Rara Lake – Everything You Need To Know About Biggest Lake (Tal) of Nepal With Photos


Rara lake:- Find here beautiful things to see in Rara Lake of Nepal. As we all know that Rara lake is the biggest lake in Nepal. It lies in Mugu district, the western region of Nepal.

We have added some inspiring and beautiful scenes for making attractive views. Rara Lake / Rara Tal / Mahendra Tal, popularly known as the “biggest lake of Nepal”, is a beautiful lake in Nepal for different reasons, occurring located in Mugu district.

For Visitors, Rara is one of the most important tourist destinations of South Asia. Rara lakes are in Rara national parks. Rara lake is one of the peaceful place but far from Kathmandu Nepal. It is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal. Thousands of visitor go there having beautiful views of Rara Tal.

Rara Lake is located in the extreme northwest of Nepal. The lake is beautiful and peaceful. The region around Jumla and Lake Rara are still relatively unexplored. The trek begins in Jumla, the largest city in the highlands of Western Nepal.

Rara is the largest lake in Nepal and lies at an altitude of 2990 m. An impressive snow-capped panorama of Dolpo and the Tibetan mountains overshadows the scene through the deep crystal clear waters of the lake. National Park consists of the Himalayan black bear, leopard, black panther, musk deer, red panda, wild boar, rhesus monkeys and flabby and numerous bird species.

The last four days of the trek offer a magnificent view of Mugu, the southern mountains of Humla and the Tibetan border regions. The path leads us through grassy alpine pastures and remote villages before we abruptly descend from the second pass to Jumla.

From here we fly via Nepalgunj back to Kathmandu. Here you can find unsurpassed views of Rara lake and mountain scenery, to see the possibility of wildlife, such as deer and musk black bear, ruins of the former palace of the dynasty Malla.


The Rara National Park, the smallest national park in Nepal and the largest lake (108 km2) at an altitude of 2980 meters. The lake plays an important role in the landscape, as do the snow-capped peaks such as the Chuchemare peak, Ruman Kand and Malika Kand. The Rara National Park has an alpine climate with very cold winters from December to March.

The temperatures are mostly below zero degrees Celsius and there are heavy snowfalls that block the high passes. From April to June the temperature rises and the high passes become accessible again until monsoon starts operating from June to August. September and October offer excellent weather for visiting the Rara national park. In this region, the Nepalese language is said to have originated.

When you are there, you will find one of the most untouched Rara lakes. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, covered with juniper bushes, you can camp on the crystal clear waters of the lake.

Take a boat trip through the clear waters, walk to the nearby hills closer to the mountains and see the lake, meet the beautiful locals or walk around the big lake on the road, watching the wildflowers or a rare bird , The park is surrounded by alpine coniferous vegetation and provides a representative example of the flora and fauna of the region.

In the Rara National Park, you can see more than 500 different flower species, 20 different mammal species, and 214 bird species. As far as life on the lake is concerned, the snow trout is one of the previously registered fish species.

The park’s rich vegetation supports a variety of species such as red panda endangered, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, leopards, jackals, Himalayan Thar, the martin yellow neck, the wild dog, the wild boar, the common langur, the rhesus monkey, and the common otter.

In winter there are countless parks in varieties of birds such as Coots, Great Crested Grebes, Black-necked Grebes, Pochard Red Hood, Mallards, Teal, Sawyer, and Seagulls. At certain seasons migratory waterbirds and Gallinaceae birds can also be observed. Rara in the extreme northwest of Nepal is the country’s smallest national park, while Rara Lake is Nepal’s largest lake.

The lake has in some places a depth of 167 m and flows through Nijar Khola in the rivers Mugu Karnali. The Chuchemara Hill at 4,087 m is the best vantage point to enjoy the magnificent views of the deep blue lake, the wooded slopes and the snow-capped peaks that surround it. Rarely it is small, but it still hosts 11 ecosystems, ranging from subalpine to temperate forests.

The vegetation consists of 69 vascular plants and trees such as pine chirch, Nepali alder, walnuts, oaks, cypresses, firs, blue pines, and rhododendrons. The Rara national park also houses 51 mammal species and 241 bird species. Mammals include musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan raptor, Marta yellow neck, otter, wild dog, common langur, rhesus monkey, and red panda.

