Lake Rara (2,980m) is the biggest lake of Nepal with 13km circumference that lies within the Rara National Park, located in the remotest corner of west Nepal near Nepal and Tibet border. This area is almost untouched and truly pristine that makes it one of the wildest parts of Nepal making a great destinations to be explored. The unspoiled natural forest is of alpine type and the area has a wealth of historical significance and unique western Nepali culture. The scenery and mountain views along with the wild animals and birds, makes this a unique area for visitors who are looking for something different away from the much traveled area. This is an adventure in an area with the least tourists that has stayed intact in terms of culture and natural environment.
• Biggest lake of Nepal
• Unique west Nepali culture
• Pristine and natural areas
• Great scenery and views
Rara located in the remotest part of the Karnali zone, in the north–west of Nepal, close to Tibet. The trekking starts after a short flight to Jumla from Nepalgunj. Trekking days are normally about 5-6 hours long, though this can vary. You begin trekking after a hearty breakfast, stop for lunch in the middle of the day and arrive to the camp in the afternoon where tea or coffee and cookies will be waiting for you. Meals consist of three courses mainly of local dishes.
Sleeping is in a tent, shared by two people, with a warm sleeping bag, inner liner and insulated mattress provided (if you wish extra comfort, you can bring your own blow-up mattress too). For drinking water, boiled water is provided after the meals, so make sure to bring a one or two liter water bottle. A dug-out toilet tent will be set up near the camp.
Why trek to Rara national park!
Rara National Park is the smallest national park of Nepal. At the heart of the park is Rara Lake, which is the largest lake in Nepal. The park includes a trans-Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with forest and alpine pastures. Being among the local people with their distinctive culture and traditions gives the visitor a unique experience and makes for an unforgettable and wonderful holiday. The people here are very behind-the-times, even primitive, and this gives the trekker a glimpse backwards in time and a chance to reflect on the differences of modern society and development. The great high mountain scenery enchants and fascinates as always. Like most of Nepal, Rara National Park is a naturalist’s paradise. Animals like the Serow, musk deer, yellow-throated marten and a wide variety of birds such as the Impeyan pheasant or Himalayan Monal, Kalij Pheasants and many other species of birds can be seen along the trail and around the lake.
Trekking to this destination offers the best in scenery and in this north-western region of Nepal, you are very much off-the beaten track, with the trek going through the one of most pristine and finest national parks in the world. This forms the ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other fauna and birds, including the national bird of Nepal, the Danphe or Himalayan Monal along with many other varieties of birds. The lake at 2,980m also hosts a variety of fish including the snow trout. At the same time, the western Nepal cultural experience is unique, and is quite different from that of rest of Nepal.
Level of grade – Moderate Adventure
Nepal is a hilly and mountainous country and trekking means going up and down through many hills, valleys, forests, pastures and ridges, which offers some challenge for everyone – though for some it can seem just a piece of cake! Some level of physical and mental fitness is important, especially as this trek is totally in the remotest part of the country, but most people find it reasonably easy and enjoyable. This trek can be categorized as moderately easy to strenuous at some points.
Food and accommodation
All meals are included on the trip apart from meals in Kathmandu. Our experienced trekking cook and his assistants will be serving you with the best possible blend of local food making sure it’s clean, tasty and hygienically prepared.
Best time to come…
The recommended season to visit this park is from the second half of February to the first week of June, and from September to early December. In a slight rain shadow, this area tends to be a little drier than other parts of Nepal, even during the monsoon months.
COST of Wild West Nepal
Minimum of 6 persons required
INCLUDES in the cost Wild West Nepal
• Accommodation in Kathmandu in tourist boutique hotel on BB plan
• Accommodations at Nepalgunj in tourist standard hotel on full board
• Kathmandu day heritage sightseeing tour with guide
• All land transportation as applicable and all domestic flight costs as per itinerary
• TAn experienced & qualified English speaking trek guide/leader, trained cook, helper, porters & support staff
• Trekking equipment and kitchen utensils
• Trekking permit or any other applicable government taxes
• Staff insurance
Above cost DOES not include
• Your travel insurance
• Cost incur due to any unforeseen events, and cost of personal nature
• Flights, visa or airport tax etc.
• Bottled drinks and beverages and meals in Kathmandu
• Extra porterage and tipping at the end
DEPARTURES of Wild West Nepal
30 May – 16 June 2013
06 June – 23 June 2013
30 Sept – 17 October 2013