10 Amazing Himalayan Lakes To See While Your Mountain Camping

10. Suraj Tal Lake, India

The Lake of the Sun God is another sacred pond, found in Lahaul and Spiti valley. It is on the way from Manali to Leh, which provides access for the visitors. It also attracts motorcyclists and hikers, who are keen to explore the area from up close.

9. Tso Kar, India

Found in the valley of the Rupshu Plateau, the salt lake is surrounded with stunning Himalayan peaks. Popular among the visitors, the surroundings also attract animal and bird watchers, since it is home for a few rare species like the Kiangs, rare wolves and gazelles.

8. Tsomgo Lake (Changu), India

The lake is known to change colors every season. While in winter it freezes, at other times its coloration varies from emerald to blue. Buddhists monks foreshadow future from its water. In spring and summer the lush surroundings boast a variety of blossoming flowers, thus creating a truly picturesque scene.

7. Pangong Tso, India, Tibet

The gorgeous pond spreads from India to Tibet in Himalayas in 4,350 m (14,270 ft) height. The lake is 134 km (83 mi) long. Mountains define the landscape and attract tourists, as well as filmmakers, who admire the wonderful set.

6. Gosaikunda, Nepal

The alpine lake remains frozen for six months from October to June. Once melted it forms the Trishuli River. Hindus believe that their gods Shiva and Gauri were born here, thus granting a sacred status to the site.

5. Namtso, Tibet, China

A lake in the Himalaya mountains is an important sacred place. For centuries during winter, when the lake freezes, pilgrims have been walking to the islands found in the lake. However, today Chinese government have forbidden the practice.

4. Gurudongmar Lake, India

Located at the altitude of 5,430 m (17,800 ft), the lake is one of the highest in the world! Named sacred after a few gurus, who had made holy pilgrimages to the site, the lake remain an important religious destination.

3. Chandra Taal, India

Also known as the Lake of the Moon, the gorgeous natural wonder is found in the Spiti Valley, which sprawls across India and neighbors Tibet. It is situated high in the mountains – however even at an altitude of 4 300 m (14 100 ft) it is quite often visited by the hikers and campers. It is said that traders from Tibet have discovered the lake – they would set a camp here and rest before continuing their trip.

2. Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Nepal

The main lake that is part of the Gokyo Lakes system, sprawling across Sagarmatha National Park. The glacier fed lakes are embedded in the staggering mountainous surroundings and hold a religious significance by both – Hindus and Buddhists.

1. Yamdrok Tso, Tibet

Lying between Tibetan capital Lhasa and town Gyantse, the freshwater lake is one of the sacred lakes. It stretches for 72 km (45 mi) and is surrounded with amazing Tibetan nature. Due to its spiritual powers, the Dalai Lama as well as local people make pilgrimages to Yamdrok. The lake’s holy importance is associated with the Second Buddha, who brought Buddhism to Tibet. The Samding Monastery – the female monastery – is built on a peninsula.