stroll in the evening yesterday might not have acquainted you to Kathmandu. So we want to make sure that you know this city like you know yourself. Once done with your breakfast, let’s hop in to our reserved vehicle and then head on for a comfy ride with one of our experienced city guides. You will be visiting the most renowned historical/cultural landmarks in Kathmandu. Our guide will take you to the Pasupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square and Boudhanath (the maha stupa). All these sites are enlisted in the UNESCO world’s heritage list. After this informative and interesting tour, drive back through the busy and noisy streets of Kathmandu to the serene premises of your hotel. The best use of the remaining time can be made by shopping the trekking goodies. Most of the items are available on rent and our guide will help you identify the best renting outlet. So, after you have hoarded all the handy gears for your trek, get back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
 


Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal, which borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the South.Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/1hour)

After breakfast, you will be driven to the domestic wing of the Kathmandu Airport. About an hour’s flight would take you to Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal, which borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the South. As we don’t have a connecting flight to Jumla, from where our trek commences, it gives us the opportunity to explore this hot and humid town. The city center, Dhamboji, happens to be the business hub with plethora of hotels and shops. Hindu as well as Muslim culture influence the town. Bageshwori temple and Muslim market are also worth visiting. Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj; breakfast included.
 


Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m/35min)Jumla Airport, Karnali Zone, Nepal.

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj was almost tantamount to a nose dive, while, from Nepalgunj to Jumla, it’s just the vice-versa. We’ll take a 35 minutes early morning flight to Jumla. The city center is only about 15 minutes walk from the STOL airstrip. Jumla lies on the banks of the Tila river at 2514 meters. When we talk about Jumla, we remember its delicious apples. The cider made in Jumla, locally known as “Marpha” is also very popular in Nepal. Taste the apples and take a sip of the cider while you get familiar with the trekking crew. Rest well, as from tomorrow, “walk” is the name of the game! Overnight at camp in Jumla; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Danphe Langa, Far western Region, Nepal.Day 05: Trek from Jumla to Danphe Langa (3720m/4 - 5hours)

We start our trek after morning breakfast from Jumla Bazaar the start of the trek is easy with only low inclination hills. After we cross a river on the way, we have to take jungle route and later after mid-day we will get to the camp. The culture of this part of Nepal is very different and primitive as it is untouched by modernization. Overnight at camp in Danphe Langa; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


 


Day 06: Trek from Danphe Langa to Chautha (2770m) via Danphe Danda Danphe Danda, an ideal bird watching spot in the far western region of Nepal.(3750m/4 - 5hours)

Early morning after breakfast we commence our trekking. We climb steep up and cross Danphe Danda (3750m). Danphe Danda is famous for Bird watching esp. Danphe. Also, some wild animals like Kasturi Deer and more. Then we descend from Danphe Danda through a jungle route of Pine trees. Then we take lunch and climb steep up to our destination Chautha. Overnight at camp in Chautha; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


 


Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m), one of the low elevation passes in the Far Western region of Nepal.Day 07: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu (2410m) via Bhulbule Village (3120m) & Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m/4 - 5hours)

After breakfast we climb steep up in the morning through villages and farm land experiencing culture of the area and reach Bhulbule village (3120m). Then again we cross jungle and we have to cross to Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m), a moderately easy pass, then we take lunch and again after few hours, we reach Dhotu. Overnight at camp in Dhotu; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


 


Day 08: Trek from Dhotu  to Rara Lake Camp (2980m/5 - 6hours)Rara Lake Camp, Far Western Region, Nepal.

Today we trek to Rara Lake, our prime destination. To reach Camp we have to move around the Rara Lake. Overnight at camp in Rara Lake; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

 

 



Rara Lake, the biggest and one of the most tranquil lakes, located in the far western region of Nepal.Day 09: Rest and excursion day at Rara Lake Camp (2980m)

Today is rest day. We can stroll around the Rara Lake and relax there. It takes around 4 hour to circle the lake. Rara Lake is also the biggest lake of Nepal. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May. Overnight at camp in Rara Lake; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 


 


Day 10: Trek from Rara Lake Camp to Gorosingha (3858m/5 - 6hours)Gorosingha, one of the orthodox villages in the far western region of Nepal.

