RARA LAKE AN AMAZING ADVENTURE ROAD TRIP | DISTANCE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF NEPAL | WHAT DO YOU GET FROM RARA LAKE TRIP?

rara lake best time to visit is in winter season

Rara Lake Short Introduction (MUGU)

Rara Lake is one of the massive lakes covering 110.8 km2 of area and has 167 m which is 548 ft deepest clean water lake in the Nepal Himalayas, water reflects various colors if you are lucky enough you will get to see all those colors.


Rara Lake is located in the Jumla and Mugu districts surrounded by Rara National Park. Lake inflows through the Karnali River and outflows by the Nijar River.


WHY VISIT RARA LAKE?

adventure to do in rara lake nepal

BEST TIME TO VISIT RARA LAKE


Early or ending winter is the best time to visit which is September – November, and March-April because you will enjoy the 40min trek to Rara Lake, During the mid-winter whole area, is covered with snow due to there being no access. Summertime will not be able to get that amazing view and experience that will get during wintertime.



WHICH IS THE BEST TRANSPORTATION TO TRAVEL?

butwal to rara lake road trip by road-trip-butwal-rara-lake-bike

ROAD TRIP


Personally, a road trip is the best way to travel because traveling by road will give all those small-town views which are just an incredible experience and one of the adventure trips is almost 600-1000km from most of the city.


Every step of the trip will amaze with breathtaking scenery and different natural beauty which is a “treat to the eye”. The road is pitch till Nagma but yes in between some parts of the road are a little bit bad. Off-road starts after Nagma but the road work is going on.


Bike

One of the best trips for those who love long and rough rides, other the long ride most wonderful thing is that will get the freedom to travel every step of the trip, and easy to stop and enjoy nature. Riding on a bike is like “flying like a free bird”.


Bus


It’s another great way of travel but with a limited-stop point and takes a bit more time than the rest of the transportation even has limitations for food because of the limited-stop that bus stop, old buses may face the problem during the journey.


Over will get good nature experience but you may face lots of problems and you might have to change the buses.


RESERVE VEHICLES


Will get a similar experience as a bike but will not get the feeling of “flying like a free bird”.


FLIGHT


For those who just want to visit Rara Lake and a short trek experience will be the best option to go for. Talcha Airport from where the trek starts which will take approx 2 hours


DISTANCE FROM DIFFERENT PART OF NEPAL TO RARA TRIPS | WHERE TO STOP FIRST & HOW TO PLAN TRIPS ACCORDING TO DISTANCE.


Location Distance Duration
Kathmandu - Butwal 273 km 7.18 hr
Butwal - Surket 320 km 6.36 hr
Pokhara - Kohalpur 392 km 9.37hr
Dharan - Bharatpur 395 km 8 hr
Bharatpur - Kohalpur 352 km 7.20 hr

Hours are exact measures by Google map so taking breaks in between may take more than the mentioned time, so add half an hour to 1 hour extra time.

Dharan – Butwal 509 km 10. 37hr

Bharatpur – Surket 444km 10.11hr


Location Distance Duration
Surkhet- Tallo Dungeswer, Dailek 115 km 3.9 hr
Tallo Dungeswer-Manma 42.5 km 1.50 hr
Manma – Nagma 49.3 km 1.36 hr
Nagam – Birat 39.3 km 1.28 hr
Birat – Rara Lake Not Calculate 80-100 km ---

From Surkhet and Nagma, there are two routes you can ask the locals but it’s up to you.


WE STARTED OUR RARA LAKE JOURNEY FROM BUTWAL | FULL DAY 1 – DAY 5 TRIP INFORMATION & EXPERIENCE.


BUTWAL


FIRST DAY


We kick our bike around at 6:30 am towards our destination Rara Lake, our first stop of the journey is Surkhet which is 320km by distance.


If you start the journey early morning you will be able to visit Banke National Park which is on the way but has to go slightly off track from the route.


Early in the trips Food, places are similar so not that much of a different experience you will get to Nepalgunj but riding a bike is always the best part of travel.


