From Jumla, the trek heads north passing through beautiful country side, farm villages and valleys with excellent views of snow capped peaks of Dolpo and the Tibetan mountain ranges. You will feel as if you have entered a totally different world, as you enter the Ra Ra National Park and its beautiful surroundings including the pristine Rara lake. It’s scenery and unbelievable quietness is fascinating amidst its charming forest and landscapes. We will camp here for two nights in order to explore around the largest lake in Nepal.
A journey into the Jumla region and the lake, Rara is probably one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range with its unique tranquility, blending well in perfect harmony with the surrounding mountains and beautiful landscapes.
Our adventure starts from the hill town of Jumla in the remote north-west of Nepal.
After an enjoyable stay here, we return to Jumla by an alternative route in order to give you the best of this magnificent country, we conclude our wonderful and memorable journey at Jumla with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Rara National Park is located in north-west Nepal about 371 km air distance from Kathmandu. Most of the park, including Lake Rara, lies in Mugu District: a small area is within Jumla District of Karnali Zone. This is the smallest park in Nepal, containing the country’s biggest lake (10.8 sq kms) at an elevation of 2,990m.
Park elevations range from 1,800m to 4,048 m. The park contains mainly coniferous forest. The area around the lake is dominated by blue pine, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, oak, Himalayan cypress and other associated species.
At about 3,350 m, pine and spruce give away to fir, oak and birch. Deciduous tree species like Indian horse-chestnut, walnut and Himalayan popular are also found.
A small portion of the park serves as an ideal habitat for musk deer. Other animals found in the park include Himalayan black bear, leopard, goral, Himalayan Thar and wild boar. Snow trout is the only fish species recorded in the lake. Resident Gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl are also quite commonly sighted in this area.
The great - crested grebe, black-necked grebe, and red-crested pochard are seen during winter. Other common birds are the snow cock, chukor partridge, Impeyan pheasant, kalij pheasant and blood pheasant.