List of lake treks in Nepal - Top Ten Best Lake Treks In Nepal

  • Last Updated on Feb 7, 2024

Nepal is not just the home to some of the world's highest mountains but also boasts some amazing and picturesque lakes in the world. As Nepal is the second richest country in water resources, it is blessed with more than 6000 rivers, 3252 glaciers, and 2323 glacial lakes. Mountains and glaciers are the main sources of lakes and rivers in Nepal. The elegance of lakes and rivers in the mountains and mid-hills attract both domestic and international travellers around the world.

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The lakes at higher altitude have a religious significance. Whereas some lakes are attracting travelers with their sheer beauty, unique features, and amazing exquisiteness. Similarly, some lakes are famous because of their unmatched and notable traits, signing in the world record.

When it comes to trekking, Nepal is not only famous for high mountain expeditions and base camp hiking, but also for trekking and exploring around beautiful lakes. Featured here are some of the amazing lakes that you should consider going as the best lakes trek in Nepal.

List of Best Lakes Trekking In Nepal - Top Ten Best Lake Treks In Nepal.

  1. Gokyo Lake Trek - “Trek to the highest altitude lake of Nepal with both natural and religious significances”
  2. Kajin Sara Lake Trek - “Trek to the forthcoming highest altitude lake in the world at an altitude of 5200 metres.”
  3. Tilicho Lake Trek - “Trek to the current highest placed lake in Nepal at an altitude of 4919 metres.”
  4. RaraLake Trek - “Trek towards a bright blue jewellery of Nepal set surrounded by the snowy peaks at an altitude of 2,990 metres.”
  5. PhoksundoLake Trek - “Trek to the semi-arid landscape of ecologically significant Ramsar site of Nepal.”
  6. Paanch Pokhari Lake Trek- “Exploration around 9th highest wetland region of the world and 4,100 metres elevated Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal.”
  7. Ice Lake Trek (Kicho Tal) - “Trekking to the highest frozen lake of Nepalese Himalayas at an altitude of 4,620 metres starting the trail from 3,540 metres above sea level.”
  8. Kapuche Lake Trek - “Trek to the lowest altitude glacier lake of Nepal located at an altitude of 2,564 metres above sea level.”
  9. Indra Sarobar Lake Trek - “Explore around the largest artificial lake of Nepal historically built by Late King Birendra in the name of his wife Indra Rajya Laxmi Shah.”
  10. Bish Hajari Lake Trek - “Explore around the Ramsar site in Chitwan National Park that involves 20,000 lakes in an arena and resembles the shape of 20000 when seen from the sky.”

Gokyo Lake Trek

Situated in the shadow of the world's sixth-highest mountain, Cho Oyu, the most stunning and mesmerising high altitude lakes in Nepal are Gokyo Lakes. Gokyo lakes are the world's highest freshwater lake system in Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region lying at an altitude of 4700 to 5000 metres. The Gokyo lake comprises numerous lakes from which the six prominent ones are; Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho (the largest among all), Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngozumpa Cho and Longbanga Cho.

A walk around the Gokyo lakes offers a eye-catchinhg view of amazing lakes with a backdrop of mountainous surroundings. During the trek to these lakes you will be accompanied by the beautiful view of mountains like Mt Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Thamserku, Mt Cho Oyu as well as Ngozumpa Glacier. For more information about Gokyo lake trek, check on Gokyo lake trek in Nepal.

Kajin Sara lake trek

Kajin Sara Lake is located at Singarkharka in Chame municipality of Manang district of Nepal. It is the newly discovered lake in Nepal and is gaining fame for holding the standard of being the world's highest lake. Even though the altitude of this lake is not verified, it is all set to become the world’s highest placed lake at an elevation of 5200 metres replacing Tilicho lake. This lake is 24 km away from Chame and it takes a trek through virgin trail in Annapurna Region to reach there.

This beautiful altitude lake rewards the amazing view of Mt Manaslu, Damodar, Annapurna, Lamjung and Mt Peri (Tibet) as mentioned by the very few travellers who have explored this lake. Click on the Customise Trip section at the top right side of the site and make booking of your Kajin Sara lake trek with us.

Tilicho lake trek

Tilicho lake is one of the stunning lakes of Nepal located at an altitude of 4919 metres in Manag district of Annapurna region of Himalayas.Traveller attempting the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek takes detour to this lake to embrace its beauty and indulge in tranquillity. Also, the travellers can specifically visit Tilicho lake with its own designated itinerary. It's like the lake merges with the distant blue sky, where the two meet.

There is a lack of vegetation in the surrounding high altitude, which has increased the grandeur of the lake. Your visit to Tilicho Lake offers wonderful views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. Explore the old Tilicho Lake and soak in its beauty, and be proud that you have explored one of the highest lakes in the world. For more information on Tilicho lake trek, go through the following package list.

Rara lake trek

Rara lake, the largest lake in Nepal, is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. At 2,990 metres, the lake offers a wonderful travel experience. The lake covers an area of ​​9.8 square kilometres of Rara National Park. The trek to Lake Rara takes you to the farthest corner of Nepal near the Tibetan border. Unlike other hikes, this hike is unique in its own right. This trek may not fascinate mountain-fans, but it is a must-see trek for the remarkable beauty of the serene lake view.