Early in the morning after breakfast, the way is flat for few hours. Then we have to trail through jungle with a lot of wild animals to see and we reach Gorosingha. The culture is very different there and even Nepali language of the place is at primitive stage. Overnight at camp in Gorosingha; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 


 


Sinja Village, a small village in the far western region of Nepal from where the Nepali language is believed to have been originated.Day 11: Trek from Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m/5 - 6hours)

After breakfast, we trek moderately easy climb and straight way through jungle area mostly. The jungle is famous for birds and wild animals. Then we reach Sinja Village. The origin of Nepali language is from here. Overnight at camp in Sinja; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 



 

 

Day 12: Trek from Sinja to Jaljale Chaur (3270m/5 - 6hours)

After breakfast, we leave Sinja village and head towards Jaljale Chaur. The way is moderately steep in most places and the regular pine forest can be seen with occasional view of deer on the way. Overnight at camp in Jaljale Chaur; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Jumla, a bustling city, which is also the Headquarter of the Karnali Zone of Nepal.Day 13: Trek from Jaljale Chaur to Jumla (2370m/4 - 5hours)

Today, we walk in moderate trekking route consisting of mostly village and farmland. We can experience cultures and cultural people of the area. Overnight at camp in Jumla; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

 


 


Day 14: Flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj(150m/1hour)Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal, which borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the South.

From Jumla, depending on flight schedule, we fly back to Nepalgunj and rest of the time free. Overnight at camp in Nepalgunj; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

 


 


Nepalgunj airport, far western region, Nepal.Day 15: Flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1400m/1 hour)

From Nepalgunj (150m), you would almost be rocketing to the soaring elevation of Kathmandu (1400m). Another sixty minutes flight and you will touch down the domestic wing of the Kathmandu Airport. A representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your designated hotel. The rest of the time can be spent as you please. You have just gotten back from a long trip, so you would probably want to groom yourself and relax. Try out the herbal spa and do away the trekking fatigue. You have an extra day at Kathmandu tomorrow. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.


 

Day 16: A free day in KathmanduThamel, a popular spot for souvenir shopping in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A free day in Kathmandu to fulfill anything that you missed out spotting in this energetic capital of Nepal. You can indulge yourself in shopping or strolling around some of the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping where you can haul all the souvenirs representing Nepal and its culture. May be that in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines, will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beauty sleep. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.
 

 

Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Day 17: Final Departure

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule. As you wave us good bye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again!
Trips can always be extended. You can try out some of our other exciting packages like  Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.



 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Accommodation

While you are in Kathmandu, we opt to accommodate you in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar.

During the trek, you will be accommodated in a Tea House/ Lodge or Trekking Inn. Most of these lodges and teahouses cater good services and are equipped with modern amenities. We will endeavor to provide you the best accommodation available along the route so that you get a good night’s rest in a hygienic milieu.

 

Meals

We arrange the best quality food during the trek as we are concerned about the health of the trekkers as well as the staff members. Basically, we opt for locally available food in the  Far Western Region so that you could a real sense of the culture, living patterns, simultaneously promoting the locally available resources of organic food and beverages. Other than, a wide range of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc are also available for your retreat.

 

Porter and Staff Care

We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. They are the backbones for the accomplishment of the trek.

 

Best Months

The months of January-May & September-December is considered to be best for Rara Trek.

 

Our Guides

Guides play a significant role during the trek. They are the ones who literally decipher the trekking codes for you so that you could actually connect with the nature, culture and people along the way. We have helpful and dedicated trekking guides, who are fairly literate, multilingual speakers and are very well versed to the culture, life patterns and every single detail pertaining to the Far Western region. Thus, in the company of our professional Sherpa guides, your trek becomes not only entertaining, but also equally informative.

