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 has Nepal’s biggest lake with a surface of 10.8 km2. Located at an elevation of 2999 m, it might be the lake with the most beautiful scenary in Nepal. The National Park protects diverse vegetation that is representative for the central Himalayas. Surrounded by blue pines, oaks, rhododendron, black juniper, West Himalayan spruce and Himalayan cypress, it is a remarkable natural experience! The lake is home to three species of snow trout, two endemic in Nepal and one existing only in Rara. The red panda and the Himalayan black bear can also be found in the surrounding forests. In winter, the lake is an important staging point for migratory birds, which makes it crucial for the ecosystem of the whole region.