Saif ul Malook Lake:

Saif ul Malook Lake is located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley near Naran Valley in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. At an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, Saif ul Malook is amongst one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. At such altitude, Lake is close to the tourist resort of Naran and Kaghan Valley.

Water of the oval shaped lake is over a mile in diameter, spectacularly clear in slight green tone with snow clad peaks in the foreground. The clarity of the water comes from the multiple glaciers all around the high basin feeding the lake. The lake is rich eco diversity and holds large species of and is home of the famous Trout fish. Lake Saif-ul-Malook is one of the widely visited tourist destinations in the country. Each year, thousands of tourists from across the breadth of the country climb up to witness this magical glacial lake in the Kaghan Valley.

How to get there

The lake is open for visitors from June to September. 10 kilometers from Naran village, Saif ul Malook Lake accessible through 4×4 vehicles through Naran Valley. Jeeps are available in Naran Bazar against Rs.2000. Journey takes about an hour on a non-metaled road starting from Naran. The whole path offers captivating beauty and recommended for walk. A four to five hours steep hike journey for willing trekkers presents fantastic views.

Weather

A very pleasant weather welcomes visitors at Saif ul Malook Lake even during summer season. A maximum 15C in July – August under sun whereas temperature drops to 3C at night. Wearing a jacket is recommended. Lake remained frozen in winter season as heavy snowfall makes journey very tough. Only trekkers can access lake in snow because road denies any transportation.

Attraction

Lake Saif ul Malook is the 5th Best Tourist Destination in Pakistan, a report of survey done by The Guardians. In a real sunny day, lake offers superb views and feeling as sitting in heaven. Lake water reflects a number of colors with sun shine making an exquisite view. The Queen of the Parbat “Malka Parbat” is located in the back drop of the lake, a mere few hundred yards and has a height of 17,360 feet (5291.33 meters) is standing in the east with reflection in the mirror of Lake Saiful Maluk. A large glacier in the way to lake is another exciting attraction. The Kaghan Valley is part of the western-most off-shoot of Himalayas which is the highest mountain range in the world. Horses and ponies are also available to take a tour around the lake.

Fairy Tale

Due to its breathtaking and mystical appearance Saif ul Malook Lake has been a source of famous fairy tale written by sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh. It is the story of a prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake. The Prince fell in love with the place and the lake is named after him. Fairy Tale narrates Prince’s travel to the region and an incident where the prince actually fell in love with one of the fairies. The impact of the lake beauty is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to lake in full moon.

Boating

Boating an exciting activity in lakes and rivers, facility of boating in Saif ul Malook is available against some 200 rupees per person. One cannot imagine the excitement of being in such a beautiful lake. While boating be aware of any inconvenience as lake is deep, even the depth is un-measured yet, also because of non-availability of emergency equipment like life jackets and life guards so be careful!

Beautiful view of Boating in SaifulMalook Lake.
Beautiful view of Boating in SaifulMalook Lake.

Trout Fishing

Trout fishing is a popular activity in the Naran and Kaghan Valley. Fishing in saif ul malook’s crystal clear is favorite pastime for many as lake is full of brown and rainbow trout. A permit can be obtained from Fisheries Department at Shinu or Naran. Bringing your angling gear is optional as you can rent equipment in Naran Bazaar. Use of fishing nets and explosive materials for fishing in rivers and lakes are illegal as they are harmful for the healthy and sustainable growth of trout fish and other wildlife.

Saiful Malook a Beautiful Trout Fishing Point.
Saiful Malook a Beautiful Trout Fishing Point.

Camping

Camping at saif ul malook in full moon gives feeling of sitting in fairyland. Few camping sites are available and its strongly recommended to camp there because scenic beauty of Saif ul Maluk really deserves to be seen at night. There are small huts and shops near lake selling eatables but trekkers are suggested to carry meals and drinks along with.

 

A Beautiful Camping view in Saif ul Malook Lake.
A Beautiful Camping view in Saif ul Malook Lake.