Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park Trek: 19 Days

"An Exclusive Journey Around both Scenic National parks of far Western Nepal"
Good to Know
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 3020m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Trekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March-June and Sept-Dec


The Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek is a challenging yet satisfying trek through some of the most beautiful and inaccessible terrain of north-western part of Nepal. Some of the major highlights about the trek are:

  • Rara Lake: Rara Lake is largest lake and is situated in a beautiful alpine backdrop of Nepal. Rara Lake is surrounded by mountains and is located at an elevation of 2,990 meters (9,810 feet). The lake measures around 10 kilometers (6 miles) in length and 5 kilometers (3 miles) in width. The water is a deep blue shading that is believed to be exceedingly transparent. Rara Lake is a famous tourist site and a wonderful location to unwind and take in the environment.
  • Khaptad National Park: Khaptad National Park is a magnificent wilderness area teeming with species such as snow leopards, bears, and wolves. The 225 square kilometers (87 square miles) Khaptad National Park is located in Nepal's far western region. Snow leopards, bears, wolves, and wild boars are among the animals that live in the park. A variety of flora and flowers can also be seen in the park. Khaptad National Park is an excellent destination for trekking, camping, and bird watching.
  • Remote Villages: The trip takes you through various rural villages where you can learn about Nepalese culture. The trip takes you to various isolated villages where you can experience Nepalese traditional culture. These villages' residents are extremely kind and inviting. Visitors are welcome to learn about their culture and traditions.
  • Beautiful Scenery: The trek provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and lakes. If you are looking for a tough but rewarding trip through some of the most beautiful and inaccessible areas of Nepal, the Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park trek is the one for you.

Advantages of booking a trek with Trekking Planner Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Introduction: Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek 2024-2025

Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park, a combination of photogenic areas around Nepal Far and remote Western Himalaya. This whole adventure is more of an exploration rather than normal trekking, as this region is least ventured by foreign travelers. Where Trekking Planner Nepal has set and designed this wonderful adventure for people. Who are interested and in search of fresh virgin country of Himalaya, to be away from mainstream and popular adventure destinations.

Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park Trekking will be the right and perfect choice for adventurers. Be the first few foreign visitors to set foot on these new fresh trails, within absolute wilderness. On this remote part of far western Nepal, where only some local often walks for trade. As well as to be in part of festival events and to rejoice with friends and family.
This marvelous adventure starts heading towards the famous Rara Lake, the largest and deepest high altitude lakes of the country. Located on most scenic picturesque landscapes surrounded by green rolling hills and a range of towering snow-mountains with serene alpine woodland.

A swift scenic flight from Kathmandu takes you to Nepal Far South West, at Nepalgunj City Airport. A connecting flight brings you to near Rara national park at Talcha small airstrip, where our adventure begins.

A wonderful walk-in tranquil surroundings, heading through the cool shade of the forest to enter Rara National Park. The smallest park of Nepal, with an area of 106 sq. km enriched with exotic flora and fauna. Which is rarely found in other parts of the world with various species of plants and wildlife.

Walk takes you right on the shore of the country’s largest Lake that covers the water surface at 10. 8 sq. km. Located at the height of 2, 990 m high encircled by marvelous scenery of rolling hills and views of snow-clad peaks.

Truly a haven and a paradise for nature lovers, to experience beautiful Rara Lake and its pristine surroundings. Spending pleasant scenic moments our next adventure takes you further west to Khaptad National Park.

Where journey takes you off the beaten tracks, where western travelers hardly venture and explore around this remote location.

Walk takes you through lovely villages with nice tended farm terraces, as walk heads with climb to reach higher ridge. Overlooking grandeur scenery of stunning landscapes with views of Api and Shaipal Himal, the highest mountain range of Far West Nepal.

As adventure progress walking ups and downhill with glorious views to reach at Khaptad National Park, which was established in 1984. This scenic and amazing country was first pioneered by a Hindu hermit named Swami Sachchid Ananda, later famously known as Khaptad Baba. Spent most of his life on this serene and scenic location making it a holy hermitage and meditation spot.

Khaptad National Park, hardly foreign travellers visits due to its remote position, and access towards this wonderful site.

