Rara Lake - Classic trekking in Western Nepal
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,155 (land only) - from $2,960 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Today, we take a short flight along the south side of the Nepal Himalaya, with great views of the Annapurnas in particular. Arriving in Nepalgunj, a town in the 'Terrai' on the border with India, we check in at the group hotel.
Day 3: We have an early morning flight to Jumla (2370m) in the foothills of the remote Sisne Himalaya. On arrival, we meet our trek crew and porters and walk for approximately 3 - 4 hours to Charya Chaur (3010m) where we set up our first camp.
Day 4: From Charya-Chaur we climb the forested slopes of the Jaljala Lek on a good trail to the grassy ridge crest at approximately 3700 netres. Descending the other side of the ridge through more forest we make our camp in a kharka (grazing area) at approximatly 2800 metres. Approximately 5 - 6 hours walking.
Day 5: We continue the descent from the jaljala Lekh, following the fall of the Syaule Khola to a junction with the Sinja Khola (2490m). Here we turn east and following the river upstream, ascend to the village of Botan (2680m). 6-7 hours trekking.
Day 6: We climb beside the Ghatte Khola to the boundary of the Rara National Park where there is a check post at Ghorasain (3190m). We make camp here close to the checkpost. 3 - 4 hours walking.
Day 7: From Gorosingha the trail climbs to a saddle above the Ghatta Khola and then traverses the Chuchuemara Danda westwards to reach an alpine-like ridge. We descend through forests of rhododendron, then birch and finally oak, amid spectacular scenery to reach the shores of Rara Lake (2980m). We now follow a shoreline trail taking us to the north side of the lake and our camp. 6 -7 hours trekking.
Day 8: A day to explore the lake and its environs. The wildlife here protected by the park include bears, cats, wolves and deer. Overnight camp at the lake.
Day 9: After retracing our steps to the southern shore, we begin our trek out by a different route, climbing to a meadow at 3050 metres and descending via the village of Jhyari (2630m) to a riverside camp at 2580 metres.
Day 10: We climb up to the Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3460m) bedecked with chortens and prayer flags, then descend to the park boundary at Bulbule. Beyond here the trail enters a narrow wooded valley before reaching Chauta (2770m). Camp 5 - 6 hours.
Day 11: Crossing the Chauri Khola the trail climbs to the village of Bhara (2920m) and then descends through Kabra to Nyawre (2660m) on the Sinja Khola. The day ends with a climb through forests of bamboo, walnut, birches and fir to the tiny hamlet of Tharamara (3280m). 5 - 6 hours.
Day 12: Following the stream, we ascend through forests of rhododendron, birch and spruce to the Danphe Lagna pass (3720m). From the pass we descend through meadows and more forest to Jumla (2370m). 5 - 6 hours.
Day 13: We take the early morning flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj, where we connect with our onward flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in the city we check into our hotel and this evening we enjoy dinner in one of the excellent restaurants in Thamel.
Day 14: This is a contingency day in case of delays to our flight from Jumla. There is an optional complimentary half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city. This evening we have a celebratory end of holiday dinner and our final night in Nepal.
Day 15: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.