The founder of GORP (Great Outdoor Entertainment Pages), Bill Greer, described Rara Lake as "A bright blue jewellery set surrounded by snow peaks”. The Rara lake trek route is filled with small villages, pine, spruce, and juniper forests, quiet valleys, and beautiful landscapes. The trekking to Rara Lake starts from the scenic flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. Then, start strolling through the inaccessible roads of western Nepal, soaking up the inaccessibility and desert. Cherechaur, Chalchaur, Sinja Valley and Ghorosingha are the main points to Rara Lake. For more information on Rara lake trekking in Nepal, click on Jumla Rara lake trekking.

Phoksundo lake trek

Lake Phoksundo is the deepest lake in Nepal, located west of Kathmandu in Dolpa District, which can be experienced while hiking in the Dolpo area. The freshwater lake is at an altitude of 3615 metres. Eric Valli's 1999 hit film Himalaya / Caravan depicts the people, culture and overall life of the Dolpo region (and was the first Nepali film to be nominated for a Foreign Film Academy Award).

The trek to Phoksundo lake follows amazing scenery through old landscapes, beautiful forests, snow-capped mountains and magnificent natural views. The beauty of the lake itself is delightful. Lake Foksundo's pristine blue water resides within the alpine semi-arid landscape, including patches of pine forests. A part of Shey-Phoksundo National Park, Lake Phoksundo is a wetland of ecological significance listed as a Ramsar site. To know more about Shey Phoksundo lake and its trekking, click on Phoksundo lake trek.

Paanch Pokhari trek

Panchpokhari is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal. Located at an altitude of 4,100 metres in Sindhupalchok district, Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu sacred lakes and the 9th highest wetland area in the world. A popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Five Ponds (Paanch Pokhari) attracts enthusiastic travellers, especially local hikers.

The lakes welcome crowds of pilgrims especially on Janai Purnima. The view of the five ponds surrounded by green hills is a lifelong experience. The trek to Panchpokhari can be completed in a few days and is easily accessible in Kathmandu. The trek to paanch pokahari is best for those who prefer less crowded trails. Click on the Customise Trip section at the top right side of the site and book the Paanch Pokhari lake trek with us.

Ice lake (Kicho Tal) trek

Ice Lake is the highest frozen lake in Nepalese Himalayas. It is located at an elevation of 4,620 metres in Manang district. It is locally known as Kicho Lake. It is the major attraction of Annapurna Circuit Trek and serves as an excellent side hike in the region.

Scenic trek from Manang to Ice lake starts from 3,540 metres up to 4,620 metres offering the panoramic views of Manaslu Range, Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Chulu East and Far East, Pisang Peak and surrounding peaks. Book your Ice lake trek with us from the Customise Trip section at the top right side of the site.

Kapuche lake trek

Kapuche lake is the lowest altitude glacier lake at an altitude of 2,546 metres in Annapurna region of Nepal. The kapuche lake comprises three words with different meanings: 'ka' means "snow or ice", ‘`Phu’ means “melting and sliding down” and ‘Che' means “settling on the flat land”.

As all the other glacier lakes are above the altitude of 4000 metres but the ideal height of this lake makes it a more interesting destination in Nepal. During your trek to Kapuche you will embrace the untouched trekking trails with unique and authentic location, meadow and amazing view of mountains like Annaourna II, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri and many more. The amazing turquoise Khapuche lake is the prime allure for all the travellers toward Kapuche. For more information about this lake trek in Nepal, check on Kapuche lake trek.

Indra Sarobar lake trek

Indra Sarobar is the largest artificial lake in Nepal. Located in Makwanpur district of Nepal. It is around 50 kilometres away from Kathmandu that is famous for its enchanting beauty. The Kulekhani Hydropower Project has been formally constructed for hydropower generation. Indrasarovar Lake, which is close to Kathmandu, can help you get rid of the chaos of Kathmandu city quickly. It is also commonly called Kulekhani Dam.

In recent years, local people have started using the lake for commercial fish breeding farming and this has boosted the local economy. Historically, it is believed that the late King Birendra built this lake in the name of his wife Indra Rajyalakshmi Shah. Travellers can also admire the stunning views of the lake from the huge suspension bridge. Go to the Customise Trip section on the top right side of the site and book your Indra Sarobar lake trek with us.

Bish Hajari lake trek

Bish Hajari lake is situated between the Mahabharata mountain range and Siwalik range of the Himalayas. It is a wetland and a Ramsar site inside Chitwan National Park, meaning 20,000 lakes in Nepali word.

Thus, Bish Hajari lake comprises more than 20,000 small and big lakes. Similarly, the shape of the lake is like 20,000 when we see the lake-view from the sky. This lake is a paradise for bird watchers too. For booking Bis Hajari lake trekking / hiking in Nepal, prefer the Customise Trip section on the site. Provide us the requirements, number of persons, and every service you want, and we will arrange the trip for you.

Nepal Trek Adventures & Expedition provides the above given lakes’ treks in Nepal with the best itinerary and reasonable price ranges. So, feel free to contact us anytime you want. We are available 24x7 for your service and to resolve any queries that you have regarding the lake trekkings in Nepal.

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