Pronounced like 'ketchup-perry', Khecheopalri Lake is a placid 'holy' reservoir precipitously ringed with thickly forested hills. Its attraction is its serenity, rather than any great visual drama: you'll do best to avoid arriving mid-morning in high season, when streams of day trippers disturb the peace. Late afternoon is a fine time to arrive – most tourists have left and the low light glows beautifully through the trees and endlessly flapping multicoloured prayer flags.
Better still, hike around a half-hour up from the car park through dense forest to idyllic Khacheopalri Village on the ridge-top above (south). The place has a wonderful timeless quality, a 400-year-old stupa, 360-degree views and two particularly wonderful, if simple, homestays. Ask your hosts about day hikes, or practise meditation with Pala, an octogenarian monk who was once a cook for the Dalai Lama.