4 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Lahaul And Spiti
The natural scenery and Buddhist monasteries are the main tourist attractions of the region. Skiing is the popular adventure sports in Spiti. For trekkers, the Spiti Valley is a paradise, offering challenging treks to explore the new heights of the Himalayas
Dhankar Lake lies after a steep trek of 45 minutes. Though the trek seems an easy hike, it is quite difficult. The loose pebbles and the crisp mountain air make you breathless within a few seconds. Dhankar Lake can be reached after a quite strenuous trek. You would want to quit and not continue with your climb but the surprise you get once you reach the lake is beyond words. The breathtaking expanse of cerulean waters is set against the backdrop of snow covered peaks.
Mantalai Lake is located at 4200 m on the trail to Pin Parvati pass and is the source of Parvati river. The lake is formed by the melting of snow from the nearby mountains and glaciers. There is a legend associated with a stone crossing at Mantalai and a shrine lined with tridents has been built to this effect. The Parvati river is crossed on Pandu Pul, which marks the route that the Pandava brothers took in an earlier age.
The lake is considered to be the third-highest lake in India and the 21st highest in the world. Placed at an altitude of 4950 m above the sea level, the lake is enveloped by mighty snow-covered Himalayas. It is believed to be a sacred lake and a dip in its waters means getting rid of all the sins.