Saraswati Kunda, also known as the Lake of Saraswati, is a high-altitude lake located in the Manang district of Nepal. It is considered as a sacred lake by both Hindus and Buddhists, as it is believed to be the source of the holy river Marsyangdi.
The lake is situated at an altitude of around 4,295 meters, and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush forests. The trek to Saraswati Kunda is a popular trek in the Manang district, and takes around 10-15 days to complete. The trek starts from Besishahar and takes trekkers through beautiful forests, traditional villages, and terraced fields. Along the way, trekkers will have the opportunity to explore the local culture and traditions of the Manang district.
The best time to trek to Saraswati Kunda is from September to November and from March to May, when the weather is most favorable, and the skies are usually clear.
It’s important to note that the trek to Saraswati Kunda is a strenuous trek, and it requires good physical fitness, proper equipment and clothing to protect yourself from the harsh weather conditions. The area is rich in biodiversity and is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species.
Additionally, It’s believed that the lake is named after the Hindu goddess of knowledge and music, Saraswati, and it is visited by Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims to bathe in the lake and perform religious rituals.