Rara Lake Tour

Rara Lake, glistening atop the Jumla and Mugu district, is a tourist attraction, scenic hub and spiritual oasis all in one. At an altitude of 3029 m, it is also Nepal’s largest and deepest lake.

Rara Lake in Nepal has been a favorite travel destination for international as well as domestic tourists. Here, you can experience fascination with pure nature as you relax to the gentle waves lapping against the shore and drink in the magnificent lake views from the surrounding cafés and viewspots. 

It’s remote location has been a concern for a lot of people who want to get a glimpse of this scenic haven. However, flights operating regularly from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Talcha Airport flight route have helped visitors to enjoy short trips to this region. 

Granted, that owing to its remoteness and scarcity of tourist friendly amenities, you will have a challenging hike. But this means that these routes are seldom frequented meaning you have the trail and the whole stretch to yourself. And since this trail is in low altitudes compared to the other treks, this will literally be a walk in the park for you.

The trail from Jumla to Rara passes through Sinja. Jumla is famous for its apple orchids and tasting apples from these parts will make you lose taste for apples anywhere else. As you make your way from Jumla and Sinja, you will come across other interesting villages like Gorusingha, Sinja and Jaljala. These villages offer you a glimpse of the unique khas traditions and customs.

Before you can reach the lake, you have to cross the Rara National Park, which is a 2 hour pleasant walk through the alpine canopies. These forests are very tranquil and walking through here will get you in touch with your core.

Rara National Park

The Rara National Park has unique floral and faunal species. The park was established in 1976 to preserve the beauty of the lake and protect it from sedimentation and adverse human activities. Some endangered species of wildlife like the Red Panda, Leopard Cat, Musk Deer, Grey Wolf, Blue Hare, Himalayan Wild Boar and the famed Red Panda feel at home here.

Crossing the threshold of these canopies, you will set foot, perhaps on the world’s most beautiful high altitude lake. Its crystalline blue waters glistens in the sunlight and you will be left wondering if what you are seeing is a place on earth. This is no exaggeration.

You can choose to carry with you a tent so you can stay overnight to enjoy the gentle waves as it glistens in the moonlight with the surrounding forest fragrance and cool northwestern Himalayan breeze to amp up your heavenly stay.

During the day, you can go boating in the clear waters, hike to nearby hills for a closer view of the snow-capped mountains, get acquainted with charming local people, or just walk around watching out for wildflowers or a rare bird along the way.

The lake holds few endemic animal species like Nepalese Snow Trout, Rara Carp, Rara Snow Trout Rara Lake frog, all unique to this region alone.

The villages in the Rara region are characterized by their harmony with nature, which remains a part of them. This trail leads you through remote countryside toward the Tibetan border.

A journey into the Jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake is probably one of the most fascinating treks in  the Himalaya range undisturbed by hordes of trekkers and remains an untouched piece of region even to this day.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit trek is often regarded as one of the best treks in Nepal and is now a great alternative to the Annapurna circuit trek. Less than two percent of trekkers go to Manaslu and because of this Manaslu trek is remote and physically demanding, yet at the same time, it is also culturally enriching and uplifting.

Manaslu trekking trail takes you from the steam-filled lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the grand gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. You will also come across cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude dreamy glacier lakes.

Larkya La Pass (5160m)

Up north, is the snowbound Larkya La Pass next to the Tibetan border. At an altitude of 5167 meters, the mostly snow covered and icy Larkya La Pass is also widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas. As you make you ascent, suddenly a great glacial cirque bursts into view. A stupendous wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, casts down a stream of glaciers, while Annapurna II rises ahead. In every sense, the 5,200m pass is the high point of the Manaslu circuit.

Looking back the way you have come gives a clear view. But by far the most amazing view comes after you have left the pass and walk along a corridor to the west because this is where you will encounter Mani Walls, Prayer Wheels, monasteries, Chortens and other Buddhist monuments.

The isolated villages that you encounter upon in this trail serve as a perfect definition of Nirvana. The inhabitants in the highlands of this trek are influenced by Tibetan culture.  You will encounter few trekkers because of the trail’s remoteness and moderate fitness required to hike it. Thus some prior trekking experiences will be beneficial to the travelers. However, those who don’t have any such experiences can try exercising few weeks prior to the trekking.

Manaslu circuit trek is a government regulated because it’s a restricted area as well. You must take permission prior to organizing treks for Manaslu region. And this is part of the appeal of Manaslu, as this trail receives far less travellers than your usual Everest Base camp trek or the very famous Annapurna Base Camp trail.

