Jumla Rara Lake Trek is a marvelous journey to Rara Lake, Nepal’s biggest freshwater lake. This trek takes you to the Jumla district to indulge in the remote wilderness of western Nepal. Jumla to Rara Lake is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek offers an exceptional opportunity to explore Rara national park, the country’s smallest national park, established in 1976.
Rara national park in an area of 106 km square, protects the unique flora and fauna of the Humla–Jumla Region and alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalayas. It is ideal habitat for 241 species of birds, 51 species of mammals, and 49 wetland species, including endangered animals like red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and yellow-throated marten.
Jumla Rara Lake Trek follows an off the beaten track that bestows exquisite scenery of snow-capped mountains and dramatic landscapes. The trekking route leads up the forested hillsides, high ridges, alpine meadows and pastures, forests of pine, juniper, and conifers, Trans-Himalayan valley, and picturesque villages.
Jumla Rara Lake Trek Route
The popular trek to Rara starts with a 1-hour flight to Nepaljung from Kathmandu. This flight offers you aerial views of the urban landscapes and Himalayan ranges. The next day, you will fly to Jumla. Jumla is one of the highest rice-growing areas in the world. You will rest at one of the best lodges in Jumla. At your leisure, you can explore the area and prepare for your next day.
Wake up early, enjoy light breakfast, and hit the trail to Chere Chaur. You will be walking through the forested path, rolling hills, and remote villages. After 5-6 hours, you will arrive in Chere Chaur, your resting ground for 3rd day of the trek. Leaving Chere Chaur, you will head to Chala Chaur at 2980m. The trail gradually ascends until the Jaljala pass at 3580m. Continue through a relatively straight trail until you reach Jaljala Chaur. Walk for about 2 hours, and you will reach Chere Chaur.
The trail to Sinja Valley meanders through terraced fields, pine-clad slopes, dense forest, and several settlements. Furthermore, you will explore Goru Singhe. En route to Goru Singhe, traverse Laha village, and follow the uphill trail alongside Hima River.
On the 7th day, you will reach your final destination- Rara Lake. The trail enters Rara National Park and traverses Chuchhema Danda, one of the finest viewpoints en route to Rara Lake. This viewpoint commands breathtaking views of distant Himalayan peaks and the valley below. Continue through thickly forested slopes to reach Rara Lake. Upon reaching Rara Lake, you will rest at the campsite by the shoreline.
The next day is allocated to explore Muldi Viewpoint. This viewpoint is a remarkable feature of Jumla Rara Lake trek. After breakfast, you will trek through a straight trail to Gamgadi and walk down to Pina. Cross Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3485m and walk for a few hours to reach Burma, a beautiful village in Mugu district.
Next, you will cross two suspension bridges above the Hima River and slowly descend to reach Jumla. On the way, you will have to cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691m. On the last day, you will fly to Nepaljung from Jumla and again to Kathmandu.
Jumla Rara Lake Trek Difficulty
Jumla Rara Lake Trek is an easy trek, ideal for everyone. If you are a novice trekker, looking for an amazing trek in the Himalayas of Nepal, we highly recommend this trek. If you can walk for a couple of hours, you can easily do this trek.
The highest elevation marked during the trek is 3410m. If you are concerned about trekking hours, 5-6 hours is the average trekking hours. And the 6-7 hours is the maximum trekking hours.