We all have listened about the high altitude mountain treks. But in this blog, you will get to know about some amazing high altitude lake treks. Yes, you heard it right Lake Treks. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are the two very famous trekking destinations in India which holds tremendous beauty. Many lakes and rivers are sacred and are connected with the myths & believe of the ancient era. Lake Treks are famous as mountain treks, but they are the beautiful ones because of the shallow freshwater, captivating views, amazing campsites, and many more.
Here are some famous Lake treks that are on the list of every trekker :
Kareri Lake Trek
Nestled in the Dhauladhar range in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh. Kareri Lake is a high altitude shallow freshwater lake perched at an elevation of 3,650m. The lake is a popular trekking destination. This beautiful trek starts from Mcleodganj and leads to Kareri village, then a gradual descent takes you to Kareri Lake. You will pass by lush green meadows, wild and colorful orchards, thick forests of pines & shrubs, and Himalayan birds and animal species. Kareri Lake trek is an easy to moderate trek which offers great views of the Dhauladhars, verdant pastures and sight of valleys below. Camping at the crystal clear lake is an amazing experience to cherish forever. The best time to visit the lake is in the summer and winter. The lake gets frozen in the months from December to March and offers astounding views of the snow-covered mountains. Get ready to escape the heat of summers by doing this amazing lake trek.
Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand
The most beautiful high alpine altitude lake perched at an altitude of 5,029m in the Garhwal Himalayas. Roopkund is also known as the Skeleton Lake, because of the collection of the human skeletons which are present on the banks of the lake. A trek to the lake is the most exciting and thrilling one. Roopkund lies on the laps of Mt. Trishul and attracts thousands of trekkers every year from all over the world. The trek starts from Sankri Village and takes you to through the lush meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal which are the famous campsites of the trek. Roopkund is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains. The best time to visit in the months of May-June & August-Oct. The lake gets frozen in winters. Roopkund is a tough trek of 38km and can be covered in 7 days. The trek starts from Lohajung and also gives an opportunity to explore the culture of quaint villages. Catch the views of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Himalayan peaks.
Dodital Lake, Uttarakhand
A sacred freshwater lake in Uttarakashi district, Uttarakhand. A most beautiful and gentle trek in the Garhwal Himalayas perched at 3,310m. Dodital trek is an easy to moderate grade of 22km. According to mythology, the lake is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The origin of the lake is the Asi Ganga. Dodital is nestled in the middle of the mountains all surrounded by dense forests of rhododendrons, lush meadows, and vast pastures. The trek starts from Uttarakashi and passes through so many quaint villages like Bebra, Sangam Chatti, etc. Dodital trek offers great opportunity to explore the nearby villages of the lake. Experience the tranquil environment, greenery, and serene beauty. You can also visit the nearby Ganesh Temple. With no doubt, Dodital is an extremely amazing trekking destination.
Satopanth Lake, Uttarakhand
Another beautiful sacred lake in the Garhwal Himalayas. Satopanth lake is set at an elevation of 4,600m and is located in the mid of the snow-clad peaks. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh used to take bath in the lake on an auspicious day, and then it is considered as the sacred lake. Satopanth lake is the ninth highest lake in India. The trek will take you to the serene beauty, dense forests of pine and oak trees, gushing streams, and snow-capped peaks. Satopanth Lake is a pilgrimage site that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year to take a dip in the sacred water from all over the world. You can catch the glimpse of snow-covered peaks likeNeelkantha, Swargarohini, Balakun, and Narayan Parbat. The trek is of tough grade and can be covered in 8 days. The best time to visit in the months of June to September. Satopanth lake trek is truly a bliss for nature and adventure lovers.
This amazing trek will take you to the lake where Lord Brahma had meditated for several years. Brahmatal is a high altitude lake at an elevation of 12,250ft and a popular Himalayan trek.
The trek will take you to the dense conifers and oak forests, lush meadows, unique variety of flora and fauna, frozen lakes, hushed hamlets, beautiful valleys, along with the snow-clad mountains. Catch the spectacular views of the Nanda Devi and Mt. Trishul. Brahmatal trek starts from Kathgodam, a religious town in Uttarakhand and leads to Lohajung Basecamp. From Lohajung the trek leads to Bekaltal, a gorgeous lake surrounded by dense forests which makes it a beautiful campsite of the trek. Bekaltal gets frozen in winters and fills you with excitement to hike more for perfect views. Reaching Brahmatal by trekking in the ankle-deep snow will be a memorable experience. Brahmatal lake is all surrounded by tall trees of pines and oaks. The freshwater lake will be an amazing location to pitch your tent. The lake gets frozen in the months of November to March and it is a perfect time to visit.
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