Jumla – Rara Lake Trek

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge (Tea House)

Meals

3 Course Meals

Trip Grade

Moderate to fairly challenging

Maximun Altitude

3450m

Attractions

Rara Lake, Nepal's Largest Lake at 3062 meters

Activity

Trekking and Sightseeing

Overview

Jumla Rara Trek is an adventure trek to the remote western region of Nepal with the matchless magnificence of Rara Lake and its surrounding!

This incredible Jumla Rara trek is a great chance to explore the remote western region of Nepal. It offers an amazing Himalayan experience that includes the beauty of Nepal’s biggest Lake Rara Lake, special culture, wonderful valleys, rocky ridge trail, and wild rivers and mesmerizing views of snowcapped mountains. The trip starts with a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, after which you fly to Nepalgunj and further continue to Jumla. Jumla Rara trek begins from Jumla to Chala Chaur passing through ancient stupas on the way. Following the steep stony trail and crossing the forest and grassy pass, Mt. Kanjiroba becomes visible in the east with its twin peaks. The trail, then, descends to the village of Botan from Sinja village which lies at the bank of Sinja Khola. There you come across the ancient Kanaksundari temple which holds the religious significance for Hindu. Leaving the Sinja Khola, you move towards Rara National Park exploring the unique and rich ecosystem of the park. Moving up and down the path through forests, you can experience the excellent panoramic view of Rara Lake. At the Lake, you get the opportunity to explore and enjoy the area as you have a rest day there. Departing from Rara Lake to River Camp via Jhyari, you can witness an exotic charisma of nature and mesmerizing view of snowcapped mountains. Passing through several small chortens, alpine- like pastures as you pass to Chautha through Ghurchi Lagna, one of the highest points of the Jumla Rara Lake trek, you slowly make your way towards Jumla, where your Jumla Rara trekking finally comes to an end. From Jumla, you fly back to Nepalgunj to catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your trip activities.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, we will delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj, which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai.

You take a thirty-minute scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. On reaching Jumla, you interact with the trekking crew and begin your Jumla Rara trekking after lunch. You will traverse northwards out of the Jumla Valley. Soon after trekking for an hour, you will 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.

You leave Chala Chaur and follow a trail moving along path of steep stones. While ascending, you 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, you descend as the trail opens into lush forests. After trekking for a couple of hours, you finally reach your destination for the day’s rest.

You will walk along the Jaljala Khola through pine forests and terraced farmland. En route the trail passes the 300 years old Kanaksundari Temple. The temple holds immense religious significance for Hindus. The route further bends along the main river. Crossing a thick plank bridge, you 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, you head to Botan. On the way, you pass through a spectacular gorge and finally reach the village of Botan.

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

You walk away from Gorosingha and ascend to the Ghurchi Mara ridge (3700m) for one and half hour. The trek to Rara Lakeis not as strenuous as it looks. On reaching the crest of the ridge, you 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. Then follow the river upstream to Rara Lake, where you savor the most fascinating trekking in Nepal amid the beauty of nature.

You now have a whole day set aside to explore the area, including the old village of Rara. You can also climb up to the wooden observation tower behind the post office for fine views of the lake and surrounding hills. You can even visit the National Park Headquarter. Swimming is allowed in the lake and it is piercingly refreshing.

You depart from Rara Lake and continue skirting along the target destination. On crossing a ridge, you enter the village of Jhyari. Strolling by the Jhyari Khola, the trail further follows terraced farmlands. As you approach Dhauligar Khola valley, you find a suitable place to stay for the night. Here, you get to witness an exotic charisma of nature and outstanding panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks.

As Dhauligar Khola blurs out of your trekking route, you pass through farmland and then enter the village of Pina. Pina has a police post and some hotels. You 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 you conclude the trek of the day.

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 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.

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

You take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, you return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. You can spend the rest of the day shopping and sightseeing.

Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc. – ask us.

General Information

TREKKING GRADE

Jumla Rara trek is a long trek that goes right into remotest corner of high mountain country and over high pass. Physically quite tiring, it involves approx. 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high-altitude conditions.

 

TREKKING TYPE

Trekking in Nepalis categorized in three different types based on their way of organization (Camping Trek, Tea House Trek and GAP Trek). Jumla Rara Trek is organized in two ways (Tea House Trek and GAP Trek) due to availability of accommodation facilities available in the region.

  1. Tea House Trek: This trek includes services like guide, food, accommodation in local Tea Houses and porters.
  2. GAP Trek: This trek includes services like Guide (G), Accommodation (A) in the Tea Houses, and Porters (P). Food bills are to be paid directly by the client.

 

ACCOMMODATION

You will find clean and friendly lodges along the trail during the Jumla Rara trek. You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in a comfortable local lodge each day. The Guide coordinates with the local lodge owners to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

In Kathmandu, we have a pool of hotels under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection to this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise, or clients have a special choice.

 

FOOD

LODGE TREK: Meals are included in our price and are taken in lodges available along the trail. You can find a considerable variety of Nepali (rice, curry & lentil, momo, noodles, chapatis etc.) and Western food (pizza, pasta, sandwich, chips, porridge, toast, pancake, soup etc. ) as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). The Guide suggests you the best option as per the availability.

