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Trek around Rara Lake

Rara Lake, also known as Mahendra Daha, lies in Mugu district in the remote far northwest of Nepal and falls under Rara National Park. It is the biggest lake of Nepal, covering 10.8 square kilometres at an altitude of 2990m. It is surrounded by verdant alpine meadows and steep densely forested ridges abundant with wildlife. The lake is stunningly beautiful, with unbelievable tranquility.  
Our trek starts from Jumla, the largest upland hill town in the west Nepal. The trail is very much "off the beaten path" affording glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those in the rest of the country. Climbing gradually through forests of mixed oak, conifer, pine, broad-leafed chestnut, white birch and rhododendron, we cross the lush alpine meadows with herds of sheep and goats. An outstanding snowcapped panorama of Dolpa and Tibetan mountains overshadows the scene across the deep clear waters of the lake. The National park consists of Himalayan black bear, leopard, Black Panther, Thar, musk deer, red panda, goral, wild boar, rhesus and languor monkeys and numerous species of birds. The final four days of the trek offers superb views over Mugu, the southern mountains of Humla and the border ranges of Tibet. Chuchemara Danda (4087m) is the best vantage point to get stunning views of the lake and the thickly forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks around it. The trail further takes us through grassy alpine pastures and remote villages, before descending steeply off the second pass back to Jumla. From here we fly back to Kathmandu / Pokhara via Nepalgunj.
Duration from Pokhara / Kathmandu: 10 days          
Mode of Trekking: Wilderness camping                   
Grade: Challenging 
Day 1:   Pokhara or Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by bus/air
Day 2:   Nepalgunj to Jumla by air
Day 3:   Jumla to Daphne Lagna
Day 4:   Danphe Lagna, Tokhali Lagna pass and to Bhulbhule.
Day 5:   Bhulbhule to Rara Lake
Day 6:   Excursion around Rara Lake and rest
Day 7:   Rara Lake to Bota via Chuchemara Danda
Day 8:   Bota to Mashadhani
Day 9:   Mashadhani to Jumla airport
Day 10: Jumla to Nepalganj by air and to Kathmandu or Pokhara by bus/air