Khaptad area a natural garden enriched with rare herbs and indigenous plants, as well as an excellent habitation for wild mammals. Includes 270 species of birdlife, located at the height of 3, 000 m high. From early spring and late autumn to winter covered in snow most of the seasons. March to May best time to visit when wild-flowers are in seasonal bloom, the green valley blanketed by various miniature flowers. Makes the valley a unique and awesome place to enjoy your stay at Khaptad valley and its scenic park.    

After a great glorious time around beautiful Himalayan destinations of Rara Lake and Khaptad. Return journey takes you to nice farm villages and towns for an exciting drive to reach the warm south of western Nepal. Where a scenic, sweeping flight brings you to Kathmandu, after a most memorable journey of a life-time experience on Rara Lake Khaptad National Park Trekking.

Why trek to Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park?

If you go and search for the reason on why you need to visit Nepal, there are numerous reasons why you should do the trek. One of them is Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trekking.Here are a few of the most well-known.

  • To Experience the Splendor of Wilderness of Nepal: The Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek takes you through some of most scenic and inaccessible areas. Snow-capped mountains, verdant woods, and dazzling lakes await you. Khaptad National Park is home to a variety of endangered wildlife, including snow leopards, bears, and red pandas. You may encounter the endangered animal on the way to trek.
  • To Experience about Nepalese Culture: The trip takes you through numerous communities, allowing you to learn about the local culture and way of life. You'll meet locals and enjoy their hospitality.
  • To Challenge Yourself: The Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park journey is a challenging journey that takes you through the remote area of Nepal. You will pass throught the difficult terrian, unexplored landscapes. The sense of success you'll feel after you finish is unbeatable.
  • To Get away From Everything:  If you want to get away from the rush and bustle of everyday life, the Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek is ideal. Nature and peace and quiet will surround you.

How to Prepare for Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park Trek?

The Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park journey is a difficult but rewarding journey. The journey takes you through a range of environments, including forests, mountains, and meadows. The walk is also an excellent way to push yourself and become in shape.

Here are some pointers to help you prepare for your Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek:

  • Get in Shape.
  • Pack the Necessary Gear.
  • Learn about the Trek.
  • Mental Preparation.
  • Consult with your Doctor if you have any Health Related Issues.
  • Hire a Guide and Porter.
  • Learn about the locals and their Culture.
  • Drink Plenty of Water.

Here are some more tips that might be useful:

Begin your journey early in the morning, when the temperature is normally cooler, and you will have the rest of the day to explore. Also, in the morning time you won’t have heat stroke? The weather gets clear with the stunning views, enough time to explore the surrounding.

Take frequent breaks. Don't try to push yourself too much. Take frequent stops for rest and replenishment. You might have trouble breathing if you rush. You can also take a short break to drink water.

  • Be Aware of The Altitude: The trek takes you to high altitudes, so it's important to be aware of the risks of altitude sickness. If you start to feel symptoms of altitude sickness, descend to a lower altitude immediately. Also, if you feel you have some unusual symptoms, you need to inform your guide or your office representative as soon as possible. Also, you should not rush on the trail and take frequent breaks to rest.
  • Enjoy the Journey: The Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek is an amazing experience that you'll never forget. Take your time and enjoy the scenery, the culture, and the people.

Here are some more suggestions that you might find useful:

  • Do Your Homework: There are a variety of materials accessible online and in libraries to help you learn more about the walk, including as guidebooks, websites, and blogs.
  • It's essential to be ready for everything because the weather in the mountains might change suddenly. Layer your clothing so you can adapt to the changing weather.
  • Bring a first-aid kit: Whenever you embark on a hike, it's a good idea to pack a first-aid kit. You can use this to treat minor diseases and injuries.
  • The Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park Trek is located in a remote and delicate area, so please respect the surroundings. Respecting the environment and leaving no trace are important.

Best season and month for trekking to Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park

The perfect time to travel from Rara to Khaptad for Trekking is generally during the months of Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May). These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions and beautiful landscapes, making them ideal for trekking in the region. If you are still planning for the time period and confuse with the perfect time to visit, these season are ideal for you.

  • Autumn (September to November): Autumn is regarded as the ideal season for trekking from Rara to Khaptad. With sunny skies and comfortable temperatures, the weather is generally stable. Beautiful views of the mountains and the surroundings are available at this time. However, you need to be more alert regarding the crowd, as you might face huge crowd due to the peak season. This helps you interact with the people of different ethnic group, different country and their culture.
  • Spring (March to May): Spring is another fantastic time to hike from Rara to Khaptad. In contrast to the fall season, the weather is still pleasant with temperate temperatures, and the trails are typically less busy. Rhododendrons and other vibrant flowers emerge throughout the spring, enhancing the splendor of the trekking adventure.

