Jumla Rara Lake Trek

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Starts at: Nepalgunj Ends at: Nepalgunj
Trek Region: Far West Region Transport: Flight
Duration: 12 days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 3410 m / 11188 ft Accommodation: Tent

The Jumla Rara Lake trek takes place in the remote districts of Mugu and Jumla in the Karnali Region. There are different options available on this, for example following the salt route to Humla, or taking a number of trails through Dolpo. Regardless of the route, the countryside is remarkable and Rara Lake – a gem sparkling turquoise blue in the sun.

Lying at an altitude of 2,990m, Rara Lake, sometimes also referred to as Mahendra Taal, is the largest lake in Nepal, covering over 10 sq. km and reported to be 167m in depth. Set in Rara National Park, the area around the lake is mainly pine forest and is home to 214 species of birds, including a good number of migratory birds.

It is a wonderful place for bird watching enthusiasts who can expect to see water fowl, coots common teal, blood pheasants, and the Danfe, the national bird of Nepal. Other animals which live in this area include musk deer, himalayan black bear, red panda and jackals, among others.

Apart from the area around the lake, this trek goes through very arid landscapes as it is in the rain-shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Views of Chucchemara Peak, Ruma Kand and Malika Kand are on show from around the lake area.

This is a beautiful trek into an area of the country which is not yet visited by many tourists. The trails are at relatively low altitudes and a moderate level of fitness is fine to complete this trek. Having said that, this is the Himalayas so trails go up and down, and up and down!

Jumla Rara Lake Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)

Nepalgunj – 150 m / 492 ft – 1 hr

Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jumla (Flight)

Jumla – 2540m / 8333 ft – 20 mins

Day 3: Jumla to Chere Chaur

Chere Chaur – 3055 m / 10022 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Chere Chaur to Chala Chaur

Chala Chaur – 2980 m / 9776 ft – 5 hrs

Day 5: Chala Chaur to Sinja Valley

Sinja Valley – 2490 m / 8169 ft – 7 hrs

Day 6: Sinja Valley to Goru Singhe

Goru Singhe – 3050 m / 10006 ft – 6 hrs

Day 7: Goru Singhe to Rara Lake

Rara Lake – 3010 m / 9875 ft – 6hrs

Day 8: Day trip to Muldi Viewpoint

Muldi Viewpoint – 3410 m / 11187 ft – 3 hrs

Day 9: Rara Lake to Pina

Pina – 2440 m / 8005 ft – 6 hrs

Day 10: Pina to Bumra

Bumra – 2850 m / 9350 ft – 5 hrs

Day 11: Bumra to Jumla

Jumla – 2540 m / 8333 ft – 6 hrs

Day 12: Jumla to Nepalgunj (Flight) to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 3 hr

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  • 10 nights accommodation in tent
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj (Hotel Sneha or similar)
  • Guide for 12 days
  • Cook for 12 days
  • Required number of porters for 12 days
  • Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu flight
  • Nepalgunj Jumla Nepalgunj flight
  • Rara national park entry permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • 12 x set breakfast, 11 x set lunch and 11 x set dinner while on trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepalgunj

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