Rara is the largest lake in the country having a length of about 5 km (3 miles) and situated at an altitude of 3460 m. in the Western Nepal. The beauty of this lake is amazing and it is described as “a shimmering blue jewel set in a ring of snowy peaks"
There are different ways to reach this destination; the faster way is to fly from Kathmandu to Jumla via Nepalgunj. From Jumla to Rara Lake you will walk through conifer forests, villages mostly inhabited by Thakuris, and cross some passes of about 3500m altitudes. Rara Lake, being the biggest lake in Nepal, is amongst the conifers and snow-capped peaks, is of course a paradise of trekkers who love the wilderness. The lucrative flora and fauna around the lake are certainly a priceless gift of nature and one can enjoy all these enchanting beauty during his/her trek in this area.
Rara Lake comes under the Rara National Park territory and is governed by the direct management of “Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC)” since 1976. This is the country's smallest national park covering an area of 106 km2 (41 sq mi) in the Mugu and Dolpa districts of Nepal. Rara Lake itself is situated at an altitude of 2,990 meters (9,810 ft) .The Park was established by the then government to protect and conserve the unique flora and fauna of the Humla - Jumla Region of Nepal. The elevation of the park ranges from 2,800 meters (9,200 ft) to 4,039 meters (13,251 ft). Rara Lake’s landscape is surrounded by some of the high peaks like Chuchemara, Ruma Kand and Malika Kand which frame the alpine freshwater lake. The total area of this lake is 10.8 km2 and a maximum depth of 167 meters (548 ft). It is oval-shaped with an east-west axis, a length of 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) and a width of 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) draining into the Mugu - Karnali River thru Nijar Khola.