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Rara Mugu and Jumla area trekking

The number of people who visited Jumla, Rara and Mugu area was just 170 in 2010 whereas more than 230 bird species visit this pristine area every year.  This data shows how much isolated and remote this area is. The natural beauty and cultural uniqness is still unexplored in this part of Nepal. The Rara Lake can be reach in 3 hours of walk three hours walk from an airstrip but still the number of visitors is not significant. This is one of the most beautiful area no matter what your interest are (This area is best for trekking, camping, Bird watching etc). The Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal situated inside the smallest national park of the same name i.e. Rara national park.

1070 species of fauna including the Rhododendron, fir, brown oak, and birch species are found in this sub-alpine region. 51 species of mammals, 241 species of birds, two species of reptiles and amphibians, and three species of fish have been recorded from the park including Musk deer, Red Panda, Snow leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Leopard, Jackal, Himalayan Tahr, Yellow-throated Marten, Otter, Dhole, Gray langur, Rhesus Macaque. Among the bird species majority of them are wetland birds and the species found here include Great-crested and Black-necked grebes, Red-crested Pochards, Mallard, Common Teal (Anas crecca), and Common Merganser are common. Other birds seen often include the Himalayan Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Kalij Pheasant and Blood Pheasant.

The accommodation in this region is not so good so most of the trekking is operated by doing camping most of the time. Usually the journey starts after flying or driving from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj after which we take a connecting flight to Jumla or Kolti the same day or next day. After 3 days of walk from the airport we reach the park office. Alternatively, visitors can travel from Nepalgunj to Surkhet, where it is a ten-day trek to the park. The lake has not received over 200 tourists in any year so if you are looking for a less crowded trekking trail this area can be the ideal. Experienced trekkers can visit the national park via any of these routes, and Rara National Park is an interesting destination for many interested in seeing various flora, fauna, and scenery unique to the area.

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