Rara Lake Nepal is the largest lake of Nepal. Rara lake lies in the Rara National Park. Rara National park is the smallest yet most scenic national park of Nepal which spreads at an area of 106 square kilometer. Rara lake Nepal lies in the remotest Karnali zone, which is situated approx 375 kilometers north - west of Kathmandu. Due to difficult in its access the beauty of this lake remains undisturbed / untouched. Late king Mahendra used to visit Rara Lake to get rid of stress. In other word Rara lake was the refreshment center for the late King. Rara lake Nepal was the favorite lake of King Mahendra so this lake was also called as Mahendra Tal / Lake.
Rara lake trek is the off the beaten path trekking region so trekkers seeking for the loneliness and remoteness can visit this region. Most of the locals living in this region are illiterate. They don’t know about healthy habits, hygiene and sanitation. So, during the trek we can witness the locals of these regions wearing dirty clothes, un-groomed hairs, and black long nails full of dirt. Not only their bodies and clothes but their rooms and kitchen are dirty as well. These situations of the locals are all because of poverty and lack of education and awareness. Because of the poor economic situations of the locals of this region they cannot afford woolen and thick clothes so you can see them wearing thin piece of cloth to cover their body in the severe cold of the winter. They have small houses to live in. But even in these difficult situations you will see their smiling faces this may bring tears into your eyes.
In our Rara Lake Trek we won’t be trekking to the very high altitude. We will just be scaling the altitude approx 4000 meters from sea level. Rara Lake lies at an altitude of approx 3000 meters altitude. It is surrounded by green hills and snow capped mountains. There are two different viewpoints in near Rara Lake; one the Murma Top, and the other is Chuchamare danda. From these viewpoints we will be able to watch the magnificent sunrise views, the Himalayan ranges, and the top view of beautiful Rara Lake.
Rara Lake can be done by various trekking routes but there are no tea houses on the trail from Jumla but you must go on a camping trek. So, fastest route to reach Rara Lake is by flying to Nepalgunj form Kathmandu and again taking a flight to Talcha airport and then hiking for around 4 hours to the one of the most beautiful lake of Nepal. This lake is blue in color but keeps changing its color. It turns into yellow, orange, and green color if you keep your eyes in the lake in different part of the day.
If you still wish to do the camping trek to reach the Rara Lake your anxiety, pain of the trek will gets washed away as soon as you witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Rara Lake. During the trek we may witness some mammals like; musk deer, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, ghorals, jharals, Himalayan thar, and most importantly the endangered Red panda & yellow-throated martin. Apart from the winter, you can do the Rara lake trek all other seasons. During the rainy season there is very less rainfall in this region so the trek is possible. During the winter there is heavy snowfall so trek routes are all covered by snow and trek is impossible at this time. During spring the forests surrounding the lake blooms with flowers of various color and species so the lake looks spectacular than ever. You can see the pine, spruce and juniper forests during your trekking.
Rara Lake is categorized in wetlands. During the winter seasons the various species of Siberian birds migrate to this lake to escape from the freezing cold of Siberia. So if you manage to come to Rara Lake in winter you can watch various species of birds. So many trekkers who have been to Rara Lake have given it a name “a paradise on earth”.