Nepal is dotted with spectacular lakes, and some of them deserve to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Let’s start with the discovery of the 5 most beautiful lakes in this Himalayan country, for a journey of relaxation, among clear waters, boat rides and walks along picturesque villages.
Although Nepal is home to numerous beautiful lakes, we’ve chosen just 5 of them for you, which categorically distinguish them for their beauty and importance.
1. Rara Lake
Rara is situated in the remote district of Mugu, and is at elevation 2900m above sea level. This is Nepal’s deepest and largest freshwater lake and stretches up to 13 kilometres. The surrounding areas are arid but the lake falls on the shadow of Mount Dhaulagiri. This is a pristine lake and not a lot of tourists visit Rara. You can take the Rara lake trek which is normally a long 16-20 day trek but an extremely rewarding one.
2. Fewa Lake
Fewa Lake is situated in the town of Pokhara and is a famous destination for tourists. Fewa Lake stretches upto 5.4 square kilometres and the entire lake is adorned by the beautiful view of Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) Mountain. There is a beautiful forest on one side and the lovely town on the other side. Taking a traditional boat out into the clear waters is a must when you are visiting Pokhara.
3. Phoksundo Lake
You need to take the beauitful Dolpo Trek in order to reach this lake. Phoksundo Lake is situated at an elevation of 3600m above sea level and is situated in the middle of the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Phoksundo Lake is drained out by a river which creates a beautiful waterfall. The vegetation around the waterfall is rich with thick pine forest. Musk deers, Blue Sheep and the rare Snow Leopard can also sighted around the waterfall.
4. Tilicho Lake
Situated in Manang District, Tilicho Lake stands at an elevation of 4,919 metres in the shadow of the might Annapurna range. It is usually a part of the strenuous Annapurna Circuit Trek but these days you can specifically take the Tilicho Lake trek which is normally around 14-15 days. Tilicho is one of the highest lakes in the world and the sight around this lake is spectacularly beautiful.
Gosaikunda is an alpine freshwater lake situated in Rasuwa District of Nepal. It is located at 4380m above sea level. The lake remains frozen for 6 months in a year and when it melts, its waters meet the massive Trishuli River in the South. Other than being picturesque, the lake holds a great religious significance to Hindu pilgrims. You can take the Gosaikunda trek from Kathmandu (about 8-9 days) to reach the lake and back.