Pakistan is known to be the Switzerland of Asia. It is an extremely beautiful country and the best tourist attraction place. This land is a jewel on earth, especially in Asia. The northern areas of Pakistan are flooded with tourists in the summer season. What’s so special here?

Pakistan is known to be the Switzerland of Asia. It is an extremely beautiful country and the best tourist attraction place. This land is a jewel on earth, especially in Asia. The northern areas of Pakistan are flooded with tourists in the summer season. What’s so special here?

Let me tell you that Pakistan is bestowed with every beauty attraction that is lacking in many countries. It has valleys, rivers, big mountains, lakes, waterfalls, deserts, plateau, and sea. This is the reason Pakistan ranks in the top priority of tourists to visit. 

In this blog, you are going to have the information of captivating and beautiful lakes of Pakistan that one should visit in his lifetime. 

Saif ul Mulook Lake

Saif ul Mulook, also known as the Lake of Fairies, is a lake located at the northern end of Kaghan Valley, near Naran, District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is the most beautiful and amazing lake that attracts tourists around the globe. It is surrounded by the famous mountain, Malika e Parbat that gives an additional touch to its beauty.

Here tourists can enjoy boating and camping too. While camping on a night with a full moon gives you inner peace when you see the billions of stars in the sky and the moon shining brightly. 

The ideal time to visit Saif ul Malook Lake is from June to September. In winter, the lake is completely frozen.

Beautiful sight at Saif ul Malook Lake. Source: Pakistan today

How to reach?

  1. Islamabad to Naran
  2. From Naran Bazar take a 4*4 jeep that will take you to lake Saif ul Malook.

Google Coordinates

34°52’37.0″N 73°41’36.3″E

Ansoo Lake

People who dare and love adventures must visit this breathtaking lake. This lake is also in the Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Ansoo is an Urdu word which means “Tear”. Ansoo lake has a teardrop shape which led to its name “Ansoo Jheel”. 

Ansoo Lake is accessible from a short steep trek from Saif ul Malook Lake. It takes almost 12 hours to reach Ansoo Lake from the Saif ul Malook Lake. Many adventure-loving tourists camp here but the locals are against this. According to them, the weather here is extremely unpredictable which can cause severe problems for the campers. 

View of Ansoo Lake in winter. Source: vepakistan.com

How to reach?

There are two ways to reach Ansoo lake. Both of them are given below:

  1. Reach Lake Saif ul Malook in the evening and stay there. You can camp there or spend your night in a resort. The next day, early in the morning start your journey from Saif ul Malook and your trek’s first part is to reach Malika Parbat’s base camp and second form Malika Parbat base camp to Ansoo lake. 
  2. In the south of Naran about 25 miles, there’s a village called Mahandari. From Mahandri Bazar, take a jeep to reach village Manori. From there, there is a trek of seven hours that will take you to Ansoo Lake.

Google Coordinates

34°48’51.7″N 73°40’36.2″E

Lulusar Lake

Kunhar River flows from Naran and Kaghan and merges into the Jehlum River. The main source of the Kunhar River is the Lulusar Lake. It is located in the beautiful Kaghan Valley and is accessible easily on any vehicle. 

Lulusar Lake has a natural beauty that captivates tourists. The water of the lake is crystal clear and is surrounded by the snow-capped Lulusar mountains. People visiting Kaghan Valley should visit this elegant lake and make profound memories. 

A stunning view of Lulusar Lake. Photo credits Mr Devotar, Source: charismaticplanet.com

How to reach?

Going to Lulusar is not a big deal. You can go on any vehicle as the roads are paved and not tricky. From Naran, you have to start your journey on Naran Chilas Road. For almost 50km from Naran, Lulusar Lake is located on the side of the road.

Google Coordinates

35°04’56.0″N 73°55’36.1″E

Chitta Katha Lake

Chitta Katha Lake is located in the Shounter Valley of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Chitta Katha means “White Stream” and this name is given by the locals. If you are visiting Kashmir, then Chitta Katha Lake should be on your priority list because it has heart-stopping views that stuns you. 

A mesmerizing view of Chitta Katha Lake. Source: getout.pk

How to reach?

From Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, you will have to travel to the lush green and beautiful town Kel. From Kel, you will reach on Jeep to the base camp of Chitta Katha Lake which is a 4 hours difficult track. After that, your trekking skills test start because you have to trek for 6 to 8 hours from the base camp to reach Chitta Katha Lake.

