Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal. It lies in the Mugu district in the northwest of Nepal. It is in a remote area in the Karnali zone. It is difficult to get there and that is why very few people reach Rara Lake. Rara national park was established to preserve the beauty of the lake.
The oval-shaped Rara Lake is situated in a beautiful surrounding. You can see the reflection of snow capped Api and Saipal Mountains in the crystal-clear lake. The lake covers an area of 11 square kilometres. It is about five kilometres long and three kilometres wide. The lake is 167 m deep at the deepest part. The altitude of Rara Lake is about 2990 metres.
Rara Lake is within the Rara National Park. Therefore, no one lives near the lake nowadays. There used to be some people living nearby. But in 1976, they were resettled in Bardia to establish the Rara National Park. The park was established to preserve the plants and animals of that area. It was also established to preserve the Rara Lake itself. The park mostly lies in the Mugu district. However, some parts of it also lie in the Jumla district.
The vegetation of the park is mainly coniferous. There are trees like spruce, fir, rhododendron and oak. It is also home to many types of animals. Musk deer, leopard, thar and wild boar can be found in this area. There are also many types of resident and migratory birds there.
Summer is a pleasant time at Rara Lake area. It starts to get really cold from October. During the mid-winter, it is extremely cold. There is also heavy snowfall in winter. There is up to one metre of snow during this time.
Some foreign and local tourists visit Rara Lake every year. In order to reach Rara Lake you have to fly to Talcha airport in the Mugu district and walk for about an hour or you can also get there from Jumla. The mountain pass gets covered in snow during winter season. It is nearly impossible to get there at that time. The route itself is n the mountains and difficult to walk. If you plan to go there from Surkhet, you will have to walk for ten days.
Visiting Rara Lake can be very difficult. But for nature lovers and those who are adventurous at heart, it is heavenly.
Rara Lake is the biggest lake in Nepal. It lies in the Mugu district in the northwest of Nepal. Rara national park was established to preserve the beauty of the lake. The overall-shaped Rara Lake is situated in a beautiful surrounding. We can see the reflection of snow-capped Api and Saipal Mountain in the crystal-clear lake. Rara Lake is within the Rara national park. The park mostly lies in the mugu district. The vegetation of the park is mainly coniferous. There are also many types of resident and migratory birds.