Ansoo Lake

Ansoo Lake is a high-altitude lake having elevation 13,927 feet in the Kaghan Valley. The Lake is situated near Malika Parbat in the Himalayan range.

Beautiful Ansoo Lake view
Beautiful Ansoo Lake view

How to get there

The distance between Saif ul Malook and Ansoo lake is almost 1.5 kilometers. Ansoo lake can be reached by a comparatively steeper trek starts from Saif ul Malook Lake. It takes more than 3.5 hours to reach to Ansoo lake. The trek remains covered with snow in most parts of the year. The best time to trek is Mid July to September. The optimal time to set off for the lake from Saif ul Mulook is early morning. Horses can also be hired against Rs. 1500/- from the Lake Saiful Mulook along with a guide who leads to Ansoo Lake, even after getting the horse one still have to walk more than 35% of the trek.

Routes of Ansoo Lake

First route is accessible from Saif ul Malook through the valley along with river and goes up to Malika Parbat base camp, where from it begins steeper until Ansoo Lake. This route trek is all about climbing on the mountain.

Second trek to reach Ansoo Lake starts from the village Mahandri, which is 40 km south to Naran valley, and goes through Manoor Gali and Kach Gali. This trek takes at least three days of 12 hour trekking to get to Ansoo Lake. Steepness of this trek may be the same as of other one but travel in the valley is lot more. This gives an opportunity to camp along the rivers, in jungles, on the top of mountains and in abandoned towns.

The name “Ansoo” comes from its tear-like shape. This lake also resembles Human Eye with central ice land resembling Iris of Human Eye and a ridge resembling Eyebrow becoming even more prominent when ice melts on the Eyebrow in summers.

The lake is said to have been discovered in 1993 by Pakistan Air Force Pilots who were flying low in this area. Earlier, the lake was not even known to the locals. There is no place to stay at Ansoo Lake. Some people may camp on the top of extremely cold and windy mountains but it is very risky and even the locals do not agree to recommend this.