Rara lake trek lies in the mid-western part of Nepal in Mugu and Jumla districts in a remote and isolated region which is less explored by visitors. Rara lake trek falls in Rara national park which was established in 1975 and it is the smallest national park in Nepal.
Visited by little people this trek features beautiful temperate forests, high valleys, and amazing alpine pastures. It is an outstanding trek for tranquility lovers. Rara region is also a home for endangered animals like red panda, Himalayan musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan jackal, etc.
The main attraction of the Rara trek is “Rara Lake” which is supposed to be the most beautiful and biggest lake of Nepal, situated at the altitude of 2990m above sea level. The lake is 5 km long and 3km wide covering an area of 10.8 square kilometers and with a depth of 167m which makes it the deepest lake of Nepal as well.
Rara Lake is also a sanctuary of both endemic and migratory birds during winter. It is an ideal place for bird watchers as 241 species of bird are reportedly seen here which includes red-crested pochards, mallards, common merganser, coots, and Himalayan Monal, Nepal’s national bird, etc.
The lake is surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains where you can relax by sailing around on a boat or you can hike to Murma top (3,800m) which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Saipal, Kanjiroba, Sisne Himal, and Rara lake in full display.
How to get to the trailhead of the Rara lake trek?
The best way to get to the trailhead of Rara lake trek is taking a flight to Jumla airport from Nepalgunj which takes about 25 minutes. However, you can drive all the way to Jumla but it takes more than 24 hours which is tiring and time-consuming.
Or if you want to shorten your trip you also can take a flight to “Talcha airstrip” the about 4 hours trek to Rara Lake.
Rara lake trek route
The trek begins from Jumla bazaar(2540m) then it goes to (3290m) via Danphe Lagna pass(3780m) on the first night of the trek. Then the trek descends to Chautha (2770m) and climbs to Bulbule (3280m) on the second night of the trek. The third night of the trek finally goes to our main destination of Rara lake (2980m) via Ghurchi Lagna Pass (3446m). On exploration day either we can climb up to Murma top (3800m) on the following day for an excellent view of the surroundings or sail on a boat in Rara lake.
After taking two nights in Rara lake our trek then goes to Rotagaun (3200m via Chuchamarepass(3802m) and Gorosingha(3190m) for the next night. then trek goes to Chala Chaur(2900m) via Sinja(2490m) for another. After this, our last night halt take place in Jumla Bazaar before we take a flight to Nepalganj and to Kathmandu.
Rara lake trek permits and fees
- Rara national park entrance fee costs 3000 per person.
- Special trekking permits as this is on the list of restricted areas, which cost $70 USD for a week per person, then $10 USD per day.