Top 5 lake treks in India
Himalayan Lake Treks are a blessing in disguise when compared to other treks. With lakes all around, one can get a new perspective on life and nature. These expeditions reimagine adventure and the soliloquy of nature.
The following are some of the most popular Himalayan Lake treks:
- Kareri Lake
Because of its shallow, freshwater beauty at an elevation of 2,934 metres above sea level, it is also known as Kumarwah Lake. In the Himachal Pradesh district of Kangra, about 9 kilometres northwest of Dharamshala. The trek has its own local culture and way of life because Gujjars and Gaddis live in nearby villages. Long, tall conifers dot the landscape. The freshwater is supplied by the Dhauladhar range. The flawless water flows in various forms of a stream known as Nylund after joining the lake.
Best time to visit kareri lake : From December to March, the winter months are ideal for an exhilarating experience.
- Chandratal Lake Trek
It is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau at an elevation of approximately 4300 metres. The lake’s crescent shape inspired the name Chandra Taal, which means “Moon Lake.” It was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005. The journey is difficult because the lake is one of India’s only two Ramsar sites. Visit the Lake in the Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul and Spiti district if you want to see a landscape similar to that of Ladakh. In comparison to the Ladakh trek, the difficulty level is moderate. The only challenging aspect of the journey is crossing the river.
This lake fulfils your quest in that regard. The beauty of the lake reflects every colour in the sky from its depths, putting you at ease with nature. Before dawn, emerald green, turquoise blue, and orange, pinkish fight with violet and blue at dusk. The vibrant canvas of Van Gogh appears to depict the sky.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from June to the middle of October.
- Kashmir Great lake
The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, with a maximum elevation of 13000 feet, outperforms any person’s ability to describe the entire experience. It is located above Sonamarg on the Srinagar-Leh highway, just before the Zozila Pass. It’s an eight-day trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake through Sonamarg. The twin lakes of Gadsar, Satsar, and Gangabal are the next camp destinations.
The remoteness of its meadows and valleys at times teems with Maple and pine trees. The canopy of trees welcomes the shadow of light in its silence as several brooks run down rhythmically to join Nichanai. We can see the panoramic view of the previous crossed Tal in their depth as we approach Gadsar.
Visit between June and September, when spring is in full bloom.
- Roopkund trek
Roopkund is 4,800 metres above sea level. Nanital and Kathodgam are the closest hill stations. It is situated in Garhwal’s Chamoli district. The lake is also known as “the mystery lake” due to the discovery of nearly 500 skeletons at its edge. Some studies claim that the skeletons date back to the Paleolithic period, as evidenced by the discovery of animal skeletons and jewellery. The skeletons did not decay due to the cold weather and the surrounding water surface.
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The trek through the conifer forests at the edge of the hills, marked by the Pindar river, is a thrilling adventure. It’s at the foot of two Himalayan peaks, Trishul and Nandghungti, and gives visitors a taste of mountain life. Several religious festivals precede the autumn season, adding colour to the world around us. The trek begins after passing through Lohajung, where there are designated camping areas.
Best time to visit: The weather is quite hostile throughout the period, so visitors should dress accordingly.
- Deoria Tal Trek
It is 2,438 metres above sea level and is located three kilometres uphill from the villages of Mastura and Sari. Rudraprayag is the well-known district that surrounds this sky-reflecting lake. A two-kilometre hike from Sari village is appropriate for beginners.
There is a lot of wildlife in this area. With luck, Chital and deer can be seen. Overnight stays can produce a starry sky with the lake gleaming in the moonlight. At the same time, the surrounding Chaukhamba range provides a different perspective. The breathtaking view is framed by the snowcapped Himalayan ranges.
Best Time to Visit: Visit between March and mid-June for one of the most beautiful nights of serenity. Landslides and road closures can make the monsoon season dangerous. The weather becomes extremely cold and harsh during the winter.