Wouldn’t you want to explore the biggest lake of Nepal?
Well, Rara lake jeep tour is the best way to visit this incredible lake.
Beautiful landscapes, off-road uphill climb, and peaceful surrounding.
These are some of the few things you can expect from this tour.
Lakes are always beautiful. Natural lakes with crystal clear water can get as mystical as the mountains. There is nothing more soothing than sitting at the bank of a beautiful lake and enjoying its beauty. The waves look beautiful, and the surrounding is fascinating.
Rara is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal. Everyone knows how blessed Nepal is when it comes to nature and geography. This country has hundreds of lakes, and each one has its own value. Rara is the biggest lake of Nepal. It lies in the western part of Nepal, in a remote area of Mugu district. With an incredible area of 10.8 sq. Km, this lake sits at an altitude of 2990m from the sea level.
Rara lake is surrounded by the Rara national park. That is why Rara is home to different species of butterfly and birds. Rara has hundreds of unique flowers and plants. This incredible lake is a place to sit back and relax. There are some activities to do, but the best one is to set up a hammock and relax.
Rara does not reflect the energy like the mountains do. No lake does that. But this lake offers a peaceful environment and soothing nature. This is a place to read your book, write a journal, and practice your photography. The freshwater is crystal clear and is home to different aquatic species.
But, visiting Rara lake was not easy in the past. Proper roads were not available, and transportation by air was the only option. Hundreds of local and foreign tourists would visit Rara, staying in a budget. They would have to hike for a day or two. Even the nearest airport is about 4 hours far from Rara lake. Recently the jeep tracks have evolved, and it has become slightly easier to reach Rara.
Rara Lake Jeep Tour Highlights
- Rara national park
- Largest lake of Nepal
- Beautiful landscapes and valleys
- Traditional villages and organic vegetation
- Exciting jeep ride and thrilling experience alongside Karnali river
- Horse riding beside Rara lake
- Boating on the Rara lake
- Incredible view of mountains
- Isolated and thrilling trekking routes
- Sighting of rare animals and birds
- Thakur Baba’s temple
- Set a hammock and relax at the banks of Rara lake
If you are interested in trekking, follow Rara Lake trekking.
Day 01: Drive From Kathmandu to Kohalpur (12 hrs drive)
Day 02: Kohalpur to Manma Of Kalikot District (7/8 hrs drive)
Day 03: Drive via Sinja Valley, And Nagma, And Walk to Rara Lake (7 hrs drive)
Day 04: Explore the Rara Lake (2,990 m)
Day 05: Rara Lake to Manma (Kalikot - 2033 m)
Day 06: Drive from Manma to Kohalpur (175m ; 7 hrs drive)
Day 07: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1400m; 12 hrs drive)
Rara lake jeep tour lets you visit this incredible lake without any complicated hiking. You can still experience the beautiful landscapes and a thrilling ride.
Day 01: Drive From Kathmandu to Kohalpur (Full Day)
Distance traveled: more than 500 km
Trip duration: 12 hours
Road condition: good
Kohalpur is more than 500km far from Kathmandu. And the first day of your tour is going to be long and tiring. The journey starts early in the morning. You will be riding alongside beautiful hills and terrains. The majestic Trishuli river flows below you.
After many tea breaks and toilet breaks, you will reach Kohalpur after 11 to 12 hours. The duration of your travel also depends on the condition of roads and traffic.
Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02: Kohalpur to Manma Of Kalikot District (Full day)
Distance traveled: 250 km approx.
Trip duration: 7 to 8 hours
Road condition: mostly good, off-road somewhere
The second day of your tour starts early in the morning as well. Today you will be traveling through some dense forests and beautiful landscapes. It will take about 3 hours for your jeep to reach Surkhet. Then another 4 to 5 hours to arrive at Manma. Manma is the headquarter of Kalikot district.
There are a few bumps and off-roads during your travel, but the overall road condition is good. This day can be tiring and worthy. You will see many villages along the way. Manma is a beautiful town. It lies between massive hills, and the scenarios are incredible.
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 03: Drive via Sinja Valley, And Nagma, And Walk to Rara Lake
Distance traveled: 62 km
Walking distance: around 10 km
Trip duration: 7 hours
Road condition: off-road
You will be reaching Rara lake today. Today’s journey starts early with a soothing ride towards Nagma valley through the Sinja valley. The views are beautiful, with different flowers and domestic animals along the way. Your off-road experience begins once you cross the Nagma valley.
