Rara Lake is Nepal’s largest freshwater lake located in the far west corner in the Mugu district. Rara in the far northwestern part of Nepal is the smallest national park in the country, while Rara Lake is Nepal’s biggest lake. The lake is 167m deep at some places and drains into the rivers Mugu Karnali via Nijar Khola. Chuchemara Hill at 4,087m is the best vantage point to enjoy magnificent views of the deep blue lake, the forested hillsides and the snow-capped peaks . Although off the beaten path it is accessible by several modes of transportation with options to fit every time table and trekking desires. Rara Lake at 2,990m, is the bigest lake in Nepal and also one of the most pristine. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, covered in juniper trees, one can camp by the sparkling waters of the lake. Go boating in the clear waters, hike to nearby hills for a closer view of the mountains and lake, get acquainted with the charming local people, or just walk around the large lake watching out for wild flowers or a rare bird along the way.
The journey begins with a flight or Jeep from Nepalgunj to Jumla, from where it is a 2-3 days hike or drive to reach Rara Lake. Jumla is known for its fine apples and walking through these orchards can be an interesting experience. The best time to visit the Rara lake is in the spring, summer and autumn. As more people are now visiting the park, tourist services and infrastructure have developed over the years. However, for a great experience, it is still advisable to be self-sufficient if you are traveling alone. Lake Rara is also a popular place for visit for Nepalis.
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj -Mugu(Talcha) Rara by flight
Rara and Around
Hike to Murma top(2 hour)
Rara-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu by flight