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Rara Jumla Trek (14 days)

Rara Lake preserves Mythological and legendry journey surrounded by pine forests, blooming flowers and distant snowy peaks where waters glitter line that of precious gem.

Rara Lake is 28 kilometers north of Jumla. The large lake, at an altitude of 2,980 metres, is perched on a high shelf on the northern flank of Ghurchi Lekh (4,067 m). The oval- shaped lake has a water surface of nearly eight square kilometres with hills of pine and rhododendrons around it. The peaceful surroundings are enhanced by the reflection of Ghurchi Lekh in its blue waters. Chankheli peak (4,201 m) looms in north .Large across the deep Mugu Karnali gorge.

Trekking in Rara Lake offers the best scenery on the north – western most side of Nepal. The trail is very much "off the beaten path" and affords glimpses of distinct culture of the local people. Summer rainfall is low, but winter snow can be heavy and persistent. Since the region is fairly high and free from monsoon thunderstorms, the summer season is ideal for trekking. Winters are cold, but the autumn seasons trekking is rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. Within its confines lies the Rara National Park, the smallest park in Nepal. On the contrary there lies the biggest and one of the deepest lakes of Nepal, the Rara Lake covering the area of 10.8 sq. km. at 2,990 meters. Considered one of the finest parks in the world, Rara National Park abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat to the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan tahr, yellow-throated martin, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and common otter. During winter the Park abounds in bird varieties like cots, great crested grebe, black necked grebe, red crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser and gulls. Migrant water fowls and gallinaceous birds can also be found during certain seasons. Among the fish varieties, the snow trout is seen so far.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes about 40 minutes. This flight journey is best described by the scenic views of Jungle and Himalayan Range.

Day 2:
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m.) which takes about 35 minutes. This day you can enjoy the views of Sisne Himal, Dudu Kundari Himal and other unnamed mountains.

Day 3:
Trek from Jumla to Patmara (2920m.) and it takes about six hours. The early part of the trails is through flat level and after some distance turn steep ascent up to Patmara. En route you pass pine forests, green hills and through picturesque villages. You find the local people exercising their distinct cultural and social practices. These villages are mostly inhabited by Chhetri and few other castes. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 4:
Trek from Patmara to Bhargaon (2690m.) which takes approximately six hours. You trek through steep ascent path for early two hours. After you cross Kharila pass (3050m.), the trails go down gently until you reach Nyawer (2670m.). This is a small village with terraces, mud roof houses and mainly inhabited by Chhetri. Now your trails go gently up crossing suspension bridge over Nyawer Khola (stream) to Bhargaon. En route you move through forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, bamboo and other local vegetation. Bhargaon is relatively a big village where there are monasteries, chorten, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Mostly people are involved in farming and they grow wheat, buck wheat, barley, and potato, maize and green vegetables.

Day 5:
Trek from Bhargaon to Pina (2380m.) and it takes about six hour. The trails you move through are gently ascent until you cross a suspension bridge. Again you trek through ascent path and reach check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Now you have to pay entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trails upto Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.) is steep ascent. Then the trails turn steep downhill all the way to Pina. En route, you can enjoy forests covered with pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo, wild animals and local birds. You are amazed to see the splendid hills, ridges and villages at some distance.

Day 6:
Trek from Pina to Gumgarhi (2580m.) which takes approximately six hours. This day you cross wooden bridge over Jhari Khola (stream) and follow mostly ascent path. At some place the trail goes downhill. On the way, you can observe musk deer, pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. You come across several villages rich in terraces, monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and people following Tibetan life style. Gumgarhi is yet another village mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Gurung and other castes.

Day 7:
Trek from Gumgarhi to Rara Lake (3060m.) and it takes about five hours. The route is mostly downhill and goes uphill for some distance. You come across villages and forests. This day you can enjoy the sight of magnificent lake which is Rara. Naturally built Rara lake is the biggest lake of Nepal. Day 8 Rest at Rara Lake. On this day trekkers can walk around the lake to see lot of wild animals, birds and beauty of nature.

Day 9:
Trek from Rara Lake to Jhari (2500m.) which takes about seven hours. To reach Jhari, you trek through steep descent path following forests, wooden bridge over Jhari Khola and villages. Jhari is a small village where you can enjoy monasteries, chortens, prayer flags and houses of Tibetan style. This is mainly inhabited by Gurung who are close to life style of Tibetan people.

Day 10:
Trek from Jhari to Bhargaon (2690m.) and it takes six hours. The route in the beginning moves downward and after some distance turns up until you cross Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.). From here the route falls down and up for a while and the route is now through quite descent path up to Bhargaon. It is also a village dominated mainly by Chhetri and few other castes. En route you pass through forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron, juniper, green hills and several villages.

Day 11:
Trek from Bhargaon to Patmara (2920m.) which takes about six hours. Leaving Bhargaon, you follow steep descent path all the way to Khari La Pass and then the route turns steep down up to Cherry (2009m.). This is a village with Tibetan style houses, apple and cherry orchard, terraces where local farmers grow wheat, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. Now the route moves through gently flat land all the way to Patmara. Patmara is a relatively big village with chortens, prayer flags, mani walls and temples dedicated to Hindi God and Goddess. People living here follow either Buddhist or Hindu religion.

Day 12:
Trek from Patmara to Jumla (2370m.) and it takes about five hours. This day you trek through steep descent path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges.

Day 13:
Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj by flight which takes about 35 minutes.

Day 14:
Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by flight 40 minutes.

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