Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest fresh water lake walled by green hills. It is a shimmering blue jewel set in a ring of snowy peaks. It changes the colour many times in a day. It is the main feature of the Rara national park and located at an altitude of 2,990m above sea level in the far northwestern Himalayas of Nepal. Boating in the clear waters, hiking to nearby hills for closer views of the mountains and lake, meeting the charming local people, or just taking a walk around the lake watching out for a wild flower or a rare bird on the way lures the tourists from the entire globe. It is the heaven on the earth.
Rara Lake, being surrounded by Rara National Park, has unique floral and faunal importance with rare and vulnerable species. The park was established in 1976 to preserve the beauty of the lake and protect it from sedimentation and adverse human activities. The Park flora consists of 1074 species, of which 16 are endemic to Nepal; the fauna includes 51 species of mammals and 214 species of birds.
The rich vegetation of the park is home to the endangered animals like red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan tahr, yellow-throated martin, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and common otter. During winter the park abounds in bird varieties like coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser and gulls. Migrant water fowls and gallinaceous birds can also be seen during certain seasons.
Hence, Rara Lake is becoming a more popular tourist destination for exotic nature as well as adventure seeking travelers around the Globe.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseing Tour – Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj (40 mins) – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and head towards the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley, especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites which includes Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square for the experience of beautiful fusion of religion, culture and history. These heritage monuments reflect centuries old culture, arts and architecture of Nepal which are medieval charms of Malla Dynasty. After this tour, drop off to hotel and transfer to domestic airport terminal for the flight to Nepalgunj, which is 40 minutes long.
Day 03 : Fly Nepalgunj – Talcha Airport – Hike to Rara Lake – B/L/D
After breakfast transfer to Nepalgunj Airport for the flight to Talcha Airport. After landing in Talcha Airport, hike to Rara Lake for about 03 hours. Overnight at a hotel, Rara Lake.
Day 04 : Explore Rara Lake – B/L/D
After breakfast, explore the Rara Lake and its surroundings. Enjoy the flora and fauna found in its vicinity. It takes approximately 3-4 hrs to go around the lake. Take a boating ride in Rara Lake for about one hour but it is strictly prohibited for foreign nationalities. Overnight at hotel, Rara Lake.
Day 05 : Hike up to Chuchemara Hill (4,087m, 02-03 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, hike up to Chuchemara hill for about 02-03 hrs. It is the best vantage point to observe the magnificent views of the deep blue clear lake and forested hillsides as well as the snowcapped peaks around it. After this mesmerizing experiences, hike down to Rara Lake. Overnight at hotel, Rara Lake.
Day 06 : Fly Rara – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu – B/L/D
After breakfast hike to Talcha Airport, then fly to Nepalgunj and then Kathmandu. After arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. In the evening farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic nepali cuisine and cultural dance performance. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 07 : Leisure Day – B
This is a leisure and free day. So, enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around Thamel (Tourism hub city). Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 08 : Departure – B
Leisure until departure. Transfer to international airport terminal to board the flight.