Nako Lake Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh
Nako Lake, a high altitude lake is situated in Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh. It is about 3,662 meters (12,014 ft) above sea level. The entire lake area is surrounded by willow trees that grow fast in these areas and also poplar trees. Situated near the village is a small and beautiful village which is also called Nako. It is custom in the villages of Spiti, being a Buddhist area, to have a Monastery in the center of the village. Nako also has a Monastery that is dedicated to the local deities. In all, there are four Monasteries in this village. During winters the Nako Lake Kinnaur freezes and converts into a thick sheet of ice.
The famous Tashigang monastery is situated nearby and is 4 hrs walk from Nako. Nako village is a good place to stay if you wish to see this monastery and the places nearby. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in this place and given discourse to his followers. There is a waterfall nearby that has water falling like milk. Pilgrims come from as far from places like Ladakh, Spiti, Kullu, and beyond.
How to reach Nako lake
Kalpa Kinnaur is 100 km approx from Nako and takes 2 to 3 hours to reach. Shimla to Kinnaur distance is 270 km and takes 8 hours approx. The Chandigarh to Kinnaur distance is 375 km and takes 10 hours approx.
What is the best time to visit Nako Lake Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh?
Tourists can visit Kinnaur all year-round but it is advisable to come here during the summer months. It is during this period that Kinnaur and Lahoul and Siti see a heavy footfall of tourists.
The Kinnaur weather is pleasant from April to June when it is summer. During winters it is extremely cold and during this season the Kinnaur temperature mostly remains sub zero.