Jumla Rara Lake Trek lies towards the western part of the country and it is protected by Rara National Park, the smallest national park of Nepal, covering area of 106 sq km. This Jumla- Rara Lake trekking through this remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters.
Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park.
This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is ‘off the beaten track’ which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters when hiking on the way back.
This flight offers you enchanting aerial views of the jungles and Himalayan Range. Stay overnight at lodge.
This day you can enjoy the views of Sisne Himal, Dudu Kundari Himal and other unnamed mountains.
The early part of the trail is flat and after some distance begins a steep ascent to Patmara. En route you pass pine forests, green hills and through picturesque villages. 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 the Buddhist or Hindu religion.
You trek along a steeply ascending path for early two hours. After you cross Kharila pass (3050m.), the trails go down gently until you reach Nyawer (2670m.) village. Bhargaon is relatively a big village where there are monasteries, chorten, and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.
The trails you move through gently ascend until you cross a suspension bridge. Again you trek along an ascending path until reaching the check point of Rara National Park at Bhulbule (3130m.). Here you have to pay an entrance fee in order to get inside the National Park. The trail to Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.) is a steep ascent before turning steeply downhill all the way to Pina.
This day you cross a wooden bridge over Jhari Khola (stream) and follow a mostly ascending path. At some places the trail goes downhill. On the way, you can observe musk deer and pheasant in forests covered with pine, juniper, oak, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. Gumgarhi is yet another village mostly inhabited by Sherpa, Gurung and other castes.
The route is mostly downhill but goes uphill for some distance. You come across villages and forests. This day you can enjoy the sight of the magnificent lake which is Rara. Naturally built, Rara Lake is the biggest lake of Nepal.
On this day you can walk around the lake to see the wild animals, birds and beauty of nature.
To reach Jhari, you trek on a steeply descending path following forests and a wooden bridge over the Jhari Khola and villages. Jhari is a small village where mainly inhabited by Gurung who are close to life style of Tibetan people.
The route in the beginning moves downward and after some distance turns up until you cross Ghurchi La Pass (3460m.). From here the route travels up and down for a while before descending to Bhargaon.
Leaving Bhargaon, you follow a steeply descending path all the way to Khari La Pass and then the route turns steeply down to Cherry (2009m.). The route then moves through gentle flat land all the way to Patmara.
This day you trek through a steeply descending path all the way to Jumla passing splendid views of green hill, forests, villages and ridges.