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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

Jumla Rara Lake Trek Map

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FAQs For Jumla Rara Lake Trek:

General Information

What is the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

The Jumla Rara Lake Trek is a 12-day trek in the remote districts of Mugu and Jumla in the Karnali Region, featuring the largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake, surrounded by pine forests and stunning mountain views.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the trek?

The maximum altitude reached during the trek is 3,410 meters (11,188 feet) at Muldi Viewpoint.

How difficult is the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

The trek is graded as moderate, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The trails involve several ascents and descents.

What is the best time to do the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

The best time to undertake the trek is from March to May and September to November when the weather is most favorable.

What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?

Accommodation during the trek includes 10 nights in tents and 1 night in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Are there any special permits required for this trek?

Yes, trekkers need the Rara National Park entry permit and a restricted area permit.

What wildlife can be seen around Rara Lake?

Wildlife around Rara Lake includes musk deer, Himalayan black bear, red panda, and various bird species like coots and blood pheasants.

Is there a possibility of altitude sickness during the trek?

While the trek’s altitudes are relatively moderate, trekkers should still be cautious about altitude sickness and acclimatize properly.

What is the daily trekking duration?

Daily trekking durations range from 3 to 7 hours, depending on the specific segment of the trek.

How do I reach the starting point of the trek?

The trek starts in Nepalgunj, accessible by a flight from Kathmandu, followed by a flight to Jumla.

Itinerary and Highlights

What is the itinerary for the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

The trek itinerary includes flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Jumla, followed by trekking through various locations like Chere Chaur, Sinja Valley, Goru Singhe, and Rara Lake, before returning to Jumla and Nepalgunj.

What are the main highlights of the trek?

Highlights include the stunning Rara Lake, views of Chucchemara Peak, Ruma Kand, Malika Kand, and a visit to Muldi Viewpoint.

How long do we stay at Rara Lake?

Trekkers spend a full day at Rara Lake, including a day trip to Muldi Viewpoint.

What can I expect to see at Rara Lake?

Rara Lake is known for its turquoise blue waters, surrounded by pine forests, and home to diverse bird species.

What is the significance of Sinja Valley in the trek?

Sinja Valley is historically significant and known for its ancient temples and rich cultural heritage.

Are there any cultural experiences during the trek?

Yes, the trek passes through traditional villages, offering a glimpse into the local culture and way of life.

What is the terrain like on this trek?

The terrain varies from arid landscapes in the rain-shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges to lush forests around Rara Lake.

What type of flora and fauna can be observed?

The trek features diverse flora like pine forests and fauna including musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and numerous bird species.

Is there a possibility to customize the itinerary?

Yes, Magical Nepal offers customization of the trek itinerary to suit individual preferences.

What are the food and accommodation arrangements?

The trek includes set breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while on the trail, with accommodation in tents and a hotel stay in Nepalgunj.

Preparation and Packing

What should I pack for the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

Essential items include trekking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and personal hygiene items.

Do I need trekking poles for the trek?

Trekking poles are recommended for added stability and support on the varying terrains.

How can I prepare physically for the trek?

Regular cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and practice hikes are recommended to build endurance and strength.

Are there any vaccination requirements for the trek?

There are no specific vaccination requirements, but it’s advisable to be up-to-date on routine vaccinations and consult with a healthcare provider.

What type of backpack is suitable for the trek?

A sturdy, waterproof backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters is ideal for carrying essential items during the trek.

Is travel insurance necessary for the trek?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance covering trekking activities and emergency evacuation is highly recommended.

Medications like Diamox can help prevent altitude sickness, but consult a doctor before using them.

What is the water source during the trek?

Water sources include streams and local supplies, so bringing water purification tablets or a filter is essential.

What kind of footwear is best for the trek?

Sturdy, waterproof trekking boots with good ankle support are recommended for the trek.

Are snacks necessary during the trek?

Carrying high-energy snacks like nuts, energy bars, and dried fruits is advisable for quick energy boosts.

Health and Safety

What safety measures are in place during the trek?

Magical Nepal provides experienced guides, first aid kits, and emergency communication tools to ensure safety.

How to deal with altitude sickness symptoms?

Symptoms should be taken seriously; descending to a lower altitude, staying hydrated, and resting can help alleviate symptoms.

Are there medical facilities available along the trek?

Medical facilities are limited, so it’s important to carry a first aid kit and necessary medications.

How to stay hydrated during the trek?

Drink plenty of water, use water purification methods, and avoid alcohol and caffeine to stay hydrated.

Is it safe to trek alone?

Trekking with a group or guide is safer, especially in remote areas with limited facilities.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

Inform your guide immediately, follow their instructions, and use emergency communication tools if necessary.

How to prevent blisters during the trek?

Wear well-fitted, broken-in boots, use moisture-wicking socks, and apply blister prevention tape or balm.

Are there any wildlife dangers to be aware of?

Encounters with wildlife are rare, but it’s important to maintain a safe distance and follow the guide’s instructions.

What should I do if I get lost?

Stay calm, stay put, and use any available communication devices to contact your guide or group.

Is it safe to drink tap water during the trek?

Tap water is not safe to drink; always use purified or boiled water.

Cost and Booking

What is the cost of the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

The cost of the trek varies; it includes accommodation, meals, permits, and guide services. Contact Magical Nepal for detailed pricing.

What does the cost include?

The cost includes accommodation in tents and a hotel, meals during the trek, flights, permits, and guide and porter services.

Are there any additional costs to consider?

Additional costs may include personal expenses, travel insurance, tips for guides and porters, and any optional activities.

How can I book the Jumla Rara Lake Trek?

You can book the trek through the Magical Nepal website or by contacting their customer service.

What is the payment process for the trek?

The payment process typically involves a deposit to secure the booking, with the balance paid before the trek starts.

Can I customize the trek package?

Yes, Magical Nepal offers customization options to tailor the trek according to your preferences.

Is tipping required?

Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated as a gesture of gratitude for the guides and porters.

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