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Jumla - Rara Lake Trek


Jumla and Rara lie northwest of Kathmandu 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. 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.

Wildlife enthusiasts and admirers of natural beauty, will find that a trip to Rara Lake a very rewarding journey indeed.

Max. altitude: 3710 mtrs
Grade: 'C'
Minimum group size: 2
Departures: October to May


Day 01.  Arrive Kathmandu, transfer hotel / tour briefing / introductory evening meal
Day 02. A full day sightseeing within the Kathmandu valley.
Day 03.  Fly, Kathmandu / Nepalgunj, overnight hotel.
Day 04.  Early morning fly to Jumla, trek gothi chaur
Day 05. Jumla / Danphe Langna
Day 06.  Danphe Langna / Chautha
Day 07. Chautha / Dhotu
Day 08.  Dhotu / Rara lake (3040 m.)
Day 09.  Rara Lake: Rest and explore the region.
Day 10. Rara / Ghorasain
Day 11. Ghorasain / Sinja
Day 12.  Sinja / Jaljala
Day 13.  Chere Chaur / Jumla
Day 14.  Fly, Jumla / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu
Day 15. At leisure Kathmandu
Day 16. Transfer airport for onward destination


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