It's important to keep in mind that Rara and Khaptad are located in western Nepal, which has a different climate than the more well-known trekking areas like the Everest and Annapurna highlands. Before making travel arrangements, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast and speak with nearby trekking organizations to get the most recent information.

Speciality of Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park?

Trekkers can have a distinctive and off-the-beaten-path experience on the Rara to Khaptad Trek. The following are possible justifications for choosing this trek:

  • Natural Beauty: The path passes through some of the most unspoilt and beautiful natural settings of western Nepal. The largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake, relaxes inside Rara National Park and provides stunning vistas of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Ganesh Himal 7,134 metersApi Himal 7,132 metersSaipal Himal 7,031 metersKanjiroba South 6,883 metersKanjiroba North 6,949 metersNalakankar Himal, Dhaulagiri 8,167 metersAnnapurna 8,091 metersMachhapuchhre 6,993 metersHiunchuli 7,246 meters and dense forest. In addition to rhododendron woods, wildflowers, and a diversity of species, Khaptad National Park is renowned for its diverse flora and fauna.
  • Remote and Less Congested: The Rara to Khaptad trekking trail seems to have less number of people  than major trekking destinations like Everest and Annapurna, offering a more sedate and tranquil experience. This journey is a great option if you want a less crowded, more sedate hike where you can fully appreciate nature. Also, the trekking trail offer you unspoiled landscape away from the rush and bustle of everyday life.
  • Cultural Exploration: The walk provides a chance to get to know the distinct local customs and cultures of western area of Nepal. Visit traditional villages, engage in community interaction, and get knowledge of the local culture, including their festivals, farming practices, and religious traditions. You especially meet Tharu, Gurung, Newar, Magar, Chepang and so on.
  • Wildlife and Bird Watching: A vast diversity of wildlife, including musk deer, Himalayan black bears, red pandas, and many bird species, can be found in Rara National Park and Khaptad National Park. This walk provides many opportunity to observe and enjoy biodiversity if you are interested in wildlife and bird watching.

Overall, the Rara to Khaptad trip appeals to trekkers looking for a distinctive and fulfilling experience in Nepal because it combines spectacular scenery, cultural immersion, and a sense of adventure in a less crowded and off-the-beaten-path location.

Climate and Weather around Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park

According to the time of year and altitude, the temperature along the Rara to Khaptad trip can change. The temperature range you can anticipate during the various seasons is as follows:

Autumn (September – November).
Around Rara Lake, temperatures during the day at lower elevations can range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
Temperatures can drop significantly at higher elevations, particularly in Khaptad National Park, where nightly lows of 0 to 10 degrees Celsius (32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit) are not unusual.

Spring (March to May).
Lower altitudes have generally comfortable daytime temperatures, which can range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
In order to adjust to changing weather conditions as you climb to higher elevations, it is advised to wear layers of clothing.
Higher elevations might still have chilly nights with lows of 5 to 15 degrees Celsius (41 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit).

Winter (December to February).
During the winter, the region experiences cooler temperatures, especially at higher elevations.
At lower altitudes, daytime temperatures can range from 41 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit (or 5 to 15 degrees Celsius).
Nighttime lows can range from -5 to 5 degrees Celsius (23 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower in higher heights and even at lower altitudes.

Summer/Monsoon (June to August):
Lower elevations can see daily temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) during the summer or monsoon season.
Temperatures at night could stay warm, averaging between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius (59 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit).

During this time of year, humidity levels can be high, which can make it feel hotter than it actually is.

It is important to remember that this time of year experiences heavy rainfall, which can influence trail conditions and make the journey more difficult.
The journey might vary due to the location and period of time. Also the altitude of the mountains changes anytime, so you need to be more alert regarding the climate.

Washing, Toilet and Accommodation facilites during the trek


  • Basic washing facilities are typically available in lodgings like guesthouses, teahouses, or lodges. These facilities often provide shared bathrooms with flowing water where you can wash your hands or take a shower in a bucket. But for hot shower you might charge extra fee.
  • In certain isolated places, washing facilities may be limited, and you might need to rely on natural water sources like lakes or rivers for washing purposes. Hot water may or may not be available, and it is sometimes given at an additional expense. But it is important to use biodegradable soap and to practice environmental conservation.

