Nepal is the second richest country in the world in terms of its water resources, It is also known as a landlocked country with a diverse geography that exhibits the unbelievable variety and resilience of nature, with each region bestowing the overall richness of the fresh lake water. Nepal being a renowned destination all over the world offers everything travellers want to experience such as beautiful lakes, stunning world’s highest mountains, dazzling rivers, picturesque landscapes, cascading waterfalls, green hills luxuriant forests etc.

Not only is Nepal popular for some of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest,Mt. Annapurna,Mt. Makalu and Mt. Manaslu but also boasts picturesque lakes in Himalayan topography – authentic riches that hold religious as well as cultural significance. Nepal's many famous lakes captivate people from all over the globe. Encircled by soaring mountains and lush greenery, these tranquil lakes enhance the country's natural magnificence. Lake treks in Nepal let travellers feel like a paradise on earth offering breathtaking scenery, a serene ambience and a worthwhile experience which is suitable for nature lovers, trekkers, and spiritual enthusiasts alike.

From the high-altitudeglacial lake, Tilicho Lake to sheltered Shey Phoksundo Lake and the sacred freshwater of Gosaikunda, Nepal has a manifold range of lakes that offer a paradise of grace and beauty unmatched anywhere else on Earth which leaves every visitor awestruck and sets ineradicable mark on heart, soul and mind. Get to know about the 15 most beautiful lakes in Nepal, which are gaining popularity for their serenity, allure, and historical and religious significance.

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Tilicho Lake

Altitude – 4919meter/16138feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location – Manang district, Annapurna Region

Recommended Trek - Tilicho Lake Trek/ Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tilicho Lake is a glacial lake in Nepal lying at a highly elevated area of 4919 meters in the Annapurna Region offering an alluring blend of turquoise waters and steep slopes, making it an ideal destination for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Surrounded by spectacular Annapurna Mountain ranges including Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Dhaulagiri massif where the view of Tilicho Lake is just amazing to witness. This lake holds religious significance for Hindu people, who believed it to be the ancient Kak Bhusundi Lake as introduced in the epic Ramanaya.

The Tilicho Lake trail connects with the renowned adventurous trekking Annapurna Circuit Trek passes through Manang and Khansagar villages and takes you to the Tilicho base camp. The trekking trail is adorned with meadows, alpine valleys, terraced farmlands, verdant hills, Buddhist shrines, and beautiful mountain villages. Moreover, get an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Tibetan-influenced culture of local inhabitants.


Gosaikunda Lake

Altitude – 4380 meters/ 14370 feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location – Rasuwa district/ Langtang region

Recommended Trek – Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Gosaikunda Lake is one of the sacred lakes in Nepal which holds immense spiritual significance for Hindus. As per belief, Gosaikunda Lake is the abode of Lord Shiva and their wife Goddess Parvati where God Shiva fashioned this lake and imbibed its waters to ease the burning sensation in his throat caused by poison. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit this holy site during Janai Purnima to cleanse their minds and souls with the fresh lake water of Gosaikunda.

Located in the high-altitude region, Gokaisunda Lake never fails to impress our travellers from every corner of the globe with the ethereal beauty of snowcapped mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, and more. Gosaikunda Lakes in Nepal offers spectacular views along with some adventures passing through verdant forests, high grasslands, and traditional villages. Apart from spiritual significance Gosaikunda Lake is famous for its natural scenery of gleaming turquoise water with the surrounding stunning mountain views and is defined as the popular trekking destination of Nepal. This trek can be connected with the Langtang Valley Trek which provides a chance to immerse yourself further in exploration by embarking on a journey into the Langtang and Helambu regions alongside it.


Rara Lake

Altitude – 2990 meters/ 9760 feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek location – Mugu District

Recommended Trek – Rara Lake Trek

The largest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake stands at an altitude of 2990 meters above sea level covering an area of 10.8 sq. km is an amazing destination to travel to once in a lifetime. Rara Lake is surrounded by untouched Rara National Park with diverse flora and fauna, and clear sights of the pine forest, it boasts stunning Himalayan peaks and mountains, making it a paradise for photographers and trekkers seeking unparalleled natural beauty.

