Himalayan alpine lakes that are clear, pristine, and gleaming reflect the breathtaking beauty that surrounds them. Even as soft, puffy white clouds float across the water’s surface, imposing peaks cast breathtaking reflections. The lakes reveal the incomparable beauty of the cosmos as the sun sets and the heavens turn inky blue, as the stars come out and fill the skies above with thousands of dazzling specks dotting the ocean below. You can also visit Bhrigu Lake Trek.
Alpine lakes, whether nestled among towering mountains or appearing from afar as a drop of brilliant blue set in a meadow of green, never fail to stop us in our tracks, fill our hearts and minds with emotions we can’t name, and simply… take our breath away.
Alpine lakes, which can be found above the tree line at elevations of 10,000 feet or higher, are almost entirely fed by glaciers.
When we asked some of our most experienced trek leaders for their top recommendations, they all turned into poets.
Kedar Tal is a glacial lake in India’s Garhwal Himalayan region, 4,750 meters above sea level. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, fed by the melting snow of Thalaysagar and Brighupanth. Peaks such as Manda, Bhagirathi, Gangotri, and Bhrigupanth have seen such splendor that it takes one’s breath away.
It is a seven-day trek that is more remote and isolated than other treks. The terrain is dangerous because the path is steep and tangled with boulders. At the same time, the path is surrounded by lush and vibrant meadows. This route is preferred by experienced hikers.
You’ll notice as you read that most lakes made our list because of the beauty of their surroundings or the colors of their waters.
The difficult journey required to reach Kedartal Lake distinguishes it. The lake, which is located at an elevation of 15,485 feet, is guarded by some of the country’s most magnificent peaks, including Mt Thalaysagar, Mt Gangotri, Mt Jogin, Mt Bhrigupanth, and Manda Parvat.
With elevations ranging from 11,000 to 16,000 feet, steep ascents and descents, and the ()famous Spider wall, the trek to Kedartal Lake are not for the faint of heart.
Visit between mid-May and the end of June if seeing a frozen lake is on your bucket list. The best time to visit if you want clear views and a glassy lake is from mid-September to the end of October.
Many of our trek leaders recommended including Gadsar Lake in the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, widely regarded as India’s most beautiful trek. On Day 4 of the KGL trek, the lake was mentioned as a favorite for a variety of reasons, including its enchanting setting, brilliantly colored waters, and, of course, the local legends that surround it!
After passing through the Gadsar Pass, enter the Gadsar Valley. After about 4-5 kilometers of crossing the valley, you will come across this beautiful lake surrounded by tall mountains. The valley appears to be yellow grass from a distance. They are yellow flowers, as close inspection reveals.
Locals often refer to Gadsar Lake as “Demons Lake.” It is said that if you get too close to it, you will be drawn inside. Nobody dares to approach the lake. This adds to the lake’s enigma.
Tarsar Marsar Trek
India’s most picturesque hike is thought to be Tarsar Marsar. We do not give treks this title casually. Especially when the difficult Kashmir Great Lakes trek is included.
Tarsar Marsar, on the other hand, is a trek to an alpine lake. It’s not just that you can camp next to these emerald-blue, snow-fed lakes (KGL doesn’t even offer this). Or how remote these campsites are (which, in today’s trekking scenario, is a plus!).
You get to walk around Tarsar and Sundersar’s entire perimeter, giving you multiple views of the same lake!
Marsar, on the other hand, is almost always hidden behind a cloud cover. This lake can be seen from a 600-700 foot overhang. It’s an excellent location for admiring the lake as the sun rises above it. This will continue until clouds drift through the U-shaped valley and settle above the lake. The lake vanishes from view in an instant!
The Tarsar Marsar trek takes you deep into the heart of Kashmir. From Aru’s quaint village to the Lidderwat clearings. From the rolling green mountains of the Shekhawas to the massive alpine lakes.
It is well-known as the Kullu Valley’s hidden gem, situated at 2713 meters above sea level and surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges. The path is surrounded by water-loving trees and rills. Pir Panjal and Kannar are two more prominent mountain peaks in the area.
The lake has beautiful Himalayan architecture, including the sensual Prashar Rishi temple in the center. It is only a short day trip. The ability to choose one’s starting point is one of the most amazing aspects of this trek.
The best months to visit are January and February when there is fresh snow.