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Rara National Park

Rara National Park

Rara in the far northwestern part of Nepal is the smallest National park, while the rare lake is the biggest lake in the country. The lake is 167M dep at some places and drains into the rivers Mugu Karnali via Nijar Khola. Chuchemara Hill at 4087 is the best vantage point to get the magnificent views of the deep blue clear lake and the forested hillsides, as well as the snow, capped peaks around it.

The park is surrounded by alpine coniferous vegetation and offered a representative sample of the region's flora and fauna. More than 500 different kinds of flowers, 20 different species of mammals and 214 species of birds can be observed at Rara National Park. As far water life in the lake, the snow trout is the fish variety recorded so far. The rich vegetation of the park is home 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 coots, great crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red-crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganser, and gulls. Migrant waterfowls and gallinaceous birds can also be seen during certain seasons.

The easiest means to reach Rara is to take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla, from where your destination 2-3 days walk away. You could take the jeep or four-wheel vehicle up to Rara lake base camp on off road way with exploring the natural beauty of the place. You could also start this refreshing trek in the hilly village of Jumla where apple orchards stretch ours over the hills. The trail leads through the remote countryside toward the Tibetan border. A journey into the jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake is probably one of the most rewarding the fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range given its un- spoilt splendour of nature. The best time to visit is autumn, spring, and summer.