The pristine waters of Rara Lake reflect the splendour of the surroundings, crafting a tranquil and captivating ambience ideal for both nature enthusiasts and adventurous souls. Generally, the colour of the Rara lake changes three times a day. Consistently, it seems to be blue, brown, purple and crimson. Rara Lake Trek commences begins with a scenic flight to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla, from where the journey passes through the quaint villages, lush forests, and verdant hills, providing a glimpse of the local culture of Tharu people and varied landscapes. Lastly, Rara Lake is a hidden gem of Nepal now it is gaining more popularity with its unbelievable beauty and well-maintained trekking routes.

Phewa Lake

Altitude – 742 meters/ 2434feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Tour Location– Pokhara

Recommended Tour Kathmandu and Pokhara Tour package

Pokhara, the beautiful city of Nepal, is renowned for its serene lakes, ancient caves, waterfalls, religious temples and the surrounding mountain views. Phewa Lake is the main tourist attraction of Pokhara where thousands of visitors embark to enjoy the crystal-clear lake views with the backdrop of the Himalayas.

It is one of the popular lakes in Nepal where travellers get to explore some religious sites in the middle of the lake – Tal Barahi Temple, infusing a hint of spirituality and history to enhance its allure. With the help of boating, get to this important temple for Hindu deities which is dedicated to Hindu goddess Durga. Boating is a must-do activity in Phewa Lake to revel in the majestic Himalayan peaks and greenery hills, which you cannot get enough of scenery. Undoubtedly, Phewa Lake offers a unique and memorable experience for a lifetime.


Shey Phoksundo Lake

Altitude – 3611.5meter/11849feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Dolpa District, Shey Phoksundo National Park

Recommended Trek – Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

Don’t miss out on the chance to explore this amazing lake of Nepal – Shey Phoksundo Lake, an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake located in Dolpa District. It is one of the largest lakes in Nepal which attracts hundreds of trekkers every year to soothe in the beauty of blue waters, fed by waterfalls, towering cliffs and pine forests. Shey Phoksundo Lake is a sacred site for both Buddhists and Bon religions where the lake is encircled by 20 sacred Buddhist stupas in the southern belt and a gompa on the eastern side of the lake conducting yearly prayers and chants that take you to a completely different world showcasing the spirituality of Buddhism and Bon Po culture (religious tradition of Tibet).

Witness the unique shape of Lake which is in a Y shape. Explore the 900-year-old and most significant monastery during your visit. It will be a great experience that will last forever! However, the journey commences from Nepalgunj to Juagl and then the trail takes you through the beautiful Shey Phoksundo National Park, which exhibits a variety of flora and fauna. Finally, reach the beautiful shores of Lake Phoksundo, crafting a lasting memory of both natural and cultural wonders.


Tsho Rolpa Lake

Altitude – 4580meter/11849feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Rolwaling Valley, Dolakha District

Recommended Trek – Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

Nestled in Nepal's Rolwaling Valley, Lake Tsho Rolpa is an exciting glacial lake, encircled by top mountains and unspoiled landscapes. Situated at an altitude of 4,580 meters (11849 feet), its turquoise waters reflect the majestic glacial peaks. As one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal, Tsho Rolpa epitomizes the outstanding beauty of the high desert. The adventure usually starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu to Simigaun, traversing through charming villages like Gongar and Bedding.

Walk past the diverse terrains, including forests and alpine meadows, proffering a deep insight into local culture and scenery. Throughout the journey, your eye will be blessed with the astonishing views of Gauri Shankar Himal. The trekking trail offers the scenery of terrace farmlands, cascading waterfalls, impetuous Rolwaling River, lofty mountains, Sherpa Culture, and monasteries.

Gokyo Lake

Altitude – 4700-5000meter/15400-16400feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Khumjung village, Solu Khumbu district

Recommended Trek – Everest base camp with Gokyo Lake Trek

Settled in the Everest region of Nepal, Gokyo Lake is one of the amazing destinations to experience the serene ambience of nature. Gokyo Lakes is a mixture of six major glacial-fed lakes, which form some of the world's highest freshwater lakes. There are 19 Gokyo lakes, with Thonak Cho being the largest lake among them. These lakes were designated as Ramsar sites in 2007. With the captivating beauty of the glistening green water of Gokyo Lakes, thousands of tourists get attracted and make plans for the Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal. Also, the Gokyo Lake trek is the best substitute route to reach the Everest base camp and is less crowded compared to some other routes.