Even though the trail is relatively wild and remote compared to other treks, these regions are well equipped and have moderately fair trekking facilities. There are numerous tea houses at every stage of your journey, so you don’t have to bring tent or camping materials.

And if you are worried about the scenery, fear not as Manaslu Trekking provides you all Nepal has to offer. You’ll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 out of the major Nepalese treks. Nevertheless, it is still an adventurous 126 km (80 miles) drive from Kathmandu to Soti

Manaslu Circuit Trek is definitely a first choice for those who are looking to avoid the beaten path and prefer to become truly one with nature.

Upper Mustang Trek

The district of Mustang was once an independent kingdom. Until the early 1950s, it was closely tied to Tibet in terms of culture. The people here remained isolated from Nepal from hundreds of years and even to this day, the true mountain folks of Upper Mustang still retain their Tibetan language and heritage. Explore the lost hidden kingdom on Upper Mustang Trek.

History – King’s Rule

The king of Mustang enjoyed titular kingship till 2008 when Nepal was declared a republic in the wake of a massive political shift in Nepal. The king was still allowed to hold the title of king, along with petty kings in the former states of Bajhang, Salyan and Jajarkot. Mustang’s capital is Lo Manthang and is still home to the last raja of Mustang.

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It is because of the regions recent addition to Nepal and a long history of isolation, Upper Mustang still retains its culture and virgin natural beauty.

The population of Mustang, based on the 2001 consensus, was roughly 14,981 distributed over three larger towns. Scattered throughout the barren district are also some 30 or so smaller settlements. The inhabitants of this region are primarily Gurungs and Thakalis, while some boast a purely Tibetan lineage.

Geography

Mustang was located on a very strategic trade point between India and Tibet and hence this region saw a thriving population. The trekking route that is used today is still the same route that was used during the trade since the 15th century.

Although, this region became a part of Nepal from the 1950s, it was only opened to foreigners until as recent as early 2000s. Access is still restricted, however, as travelling further than Kagbeni would require special trekking permits and travellers to be accompanied by a government official.

Explore the Historic Mountain Caves

The most alluring attraction of Upper Mustang are the Mustang caves or Sky Caves, so called because of hundreds of man-made caves carved into the sides of the cliffs. There are said to be about 10,000 caves in this region. Exploration of these caves have led to the discovery of various Buddhist artifacts, some dating back to the 12th century even. The collected artifacts are Buddhist paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. These along with a 55 panel depiction of Buddha’s life make the Mustang Sky Caves, one of the world’s greatest archeological mysteries.

Trek Difficulty

Upper Mustang Trek is particularly not a difficult one with the highest point reaching only 3,800m but the conditions can be harsh. During the winters, most of the population migrate to lower regions of Nepal due to the harsh conditions, so winter treks are best avoided. The summer months and also the monsoon time is the preferred season for travel.

Best for Monsoon Trekking

Since Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas, this place receives scarce rain. This trek generally requires a minimum of 14 days and fairly easy walk through the Kali Gandaki valley with occasional climbs above the valley walls. There is little that grows in the desert of Upper Mustang, but it’s arduous conditions test the travellers’ grit and make them a tougher individual. Here, the journey is the part of the experience, something you will realize when your grit is tested by the harsh cold Mustang winds.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek takes you into the heart of the Annapurna Himalaya and fulfills every traveller’s desires.  This 11-day expedition is intended to take you the sacred region at the base of world famous Annapurna mountain, Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre, considered by many to be the most beautiful peak in the the region.

Machchapuchhre – Sacred Mt. Fishtail

The Machhapuchhre is so sacred infact that the sanctuary region was forbidden for outsiders till 1956, The local Gurung people believe that the peak of the Machhapuchhre was home to several Hindu and Buddhist deities.

The legend surrounding this sanctuary also speak of repository of gold and various treasures left by the Nagas, believed to be ancient civilization.

Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Sanctuary is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project which places restrictions on number of travellers, gathering of firewood, and domstic animal graazing.

The Annapurna Conseravation Area is the largest protected region in Nepal. It is home to more than 1,200 species of plants and 400 species of birds. The conservation area is surrounded by high mountains and deep valleys. Because of which, the Sanctuary region receives only about 7 hrs of sunlight a day during the summer months.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Trail

You begin the sanctuary trail by a visit around the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa, and Durbar Squares in Bhaktapur and Patan.

Your actual sanctuary trek starts from Nayapul after you make your way past subtropical forests. The forests are replaced by terraced paddy fields that stretches as far as the eye can see. And in the distant backdrop, you witness the snow peak mountains.

In this trail, you get to meet different ethnic groups, from the Magars to Thakalis to Gurung and to the Tibetan people that call their home here. You feel as if you are a part of living breathing history of Nepal. This experience is unique to Annapurna Sanctuary alone which you won’t get anywhere else.

