Mulkarkha Lake

Perched at around 7500 feet above sea level, the Mulkarkha Lake is a natural lake tucked in a remote corner within the forests of the Himalayan foothills of Northern Bengal. The most fascinating feature of this lake is that it holds the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on its tranquil waters. Our homestay is located at Mulkarkha Village – where the motorable road ends. The guests would need to take up a somewhat easy uphill hike to Mulkarkha Lake, which is around 1.5 kms. from this village. As this lake is situated within a forest area, so no accommodation options are available near the lake.

What to see in Mulkarkha Lake

The most enchanting feature is the sight of the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on the still waters of Mulkarkha lake. The hike to Mulkarkha Lake from the village is one of the most exciting and untouched trails of the Himalayan foothills. You would come across dense forests, enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and flowers. The Mulkarkha Lake is considered sacred by the locals as Manokamana (Wishing) Lake.

Accommodation in Mulkarkha Lake

Our home stays in Mulkarkha Village provides basic amenities including fresh food and a hygienic place to stay. Presently, the two homestays can accommodate guests in their 10 rooms, out of which six rooms have attached western bathrooms and two rooms come with non-attached bathrooms.

Best Time to visit Mulkarkha Lake

The lake stays open to guests throughout the year but it is wise to avoid the rainy season as the hike from the village to the lake becomes difficult due to mudslides and pesky leeches. The best time to visit Mulkarkha Lake is from mid October to mid May and it is advised to visit in the early mornings to catch the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on the placid waters of Mulkarkha Lake.