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Jumla Rara Lake Trek – 15 Days

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15 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people




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.

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.

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

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DAY 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Our journey starts with a scenic flight about an hour from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is located in western region of Nepal and is near to the Nepal – India border. It is also a gateway to Simikot and Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we can visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages by our self. Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

DAY 2: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla

Early in the morning, we will take a first flight to Jumla. We leave the Terai plains of Nepalgunj and fly to the hilly landscape of Jumla. After about 20 minutes of scenic flight, we reach Jumla. Jumla is one of the least accessible districts in Nepal situated in the foothills of the Sisne Himalya. Jumla town is in a valley and their paddy is cultivated (making Jumla the highest place on earth where it is grown). The town is the administrative headquarters of the Karnali Zone. Jumla is also the gateway for trekkers who want to explore the remote Karnali region of Nepal. We will spend our overnight here.

DAY 3: Trek from Jumla to Bumra

On the first day of our trek, we have to ascend uphill and cross two suspension bridges above Himal River. We have to pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The Bumra village is also known as Nauri Ghat. Overnight at Bumra.

DAY 4: Trek from Bumra to Pina

From Bumra, we ascend and cross the Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. We continue our ascent and pass through a few villages before reaching Bumra. The track beyond Bumra keeps high above the river and skirts two small spurs to reach Bhargaon (2890m) in one and half hours. After one kilometer at the end of the fields, the track turns north into the tributary stream of Ghautha Khola. We cross the stream by a log bridge to the west side and climb to Chautha (3100m) in a forest clearing. After an hour the valley opens out into a pleasant meadow. We keep to the left stream until a western tributary joins it. Before reaching Ghurchi Langna (3457m) we climb up the narrow gully on the north east slope and skirt north across a series of spurs to reach Pina (2430m). Overnight at Pina.

DAY 5: Trek from Pina to Gamagadhi

On the following day, we ascend steep trail to Gamagadhi. Gamagadhi is the headquarters of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. Overnight at Gamagadhi.

DAY 6: Trek from Gamagadhi to Rara Lake

From Gamagadhi, our trail is easy and we walk on a relatively straight path until Rara Lake. We then follow the river upstream to Rara Lake, where we savor the most fascinating trekking experience amid the beauty of nature. Overnight at Rara Lake. Rara Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Nepal. Chuchemara Peak lies on the southern side of the Rara Lake whereas Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks frame its northern area. Overnight at Rara Lake.

DAY 7: Explore Rara Lake

Today is the day to explore the beauty of Rara Lake. After breakfast we investigate the azure waters of the massive lake also referred to as Mahendra Taal (Lake) after late king Mahendra. We have set aside this day to explore the area, including the old village of Rara. We can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. A visit to the National Park Headquarters is also an option. Swimming is allowed in the lake and it is piercingly cold and refreshing. This can be a perfect way for acclimatization. Or else you can have a short, pleasant trek with fine views to the north.

DAY 8: Trek from Rara Lake to Khatyar Khola Camp

Leaving the vast and tranquil Rara Lake behind, we move forward towards Khatyar Khola Camp. The trail today is not as strenuous as it looks. We get to admire the Himalayan Panorama. After passing through a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the ascent gets a little easier. The trail further passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola where we will spend our overnight.

DAY 9: Trek from Khatyar Khola Camp to Ghoro Singha

Today, after breakfast we walk the lake outlet (2980m) and follow the downstream of Khatyar Gad for about an hour. There is a log bridge over the stream below Murma (3139m). We have to cross the bridge to the south side and climb steadily over the 400 meters to reach an open clearing at 3277 meters. The trail continues climbing south through dense forest until the tree line is reached at 3658m. The ridge continues to south for another 200 meters but it is pleasant trail with distant view of the mountains. There is no pass on this high ridge and the trail turns south-east at an altitude of 3749 meters and descend by the east side of Chuchemara Danda. It is a fairly steep descent to Ghoro Singha. Overnight at Ghoro Singha.

DAY 10: Trek from Ghoro Singha to Sinja

The trail today is a descending trail until Laha alongside Ghatte Khola(stream). We descend through the steep pass for a while followed by a relatively easy trail until Botan (2895 m). A more interesting trail with better scenic prospect is to climb Diyabala Danda which is located south of Ghoro Singha. The climb begins immediately west of Ghoro Singha and takes about an hour through forest to top the crest at 5351 meters. The trail then skirts south-east above the high fields of Lumsa. There are good views to the south along the Sinja Valley. The trail then descends to Okharpati village (3100 m) on a high shelf above Mindrabali Gad. After descending for about two hours, we reach Sinja, our today’s destination. Sinja Valley holds an important place in the history of Nepal. The valley houses the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom that ruled this area from the 12th to the 14th century. Sinja valleys, highest human settlement of the world are major attraction of this trip. Trekkers enjoy the views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Palaces, temples, and the ancient remains of a settlement were uncovered during excavations spearheaded by the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University.

DAY 11: Trek from Sinja to Chala Chaur

Today, we have a twist and turn trail. We continue our trek along a rock-strewn path but it is a pleasant trail amidst forest wilderness. We cross the log bridge over Sinja Khola to the east and follow the south bank. Following the stream, we ascend the ridge. The trail clings to the south side of the stream all the way finally reaching to Chala Chaur where we will stay for the overnight.

DAY 12: Trek from Chala Chaur to Chauriya Chaur

Our trek continues along a rock-strewn path. We have a relatively straight trail until reaching Jaljala chaur, and then we ascend slowly until the Jaljala pass.

DAY 13: Trek from Chauriya Chaur to Jumla

On the last day of our trek, we follow our foot prints back to Jumla. The trail provides good views of the Jumla town. The return to the town is pleasant descent in slow stages. Overnight in Jumla.

DAY 14: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj

Today, we fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj. After a tiring walk for 11 days, we will enjoy a pleasant and scenic flight to Nepalgunj where we will stay for overnight.

DAY 15: Trek from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

We take the earliest flight available to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we freshen up and take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We take the earliest flight available to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we freshen up and take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.


  • Accommodation in a (3) three starred hotels in the cities but for the duration of the trek, only effortless lodges are available.
  • Ground transportations provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions city tour guide will accompany you.
  • Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek.
  • Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  • Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  • Every single entry fees and TIMS permits will be provided.
  • Every single Domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for the trek will be provided.
  • Car / Bus / Domestic Flights included.
  • International Flight tickets.
  • Museums entrance fees.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverages, snack etc.
  • Airport tax.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • 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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