10 Serene Lakes To Visit In Nepal
The small landlocked country of Nepal located in South Asia is among the best beautiful countries in the world. The country is mainly situated in the Himalayas and it is home to eight of the world’s fourteen eight-thousander mountain peaks. Nepal is also home to many magnificent sites including an estimated 5,358 lakes including 2,323 glacial lakes and several tectonic and ox-bow-lakes. There are lakes like Badimalika Lake which is a little hard to reach and lesser-known lakes like Maipokhari Lake, Taudaha Lake & Kamal Daha. We’ve listed the 10 most Serene Lakes To Visit In Nepal that you should visit in your trip to Nepal.
One of the most visited sites in Nepal, located at the Sagarmatha National Park, Gokyo Lakes consists of six main lakes. These lakes are known as the world’s highest freshwater lake system sitting at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m above sea level. Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari is the main lake and Thonak Lake and Thonak Cho is the largest and deepest (62.4m) one with an area of 65.07 ha. The other notable lakes are Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho and Ngojumba Cho. The Gokyo lake system comprising of 19 lakes are considered sacred and worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. Apart from all of these, this site holds such peace and beauty that it will surely touch your heart.
2. Tilicho Lake:
The trek to Tilicho Lake is one of the most beautiful ones in Nepal. It starts from Besisahar to the Annapurna circuit route along the Marsyangdi River valley. The trek offers breathtaking views from Manaslu to Himal Chuli. Tilicho Lake is settled at an altitude of 4,919 metres. Located in the Annapurna range, Tilicho Lake was the site of one of the highest altitude scuba dives ever done by a Russian diving team. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, the Tilicho Lake is believed to be the ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake which was mentioned in Ramayana.
3. Phewa Lake:
Also known as Phewa Tal or Fewa Lake, Phewa Lake located in the Pokhara Valley is the most popular lakes to visit in Nepal. This freshwater lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and it is among the most serene lakes to visit there. The lake has the Tal Barahi Temple located at its centre on a small island and it is surrounded by green mountains reflecting on its water. The lake offers many water activities and is a must-visit in Nepal.
4. Gosaikunda Lake:
A scared site for Hindus, the Gosaikunda Lake is located within the Langtang National Park. The alpine freshwater lake sits at an altitude of 4,380 m. The lake stays frozen for six months and when it melts it falls down to form the Trishuli River. There are 108 lakes in this area situated along some of the most challenging trekking passes such as the Lauribina La. The lake not only offers a beautiful view of the valley but also a great opportunity for bird watchers.
5. Rara Lake:
For being surrounded by the Rara National Park, Rara Lake has become a great place to observe some of the many unique and rare floral and faunal. It is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the Nepal Himalayas lying at an altitude of 2,990 m above the sea level. One can visit this lake any time of the year apart from winter when the temperature drops down to freezing cold. The lake is home to the famous snow trout which is only found in the waters of Rara.
6. Shey Phoksundo Lake:
This alpine freshwater lake is located in the Shey Phoksundo National Park in the Dolpa District. Sitting at an elevation of 3,611.5 m above sea level, the Phoksundo Lake has the village Ringmo to its South and a beautiful waterfall past it. The lake changes its colour from light to deep blue and the top layer of the water completely freezes following the winter.
7. Panch Pokhari Lake:
The group of 5 Hindu holy lakes is one of the most popular sites in Nepal. It is located in Sindhupalchowk District and it’s the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world. Located in the Langtang National Park, among the 5 lakes, the lake in Janai Purnima is one of the most popular destinations among Hindus and Buddhists. With clear blue water and breathtaking view, Panch Pokhari Lake is among the most serene lakes in Nepal.
8. Birendra Lake:
With turquoise water, the freshwater lake located in Manaslu Glacier in Gorkha District is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal. It is located along the Manasu pass near the Punhyen Glacier. The lake is home to various species or rare plants and planktons and holds significant importance in the scientific and zoology community.
9. Dudh Kunda Lake:
One of the lesser-known lakes in Nepal is the beautiful, Dudh Kunda Lake which offers one of the best trekking paths along with the Nepal Himalayan range from the Dhaulagiri to Kanchanjangha. The surrounding mountains add a colourful background to the blue water lake. It is considered a Holy Lake located in the base of Numbur Himal.
10. Indra Sarovar lake:
The largest artificial lake in Nepal, Indra Sarovar lake is famous for its surrounding landscapes and hills. It is located at the heart of Makwanpur district of Narayani zone and was primarily build for the Kulekhani Hydropower project. With peaceful surrounding and lush green hills, it is among the most serene lakes to visit in Nepal.