Rara National Park lies in Mugu and Jumla districts which can be reached by bus and by plane. There are buses from Nepalgunj to Jumla (16h). Regular flights from Nepalgunj are operated to Jumla and Talcha Airport. From Jumla, it is a two day trek the National Park, while from Talcha it is only a few hours walk.
Rara is the smallest National Park in Nepal, yet it contains Nepal’s biggest lake with a surface of 10.8km2. Located at an elevation of 2999m, it might also be the scenically most beautiful lake. The National Park protects diverse vegetation that is representative of the central Himalaya. You will be surrounded by blue pine, oak, rhododendron, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce, and Himalayan cypress. The lake is home to three species of snow trout, two endemic to Nepal and one existing only in Rara. Red panda and the Himalayan black bear are also found in the surrounding forests. In winter, the lake is an important staging point for migratory birds which makes it an indispensible for the ecosystem of the whole region.