Among the bird species are the snow catcher, the chochas, the grebes, the wild duck, the teal, the pochard, and the seagulls. In addition, the Rara National Park hosts three of the six endemic fish species: Schizothorax Macrophthalmus, Schizothorax Nepalensis, and Schizothorax Raraensis. The reference point of the Rara According to the study, the Rara National Park is an important habitat for the endangered red panda.

In 1979, three endemic snow trout are collected at Rara Lake and described as new; the snow trout of Nepal, the snow trout of Rara and the endemic frog. The oval lake has a maximum depth of 167 meters and is home to the endemic snow trout.

A circular route around the lake and a navigation system were developed for the visitors. The various temples and sanctuaries in the park and its buffer zone are also of interest to visitors. The National Park of Rara is ideal for hikers, birdwatchers and nature lovers.

The Rara Lake is also known as “The Queens of the Lake” which is the main feature of the Rara National Park. Lake Rara was declared a Ramsar site in September 2007 and covers 1,583 hectares (6.11 square miles), including the surrounding area.

A Ramsar site is a wetland classified as internationally significant under the Ramsar Convention. The park was founded in 1976 with the aim of preserving the beauty of the lake and protecting it from sedimentation and human activity. It is not only the destination of foreigners but also the favorite place of internal tourists. There is no settlement within the Rara National Park, with the exception of the army camp.

Hills and mountains surround Rara Lake. The hill of Chuchemara is the best place to see the impressive Rara Lake, the lush forest that surrounds it, and the top of the snow-capped mountain that rises to the horizon. The districts of Jumla and Mugu are located in a remote area and have fewer inhabitants than other districts.

The Thakur group is a dominant group in the community. The Baba Temple of Thakur is located at the southeast corner of the lake. Locals believe that Thakur has fired an arrow at God to open the passage of the lake and reduce the damage caused by the flood. The main occupation in this place is agriculture, and they also sell goats and medicinal herbs to make a living.

Tourists visiting the area have access to places like Murma, Jhayari, Talcha, and Mathitum, which are located in the buffer zone of the National Park. According to Prithvi Lam Nepali, the official representative of the park, visitors can enjoy bonfires, regional cuisine as well as sightseeing and boat trips on the lake. The locals in the area have begun to breed horses to transport tourists and earn extra income.

Nepal is a country of such diversity, especially geographically. Another part of the country and was blinded and amazed at a completely different environment, one of serenity and soft pine forests, wild horses everywhere and a beautiful pristine virgin lake.


This is the Rara lake. It is located at the western end of Nepal, near the Tibetan border, in the district of Jumla and Mugu. This is not a place where you can find electricity like in Everest, Annapurna or Kanchenjunga regions. This is a place of calm and peaceful energy, a place to relax and think, to sit in a hammock and read a book or write a diary.

A place for braking far from the virtual world. It took more or less one day to realize that Rara Lake is special because of this natural and untouched virgin energy. After an exciting edge of the cliff, two days by jeep on the lake along Karnali Road, Rara was a bit of a dream.

Rara lake trek,

The trail leads through the remote field towards the Tibetan border. A trip to the Jumla region and the beautiful Rara Lake is probably one of the most fascinating Himalayan excursions, without being disturbed by a multitude of hikers, as found on other trails.

The easiest way to get to Rara is to fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla, where your destination is 2-3 days away on foot. You can also begin this refreshing hike in the mountain village of Jumla, where the apple trees stretch over the hills.

The best time to visit the park is in spring, summer, and autumn. The more people visit the park, the better the tourism services and infrastructure have developed over the years. Nevertheless, for a great experience, it is advisable to take care of yourself when traveling alone. Rara Lake is also a popular pilgrimage destination for Nepalis.

It is located at the western end of Nepal in the districts of Jumla and Mugu. It is a beautiful and quiet place to be seen. The right season makes the difference. The last Nepalese year (2075 BS) was declared “Karnali Rara Tourism Year” by the Nepalese government.

This is part of greater efforts to increase tourism in the western part of the country, an area still far from the beaten track. This wonderful journey begins with a scenic flight into the warm tropics of the city of Nepalgunj in the extreme southwest of Nepal.

Afterward, we take another scenic flight to Jumla, where our trek begins to Rara Lake. The path leads through interesting villages of the Hindu Thakuri Malla and tribes of Tibetan influence with rich traditions and ancient customs. The road leads with incredible views of snow-capped mountains. Rara Lake is 3.2 km long and 167 m deep.

The lake has been extended by a total of 10.8 km. Since it is located in a remote location, the access to the lake is a bit long. Driving through Jumla or the hike is a long way.

