Jumla is a trans-Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with forests and alpine pastures. Jumla town (2,340 m) is located in a delightful valley and the villages nearby have many archaeological monuments dating back to medieval times. Rara is a protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal and was established in 1976. Covering an area of 106 km square in the Mugu and Jumla districts, it is the country’s smallest national park. Its main feature is Rara Lake at an altitude of 2,990 m. 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, which is the largest lake in Nepal with a surface of 10.8 km square and a maximum depth of 167 m. It is oval-shaped with an east-west axis, a length of 5 km and a width of 3 km draining into the Mugu-Karnali River via Nijar Khola.
7. The park has recorded 214 species of birds. Some of the important species include coots, snow cock, and different species of pheasants, grebes, mallard, common teal, red-crested pochard and gulls. During winter, many migratory birds join the residential Gallinaceous birds.
4. By road from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj will take 12 to 14 hours.