Rara Lake Trek


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Rara Lake Trek Summary

    1. Trek Days: 8 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Easy hikes
    3. High Altitude: 2,990m/9,810 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 4 Hours
    5. Group-Size: 2 – 15 People
    6. Best Time for Rara: March, April, May, October, November and December
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meals on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car / Plane/bus


The Rara Lake Trek is located in the mid-western part of Nepal. Wild west Rara Lake is recognized as a queen of opera as it offers a splendid lake view, a range of mountains, hills, lush forests, vegetation, and landscapes. 

Enchanting Rara lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Nepal Himalaya. It is an uncrowded trekking route that can conduct the journey either from Jumla or directly flying to Talcha airport. Gorgeous Rara provides an excellent exploration opportunity in an untouched and wild region protected under the Rara National Park, of western Nepal.

Consider being off the beaten path trek destination in Nepal Rara trek is said to be the most popular nature trail in the far west of Nepal. In addition, hiking Rara is one of the new travel destinations that are busy currently with Nepali local tourists. located in far west Nepal. Nepal Rara lake private tour includes the local culture, mystical landscapes, busy towns, road – roads..etc.

Furthermore, Kathmandu to Rara lake distance is 375 kilometers. Tourists can take a flight from Kathmandu – Nepaljung – Talcha airport in a single day. Get Nepalgunj before 10 AM and Talcha flight before 3 PM with 40 min flight. Landing at Talcha runway, need to walk about 3 hours to get to Rara lakeside lodge. Basically, Talcha airport to Rara lake distance is 9 kilometers only. Likewise, Jumla to Rara lake distance is 27.6 kilometers but Kathmandu to Rara lake distance by road is 1017.3 kilometers. So choose the options you like.

Danfe inn and Village Heritage Resort are the most popular lodges in Rara that provide clean accommodations with delicious meals. It is said that Danfe has more stays with the connected washroom. The rooms in these inns are just basic under the standard accommodation.

Temperature is commonly cold so pre-booking to guarantee rooms and furthermore return flights are suggested. In the event that you are passing by your 4WD, at that point, you can drive near Rara and from the last purpose of the street to approach 2 hours to achieve the Hotel.

Rara Lake Trek

Trek from Jumla to Rara Lake itinerary prepared to focus on those beginner trekkers who have little time on their visit to Nepal. The trail takes you through a fascinating traditional mixed ethnic group and their villages who will greet you with warm hospitality. Trek at Rara lake is a wilderness nature exploration in Nepal most frequented by Nepali local tourists. Rara Lake also known as Mahendra Lake and Murma is a viewpoint and Rara lodge is overcrowded during the peak season. Therefore, a visit rara trip is possible at any time throughout the year.

How much does Rara Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of the Rara trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (local trekking agency) ranges between US$ 850 to US$ 1195. The Rara trek package price will vary according to the group size you are traveling to and the means of transport you choose.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 8 days trek. If you are 2 people Rara Lake Trek cost US$ 978 for 8 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for the Rara treks.

Price Per Person for 7 days hike in Rara route.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1195
2 PersonUS$ 978
3 PersonUS$ 978
4 to 6 personUS$ 940
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 898
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 850

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.


Rara Lake Trek itinerary details

An express trek to Rara Lake compared to most walks in the far western territory of Nepal. The hike route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike into the wild west of Nepal but are walking with limited time, use this special short Rara trek itinerary. However for travelers who wish to hike Rara lake in a more relaxed manner but if you wish to commence this trip from Jumla then request us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 Day Arrival in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu World Heritage sites seeing (1,348m), 4/5 hours.

Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Pick you up from there and drop you at your hotel located in the Thamel, the main downtown for tourists.

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the lake Rara trip, and any last-minute questions are answered. After lunch, we explore Kathmandu’s heritage sites. They are Boudhanath stupa (Boudha Stupa is a Little Tibet), and Pashupati Nath (a holy Hindu shrine). Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk on Asan tole to watch the oldest markets in Nepal.

Later seeing the sights in Kathmandu, Ammar Guni, will brief you rara hiking tour information.

2 DayKathmandu to Nepalganj flight. Transfer to your hotel.

We check Nepalgunj airport flight status and weather. Our Guide will follow the Nepalgunj airport departures as there are two flights from each airline. Normally Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight price is Nrs 4,500 [Nepali price] and US$ 144 [foreign price] for a single-way flight.

We take an hour’s flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj city of west Nepal. Nepalgunj is a big town that is also a gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Get experience visiting some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj with our guide. We prepare for your flight to Talcha Airport the next morning.