After a pleasant trekking in Rara Lake with the time to admire its spectacular landscapes and the nature with views of the distant mountains, people return after a pleasant moment around the Rara Lake to Jumla Pina 2.580 m, Jhyari, Chauta 2.770 m above Ghurchi Lagna, pass 3,460 m, the highest point of the journey, and then descend via Tharamara to Jumla.

3,270 m high ridge for the return flight to Kathmandu through Nepalgunj after a fascinating and wonderful time at Rara Lake with great service. and organizing Nepal Base Camp Trek. During a hike to Rara Lake, you will notice these peculiarities of Rara Lake.

• Mugu is one of the most remote areas of Nepal and is relatively under-researched by foreign travelers and is even mysterious to Nepalese

• Mugu was part of the former Malla Kingdom of the Karnali River Basin

• A fascinating blend of religious practices with Buddhist and Hindu practices borrowed from shamanism and the old Bonpo religion.

• The majority of Mugu is in the shadow of the rain of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal (Range) and is very dry. It is the least developed district of Nepal.

• Lake Rara, with a circumference of about 13 km, is the largest lake in Nepal. It is the home of the otters and fish that feed them, and an important resting place for migratory waterfowl.

Many different wild herbs are being used in mugu as traditional herbal medicine such as Caterpillar Fungi ‘(yachargumba) in the treatment of amoebic dysentery, including the Chyau guchi, which has an anticonvulsant effect, that it is used as a tonic, Satuwa Poison antidote and Bhutkesh, Kutki and Keshar.

Beautiful views of Rara Tal lake Mugu Nepal
Beautiful views of Rara Tal lake Mugu, Nepal

How to reach Rara lake

Rara Lake is one of the most famous tourist destinations with the hidden treasure route of Nepal. Jumla is a gateway to the Karnali region. There are several ways to get there. Let’s talk about each option.

  1. The easiest option – Flight to Rara Lake.

By plane: – The plane is the means of transport to visit Lake Rara. The distance from the road from Kathmandu to Jumla is 819 km. You have to take the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jumla.

Jumla is served by Talcha Airport, 4 km east of the lake. Only Nepal Airlines and Tara Airlines make the flight to Jumla. The flight time from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is 1 hour and from Nepalgunj to Jumla for about 20 minutes. There is no other flight from Kathmandu to Jumla. You can take a flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha airport or a flight from Surkhet airport to Talcha.

Helicopters: – Rara Lake Helicopter Tour is a dream trip to heaven on earth. Rara Lake is known as the Queen of the Lakes. It is beautifully situated at 2990 meters above sea level in western Nepal and is surrounded by the Rara national park.

In a single day, you can take a helicopter to explore this largest lake in Nepal, surrounded by huge white peaks and surrounded by pine forests. Nepal Kameleon Holidays will organize a helicopter flight to Rara Lake in due course. The cost of the trip becomes a mini schedule affair as you fly to the Rara Lake and see the majestic views that reward Mother Earth.

Designed for travelers with tight schedules, this trip still enjoys one of the best travel destinations in the world. In addition, we perform the Rara Lake Honeymoon Tour and Rara Lake Photography Trek.


  1. The second-easiest option: jeep or private vehicle to Rara Lake.

By jeep: You can take a jeep to Rara Lake. Yes, you read it correctly. However, as these are not indigenous products, you may need to reserve them from Nepalgunj, Surkhet or Jumla. But the jeep takes you very close to the lake, you have to walk about 20 to 25 minutes and you will be at the lake.

Another way to get there is by jeep or bus across the Karnali Highway, the most dangerous road in Nepal. The drive from Kathmandu to Surket to Kalilot to Ghamghadi takes about 20 to 22 hours from Kathmandu to Jumla.

By Bus: From Kathmandu to Neplajung: The journey takes between 16 and 20 hours. You can take a bus to Jumla. If I remember correctly, you can take a bus that goes directly from Kathmandu to Jumla and costs 2700 NRs.

Or you can take a bus to Surkhet, which costs between 1200 and 1400 NRs, depending on how much you can bargain. From Surkhet to Jumla you can take a bus, a bus ride through one of the most dangerous roads in Nepal (or a jeep).

By bike: You can ride a bike. The bike ride to Rara Lake is too risky due to the wrong road and road transport. The next possibility is by bike from Kathmandu to Kolhapur (500 km), which is located in the district Banke, and then from Kohalpur to Manma (250 km). The road leads through ups and downs in hills and narrow terrain. And go from Manma.

