Rara National Park / Rara Jungle Safari
Rara National Park is located in northwest Nepal, about 500 Kilometers from Kathmandu. Most of the park including Lake Rara lies in Mugu district, with a small area in Jumla district too. Rara National Park is the smallest park in Nepal (106 sq. km) but ironically includes the biggest lake in Nepal called Rara Lake (10.8 sq. km) at an elevation of 2990 m. The lake is oval shaped and has a maximum length of 5 km and a width of 3 km. The idea of the park was conceived way back in the year in 1967 but was much delayed. The elevation of the park ranges from 1800 meters at its lowest point to 4048 meters. The river valley that cuts through a ridge forms the natural boundary to the park.
Typical of mountains, the flora of the park comprises mainly coniferous trees. Somewhat similar to the Sagarmatha National Park, the area around the lake is dominated by Blue Pine up to 3200 meters. Some of the other plants that are common in Rara National Park include Rhododendrons, Black Juniper, Himalayan Spruce, Oak and Himalayan Cypress. Above this elevation a mixed Coniferous forest of Pine, Spruce and Fir replaces the vegetation. At about 3350 meters they give way to Fir, Oak and Birch forest.
As far as the fauna of Rara National Park is concerned, it serves as an ideal habitat for Musk deer. They can be found in abundance in every part of the National Park. Some of the other animals that are commonly found in Rara National Park include Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Musk Deer, Goral, Jackal, Himalayan Tar, Yellow Throated Marten, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Languor, Rhesus Macaque and Otter. Among the birds, the most common species that are found in the Rara National Park are Gallinaceous Birds and Migrant Waterfowls. Coots can be found plentiful in the lake, year round. Some of the other species that have a sizeable population in the Rara National Park include Great-crested and Black-necked Grebes, Red-crested pilchards, Mallard, Common Teal, Merganser, Gulls, Snow Cock and Partridges.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj : On the very first day of the trekking fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Day 02: Nepalgung to Jumla (2371m): Fly to Jumla from Nepalgunj.
Day 03: Jumla to Danphe Lagna (3130m): The trial follows the Tila River, passing through field and pine forest. The trail then ascends up the Grushni river valley. Arriving at Padmara, we pass through the deep forest of pine, spruce and firs after which the climb continues in forest over the pass at 3400m. and descends to Danphe Lagna.
Day 04: Danphe Lagna to Chahutha (3183m): The trail descends passing through fir, birch, walnut and bamboo forest. After crossing a bridge we start climbing and arrive at Ghara (classic Tibetan style village) than descends to Chahutha.
Day 05: Chahutha to Dhotu (2380m) : The trail climbs to the Gurchilanga Pass through forest with a few local teahouses. There is a tree less meadow half way to the pass.
Day 06: Dhotu to Rara Lake (3060m) : This is a short, pleasant trek with a fine view to the north. From Dhotu take a trail leading west that traverses a steep north- facing slope. After crossing a stretch of fields to the stream, cross the bridge and climb up to the hamlet of Jhari (2500m). From Jhari ascend west along the ridge for about 700m. to reach a low saddle after another two hours, Rara Lake is visible directly north of this saddle. Make a pleasant descent to the meadow on the south side of the lake. The former village site of Rara (3040m)on the north side is two hours walk along the western shore of the lake. There is such wildlife, including aquatic birds and rich forest around this large lake (2980m). You may spend a day or two in the Rara area.
Day 07/08: Rara lake : Spend your whole day exploring the Rara Lake.
Day 09: Rara lake to Gorosingha (3190m) : After 15 minutes walk from Rara Lake the trail climbs all the way up to Gurchimara (3710m) before descending to Gorosingha.
Day 10: Gorosingha to Sinja (2440m) : This is more interesting trail with better scenic views after the climb to Lumsa. You will arrive on the summit and descend to Sinja, a Thukari village.
Day 11: Sinja to Jaljala Chaur (3270m) : Most of the trek continues through forest of pine, birch and oak, a few scattered houses and fields of barley and corn. The trail then makes a steep climb to Jaljala Chaur.
Day 12: Jaljala Chaur to Jumla(2370m) : Continue climbing through forest to yet another meadow just below the ridge (3510m). A pleasant descent to Jumla follows afterwards.
Day 13: Jumla to Nepalgunj : On the last day of the trek fly to Nepalgunj from Jumla and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu to end the trek.
(The trip price will vary depending on the group size, duration and services required. Please contact us via our website with your details to obtain a quote.)