Famous Lakes in Nepal

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Nepal is one of the distinctively the wealthiest country around the world in terms of

magnificent, marvelous, sanctified and enthralling holy lakes which are well regarded not only

for their natural beauty but also for the spiritual importance attached to them. There are

around two hundred lakes in Nepal of ice cold or freezing and tectonic origin. Mountain lakes

like Rara, Phoksundo and Phewa are majestic in extent and beauty. There are several natural

creatures & you are really interested to know about them. Here we have presented some most

beautiful & wonderful Lakes around this beautiful country. Most of the lakes of Nepal are

located in the hilly region and-almost all of them happen to be tectonic lakes. Here are the

famous and beautiful lakes of Nepal:

 Rara Lake:

Rara is a good destination point for trekking in the west while the trail is very much "off

the beaten path" and affords glimpses of culture and scenery very different from those

in the rest of the country. The centerpiece of the park is the biggest lake of Nepal- Rara

lake which lies at an altitude of 2990 m above sea level. Along mountain paths and a

series of picturesque villages, one reaches the magnificent banks of Rara Lake. The park

includes Trans- Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with forest and alpine

pastures. Within its confines lie the Rara national park, the smallest park in Nepal,

where in turn the country's largest lake, the Rara Lake can be found (10.8 sq. km. At

2,990 meters). Considered one of the finest parks in the world, Rara National Park

abounds in coniferous forest and is the ideal habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black

bear and other faunae. The best season for travelling the lake is September-October and

April-May. From December to March, the temperatures go low below the freezing point,

and heavy snowfall occur up to one meter, blocking the way to the lake. Rara lake being

surrounded by the rara national park, it has unique floral and faunal importance with

rare and vulnerable species. It has been the popular rough route in western Nepal for

trekkers. Situated at the high. The pine, spruce and juniper forest with snowcapped

Himalayan peaks enhance the attraction of the trekkers.

 Gosainkunda Lake:

Gosaikunda is another beautiful lake that is situated in the Russia district at an altitude

of 4,380 m and covers 4.0 sq. km area inside the Langtang National Park. The lake is an

origin of Trishuli River (famous for rafting) and believed to have formed from the digging

of the land by the Trishul of lord Shiva. . Gosainkunda Lake, a sacred lake and religious

site for Hindus as well as the Buddhists and is also known for wonderful scenery. Every

year on the occasion of Janai Purnima, when thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India

visit the area. It is also one of the popular trekking routes ringed by high mountains on

the northern and eastern sides, the lake offers a fascinating sight. In addition to its

status as a place of religious importance, the Lake also offers stiff challenge to the


 Tilicho Lake:

Tilicho Lake takes you to the highest point of the World Lake in Nepal which is situated

in 4,919m that offers the spectacular views of the majestic snowcapped Himalayas,

Tibetan local villages and people, rocky mountains, vegetation’s, narrow canyons, and

the glistening waters of a high altitude lake. The trek is very challenging and is a once in

a lifetime experience. The wonderful lake has its own historical importance among

Hindu Devotees as it is spotted in the holy book Ramayan. Tilicho lies in the Annapurna

range in the central Nepal.  It is about 4 km long 1 km wide and lies at the foot of

7,134m summit. The visitors can witness the Himalayan Thar (mountain goat) and the

snow leopard along the trail. Tilicho Lake Trekking collects the glacial melt of the entire

northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang Peak, which is regarded to be the highest

lake in the world. The finest season for trekking is from October to April. The weather is

sunny and warm, with outstanding views. But the nights are cold and can fall to freezing

point in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) is cold and might be problem due

to obstructed pass due to ice or snow.

 Manasarovar Lake:

Lake Manasarovar or Mount Kailash Parvat or Mapham Yutso is situated at the foot of

Mount Kailash, stretching up to 55miles (88kms) in perimeter it goes 330 feet deep and

covers 120 sq. m of total area. It is world’s highest freshwater lake which depicts the

image of snowcapped mountains in its crystal clear waters is just fabulous. Lake

Manasarovar has exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water near the

shores and a deep emerald green colour at the center. There are a few monasteries on

the shore of the lake and most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery,

which has been built right onto a steep hill. Lake Manasarovar is famed for its

exceptional beauty. Its color changes from a clear blue around the shores to a deep

emerald green in the center; it looks positively magical in the moonlight. The journey

around the lake is 64 miles long and usually takes four days. Many travelers opt to pitch

a tent by the lake for a couple days instead, recuperating from the strenuous journey

around Mount Kailash.