3) The third easiest or the hard but proper way to go to Rara lake option- Trek!

The most impressive way to enjoy untouched Karnali is to walk through the incredible landscape, blended with the unique and authentic culture of the West. You can get off in Jumla or get off early in Gothijyula and walk from there. It’s a full day from Gothijyula to Rara.

But if you decide to go to Jumla instead, it can take a day and a half. My suggestion would be to take one of these routes at least once, Jumla Bazaar is a must if you go to Rara Lake. It’s one of the best head offices in Nepal you can be too, and it’s just fun.

The most impressive way to enjoy untouched Karnali is to walk through the incredible landscape, blended with the unique and authentic culture of the West. The walk from Jumla Airport to Rara Lake takes 2-3 hours. To rara lake, there are 2 to 3 routes. Upon arrival in Jumla, your journey begins from Jumla via Chere Chaur to Chalachaur.

Then it goes in the direction of Sinja Valley to Ghorosingha. As you walk through these places, you can see natural beauty, the mountains, and hills and the traditional life of the locals.

Once again, the Ghorosingha Trail explores Rara Lake, which is finally surrounded by panoramic views. To return to Jumla, you have another route. It is moved from Rara Lake to Pina to Burma and from Burma to Jumla.

Then you have to take a flight to Kathmandu. As he heads Manma to Mugu (Talcha airport, 150 km) after crossing a military checkpoint in Bulbuley, you will find a new ice field. Then it will move to Rarasee Rara Lake and back to Nagma (120 km) to Surkhet to Jumla (270 km) and Surkhet to Kohalpur (220 km) to Butwal (230 km) and Butwal to Kathmandu.

clean water in Rara Tal lake Nepal
clean water in Rara Tal lake Nepal

About the climate of Rara Lake

The climate of Rara Lake is quite pleasant during the summer season, but it is too cold during the winter season. September or October and April to May are the best time to visit rara lake. During the monsoon season from June to August, rain makes hiking difficult. In the winter season, the temperature drops to the freezing point ps, which causes heavy snowfall and blocks the way.

How much does Rara Lake Trek cost?

The total cost of travel will be 12-15000, depending on how much you spend, and the group, since a decent group has to minimize the cost of living. It’s not that Jumla or any other place where you spend the night will be so expensive.

Rara Tal lake Mugu Nepal Images biggest lake
Rara Tal

What about accommodation at Rara Lake?

There is a lakeside hotel, the Red Panda, the hotel is big enough to accommodate a lot of people (well, not much, but not bad), but tents have other options to adjust. I was there in the new year and it was awesome, but I still got a room.

But just in case it’s better to prepare for it by calling ahead. Otherwise, you can walk to the nearest town south of the lake, where you can get family houses. The accommodation on the way to Rara Lake is pretty easy. You will have clean, basic rooms with basic needs. Most of the rooms can be shared in a double room.

Due to the limited accommodation options, you should bring a tent and sleeping bags. You will also find basic food and drinks on this trip. This usually includes the basic ingredients of Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, noodles, potatoes (fried, cooked). For drinks, you get bottled water, hot water, tea. Some of the guesthouses or teahouses also offer coffee and other soft drinks.

The accommodations are also readily available and varied. Nepalgunj is a large industrial city and a center for pilgrims traveling to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake in Tibet. It is also a city on the border with India. Hotels and B & Bs are priced from $ 10 to $ 65.

You can stay at the beautiful hotel and enjoy Sneha, midrange rates, a pool, a restaurant, and a casino. You can search on booking.com or trip advisor for cost and availability. As soon as you leave Nepalgunj, the guesthouses are simpler but decent. In Kalikot I paid 6 USD for a room. The Dal Bhat was good, and of course, as in all parts of Nepal, you could buy beer.

You will find the only two guest houses, once you reach in Rara Lake. The food is good, the rooms are well maintained and the surroundings are beautiful on the lake shore. A room costs between USD 8 and 12.

The number of people in your group and the season determine the cost. Check the best time for Lake Rara. The airport for your departure, if you choose to fly, is in Talcha. The rooms are about USD 6, and there are many hotels available.

Overall, meals and accommodation cost approximately $ 15 per person per day, including meals, rooms, and refreshments. In this region, the food is quite simple, but enough to satisfy the appetite of hikers.

