Kaghan is an alpine valley in Mansehra District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, attracting tourists from throughout Pakistan and the rest of the world. The valley extends 155 km across northern Pakistan, rising from an elevation of 650 m to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 4,170 m. It is located at about 250 km from Islamabad and takes around 5 hours by car to reach using mostly motorways and good quality paved roads. Most of the valley is covered with snow from October to April, 7 months in a year. Trout fish is considered the most famous and delicious food in this Valley.
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Shogran is a hill station situated on a green plateau in the Kaghan Valley, at a height of 2,362 m above sea level. Shogran is located at a distance of 34 km away from Balakot. The road from Islamabad to Kiwai is metaled and measures 212 km.
Naran is a medium-sized town in the upper Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located 119 km from Mansehra city at an altitude of 2,409 m. It is located about 300 km away from Islamabad. River Kunhar passes through the town. Some hotels are situated at the banks of the river. At night you can hear the sound of water flowing and colliding with the stones. That sound gives a soothing experience to the tired city dweller nerves. At day time people enjoy fishing in the river. Some people just sit by the river and put their feet under the cool water.
Saiful Muluk Lake
Saiful Muluk is a mountainous lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park. The lake is a source of the Kunhar River. At an elevation of 3,224 m above sea level, the lake is located above the tree line, and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. Saiful Muluk is situated 8 km north of Naran. It takes 1 hour to reach Saiful Muluk from Naran. One can find a lot of 4×4 jeeps on the outskirts of town. These jeeps take the tourists from Naran valley to Saiful Muluk. As the road up there is very rough and there are glaciers all the way up, so only those jeeps and their highly skilled local drivers can take you up there. These jeeps are easily available for hire.
Ansu is a tear-shaped high altitude lake situated adjacent to the Malika Parbat mountain range. It can be reached via an 11 km trail starting at Saiful Muluk. Lake remains accessible from early May till late December, with deteriorating weather making it difficult to reach at the start and end of the season.
Lalazar is a plateau known for beautiful wild flowers and soothing pine forests. Though recently, the cultivation of potato and other corps has declined the natural beauty, still enchanting views of Malika Parbat lush meadows make it a must-visit. Lalazar can be reached through a muddy jeep track of one hour starting from Battakundi. Some people prefer trekking over riding the jeep. One famous, moderate trek starting from Lake Saiful Muluk through picturesque Hans Gali ends at Lalazar.
Lulusar is a group of mountain peaks and a lake in the Kaghan Valley. Picturesque, glacial lake set in the Lulusar mountains offering overlooks is accessible by car. Lulusar top is 3,410 m about sea level and it is located about 50 km away from Naran city.
Babusar Pass or Babusar Top (elevation 4,173 m) is a mountain pass at the north of the 150 km long Kaghan Valley, connecting it with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). It is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley that can be easily accessed by cars. The Babusar Pass connects Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Gilgit Baltistan. Babusar Top was originally known as Babur Top, originating from the fact that the Mughal emperor Babur used to pass through this area in the early 16th century.
From the middle of July up to the end of September, the road beyond Naran is open right up to the Babusar Pass. Towards the top of Babusar Pass, the turns are more sharp and steep. However, the views from the top are truly breathtaking. The clouds, that previously appeared on the top of the mountains, now surround you. Looking down from the top, you can see the spectacular road twisting and turning through the mountains. A chilly wind blows here most of the time.