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Trekking to the lakes of the Himalayas is something that will give us a lot of pleasure and immense experience. Here is a list of five easy to reach Himalayan lakes; most of these connected with motorable roads. During the summers while raging on full steam in the plains a trip to these lakes is more than a perfect getaway. They are more of a comfortable hideaway that we need.
Pangong Tso, Ladakh
It is a lake so stunning that we would want to pinch ourselves and check if it is a dream. It sits at 4250 m in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and is stunningly blue. We can reach it at an 8 hours drive from Leh if trekking at such an altitude is not a problem. There are ample of dhabas and camps by the lakeside to make us stay comfortably. Since Ladakh gets dangerously cold during winters the best time to visit this lake is from mid-March to early September.
Chandratal Lake, Spiti
It is situated at an altitude of 4300 m and is made up of dreams. Due to its difficult accessibility, it sees fewer tourists. It is shaped like a crescent moon and it is where it derived its name from. It is perched on Samundra Plateau and the nearest campsite id about 2 km away. We can have the fun of rolling in gigantic meadows under the Himalayan sun and going all wow under the scary skies for the nights.
Tso Moriri, Ladakh
Ladakh has another delight, tucked deep into the Himalayas. This lake takes us to the extreme regions of Ladakh. Reaching and staying here isn’t easy due to the lack of facilities. One of the most thrilling parts f the journey will be staying with the Changpa nomads, we can find them in the meadows around the lake. If not, the lakeside has a few basic homestays to spend a night or two.
Gurudogmar Lake, Sikkim
It is one of the highest lakes in the Indian Himalayas to be open to tourists. The road to this lake is through treacherous moraine, which increases the lure to visit it. The sight of the crystal clear water mass, lined with Buddhist prayer flags flapping by its side, will take our breath away. We need to be well acclimatised. The nearest stay facilities are in Lachen, which lies at a drive of three hours. We must start early from Lachen so that we reach the lake before it gets too windy for some moments of out of the world experience.
Prashar Lake, Himachal
It is a gem and easy to reach when we compare it with the other lakes in the list. People in the region consider the lake sacred, for they believe it to be a major meditation site for Hindu sage Prashar. It is at 2730 m near Mandi and we can easily cover it over a weekend from Delhi and around.
Other than these stunning lakes, Himalayas is also home to the Roopkund Lake, the seven lakes of Kashmir etc. All these lakes need trekking supports and are not meant for solo journeys.