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Himalayan Lakes of Nepal
« on: March 29, 2008, 02:21:07 PM »
There are a certain number of lakes and ponds of glaciers and tectonic origin in Nepal. Mountain lakes like Rara, Phoksundo, Fewa etc are grandeur in extent and beauty.

 Rara in Mugu district of western Nepal is the country?s largest lake. Phoksundo in Dolpa district is also a big lake but it is not visited by visitors due to its unconvinenient approach. Fewa at Pokhara Valley is another equally known lake. Similarly, Rupatal and Begnastal (Pokhara), Gaduwatal (Chitwan), Satyavatital (Palpa), Khaptaltal (Doti), Barakunetal (Dang), Surma Sarobar (Baghang) and Tilichotal (Manang) some of Nepal?s other well known lakes.

Gosaikund and other lakes in the Langtang Himalayan region are of religious significance.

The Himaalyan region is rich in glaciers. Most of the glaciers lie in the eastern Himalayas.

Nepal?s largest glaciers lies in the Mahalangur and Kumlehakama in the Himalayan ranges, Khumbu in the Everest region is the highest glacier, Langtang the longest Kanchenjunga, Yalung, Nupchu etc. some other glaciers belonging to the eastern Himalayas. Tukche and Hidden Valley glaciers belong to the Central Himalayas. The glaciers have been regarded as main source for changing Himalayan landscape and for creating various geo-patterns from big forms and rock basins to hanging valleys and moraine ridges.

Jumla is located at an altitute of 2340m. North of jumla has beautiful ??a sparkling  sappture set at almost 3000m, the largest lake in Nepal. Conserving the catchment of the Rara lake. This lake is located in Mugu and this famous lake with its sparkling blue water surrounded by the forests of pines, spruce, jumper in the shade of breath taking Himalayan snow peaks. This lake has an area of ten square kilometers.

Phoksundo Lake of Dolpa is another Himalayan picturesque sparkling blue lake situated at the  lap of Kagmara Lekh in the far remote district of Dhaulagiri zone of Nepal. Dolpa is set in a delightful spot with verdant landscape extended and himmed like a inlet by the long narrow rock-bound precipices of rocky cliffs. This lake is famous by the name of Phoksundo Tal or Tso in the maps. It is also known by the name of Ringmo lake and this name has derived for the like side village of Ringmo. The Tibetans call it Tso-Wa which signifies just ?lake side?. The most thrilling spectacle in the whole of Dolpa region is the thrashing water fall which draws the Lake Ringmo or Phoksundo Lake. wherling columns of foam released by the impact of falling water add colour and an ethereal beauty.

Another lake known as Tilicho, one of the highest lakes of Nepal lies at an altitude of 3500 m above sea level, on the trail that links the famous trekking resort of the Kli Gandaki Valley in the west and the Marshyangadi Valley in the east. This lake was first discovered in 1950 by French expeditors lead by Manerice Herzog. This expedition team came to Nepal to ascent the Dhaulagiri peak.

 Lake Tilicho is located in a very sheltered position being protected and ringed round by the slopes of the high Himalayan mountains in all three sides. To the east, low moraine hills ?last foothills of khangar come down to the valley of Marshyandi. The southern side harsh wilderness of the granite walls of Grand Barrier of the Annapurna mountain group. Tilicho Peak (7134 m) stands at the western flank of the arm of the lake to which it gives its name. The valley of Tilicho opens into a spectacular show of glaciers. The glaciers drain the lake Tilicho. This is a great ice lake. This lake is frozen for three or four months in summer in ice making big ice rink.

Holy Lake of Gosaikunda is situated at an altitude of 4380 m to the north of Kathmandu on the Langtang Trekking trail. The holy lake is a two day trek from Dhunche (1980 m) which is joined by 118km mountain road from Kathmandu via Trisuli Bazar. One of the most famous places of pilgrims is surrounded by higher terrain towards the east and west, this lake is both grand and picturesque. On the east and west of the lake, there are other lakes like Saraswoti Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Soorya Kunda and Ganesh Kunda. Holy lake of Gosainkunda is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva. Many pilgrims visit every year on the occasion of festival of Dashain and Janai Purnima to take holy baths and particiapate in the festivals.

After lake of Gosainkund, we have to deal with Pokahra Valley which is one of the most pisturesque spots of Nepal. The beauty of the valley is enhanced by the lovely lakes of Phewa, Begnas and Rupa which have their source in the glacial regions of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Pokhara is situated 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu as is connected by air as well as land route.

Pokhara Valley abounds in lakes. Phewa, Rupa and Begnas are the most famous ones while Khaste, Dipang and Mandi are some other smaller lakes located far. Sporting activities like cannons and swimming are conducted on Phewa lake together with fishing carp fish. Phewa  Lake lies some four or five kilometers west of the heart of Pokhara city. Boat and dug ?out boats are available on rent for pleasure trips in the lake.

Visit to these lakes for nature trekking, adventure and recreation is worthwhile. The visitor enjoy of all of them to the fullest. The scenic Nepal is beauty and exploring the hidden mysteries of Nepal and culture can be fathomed by visiting the Himalayan lakes of Nepal.


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