Dolpo Rara Trekking - 25 Days

Rara Lake Trek is the totally wilderness destination for trekking in Nepal. Dolpo Rara Lake Trekking is fully camping trekking route in which lodges are not well developed in the trekking route. Dolpo Rara Lake trekking to visit the Nepal’s largest lake in isolated destination.

Highlight of Dolpo Rara camping Trekking

  • Exploring the most beautiful Rara Lake.
  • Affords glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those in the rest of the country.
  • Considered one of the finest parks in the world, Rara National Park abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other faunae.
  • Wilderness of mountain meadows and forests of pine, spruce, and juniper dotted with remote and isolated settlements.

Dolpo Rara lake is the Nepal’s largest lakes. Located in the serenity of the isolated Dolpo region, its shores are majestic in their unspoiled appeal. The magic feeling of visiting this virgin area will accompany us on this journey, along with the best scenery in northwestern Nepal. The moderate Dolpo Rara camping Trekking from Jumla to Rara lake will include glimpses into cultures and scenery much different from the rest of Nepal. We’ll cross a wilderness of mountain meadows and forests of pine, spruce, and juniper dotted with remote and isolated settlements. Along a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges, we’ll pass over several 3000 meter ridges on our way to Rara National Park, where we’ll explore the pristine natural surroundings of Rara Lake.

Dolpo Rara camping Trekking offers the best scenery on the north-western most side of Nepal. Within its confines lie the Rara national park, the smallest park in Nepal, where in turn the country’s largest lake, the Rara Lake can be found (10.8 sq. km at 2,990m). Considered one of the finest parks in the world, Rara National Park abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other faunae. The Dane (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal, flies above while a species of fish, the snow trout, inhabit the Rara lake. Adding attraction to the region are its generally open-hearted and friendly people. Dolpo Rara camping Trekking can begin in Jumla (over an hour’s flight from Kathmandu) or from the nearer Nepalgunj.

Rara camping trek is a attractive destination point for camping trekking in the west. The trail is very much “off the beaten path” and affords glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those in the rest of the country. As this the isolated zone so, the tea house is not the option, hence camping should be planned. The attraction of the park is the biggest lake of Nepal. Along mountain paths and a series of quaint villages, one reaches the magnificent banks of Rara Lake. The park includes Trans- Himalayan valley with high ridge covered with forest and alpine pastures.

Best season for Dolpo Rara Camping Trek is considered for autumn and spring. These seasons offers stunning views of majestic mountains over a clear sky. Additionally, the weather is also favorable with tolerable temperatures even in the higher Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

DayProgramElevation
1Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.1360m
2Kathmandu to Nepalgunj afternoon/ flight 55 min. - stay in hotel
3Nepalgunj to Juphal / early morning flight 35 min. then trek to Dunai2140m
4Dunai to Chhepka2838m
5Chhepka to Chunuwar (Jharana hotel)3110m
6Chunuwar to Phoksundo3600m
7Phoksundo – explore lake, gompas and village (Bon)-camping
8Phosundo lake to Pungmo3500m
9Pungmo to Kagmara high camp4800m
10Kagmara high camp to Kagmara Phedi2900m
11Kagmara Phedi to Toijum2920m
12Toijum to Chaurikot3060m
13Chaurikot to Chotra
14Chotra to Gothichaur2650m
15Gothichaur to Jumla2540m
16Jumla to Khali Gaon / 6 hours trek3685m
17Khali gaon to Bulbule/ 6-7 hours trek3182m
18Bulbule to Jhyari trek passing Ghuchi Lagna Pass3480m
19Jhyari to Rara / 4-5 hours2980m
20Explore Rara Lake2980m
21Rara to Murma Top
22Rara to Talcha/ 4-5 hours trek
23Talcha to Nepalgunj/ 45 minutes flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu/ 55 minutes flight
24Free Day in Kathmandu Option for Sightseeing1360m
25Farewell

Day 1
Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.

When you arrive in Kathmandu airport, our agency representative will be waiting for you in the airport holding our company and your name play card. From airport our agency representative will escort you to the hotel. After you check in to the hotel, you will rest and fed your flight sickness till next day.

Day 2
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj afternoon/ flight 55 min. - stay in hotel

From Kathmandu we fly to Nepalgunj enjoying scenic views throughout the flight. Nepalgunj is an important business center for many regions as it is located in the western part of Nepal, near the Indian Border. Later in the evening, we can stroll around the busy markets of Nepalgunj. Here we will have the night stay.

Day 3
Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m)/ early morning flight 35 min. then trek to Dunai (2140m)

After the night at Nepalgunjwe will again catch a 35-minute long flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. As we land in the Juphal, our trekking journey starts. We descend through local villages and terraced fields to the Bheri River. The trail continues by the riverside and passes by the RoopGhar with water mill to finally arrive in the village of Dunai. Today we will have overnight in lodge of Dunai.

