Rara Lake Trekking

Rara Lake TrekkingJumla and Rara lie northwest of Ktm in the remote area of Karnali. The route is very much 'off the beaten track' and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara which mirrors the snow capped Himalayas is ringed with pine, spruce and juniper forest. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude and do not mind the initial travel, this trek is an ideal choice. Rara Lake lies in the remote Karnali region, North West of Kathmandu and the area surrounding the lake was declared a National Park in 1976. Rara Lake has the distinction of being the largest lake in Nepal. The lake is the obvious focal point of the park where some well preserved forest and abundance of wildlife are found in the protected area. The lake is situated at 2990 meters above the sea level but within the park area there is a viewpoint called Chuchemara Peak (4039m) gives a spectacular view over the Himalayas on the horizon. Below is a suggested 12 day itinerary. We can arrange longer itineraries from Jumla to Simikot via Rara Lake on request. The lake itself is perched on a high shelf at 2,980 meters and is protected by Rara National Park, which was established in 1976. The Park, covers an area of 106 sq. kilometers. Rara Lake is five kilometers long and two kilometers wide and is the largest lake in Nepal. The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a birdwatcher's delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.

Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Fly, KTM / Nepalgunj, overnight hotel.
Day 02: Early morning fly to Jumla, trek gothi chaur
Day 03: Jumla / Danphe Langna
Day 04: Danphe Langna / Chautha
Day 05: Chautha / Dhotu
Day 06: Dhotu / Rara lake (3040 m.)
Day 07: Rara Lake: Rest and explore the region.
Day 08: Rara / Ghorasain
Day 09: Ghorasain / Sinja
Day 10: Sinja / Jaljala
Day 11: Chere Chaur / Jumla
Day 12: Fly, Jumla / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu

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