Toilet Facility.

  • Shared restrooms are available at most guesthouses, teahouses, and lodges throughout the route. These are often squat toilets, and toilet paper is not always available. It is a good idea to bring your own toilet paper or tissues.
  • You may need to use simple pit toilets in more distant regions. These are just excavated holes in the ground that may or may not contain running water or flush devices. It is essential to practice proper hygiene and responsible waste disposal.


  • Along the walk, you'll find a variety of lodging alternatives, including guesthouses, teahouses, and lodges in villages or towns. These establishments provide basic yet comfortable lodging in the form of rooms or dorms for overnight stays. The lodgings can range from simple rooms with beds to more luxurious accommodations with associated bathrooms. Keep in mind, however, that the degree of comfort and amenities may diminish as you travel to more rural places.
  • For enhanced comfort and cleanliness, bring a sleeping bag, especially if you plan on staying in more basic accommodation.

It is important to remember that the availability and quality of amenities might change from season to season and year to year. It is always a good idea to be prepared, bring essential items, and keep your expectations flexible.

Why Trekking Planner Nepal?

Trekking Planner Nepal is a legally registered trekking agency operated by well-experienced and well-trained personnel for the past two decades. Here are some reasons why you should choose Trekking Planner Nepal for your Rara to Khaptad National Park trek:

  • Experience: Our agency has been planning treks in Nepal for more than 20 years. We have a staff of professional guides and porters that can assist you in planning and carrying out your trek in a safe and simple manner.
  • Expertise: We have extensive knowledge of Rara lake and Khaptad National Park. We can advise you on the best route based on your fitness level and interests.
  • Flexibility: We are flexible and can tailor a trek to your individual requirements. We can organize private transportation, lodging, and food.
  • Value: We provide exceptional value for money. Our costs are reasonable, and they provide a number of discounts and bundles.
  • Safety: We are the best ideal option for you if you want a safe, pleasurable, and inexpensive trek.
  • Peace of Mind: We handle all of the logistics of your trek, allowing you to rest and enjoy the experience.
  • 24/7 availability: Accessible to answer any inquiries or address any concerns you may have.
  • We are a family-owned company and treat our customers like friends and are always eager to assist you in having a pleasant experience.
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    On main arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International airport, received by our guides, and staff for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu city around Thamel area. Where you hotel located, after getting refreshed in your lovely room and then join with other members of the trek to Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park trek. Our guide will provide briefing includes all information required for the trek as well your stay in Nepal for 18 days or more.

    Evening a group welcome dinner in a nice restaurants, with complete Nepalese ambiance, enjoy lovely Nepali dishes along with folk cultural program to entertain while you have your nice dinner. 

      Morning after breakfast our city guide will take you for a short drive showing you the wonders of Nepalese history, religion and culture as you enjoy the tour of exciting places listed in world heritage sites.

      Covering most of the famous landmarks and historical sites of religious background, and then evening a final meeting for the trek, with time for flights and packing as you depart from the hotel for more than two weeks adventure to Nepal Far West.

        Morning in Kathmandu, after breakfast as time for flight to Nepalgunj transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic flight to land at Nepal Far South West in Nepalgunj city airport. During air for about 50 minutes, enjoy panorama of Himalaya mountain range as you land at Nepalgunj city airport.

        Located around low sub-tropical climate, the areas of much Indian influence, due to close border of Indian states UP (Utter Pradesh).  On landing at Nepalgunj city airport transfer to respective hotels within city limit, afternoon with time to explore around the city of Nepalgunj.

          Early morning after breakfast catch another short flight of 40 minutes to land close to Rara National Part at small airstrip in Talcha.

          After getting organized, as our porter will take care of heavier baggage, and then follow our guide to enter Rara National Park.

          As walk leads into lovely forested area and through nice farm village to reach on the shore of huge Rara Lake, and then transfer into one of its many good simple lodges and hotels. Arriving in time for late lunch and overnights, enjoy the afternoon marveling at the beauty of Rara Lake and its tranquil surroundings.

