Rara Lake is situated at an altitude of 2,980 meters and 28 km north of Jumla, perched on a high shelf on the northern flank of Ghurchi Lekh (4,067 m). The oval- shaped lake has a water surface of nearly eight square kilometers with hills of pine and rhododendrons around it. The peaceful surroundings are enhanced by the reflection of Ghurchi Lekh in its blue waters. Chankheli peak (4,201 m) lies in the north. Across the deep Mugu Karnali gorge, you start 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.