The famous and the most easy trek would be via Jumla or Talcha Airport, Mugu (only if there is any scheduled flight). From Jumla, it's a week long trek (2 way) and from Talcha Airport, it is just a few hrs trek ( One way, 3hr max). I don't recommend via Simikot if you have limited days but if you have enough days then i recommend to travel whole Nepal ;)
However, my last trip to Rara was extremely adventurous. Motor biking is my passion and I decided to reach there by road all the way from Kathmandu. You can find all the detail itinerary and few photos on my Facebook gallery.
Ohh, i can't post any external link here :( Simply search 'mkduwal' or Mohan duwal on google and you are all there.
If you want to go trekking the itinerary above is a good one. Note that the KTM-Rara-KTM trip is only 12 days and if necessary can be cut by 1 or 2 days (not recommended if you want to fully enjoy your journey).
If Rara is your only destination then you can also take a direct flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha airstrip which is located only a few hours walk from the lake.
Indeed Simikot is bit further from Rara and this route offers less facilities.
Adventure Third Pole suggests following
Regarding of the trip to RARA, you can reach there by flight to Jumla or Simikot. You will have more conveniency by flying to Jumla and proceed treeking to Rara. If you go via Jumla you can complete your trip within 16 -18 days and if you take Simikot route it will take 22-24 days. So, I would like to suggest you to fly in to Jumla and start trekking.
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Wishing you all the best.
Namaste from Nepal
You did not mention when you will Plan to trek Rara. Trek during June/July/August Sept and Jan /feb often Problem with regular flight. If you have time, kathmandu to surkhet fly and trek to Rara will be the best if you have less time do Jumla flight .
Explore Himalaya Welcome you,If you to do your trek from jumla to rara it will take 16 days.
This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is ‘off the beaten track’ which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters when hiking on the way back.
Any physically fit person can do this moderate trek anytime in March to May and October to early December.
Rara lake is very beautiful place in nepal
there is jumla to rara lake
Day 01 – Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 – Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04 – Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla & trek to Chala Chaur [2900m]
Day 05 – Cross a Pass
Day 06 – Trek via Sinja [2440m] to Botan [2600m]
Day 07 – Trek to Rara Park border
Day 08 – Trek to Rara Lake [3062m]
Day 09 & 10 – Rest days at Rara
Day 11 – Trek via Jhyari [2630m] to River camp
Day 12 – Across Ghurchi Lagna Pass [3450m] to Chautha [2770m]
Day 13 – Trek to Tharamara [3280m]
Day 14 – Trek to Jumla
Day 15 – Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 16 – Depart Kathmandu
Simikot to rara lake minimum 17 days.