Google Coordinates

34°55’11.9″N 74°31’17.3″E

Shandur Lake

Shandur is a famous place where Polo Festival is organized every year. Shandur Polo Ground is the highest Polo ground on Earth i.e. 3,700 meters and tourists from all over the world come and watch this festival. 

Another reason to visit Shandur is the Shandur Lake. Shandur Lake is located in Gilgit-Baltistan and is only a kilometer away from Shandur Polo Ground. The lake lies in the high mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan and offers great sightseeing. The top of this lake is flat and plateau and for this reason, it is known as, “The roof of the World”. 

Clouds above the Shandur Lake. Picture captured by: Shamsal Manzoor

How to reach?

To reach Shandur Lake, you have to take NATCO public transport that is heading to Gilgit. On the way to Gilgit, you have to end your journey at Shandur. The Shandur lake is just on the side of Gilgit-Chitral road.

Google Coordinates

36°04’47.3″N 72°32’06.3″E

Satpara Lake

Satpara Lake is located in Gilgit-Baltistan and it supplies water to the Skardu Valley. It is located at an elevation of about 2636 meters. The main source for the water of the lake is the melting of ice from the Deosai Plains. It is also the largest freshwater lake in Pakistan. 

If you are to visit this lake, then plan your trip in summer as the roads leading to Satpara lake are closed in winter.

Crystal clear water of Satpara Lake. A picture by: explorepakistan.com

How to reach?

It is not difficult to reach Satpara Lake. It is only 9 kilometers far from the main Skardu District and you can go on any vehicle.

Google Coordinates

35°13’52.5″N 75°37’45.9″E

Dudipatsar Lake

Dudipatsar Lake in Kaghan Valley is a jewel in this valley. The name “Dudipatsar” means “White Mountain Lake” which is due to the snow-capped mountains that have surrounded the lake. The lake is only accessible on foot as no road leads to this lake. You have to hike almost 15 kilometers to see the beauty and glamour of Dudipatsar Lake.

Dudipatsar Lake. Picture captured by: Salman Ali, Source: The News

How to reach?

From Naran, you will reach Basil which is a small town about 46km far from Naran. Here you will have to start your trekking by reaching Mulla ki Basti and then at the Dudipatsar Lake.

Google Coordinates

35°01’07.9″N 74°05’24.9″E

Rush Lake

Rush Lake is Pakistan’s highest lake with more than 15,000 feet above sea level. It is located in the Nagar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. Rush Lake can only be visited by trekking through Nagar and Hopar or via a trek through Hopar Glacier and Miar Glacier. The path to the goal might be difficult but the result you are going to have at the end of the trek is just unexplainable in words. You are going to witness the heavenly and irresistible views from Rush Lake. 

A breathtaking view of Rush Lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Picture source: medium.com

How to reach?

To reach Rush Lake, you should first reach Aliabad, Hunza as it is your first destination. From Aliabad, you will reach Hopar Village on a public van. After that, you will cross Bualtar and Miar Glaciers that will make your way to the captivating Rush Lake. 

Google Coordinates

36°10’28.4″N 74°52’57.2″E

Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake is in the Gojal Town of Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan. This lake was formed as the result of a massive landslide that blocked the flow of the Hunza River in 2010. It destroyed some villages and twenty people were killed due to this disaster. About 6000 people were displaced, but now this lake is the main tourist attraction in Hunza valley. 

Thousands of visitors visit this lake and enjoy boating, swimming, and other water sports here. It is the largest lake in Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Tourists ready to enjoy boating at Attabad Lake. Picture credits: Sulo Letta/Shutterstock.com

How to reach?

If you want to see the natural Attabad lake, then you will have to book a taxi or a jeep from Gilgit to reach Karimabad and see Attabad Lake.

Google Coordinates

36°19’57.5″N 74°52’15.1″E

Ratti Gali Lake

Kashmir is also known as “Jannat Nazeer Waadi”. Here ‘Jannat’ means Paradise, and ‘Waadi’ is the Urdu word for Valley. So, Kashmir is a paradise valley and it has many breathtaking places that one must visit. In Neelum Valley, there is Ratti Gali Lake which is very famous due to its captivating beauty and greenery everywhere. 

The beauty of this lake has inspired many writers and they have written many things on its beauty. 

View of Ratti Gali Lake with clouds hovering above. Picture source: The Nation

How to reach?

Take a bus from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad and after reaching Muzaffarabad, take the bus that’s going towards Dowarian or Sharda. You have to reach Dowarian, and from there take a 4*4 jeep that will take you to the Ratti Gali Base Camp. There’s an easy trek of almost 1 hour that will give you the astonishing Ratti Gali Lake.

