The one-day trek is moderate on the difficulty spectrum. The high altitude and steep climb can make this hike challenging. However, you'll be greeted by unparalleled views of the entire valley comprising snow-clad mountains and lush green meadows, if you're visiting in the summer season.
DIY or Not
You can trek to Alpather Lake on your own. However, since it's a high-altitude trek, make sure you trudge peacefully, at your own pace without exerting your body too much. Don't forget to carry enough water with yourself.
When to do it
You can trek to the lake throughout the year. The lake remains frozen from November till mid-June and is a great time to visit if you want to experience sauntering on a frozen lake with a snowy backdrop.
June to September is the time when the ice melts, snow disappears and the winter backdrop morphs into a beautiful meadow, with flowers and ample sunshine.