Ansoo Lake (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa)
Ansoo Lake, the most beautiful lake, is situated in Kaghan Valley near Malika Parbat in Manoor Valley at an altitude of 13,940 feet. It is just like the teardrop shape, so named as - Ansoo -, means teardrop in English. It also looks like a human eye in shape.
There is no way to physically access the lake due to its physical structure of steep snow walls in the crator. Tourists can only view the lake at the distance, there is no place to stay there, as camping is very much risky there due to severe icy cold weather and heavy wind around it. It also covers with fog and clouds most of the time, so getting a clear view of it, is on chance.
It can be accessible from Saif-ul-Maluk lake through a steep trek within 3-4 hours. Trek is normally covered with snow and only accessible in a short period from mid of July to mid of August. Trek is not easy but presents a picturesque view to the trekkers, so tourists can capture the valuable moments of their life there. The first destination on the trek is the Malika Parbat Base camp, which rather easier part of the trek. After that, the trek is steeper and difficult to travel, so tourists must have the proper equipment and food with them. Returning back before the evening is better, as camping in icy weather and the windy atmosphere becomes the most difficult part of this tour.
Ansoo Lake is also accessible through Mahandri village, which is located 40km to the south of Naran. To the left of Mahandri Bazar, a jeep track is used to access Manoor village. From here, a 6-7 hours trek leads toward Ansoo Lake, passing through a beautiful green meadow, known as Dher at the altitude of 16,500 feet. After Dher, by crossing a steeper trek, the lake is visible from the top of the mountain.
Ansoo Lake Map
Ansoo Lake Photo Gallery
Most of the time, Ansoo Lake is not visible due to heavy fog and clouds with rain, so getting the beautiful view of Ansoo Lake depends upon the luck. It is normally blocked by snow and severe weather conditions except one month starting from mid of July.
Trek throuhg Mahandri village, gives beautiful picturesque views, it takes 6-7 hours to cover. This trek is long as compare to the trek from Saif-ul-Maluk which short but more steep than it.
Ansoo Lake is famous due to its unique shape just like human eye, with a snow iceland in its center like ball in eye.
Snow wall around the Ansoo Lake, with its melting structure and due to its location on the edge of crator, makes it difficult to touch the waters of lake.
Dher Meadows is a beautiful lush green plateau with full of colorful flowers on the way to Ansoo Lake. After crossin it, you can get a beautiful view of Ansoo Lake.
Ansoo Lake is located in the crator with steep snow walls, which makes it difficult to access physically.