The early morning hike to Poon Hill, lying at an altitude of about 3200m, gives you the best vantage point that any trekkers can ask for. From here, you can see a panoramic view of the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a journey to the South face of Annapurna I. The subtropical forests and the paddy fields gradually turn to fields of rhododendron.

The south facing slopes are covered in dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and is usually damp with the clouds hanging low. While the north-facing slopes that fall in the Annapurna’s rain shadow region have drier climate.

People travelling to Nepal usually confuse the Sanctuary trekking with the other two famous Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek. While some places do overlap, the Sanctuary trail is relatively shorter.

The altitude gains are quicker here, rising from Pokhara at 940m to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m in just 5-6 days. You also do not require to cross any high passes.

This unique combination of ascent and descent in a span of 5-6 days gives rise to a unique combination of ecosystems found only in this region.

A main highlight of the Annapurna Sanctuary are the small chortens and monasteries that lie off the beaten path. These sanctums adds another layer of spiritual experience to the travellers already in awe. Taking on this transcendental journey, it is no wonder that the locals believe that gods live here.

Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek is one of, if not the most, popular short treks in Nepal. This trek is a perfect alternative for travellers who are seeking a trekking experience that can be completed in a week.

This trek allows you to get up close and personal to the mountains without exerting yourself physically. The trail meanders through rhododendron forests and bamboo groves leading you through the cobbled steps of the beautiful Ghandruk village. This village is one of the main stops before the Annapurna Trekking and the views of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli range are spectacular from here. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is not only a short trek but undoubtedly one of the most intensely scenic treks there is.

The trek can be completed in three days but most of the itineraries are designed for you to complete the trek in a total of 5 or 6 days. This gives you enough time to rest and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.

Poon Hill Trek Trail

Your trek starts from Nayapul and then you gradually make your ascent up to Ghandruk village. The first day of the trek is slightly challenging where you walk on a gradual incline for upto 5 or 6 hours till you reach Tikhedhunga. All your fatigue and endeavour will be worth it though as you reach the village. You will find many trekkers on their way to mountain treks or fellow short travellers. You can exchange your trekking stories here as you gather around the campfire with the sun dimming past the mountains on the horizon.

The trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghandruk does gets easier the following day. This is the day where you get change of scenery as the landscape changes from terraced fields to magical coniferous forest with monkey groups passing through and some grazing village horses. The early morning sunlight peeking in through the canopy is simply exhilarating and gives you an invigorating energy to start your day. The trail then winds along through dense mossy waterfalls, bamboo groves, rhododendron fields until finally heading westward towards Ghandruk.

Ghandruk is a picturesque village consisting of around 1,200 individual households, largely occupied by the Gurung people. The Gurnungs are the ethnic people of Nepal who largely makeup the members of the world-famous and ferocious Gurkha regiment. Here, you can enjoy the local langur monkey meat, if you want to spice up your palette. While most of the surrounding villages are sparsely populated, owing to large migration to the city or abroad, this village is still bustling alive.

Ghandruk village will make you want to stay longer but as they say, the show must go on. After a fulfilling rest, you head towards the very heart of Annapurna range by following the steep path of Modi Khola to altitudes of 3,200m to finally reach Poon Hill.

The view from Poon Hill is the cherry on the cake when it comes to Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. The vantage point from here will give you jaw-dropping panoramic views of more than 20 peaks towering above you. The major mountain ranges are the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli ranges.

As you make your way to the top of Poon Hill to witness the sunrise, you will know just exactly why this is also called the Annapurna Sunrise Trek. The golden light glistening through the snow capped peaks make you realize some form of divinity that only these parts can ignite.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a fairly easy trek and also because of its relatively short distance, it is suitable for people of all ages. And hence, this makes it the perfect destination for families looking for a getaway. Even experienced trekkers find this route to be a fantastic introduction to the Himalayas. All the features and culture make this a microcosm of stunning natural beauty mixed with an unspoiled ethnic lifestyle.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek was once a part of the Langtang National Park. Otherwise known as the Tamang Heritage Trail, this trek allows you to venture deep into the Tamang hinterland. In this trek, you travel through verdant Tamang villages to immerse yourself in the local indigenous Tamang culture.

The Tamangs trace their roots back to ancient Mongolia and originally made their way into lowlands of Nepal to trade horses. The Tamangs are considered to be one of the oldest tribes of Nepal and the Langtang valley is considered to be one of their first settlements.