            A free day for hike and excursion around marvelous locations and enjoy scenery of dramatic landscapes with views of high mountains. Walk around beautiful Rara

            Lake, the lake with few lodges built by the Park and village community for visitors.  A perfect and ideal place to enjoy rest day. Explore around the shore of the lake, might spot some wild-life with various species of birds, including resident and migratory ducks. Climb to a tower for grand views of Rara Lake with scenic backdrop of scenic rolling green hills and snowcapped peaks.

              After an exciting and pleasant staying at beautiful location around Rara Lake, next adventure takes you at the far end of Rara National Park. As morning takes you further west past nice villages populated by Hindu Thakuri Chettries, Brahmin and Rokas the main hill tribes of Western mid-hill with some Magar and Daliti tribes.

              Walk heads towards smaller farm areas and villages to reach our overnight stop at a place called Serkot, from here, on tented camping with meals served by our cook and kitchen hands with separate kitchen unit.

                Enjoying overnights with first nights in the comfort of tented camps, with lovely meals and breakfast. Morning starts heading past smaller rural villages to enter into forested area and large grazing fields. As route leads to climb above a ridge of Juga-La at above 2, 400 m, facing lovely views of surrounding country and then descend to the base of Juga-La hill for overnight camp, in a grassy meadow.

                A place away from human settlement and villages in complete wilderness with only the sound of nature.

                  From the base of Juga-La hill and a small pass, walk on gradual pleasant path, where it enters into pine forest to reach back into farm areas and smaller villages with few short climb and downhill to reach at small farm village of Kolti.

                  A low warm farm country, where villagers will be more than excited to see foreign visitors passing through to their villages. As they hardly come across new faces of travelers traveling through the villages, overnight camp near the farm field with time for short walk around the village outskirt.

                    After a pleasant stop at Kolti, walk begins to enter forested areas of pines and oaks, with the sound of birds call facing views of distant snow-peas as walk continues further west to reach much cooler areas of Parekh Lekh.

                    In Nepal Lekh means a high hilly or mountainous areas, enjoy grand scenery around you facing beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and distant snow peaks. Camping is pitched on a wide grassy field near the grazing area and temporary shelter of cow and cattle herders.

                      From this isolated spot of Parekh Lekh, a short climb to a hill offers more views of the western sides towards Khaptad country, as walk heads downhill on nice winding path to reach a small farm areas of Martadi for overnight camp.

                        With pleasant overnight in Martadi small farm village, walk leads towards a high hill covered in dense forest, and following as crossing some streams to reach a large grazing field, where our camping and kitchen staff will prepare simple hot lunch by a stream. After a refreshing lunch stop, continue walk to short ups and then down to reach another small farm village of Dhuralsen.

                        Overnight camp is set on a wide farm fields, with time for short exploration of this new country, where foreign travelers not have ventured this far around remote corners of far western Nepal. 

                          Morning after hearty breakfast in the camp, get ready for another nice pleasant walk, where route leads you closer to our next beautiful destination at Khaptad and the national park. From Dhuralsen to Laske Chaur more of winding path into dense tree lines of lush green vegetation, with chances of spotting some wild-life with various species of exotic birds.

                          Walk reaches much cooler areas to reach at Laske Chaur, means a wide field and popular grazing land for local village’s domestic cattle. Overnight camp in a large grassy meadow within scenic wilderness of green hills and tall tree lines with views of snow-peaks of far western Himalayas.

                            Today walk leads to higher hills walking into cool shade of alpine forest enriched with tall rhododendron and pines trees with other species of vegetation and tree lines. Walk leads into serene and tranquil surroundings as route leads towards last final climb of for few hours. From the top offers magnificent scenery of dramatic landscapes. From here a slow easy walk to enter Khaptad National Park entrance, where our camp for two nights pitched on a beautiful green valley with moors within its vast pasture land.

                              A great place for extra free day, after leisure time for breakfast morning explore around its beautiful pristine wilderness within Khaptad National Park. Visit the holy Hindu temple and its nice premises of Khaptad Baba. A saint and a hermit who migrated from India, who lived around this beautiful areas in early 1940 and spend his whole life around this scenic haven at Khaptad, meditating and worship of natural spirits.

                              A perfect place for rest day and hike around this wonderful serene area where you can spot some wild animals and bird life, after a peaceful walk return to the camp for last overnight at Khaptad National Park.