Day 4
Dunai to Chhepka (2838m)

From Dunai, we have to descend through wheat and vegetables field to reach ThuliBheri River. A big suspension bridge will lead us to the entrance of SheyPhoksando National Park (SPNP), Nepal?s largest National Park with the area of 3,555km/sq. It is comprising the Trans Himalayan ecasy stem and the Tibetan type of floras and faunas. You have to pay 1000NPR, except tourists from SAARC countries. We will follow SuliKhola viewing a part of the Dhaulagiri Range. We have tea while we pass through the village as can stay there. We can enjoy the tea with honey, pure and fresh honey. Then we will trek through the trail surrounded by pine tree line spruce, fir, Juniper and Cyprus and bamboo forest. At the end of the day we will reach Cheep Ka, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field. Today we will have overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Day 5
Chhepka to Chunuwar (Jharana hotel)/ (3110m)

Today the the trail leads you beside PhoksundoKhola- the trail of famous Lower Dolpa Circuit. We trek in the opposite direction of the river flow to Amchi Hospital. The trek crosses the bridge over PhoksundoKhola twice. As we approach closer to Kharka trekking along the amazingly peaceful region the trail goes high above PhoksundoKhola to Rechi 3011m, where we stop for the lunch. Beyond Rechi we again hike along the river side trail to SulligadDovan where we cross the bridge over the confluence of PhoksundoKhola and YulungKhola and arrive to Chunuwar. We will settle our camps here for the night.

Day 6
Chunuwar to Phoksundo (3600m)

The entrance station for the SheyPhoksundo National Park is at the south end of the village. The route then descends on switchbacks through open country to an elevation of 3300 meter, and then starts up another set of dusty switchbacks to a ridge at 3780 meter to the highest waterfall in Nepal (200 meter high).

Our route then continues on to Ringmo village, a picturesque settlement of flat-roofed stone houses with lots of mani walls. Just below Ringmo we cross a bridge and follow the trail to Phoksundo Lake, where we camp at the national park camping grounds west of the lake.

Day 7
Phoksundo – explore lake, gompas and village (Bon)-camping

We take another day off from trekking and utilize this day to explore Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. Phoksundo Lake is a beautiful turquoise color lake which is also considered the deepest lake in Nepal. We can get the scenic view of Ringmo village from the Lake. We explore nearby the Ringmo village and go to visit Tshowa (Bon Monastery), built 900 years ago. We also come across many beautiful glaciers above the lake area. Today we will have Overnight at tented camp.

Day 8
Phosundo lake (3660m) to Pungmo (3500m)

Today we will follow the same route and come back to Sumduwa and go to Pungmo. This village is totally Bon village you can have some interactions with the people here.

Day 9
Pungmo to Kagmara high camp (4800m)

From Pungmo the trail goes towards Lasha with slight ups and down through woods. Finally, we reach the spot for the night Kagmara High Camp.

Day 10
Kagmara high camp to Kagmara Phedi (2900m)

Today the trail will be ascending up to the pass KagmaraLa(5115m) then downhill to kagmaraphedi for the night camp.

Day 11
Kagmara Phedi to Toijum (2920m)

From Kagmaraphedi we proceed towards Toijm. This trail will little bit of ascending and little difficult.

Day 12
Toijum to Chaurikot (3060m)

From Toisum the slighting tril we come to Hurikot and then to Kaingaon. There is a Bon monastery in Hurikot and Kaingaon is a beautiful village where you can have view of dense forest of pine beside the village. Then we go ahead towards Chaurikot, the trail goes uphill through the village called Thapagaon.

Day 13
Chaurikot (3060m) to Chotra

The trail from Chaurikot ascends towards the pass MaureLagna pass 3894m and then the trail goes descending to Chotra for the night stop. The trail goes mostly through the forest with mixed species of plants. One can have nice scenic views around from the trail.

Day 14
Chotra to Gothichaur (2650m)

The way from Chotra to Gothichaur goes through several villages. One can experience the different culture mostly of the Khas people around. There are small woods along the road. 3 hours trek to Manigaon 2820m stops for lunch and 3 hours trek to Gothichaur for the night stay.

Day 15
Gothichaur to Jumla (2540m)

The trek begins from Gothichaur to Jumla. There are several villages and the motor able road is under construction wich now in use but mostly off road.

Day 16
Jumla to Khali Gaon (3685m)/ 6 hours trek

Now you will start your trekking from Jumla taking the trail through some villages. The trail goes somehow straight and it will be easy walking experiencing the social life style of the region. Nearly after the walk of 3 hours the trail slightly ascends.

After the walk of nearly 4 hours passing a small passes DanpheNangla (3691 mtrs) you will reach the village Khaligaon. This is the village where the only technical school of the western region “Karnali Technical School” is producing technical man power in regular basis. The village is interesting to observe the activities carried out there. There are some hotels and tea houses to refresh.

Day 17
Khali gaon to Bulbule (3182m)/ 6-7 hours trek

Now trail will ascends through jungle of pine and rhododendron trees and some beautiful villages. On the rote there can see beautiful view of the unique landscape.

Day 18
Bulbule to Jhyari trek passing Ghuchi Lagna Pass (3480m)

Day 19
Jhyari to Rara (2980m)/ 4-5 hours

Now the trail reaches to Raralake. The trail goes through beautiful landscape with beautiful view . This trail provides fantastic sightseeing of the place.

