(Image source from: Deccan Chronicle)
Nepal has newly discovered Kajin Sara lake in Manang district and it is soon all set to turn out to the world’s highest lake replacing Tilicho lake (also in Manang), which currently holds the title.
According to a report by Himalayan Times, the lake is situated at a height of 5,200 meters at Singarkharka in Chame Rural Municipality of Manang.
According to Chame Rural Municipality Chair Lokendra Ghale, the lake was discovered about a few months ago by a team of mountaineers.
"As per the measurement of the lake by the team, it is located at an altitude of 5,200 meters, which is yet to be officially verified. It's estimated to be 1,500 meters long and 600 meters wide," said Ghale.
"The lake would be the world's highest lake if its altitude of 5000-plus meters is officially verified," he added.
The lake named as Singar by the locals is said to have formed out of the water melted from the Himalayas. The lake can be reached after 18 hours' trek from Manang district headquarters, Chame. It is 24 kilometers from Chame, said the Himalayan Times report.
The suitable time period to visit the lake which offers a panoramic view of about a dozen peaks towards the north is between July and November.
The lake has Mt Manaslu to the east, Mt Damodar to the west, Mt Annapurna and Mt Lamjung to the south, and Mt Peri in the Tibet to the north. The municipal authorities hope that the newly found lake would help promote tourism in the district once it is declared the world's highest lake.
At present, Tilicho Lake, which is located at an altitude of 4,919 meters, holds the title of the world's highest lake. The lake is 4 km long, 1.2 km wide and around 200 meters deep.
By Sowmya Sangam