Top choice lake in Gramphu to Kaza

This glacial lake of constantly changing shades of blue lies among snow peaks at 4270m, 13km off the road to Spiti from a turn-off 1km north of Batal. The first 12km is rough but driveable; the final 1km is on foot. The 5km circuit round the lake is a delightful hike, and there are other good walks in the area, including a 10.5km trail down to the lake from the Kunzum La pass.

From early June to mid-October you can stay in comfortable tent camps 3km before the end of the approach track, and take time to soak up the area's exceptional beauty.