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The “Queen of the Lakes ”

Jumla Rara Lake Trek - 15 Days

ENIGMATIC RARA LAKE
Situated about 370 kilometers, north-west of Kathmandu, Rara is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park that covers 106 square kilometers. Much of the park is at an altitude of about 3,000 meters forested by conifers. The park was established in 1976 and protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalayas. The centerpiece is the pristine Lake Rara, also known as Mahendra Tal and is the largest lake in Nepal. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills and Chuchemara Danda at 4,087 meters is the best vantage point to witness stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it.Other summits in the park area are Ruma kand at 3,731 meters and Malika Kand at 3,444 meters which are situated to the north of the lake. The trek to Rara Lake begins at Jumla, a village in the Trans – Himalayan area and the rides covered with forests and alpine pastures.
The town has airstrip and Tele-communication facilities.

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The flight to Jumla passes south along the Dhaulagiri range and provides lovely view of Nepal’s western landscape. It is three and a half-day’s trek from Jumla to Rara National Park. The peaceful surroundings are enhanced by the reflection of the hills in the Lake’s bright blue waters. Due north is the Chankheli Peak at 3201meters and looms large access into the deep Mugu Karnali gorge.
The usual itinerary is a loop that starts and ends at Jumla and the entire trek takes about ten days. Food has to be brought from Jumla from beyond the bazaar as it is often unavailable. There are lodges in Jumla and bunkhouses at the Lake. In between, there are ten houses where you could stay but camping is more pleasant and certainly more reliable.

Rara comes within the catchment area of the Karnali River, one of the three main river systems of Nepal. The habitat supports animals like the red panda, black bear, yellow-throated martin, ghoral, serow and musk deer. There have also been reported sightings of leopards and wolfs. The lake attracts migrant wildfowl like teals, pochards and mallards. Resident birds include the Impeyan, kalij and blood pheasant and chukkor partridge.

Rara area is covered with coniferous forests with sightings of Rhododendrons, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, Oaks and the Himalayan cypress.
During, Rara jungle safari you will encounter a few endangered animals and you will also enjoy witnessing migrant birds including water fowl, Gallinaceous birds, Coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red-crested pochards, mallards, common teal, merganser and gulls.
Other animals inhabiting this region are red pandas, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan Thar, wild yellow-throated marten, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and many others.

One of the best ways to observe the flora and fauna is by walking deep into the jungle through fine grassland and typical villages where you can find unique religions and cultures, as well as abundant wild life. The Rara trek is also famous for bird watching in Nepal and the Rara Jungle Safari offers you with the opportunity to have an adventure which you will never forget.

P.S
Rara trek can also be combined with Bardiya National park safari or with Khaptad National park or Dolpo trek.


Trip Profile

  • Keep 1 or 2 days extra, in case your flight gets cancelled or delayed.
  • We also recommend, that you to buy the “Tri Insurance”.

DEPARTURE DATES

  • This trek is also available on a private itinerary basis to suit your own dates and that are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 1 or 2 people in the group.            
  • Contact us when you would like to join us and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Trip Details & Facts

  • Rara Lake.
  • Rara National Park.

Bird Watching

  • Chuchemara Danda at 4,087 meters.
  • Ruma Kand at 3,731 meters.
  • Malika Kand at 3,444 meters.
  • Mugu Karnali gorges.

The Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival
  • Day 02 : Sightseeing
  • Day 03 : Drive or fly to Nepalgunj
  • Day 04 : Nepalgunj – Jumla
  • Day 05 : Jumla – Chere chaur.
  • Day 06 : Chere chour – Nauri Gaud
  • Day 07 : Nauri Gaud – Bhulvule
  • Day 08 : Bhulvule – Jyari
  • Day 09 : Rara Lake
  • Day 10 : Rara – Ghorasain
  • Day 11 : Ghorasain – Sinja
  • Day 12 : Sinja – Jaljala Chaur
  • Day 13 : Chere Chaur – Jumla
  • Day 14 : Jumla – Nepalganj – Kathmandu.
  • Day 15 : DEPARTURE.

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  • Day 01 : Arrival

    • Arrive in Kathmandu.
    • Check into a hotel.

  • Day 02 : Sightseeing

    • Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley - UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Day 03 : Drive or fly to Nepalgunj

    • Drive or get a flight to Nepalgunj.

  • Day 04 : Nepalgunj – Jumla

    Nepalgunj – Jumla

  • Day 05 : Jumla – Chere chaur.

    • Jumla – Chere chaur.

  • Day 06 : Chere chour – Nauri Gaud

    • Chere chour – Nauri Gaud.

  • Day 07 : Nauri Gaud – Bhulvule

    • Nauri Gaud – Bhulvule

  • Day 08 : Bhulvule – Jyari

    • Bhulvule – Jyar.

  • Day 09 : Rara Lake

    • Rara Lake.

  • Day 10 : Rara – Ghorasain

    • Rara – Ghorasain

  • Day 11 : Ghorasain – Sinja

    • Ghorasain – Sinja.

  • Day 12 : Sinja – Jaljala Chaur

    • Sinja – Jaljala Chaur.

  • Day 13 : Chere Chaur – Jumla

    • Chere Chaur – Jumla.

  • Day 14 : Jumla – Nepalganj – Kathmandu.

    • Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.

  • Day 15 : DEPARTURE.

Interested in this trip? Send your questions or start booking.

What is included

  1. Accommodation in a (3) three starred hotels in the cities but for the duration of the trek, only effortless lodges are available.
  2. Ground transportations provided.
  3. Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions city tour guide will accompany you.
  4. Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek.
  5. Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  6. Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  7. Every single entry fees and TIMS permits will be provided.
  8. Every single Domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
  9. Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek will be provided.
  10. Car / Bus / Domestic Flights included.

What is not included

  1. International Flight tickets.
  2. Museums entrance fees.
  3. All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverages, snack etc.
  4. Airport tax.
  5. Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  6. Personal clothing and gears.
  7. Tips to guides and porters.
  8. Cost raised by cancelations, landslides, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasp.

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