Day 20
Explore Rara Lake

Rara lake(3062m) is the focal point of Rara Lake National Park .Rara is a clear high altitude lake ringed with pine,spruce and juniper forests and snowcapped Himalayan peaks. It is almost 13km around the lake, and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent.

Once you are at Rara you will be reluctant to leave. It has a rare peace and tranquility and captivating beauty. With no grazing animals in the park the woods have reverted to their natural state with dense undergrowth. Walk around the lake on the path built for King Mahendra to mark his visit in 1964.There is a hotel by the side but camping is also available.

Day 21
Rara to Murma Top

This will be a day hike up to the top of Murma with packed lunch. The trail from the lake goes through pine forest. Murma top is the place from where you can have the view of whole lake and the villages and some mountains. We will be back for the night stop to Rara.

Day 22
Rara to Talcha/ 4-5 hours trek

From the lake the trail goes through jungle by the side of the lake through Army barrack and National Park office. After a walk of nearly one and half hour the trail ascends and then it goes downwards for nearly one or one and half hour to reach you to the airport.

Day 23
Talcha to Nepalgunj/ 45 minutes flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu/ 55 minutes flight

We catch an early morning scenic flight to Nepalgunj from Talcha. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we catch our next flight back to Kathmandu. We transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu and give the rest of the day to yourself to relax and rest. Later in the evening, you can try out the local eateries in the capital city. Today we will rest at night at the hotel of Kathmandu.

Day 24
Free Day in Kathmandu Option for Sightseeing

After breakfast, Free day in Kathmandu or you can visit to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, BodhanathStupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. SwayambhunathStupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple. But one day is not enough to visit all places.

Day 25
Farewell

The journey comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Trekking in Himalayas will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport
  • 1 nights hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel ( centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower) and standard hotel in Nepalgunj
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  • Kathmandu –Nepalgunj - Nepalgunj- Juphal Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • Juphal to Nepalgunj - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu Fly back
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse/tent camp.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System) - ( we need two photos each for permit
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • All the camping equipment such as sleeping tent, Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattress, Sleeping Bag and necessary Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), trekking cook, kitchen helper, Sherpa
  • Necessary number of porter’s their meal /accommodation / transportation / salary / insurance / equipment’s are included in price.
  • Trekking Permits for Dolpo Restricted Area
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking Maps
  • Rubbish Disposal
  • Our Service Charge and Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • All meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned herein
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1. How difficult are the treks?

It depends on the individuals’ adaptation of walking in any situation and at any circumstances. It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available. Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

2. How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

Completely, we assure the safety and security of the women travelling with us. We will provide the privacy that the women need. We will also give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking.

3. What is tea house trekking?

Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook.

4. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 25US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 40US$ for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

5. What is the best air route to my destination?

There are enough airline companies operating daily flights from Middle East of Kathmandu. Kathmandu only has got only international airport in Nepal so, where ever you are coming from you must come through tribhuvan international airport.

6. What type of insurance should I have before come to Nepal? Can I get it there?

For coming to Nepal you should have both medical and Rescue evacuation insurance. Yes you can get it here too, but we recommend purchasing it in your own country to avoid any last minute hassle and basal.

7. When should I travel to Nepal?

In Nepal it rains a lot between Junes to August. You too can enjoy great treks during this period of year in rain shadow region. But if you planning for more popular trek autumn and spring is the best time. As during this period climate will be moderate and will favorable for the trekking.

8. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities having branches of some international bank. Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as American Express, Visa and Master card are accepted. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

9. When should I book my trip?

We suggest you to book your trip in advance to avoid the disappointment and hassles. We too will make an effort to accommodate last minute bookings but some time due to the last minute planning we may unintentionally make few mistake which may offend you so it will be better to do advance booking.

10. Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes, our agency representative will pick you from airport. We will be displaying our placard of your name with our agency name.

11. How much spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will be at and package, facilities you may choose . However our trip profile will give you information about how to budget form additional meals, optional excursions and extra expenses that might occur in any specific trip.

12. Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home town. But domestic flight ticket will be included in our package. Other help like river rafting, city guided tour, mountain flight, jungle safari will be provided according to your necessities.

13. What is the physical conditioning level needed for trekking?

If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should do long day hikes at your home.

14. Is a Trekking permit needed?

Permit is not required for trekking in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and some other regions. However, conservation permits or National park permits are required. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal where trekking permits are required.

15. Are the food / water safe to eat / drink?

All the meals are prepared with high standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

16. What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

17. What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to conform reservation before arriving to Nepal. Rest of the payment can be paid after arrival.

18. Can we bring some food from home?

19. You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

20. Is there any communication when we are on the mountain?

In the way in many villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephones from where you can make international calls. And now a days we have the internet facilities most of the trekking destination.

21. What’s the difference between trekking, hiking and mountain climbing?

You can do all day walk, where you stay overnight (or several nights) at three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different things. Trekking is a multi-the place you’ve walked to. Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike. Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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