Even though Langtang valley can be reached by a day’s drive from Kathmandu, this area is still relatively unknown to the majority of travellers because the major trekking destinations of Annapurna, Kanchenjunga and Everest pull in the majority of the crowd.

Langtang Valley Trekking Trail

The starting point of this trek is at Syabru Besi. The trail then ascends up the Langtang valley from just 1,470m at Syabru Besi to 3,870m at Kyanjin Gompa in just a matter of two days.

There is plenty of time to acclimatize, however, as the trail takes you through Khangjim (2235m), Sherpagaun (2563m), Lama Hotel (2340m), Ghodatabela (3030m), Langtang Village (3430m) to finally ending in Kyanjin Gompa.

You can find a few coffee houses in Kyanjin Gompa that boast of proper Italian coffee machines flown in by helicopter. This ancient monastery preserves age old buddhist traditions of the local Tamang people as well as the local Sherpas.

You can venture off the main trail into a secret path that leads you to Parvati Kunda, a hidden lake, whose waters apparently hold powers of fertility. The trail then passes through the pristine landscape of Langtang National Park. You may get a chance to spot then endangered Red Panda or a Himalayan Black Bear in these parts if you are observant. Once you cross the forests, yak pastures and yak-cheese factories are a common site.

The trail then passes through the pristine landscape of Langtang National Park. You may get a chance to spot then endangered Red Panda or a Himalayan Black Bear in these parts if you are observant. Once you cross the forests, yak pastures and yak-cheese factories are a common site.

During the ascent, the landscape changes from lush subtropical forest, large bamboo groves to high alpine pastures which then gradually change to glacier and mountain peaks on the Tibet border.  The view from the top are of Manaslu Massif, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal (Mountain) with the Langtang Mountain dominating majority of this region.

The Langtang Valley trek is relatively short and fairly easy, even with a  climb up to the crown jewel at Tserko Ri (5,000m). Tserko Ri offers you a 360 degree view of the whole Langtang valley and if you are lucky, you may even have a chance to spot the ever elusive Snow Leopard.

The Langtang valley was completely destroyed during the 2015 mega-earthquake. The locals have remained resilient, however, and have already built tea shops and lodges.

This trek is all about culture and heritage. The trail runs through quaint villages off the main trekking routes so this you can gain an experience of the ancient lifestyle that is still being preserved.

If you love travelling the off-beaten path then this trek is for you. Ancient Tibetan culture permeate every inch of this expedition. This trail is called the Tamang Heritage Trail for a reason.

Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes trek or Gokyo Ri hiking is a relatively new trekking route that was opened as an alternative to the classical Everest region treks. This trek is for those who like to walk to Everest without the physical exertion of reaching all the way to the base camp or crossing any high passes.

Gokyo Lakes

The Gokyo valley is made up of six fresh bodies of water, located at an altitude of more than 4,700m to 5,000m. The pristine turquoise water of Gokyo lakes are the highest freshwater lake systems in the world and one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. The lakes are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists alike, and also have been designated as wetlands of international importance.

Gokyo Ri (5357m)

Gokyo Peak, or known locally as Gokyo Ri is a 5,357 m (17,575 ft)-high peak in the Khumbu region located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier.

Embarking on this trekking offers you an exceptional chance to witness gigantic Himalayam ranges like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, among others. And other remarkable views of Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Thamserku (6,608m) will have you spellbound.

Namche Bazaar – Gateway to Mount Everest

The first part of the trek, i.e to Namche Bazaar, follows the same path of the Everest Base Camp expedition. Namche Bazaar is a vibrant market that is the biggest Sherpa settlement in Nepal.

Here, you will be able to experience the heart of the trekking culture in Nepal. It is from Namche Bazaar that you branch off the main trail and make way to the quaint village of Phortse Tenga, Machhermo and Dole.

Machhermo

The Machhermo village is located at an altitude of 4,465m/ 14,645ft and is lies at the southside base of a steep hillside. This hillside shelters the village from harsh winds blowing from the north that this region is prone to. On the west side of Machhermo, you can witness a grand rocky amphitheater.

Gokyo Ri and Lakes

The route to the Gokyo lakes is a relatively less frequented route and so offers the travellers an unadulterated insight into the local village life.

On the eastern side of Gokyo Ri is Ngozumpa glacier that is probably the most noteworthy marks of the trek. This gigantic glacier is the longest icy glacier in Nepal. From Here, you get spectacular views of icy rivers, icy glacier debris, mountain peaks and the dazzling turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes.

On the southern tip of the Ngozumpa Glacier is an alternative trekking route that will lead you over Cho La pass where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp trail. Spending an extra day at Gokyo Ri gives you the time to pay a visit to the 5th and 6th lake is located in a high alpine bowl at the foot of Cho Oyu mountain.

