Places to trek in Pakistan

adventure   Dec 19, 2019

A lot of times when people think of going on an adventure, they think of international travel. Though the entire world is flooded with beautiful sites that one must experience, we have only one question to ask. Have you ever considered finding your adventure in Pakistan?

If not, we suggest you reconsider your decision – especially if trekking is the quest you are looking for. Here are some must visit trekking spots in Pakistan.

Fairy meadows

Fairy meadows is a beautiful field located near one of the base camp sites of Nanga Parbat in Gilgit Baltistan. However, reaching it requires a three to four hour hike. Located at an altitude of about 3,300 metres (10,800 ft) above sea level, fairy meadows is surrounded by a thick forest, stunning flowers and a magnificent view of the mountains.

Apart from being an adventure lover’s dream, this place is also the land of myths. As the name suggests, some locals believe fairies reside in the meadows. Well, we can’t ensure a supernatural experience, but we can guarantee you will fall in love with the ethereal beauty of the field.

In 1995, the Government of Pakistan declared Fairy Meadows a National Park owing to the endangered species of brown bears and musk deer found in the area.

Rush lake

Located in Nagar valley, Hunza, Rush lake is the highest alpine lake of Pakistan. However, the lake alone will not be the only treat to your eyes – the journey will give you a remarkable view of the mountains as well as the Baultar glacier and the Barpu grey glacier. The trek to the lake though, can be long and strenuous and you need to be careful if you have a problem breathing in high altitude regions.

Rush lake is also the 27th highest lake in the world.

Chitta Khatta lake

This lake is one of the most famous spots of Azad Kashmir, and one of the toughest ones to reach. Nestled within the snow peaked mountains in Shounter Valley, the lake takes around an hour of hiking to reach. However, it is still a must visit spot because of the beauty it has to offer. The lake is clear and sparkling, and surrounded by an array of bright pink flowers.

The best time to hike to this lake though is during summer since its not accessible after it snows in the region.

Kalam valley

Kalam valley in Swat is heaven on earth with majestic lakes, waterfalls and green meadows. Situated 6600 feet above sea level, the valley is home to looming mountains and mesmerising lakes. This includes Mahodand lake, Kandol lake and Spinkhor lake.

If you travel the valley at the right time of the year, most of the lakes will be accessible through trek.