Chitta Katha Lake

Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shounter valley, Azad Kashmir at the elevation of 13,500 feet (4,100 m). Chitta Katha means White Stream; it is the local name of the stream coming down from the Hari Parbat originating from the lake called Chitta Katha Sar or lake of the Mount Hari parbat. This Mountain is sacred for some people who relate it to Lord Shiva and consider it abode of the Lord and identify it as Kailash.

‘Chitta’ in local language means White and ‘Katha’ means water reservoir, so a reservoir of crystal clear water is all about lake. “Chitta Katha Lake” is a deep bowl shaped body of water is mostly snowbound during the year. The surrounding of lake is very calm and peaceful. Chitta Katha Lake is next to “Chitta katha Sar” and is located in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The major attraction of the lake is its milky white colors of water from which the name of the lake is derived.

Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shonter valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan at the altitude of 13,500 feet (4,100 m).  The lake is accessible from Kel by a 20 kilometers (12 mi) jeep track and then 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) hiking trek. Kel is the base camp to this lake.

How to Reach

Route of Chitta Kattha Lake :
1)Islamabad to Muzaffarabad
4 hours by public van or bus
2)Muzaffarabad to Kel
10 hours. Public buses leave Muzaffarabad afore 9:00 PM. Public vans are available before noon for Atthmuqam from where private jeeps can be hired.

3)Kel to Upper Domel
Locally called ‘Utli Domel’. It requires to hire private jeep from Atthmuqam or Kel.

4)Upper Domel to Chitta Kattha Lake