Google Coordinates

34°49’48.3″N 74°03’38.6″E

Sheosar Lake

Sheosar Lake is located in the beautiful Deosai National Park i.e. one of the world’s highest and magnificent plateau. It is at the elevation of 4,142 meters.  The beauty of this lake shall be witnessed by one who’s visiting it. It is extremely marvelous and pretty. 

The best time to visit this lake is in the spring season when the wildflowers bloom and gives you the stunning and sightly view that one forgets the hustle and bustle of the outer world. The lake is 130 feet deep surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountains. 

The gigantic Nanga Parbat behind the alluring Sheosar Lake. Photo Credits: Yousaf Feroz Gill

How to reach?

There are two paths that lead to Sheosar Lake. One from the District Astore and the other one from Skardu. From Skardu, you can reach your destination merely in a few hours, and from Astore on jeep, it takes about 4 hours to reach Sheosar Lake.

Google Coordinates

34°59’34.2″N 75°13’59.9″E

Lower Kachura Lake

Lower Kachura Lake, now better known as Shangrila lake is situated in Kachura Village in Skardu City. Its name changed in 1983 when the Shangrila resort was built on its bank. This lake offers different water sports like boating etc. and it attracts thousands of tourists locally and around the globe every year. 

Tourists stay in the Shangrila resort and enjoy the heavenly place with greenery and the snow-capped mountains. This place is also very good to capture your memories in the camera roll.

Resorts at the Shangrila Resort for tourists. Source: pak-adventure.com

How to reach?

Lower Kachura Lake or Shangrila Resorts are only 27 kilometers far from Skardu Valley and you can reach there easily on your own vehicle or public transport via S-1 road.

Google Coordinates

35°25’36.8″N 75°27’19.0″E

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake is not explored like the Lower Kachura Lake due to its tough trek. It is located in Skardu and is surrounded by wild apricot gardens. It has a depth of 70 meters. With the crystal clear water of the lake, it has beautiful sights that freshes one’s mind. The winter season here freezes everything including the water of the lake. 

An appealing sight of Upper Kachura Lake. Source: wallpaperflare.com

How to reach?

Upper Kachura Lake is almost 29 kilometers far from Skardu Valley. You can reach there in an hour on any type of vehicle via Upper Kachura Lake road. 

Google Coordinates

35°26’49.5″N 75°26’43.5″E

Mahodand Lake

About 35 kilometers from Kalam, there’s a beautiful and scenic Ushu Valley which has tempting Mahodand Lake. Mahodand Lake means “The lake of fishes”. Once you reach there, you can enjoy boating, camping, and fishing. The best time to visit this stunning and splendid lake is in summer when the alpine flowers bloom in the nearby meadows and you can enjoy a large variety of trout too. 

The exquisite Mahodand Lake.Courtesy: Dawn

How to reach?

From Kalam, Swat, one will have to book a 4*4 jeep to reach Mahodand lake. The jeep passes through the beautiful and jeep Ushu forest and some cold water stream leading to have the mesmerizing Mahodand Lake.

Google Coordinates

35°42’51.8″N 72°39’03.6″E

Swaik Lake

Pakistanis are still discovering new places where they can enjoy and spend their vacations and Swaik Lake is one of them. Swaik lake is located near Khandoa Village, a journey of 45 minutes from Kalar Kahar Interchange. The lake has blue-green water with a beautiful waterfall too. People come here with their families for picnics. You can enjoy swimming and cliff diving here but you must ensure that you are wearing a life jacket. 

People enjoying swimming in Swaik Lake. Courtesy: industours.pk

How to reach?

The Swaik Lake can easily be accessed from Lahore. From Lahore, start your journey on the M2 motorway and exit from Kalar Kahar Interchange. From here, Sawaik lake is located about 10 kilometers.

Google Coordinates

32°44’08.8″N 72°43’21.0″E

Karambar Lake

Karambar Lake is located in Ishkoman Valley, Gilgit Baltistan and it is the 2nd highest in the country and 33rd highest lake in the world. It has an altitude of 14,121 feet with 171 feet depth. The majestic beauty of the lake gives sensual views that captivate the attention of the travelers. Every year, the adventure lovers travel here to witness the striking beauty of this lake.

A view of Karambar Lake. Courtesy: Dawn

How to reach?

