Dudipatsar Trail

The Dudipatsar Trail is an approximately 18 km (11 mi) hiking trail in the Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in northern Pakistan. The trail goes along a tributary of the Kunhar River called Poorbi Narr in the northern Kaghan Valley. The headwater for the particular tributary is the Dudipat Lake and the trail has a cumulative elevation gain of 640 metres (2,100 ft). The average time taken to complete the trail is 5 to 8 hours.

One of the most beautiful and magnificent lakes of Pakistan is the awe inspiring Dudipatsar Lake which is also called the Dudipat Lake. The amazing lake, filled with magnificent blue green water, is in a valley of snow covered peaks located in a national park called Lulusar-Dudipatsar. The name of the lake has been created by two local words, “dudi” and “pat“.

Dudi is used to mean white in the local language and pat is used to denote high mountains which are common in the area where the lake is located. The last word “sar” is a commonly used word for “lake”. According to locals the name has been given to the great lake due to the heavenly white snow that covers the mountains surrounding the lake.

The Dudipatsar Lake is located at an approximate height of 3,800 meters (almost 12,500 feet) above the sea level. However, the mountains forming the valley are much higher and many of them are covered in snow throughout the year. The average height of the mountains surrounding the lake is around 4,800 meters above sea level. Dudipatsar is located in the very northern part of Kaghan Valley, located in Mansehra District, KPK Pakistan.

Best Time to Visit Dudipatsar Lake

The best season to go on a hiking trip to the lake is the mid of summer season. However, this season can be quite dry and if there is no shade, the sun can be quite harsh. If any hiking trips are undertaken in the early part of the season then the snow that is being shielded from the sun can be seen in several deep ravines in the valley. During this season, the snow may have melted but it will leave many parts of the plateau much waterlogged and even marshy. However, other areas will be easy to traverse.