Spending an extra day at Gokyo Ri gives you the time to pay a visit to the 5th and 6th lake is located in a high alpine bowl at the foot of Cho Oyu mountain.

The route itself ends at Gokyo Ri and travellers usually retrace their steps back to Namche Bazaar where travel stories are swapped over a hot cup of steaming Everest coffee. Each stop in this unspoiled Gokyo Lakes Trekking has its own charm and offers a unique experience to travellers that no other trekking offers. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek has long been praised by travellers as the holy grail of trekking since it was first opened to foreigners in 1977. This 200km plus trail that circles the heavenly Annapurna range has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world because it combines a wide variety of climate zones from the tropics at 600m to the arctic zones located at 5000m above.

Annapurna Circuit Trail

This trail also takes you through a wide cultural variety from Hindu villages, at Terai region to the higher altitude Tibetan culture of Manang and through the formidable Thorong Phedi.

The trail passes through subtropical forests, terraced paddy fields, several waterfalls cascading down stone cliffs.

It is hard not to see the reason why travellers are often confused between Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek. Both trail gives you awe-inspiring views of Annapurna range, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre, and hikers will come across Gurung villages. But that is where the similarities end.

As the name suggests, the goal of the Annapurna Circuit is to complete a loop. The trail starts and ends in Taal and is a relatively more strenuous trek than that of the base camp.

The AC’s landscape changes drastically in a comparatively short span of time- from the green cultivated land in the south side of the Himalaya to the arid rocky desert of Mustang that falls on the Annapurna’s rain shadow region. The trail also leads you towards Muktinath, a revered pilgrimage site of Hindus and Buddhists.

Crossing Thorong La Pass – Difficulty of Annapurna Circuit Trek

This expedition takes you across two river valleys and then to the formidable Thorong La Pass. Touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau at an altitude of about 5,400m/17,760ft, Thorong La Pass is the highest point in your expedition and is one of the greatest challenges you will ever encounter.

Most travellers take the anti-clockwise route as this way the altitude gain is gradual and crossing the pass is safer. Most trekkers feel the effects of this taxing endeavor and so it is very important to acclimatize at Manang to prepare you for your journey.

Taking on this expedition during the winters might prove difficult as the mountain passes are often blocked by snow.

Trekking on Off-Season

Trekking in the rainy season from July to September is encouraged if you want to avoid the crowds in the summer months. However, your views are mostly obscured by low clouds. There is no need to worry about rain so much as the arid landscape of Mustang and Manang fall under the rain-shadow region of the surrounding Annapurna range.

Why to trek Annapurna Circuit?

Nepal tour guide team recommend that you take the trail from Pisang via Ghyaru to Manang, as the small villages along the route are some of the best examples of well preserved Tibetan culture. These villages also assist you in acclimatization.

The Annapurna Circuit takes you to a height of over 5,460m (17,800ft) and makes you challenge yourself at every step. It dares you. Every glimpse of Gangapurna, Tilicho peak and Pisang peak makes you want to take that extra step. And as you reach the heights, where your senses are focused into clarity, you feel in your deepest of beings that every effort was worth it. This is the holy grail.

Trekking in Nepal

People are trekking adventure by exploring the world by transportation because of we miss the nature beauty and the beautiful view of flora and fauna. We can see polluted environment everywhere in city if you need some space you need to visit Nepal and trek the Everest region. Nowadays people love to do trek were they assume the nature study and get more time for peace popular country for trekking were hundreds of mountain are snow-capped we can study the cultural of people who live in these area. We will take you to the highest peak of world from were you can view the more mountains. We can do peak climbing and have view of sunset and sunrise.

The perfect places for trekking in Nepal are Mt. Everest, Annapurna region, Langtang valley trek are most popular for trekking. We have many places inside Mt Everest region like Everest view trek, Gokyo & Everest Base Camp, Pikey peak trek, Three high pass trek, Gokyo lake trek and Langtang valley trek we have Langtang Gosainkunda trek, Tamang Heritage trail, Helambu circuit. Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna sanctuary trek , Ghorepani Poonhill trek, Dhampus Australian base camp trek and more places.

We can do two types of trekking in Nepal short and long trek . Nowadays it is more improvement in trekking area. We can trek in beauty. Mostly we start Pokhara were in western region have same routes for trek we can also view gorgeous waterfall, rumbling river, rusting trees and more. Best season for trekking in Nepal is spring were we can view blossoming rhododendron. Trekking in Nepal we can places for trek and good guide with experience and porter. We will give you best facilities on trekking.

 

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