Rara Lake Trekking is a fascinating journey along the wild and remote Karnali region up to the mesmerizing Rara Lake. Only a few trekkers take this route, making it an unexplored and less frequented trail. The largest lake in Nepal, Rara, has mesmerized many with its serenity and turquoise beauty. Rara National Park has rich wildlife preservation like musk deer, tahr, leopards, rare red panda, Ghorals, et cetera. The area is also ideal for bird watching as migratory birds reach here during November and April. The valleys of Sinja and Jumla are equally worthwhile for their cultural significance.
We fly to Jumla from Nepalgunj, where the trek begins. Jumla valley is the highest place for paddy cultivation on earth, and the town is the administrative headquarter of Karnali. The hike to DanpheLagna, Chautha, Dhotu, and Rara Lake sees wavy trails crossing rivers and climbing to hilltops along the rugged terrains vegetated with conifers. Rara, the turquoise lake, is a mesmerizing sight, even better from viewpoints around the lake. A round trip of Rara takes around eight hours. We rest here the next day as well and explore the place. Taking the route along with the lake’s outlet, we descend to and pass a stream below the Murma hill on a log bridge, the trail sees a lot of ups and downs, and after a steep ascent, we reach Ghorasain, where we stay overnight. The next day’s trail is interesting as the gain in altitude gives an exotic view, and then we descend to the valley of Sinja. The trek from here to Jumla through JajalChaur is less strenuous, although the trail takes several ups and downs. From Jumla, we take a flight to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu to mark the journey's end.