The journey towards Karambar lake is not an easy one. From Chitral, you have to book a jeep to Mastuj and then Mastuj to Ishkarwaz. From Ishkarwaz, your trekking skills begin. This area is close to the Afghanistan border so there are multiple checkpoints of security personnel and Gilgit Baltistan scouts that verify your CNIC and NOC. 

After Ishkarwaz, you will reach Garhil village that is inhabited by a few people. Your next step is towards the Darwaza Pass to reach the Lashgargaz. Ahead there is a trek of 15 to 20 kilometers with no major climbs to reach Laleerabad. From Laleerabad, there is 10 km more to your final destination, Karambar Lake. 

Remember to have some extra days as the weather here is really unpredictable. 

Google Coordinates

36°52’46.8″N 73°42’13.9″E

Naltar Lake

Naltar Valley is a valley in Gilgit-Baltistan that has three beautiful lakes. These lakes are also known as the Bashkiri Lakes and have an altitude of 3,050 to 3,150 meters. All three lakes are having different attractions. The different attractions of the Lakes encourage tourists to visit all of them. One of the lakes has green water due to grass in the water and the other one has blue colored water. The last one is having azure-colored water which I think is the best one. 

All lakes are surrounded by mountains and dense pine forests. The best time to visit the Naltar lakes is from May to October.

Snow-capped mountains behind the Naltar Lakes. Picture by: myadventure.pk

How to reach?

Naltar Valley is about 40km far from Gilgit. You will take 2 hours to reach the Naltar Lake on a Jeep hired from Gilgit city.

Google Coordinates

36°14’23.9″N 74°04’56.0″E

Rama Lake

Rama Lake is in the beautiful Astore Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, and has some oak trees and other greenery around the lake. The Rama Valley is heavily forested with pine, juniper, and cedar trees that increase its beauty.

 

An enchanting view of Rama Lake. Photo credits: todaypakistan.info

How to reach?

From Gilgit, while driving on the Karakoram highway, after crossing the Raikot bridge you will reach the Juglot city and then turn to the Astore city. It is advised to take a 4*4 jeep from Astore as the road condition is very bad. Rama Meadows is just 10 km away from Astore and from Rama meadows, Rama lake is about 4km away. 

Google Coordinates

35°19’50.1″N 74°47’08.3″E

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake is located in Minimarg, Neelum District, Azad Kashmir. Minimarg is a beautiful and peaceful place and is known as the hikers paradise. Rainbow lake is just a home for peace and silence loving people as there is no hustle and bustle of tourists. Except those who dare to take the challenge go to the Rainbow lake and witness its beauty.

A clear view of Rainbow lake. Picture source: Dawn

How to reach?

To reach the captivating Rainbow lake, hire a 4*4 jeep from Gilgit to reach Minimarg. On the way to Chillam Chowki, you will have to get the permission from the army to continue your journey. After getting permission, start your journey again towards Minimarg and then on Minimarg-Domel road. This road will take you to the Rainbow lake.

Google Coordinates

34°45’07.3″N 75°10’52.7″E

Kundol Lake

Kundol lake is in the Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that is heaven for tourists. Kundol lake is not visited by many tourists because people are not familiar with the lake’s name or location. The journey leading to the lake is a little bit difficult but the scenic views and the cold breeze with snow-capped mountains make you forget the struggle that you faced. 

Kundol Lake in Sawat is surrounded by mountains. Picture courtesy: Dawn

How to reach?

Kundol Lake is accessible from Kalam, Swat. Hire a car or 4*4 or go on your own vehicle till Utror Valley. The link road ends at Ladu. From Ladu, hike for four hours to reach the beautiful lake.

Google Coordinates

35°25’21.1″N 72°25’57.6″E

Banjosa Lake

Banjosa Lake is in Rawlakot, District Poonch, Azad Kashmir. It is an artificial lake that attracts tourists from all over the world. It has resorts where tourists stay and enjoy their vacations. The cool weather in summer is the best attraction to the tourists that come to get rid of the hot winds of their areas. 

Banjosa Lake is surrounded by pine trees and mountains which enhances the beauty of the lake and makes it charming and captivating.

Banjosa Lake in Azad Kashmir attracts thousands of tourists every year. Photo credits: buddies.pk

How to reach?

From Rawalpindi, take public transport going to Rawalakot from PirWadhai. After reaching Rawalakot, hire a jeep to reach Banjosa Lake. 

It is recommended not to go on your own transport except a 4*4.

Google Coordinates

33°48’36.3″N 73°48’59.0″E

 

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