AFTER THE NEPALGUNJ RIDE


Get much more fun than before because getting into the mountains and riding in the curve road smelling fresh area was just remarkable, taking a small break we reached our first stop Surkhet around 5 pm.


We start looking for starting from Rs.1000 – 4000,for hotels, ask local they will provide you with the best information about what kind of hotel you are looking for.


AFTER W SETTLED ON THE HOTEL


We get fresh up and start exploring Surkhet which is getting developed, as we get information from various mediums that food is expensive after Surkhet we purchased fruits and snacks for our journey but the problems are the market totally shut down around 7:00 pm.


We were unable to get a better dinner so ended up with a decent dinner, now day one is about to end with mixed feelings.


SECOND DAY


The Real trip is now just to start heading towards Rara Lake early morning at 5:30 am, no words to express the feeling “Just Treat For Eyes | No Feelings Just Enjoy Going Inside The Real Nature”.


The Smell Of The grass, tree, the soil is going into mind only once for that WOoohhh priceless, downhill curve road, and the bird’s whistle is like natural singing and we have the moment which is wonderful.


As time pass on going through the various small-town trust me, nothing is better than the time we have behind that feeling even the pain of riding a bike is like a flush.


best kohalpur raralaketeahouse

DRIVING 3 HOURS WE STOPPED AT A SMALL TEA HOUSE


We have a choice to go further too but because of the beautiful location, we plan to enjoy the atmosphere with our breakfast. Drinking tea after the amazing ride, seating without any thinking inside mind enjoying the scenery “just loving it”.


After we have a long way to cover so taking a 10-15 min short break, and we stop at Karnali Sigaudi we almost spend 1hour there feeding ourselves and our partner checking his brake, petrol, and kind of servicing because after that we are heading toward a stiff uphills road and partner have to push himself hard.


FINALLY, AFTER 4 HOUR’S RIDE, WE STOP AT MANAMA FOR A LUNCH BREAK


There also spent half an hour. Manama is also one of the best destinations to put on our bucket list, so amazing views.


After driving for 2 min we show rhododendrons and we plan to stay there a bit more to explore there for 15min head on to our final stop we plan to go to stay nearby the army barrack.


But after a while, we have an issue with our leg break because we had ridden straight for more than 3 hours stiff up hills.


best to have lunch in manma

So slowly we head ahead using hand breaks but we plan not to take the risk, we stop at one place waiting for some can help us but unfortunately, no one comes up after half an hour we started our journey.


Luckly or technically leg break start working finally we reach Nagma at 5 pm.


We plan to stay there and check the bike condition and then we come to know due to the heat sometimes the leg break doesn’t work.


We explore Nagma for 1 hour and it was beautiful as we tried we went back to the hotel and have food and we have to charge our mobile, and camera batteries. Food tastes like home and the people are so humble.


AT THE END OF THE SECOND DAY


A wonderful experience can go furthermore because the next day if you reach earlier you get to enjoy a full day at Rara Lake and be able to hike Murma Viewpoint, view the sunset, and the next morning after enjoying the sunrise will be good to return early morning.


For the second day, I personally recommend staying closer to the destination because the army Barack will not be able to reach Rara Lake on the same day.


ON THE THIRD DAY


Going towards our destination early morning, Hoo it was just a nightmare because one of the mountains roads is covered with snow, and it’s like 7 curves we have to go through.


For a while, we think whether should go or not because been we are late the road is hell and it was really hard to drive in the snow (normal bike) but we decided to go we started to ride.

rara lake army check post

Initially feels good but after a min what happens you can imagine guys, for a moment we plan to get back and wait for someone to come and clear that but our destination is too close so we step forward.


It took us more than 2 hours which is just 15 min drive.


FINALLY, WITH ALL THE FALLING AND SLIPPING REACHED RARA LAKE AT 11 O’CLOCK


It has been late already after talking to people around we planned to stay at the hotel where the last stop for the bike.


Finally, time to eat but getting fresh is impossible water is too cold and feels like burning. Then, we headed to our final destination after 2 and a half days of riding time has come now to reach our destination, and with all our excitement we headed towards Rara Lake.


