Rara National Park 16 Days


Rara is Nepal`s smallest and most scenic national park which covers 106 square km and is situated about 370 km. north-west of Kathmandu. The lake Rara itself is perched on a high shelf at 2,980 meters and is protected by Rara National Park, which was established in 1976. 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.

Rara Lake is Nepal`s prevalent lake with a circumference of approximately 13km. It is home to otters and the fish that feed them, and is an important resting place for migrating water fowl. Mugu has many different wild herbs used in traditional herbal medicine such as the highly valuable `Caterpillar Fungi` (yachargumba) used in the treatment of amoebic dysentery among other things, guchi chyau which has an anti-spasmodic effect, panchaunle which is used as a tonic, satuwa a poison antidote as well as bhutkesh, kutki and keshar.

Much of the park is at an altitude of about 3,000 meters forested by conifers. The park shields some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. The centre piece is the pristine Lake Rara, also Known as Mahendra Tal, the biggest lake in Nepal. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills, Chuchemara Danda at 4,087 meters is the best vantage point to get stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. Rara area is covered with coniferous forest including Rhododendron, black juniper, west Himalayan spruce, oak and Himalayan cypress. During a Rara jungle Safari you will encounter with the endangered animals. You will enjoy the scene of migrant birds including water fowl, Gallinaceous birds, Coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red-crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser and gulls. The animals’ inhabiting this region are red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan Thar, wild yellow-throated marten, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and many others. One of the best ways to overlook the flora and fauna is by walking deep into the jungle through fine grassland and typical villages where you can find unique religions and cultures, as well as abundant wild life. The Rara trek is also famous for bird watching in Nepal. Rara Jungle Safari offers you the opportunity to have an adventure which you will never forget. rara trek can be combine with Bardiya National park safari, or with Khaptad National park and even with Dolpo trek.

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. The trek to Rara Lake begins at Jumla, a village in a Trans - Himalayan area, the rides covered with forests and alpine pastures. The town has airstrip and Tele-communication facilities. The flight to Jumla passes south along the Dhaulagiri range and provides lovely view of Nepal`s western landscape. It is three and a half-day`s trek from Jumla to Rara National Park. The peaceful surrounding is enhanced by the reflection of the surrounding hills in the Lake`s bright blue waters. Due north, chankheli peak (3201m) looms large access the deep Mugu Karnali gorge. The usual itinerary is a loop that starts and ends at Jumla and entire treks about ten days. Food has to bring from Jumla but beyond the Bazaar. It is often unavailable. There are lodges in Jumla and bunkhouse at the Lake; in between there are ten houses where you could stay but camping is more pleasant and certainly more reliable.

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.

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.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai.

Day 4: Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla & trek to Chala Chaur [2900m]
We take a thirty-minute scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. On reaching Jumla, we interact with the trekking crew and begin our trekking after lunch. We traverse northwards out of the Jumla Valley. Soon after trekking for an hour, we encounter a small village of Micha bearing a small walled enclosure and a number of Buddhist stupas. These stupas were erected at around late 15th century, in the memory of important dignitaries of the region. The trail further leads to rock-strewn path and at last ends at Chala Chaur.

Day 5: Cross a Pass
We leave Chala Chaur and follow a trail moving along path of steep stones. While ascending, we cross through birch, pine forests and grassy pass at approx 3500m. From this point Kanjiroba becomes visible in the east with its twin peaks towering over the adjacent area. Further on, we descend as the trail opens into lush forests. After trekking for a couple of hours, we finally stop at a suitable campsite in the meadows nearby some shepherd`s huts.

Day 6 : Trek via Sinja [2440m] to Botan [2600m]
We walk along the Jaljala Khola through pine forests of and terraced farmland. En route the trail passes the 300 year old Kanaksundari Temple. The temple holds immense religious significance for Hindus. The route further bends along the main river. Crossing a thick plank bridge, we finally descend to reach Sinja village. Sinja village rests upon a small alluvial plain on the west bank of the clear Lah Gad River, also called the Sinja Khola. Sinja was once the ancient capital of the Malla kings. There are stones lying along the trail that foretell the history of Malla dynasty. After lunch, we head to Botan. On the way, we pass through a spectacular gorge and finally reach the village of Botan.

Day 7: Trek to Rara Park border
Leaving Sinja Khola, we follow the trail along Ghatta Khola amid the unparallel beauty of nature. The sinuous route winds up into terraced farmland and beautiful valley. Soon we find ourselves within the territory of Rara Lake National Park. We come across primitive flour mills and police post on the way. Rara Lake National Park houses unique and rich ecosystem. We can spend half an hour exploring the beauty of the park or simply doing whatever we feel like. We spend the night in Gorosingha.

Day 8: Trek to Rara Lake [3062m]
We walk away from Gorosingha and ascend to the Ghurchi Mara ridge [3710m] for one and half hour. The trail is not as strenuous as it looks. On reaching the crest of the ridge, we get to experience an excellent panorama to the north, flaunting irresistible beauty and charm. As the trail descends, Rara Lake becomes visible on the northeast. The trail further passes through bamboo and birch forests before crossing the Khatyar Khola. We then follow the river upstream to Rara Lake, where we savor the most fascinating trekking experience amid the beauty of nature.

Day 9: Rest days at Rara
We now have 2 days set aside to explore the area, including the old village of Rara. We can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. We can even visit the National Park Headquarters. Swimming is allowed in the lake and it is piercingly refreshing. This can be a perfect way for acclimatization.

Day 10: Trek via Jhyari [2630m] to River camp
We depart from Rara Lake and continue skirting along the target destination. On crossing a ridge, we enter the village of Jhyari. Strolling by the Jhyari Khola, the trail further follows terraced farmlands. As we approach Dhauligar Khola valley, we find a suitable camp site near the river bank. We also get to witness an exotic charisma of nature and outstanding panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks.

Day 11: Across Ghurchi Lagna pass [3450m] to Chautha [2770m]
As Dhauligar Khola blurs out of our trekking route, we pass through farmland and then enter the village of Pina. Pina has a police post and some hotels. We continue climbing to the Ghurchi Lagna Pass and come across several small chortens, alpine-like pastures, walnut groves and a narrow valley. Finally, the steep slope guides us into the village of Chautha where we conclude the trek of the day.

Day 12: Trek to Tharamara [3280m]
From Chautha, the trail follows the northern bank of the Sinja Khola past the hotel and health clinic under the massive overhanging rock at Kabra. Silaji found in this area is the source of the important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything. The route then passes through the villages of Bumra and Nyawre, before climbing to the pasture at Tharamara.

Day 13: Trek to Jumla
Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jumla. We meet tall birch trees on our way to the Khali Lagna and Danphe Lekh. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain ridges to the south and Jumla below. Further on, we descend steeply to the first night`s campsite. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. We then follow the same route back to Jumla. After reaching Jumla, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
We take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. As soon as we land on Kathmandu we will escort you to the hotel and overnight stay there.

Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 16: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell.

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