 Shey-Phoksundo Lake:

The Shey-Phoksundo Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal and is one of the most

scenic and beautiful natural tourist destination in Nepal. The lake is situated within the

Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Shey Phoksundo (Phoksundo Lake) Lake is an alpine

fresh water lake in Nepal’s Shey Phoksundo National Park. It lies about 3610M (11,849

ft) & covered the 1.91 sq. meters area. This lake is also considered to be holy. In

addition to natural beauty, the trekking area also is rich in wildlife. One may get to see

some endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan

sheep, Himalayan tahr etc. The tea house and lodge are easily accessible in this region.

The trail passes through wonderful Himalayan forests and picturesque traditional

villages. The lake is the ending point of one of the most famous & adventurous trek

named Dolpo trek. Near the lake there are some village where most people are inspired

by Tibetan culture & language.

 Begnas Lake:

Another tourist attraction of western Nepal is Begnas Lake, situated around the

beautiful city Pokhara. It conserves the different birds which have come to Nepal during

the time of bird migration. Begnas lake is suitable for water sport, typical Nepali western

culture and fresh water boating. To the north and northeast are the great Himalayan

peaks, below which lie terraced paddy field and Begnas Lake a great natural attraction.

 Phewa Lake:

Phewa Lake lies at the altitude of 742 meters (2,434 ft.) above the sea level covering an

area of 4.43 sq. km. The Annapurna range on the north is only about 28 km (linear

distance) away from the lake, and the lake is famous for the reflection of mount

Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on

its surface. The Taal Barahi Temple is situated on an island in the lake. Phewa lake and

water sport is the main attractions of the Pokhara city and the north shore of the lake

has developed into a tourist district. It is a major attraction to the ones who loves

natural beauty. The boats can be rented along the shoreline on an hourly basis. The

Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range loom in a distance. On a perfectly calm day,

the mountains are mirrored on the surface of the lake. Away from the shore, the water

is clean and deep and the dense forest along the south side of the lake is rich in wildlife.

 Rupa Lake:

It is the third biggest lake in Pokhara valley of Nepal and at an altitude of 600 m (1,969

ft.) covering area about 1.35 km2Rupa Lake is the second main tourism attraction after

Begnas Lake outside the Pokhara city. It provides enough space for boating experiences

for national and international visitors. Cage culture as well as pen culture have been

practiced in Rupa Lake for fish farming. The lake is elongated north to south and is fed

by perennial streams. A total of 36 species of water birds have been recorded in the lake

which represents about 19 percent of the total 193 wetland-dependent birds found in


 Taudaha Lake:

Taudaha Lake is a small lake in the outskirts of Kathmandu, in Nepal. The name comes

from a combination of Newari words 'Ta', meaning snake and 'Daha', which means lake.

This lake is also known as “the lake of snakes” and also known to harbor more than 40

varieties of birds mostly dependent on wetlands. This lake is uneven in shape with eight

corners and situated at an altitude of 1350 m above sea level. The lake, arguably the

only clean water body remaining in the Kathmandu Valley, is a stopover for numerous

migratory bird species. Some of the visitors to the lake include the cormorant, ruddy

shelduck, serpent-eagle and common teal.

 Tsho Rolpa:

Tsho Rolpa aka chho Rolpo is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal which is situated at an

altitude of 4,580 meters (15,030 ft.) in theDolakha district that has grown considerably over the

last 50 years due to glacial melting in the Himalayas. Tsho Rolpa Lake lies between Langtang

ranges and Everest ranges this trek provides the enchanting view of Majestic Mountain

Gaurishankar, Langtang Himal ranges and Everest Himal ranges. Tsho Rolpa (also Chho Rolpa) is

one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal at an altitude of 4,580 meters in the Dolakha District,

has grown considerably over the last 50 years due to glacial melting in the Himalayas. The lake

threatens to burst through its unstable dam, which would threaten the lives and livestock of

villagers living around the Tamakoshi River.

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