In the north-east of the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan, the 155km long Kaghan Valley is situated at an altitude of 4170m (13690ft). The spectacular and sensational Kaghan valley is named after the town of Kaghan rather than for the Kunhar River which flows through the length of the valley.
Following are some of the astounding colors of Kaghan Valley for your interst;
Kaghan valley of Pakistan is truly a fabulous part of the paradise on the lovely planet which lies in the lower Himalayan mountains range. There is a tremendous amount of the natural and scenic beauties located in this bewitching gorge of the Hazara division. At a distance of 64 km from Balakot, the valley attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually towards its wonderful mountains, marvelous glaciers, amazing waterfalls and natural lakes with impressive of flora and fauna.
Most of the visitors come to Lake Saiful Muluk from Naran through horses and jeeps while some of the youngsters also love to come on foot which takes almost 3 hours to reach the lake. The whole path is filled with breathtaking and captivating views and a glacier also lies in the path, crossing of which is an amazing experience.
Shogran is only 10 km from Kiwai village and 34 km from Balakot. The road from Islamabad to Kiwai is metalled and measures 212 km. From Shogran, you can ride a jeep or horse or hike to several picturesque places like Siri, Paye and Makra Peak.
The meadow of Siri & Payee are particularly well-known in the spectacular Kaghan valley. These lush green meadows are also famous for their sensational lakes. Siri lake is like a pond but the green forest and mountains standing along the lake make its very attractive and charming. A small forest rest house is also exists there. Similarly, Payee lake is situated in centre of meadow in Payee.
One of the most stunning feature of this striking valley is the River Kunhar which originates from Lulusar Lake of Kaghan, nearly 48 kilometres (30 mi) upstream from Naran Valley. Waters of Dudipat and Saiful Muluk Lakes feed the river besides glacial waters from Malka Parbat and other high peaks in the valley. The Kunhar flows through the entire Kaghan Valley, Jalkhad, the Naran Valley, Kaghan, Balakot, and Garhi Habibullah.
Dudipatsar Lake or Dudipat Lake is located at an elevation of 3,800 metres in the extreme north of the Kaghan Valley, in the Mansehra district. This name has been given to the Dudipatsar lake because of the white color of snow at surrounding peaks. In summer the water of the Dudipatsar lake reflects like a mirror. The word “sar” is used with the name of each lake in the area, translating as ‘lake.’
Malika Parbat is the popular mountain which is clearly visible from Lake Saiful Maluk in Kaghan Valley. Malika Parbat is accessible from Naran-Lake Saiful Muluk side and from Batakundi-Dadar Chitta Glacier. There are three summits that forms Malika Parbat, Malika Parbat (North Peak), Malika Parbat Cresta, and Malika Parbat (South Peak). Imran Junaidi from Pakistan and Jens Simonsen from Denmark climbed the Malika Parbat (North) peak in July, 2012. Imran Junaidi is the first Pakistani to have climbed the North peak. The mountain is considered non-climbable among the local population due to steepness and other mountain hazards.
In view of the above, you’ll certainly agree that the colors of the magnificent Kaghan valley of Pakistan are truly spectacular and sensational indeed.