Rara Lake is situated about 370 km. north-west of Kathmandu, and is Nepal's smallest and most scenic national park. The park was established in 1976 and protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems of the Himalaya. The centerpiece is the pristine Rara Lake also known as Mahendra Tal, the biggest lake in Nepal. The lake is surrounded by richly forested hills of juniper, spruce and pine with snow-capped Himalyan peaks in the background. The trek to Rara Lake passes through Jumla and Mugu districts, two of the most remote and poorest districts in Nepal. The region is predominately Hindu with Tibetans comprising a small percentage of the population. Most of the homes in the area are Tibetan style although the people are mostly Chhetri and Dalit (Hindu caste). The Chhetris of the area have developed an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions. The route is very much "off the beaten track" and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from that in the rest of Nepal.
You can make this trek Fly to Nepalgunj (200m) simikot,Fly to Nepalgunj (200m) to Humla orFly to Nepalgunj (200m) to Jumla.
Trekking duration: 15 Days to 18 days
Starting from: Nepalgunj
Ending at: Nepalgunj
Grade: Easy Moderate
Highest access of the trek: 3710m
Culture: Mixture of different ethnic groups, Magar and Gurung at lower and Tibetan origin at higher
Mode of trekking tour: only Camping
Itinerary of Rara Lake
Day 01: Arrive In Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day In Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Day 04: Nepalgunj – Jumla – Padmara
Day 05: Padmara – Bumra
Day 06: Gumra – Pine
Day 07: Pine – Rara Lake
Day 08: Rara Lake
Day 09: Rara Lake – Ghorasain
Day 10: Ghorasain – Sinja
Day 11: Sinja – Chere Chaur
Day 12: Chere Chaur – Jumla
Day 13: Jumla – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu by flight
Day 14: Rest kathmandu
Day 15: Back to onward destination.
1)Highest point: 4300m
2)Trail grade: Strenuous
3)Total duration: 33 Days
Itinerary in details
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: A full day sightseeing within the Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj, (200m)
Day 04: Fly to Simikot, (2950m)
Day 05: Simikot to Gagru, (2650m)
Day 06: Gagru to Gatya Khola, (2800m)
Day 07: Gatya Khola to Pangkha, (2800m) (Via Margo La pass, 4300m)
Day 08: Pangkha to Puma Lekh, (2800m)
Day 09: Puma Lekh to Melchham (2800m)
Day 10: Melchham to Darma, (2550m)
Day 11: Darma to Changkheli (3800m)
Day 12: Changkheli to Banwa (2500m)
Day 13: Banwa to Rara, (2980m)
Day 14: Explore Rara Lake
Day 15: Rara Lake to Talcha Airport, (2800m)
Day 16: Fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj (200m)
Day 18: Fly to Jumla (2240m)-Jumla to Uthagaon (2530m)
Day 19: Uthagaon to Burma (2580m)
Day 20: Burma to Chautha (2770m)
Day 21: Chautha to Rara lake (2980m)
Day 22 to 23: Rara Lake explore)
Day 24:.Rara Lake to Banwa, 6 hrs.
Day 25: Banwa village to After Changkheli pass, 7 hrs.
Day 26: Changkheli to Darma village, 7 hrs.
Day 27: Dharma village to Melchham village, 6 hrs.
Day 28:.Melchham village to Puma Lekh, 5 hrs.
Day 29: Puma Lekh to Pangkha, 4 hrs.
Day 30: Pangkha to Gatya Khola, 7 hrs.
Day 31: Gatya Khola to Bargaun, 6 hrs.
Day 32. Bargaun to Simikot, 3 hrs.
Day 33: Fly Simikot to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu.
The trek from Simikot (Humla) to Rara (Mugu) which I completed in October 2005 was the trip of a lifetime. Depending on one's walking speed, it takes anywhere.