Rara Lake - Classic trekking in Western Nepal
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,900 (land only)
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- A fascinating circuit trek to Rara, the largest lake in Nepal
- Authentic culture, abundant wildlife and uncrowded trails
- Spectacular setting of Rara Lake beneath snow-capped Himalaya
- Pristine forests, high ridges and alpine meadows
- Trek in Nepal`s wild west country
Rara Lake is Nepal's largest body of water and lies in the remote Karnali region of the Western Himalaya at an altitude of almost 3000 metres. Ringed with pristine forests of pine, juniper and spruce and flanked by the high ridges of the middle hills to the south and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya to the North, the setting for Rara Lake could not be more spectacular. Designated a national park in 1976, the environs of Rara Lake are also home to several rare and protected species including Himalayan black bear, musk deer, goral, Himalayan Thar and wild boar. This trek is truly off-the-beaten track, well away from the crowds of the Annapurna and Everest regions. From the high airstrip of Jumla, our circuit trek to Rara Lake travels by way of Sinja the ancient winter capital of the Malla Kingdom and across the Chuchuemara Danda, returning across the Danphe Lagna. For a different and refreshing aspect of Nepali culture quite unlike other parts of the country, this short circular trek to one of the Himalaya's most beautiful and unspoilt lakes, will delight both the first time trekker and the seasoned veteran of Himalayan travel.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a camping trek, as the lodges in this region are few and far between. The itinerary has been arranged to allow everyone to acclimatise easily, although you will find walking at these elevations to be considerably tougher than at sea-level. We will be walking for around 5 to 7 hours each day and the nature of the terrain means that there is a fair amount of ascent and descent. For the most part during the trek, we are following good tracks and trails between villages. On the approach to the lake we will encounter narrower forest tracks, but nowhere are the conditions underfoot difficult. The grade given to this trek also reflects its remoteness and the fact that we must cross passes of 3500 metres-plus elevation to reach Rara Lake. This trekking holiday is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness used to walking in the hills.