The road less traveled to a place of solitude, peace, and alpine beauty. This has to be one of the best treks, taking you to Nepal’s biggest lake, Rara Lake (2990m), while venturing into this far-away from the crowd Khatpad National Park situated in the very remote west of Nepal.
Rara Lake is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas. It is the main attraction of Rara National Park, located in Jumla and Mugu Districts. In September 2007, it was declared a “Ramsar site” - (wetland), and one of ten wetlands of international importance in Nepal covering an area of 1583 hectares.
This trek will leave you fulfilled, and with a feeling of contentment, as you discover a vast array of scenery and wildlife, with over 500 species of flowers, 20 species of mammals and 214 species of birds have been cataloged in the Rara National Park region. Due to its remoteness, this is mostly a camping trek that will literally open your eyes to a place where few people have travelled. Our journey begins after we land at Talca Airport in Mugu from Nepalgunj which is relatively easy to access from Kathmandu via land or flying.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj-Talcha.
Rara Lake and Khaptad Circuit Trek is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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