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How To Reach Kathmandu To Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek By Bus From Kathmandu

Let’s trek towards the largest and deepest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake. The lake is three miles long, one mile wide and 548 feet deep. The lake is crystal clear that you almost be able to see the bottom. We will also get to see stunning views of Himalayan peaks on the southern and northern side of the Lake.

This blog is for those who wish to go to Rara lake. Especially for those, whose dream is to reach Rara, the biggest lake in Nepal even without a personal vehicle and on small group size with a limited budget. And also for the peoples who are on the budget limit and doesn’t want to take any flights to reach Rara. However, I listed both ways to reach Rara by flight or even by public buses too.

First, let’s talk about Short and a most comfortable way to reach Rara for those who have less holiday and not even in the budget limit.

Kathmandu To Rara Lake Itinerary For Short Rara Lake Trek By Flight.

Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Talcha, and trek to Rara Lake 2-3 hrs trek. Overnight at Rara Lake on a Hotel.

Day 03: Excursion around Lake. (Things to do on Rara Lake Boating, Cycling, Horse riding, Jungle Walking, Village Tour and short hiking in Murma )

Day 04: Fly to Nepalgunj and then onward flight to Kathmandu.

Now Let’s Talk About Kathmandu To Rara Lake On A Public Bus.

Daily Itinerary Of Rara Lake Trek By Bus.

Day 01: Kathmandu to Surkhet drives around 13-16 hours by night bus. Overnight at Bus.

Day 02: Morning arrives in Surkhet, have lunch and heading 7-8 hour drive to Kalikot. Overnight at local Hotel at Manma the capital of Kalikot District headquarter.

Day 03: Today After breakfast, drive to Gamghadi or Talcha Airport, Overnight at Ghamghadi or Talcha Airport at a local Hotel.

Day 04: Early Morning heading to Rara Lake Breakfast, Lunch at Rara Lake. Explore the Lake. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: After breakfast 7 hour Drive to Jumla Khalanga Bajar. Overnight at Jumla.

Day 06: Early Morning take a Drive to Surkhet. Overnight at Surkhet.

Day 07: Surkhet to Kathmandu by Bus.

Pokhara To Rara Lake.

If you want to go Rara lake from Pokhara then its also similar like from Kathmandu. Either you have to take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and take other onward flights to reach Rara. Or you can directly book a jeep to reach Rara from Pokhara. Alternatively, you can take a public bus from Pokhara to Surkhet and start a Trekking from there.

Additional Information For Those Who Want To Go To Rara Lake By Bus.

*Bus to Surkhet, You can take from Gongabu, Kathmandu. Rather, you can book online from Bussewa too. Onward buses you can find on the way on public bus park. You can also ask local peoples.

*If you’re going to go by drive but, on the more comfortable way then its better to book Jeep either directly from Surkhet or Manma. However, Still, you need to walk for about 20 25 minutes to reach the lake.

*If you wish to do activities like Boating, Cycling, Horse riding, Jungle Walking, Village Tour and short hiking in Murma it’s better to spend one more day at Rara and trek down to Talcha Airport or Gamghadi to overnight stay.

Rara Lake Altitude

Rara Lake lies at an altitude of approximately 2,990m (9,810ft) above sea level.

Rara Lake Trek Cost

While travelling to Rara by flight, it will cost higher as we have to take two flights to reach Rara (Kathmandu – Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj – Talcha Airport). If you chose to go to Rara by bus, it wouldn’t cost more than 13-16000NPR depending on how much you spend and how big of a group you have, because more people in the group will minimize the living costs.

Rara Lake Map
Accommodation At The Rara Lake

There is one hotel at the lake, and they do have tents as other options if you want. It’s better to be prepared by calling them beforehand. If not then you can walk to the nearest village south of the lake where you can get homestays. And while talking about accommodation on the way, You will be staying on a Local Hotels/ Guest Houses.

Networks And Phone Charging During Rara Lake Trek

You can charge your Phone while staying overnight at Hotel but still it’s better to fully charge your phone before and be prepared to capture heaven on earth. However, we all have power banks/ Battery backup nowadays. And about Networks, It’s better to bring Sky Sim Card because they have networks almost all over Nepal. If not you can carry either NTC or Ncell, But they don’t coverage phone network at the lake.

Rara Lake Tour Package

There are a lot of travel agencies in Nepal which will provide Rara lake trek and tour packages. But the trip cost will be different for Nepalese and foreigners. If you are from Nepal, you can Book with Yatra Nepal, or If you are not from Nepal, you can book your trek with Access Nepal also. They both are expert trek and tour provider in Nepal.

Rara Lake Photos

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If there were any update on the Rara Lake Trek, We would keep updating on this blog. For more information, you can directly contact us.

Sudeep

About Author

Sudeep is a co-founder of Up To Himalaya. He has trekked almost all mountains in Nepal including Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga & many more. He would love to help people to make their holiday unforgettable by sharing his own experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. If you want any information related to different trekking trails of Nepal while planning your trip, You can directly contact him on +977-9817223143.

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(2) Comments

  1. Dee

    What a beautiful lake, and that blue water looks so perfect! Wonderful photos.

  2. Agra Tour By Train

    Sudeep your post is really great and awesome pictures you captured. I really like the second shot. The water looks like glass. Thanks for sharing!

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