Lake Inventory

The lakes of Nepal consisting different nature with each other are renowned as Water Tower of Asia. NLCDC has prepared the first map-based lake inventory by studying about 700 topographic maps and enlisted 5,358 lakes in Nepal. The eight districts which are rich in lakes are Humla (381), Taplejung (380), Kapilvastu (351), Solukhumbu (339), Dolpa (210), Rupendehi (289), Banke (243) and Dhanusa (230). The following table shows the list of lakes according to altitude:

Altitude Number of Lakes Percentage (%)
499 2,712 51
500-2,999 419 8
3,000-3,999 116 2
4,000 2,111 39
Total   5,358 100

Similarly, NLCDC has documented a field base data of lakes situated below 3000m altitude in 62 districts of Nepal and preparing for its publication.Furthermore, NLCDC plans for the field based inventory of lakes in far western region too.