A Complete Journey To Rara Lake in 2021
Among the natural wonders of Nepal, a paradise for hikers, we cannot fail to mention Lake Rara, the largest basin in the whole country. The almost oval perimeter of the lake reaches a diameter of almost 4.5 km and 13 km of shores. The history of this crystal clear lake makes it even more fascinating. In this article I will discuss A Complete Journey To Rara Lake in 2021. So keep reading to unlearn the adventure and fun.
The lake is more than 350 kilometers away from Kathmandu. Therefore, the most comfortable way to get here is by air.
For tourists, a variety of ways of recreation and travel are offered here: trekking – horseback riding along specially laid tourist trails; all possible options for Eco-tours, river rafting – rafting. However, the latter is offered only to the most daring and prepared, because the rivers in these places are mountainous, with fast traffic and sharp turns.
A Complete Journey To Rara Lake in 2021
Traveling to Rara Park is not suitable for families with small children. There are no cozy hotels and comfortable conditions here. Tourists are offered trekking, living in tents with cooking on a fire. Since there are no settlements in the park, the animals feel entirely free here. This is a real jungle, where it is not safe during the day and dangerous at night.
The best time to visit the park is from May to September. This is the time when there is no rain, and nature is blooming and fragrant. The centre of the park is Lake Rara. Its shape is unique – almost regular oval.
This is a rather deep lake, more than 150 meters deep. Snow trout is found in the depths of the lake. Fir, oak, Himalayan cypress and other trees grow on the banks. Dense thickets of rhododendron and juniper are replaced by birches and oaks, which are more familiar to our eyes. There are low mountain ridges around the lake, which are very pleasant to travel on horseback.
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In the 1970s, the Rara Daha (the Nepalese name for the lake) was incorporated into the less touristy Rara Lake National Park. Its inhabitants have moved to the Terai, but the guardians have remained on the paths of what was originally a hunting reserve (now a protected area). Along the coast of the lake, you can visit the traditional alpine-style houses of the guardians and come across the steles of the Malla kings.
The visit to the lake can be combined with that of the famous Kathmandu, formerly known as the “Wooden Temple” ( Kasthamandap ). The city rises about 1400 meters high in the splendid setting of the Himalayan range. The must-sees of a visit are Durbar Square, the home of Kumari, the child goddess, and the Royal Palace.
The most visited town in the western mountain range is Jumla (located at 2434 m), near the Tila River. This village has retained a Tibetan aspect. To visit the temple dedicated to Sjrii Chandan Nath, who drained the lake on the territory where Kalangra (old name of Jumla) arose by killing the two “naga” (snake-men) who lived there.
Jumla begins the trek that leads to the lake passing through Ghorasain and then to Jaljala Chaur (3270 m). This is not a trek suitable for beginners: the route has many ups and downs and therefore, can be challenging.
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The long journey will repay you for the effort once you arrive at your destination. This incredible lake, 167 meters deep and 5.1 by 2.7 km wide, is home to over 500 species of flowers, 20 of mammals, and even 214 of birds.
And if you are lucky, you may happen to spot specimens of endangered species such as the red panda, the black bear of the Himalayas, the leopard: there are several around the park. Among the countless birds, we mention the coot, the merger, the common teal, the great grebe, the black-necked grebe, the red-crested pochard, the mallard.
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After catching your breath, the advice is to start walking again. If you have the strength to reach the top of the Chuchemara hill, at an altitude of 4,087 meters, you will discover the perfect view on one of the most evocative corners of the world you will ever visit. The deep blue of the lake below you, the pristine green of the wooded hills around you, and the white of the Himalayan peaks in the background.
At this point, look around you, and it will be inevitable to fix in your memory an ideal photograph of this place. In the heart of a park, so challenging to reach and still very few tourists know about.
Now I hope this article has given you a few heads up so that you don’t miss anything when you visit Rara Lake Nepal on your next vacation. If you have already visited this amazing place please feel free to share your travel story with us, we are always eager to hear your adventurous journey.