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Rara Lake is one of the rare and unexplored travel destinations in Nepal. The pristine lake glitters like a jewel, protected by the ring of majestic Himalayas. Located in Jumla and Mugu districts, Rara is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. The lake is situated at an altitude of 2,990m and extends up to 10.8 square kilometers on the surface. It is the main feature of Rara National Park.
The Rara Lake Helicopter Tour in Nepal is a lifetime experience of blissfulness and amazement, at the same time. A helicopter ride to the lake is as comfortable as it gets to tour the Rara. Trek to Rara Lake is not easy at all. The trails are harder and the services are inadequate. As much as we appreciate the lake, the road to get there is not that pretty. This is why the area remains unseen by even the most enthusiastic travelers, including the local Nepalese. Lucky for you, we have a helicopter that will keep you from the trouble of trekking long hours for days.
The Rara Lake Helicopter Tour in Nepal begins as we take off from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Unfortunately, the thrill of a helicopter ride can not be described in words. It’s something that one has to experience in real life. As we gain altitude the city start to shrink before our eyes. The birds-eye view of scattered settlements, the eternal hills, and lush forests is satisfyingly refreshing. Then, we continue our ride to the north-western.
After approximately 40 minutes, we will reach Nepalgunj. This will be our first stop for refueling. The ground time at Nepalgunj will be no longer than 25 to 30 minutes. Furthermore, we continue the helicopter ride to Rara Lake. Finally, we will reach the wonderland of Rara. The cool breeze from the waves of the lake fills your heart with joy and compassion. The backdrop of shining snow-covered mountains enhances the scenery and the chirping of birds adds up to it. After spending some quality time at the bank of the freshwater lake, we fly back to Nepalgunj for another refuel. From there, we trace our way back to the airport of the hustling Kathmandu city which wraps up our Rara Lake Helicopter Tour in Nepal with Sirmik Air.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Entering the Rara National park requires a permit which is called the Rara National Park Entry Permit. Along with the permit, a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is required as well. A TIMS card is to keep track of tourists and their locations during certain times. However, you need not worry about acquiring these permits as these are included in the tour package. To acquire the permits, our marketing officers will ask you for your valid passport and two passport-sized photographs to apply for the permits. The rest will be taken care of.
The Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2,990m from the sea level. The weather change is not as frequent. However, it is windy most of the time. There are certain times during a year when the Rara comes to life with blooming flowers all around. It is important to pick the right time which is favorable for a helicopter flight. Rain does not really go well with flights. So, while picking time, we are looking to avoid foggy and rainy weather which could potentially ruin the views and experience at the same time.
The best time for the Rara Lake helicopter tour in Nepal is Summer, followed by the Spring season. As per our experience, most travelers prefer Autumn. The days during this season are warm and dry. It is much easier to tour around the lake. The views are at their best and uninterrupted accompanied by the crisp backdrop of the Himalayas. Below we take a detailed look into each season to help you understand the weather at Rara before you pick one.
Rara Lake is reasonably distant from Kathmandu valley. The helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Rara Lake via Nepalgunj takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes at the most. The flight is mesmerizing and filled with thrill and joy. The Rara National Park contains some of the famous rivers such as Karnali which rumbles downwards and finally to Rara Lake. You will find yourself eyeing out every detail of the park from atop. Our first stop will be the small yet beautiful Nepalgunj airport. The overall heli tour to Rara Lake takes about 4 hours depending upon the weather, season, and availability.
Arrival at Kathmandu from the International flight. Our team will receive you and take you to the hotel. They will brief you about the mountain flights Dos and Dons.
The flight takes you through mountains and temples and high Himalayas.
Kathmandu City Tour.
Today your Everest Base Camp Heli tour ends here.
Summer is quite pleasant but winter is cold. The best visiting time to the lake is September/October and April to May. From December to March, the temperatures go low below the freezing point, and heavy snowfall occurs up to one meter, blocking the way to the lake. April to June is warm in this region.
Nepalgunj to Rara Lake. Flights leave from Nepalgunj to either Talcha or Jumla. From Talcha airport it is a four-hour hike to the lake. And from Jumla airport you may either take a bus or jeep to reach Gamgadhi, the district headquarters of Mugu and then from there it is a five-hour hike to the lake
The easiest way to travel to Rara lake is to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and take another domestic flight from Nepalganj to Tancha (Mugu) airport and walk around 3 hours all the way to Rara Lake.
The lake is famous for the Snowtrout fish variety and is also one of the popular pilgrimage sites for Nepalis.