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Serene lake reachable after a decent hike

I was not in the fittest of health, and hiking up to this lake was not easy for me. But thanks to... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2019
Sumana D
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Guwahati, India
Stunning high-altitude lake

Dhankhar Lake is located in Dhankhar village in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is a 5 km... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2019
royjay2018
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

I was not in the fittest of health, and hiking up to this lake was not easy for me. But thanks to my fellow travelers, I made it. And the journey (the hike) offered wonderful vistas and was as sweet as the result. Though there was a group of noisy travellers, smoking weed and making weird noise on their guitars, otherwise we loved the couple of hours on the bank of the very blue and serene Dhankar Lake. The hike gave a nice completeness to our trip.

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Sumana D
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Reviewed 11 August 2019

Dhankhar Lake is located in Dhankhar village in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is a 5 km uphill trek from the Dhankhar village along a barren, muddy and dusty path across the mountain range. This is the only way to get to the lake and yes it is a difficult trek. The trek is a true test of fitness and stamina as both are needed to go from a height of 3750 meters to 4200 meters in a matter of hours. The trek witnesses a change of temperature for which extreme endurance is needed as it goes from warm to windy to very cold. The Dhankhar Lake at a height of 4300 meters above sea level is picturesque as it is surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas and has water coming to it from a glacier.The lake is frozen for about eight months of the year and is only accessible from mid-May to September. The lake is surrounded by shrubs that are characteristic of the region. The lake appears blue and green from different angles.

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank royjay2018
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Reviewed 9 August 2019

Located at an altitude of about 14000 feet, this lake is a good 1 hour trek from Dhankar village. Carry water, the climb is pretty steep though mid way on the trek I stumbled upon nice spring water coming down the hill in a pipe, easy to drink

Once up there, this magical lake changes colors, shimmers in the sun and plays multiple tricks on the mind all with a superb calming effect.

The stupa here is also ancient and I felt wonderful chanting a prayer here. Bumped into a fellow traveller (not tourist ) who was coming here second day on the trot to spot the elusive Himalayan Ibex

Less to be said about this enchanting lake, more to experience

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 28 June 2019

it is totally worth all the pain to get here. Pure and simple beauty. it takes about 2-2.5 hours to trek and reach this lake from the dhankar monastery(where you can park the car). the trek is very steep in some parts and coming down is more difficult than climbing up. its only 1.5km but one takes that long, so you can imagine the difficulty level. i felt short of oxygen while ascending but luckily had kapur(camphor) bands on me to inhale some direct oxygen. it really helped. please dont miss this lake. especially coz we didnt get to do chandertaal coz of the weather

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Rajvi S
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Reviewed 12 June 2019 via mobile

Hardly one hour from Tabo Dhanker monastery is located. But the best thing here is lake which is situated 2 km from the town. You can get here by trekking only. Trek starts near Dhankar Monastery Guest house. Locals say that during noon you can also see fishes in it (though we didn’t see any). It takes atleast 2 hours to come back(one hour to go and half to return) it is 2 km one side. Only thing to consider is that there is less oxygen so it becomes very difficult to trek. Take it slow and keep going. Also keep on drinking lot of water and have chocolates with you for little snack. You will enjoy it a lot.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 79rakeshb
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