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Trek to Jumla - Rara Lake / Rara National Park in Mugu District

Rara National Park is Nepal's smallest and most scenic national park. Rara National Park covers 106 square km. 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 Himalaya. This national park has country's biggest lake (10.8 sq. km) at an elevation of 2990 m. The elevation of the park ranges from 1800 m to 4048 m, Chuchemara Lekh is the highest point.

The centrepiece is the pristine Lake Rara, also Known as Mahendra Tal, the biggest lake in Nepal. It is so huge that other end of the lake is hard to see. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills, Chuchemara Danda at 4,087 meters is the best vantagepoint to get stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. The lake is oval shaped with an eastwest axis and has a maximum length of 5 km and a width of 3 km. The maximum depth of the lake is 167 m. The park was gazetted in 1967 to conserve the unique beauty of Lake Rara and to protect a representative sample of flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla region.

Other summits in the park area are Ruma kand (3,731 m.) and Malika Kand (3,444 m.), situated to the north of the lake. 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 leopard and wolf.

The lake attracts migrant wildfowl like teals, pochards and mallards. Resident birds include the Impeyan, kalij and blood pheasant as well as others like the chukkor partridge.

Entry Fee Per Person Per Entry

For Nepalese Nationals, Free
For Indians and other SAARC Nationals, Rs. 100/-
For Other Foreign Nationals, Rs. 1,000/-

Note: Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years. Visitors should travel with camping gear and guides which will offer them the flexibility to explore Rara where basic accommodation is available only at the park office.

How To Reach

The easiest way to get to Rara is to fly to Jumla or Kolti from Nepalganj, followed by a two and a half day hike to the park office at Hutu.

The alternative route is to take a bus from Nepalgunj to Surkhet, from where it is a weeks' hike to the park.

Best Time to Visit

Summer is pleasant, however, the winter brings cold temperatures and heavy snowfall (up to one meter).

The best time to visit the region is from February to April and in October and November.

Things to Remember In Park

  • Flora and fauna must not be disturbed as they are protected.
  • Use of firewood is strictly prohibited to protect forest.
  • Camping inside the park except in designated areas is prohibited.
  • Movement inside the park before sunrise and after sunset is prohibited.


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For an Package tour you can contact 'Hotel Batika' which is organising a number of packages for trekking.
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For an Package tour to Mansarovar you can contact 'Hotel Batika' which is organising a number of packages for Mansarovar trek in season.

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