KANASAR LAKE

TREK

It is quite remote, the route demanding, and at places strenuous but once you reach the lake its beauty mesmerises you. Even in June, the lake can be covered by a sheet of ice and its steep slopes covered by a dense blanket of snow. On the fringes of the lake, time stands still. Kanasar can be reached through a couple of routes but the closest access was the Panchodar valley, which lies to one side of the Nalgan valley. The lake, seen from afar, resembles a human eye and could easily measure up to a kilometre in length and about two to three hundred metres in width at midpoint. The lake itself is interesting as it has an archipelago, a couple of islands right in the middle. After staring from Sangla in Himachal, crossing the Nalgan Pass at 4200 M and after 8 days, you reach a top of the ridge at 4450 M and descend down to reach the lake.

REgion

Western Garhwal

FIRST TRIP

June, 2010

Trip Grading

4

Trip DURATION

12 days

Best Period

June, September and October

Side TRIPS

Trek on to Baraadsar Lake

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

1.    Dramatic approach through Nalgar Pass
2.    Need to build bridges for river crossings.
3.    Stunning expanse of 1 Km long Kansar Lake

4.    Multiple various for accessing and exiting the lake area. 

Kanasar Lake Trek Gallery

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Looking down into the Panchodar Valley which gave the closest access to Kanasar Lake

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Camping in the Panchodar Valley, Kanasar Lake is behind the snow ridge in the background

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Long meadow stretches as you gain height on the trail to Kanasar Lake

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Camp enroute to Kanasar Lake with Nalgan Pass in the background towards the right

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Trial towards Kanasar Lake over meadows carpeted with wild flowers

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Moving into the snow line as the trail progresses closer to Kanasar Lake

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Final section over a vast snowfield near Kanasar Lake

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Finally the massive Kanasar Lake which is nearly a kilometre in length and has a couple of small islands towards the narrower end

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On the banks of the Kanasar Lake which even in summer remains partially frozen

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The unforgettable sight of the Kanasar Lake

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