                                Enjoying most wonderful time and experience at Khaptad National Park, walk leads towards our return journey to reach several farm village via Bichpani village and then end the day at Simal-Pani a small rural farm village.

                                Situated on a beautiful landscapes and terrain and full of bird life with views of excellent surrounding scenery.

                                  After Simal-Pani, walk today leads to larger villages and towns as route follows southward with much downhill to reach around more farm areas and villages.

                                  As walk heads through mixed terrain of ups and down within forest, farm land, enjoying views along the way with cheerful greeting by the villagers, and then after a good day end the last day walk of the adventure on reaching Tamil a small hill town with overnight camp or in a local simple lodge / guest-house.

                                    The final day of this marvelous adventure on Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park Trekking completes, taking an early morning long exciting drive to reach the city of Dhangadi, located Far South West within Terai belt, the low-land and tropical areas of Nepal.

                                    Drive leads on winding narrow road to reach warmer areas past many farm villages and hill tops, then finally on good flat road to reach at Dhangadi for last overnight in the comfort of nice hotels.

                                      Morning or afternoon time as per flight time for Kathmandu transfer to Dhangadi airport and then fly back to Kathmandu, with grand views of Himalayan mountain range. On reaching Kathmandu domestic airport, transfer back to your hotel with time in the afternoon for rest and short walks.

                                        Last day in the land of high mountains and colorful culture, with your time for international flight depart from the hotel, our staff and guide transfer you to airport, enjoying great adventure and experience on Rara Lake to Khaptad National Park.

                                        Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                                        What's Included
                                        • All airport pick-ups are done by private vehicles.
                                        • Twin/double-shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                                        • Guided sightseeing tours with cars and necessary entrance fees in Kathmandu
                                        • 01-night twin/double-shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Nepaljung.
                                        • Flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Talcha and Dhangadi to Kathmandu.
                                        • Tamil to Dhangadi by local bus or jeep.
                                        • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) card.
                                        • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
                                        • 02 guests = 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment.
                                        • Accommodation in the mountains during the trekking.
                                        • Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and tea or coffee during the trekking.
                                        • Safe drinking water.
                                        • Welcome dinner in the authentic restaurant.
                                        • First, add a kid box.
                                        • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, t-shirts, caps, duffle bags, and city and trekking route maps, if necessary.
                                        • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                                        • Oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                                        • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
                                        What's Excluded
                                        • Your Nepal visa fees (you should bring small, accurate fees in USD and two passport-size photos).
                                        • All the international air fares from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flights).
                                        • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Nepaljung.
                                        • Personal travel and health insurance; insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                                        • In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.
                                        • Your personal expenses such as laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter, etc.
                                        • Tips to the trekking crews and drivers.
                                        • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
                                        Departure Dates
                                        • This trip departure every day of the year.
                                        • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
                                        • This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
                                        • This trip can be booked privately if you’re travelling solo or private or with family.
                                        • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
                                        • We can help you make it fit your budget.
                                        • We accept instant booking and online payment.
                                        Essential Info

                                        Equipment and Gear List

                                        trekking iconGeneral

                                        • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                                        • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                                        • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                                        HeadUpper Body

                                        • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                                        • warm woolen hat
                                        • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                                        • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                                        • Polarized sunglasses


                                        • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                                        • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                                        • Waterproof rain jacket
                                        • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                                        • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                                        PantLower Body

                                        • thermals inner
                                        • Hiking pants at least 3
                                        • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                                        • Waterproof, windproof shell
                                        • Hiking shorts


                                        • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                                        • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


                                        • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                                        • Hiking socks
                                        • Liner socks
                                        • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                                        • Crampons (For passes)
                                        • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                                        • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                                        UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

                                        • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                                        • Sports bras (women)
                                        • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                                        MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                                        • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                                        • Lip balm or Vaseline
                                        • ointment cream
                                        • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                                        • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                                        (Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

                                        Other essentialsOther Essentials

                                        • Passport
                                        • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                                        • Reusable water bottle
                                        • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                                        • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                                        • water bladder for the day bag
                                        • small towel for personal use
                                        • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                                        • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                                        • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                                        • Power bank or extra batteries
                                        • Cameras and mobile phone
                                        • Cards/book
                                        • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                                        • Trekking poles
                                        • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                                        • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
                                        • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                                        • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                                        • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                                        • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                                        • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                                        • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                                        • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                                        • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                                        Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

                                        • It is important that all trekkers to have good physical fitness with sound health, as Nepal Himalaya trekking destinations are full of steep ups and downs, with very few gradual level path. One can exercise like jogging, aerobic, swimming, and walking up and down on steps before or after booking at least two weeks to a month.