GAP Trek: You will have to make your own eating arrangements in the lodges available along the trail. Expect to spend around $25-$30 a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.

 

WATER

On GAP trek and Lodge trek, you will be provided filtered water about 3-4 liters per person per day. The good thing about such water is it doesn’t smell chlorine. We normally use Sawyer Filters. However, you can also buy bottled water in tea houses. You can also bring water purification pills in case you want to drink water from local taps.

 

PERSONAL EXPENSES– MONEY TO TAKE ON TREK

Money requirement depends largely on type of trek style, duration and trekking region.
For a two-week Jumla Rara lake trek, you can take about $200-$300, more if you intend to get more table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas), souvenirs, battery charge, internet, hot shower (available in some places) etc. If you are on ‘GAP’ trek style you need to pay for all your meals. Approximately $25-$30 a day should be enough to cover your meals. We pay for your accommodation at mountain hut (teahouse) along the trail and bear all the expenses of staffs assigned by us, plus extra bar bills, snacks, hot shower, battery charge, internet etc.

 

CHANGING MONEY

You can change money at a bank or the money exchange counter in city like Kathmandu. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. These days, there is availability of ATMs in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

 

TIPS

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

 

GROUP SIZE ON FIXED DEPARTURE

If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 2 people and the maximum is 15 people.

For a Private Booking, any number size from 1 pax to 20 pax is acceptable and can be comfortably organized. We go for special planning for handling group size bigger than 20 pax.

 

GROUP LEADER AND CREW

We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:

1) Western leader

2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)

3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)

The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. We provide 1 porter for 2 members.

 

FLIGHT AND LAND TRANSFERS

First you fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and then you take another short flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla. On the completion of the Rara trek, you will fly back to Kathmandu from Jumla via Nepalgunj. We will arrange airport transfers.

Note: There is a high probability of cancellation of domestic flights in remote sectors due to bad weather conditions. Hence, we advise you to keep at least one or more day extra in Kathmandu before your flight home.

 

COMMUNICATION

For using internet during the Jumla Rara trek, Wifi service is available in lower altitudes. You can also use Ncell and NTC network (both for internet and mobile network), but they don’t work properly in some places as you go higher. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

 

LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING

During the Jumla Rara trekking, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for flight safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a daypack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel’s safekeeping.

 

TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

Lodge/ Tea House Trek, GAP Trek

A typical day while trekking in Nepal consists of about 7-8 hours of activity. Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

 

TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENT

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your Jumla rara trek. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

 

GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU

There are numerous suppliers of trekking gears in Kathmandu supplying genuine branded items or imitations depending on your choice and price. You can get anything from down jackets and sleeping bags to socks or thermal wears that you need for your trek. They might not be the best but good enough for the trek considering the price.

 

TREK SECURITY

Security of our clients is our foremost priority. All our guides are licensed by Nepal Government. Our guides and support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They will ensure your safety and security throughout your trip.

During your trek, you will be sleeping in local teahouses. You have to take precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

 

MEETING AND GREETING AT AIRPORT

 You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass the customs desk and come out of the terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland.

 

TREK DURATION

We ensure liability as indicated in itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay for hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

 

CLIMATE AND BEST TIME TO GO

The best seasons to trek in the Jumla/Rara region are Autumn (from mid-September till November end) and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher everyday. The nights are cold (between -10 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night.

 

ITINERARY CHANGES

The Jumla Rara trek itinerary for this trek is a standard itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation while on trek, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.

 

HEALTH ISSUES AND VACCINATIONS

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during the Jumla Rara trekking is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate.

If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

 

FIRST AID KIT

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

 

VISA

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. You can also get “On Arrival Visa” at entry points. For doing Annapurna Trek, you can come with a 30 day visa which costs US $ 50. You should have a passport size photo to get it at airport upon arrival. Some countries’ nationals need to get visa prior their arrival. Please check http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa for detailed information.

 

JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join Rara trek, please check our ‘Fixed Departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 20 at a time).

If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor your trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to meet your needs.

 

RESCUE / EVACUATIONS

We take your safety and security very seriously, and make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

 

INSURANCE

Before joining Jumla Rara trekking, we recommend you take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.

 

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

We are among the few companies in Nepal to receive Travelife Certificate Award https://www.travelife.info for our long-term efforts in sustainable practices.

 

1.Care for porters and staffs

We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions during Jumla Rara trek are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. All our porters carry less than 30 kg and underage porters are strictly prohibited in our operations. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG – www.ippg.net)


2.Environmental Responsibility

Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.

As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have campfires and use LPG gas or kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We don’t use plastic bottles. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far eco-friendlier alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. Our staff carry garbage bag with them all the time and collect our garbage and other litters they find on trail, and dispose them on the designated area. We also volunteer to bring garbage down to Lukla while returning back. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

 

3.Social Responsibility

Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) has been conceived to empower underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.

Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education, health, community development, forest conservation, agro practices and culture preservation. A certain amount of your trip money goes to these projects. For more details on our CSR initiatives, please visit https://www.explorehimalaya.com/csr/

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • Lodge trek with guide, accommodation & porters only (Standard rooms on sharing)
    • All meals during Teahouse trek only (except for GAP trek package)
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters (2 members= 1 porter, luggage 15 kg only per member)
    • Rara National park fees
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Domestic Airfares: Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu
    • Domestic Airfares: Nepalgunj/Jumla
    • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj on twin sharing with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour with English Speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to the monuments
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle
    • Insurance for all staff & porters
    • Equipment & clothing for all staff & porters
    • First aid kit bag (carried by guide)

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal Visa fees
    • International flight and airport taxes
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal expenses (like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, extra meals, snacks while walking etc.)
    • Personal gears & clothing
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers, local staff etc.
    • Personal insurance and medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this Jumla Rara Lake trekvwill be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract.vThe balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

TRIP EXTENSIONS

In addition to your Jumla - Rara Lake Trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan etc. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you.

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that Rara trekking is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: 977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

JUMLA RARA REGION

Jumla and Rara region lies to the western region of Nepal in Karnali province.  It is a piece of heaven on earth because of its natural beauty. Nepal’s biggest lake, Rara lake which lies in the serene surrounding of the Rara National Park, amplifies the region’s beauty. The region is remote and located at a high altitude but is rich in wildlife, wonderful landscapes, fascinating people and unique culture and tradition. Fascinating blend of religious practices of Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen in the region.

RARA NATIONAL PARK
Rara National Park is the smallest protected area in the country which was established in1976. It covers the area of 106 sq km extending over Mugu and Jumla district. The park ranges in elevation from 2800m to 4039m at Chuchemara peak on the southern side of Rara Lake. The park was established to conserve the unique flora and fauna of the region. The park is home to different peaks and lakes in high altitude. Rara National Park is managed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and protected with the assistance of the Nepal Army.

 

CLIMATE, FLORA AND FAUNA

The region has a subarctic climate which has usually very long, dry and cold winter and short, cool summer because of its altitude. The best time to visit the region are in September, October, April and May. The temperature drops below freezing during winter and many passes become blocked by snow. During summer the climate is pleasant but June and August is rainy season in which travelling is difficult. Rara National Park protects around one thousand and seventy species of flora. Some of them are rhododendron, fir, pine, spruce, oak and many more. It is also home to different species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians which includes musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and black-necked grebes, red-crested pochards, mallard, common teal, Himalayan snowcock, chukar partridge, Himalayan monal and many other species.

 

PEAK

Chuchemara Peak
The peak is the highest point in the park, standing at the elevation of 4039m to the southern side of the Lake. The peak provides the excellent backdrop to the Rara Lake.

PLACES

Rara Lake
Rara Lake also known as Mahendra Tal is Nepal’s biggest lake. It covers an area of 10.8sq km with the depth of 167m. It is oval in shape with an east-west axis.  It is situated at an elevation of 2990m. The lake is crystal blue in color. It is home to the snow trout, the only fish found in the Lake. The lake is surrounded by beautiful coniferous forest.

Ruma Kand and Malika Kand
Ruma Kand and Malika Kand are snowcapped high points of 3731m and 3444m situated on the northern side of the Lake offering the mesmerizing sight of the Lake to the south.

Jumla
Jumla, situated in Jumla district, is a well facilitated town with proper infrastructure such as road, electricity, schools, airport and market. Chandannath temple is the major attraction of Jumla Bazaar. Jumla is popular in production of apples. You can witness the gardens of apple as every single house at least has one apple tree and you can even taste some freshly picked apples. Along the way you can visit factories that manufacture apple alcohol.

 

PEOPLE

Chhetri
Chhetri are Nepali speaker of Khas community, some of whom trace their origin to migration from medieval India. Chhetri was a caste of administrators, governor and military elites in the medieval Khas Kingdom and Gorkha Kingdom. Chhetris speak a Khas-Kura as mother tongue.

Thakuri
Thakuri is the group of people originally from Nepal. They traditionally constituted the ruling and warrior classes. They were considered high class people as they were involved in government, military and agriculture.

 

FESTIVALS

Sano Paltan Jatra
The people of Jumla celebrate Sano Paltan Jatra on the third day of Gaijatra. The people participating perform dances and present acts and satirical shows mocking government and evil systems of society. Jatra is said to have been celebrated since 1953.

Dashain
Dashain is the longest and auspicious festival in Nepal. The festival is 15 days long and every single day has a significant value to it. It is not only the longest festival of the country, but also the one which is most anticipated. The festival falls in the month of September or October. On this festival younger ones receive Tika from the elders of the family. The festival is also known for its emphasis on the family gathering. As the festival is celebrated by Nepalese of all cast and creed throughout the country, the festival is also celebrated with the same enthusiasm by the people of Jumla and Rara region as well.

Bhuwa
Bhuwa is a festival celebrated in the western region of Nepal for three to five days. It holds a great significance as the festival is observed to celebrate the Pandava’s victory over Kaurava. During this festival young male displays swordplay, exchange oaths of brotherhood and sing hymns of lord Krishna, Indra and Pandava. In the past, only men participated in the festival but recently female also participate in the celebration with equal keenness.

 

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