Rara Lake Tour - 9 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 3700 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Our Rara Lake Tour by Road differs from the other Rara Lake tours because it is done completely by jeep/bus rather than by air.  This way, you are able to experience more of the country and see more scenery along the way.

The Rara Lake Tour commences from Kathmandu and takes you into several UNESCO World Heritage Sites before seeing you off at Tribhuvan International Airport.  Swoyambunath, also known as ‘Monkey Temple,’ is full of symbolism and is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Buddhist temple offers an incredible view of Kathmandu. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world.  We’ll see monks and devotees circumnavigating the stupa.  Pasupatinath Temple is the most famous Hindu temple in the country.  You can see sadhus (holy men) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and bodies being cremated on the banks of the Bagmati River.  The day after our tour, we fly to Nepalgunj, and then next day to Talcha, where we begin our short trek to Rara Lake, a most marvelous place.

Rara Lake Tour is one of the most fascinating lake tours in Nepal as it takes us to the exotic region of Rara Lake, full with stunning natural beauty. Adjoining Rara Lake is Rara National Park, where animals like Himalayan black bear and Red Panda reside. The trek to Rara National Park brings delight for botanists, nature-lovers and bird watchers. One can explore incredibly diverse Himalayan vegetation and observe different kinds of birds and wild animals during our Rara Lake Tour. The four hour trek to Rara Lake brings joy for those who are fond of passing some time in recluse in the lap of nature. Karnali region, where the lake is located, is one of the remote regions in Nepal, allowing the visitors find some time in tranquility.

When looked at from a distance, Rara Lake looks like a blue nymph, indulged in romance with mountains. The lake is neighbored by tall trees on three sides and High Mountain peaks on the fourth. It is located in the north-west region of Nepal, which is known for long ridges covered with temperate forests and alpine pastures enclosing high valleys. Such landscape make Rara Lake region perfect for trekking. Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal with length of 2980m and the best season to visit the lake are during spring & autumn.

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Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (famous Hindu temple and cremation ground) Boudhanath (massive Buddhist stupa). We can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2000 years ago.  Finally, we can visit Patan, city of fine arts. In the afternoon, you will be meeting with your trekking guide and will check all the necessary things. Overnight stay at the hotel.

      Early in the morning, we depart for a 9-10 hour bus ride to Nepalgunj.  We'll have a rest here and then continue on to the Gabher Valley Homestay.  Overnight here.

        We have a long day of driving ahead of us, as we head towards Kalikot.  We enjoy the spectacular views along the way.  We'll stop in Surkhet, a pleasant town that is not used to many tourists, so you will be very welcomed here.  We also make a stop is Dailekh, a mountain hilly town. Overnight in Kalikot.

          This is the day you've been waiting for.  We arrive to a place near Rara Lake, and walk along the trail for a couple hours to reach the lake.  It is a majestic lake, surrounded by forests with snowy peaks in the background.  Overnight near Rara Lake.

            Today will be the exploration day hike to Marma Top. After taking our morning breakfast, we head up to Marma Top, which offers a panoramic view of rolling hills that lead up to the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.  From here, we will enjoy our packed lunch and snap some photos.  When you're ready, we head back down to Rara Lake and stay there for the night.  The total journey (there and back) takes about 5 hours.

              You will have early morning breakfast at the Hotel and then you will be exploring around Rara about the culture of local people & flora/fauna of Rara. We will explore around the area including the old village of Rara where we can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. Also, you can enjoy swimming in the wonderful lake. After finishing the exploration around Rara and after enjoying its beauty to the fullest magnitude, you will then head back to the Talcha Airport. It will take about 4 hrs. to reach the Airport. Overnight stay at the hotel in Talcha Airport.

                The next morning, you take a short scenic flight for around 45 minutes from Talcha to Nepalgunj. On arrival at Nepalgunj, you will connect to the scheduled flight to Kathmandu the same day. Celebratory dinner in the evening in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

                  We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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                    What's Included
                    •  Airport transfers and escort
                    • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
                    • 5 nights and 6 days of food and accommodation during tour (local lodge)
                    • Transportation from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj-Kalikot and Rara by local bus or van
                    • Flights from Talcha - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
                    • All the tour with English speaking local expert guide(Tour Guide)
                    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
                    • Rara National Park permit
                    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
                    • Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural dance in Kathmandu
                    • Insurance Guide
                    • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 40  (Details in Visa Page)
                    • International flight 
                    • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
                    • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu 
                    • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
                    • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
                    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
                    • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
                    Dates and Prices
                    Date PriceAvailability 
                    Start DateStarts: MondayJul 01, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 09, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
                    Start DateStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 16, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
                    Start DateStarts: MondayJul 15, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 23, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
                    Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 30, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
                    Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayAug 06, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
                    Client Reviews
                    • Deeply beautiful place


                      The view was super, everyday we got to see different landscape, deeply beautiful in it's own way. The Rara was so attractive and dream like. Also, Rara lake was so green and soothing. Our tour Guide Hastha was very good and knowledgeable. Adventure Himalayan Travels and treks provided us with good guide, very nice guest house as well as good transportation on the tour. We deeply recommend them

                      Andreas Fischer
                      Andreas FischerGermany,Jul 18, 2018

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