Rara National Park is situated at about 32 kilometers north to Jumla. Basically, it comes under Mugu district though. Standing at an elevation of about 3000 meters, the park is smallest (106 square meter) of its category in Nepal but has the biggest lake of the nation, Rara within it. The view from the top most position Chuchemra lekh at a height of about 4050 meters is simply breath-taking.
The place is extensively covered by the Blue Pines, though other species like Black Juniper, Oak trees, Himalayan Cypress, etc. also do have their own territory. Among the distinguishing species, the place has Indian horse-chestnut, walnut making the sun rays do a lot of hard work to penetrate through.
It’s been known for the playing zones for the Himalayan black bear. Apart from this, leopards, musk deer, ghorals, forest dog, jackals, forest boars, otter, and macaque are also available in plenty number at the national park. For the musk deer, there might be very confined place available, but each of the necessary ingredients has been perfectly packed within it.
Coming to the birds, the gallinaceous birds and forest waterfowls have been attention dragging as well. In concurrence, those like coots, various kinds of grebe, mallard, merganser and gulls make the environment during winters at its very best. Talking about the native birds, there are snow cocks, various pheasants, and chukor patridge are found in thousands here.
Best time to visit
The finest recommendation for the travelers to visit Rara National Park, would be anytime from March to first weeks of April, as the most suitable temperatures of the place are experienced during these phases of summer. Winter causes snowfalls. Hence, visitors during the coolest parts of the year should not make it too late beyond December. June to August is not recommended due to rainfalls.
- Traveling around Rara Lake certainly offer the most intriguing experiences. Upon visiting during the winters you will be privileged to view those unique birds from various corners of the world.
- The flora and fauna of the place has been quite enchanting as well having eclectic range of flowers.
- View of the lake from Chuchemara peak forms a unique site perfectly accompanied by the vedants of the mountains.
- You can climb the Ruma Kand and Malika Kand peaks as well to witness the charming views of Mugu Karnali river valley.
You have to trek to Rara National Park after reaching Jumla or Surkhet from Kathmandu. From Jumla, it takes about two days of trek, and the Surkhet trek might be more than a week longer.
Have these in mind
- You, as the visitors, are not allowed to hamper any arrangement of the ecology.
- The trekkers for halting should be having enough fuel, as the use of those like kindling/wood is not allowed.
- In fact, the visitors should only halt at the specified zones within the park.
- You are not allowed to move in the absence of sunlight (post sunset)
You have to deposit the desired amounts at Bhulbhule guard post or at the park headquarter. No charges are asked for native to Nepal people.
For Indians or SAARC nationals are charged only NPR 100, whereas the foreigners are charged 1000 NPR. Those below 10 years are exempted from any fees.