Adorned with awe-mazing landscapes and virgin natural beauty, Spiti Valley in devbhoomi Himachal is truly blessed by the almighty. Maintaining its old rustic charm, this middle land (a region tucked between India and Tibet) offers some quaint destinations to visit and unwind. Apart from places like Hikkim, Langza, Chandratal and popular Key Monastery, Spiti hides several high altitude lakes filled with extraordinary Himalayan charm and scenic vistas. One such hidden jewel is Sopona Lake.
Why Visit Sopona Lake?
Nestled at an altitude of 13.500 ft (approx.) Sopona Lake is a high altitude seasonal lake formed by glacial melts from snow-clad Manirang mountain range (one of the highest ranges in Himachal Pradesh). Located near Mane village, a small trek to Sopona Lake is decorated with stunning views of Spiti Valley and high mountain peaks. Blessed with refreshing landscapes all around, the trek to this hidden Spitian lake is a bit difficult for newbies and moderate for regular trekkers. So, for a change you can skip Chandratal and visit Sopona Lake on your next road trip to Spiti Valley.
The 5KM trek beginning from Mane village takes around 3-4 hours to reach the magnificent Sopona Lake.
The lower part of Mane village is known as Manegogma and the upper part as Maneyogma. Manirang Pass having an altitude of 21,631 ft was earlier used as a trade route between charming Kinnaur valley and Spiti.
When To Go
Formed by glacial melts from soaring Manirang range, the best time to visit Sopona Lake is during summer when you can get mesmerised by clear waters. This high altitude lake mostly remains barren during early summer (March-April) and early winter(October-November) due to no accumulation of water from the mountain glacier.
So, plan your visit to this hidden gem in Spiti Valley depending upon the best season.
Cradled in the magnificent Spiti Valley, Sopona Lake can only be reached by road followed by a small trek from Mane village. The road trip to Spiti Valley in itself is decorated with enchanting views of gurgling Spiti river, breathtaking valleys, fantastic Trans-Himalayan peaks and lots more.
While travelling from Dhankar to Tabo, you will come across a bridge before Dhankar from where you have to take a left turn across Spiti river. Keep driving on this road for about 6-7KM to reach Mane village from where the trek to this mesmerising Himalayan lake begins.
Want to experience the peace and virgin beauty of this hidden lake in Spiti? Here’s a quick travel itinerary for you.