DESTINATION: Rara Lake, West Nepal / Max. Elevation: 3450m / TREK DURATION: 16 days / TREKKING LEVEL: Moderate
TREKKING ACCOMMODATION: Tea-House Lodge / BEST TIME: March- May & October- November / STARTING POINT: Kathmandu
ENDING POINT: Kathmandu
Rara National Park is located in the mid-western high mountains of Nepal . The park is Nepal’s smallest protected area, comprising an area of 106 sq. km. There were two villages Rara and Chhapru within the park. Rara Lake, situated at an elevation of 2990 m., is the main feature of the park. The lake is an oval shaped with east-west axis, and has a maximum length of 5 km and a width of 3 km. Surrounded by magnificent conifer forests, it is Nepal’s biggest lake (10.8 sq . km) with a depth of 167 m.
Its radiant blue waters is home to the snow trout, the only fish recorded in the lake. During winter, bird lovers can enjoy many migratory birds. In summer, Himalayan flowers surround the lake creating a colorful landscape. The elevation of the park ranges from 2800 m to 4039 m. Chuchemara peak (4039 m) is the highest point in the park.
Located on the southern side of the lake, it provides an excellent backdrop to Lake Rara. The snow capped summits of Ruma Kand (3731m) and Malika Kand (3444m) located on the northern side of the lake provide beautiful views of the lake to the south, and the beautiful Mugu-Karnali River valley to the north.
Murma Peak also provides an excellent view of the park area. The lake drains to Mugu-Kamali River via NijarKhola. The majority of the vegetation in the park is dominated by blue pine. Interspersed amongst the pines, are found several species of rhododendrons.Blue pine, herbs, marshlands, and tussock grasslands inhabit the area surrounding the lake.
Summer is pleasant. However, winter is quite cold. The best time of year to visit the park is September/October and April to May. December through March, the temperatures drops to below freezing, and heavy snowfalls occur up to one meter, closing high passes.
April to June is warm but the season gives way to monsoon season-June to August.
The park is home to around 20 different species of mammals. They include Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Leopard, Jackal, Himalayan tahr, Yellow throated marten, Otter, Wild dog. Common langur. Rhesus macaque and Red panda. The park has recorded 214 species of birds. Some of the important species include coots, snow cock, and different species of pheasants, grebes, mallard, common teal, red-crested pochard and gulls. During winter, many migratory birds join the residential Gallinaceous birds.
Rara Lake / Western Himalayan range / Birding / Medicinal plants / Origin of Khas Nepali civilization
Historical Sites / Unexplored Area /
TRIP PRICE: 87USD per person perday
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 2 Trekkers
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 27 USD per day
-Accommodation at Teahouse lodge on twin sharing basis
-Two Course Vegetarian Meals (Soup and Main Course)
-A cup of Tea/ Coffee with meal
-Guide porter Insurance
-All overland transfers
PRICE NOT INCLUDED:
-Trekking Permit fees & TIMS (40 USD per person)
-All drinks & beverage
-Medical Insurance, Emergency evacuation
-Extra expenses caused by natural or political incidents beyond Samsara Trekking’s control
-Sleeping bag required for trek
-Hot Shower and other materials not mentioned
-Expense on Generosity: i.e. tipping trekking staffs (equal to 3 days wage)
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