You can expect to find bhat dal vegetables and cooked noodles almost everywhere. In Nepalgunj, the city of entry into the Rara region, there are many restaurants ranging from a low budget to a high level. You have a choice! As soon as you leave Nepalgunj, you have fewer opportunities and it is a good idea to stock up on the trip.

You will find that the food on the way is very cheap, and you can expect to pay no more than two hundred rupees for Dal Bhat without meat. That’s 2 USD! If you need to eat meat, you can buy a live chicken in each of the villages for about $ 20.

Currently, the hotels and accommodations in the region are working at full capacity. National tourists from Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara, Butwal, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar and Bhaktapur visit the lake on the road as part of a seven-day tourist package prepared by several travel agents.

According to the National Park, six tourists from the USA and nine from China visited the lake for more than a month. According to the hotel owner, more than 150 new national tourists are visiting the area every day in peak season.

In Karnali province, tourism has flourished in recent years. Especially national visitors flock to the region, attracted by their impressive landscapes and their untouched surroundings. The increase in national arrivals has boosted the tourism industry in the region, despite the shortage of arrivals by foreign tourists due to a lack of adequate infrastructure.

What about the telephone charge and the networks around Rara Lake?

In Jumla or elsewhere, charging the phone is no problem. But when I was there, there was no telephone network in the lake, neither NTC nor Ncell. But as usual, it is always useful to take the Sky phone room card with you because they have networks everywhere.

Rara National Park Image
Rara National Park Image

When is The Best Time for Kathmandu to Rara Lake Tour?                    

The best time for excursions and excursions to Rara Lake is the spring and fall season in Nepal. The autumn months of September, October, November and the spring months of March, April and May have ideal climatic conditions. You can enjoy your visit to Rara Lake in clear and dry weather. In this way, you can fully experience the incredible landscape and view.

You can also visit Lake Rara in Nepal during the summer and winter seasons. However, if you travel in these seasons, you still have a few days left. Their flights, road transport may have delays due to the weather.

At the end of the monsoon, tourist arrivals on Rara Lake in the Mugu district will increase. Visitors flock to the popular tourist destination in Far Western Nepal due to favorable weather conditions. The three months from mid-September are considered the most suitable periods to visit the lake.

Regular flights to the county airport and the good condition of the roads leading there have also helped attract a large number of visitors to the lake. A flight from Nepalgunj to Mugu takes 35 minutes, while the journey takes almost two days. During the monsoon, the road was blocked in several places due to landslides that severely affected the tourist movement.

This meant that the hotels and accommodations in the area were almost empty during the period. But the situation has changed after the monsoon and you can even see some foreigners and a significant number of local tourists visiting the lake and the Rara national park. Here you will find the details for the whole year so that you can find the best time to visit.

December to February

Considering its height of more than 3500 meters and its remote location, the months of December, January and February are not ideal times to visit. The steps are snowy and the temperatures are very cold. And roads and airports are often closed. It’s a strange fact, but no matter how cold the weather is, the lake never freezes!

March to May

The ideal time to visit the lake is from March to May. At this moment, the weather is mild, the rhododendrons are blooming everywhere and filling the mountain trails with color, the sky is clear and the lake is crystal blue. From the tower, a two-hour hike across the lake, the view of the lake is impressive. It is also a perfect time to fly, hike, take a bus or travel by jeep. But we can not always do our travels in the ideal moments.

June to August

For example, if you are in Nepal in June, July, or August and you still want to visit Lake Rara, it’s not impossible, it’s more of an adventure! You could expect intense and prolonged rain, a monsoon season, naturally muddy trails and most likely landslides that could prevent you from staying on a path and force you to change your route.

September to November

September, October, and November are another option and really a great option. The monsoon is over and winter is not here yet. The sky is clear and the weather neither too hot nor too cold. This season should be perfect for hiking, driving, and flying. Whatever you choose, whatever fits your agenda, try to fit into the Rara Lake. You will not be disappointed! This is what you can expect to be different from what you might experience in Kathmandu.

  • Far from noise and pollution.
  • The queen of the lakes, Rara, which changes its color naturally.
  • Hiking, horse riding, and canoeing.
  • Romantic atmosphere, birdsong, and peace.
  • Striking panorama of the Himalayas
Rara Tal lake Mugu Nepal Images biggest lakes animal grass
Rara National Park- animal eating grass

Kathmandu to Rara lake,

The journey to Rara Lake begins after a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. To enter this lake, you must know the permits and their costs well. And you have to pack properly considering the availability of food and accommodation on the hiking route to Rara Lake.


Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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