Dhankar Lake – The one above the ground
Up above the Dhankar village and Gompa and a steep 45 min walk lies the Dhankar Lake. A lot of people consider it an easy hike but the climb can make you breathless within a few seconds. For people who are not used to steep climbs, the hike to the lake can be physically challenging. But the view is rewarding for the ones who don’t give up. We suggest going slow and steady and not passing up the hike to this beautiful lake. The view from the lake is beautiful and you can even see far off mountains covered in snow. From here you can also get a wonderful view of Manirang Peak (6593 meters)– the highest peak of Himachal Pradesh lying on the border of Kinnaur and Spiti dirtrict.
It is forbidden to camp next to the lake as Dhankar lake acts as a source of water for Dhankar village. This lake is also the kick off point for the Spiti Left Bank trek.