Lulusar Lake

Lulusar Lake, at 3,410 m (11,190 ft), is the primary headwaters of the Kunhar River. It flows southwest through the entire length of Kaghan Valley passing Jalkhand, Naran, Kaghan, Jared, Paras and Balakot until its confluence with the Jhelum River. Lulusar Lake marks the historic place where fifty-five participants of the 1857 Indian war of independence were arrested.

If any tourist trek the amazing lakes of Pakistan, one of the very first items on their itinerary is the heavenly Lulusar Lake located in the national park called Dudipatsar, Lulusar national park in Kaghan. The name of the lake derives from the word “sar” which means either “lake” or “High Mountain”.

In case of Lulusar, the word is used to denote the high mountains with perennial snow covered peaks that are around the lake, creating a magnificent valley. The snow of the mountains has been the reason that the lake has never dried up as in every summer season the snow melts and feeds the lake. As the lake is being constantly fed, the Lulusar lake has become well known for its mirror like surface reflecting the great mountains like an immense mirror.

The lake is located in the extreme north of the district, in a valley formed by high mountains. The lake itself is not that high with its elevation coming in at only 3,000 meters i.e. 10,000 feet above the sea level. However, the snow capped peaks that give the lake its name are in another league and may reach heights of up to 3,410 meters. The extreme height of the mountains keeps them covered in snow the year long, but the lake is located in a special zone where water can flow in some months of the year.

The best time to visit Lulusar Lake is the beginning of summer. Many people think that mid-summer will be the best time to visit but that is a misconception as by the time summer has set in the lake will have lost much of the snow near it and the sun will have become harsh.

Furthermore, with the road being laid next to the lake, it is now possible to travel easily and the snow melting is nothing to wait for. The best time is, therefore, from end of May to end of June. After June the lake will not have much snow, only the greenery will be seen.