Gokyo Lake is considered a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus believe that the lake is the abode of Naag Devta (Snake God). However, the Gokyo Lake Trek is in the Khumbu/ Everest region – a worldwide popular region which lets travellers soothe into the incredible scenery of Mt. Everest,Mt. Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt. Amadablam and Mt. Cho Oyu from the popular viewpoint Gokyo Ri. Lake Gokyo Trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a journey to scenic Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazar, Dole and Machhermo.


Kajin Sara Lake

Altitude –5002meter/16411ft

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Chame Rural Municipality, Manang district

Recommended Trek – Kajin Sara Lake Trek

Kajin Sara Lake is one of those glacial lakes located in the Manang district of Nepal formed by the melting of Himalayan glaciers. Sits at an altitude of 5200 meters, Kajin Sara Lake is one of the world’s highest glacial lakes and offers tranquil surroundings and majestic Himalaya scenery, making it an ideal destination for meditation. Kajin Sara Lake – a hidden gem of Nepal is an absolute wonderland for nature lovers and travel enthusiasts. Kajin Sara Lake Trek rewards travellers with magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Damodar, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Lamjung, and Mt Peri (Tibet).

This trek takes you through the beautiful villages of Chame and leads you to the base camp of Lamjung Himal and finally to the Kajin Sara Lake. Trekkers may come across a variety of fauna, including mountain goats, and a variety of birds, like the Himalayan Monal. Although it is one of the lesser-known lake treks in Nepal, the pristine beauty and secluded location of this trek have gained significant recognition in recent years.

Panch Pokhari

Altitude –4100meter

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Bhotang, Sindhupalchowk district

Recommended Trek – Panch Pokhari Trek

Panch Pokhari is one of the famous Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal lying to the north of Kathmandu Valley situated at the base of the Jugal Himal range, which encompasses Dorje Lhakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m), and Phurbi Chhyachhu (6637m). It is especially renowned for its five holy lakes which Panch Pokhari is known as “five ponds” in the English language. The scenery of glistening five ponds surrounded by green hills and mountains is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Panch Pokhari trek is the easily attainable trek closest to Kathmandu valley. However, the trekking trail is less crowded and not a popular choice among international travellers. For the peace lover, then it is the best trek to enjoy the serenity of mother nature. The journey begins from Kathmandu, heading to Chautara by bus and leads the trail to Kami Kharka, Pauwa Bas, Hile Bhanjyang, and finally to the lake. Be amazed at the stunning vistas of snow-capped mountains Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m), Madiya (6,257 m), Rolwaling and Langtang, as well as the Jugal Himal.


 Kapuche Lake

Altitude – 2546 meter

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Kaski District

Recommended Trek – Panch Pokhari Trek

Kapuche Lake is one of the lowest-altitude glacial lakes in Nepal, assembled by glacial water from Annapurna II, IV, and Lamjung Himal. The Lowest Glacier Lake, situated northeast of Sikles Kaski is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including lush forests and alpine meadows. Get closer to the mesmerizing peaks such as the Annapurna II, 26041 ft. Annapurna IV (24690 ft) and Lamjung Himal (22911 ft).

The Kapuche Lake trek is swiftly becoming one of Nepal's most popular imminent trekking routes. Its distinctive location and untouched natural environment offer a remote and less crowded alternative to other trails. If you seek awe-inspiring scenery, a confined lifestyle, and a rarely hiked path, Kapuche has everything to offer. This short trek starts in Pokhara, meandering through several villages and hills. Even though, recently discovered and opened to visitors, the route is continuously gaining popularity due to its natural beauty and unique trekking experience.

Ghodaghodi Tal

Altitude –205meter

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Kailali District

Recommended Tour – GhodaGhodi Lake Tour

Ghodaghodi Tal, a noteworthy swamp in western Nepal, is famous for its environmental diversity and cultural significance. Located in the Kailali district, this sweeping freshwater lake system embraces several interrelated lakes, wetlands, and ponds, encircled by greenery. Ghodaghodi Tal grasps cultural significance for the local Tharu community, who believe the lakes as sacred and essential to their traditions and rituals.

Visitors to Ghodaghodi Tal can enjoy its serene beauty, explore its rich flora and fauna, and gain insight into the melodious relationship between nature and culture in this exceptional region of Nepal.

