Lakes of Kaghan Valley

Kaghan valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Pakistan and is an ideal candidate for 4-8 days of green trekking. While Saif ul Mulook is the most famous of all lakes it has, there are others which are far more beautiful and worth attempting. Below are the description of five major lakes in Kaghan Valley…

Saif ul Mulook Lake
Elevation : 3200m
Saif ul Mulook is by far the most popular lake in Kaghan valley for tourists. Reason of its popularity is its beauty and accessibility. A person visiting Kaghan valley, doesn’t go back without being on this lake. The beauty of this lake however is slowly being spoiled by the huge number of people visiting it every year. From Naran, a large number of jeeps are always available for this lake which takes around an hour on a 10 km bumpy road.

Aansoo Lake
Elevation : 4000m
People who have just heard about this lake and never came across any of its picture, get disappointed to see its size. It is however the path that leads to it is attractive rather than the lake itself. Aannsoo means ‘tear’ and is called so because of its shape which looks very much like a tear drop from the top. It can be accessed via Saif ul Mulook or Manoor valley. It takes 3-4 hrs of walk to reach it from lake Saif ul Mulook including a tough ascend just before it. From Manoor, it can be accessed via Manoor gali and Kuch gali which is described in another post of mine here.

Lulu Sar
Elevation : 3430m
Lulusar lake is the widest of all lakes in Kaghan Valley. It has a pretty irregular lake. As it is almost along the Naran – Chilas road, it can be reached through Jeep. Total drive from Naran is approximately 60 kms and takes around 4-5 hours on jeep via Batakundi, Buruwai, Jalkhad and Besal. It is however not recommended to camp  near this lake as this area falls under Kohistan and the people are not very hospitable as compared to the rest of Kaghan valley.

Dudipat Sar
Elevation : 3900m
Dudipat lake is the crown of all lakes of Kaghan valley. The fact that it cannot be accessed through any vehicle has so far kept it in with its original charm and matchless beauty. The trek to Dudipat starts from Besal which is at a distance of around 55 kms from Naran and is accessible through jeeps. From there the trek remains mainly along with the Purbi Nar (Nar is ‘Nala’ in local language) and takes around 6-8 hours.  Best months to visit this lake are July and August. Isobel Shaw’s book mentions that one can view Nanga Parbat and other snowy peaks from the pass and further top of the hill towards northeast after 2-3 hrs of climb.

Saral Lake
Elevation : 3500m
From Dudipat, a trek of 5-6 hours can take you to Saral Lake.  From Saral, one can come back to Naran or  can try descending into the Neelum valley. A trek of 6-8 hours from Besal can take one to Noori Nar top from where jeeps can be taken for Sharda in Neelum Valley.

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8 thoughts on “Lakes of Kaghan Valley

  1. Dear Sir

    First of all I would like to thank you for a very detailed information that u provide in your blogs. Its a fact tat before planning for any trip I read your bolgs which help me alot.
    Sir this summer we are planning a treking trip between Kaghan Naran valley and Nelum valley by camping around different lakes.
    It will be great if u can provide me information regarding this trek.

    Regards
    Shoaib Qaisrani
    shuaibqaisrani@hotmail.com

  2. Dear Shoaib, thanks for the appreciation. You can find information about Kuch Gali, Chitta Katha and Makra treks on this blog. If you have any specific questions about these treks or need info about some other trek, you can ask me through mail.

  3. Indeed a treat for sour eyes the above information.
    How would you suggest an itinerary from Naran to Taobutt?

    I recall my last visit to Taobutt back in 88 but that was merely a bird watch tour for my Dad’s project.

    Shoaib just spoke to me too good of you for this one. Some experienced words to take along is not a bad equipment, is it?

    Regards

    Ezaz

  4. Ezaz,

    From Naran(Jalkhad), you can use the Noori Top road to reach Sharda. This is a jeep only road and till last week had not been opened. From Sharda, you can reach Taobutt via Kel. There is no descent place to stay in Taobutt so either you can stay at Kel or can camp at Taobutt. A visit to from Kel is also worth attempting.

  5. Dear Dashtnavard,

    Thanx for the wise words. Well, below is what we plan to do, but after Saral Lake, i don’t really know the updated status of the trek.

    Is it possible to trek to Saral and Ratti Gali at least, if not possible further a descend into Sharda or in general Neelam Valley?

    Day 01 Naran/Besal  Mullan Di Basti

    Day 02 Mullan Di Basti  Lake Dudipat

    Day 03 Lake Dudipat  Saral Lake

    Day 04 Saral Lake  Ratti Gali Lake

    Please enlighten me, if there is any changes required in it.

    Regards

    Ezaz A. Khan

  6. Looks fine till Saral. If you start early and have an average stamina, you can also combine Day 1 and 2. From Saral, you can reach Rattigali lake with one night on the way. From there, you can descend to Dowarian. If you want to get dropped to Sharda, you will have to spend a night near Noori Top and can reach Sharda the next day.

  7. Thanx Dashtnavard,

    Let’s leave some adventure to mother nature too. 🙂 knowing more reduces the enigma of trekking. Thank you brother, u have been a lot of help lately.

    All i would say is, pray for me so i may be able to share the experience when i come back inshallah.

    Regards

    Ezaz A. Khan

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