To the turquoise lake

A journey through the hidden beauty of Karnali to a lake of magnificent beauty, turquoise waters spreading along outstanding geographical settings, Rara’s vicinity provides utmost peace and tranquility to all who venture to take this outstanding journey.

Jumla is one of the highest rice- growing areas in Nepal, located on the banks of the TilaKhola at the height of 2370 meters is where the trek commences. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ which follows the ancient salt trading route and offers glimpses of varied cultures and exquisite scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. Snow covered mountains, high alpine meadows, rocky cliffs and thick forest, several monasteries and Tibetan lifestyle along with breath taking landscape forms a routine during the journey. Rural traditional lifestyle that reflects a different cultural standing than other parts of the country lives in its purest form in many friendly habitations.

Rara Lake is among the best destinations of JumlaRara Lake trek. The trek is strenuous and  staying with the locals during the journey is a possibility. However, carrying tents is advisable along with other camping equipment. Trek to the Rara lake is undertaken from Jumla and involves days of walking along steep hills. Climbing and dropping along wavy trails includes crossing passes that takes a maximum elevation of 4,400 meters. The Raralake itself is situated at an altitude of 2,990 meters, surrounded by Rara National park and is ringed with Pine, Spruce and Juniper forests. A flight to Mugu is also possible from where the lake is a couple of hours walk. Flights however heavily depend upon weather conditions and other factors.

Another attraction in the vicinity is the Sinja valley which is famous from historical point of view as Malla kings ruled the whole region from here. The 400 years old royal Malla palace still stands in Sinja valley which is also popular for the cultivation of Brown rice and is known as the highest paddy farming region in the world.

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