Jumla Rara Lake Trek - 12 Days

The Rara Lake trek takes place in the remote districts of Mugu and Jumla in the Karnali Region. There are different options available on this, for example following the salt route to Humla, or taking a number of trails through Dolpo. Regardless of the route, the countryside is remarkable and Rara Lake – a gem sparkling turquoise blue in the sun.

Lying at an altitude of 2,990m, Rara Lake, sometimes also referred to as Mahendra Taal, is the largest lake in Nepal, covering over 10 sq. km and reported to be 167m in depth. Set in Rara National Park, the area around the lake is mainly pine forest and is home 214 species of birds, including a good number of migratory birds. It is a wonderful place for bird watching enthusiasts who can expect to see water fowl, coots common teal, blood pheasants, and the Danfe, the national bird of Nepal. Other animals which live in this area include musk deer, himalayan black bear, red panda and jackals, among others.

Apart from the area around the lake, this trek goes through very arid landscapes as it is in the rain-shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Views of Chucchemara Peak, Ruma Kand and Malika Kand are on show from around the lake area.

This is a beautiful trek into an area of the country which is not yet visited by many tourists. The trails are at relatively low altitudes and a moderate level of fitness is fine to complete this trek. Having said that, this is the Himalayas so trails go up and down, and up and down!

Day 1Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)150 m1 hr
Day 2Nepalgunj to Jumla (Flight)2540 m20 min
Day 3Jumla to Chere Chaur3055 m6 hr
Day 4Chere Chaur to Chala Chaur2980 m5 hr
Day 5Chala Chaur to Sinja Valley2490 m7 hr
Day 6Sinja Valley to Goru Singhe3050 m6 hr
Day 7Goru Singhe to Rara Lake3010 m6 hr
Day 8Day trip to Muldi Viewpoint3410 m3 hr
Day 9Rara Lake to Pina2440 m6 hr
Day 10Pina to Bumra2850 m5 - 6 hr
Day 11Bumra to Jumla2540 m5 - 6 hr
Day 12Jumla to Nepalgunj (Flight) to Kathmandu (Flight)1380 m1 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flight x 4
  • Kathmandu Nepalgunj Jumla Nepalgunj Kathmandu Flight
  • Rara lake national park entry permit
  • Guide for 12 days
  • Porter for 10 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel
  • 10 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj
  • 12 x set breakfast, 12 x set lunch and 11 x set dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Jumla Rara Lake Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

Yes. It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

Yes. It is an exploratory trek, and weather conditions can be unpredictable. We might need to use crampons.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own well being and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Jumla Rara Lake Trek

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Trip Facts

  • 3410 m
  • Nepalgunj/Nepalgunj
  • Moderate