But no one is there with us everyone has already back then. So, we enjoy trekking each step, every step is so amazing all the tiredness goes away after 40 mins of small trekking.


Finally, we heard a sound, and no one was there just we are and in front of us we had the massive lake surrounded by mountains and snow just incredible, it was a pure glimpse of nature we are at the point of the moment “where everything is just a piece of paper”.

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ON THE FOURTH DAY


Treat your eyes to a beautiful sunrise and spend some hours enjoying the peaceful natural beauty of Rara Lake and seeing the pure reflection of the tree on the lake. Hold the time for some time and just be yourself.


Now, move your foot back toward home collecting all those memories and experiences but the trip doesn’t end yet, now it’s time for a long way back home.


After spending around 2 hours at Rara Lake we headed back to our new destination home.


We planned to stop at Manma one of the reasons it will be good if we covered as much distance and the second one is the beautiful scenery it has but we ended up very late at Manma. maybe the time was 8 o’clock already.

rara lake snow

ON THE FIFTH DAY


We started early morning around 6 am but I recommend starting at 5 am and going back riding downhills which saves our time quite a bit.


So, we planned why not let’s head towards home everything is going well we are just 3 hours from Butwal that time was 7 o’clock.


But we don’t know what happens we went in the wrong direction after driving for almost 1.5 hours we found something unusual so we check the map we come so far and trust me it was so dark.


We are in the forest and headed backward around 10 pm we found one hotel from where we took the wrong road so we stayed there, the next early morning we headed toward home.


So, never force yourself too much on your journey.

Either stop at Surkhet or Nepalgunj and enjoy the Banke National Park and the next day without any rush you will reach Butwal.


RARA TRIP FOOD AND EXPENSES | HOW MUCH WILL COST?


Depend on the trip


Expenses By road: own vehicle depends upon how much and what you eat.


Rs. 4000-5000 petrol costs approx (for the bike).


If You reserve a car or travel by bus, a flight just adds extra money, and fluctuation in the price will not be able to tell you the exact price of everything.


Food Breakfast/Sack: Rs. 200, Meal Lunch/Dinner: Veg Rs. 300-400 | Non-veg Rs. 400-500.


One Room with 1 – 2 beds: Rs. 500-1000 ( Manma-Rara Lake)


The food cost normally so don’t need to carry any extra snacks or anything with you, but in Rara Lake, it will cost you a bit expensive but not that much so better not to carry any extra things.


Still, carry some small juice and fruit for a small break.


TEMPERATURE OVER THE TIME


DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY


The time when almost the area is fully covered with snow even for the local people it’s hard to go from one place to another place. So, not possible to visit from December to February.


MARCH TO MAY


Nothing is better than snow time the mountain is covered with snow and the road is clear with some snow on the side of the road.


The time when rhododendrons are blooming everywhere covering the mountain with green and red colors, on the way one of the villages is fully surrounded by rhododendrons so as the village is named.


But always check before going in early March because the road is covered with snow.


JUNE TO AUGUST


The period of heavy rains, monsoon season starts, muddy roads, and the most dangerous thing that could happen are landslides which make the trip disappointing and frustrating because will have to wait hours to clear the area.


So, not recommend a time to visit Rara Lake


SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER


One of the best times of the year to enjoy the Rara Lake trip because just the monsoon has finished and winter is just about to start.


The weather is Between neither too cold nor hot. Clear weather, road, and view so recommend visiting from September to November.


AMAZING SMALL VILLAGES AND NATURE TO EXPERIENCE.


On the way to Rara Lake, going through tons of small-town, every town has its own culture and beautiful nature. Experience people with various natures, truth me it’s just amazing.


To interact with them you will get to know much more about the local places and even they will instruct you on the best way to explore the places.


THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR TRIP.



Rara Lake is one of the best adventure trips, full of tense, fun, and pure nature.


In between, there are so many places that can explore but it’s not possible so initially make the list during the journey for the next trip, will help you to explore next time with lots of ease and be well-planned.