The Himalayas, from which one can say that another earth lies in the earth. The incomparable landscapes, the breathtaking beauty of the valleys, meadows, mountains, glaciers and lakes have always attracted people from all over the world.
In India, we are one of the precious regions of the Himalayas and most of its glacial lakes. Yes, there are thousands of high altitude lakes in the Himalayas, many of which are still unexplored. Now in my life so far I have explored many of these lakes, but in this article I list these 10 high altitude lakes that you should visit before you die. Why!? Well, see below ̵
# 10. Changu Lake or Tsomgo Lake
Sikkim | Visited in January 2018
This lake is located in eastern Sikkim at altitude of 3,753 m. The lake is located near the border with India and from November to May you can see this white frozen lake, which is definitely a feast for the eyes. Maximum depth of the lake at 15 meters
The lake is at a distance of 40 km from the Gangtok, capital of Sikkim. Foreigners need a permit to visit this lake.
Fish like rainbow trout can be found in this lake water.
# 9. Tso Moriri
Ladakh | Visited in July 2016
During my ladakh tour 2016 I. have visited a total of 6 lakes in Ladakh Himalayan region. Tso Moriri is one of the lakes I came across. It is one of the largest lakes in Ladakh.
This lake is called Mountain Lake and is located at an altitude of 4,522 m. This brackish water lake is fed by springs and snowmelt from neighboring mountain streams. These brooks include vast marshes that flow into the lake most of the time.
Travelers can stay in the camps near the lake. The lake is accessible during summertime.
# 8. Brahmatal
Uttarakhand | Visit in December 2017
Brahmatal is a holy lake that is unknown to many. It is especially popular for the winter brahmatal trek to this lake. During the winter season the lake turns into a white frozen lake. It is a saying that Lord Brahma was meditating in this place.
Brahmatal lies at an altitude of 3,182 m
During the hike you can see some of the Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and many more.
From December to March you can visit Brahma Valley to see the snow and the frozen lake. It is accessible by walking from a small village called Lohajung in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand.
# 7. Khecheopalri Lake
Pelling, West Sikkim | Visiting April 2018
Khecheopalri Lake originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri or the I wish Lake, one of the holiest lakes in India. People come here from all over the world to make wishes and pray to the deity. The lake is located in the midst of a pristine forest and is located at an altitude of 1,700 m.
You can visit him from Pelling, 30 km away.
# 6. Kala Pokhri
Darjeeling | Visit in February 2017
Kala Pokhri is another highly underrated lake in the Himalayan region and most popular site during Sandakphu Trek . This lake has a special feature, it is located at an altitude of 3,186 m, but it is never frozen during the winter season.
The lake is located in a small village also known as Kalapokhri in the Singalila National Park] # 5. Nainital
Uttarakhand | Visited in October 2016
Nainital Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the hills. Station of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It lies at the height of 2,084 meters. Nainital is a mango-shaped lake surrounded by mountains.
Nainital is also very popular as a honeymoon destination in India. The lake is frozen during the winter season.
You can visit Nainital from Delhi. It is almost 300 km from Delhi, which takes almost 6 to 7 hours.
# 4. Suraj Valley
Himachal Pradesh | Visit in July 2016
Located at an altitude of 4,883 meters, the lake is also known as the Surya table or the lake of the sun god. Most importantly it is the source of Bhaga in Himachal Pradesh. It is 65 km from Keylong, the headquarters of the district of Lahaul Spiti.
It is the third highest lake in India and the 21st highest in the world. The green water looks so fantastic that we did not want to leave the place.
On October 19, 2011, a MiG-29 aircraft crashed near this Suraj valley. It was the third crash in this area of Himachal Pradesh in the last 50 years. The last time a military helicopter crashed near the same place was ten years ago. While another plane carried 60 army personnel in the early 1960s, all were killed and the aircraft wreck was found after 15 years.
It's an incredible 6 hour drive from Manali to Suraj Valley Lake.
# 3. Chandra Valley
Himachal Pradesh | Visit in September 2017
The lake of the moon Chandratal is an important place for those who travel to Spiti Valley and hike to the Hampta Pass. Chandra Valley is the last stop before leaving the Spiti region and also during the Hampta Pass this is the second last campsite for the hikers.
The name Chandratal Lake was created due to its crescent shape. It is located at an altitude of 4,250 meters from the sea level.
The lake is also within walking distance. People migrate from the Kunzum Pass, Batal and also from the Suraj valley, which is 30 km from the lake.
Chandra Valley was declared a World Heritage Site in 2005.
# 2. Pangong Tso
Ladakh | Visit in July 2016
Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is the most famous lake in India as well as in the world. It lies at an altitude of 4,350 m and is 134 km long and extends from India to China. In China, the lake is called "Bāngōng Cuò".
This grassland lake is probably one of the highest saltwater lakes. Experts report that there are no signs of aquatic life except for a few small crustaceans.
This brackish water lake has many migratory birds during the summer, such as the broom-headed goose and Brahmani ducks.
Leh is 5 hours drive from Pangong Lake. You can stay in camps near the lake.
# 1. Tso Kiagar
Ladakh | Visited July 2016
One of the most unknown lakes in Ladakh and my favorite Tso Kiagar. Many tourists do not know about this lake and do not visit it during their Ladakh Road Journey
Before we reached Tsomoriri and after crossing the Sumdo village where we had lunch, we had another lake called Tso Kiagar see. Kiagar Tso. This was the third lake we saw on our trip. We left our car behind and stepped back near the lake.
Going down to the lake was like reaching the sky. You can not believe how beautiful it was. The still water reflected the mountains that formed a perfect landscape. We clicked many photos there and came back to our car. Climbing the road was a bit difficult. At last we reached and left the heavenly Tso Kiagar.
Tso Kiagar is a saltwater lake on the way to Tso Moriri Lake. This lake is located in the Rupshu Valley, Changthang Plateau and is home to the Changpas or the nomadic Ladakhis. The lake is located at an altitude of about 4,000 m above sea level.
So here's the list of high altitude Himalayan glacier lakes I've visited so far. You should visit these lakes once in your life
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