                                        • One can travel without a guide, or trekking solo which is possible on main major routes like Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang region. 

                                          But for remote adventurous and challenging treks one should be accompanied by an expert local guide with Government approved license, as well joining with reputed local agencies. Always good to have guides with you on mainstream treks or for other adventurous treks, will be an excellent companion to share and communicate ideas and knowledge of the trekking area.  

                                          As Rara Lake and Khaptad Areas will be more of exploration than normal trekking, which you can do only joining with reliable company and expert guide who knows the area of trekking.

                                        • In major cities like in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj where you can book from budget tourist standard and from 1 to 5-star deluxe hotels or resorts with high-class accommodation of international standard. 

                                          On this treks to Rara Lake and Khaptad, especially around Rara Lake simple lodge of tourist standard area available with large or small rooms with attached and non-attached bathrooms and toilets but with large dining room with a warm environment and friendly hospitality and services including limited food menu items. But after Rara Lake to Khaptad no lodges are found of tourist standard or none at all, it will be on tented camping with food served by our camping cooks of great standard and hygienic.

                                        • In local lodge at Rara Lake, simple meals, noodles, Nepali Dal Bhat and pasta or chapatti with boiled or curry vegetables and salads. But on camping our cook serves from continental, Chinese, Indian and Nepalese meals with high standard meals with some fresh baked cakes and pies also.

                                        • Using flight on bigger planes to Nepalgunj city airport and towards Talcha smaller aircraft to land near Rara Lake, on return a long drive on four wheelers / jeeps or similar with flights from Dhangadi to Kathmandu.

                                        • March to May and September to November during spring and autumn / fall seasons are the best time for this trek as well around Himalayan region.

                                        • Only while around Rara Lake, onward to Khaptad very few villages with hydro power electricity, needs to carry your own portable solar panel for this trek especially after visiting Rara Lake.

                                        • Communication available in all major villages and towns like ISTD to STD or Sat-Phone, cell phone used by all Nepalese in whole Nepal. The difference is where you are sometimes the network does not work at its best, due to bad weather or in deep valley and gorge as well enclosed by high mountain range. 

                                        • For meals in Kathmandu if it’s not included in the package cost. Tipping in hotels, restaurants as well for guides and staff including drivers if you are satisfied with the services. Other extra costs for your expenses buying drinks and snacks, especially if the flights get delayed or canceled for Talcha around Rara Lake. 

                                          Where you need to pay for the food and accommodation, as well on emergency evacuation by helicopter or breaking the journey earlier for some personal reason and health / medical condition. Save at least minimum of US$ 500 in case of emergency purpose, as well for your personal expenses. 

                                        • The only emergency can happen due to personal health could be from own medical problem or sudden unavoidable circumstance arise like bad weather, heavy snow-fall or rock falls which can happen any time anywhere. 

                                          Where our guide are expert taking care and precaution for the whole group for safety and making secure with enjoyable holiday in Nepal.  

                                          For very sick person needs to evacuated as fast as possible, by any means of quick transportation.

                                        • Only while in Rara Lake staying in lodge, provides hot / cold shower, but on route to Khaptad not available except having a bathe on nearby cold rivers and streams.

                                        • Yes, it is a must and compulsory that you purchase Travel and Medical Insurance in your own country, in case of trip cancellation due to bad worse weather that stays longer. As well as roadblocks due to landslides, avalanches including political disturbance with roadblocks, strike, and arson can happen anywhere in the world apart from Nepal. For medical insurance in case of serious medical problems with high altitude symptoms that you might need immediate rescue by fastest means like Helicopter service. 

                                          Where all the expenses for not able to enjoy the whole journey due to above mention reason, where your insurance comes handy to get some re-fund or reimbursement. The local company can only help you by making a letter with a doctor's certificate to support the claim from your insurance company.

                                        • Except at Nepalgunj and Dhangadi bigger towns and cities, on this trek where there are no facilities of ATM or money changing facilities.

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