3 Day Again, today fly to Talcha Airport, 35 minutes

After breakfast at Nepalgunj, we fly to Talcha airport. Talcha airstrips are located at an altitude of 2,735 meters above sea level. As we are landing in Talcha, we organized our trekking gear and began our journey to Rara lake. The easy journey goes through the beautiful forested region and we get to witness the cultural delights of rural Nepal, which are extraordinarily unusual and fascinating. As we arrive at Rara lakeside, you can do the boat ride to watch birds, corners of lakes, mountains and herbal plants, etc.. on the most pristine lake of a widespread lake is a fascinating experience. Overnight in Rara Guesthouse at Rara Lake.

4 DayExploration day. Rara Lake day tour

Wake up early in the morning to get impressive sunrise on Rara lake. Fewer hikers forget to capture the amazing Rara sunrise view while sleeping longer.

Today is the main day to explore the lake. We ascend roughly about 2 hours up Chuchemara Hill at 4,090m. From this hill, you can get almost the best view of exploring Rara on all sides. In the north direction, you can see some white mountains backdrop to Rara Lake and the lush vegetation of Rara National Park. You can also see the beautiful green hills in the middle of stunning Rara Lake, and on your own, you could see the mesmerizing view of the lake itself. After Chhuchemara hill station hiking, we begin to study around the nearby vicinity.

5 DayRara to Talcha trek. And fly back to Nepalgunj city.

Today, we trek back along the retracing trail to Talcha airstrips. Do not forget to look back and around for the last view of the Queen of opera means the queen of Rara lake. On our arrival at Talcha airstrips, we fly with 18-seater twin otter aircraft to Nepalgunj city. On our arrival in Nepalgunj city, we, are transferred to our hotel.

6 DayFly back to Kathmandu.

After breakfast in the morning, we fly back to Kathmandu city. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with us. Overnight at Kathmandu, and the trip ends. Wishing you a wonderful journey back home the next morning.

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How much does the Rara lake trek cost?

Hike to rara lake trek package price USD 978 per person. If you wish to travel luxury style, rara trek cost will change according to the travel service you book. For the deluxe / luxury travel Rara, we add 3 to a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu, and a 3-star category hotel in Nepaljunga airport.

AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR RARA TOUR PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Rara lake trek package price includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private car on your arrival.
  • Domestic airport transfer in Kathmandu and Nepaljunga airport with a private taxi/car.
  • Kathmandu city world heritage sites tour guide with a private car transfer service.
  • 2 nights Tourist standard accommodation in a double bed basis in Kathmandu.
  • 2 nights Tourist standard hotel accommodation double bed basis in Nepalgunj airport.
  • 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, and 5 Dinner during the area trekking tours.
  • Guest house accommodation during the rara trip in the wild west mountains.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Talcha- Nepalgunj – Kathmandu as a round trip airfare with airport departure taxes.
  • Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local guide for Rara route.
  • Rara national park entrance permits for Trek to Rara lake
  • Kathmandu and Nepalgunj domestic airport transfer as written plan.
  • Travel Insurance, Food, and accommodation, and salary of Nepali trekking Guide.
  • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check heart rate, pulse check regularly to avoid risk at higher altitude (with guide).
  • Trip completion certificate and updated rara trek map, keep it as a souvenir.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Rara Lake Trekking Package Price Excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks, and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Any donation and monument entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize a private Rara lake Trek starting on any date that works for you. Rara lake trek’s cost for Nepali is cheaper comparing foreign tourists. We usually check discounts – cheap flights from Nepalgunj Airport and comfort rooms near Nepalgunj airport for our tourists. Because of the short Rara lake trek, University students often visit rara hiking trail on their university holidays. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Rara Lake Trek?

Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have a little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Rara lake lodge trek?

Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and available local lodges on hikes. The room along the route is clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in this Rara Lake Trek solo?

Answer: Rara trek lodges, have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry dal rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables.

dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Rara Lake Treks?.

Answer: Hiking at Rara, there are lodges where you can get a shower at cost. Normally each shower cost Nrs 250.

Question: How do I get drinking water on the Rara Lake Trekking group?

Answer: In most places, you can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we advise you to buy boiled water or bring aqua tablets to purify the normal water. The normal water is available at the campsite or en route.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters!

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Rara lake trekking?.

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Rara Lake Trekking agency?.

Answer: No! You need to have cash Nepali rupees along with you to maintain your daily expenses because credit cards work only in bigger cities.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Our tours book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings. Regarding the tour deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on the express Rara Trekking guide?.

