RaRa Lake Nepal
Rara Lake is the largest lake of Nepal. Known also as “Mahendra Taal”, this exotic lake lies in the Mugu district in the western part of Nepal. At an altitude of 2990m, Rara Lake lies between the coniferous forests, mirroring the snow-capped Himalayas. It is extended up to 10.8 sq km with an oval shape. The lake is recorded to be 167m in-depth, with enriching rare rare aquatic species. It is also home to many medicinal herbs. The lake lies within the Rara National Park, which is by far the smallest national park of Nepal.
The Rara National Park was named after the Rara Lake. The park is covered with dense coniferous forest which is a habitat for various flora and fauna. The pines, oak, rhododendron, etc. dominate the forest proportion with wildlife like red pandas, musk deer, leopards, Himalayan black bear, monkey, wild dogs, yellow-throated marten as inhabitants. The national park, especially the Rara lake area, receives a number of migratory birds like waterfowls, coots, common teal, merganser, and gulls, etc. The resident birds are Kalij, blood pheasant, Impeyan and many others. The Rara National Park is home to some 214 species of birds and over 20 species of mammal.
Rara Lake is surrounded by hills and mountains. The “Chuchemara” hill (4.087m) is the best point to see the oval shape turquoise-blue lake with green forest and snow peak just above it. The area is pristine as no civilization lives there, except the army camps nearby. However, visitors can enjoy tea houses and boatman’s while surfing around the lakeside.
Rara lake tour
Rara Lake in Nepal has been a favorite travel destination for internal as well as external tourist. The remote location has been a concern for many people who want to get a glimpse of the spectacular lake. However, the regular airways option from Kathmandu to Mugu has helped lots of visitors to enjoy a short trip to Rara lake. Rara Lake is just hours walk from the Talcha airport of Mugu district. But for travelers interested in trekking real adventure in the natural ecstasy of the deep forest, Jumla to Rara trek is best. The trek is a total of ten days which starts and ends at Jumla. The trek trail passes through the Rara National Park which starts from 1400m altitude, through the pass of the Karnali Gorge, into the Dense forest to reach the Rara Lake. On the way, the multicultural ethnic communities and the harmonized blend of Buddhism and Hinduism can be experienced. The trek offers stunning views of western Nepal landscape. The Mugu district lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range due to which the place is very arid. The attraction of Mugu has been the Rara lake which attracts a number of visitors every year to this remote land.
There are a number of agencies that conduct trek packages to Rara Lake Nepal. So anyone interested in exploring the scenic beauty of the aroma and the thrilling chill of Rara Lake can choose to get to Rara Lake Nepal trek.