Huge And Beautiful lake Rara In The lap Of the Himalayas

Rara lake Nepal

The huge and beautiful Lake Rara is a unique gift of nature.

The huge and beautiful Lake Rara is a very clean and beautiful water body located in the Mugu district of Karnali state of Nepal.

Nepal’s largest and most picturesque Himalayan Lake, located in the hilly district of Nepal, gives beautiful heavenly pleasure to any traveler going there.

That is why every year, thousands of tourists from all over the world visit the lake area.

Rara Lake Nepal, Huge & Beautiful lake Rara
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Late King Mahendra of Nepal had compared Rara Lake to an angel who came from heaven to earth.

Rara Lake, also called Mahendra Lake, is spread over an area of about 11 square kilometers at an altitude of 2,990 meters above sea level, surrounded by beautiful lush green hill forests. Its maximum depth is considered to be 167 meters.

There is a footpath around this lake, which takes about 5 hours to walk around. There is a temple called Thakur Baba on the southeast corner of the lake.

According to the local people, the Thakur Deity situated there at one time shot an arrow and stopped the opening of the lake, reducing the damage caused by the flood and saving the people.

What to see in Rara

The surprising thing is that Rara Lake is considered to be the bluest water lake in the world, yet the lake shows three different colors in a day, and the background of the lake changes again and again.

There are also Malla-era stones around Rara Lake. There are tall stone pillars representing the inscriptions of the Sun and the Moon. It is believed to be a legacy of the time of the Malla kings, who ruled the region in the 12th century.

The huge and beautiful Lake Rara is located in Rara National Park, which is counted as one of the most amazing parks in Nepal. The view of snow-covered mountain peaks seen here reflects the unique beauty of Rara Lake.

A unique view of Mount Saipal can be seen from here, apart from other snow-covered Himalayas, Dhaulagiri, Dolpo, Kanjirova, and Tibetan Himalayas, which can also be seen from a distance when the weather opens.

Rara National Park

Rara National Park is home to forests of blue cedar, black juniper, oak, cypress, and rhododendron trees. These forests are also home to the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, leopard, goral, Thar, and red panda.

These forests are also a favorite habitat for colorful birds and butterflies. Two hundred fourteen species of birds and more than 500 types of flowers and herbs are found here, which also includes the national bird of Nepal, Dafey.

Huge & Beautiful lake Rara
Rara Lake, Nepal U5A9689-Pano” by Nrik Kiran is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

During the winter months, you can also catch a glimpse of migratory birds coming from different countries of the world, as this Park is also a hilly wetland area.

Similarly, during the summer months, Himalayan flowers bloom around the lake and create a unique landscape.

After the area was declared a national park in 1976, residents of the area were resettled elsewhere. Therefore, the Rara Lake trekking route is one of the most peaceful places in Nepal. Sometimes, there is no one else here except the guard soldiers.

Therefore, this place can be the best choice for those who want to enjoy the secluded nature of the world or a sheltered spot away from the urban noise.

As you go through Rara trekking, you will cross some interesting villages like Gorusingha, Sija, and Jaljala and finally end the trek at the peaceful destination of Rara Lake.

On this trip, you will also be able to experience the many unique local Karnali art cultures and lifestyles, which feel very different from the rest of Nepal.

For all these reasons, the Rara Lake excursion is a great destination to enjoy the secluded and peaceful mountain beauty of Nepal as well as see the wildlife.

a couple of people that are standing near a lake,
Photo by Ashok Acharya on Unsplash

Best Travel Season

The best time to visit this lake is September/October and April to May. From December to March, there is freezing and heavy snowfall.

Please note: If you go trekking to Rara Lake, it may take anywhere from 6 days to two weeks, depending on your pace. During this time, many villages may not have luxurious facilities for food, hotels, and accommodation for tourists. Despite this, you will not have to go hungry and get basic services.

How to reach Rara?

Although the lake is not connected to the national road network, there are three main options to reach Rara Lake. These are:


By air, to reach Rara Lake, the nearest airport is Talcha Airport in Mugu district or Jumla Airport located in Jumla district as there is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Mugu.

To go by air, you will have to get down from Kathmandu at Nepalgunj or Surkhet and leave for Talcha Airport again.

Rara Lake is mainly located near Talcha Airport, which is located only 4 kilometers east of the airport Rara Lake area. Nepal Airlines Corporation, Sita Air, Summit Air, and Tara Air operate regular flights from Nepalgunj Airport to Talcha Airport and Jumla Airport.
It takes only three hours to reach Rara Lake by foot from Talcha Airport.

Road route

Surkhet Valley City is situated beside the hill road, the Kohalpur to Karnali Highway. Public buses run from Surkhet city to Gamgarhi, the headquarters of Mugu district, to reach Rara.

Another option can also be reached by road from Karnali Highway via Manma in Kalikot and Barki in Jumla. You can reach Rara after walking for about 3 hours from Badki.

However, roads may not be paved everywhere, so road travel may be difficult, or there may be some obstacles on the way due to landslides.

Walkway (Trekking)

It takes four days to reach Rara from Kathmandu via the Karnali highway and three days by trekking from the nearby town of Jumla.

There are two routes from Nepalganj to the lake; one is the salt transport route to Humla, and the other can be reached through the Dolpo area by following various trekking routes. A walking route can be determined in multiple ways.

But remember, if you don’t know about all the places, then go on a walk with a guide or in a group with a knowledgeable friend.

Happy Journey !!!

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