 Birendra Lake

Altitude –3691meter

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Samagaun

Recommended Trek – Birendra Lake Trek

Birendra Lake, locally known as Birendra Taal, is a freshwater lake in Manaslu Glacier located in the Gorkha district of Nepal. Trek to Birendra Lake is considered an easy side trip of Manaslu Circuit Trek, trekkers crossing the route of Manaslu Circuit Trek spend their acclimatization days hiking to this lake. The crystal-clear turquoise water and the glorious Himalayan backdrop are what attract trekkers to embark on this mesmerizing journey to Birendra Lake.

To feel the serene ambience of glistening Birendra Lake, Individuals should trek through the off-the-beaten-path of Manaslu. It is about a week's trek to the lake from Barpak. Starts with a long drive to Barpak from Kathmandu and passes through several villages like Laprak, Khorla Besi, Jagat, Dang, Prok, Lho, and Sama Goan.


 Imja Tsho Lake

Altitude –5010 meter

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Hinku Village, Everest region

Recommended Trek – Imja Tsho Lake Trek

Imja Tsho Lake is the highest Lake in the world and sits at an altitude of 5010 meters in the Everest region fed by the melting glaciers of the Imja Glacier. Covering a notable area, the lake constitutes a risk of flooding glacial river lakes, bursting, and causing environmental challenges of location. Imja Tsho Lake journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla then following the trail of Everest Base Camp passing via Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche -the main landmarks of the trek.

Enjoy the view of beautiful Sherpa settlements, walk through the vibrant Rhododendron forests and delve into the local culture and mountainous lifestyle. Trek to Tsho Lake grants magnificent views of the highest mountains in the world, including Everest.

Mai Pokhari

Altitude –2100 meters/ 6900feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Ilam district of eastern Nepal

Recommended Tour – Mai Pokhari, Illam tour

Mai Pokhari, well known as the "Lake of Flowers," is a beautiful freshwater lake nuzzled in the Ilam district of eastern Nepal. Located at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, the lake's most captivating feature is the lotus flowers that grace its surface. During the monsoon season, these flowers bloom, transforming the lake into a vibrant tapestry of colours.

The lake brims with a varied array of aquatic life, including various species of fish and turtles. Travellers can rent boats to explore the serene waters or simply unwind on the shores, immersing in the serenity. Mai Pokhari holds compelling cultural significance for the Limbu community, they believe the lake is the abode of a powerful goddess who safeguards the region from natural adversity. With a scenic 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, followed by a 1 hour and 30-minute vehicle journey to Ilam. Alternatively, a 10-hour road trip from Kathmandu to Kakadvitta, then a 1-hour journey to Ilam leads you to the final destination Mai Pokhari.

 Gangapurna Lake

Altitude –3540 meters/ 11286 feet

Best time – March to June and September to November

Trek Location– Manag District

Recommended Tek – Gangapurna Lake Trek

Gangapurna Lake perched at an elevation of 3,540m is a glacial lake in the Manang district of Nepal. Known to be formed by the melting of glaciers from Gangapurna, Annapurna IV, Khangsar Kang, and Glacier Dom. The sterile lake is attired in azure during the spring and autumn; and white in the monsoon. During the wintertime, the lake will be covered in snow at a time when thousands of tourists are attracted to the awe-inspiring scenery. It is a major highlight in the Annapurna region of Nepal and is as renowned as Tilicho Lake. Trekkers traversing the popular Annapurna Circuit trekking route hike up to the lake to acclimatize and soak in the beauty of the glistening lake.

The journey can be commencing with a drive from Kathmandu to Manang. From Manang, travellers can take a scenic trip to the lake and revel in the surrounding mountains and breathtaking landscapes. Moreover, Gangapurna Lake is a place of peace and picturesque beauty.



Nepal, a country renowned for its towering Himalayas, is also home to an array of mesmerizing wonderful lakes. These serene bodies of water settled amidst the uneven terrain and luxuriant valleys, provide a glance into the country's natural grandeur and cultural inheritance. Lakes like Rara, Phewa, Tilicho, and Gosaikunda each present unique features, from glaring waters and sweeping mountain reflections to sacred pilgrimages and vibrant ecosystems.

The untouched beauty of these lakes not only offers awe-inspiring scenery but also plays an important role in local traditions and lifestyles. They are crucial for tourism, drawing visitors from around the globe who seek peacefulness, adventure, and nature.

In conclusion, the lakes of Nepal are more than just geographical features; they are a testament to the country’s amazing natural beauty and cultural richness. They inspire a sense of peace and reflection, standing as symbols of Nepal’s environmental and cultural wealth.

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