Rara Lake is the largest lake of Nepal,
situated in Mugu district in the western part of Nepal, near Gam Ghadi
(the district-headquarters of Mugu)
and Talcha airstrip. It takes around 3 to 4 days of walking to reach Rara from Jumla.
Rara is an unique spot in Nepal. The lake is situated in the Rara National Park and because of its remote location and the violence/threat of a revolutionary communist group (Maoists) the lake has been visited by only few tourists in the past. Only in the second half of 2006 the situation improved and foreign visitors do not need to pay the high fee of around $100 per person to these Maoists anymore.
Due to its remoteness the surroundings of Rara Lake are both poor and quite unspoiled, which, for such a beautiful place, is very unusual in an era of extensive traveling and booming tourist business world wide. We hope the Nepali government, local residents, travel agencies and tourists will make efforts to conserve this area. Attention for the conservation is especially important at this very moment (year 2007/2008), since Rara might face a rise in the number of visitors now the region is more accessible and tourists will start searching for alternatives to the Annapurna region now roads are (being) build on both sides of the famous Thorong La pass, making the Annapurna Circuit Trekking and the Jomsom-Muktinath trekking less attractive.
Below you'll find some suggested measures to preserve to beauty of this region
For the Nepali government:
- of course maintaining Rara as a
National Park, further increasing the budget for preservation
The Nepali government might take the Northern part of "Parque Nacional Los Glaciares" in Argentina as an excellent example of how to combine tourism with conservation of natural beauty. (In the surroundings of f.e. Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre there is only one small village called "El Chalten" with accommodation and restaurants for tourist. There are several (multiple day) trekking routes with free camp sites. Tourist need to bring all there equipment and food and carry out all their waste as well. Clear drinking water is available from the lakes and the rivers. The system works very well. The park is extremely clean and all tourists seem to respect the prescription, probably partly because the environment is extremely clean.)
For travel agencies:
- creating awareness amongst their
- awareness of the fact that every visitor to the area is
responsible for preserving it, also when not enforced by the
government. Of course this item applies to the environment / the
earth as a whole.
For local residents:
- creating awareness of the
importance of preserving such a beautiful area and the possibility
of enhancing tourism without sacrificing the beauty of the area
Besides the items mentioned above, all visitors of this website can contribute by creating awareness about (the importance of) conservation by linking to this website: www.raralake.com and refer other people to this text, aimed at the conservation of this beautiful area.
Shankar Khanal of Kathmandu purchased two ropanies of apple orchard for Rs4.2 million in the Rara region recently. Similarly, Padam Neupane, also from Kathmandu, acquired four ropanies of land. Another tourism entrepreneur from Pokhara bought 12 ropanies, while Bhaktapur based Om Timilsena went ahead with 52 ropanies. With a gradual rise in the number of domestic as well as foreign tourists, the Rara region has witnessed a significant jump in real estate investment. Especially, areas such as Talcha, Murma, Jhyari, Topla, MathiTum, Murma Top, and Maitu, among others, are attracting a significant number of investors Read more
Impending Doom (Kathmandu Post, Dec 2, 2016)
Hotels near the Rara Lake in Mugu district have almost won a lottery these days as the influx of domestic tourists has increased. Around 300 domestic tourists come to visit the biggest lake of Nepal by airways and roadways via Dailekh, Kalikot and Jumla on a daily basis
The Rara Tourism Development Committee is orgainsing “Rara Conservation Campaign” from September 24 aimed at preserving natural resources of Rara Lake. Nepal Army, Nepal Police, staff of Rara National Park (RNP), locals of Murma and government officials will clean the lake area during the campaign. Read more.
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