 

Travel Insurance

It is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure that your insurance covers you for both- medical as well as evacuation costs. Having a travel insurance with you, makes your trip secure and hassle free.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj on “BB” basis as per itinerary.
  • All ground transportation costs in accordance to the itinerary.
  • All trekking accommodation costs (in tented camps) on full board (B, L, D) basis as per the itinerary.
  • Transportation cost of all camp and kitchen equipments.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) duffel bag, t-shirt and Cap (provided as complimentary gears).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Salary to guide, porters, kitchen staffs and helpers for the trekking period.
  • Remuneration to the wild life expert, who will accompany the guests during the snow leopard tracking event.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • All applicable tourist fees, conservation fees, "special permit" fees & TIMS fees necessary for trekking. Special Trekking Permit fee for Dolpo is US$ 500 per person for 10 days. Any additional stay beyond this will cost US$ 50 per day, per person. Permit fee outside of the restricted area in Dolpo is US$ 10 per person per week.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses incurred before or after the trekking period.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Tips to the guide, porter, driver, hotel and tea-house staff (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 20 kgs.).
  • Personal insurance and other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Cost of personal trekking gears and equipments. (kindly refer to our equipment lists:http://http://www.marrontreks.com/itineraries/204-29/rara-trek-17-days.html#equipment-list ).
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENTS

Needless to say that kitting and stuffing yourself out for a trek is almost a herculean task which keeps you mulling and often gets you overwhelmed. But at the mercy of the renting outlets sprouting in every visible corner in Kathmandu, preparing for trekking in Nepal these days is almost tantamount to equipping yourself for a weekend backpacking trip. Most of the heavy and expensive items are easily available on rent, so you don’t actually have to travel Nepal with a cartload of gears. We have endeavored to formulate a categorical checklist that gives you a tentative idea regarding the gears and accessories mandatory for you during the trek. The list could vary depending upon the kind of trek you pursue, the terrain, weather conditions and time of the year. For instance, you don’t need the camp-trek equipments when you are on a tea-house trek. This listing below simply serves as a guideline and you can always have your own checklist. It is always preferable to pack light and the key to this is to carry the gears and accessories that have multidimensional uses.

 

  • CLOTHING (Core & Lower body)

Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella

Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather changes

Fleece jacket or Pullover

Fleece windcheater jacket

Down jacket or a Down vest

T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)

Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)

Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that the it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)

Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)

Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)

 

  • Head/Eyes & Hand Gears

Sun hat/cap

Woolen hat or Balaclava

Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the one with 100% UV protection)

Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)

Warm gloves (designed to the shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair

 

  • Footwear

Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces

Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each

Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet

Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)

Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

 

  • Equipments

Backpack/Rucksack

Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks as a complimentary gear and you needn't return it )

Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)

Day sack/Nylon stuff sack

Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)

Water bottle

Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs

Maps, compass and a guide book

Trekking poles

 

  • Miscellaneous Bits

The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find

 yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!


Toiletries

Quick-drying camp towel

Detergent powder/bar

Toilet paper

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm

Pocket knife

Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)

Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter

Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms

Stuff sacks

Earplugs

Candlesticks

 

  • Medicaments

It is important that you can include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advice you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines 


Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)

Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets

Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)

Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)

Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)

Assorted band-aids

Small gauge pad

Roll of adhesive tape

Iodine tablets

 

  • Optional Carry

Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items in this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trek


Camera, memory card and battery charger

GPS unit Altimeters

Binoculars

Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women

Books and magazines

Departure Date

Marron Treks has calibrated fixed departure dates for all the trek packages. We operate group as well as individual/private treks. Please pick the most palpable date for you and book your trip now. If the dates below don’t fit your schedule, kindly contact us directly and let us know about your preference.





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