Rara Lake Trek
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Rara Lake Trek: Rara trek Nepal complete guide


Rara Lake Trek takes you to the Jumla and Mugu district where the biggest and deepest freshwater lake of Nepal. The Rara Lake Nepal rests beautifully at 2990 m and extends up to 10.8 sq. k with an oval shape. Here is everything you need to know about Rara Lake Trek, bus to Rara, Rara trek map, the climate of Rara, the best time to Visit Rara e.t.c. Also called “The Queens of Lake”, it’s a prodigious place to visit. Thankfully, such mesmerizing beauty is permitted to be visited by tourist from all around the world. Hope our trekking Guide to Rara will be helpful to you.


Rara National Park:

5.1km long, 2.7km wide and 167m deep Rara Lake settles inside Rara National Park. It was declared a Ramsar site in September 2007 ( A Ramsar site is a wetland chosen as international importance for the Convention).

Rara Lake Trek
Rara Lake Trek

Unlike you might be imagining right now, Rara National Park is in fact the smallest national park of Nepal. The park is under the protection of the Nepalese army and controlled by the Department of Nationals Park and Wildlife Conservation. The Park was established in 1976 to preserve the beauty of the lake and the influence of human activities in it. Now, there is no settlement inside the Rara National Park except for the army camp.

The Park is surrounded by the huge forest with flora such as blue pines, rhododendron, black juniper, browns oaks, and Himalayan Cypress. There are almost 1074 species of flora, 214 species of birds and 51 species of mammals in the park. The endangered species in the park is a red panda, grey wolf, black bear, leopard cat, musk deer, etc. Aslo, Rara National Park is the prime habitat of the red panda.

Jumla and Mugu is the remote district of Nepal with the least population. Thakur group is dominant in the community. The main occupation of people in the place is agriculture, animal husbandry.

Note: If you want a free Nepalese companion who will guide you around Rara in Nepal, we are more than excited to do it with you. This website is build by bunch of students who are excited to travel. Do email us at traveldiarynepal@gmail.com and we will accompany you for the trek free. Also, if you are looking to book any hotels or trekking/ sports in Nepal, we are more than happy to help.

Bus to Rara Lake:

Although Rara Lake is the famous tourist destinations of Nepal, flying or hiking is the only way you can get there. The road distance from the Capital to Jumla is 819 km.

You need to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Talcha Airport in Jumla- 4 km east of the lake. You can book the flight from Nepal Airlines or Tara Airlines. The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes about 1 hour and then to Jumla takes another 20 minutes.

By road, you can only get to Jumla in a jeep or bus (Note: it’s the most dangerous road of Nepal). From Kathmandu to Surket to Kalilot to Ghamghadi its almost 20-22 hours from Kathmandu to Jumla. The road trip is very dangerous.

Rara Lake Trek Map:

Rara Lake Trek Map
Rara trek Map

You can enjoy the trek as you walk through the amazing landscape in the bank of Karnali. Start the trek from Jumla airport which is about 2-3 hours. Further, you can start the trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur and then to Chalachaur. Then you can go to Sinja Valley to Ghorosingha.

For heading back to Jumla, you will have to move from Rara Lake to Pina to Burma and then to Jumla.

OR, you can take a bike from Kathmandu to Kolhapur (500 km, Banke) and then to Manma (250 km). From there to Mugu you need to cross an army check post in Bulbuley. Further, you will move from Rara lake to Nagma (120 km) to Jumla and finally to Surkhet (270 km). From Surkhet, you will drive all the way to Kohalpur (220 km) to Butwal (230 km) and Butwal to Kathmandu.

Rara Lake trek best time

Rara Lake Trek
Rara Lake Trek

During summer, the weather of Rara is quite pleasant, but winter comes with so much cold.

The best time to visit is September to October or April to May. But during the Monsoon, June to August, the trail is slippery while the snow blocks the way during winter.


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About Shobita Neupane

Shobita is a co-founder of Travel Diary Nepal. She is a passionate traveler and a content writer. Her favorite quote is Fly so high until your problem looks smaller and the dream seems closer.

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