Answer: We do provide porters to transfer your luggage only on request. As a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack. It means 2 guest luggage = 1 porter basis. The add-on cost for each porter hired cost at Talcha Airport is US$ 20 per day.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles for the Rara lodge trek?

Answer: For rara lake hiking, trek poles are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Do you recommend any Rara videos?.

Answer: Yes, you can watch Rara official videos promoted by Nepal Tourism Board

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on Rara lodge Trek.

Why Rara Lake is the best popular as a queen of opera?.

Destination Rara Lake is just a wonderful hike. It is Nepal’s wonder and lies in the Mugu district, the western part of Nepal. Mysterious rara lake is the highest lake in the country and a beautiful lake like a queen of lakes. A trek to this natural wonder takes about a week, from Kathmandu. On your journey, you will witness not only some picturesque views but also many different species of flora and fauna.

Air transportation is solid but stuck at the Talcha airplane terminal for 1 to several days because of occasional flights. If the situation is normal with regular flights, tourists can reach Kathmandu to Rara on the same day. Around the same time and reach Ktm. From Rara on another equivalent day through Nepalgunj. The far western part of Nepal is diverse in the landscape including flat land with the high Himalayas. Hike Rara is an unquestionable requirement to go place in Nepal.

The Rara lake connects travelers with a local tour guide in Nepal. The best time to visit Rara Lake with a Guide is either in Spring (March to May) or Autumn (October to December) at this time the weather is very clear with a blue sky and the sun shining. Sightseers can discern the pristine Himalayas and beautiful landscapes together at the same time. 

What are the best and possible activities for tourists while on Rara hikes?

The 2-3 full days staying at Rara lake is just sufficient. Drifting almost half a day including lining up (1 hour one way + return 1-hour walk 1 way), cycling around, and horse riding to see the whole of Rara lake. In the scene, you have to move to Murma top which is 5 km rough and goes for 3 hours hiking or pony riding one way. We purpose you climb riding horse as you won’t get drained when you reach there and return crisp later. It cost around Nepali rupees (Nrs) 1800-2200 for 1 way pony riding.

You should walk when you return as it is annoying and hazardous riding a horse soaks downhill. Watching the whole Rara lake from Rara hilltop is entrancing as should be obvious just nature and no man-made structures. Moreover, there is no hydroelectricity supply, so Sun oriented power introduced in lodgings permits versatile charging and lights.

How to reach Rara lake?

Talcha plane terminal is another particularly problematic air terminal for landing and taking off in view of its exceptional geographical territory. It’s close to nothing (clearly for STOL) a bit of inclination detests Lukla. As a result of the closeness of the mountain nose at the north side of the runway, the plane should turn legitimately when it takes off and ought to arrive the same way (Can’t go straightforwardly to the runway from far away).

Likewise, from Jumla airport you may either take a bus or jeep to reach Gamgadhi, the district headquarters of Mugu. And from there it is about five hour’s hike to the lake. It is also possible to trek from Jumla to Rara lake but allow 3 days of hikes.

However, the easiest way to travel to Rara lake is to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and take another domestic flight from Nepalganj to Tancha (Mugu) airport and walk all the way to Rara Lake.

Travellers Rara lake trek highlights

  • Research wild west rara uncrowded hiking trail and its hidden beauties.
  • Discover far western Himalayas and experienced the uncrowded trail to get to Rara lake.
  • Excellent views of Rara lake and its surrounding.
  • Natural beauty of Rara lake is like a queen of opera
  • Undergo the mixed ethnic groups people of Nepal and their culture and tradition.

Hiking in Rara national park notes

The information stated above Rara hikes is just a standard template guideline that we provide you. However, the trip plan is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific standards. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When 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.

What makes wild west Rara lake trek special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over the world. You need to know where to find them. We believe in the quality of services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern.

We are a team of professional local guides who know the destination much better than others. Moreover, we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

Rara Lake Trek Review

Beautiful Rara Lake trek with Nepali Gokyo Agency Friends

Rated 5 out of 5
October 19, 2018

Finally…. we did our Rara lake Trekking last month in 2018. It has a long flight journey for us, and it’s really worth…. to see spectacular views all the way and a beautiful area lake. Together with gokyo trek and expedition, we prepare our journey and route, no doubt they have experience and made our trekking much easier. – Lukas Michael, Totanheim, Germany

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Lukas Michael, Totanheim, Germany

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Thank you Lucas for your time to post amazing Rara lake trek reports. We hope to serve you again for your next trip to the Himalayas.

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