Kaghan Valley (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa)
Kaghan Valley, a scenic wonderland, is at height of beauty among many beautiful valleys in Hazara in the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan. It is one hundred and sixty kilometers long valley in the Lower Himalayan mountain range, having an elevation of 2,134 feet to 13,690 feet at Babusar Pass.
The road to Kaghan is a little bit dangerous due to the deep slopes to the river on one side and the lofty mountains on the other side. The valley is fully covered by pine and fir trees densely overgrown with a variety of other plants, except at the Babusar Top area. The Babusar Top is highest point in the Kaghan Valley, and it is a gateway to access Gilgit-Baltistan. One can also get a view of the Nanga Parbat and mountain ranges in the Kashmir region.
The road from Balakot ascends along the Kunhar River that is flowing in deep ridges and through lovely forests. The spectacular views and sceneries are near Shogran, surrounded by peaks and pine forest, covering with a layer of silver shined clouds on the top. From Shogran, you can visit the famous peaks of Siri and Payee, with breathtaking views at their top.
Naran is one of the most attractive hill stations in Kaghan valley, with its pleasant and cool atmosphere. Saif-ul-Maluk lake can be accessed from Naran by a jeep within 30-45 minutes. One can also enjoy two hours trek from Naran to Saif-ul-Maluk lake. There is a number of glaciers in the passage of Kaghan to Narran and from Narran to Saif-ul-Maluk, and those are real enjoyment in exploring Naran. From Saif-ul-Maluk lake, a splendid view of Malka Parbat, the highest mountain in this valley, can be seen in clear weather.
Babusar Pass, a jeep track leads to Chilas on Karakoram Highway. Lulusar lake, on the side of road, gives charming view of the Khunhar River. Traveling from Lulusar Lake to Babusar pass is just like flowing on the top of mountains with a broader view of mountain ranges.
The river Kunhar, originating from Lulusar lake, runs through the valley and merges with the Jhelum River just outside Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. The shining green water of the Kunhar River with the flowing ranges of mountains, is the real beauty of this valley.
The Kaghan valley has number of lushgreen meadows on the top of mountain ranges, where one observe grazing herd of sheep, goats, etc. The Kundi Meadows, located behind Rajwal villageone, is a lushgreen plain on the mountain top. It can be accessed after 5-6 hours trekking.
Fishing is one of the best sports activities in Kaghan. In the upper parts of the valley, Brown Trout and Mahasher are stocked in pure silvery waters of the Kunhar River. The Kunhar river trout is considered to be the best throughout South Asia.
Mansehra is located at the distance of 221 km from Peshawar on Karakoram Highwary N-35. It is very important location as a gateway to Gilgit-Baltistan through Karakoram Highway or through Babusar Pass in the Kaghan Valley. It has very pleasant weather due to surrounding valleys such as Kaghan and Kashmir.
Mansehra is also a historical city in past dynasties in this area, Ashoka ruled over this area, who was the main ruler in Maurya Dynasty. The city is founded by Mahan Singh Mirpuri, who was the governor during the rule of Ranjit Singh. During the British rule, the town is named in the honour of Mahan Singh Mirpuri.
Due to influence of Hindu in the past, several hindu festivals are held here. The festival of Durgashtami, who was a Hindu Devi, is celebrated by Brahman of Mansehra on ancient site of Bareri Hill in Mansehra. There is also a giant rock at the base of Bareri Hill inscribed with the Edicts of Ashoka.
Mansehra is famous for its lush green valleys, plateaus and number of beautiful lakes. The Kunhar River is one of the main river in the district, flowing from the Kaghan Valley and then finally merges with the Jehlum River. It is the gateway to the Kaghan Valley and the Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. The Siran is another river in Mansehra, comes from the Musa Da Masalla and ends in the Tarbella Lake.
Mansehra is located on the Karakorum Highway that leads toward the mighty mountian range of Karakorum and Himalayas in the Gilgit-Baltistan. It has boundaries with Abbottabad, Battagram, Kohistan, Torgar, Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, and Diamer districts.
Balakot is situated on the right bank of the Kunhar River which confluence with the Jehlum River. It is the main point to travel toward the Kaghan Valley and the Gilgit-Baltistan. Due to the Kaghan Valley pleasant atmosphere, whole Balakot town become pleasant in the summer season, whereas it becomes cold in the winter season.
The Kaghan Valley is the most visiting location in the Mansehra district at a distance of 38 km from the Mansehra city. It is an alpine forest valley covered by the Lower Himalayan mountain range. There are number of lush green pastures, alpine meadows, waterfalls, frosty streams, and beautiful crystal clear water lakes. Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Ansoo Lake, and Lulusar Lake are the most attractive lakes in the Kaghan Valley.
