Rara National Park, Nepal: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Rara National Park is a protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal. It was established in 1976 and it covers an area of 106 square kilometers in the Mugu and Jumla districts. It is the country’s smallest national park, yet it contains Nepal’s biggest lake with a surface of 10.8 square kilometers which is the Rara Lake. The park was established to protect the unique flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla Region of Nepal. The park ranges in elevation from 2,800 m to 4, 039 m at Chuchemara Peak on the southern side of Rara Lake. On the northern side, the peaks of Ruma Kand and Malika Kand frame the alpine freshwater lake. The park is managed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and protected with the assistance of the Nepal Army. The park contains mainly coniferous forest and the area around the lake is dominated by blue pine up to 3200 m. Other species are Rhododendron, black juniper, west Himalayan spruce, oak and Himalayan cypress. A small portion of the park is an ideal habitat for musk deer, Himalayan black deer, leopard, wild dog, wild boar and many more. The park is home to 51 species of mammals, 241 species of birds, two species of reptiles and amphibians, and three species of fish. The climate of the park is pleasant during the summer but becomes very cold during the winter because of the altitude. The best times to visit the park are in September, October, April and May. From June to August is monsoon season.