High Altitude Lake Treks in India

India is a country of wonder and the land of splendiferous Himalaya and also home to the highest peak of the world ‘Mount Everest‘.

Apart from lofty peaks, lush green landscapes, alpine meadows, and snow-clad mountains, the Himalayan treks are also blessed with some high-altitude glacial freshwater lakes where some are considered sacred and visited by devotees also, some are still virgin.

These water-bodies are the dream places for every hiker who comes here as these lakes provide glimpses of heaven.

These high altitude lakes are the dream destination for every traveler and photographer to enjoy the heavenly feeling.

Some high altitude lake treks in India:-

Bhrigu Lake Trek (Himachal Pradesh)

This is Bhrigu lake situated at approx. 14,200 ft (4,300 m) located near Rohtang Pass, Kullu in the HimalayasThis is Bhrigu lake situated at approx. 14,200 ft (4,300 m) located near Rohtang Pass, Kullu in the Himalayas ( Source: Wikipedia )

Situated towards the east of Rohtang Pass and it is around 6 km away from Gulaba.
It is believed that long ago a famous saint ‘Maharishi Bhrigu’ used to meditate here and hence it is named after him.

The trail also gives mind-blowing views of other famous peaks like the views of Seven Sisters or Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Pir Panjal range.

The route of the trail passes through the rich line of Oak and Cedar forests, lush green meadows, open grasslands, and Apple orchards.

The difficulty level of this trail is easy to moderate and hence it is definitely recommended for beginners.

The place can be visited from mid-May to October but the perfect time is from March to May and after July-August due to monsoon month, when there is high chances of natural calamities.

Trek distance: 4 days
Trek duration: 25 km
Base Camp: Gulaba
Difficulty: easy to moderate

Great Lake Trek (Jammu & Kashmir)

Vishansar Lake seen from Gadsar PassVishansar Lake seen from Gadsar Pass ( Source: Wikipedia )

The Great Lake Trek also regarded as the Sonamarg-Vishansar-Narang Trek is a high-altitude Trek in Kashmir in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is nestled at a height of around 13000 feet above sea level. The trek offers a lifetime experience to all nature lovers and hikers.

The trail route goes through alpine mountains, green meadows, rocky terrain, snow-capped views of glaciers. The interesting part about trekking here one will get the opportunity to see five beautiful lakes together.

The trek is rated as moderate to difficult, so one needs sound body fitness before hiking here. The ideal time to visit this place is from June to September to witness the greenery.

Trek distance: 72 km
Trek duration: 7 to 9 days
Base Camp: Sonmarg
Difficulty: moderate to difficult

Prashar Lake Trek (Himachal Pradesh)

parashar lakeParashar lake ( Source: Holidify )

Parashar Lake Trek is a blue water lake surrounded by the Dhauladhar range in Kullu valley.

It is standing at a maximum altitude of 8900 feet above sea level.
The lake is named after Parashar Rishi, who meditated here back and the temple itself was built in the 13th century in the honor of the Rishi due to which this place is treated as a sacred place by the locals.

The trek route passes through a charming trail through a forest and many water streams. Parashar Lake Trek is rated as an easy trail and hence it is suitable for all hikers. The best time to hike this place is in the months of November and December.

Trek distance: 16 km
Trek duration: 2 days
Base Camp: Bagi village
Difficulty: easy

Roopkund Trek (Uttarakhand)

The roopkund lake in August2014The roopkund lake in August2014 ( Source: Wikipedia )

Trekking path to Roopkund, passing near Bedni BugyalTrekking path to Roopkund, passing near Bedni Bugyal ( Source: Wikipedia )

Human skeletons in Roopkund LakeHuman skeletons in Roopkund Lake ( Source: Wikipedia )

Roopkund is a famous glacial lake and is one of the top trekking destinations in Uttrakhand, which is located in the Himalayas and standing roughly at a height of 4800 meters/15,969 feet above sea level.

The lake is located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. The water body lies in the lap of Mt. Trishul. The lake is also regarded as the skeleton Lake due to the discovery of human skeletons in and around it for which it is also called the mystery lake.

The trail route passes through the dense green forests, streams, rolling meadows, and snow-covered terrains. The trek is recommended for experienced trekkers as it is rated as moderate to difficult in difficulty level.

The best time to do this trial is during the summer months that are April, May, and June before the arrival of the monsoon.

Trek distance: 53 km
Trek duration: 8 days
Difficulty: moderate to difficult
Base Camp: Lohajung

Kareri Lake Trek (Himachal Pradesh)

Kareri Lake, District Kangra, HP, IndiaKareri Lake, District Kangra, HP, India ( Source: Wikipedia )

Kareri Lake Trek is a high-altitude Lake Trek that starts from the Base Camp of Snow Monk Camp in Salli village near Dharamshala.

It is standing at a height of 2934 meters/11,972 feet above sea level. The trail goes through the lush green forest with a river flowing next to the trail where one can get to witness the snow-capped views of the Dhauladhar range.

This place can be visited by trekkers throughout the year but the best time is in summer (May to July) and autumn (September to November). The trek can be counted among those few Trek which can be done during the monsoon season.

The trail is graded as easy to moderate and it is a must-do trek for every adventure enthusiast.

Trek distance: 26 km
Trek duration: 2 days
Base Camp: Ghera village
Difficulty: easy to moderate