Babusar Top is the highest location in the Kaghan Valley at an elevation of 13,690 feet. The magnificent view of Nanga Parbat can be observed from the top in the clear weather. In the winter season, it is not possible to cross Babusar Top due to heavy snowfall.
Shogran is an attractive hill station in the Kaghan Valley at an elevation of 7,749 feet above sea level. It remains open in summers and winters and always has a fantastic weather and moving clouds around the hill station. In monsoon period, a heavy rains is expected most of time. Hail storms are also much common there. So in monsoon period, tourists have to be careful. Shogran can be accessed from the Kiwai town on the main Mansehra - Kaghan Road. Payee Lake is located in the Shogran and is accessible through a jeep.
Lalazar is located in the Upper Kaghan Valley at an elevation of 10,246 feet above sea level. It contains vast meadows and green pastures within the lush green pine forests.
Malika Parbat is the highest peak in the Kaghan Valley at an elevation of 17,360 feet at a distance of 6 km from the Lake Saif-ul-Maluk. It is clearly seen from the Lake Saif-ul-Maluk in clear weather. It was first scaled by Captain B.W. Battye in 1920. Its summits are difficult to ascent, so only twelve climbers have reached on the top of Malika Parbat.
Musa Ka Musalla is a beautiful peak at an elevation of 13,500 feet between Siran Valley and Kaghan Valley. To access the base camp of this peak, one have take route via Mandagucha village along the Siran River from Shinkiari town. Mandagucha is high mountain village with pleasant and cool climate. The Siran Lake is also located near the Dabar Town while traveling toward Mandagucha village. From this village, the trek leads toward the base camp of the Musa Ka Musalla Peak. Siran Valley and Shinkiari are also important due to tea cultivation in Pakistan. A beautiful waterfall, also known as Manda Gucha Waterfall, is also good place to visit.
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Tour places in Kaghan
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.
Tourism in Ansoo Lake
Babusar Pass, the highest mountain pass in Kaghan Valley, is located at a distance of 66km from Naran. It is very cold even in the summer. It connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Chilas, Gilgit Baltistan with Korakuram Highway.
Tourism in Babusar Pass
Kundi meadows as known as Seh Kundi meadows, are located behind Rajwal village nearly 10 km after Kaghan in Kaghan valley. It is a lush green plain on the mountain peak in Rajwal village after 5 to 6 hours of difficult trek. This trek is started from the main Kaghan-Naran road by crossing the bridge over the Kunhaar River.
Tourism in Kundi Meadows
Saif-ul-Muluk is located in Naran, Kaghan Valley at a distance of 8km from Naran at an altitude of 10,578 feet. It is one of the main sources of the Kunhar River and also one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.
Tourism in Lake Saif-ul-Muluk
Lalazar is a beautiful lush green meadow with colorful wildflowers within a pine forest, it is situated at the distance of 21 km from Naran at an elevation of 10,499 feet. It is accessible through the jeep and the trek has wonderful scenes as the River Kunhas is flowing on side of the trek. It is also a lovely spot for camping in the Kaghan Valley and a good place to observe wildlife there too.
Tourism in Lalazar
Lulusar Lake is the main source of the Kunhar River at an elevation of 11,190 feet. Its name is due to the name of the surrounding group of peaks. It is famous for its natural beauty and scenic views, the reflection of Lulusar mountains in the lake becomes a real attraction for the tourists. It is 56km from Naran after crossing Besal on the Naran-Chilas Road.
Tourism in Lulusar Lake
Naran is a very attractive and pleasant hill station, located in Kaghan valley at the distance of 119 km from Mansehra at the altitude of 8,202 feet. It is most beautiful and scenic location in Pakistan and loving place for trekkers, hikers, and tourists from all over the Pakistan, even from foreign countries.
Tourism in Naran
Shogran is located in the Kaghan Valley in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province and is one of the famous visiting spots in the valley. This hill station is situated in the midst of green pine trees at a height of 7,749 feet above sea level, at the distance of 34 km from Balakot, and 90 km from Abbottabad.
Tourism in Shogran
Kaghan Photo Gallery
The Kunhar River flows in the deep ridges in Kaghan Valley, while travelling on side of you are the lush green high mountains and on other side the Kunhar River in the depth of hundereds of feet.
Kunhar View near Batakundi
View of Kaghan Valley
There are lot of beautiful views while traveling in Kaghan Valley.
Streams in Kaghan
There are number of streams in Kaghan Valley, and finally those become part of the Kunhar River.
Hanging Bridge over Kunhar
There are lot of hanging and wired bridges in Kaghan valley to cross the Kunhar River to access other side areas.