Rara Lake Jeep Tour

Rara Lake Jeep Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

10 Days

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Max Altitude:

3710 m Murma viewpoint

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

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Best Season:

All Year Round

Lakes are fascinating places surrounded by extensive flora and fauna. Any lake, anywhere in the world, is much attractive to all species & it doesn't surprise us when people do create artificial lakes. However, a lake located in the mountain region has a completely different fan base. Mountain lakes are cool and pristine and Rara Lake is no exception.

Rara Lake Jeep Tour from Himalayan Trekkers is an exemplary package to view this impressive Himalayan lake which is also the largest in Nepal and covers an area of 10.8 km square.

Rara Lake is located at an altitude of 2,990 m in mid-western Nepal. There used to be no direct routes to Rara National Park in the past and it took 2-3 days of walking to get to this awesome place. However, with the development of enough dirt roads, now has become accessible by jeep.

In September 2007, Rara Lake was declared a Ramsar wetland site due to its rich biodiversity. The variation in the flora of this place is extensive and exquisite. It also attracts lots of wildlife too. Being a body of water, this place is full of so many different species of butterflies and birds in the right season.

The rustic beauty of the lake attracts local and international tourists throughout the year. It is a very refreshing place that is surrounded by snowy peaks on all sides. The lake does not exclude the energetic environment of the mountains and has a very relaxing effect on the nerves. If someone is looking for a bit of tranquility amongst the lush desert, this is the place to be. The exquisite beauty also ensures that this is a heavenly site for photographers.

Tour Highlights

  • Rara National Park comprises of the largest Himalayan freshwater lake Nepal. The whole place is surrounded by several small, mountainous villages amidst the backdrop of the Himalayan landscapes.
  • Take a ride along the Karnali River that courses its way through Nepal and enjoy one of the most memorable times of your life.
  • Rara Lake offers many different activities. You can go on a horse riding experience along the banks of Rara Lake. The lake also offers the chance to go boating.
  • Many amazing, hidden trekking routes radiate around the Rara Lake and National Park that can take you to quaint locations such as the Thakur Baba’s Temple. If you are a trekking aficionado, then this can come up like a dream spot for you.
  • The Rara National Park boasts of highly varied biodiversity and you may come across many rare species of flora as well as fauna throughout the region.

Things to Do

Boating in Rara Lake:

Rara is an immense lake and every drop of this lake is worth exploring. Its unique position in the Himalayas gives it a climatic advantage and hence it is a site for diversity in life. The bank is lined with all kinds of plants- both readily seen as well as exotic ones.

Animal life is also extensive in and around this lake. There are many different types of aquatic life. It is also home to 3 of the endemic aquatic species. If you are lucky enough you may even come across a Red Panda. Rara Lake boating experience is the best if done in early mornings. You can just rent a boat and paddle away into the far corners of this lake.

Horse-Riding along the Banks:

Riding along the banks of a mountainous water body through a lush forest on horseback is a majestic experience. Rara National Park offers you the chance to go about the lake on horseback to give you the most refreshing experience. The dense pine forest is filled with all kinds of birds who are happily chirping away as you ride through.

It is also a great place if you are a seasoned rider. You can indeed hire guides while you are horse-riding. However, if you know how to ride then Rara offers some excellent expanses in which you can speed up your ride and enjoy the burst of fresh air on your face.

  • Murma Viewpoint: One of the hiking trails around the lake takes you to the Murma Viewpoint. It is a short way off and does not take much time. You get to walk through the thick pine forest to reach this exceptional point that gives a terrific view of the surrounding area. The small villages, the forest and all kinds of animals and birds will be available to you from here.
  • Perfect End to a Perfect Day: while you are at Rara you can as well just sit along the banks and relax. You need not go through any of the activities and just laze your time along the banks and have an equally filling experience. The tranquillity of the hills and the calming blue of the water are sure to help you focus and think. It ensures that your nerves are calm and relaxed at all times.

As Rara Lake is at a height of 4000 m, there are minimal chances to get altitude sickness on the Rara Lake jeep Tour. Taking the right precautions is just enough.

Starting Price

USD 1249 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples-Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

On the first day of this trip, you will be received by a representative of Himalayan Trekkers from the airport at Kathmandu who will direct you to your hotel.

Once the check-in formalities are over, it is up to you as to how you want to spend the day. Take rest or go out into the streets of Kathmandu for a taste of their local culture.

Accommodation: 30 min private drive Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing.

Meals included: BB

After your breakfast, you will be received by a guide for full day sightseeing where you will visit some of the beautiful and important landmarks of Kathmandu valley.

Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey temple) and interesting local markets.

Overnight.

Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 3

Scenic drive to Kohalpur.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The most exhausting part of your trip to Rara is this tirelessly long journey between Kathmandu and Kolhapur. To make it through in time you have to start early and make it through hilly roads with the Trishuli River cutting through just beside you.

The hills are beautiful and after a handful of tea stops, you will reach Kohalpur after 10 hours of riding. The condition of the road is generally okay but with a worse road, the duration will get even longer.

Night halt at Kohalpur.

Accommodation: 10-11 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Guest house/tea house.

Day 4

Scenic drive to Manma.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The ride from Kohalpur to Manma is going to be an enjoyable one. The second day will also begin early in the morning as it is a long-distance and will easily take 7 to 8 hours. However, the landscape and vegetation will change in this phase of the journey. You will be traveling through the lush and densely forested area with many hilly villages in between. 

Once you have started from Kohalpur, you will reach Surkhet after 3 hours of riding. After a bit of a halt here, the onward travel will take about 4 to 5 hours to reach Manma. This place is the headquarters of the entire Kalikot district. The road is generally good and well-maintained though it will be interrupted by a few exciting off-road routes.

Overnight.

Accommodation: 7-8 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 5

Drive to Nagma and hike to Rara Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The journey will be easier as the drive will be shorter and you will be hiking to the Rara Lake area after a drive. Only 62 km from Manma lay the Nagma Valley. The drive will take you through Sinja Valley into the lush wilderness of the national park.

You will be following a gravel road once you have crossed the Nagma Valley. The journey is uphill and will take about 4 hours for completion. Karnali River will flow right beside you as you take hairpin twists and turns to reach your destination. Talcha airport falls en route and the jeep comes to a halt about 20 minutes after that.

After that will come the final part of your journey- the hike to Rara Lake! You have to go on an uphill climb for about half an hour before you are gifted with the pristine Rara Lake. It will take away all sense of tiredness from you with its scenic view. Once you are accustomed to the glory of the surroundings you can move further to the guest house. It is a 1.5 downhill hours walk to the guest house.

Accommodation: 3-4 hrs drive and 2-3 hrs hike Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 6

Explore the Queen Lake - Rara Lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a goodnight's sleep, you will be woken up by the sound of chirping birds on the next day. You will feel the immenseness of Mother Nature in the quietness of the blissful morning. Birds chirping, the pine forest whistling and the waves crashing along the banks is a sound that will reverberate in your mind for a long time.

There are so many activities that you can do at Rara. You can go for boating in the early morning and horse riding in the evening. Throughout the day you can explore various trails taking you through the mountainous forest all along the national park. You can also enjoy a calm and comforting time sitting along the banks and not doing anything.

You can also enjoy the hike to Murma viewpoint or enjoy a horse ride to Murma for an amazing view of Rara lake with beautiful mountains.

Overnight.

Accommodation: 4-5 hrs hike Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 7

Hike back to Nagma and return to Manma.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trip is slowly coming to an end and you have collected all those fond memories by now.

The day will see you moving back to Manma through the same roads fo Nagma valley. You have to hike back to the spot where you left your vehicle and from there will be picked up.

Night halt at Manma.

Accommodation: 2-3 hrs hike and 3-4 hrs drive Estimated Walking Distance: Tea house

Day 8

Drive back to Kohalpur.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following the same route as the one you came, you will now head back to Kohalpur, the point from which the exciting journey had started. Since it is a long route you have to start the journey early.

For the night, you will spend it in a guest house.

Accommodation: 7-8 hrs Estimated Walking Distance: guest house/ tea house

Day 9

Drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

The final leg of the return journey from Kohalpur to Kathmandu will be undertaken in approximately 10 hours until we retire for the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.

After your arrival, you will join the Himalayan Trekkers team for a farewell dinner with a short meeting in an authentic local restaurant.

Overnight.

Accommodation: 10 hrs drive. Estimated Walking Distance: Hotel

Day 10

Departure.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel to catch your scheduled flight to the Airport with an assessment of the Himalayan trekkers representative.

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Airport Drop off in a Private Vehicle.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport transfer.
  • 4wd jeep from Kathmandu-Rara-Kathmandu.
  • Best available accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Driver and guide charge with insurance.
  • Fuel charge and roadway taxes.

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Extra night accommodation in Rara/Kathmandu.
  • Any kind of gratitude/tips to the driver and guide.
  • Bar bills and extra foods.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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