Lake trekking has become very popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why! Enjoying the beautiful views of snow-capped mountains from the shores of these lakes makes it one of the most memorable experiences you can have while in India, especially if you choose one of the most demanding lake treks! The best part about this type of trekking is that you can literally do it anywhere, but if you want to make sure that you get to experience some truly remarkable views, here are some of the top places!
Trekking to India can be an exhilarating experience, especially if you decide to do it in the high mountains of Garhwal region. When you look at the high peaks of the Himalayas and set foot on them, you know that it was all worth it! Here are some of the most demanding Lake treks in India that you can go this winter to give your trekking experience a new level altogether!
Kareri Lake Treks
Kareri lake trek is one of the most demanding treks in India, but it also is one of the most rewarding. The trail to Kareri winds through a dense forest and then ascends steeply up a ridge into some of the most spectacular scenery in Garhwal. It is possible to see snow on top of Kanchenjunga (at over 6,000m) and Nanda Devi (the highest peak in the Garhwal Himalaya) from this point. It takes about five days for trekkers to reach Kareri from Dhariyatal, with two days’ walk from Lamgaon (about 3400m) being particularly challenging.
Prashar Lake Treks
The Prashar Lake trek is a challenging, but scenic journey. It is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, also known as the Western Himalayas. The trek starts at Kalimath and takes you through two passes before reaching the lake. It is an arduous journey with many ups and downs and varying altitudes, but the views are spectacular! This trek is one of the best options for those seeking a challenge, but don’t have time for a more lengthy trip.
Dodital Lake Trek
This trek offers the opportunity to experience the full range of Indian climate and scenery. The Dodital Lake Trek starts near Joshimath and goes up through dense forests and over high ridges that are often snow-covered, before descending into deep valleys with lush green meadows. This trek is more challenging than the more well-known Ramganga Valley Trek, but it offers a much better chance of seeing snow leopards. This hike is best done in late autumn when you can enjoy colorful leaves in some parts of the forest.
Hemkund Sahib Trek
The Hemkund Sahib trek is one of the most demanding, but scenic treks in India. Located at an altitude of 2,090 meters (6,873 feet) in Uttarakhand, it takes four days to complete and you need permission from the temple authorities before you can visit. The trek is a challenging one because of its steep slopes and rocky terrain. It also passes through multiple villages, so there are many chances for interaction with locals along the way.
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is one of the most beautiful treks in India. It takes you through some of the remotest regions of the country and provides a unique opportunity to see high altitude lakes, glaciers, and mountains. The trek starts from Srinagar and goes up towards Pahalgam, passing through dramatic landscapes and villages with breathtaking views. The trail then continues on to Chandanwari where it skirts around the snow-capped peaks of Kolhoi Glacier before finally reaching Lamayuru – a small village perched on top of red sandstone cliffs.
Kafni Glacier Trek
A lesser-known trek, the Kafni Glacier Trek is one of the most demanding treks in India. It passes through some of the most remote parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, and offers trekkers an outstanding view of snow-covered peaks. The route is more challenging than others because it consists mainly of high-altitude glacier travel with steep slopes and deep crevasses. Some sections are not even marked with a trail, so it is essential to be well equipped for this trek. The Kafni Glacier Trek starts at Tungnath Peak in Garhwal Himalayas and follows a route that takes you through dense alpine forests, mountain meadows, beautiful valleys, and past cascading waterfalls.
Nainital Lake Trek
Nainital is a small hill station in Uttarakhand and the most visited spot in the Kumaon region. Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, Nainital is blessed with a picturesque landscape and some of the most beautiful lakes around. The trek to Nainital Lake is one of its toughest treks, but also one of its most rewarding ones. It starts from Govindghat and goes on for about 10 km before reaching this famous lake that was formed by an earthquake.
The Roopkund trek is one of the most challenging treks in India. It is also one of the most dangerous, because the route can be blocked by snow from November to April. The route leads through a variety of terrains and climate zones, including dense forests, steep rocky slopes, high-altitude deserts and snow-clad Himalayan peaks.
The Roopkund trek starts at Chandoli village in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. There are two routes that lead towards Roopkund: first starting with a hike up to Chaurapani or Srikot peak; this route is higher in altitude but shorter in distance.
Lonar Lake Trek
Lonar is a saltwater lake in the Buldana district of Maharashtra, between Aurangabad and Nasik. The lake lies in a large impact crater formed about 50,000 years ago by a meteor strike, and according to legend, it’s home to an unusual variety of fish. In fact, the water of Lonar has been known for centuries for its curative properties. Besides being one of the highest lakes in Maharashtra with an elevation at 514 meters, this is also the deepest lake in the region with most trekkers who opt for Lonar Lake not getting past 250 meters from the nearest road.
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