Rara Lake Khaptad National Park Trekking - 18 Days

Rara Lake Khaptad National Park Trekking - 18 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration18 Days
  • On off the beaten trail from picturesque  Rara Lake  to scenic  Khaptad park..
  • Enjoy tranquil surroundings of pristine  Rara Lake  and on route to  Khaptad.
  • Explore the unspoiled and undisturbed areas of Nepal Far Western Himalaya.
  • Within both beautiful national parks of  Rara  and  Khaptad  on less ventured trails.
  • Adventure to  Nepal largest Lake Rara  and holy hermitage sites of scenic  Khaptad.

‘An exclusive journey around both scenic national parks of far western Nepal’

Rara Lake Khaptad National Park Trekking, 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 Holiday Tours 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 travelers 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.

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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.

                                      Cost Details
                                      What's Included
                                      • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
                                      • Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                                      • Guided sightseeing tours with car and necessary entrance fees in Kathmandu
                                      • 01 night Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Nepaljung
                                      • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Talcha and Dhangadi to Kathmandu 
                                      • Tamil to Dhangadi by local bus/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 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment.
                                      • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
                                      • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                      • Safe drinking water
                                      • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                                      What's not Included
                                      • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
                                      • All the international air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                      • 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 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 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 drive
                                      • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                                      • Anything not included in service includes column
                                      • The trip departs everyday if the year
                                      • The trip and trek is fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

                                      • The trip is available for solo travelers group travelers and private travelers

                                      • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well

                                      • If the given date are not appropriate for the travllers and trekkers the trip can be conducted on the custom date provided by our clients

                                      • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time specially sometimes in themountains the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

                                      Contact us at [email protected] or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630 we are available 24/7 on whatsapp viber wechat for additional informations.

                                      Useful Information

                                      Equipment and Gear List


                                      • 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

                                      CatUpper 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

                                      LowerLower 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)

                                      undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

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

                                      FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

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

                                      • 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)

                                      Optional Other 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 night
                                      • 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.

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