It is now off-road all the way up. The 4 hours long off-road drive is exciting. You will be riding alongside the massive Karnali river. Some turns are thrilling and hair raising. Riding on the edge of the Karnali river is quite an experience. You will leave the Talcha airport behind. Then drive for about 20 minutes before you arrive at the place where you will park your 4-wheeler. This is as far as the jeep goes. Further, you need to ascend for 30 minutes through dense forest and woods.
After about 30 minutes of climb, you will reach a point from where you can see the beautiful Rara lake. Right away, you will forget how tired you were feeling from this travel. The view is incredible.
Rara is as beautiful as people described. After that, it is all downhill till you reach the hotel in about 1.5 hours. The landscapes are spectacular, and the lake itself is astounding.
Overnight at a guesthouse or tented camp.
Day 04: Explore the Rara Lake
Who needs an alarm clock, when you can wake up with the soothing songs of birds? The morning at Rara is fascinating. You can hear the birds singing, the trees whistling, and the sound of waves. It feels like you are in heaven. There is nothing more beautiful than a massive lake at the foot of incredible hills.
A whole day at Rara is awe-inspiring. You can engage yourself in different activities available. Activities like boating and horse riding are some of the few. Explore this beautiful place, and I can guarantee you will have the best time of your life.
Overnight at the banks of Rara.
Day 05: Rara Lake to Manma (Kalikot)
After an exciting day at Rara, it is now time to say goodbye to this place. You have all the memories to share with your friends and family back home. And I hope you have enough pictures to make them jealous.
After a short hike, you will reach the point where your Jeep is waiting for you. And you will follow the same route towards Manma.
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 06: Drive from Manma to Kohalpur
You will head towards Kohalpur, after an early breakfast at Manma. The journey for today is long and tiring. So, buckle up and get ready for it. It’s the same way back to Kohalpur from day 02.
Overnight at a hotel.
Day 07: Drive Back to Kathmandu.
Your drive back to Kathmandu starts early as always. You will hit the highway, rest between your journey, and reach Kathmandu. Your Rara lake jeep tour ends once you have reached your hotel.
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Things to Do in Rara
Boating in Rara lake
Rara lake is massive and beautiful. Boating is a fantastic way to explore this beautiful lake. Rent a boat and head off towards the corners of Rara. You can see rare flowers and plants. There are different species of fish in Rara. If you are lucky, you can even see a Red panda.
You can take the paddle boats in the morning, as the wind gets stronger afternoon. Boating on Rara is the best way to spend your morning. You can fully explore this beautiful lake.
Another thrilling experience for you, horse riding is available in Rara. There is a path around the lake, which is an incredible experience. You can explore this magical lake even more. There are guides available for you as well.
The forest will be whistling, and you are able to see the massive blue lake beside you. You can see rare flowers and plants while you take your horse for a ride, might not feel like a cowboy, but you will feel incredible. You can hear nothing but the wind, the woods, and the steps of your horse.
There are some open spaces available for you to take your horse and speed up a little. I highly recommend horse riding at Rara.
Hike to the Murma Viewpoint
You can go on a lovely hike up to the Murma viewpoint. This is a perfect hiking destination while you are in Rara. You will be walking through the pine forest and dense woods. You will hear the birds singing. If you are lucky, you can see rare species like Red panda and wild horses.
This is a short hike, and the view from up there is astounding. You can see the whole lake and majestic mountains at a distance. You can also see the surrounding and small villages nearby.
It is a perfect way to end your day.
Draw a Painting
Rara offers you some of the best scenes of landscapes and terrains. If you are an artist, I suggest you bring your drawing kits or buy some at Kathmandu. The landscapes, mountains, and the water make you take out your drawing tools and get started.
You can find a suitable spot and get busy with all the colors.
Sit Back and Relax
Besides all the activities mentioned above, you can always sit back and relax at the banks of the lake. You can set up a hammock and relax (if you have brought one). Find a shady spot somewhere, have some beer, and relax throughout the day. This will be peaceful, and you can read your book or write a journal.
I have seen many artists write their stuff out there.
Can You Get Altitude Sickness in Rara Lake Jeep Tour?
It is very rare to get altitude sickness in Rara since it lies at the height of under 4000 m from the sea level. What you can get is a headache and back pain from the long and off-road jeep ride. Make sure you bring the basic medicines for cold, headaches, and joint aches.
Things to Remember
Rara is a conservative area, and you have to respect its existence. Make sure you don’t leave wastes and garbage in an improper manner. Make sure to keep the surroundings clean.
Do not perform any activities that may harm wildlife and vegetation.
Make sure you keep the water clean and natural.