Saif ul Malook Lake is situated near Naran valley in the northern end of Kaghan valley.The Saif ul Malook Lake is one of the highest lakes of the Pakistan with the altitude of 3,224 m or 10,578 feet above the sea level. The lake is very much near to the tourist staying resorts located in Naran and Kaghan.
The lake with its majestic and mesmerizing natural beauty, pleasant atmosphere and associated tale and history, attracts thousands of tourists each year from all around the country during the summer.
The lake is also famous for being habitat of large size Brown Trout fish, which weigh up to 7 kilograms. Saif ul Malook Lake also provides a marvelous view of Malika Parbat, which is the highest peak of Kaghan Valley.
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.
The best time to visit Saif ul Malook Lake is between May and the end July. It remains covered in snow during winter, and the road to the lake stays closed due to heavy snow fall.
How to reach there?
You can access the tardy through adventurous jeep ride on a 14 km long road from Naran (which is accessible by a metalled road from Mansehra via Balakot and Kaghan) during the summer seasons. On foot, the trek from Naran to the lake takes about 4-6 hours.
Things to do at Saif ul Malook Lake ?
Boating at Saif ul Malook Lake
Boating an exhilarating activity in lakes and rivers, facility of boating in Saif ul Malook Lake is available against some 200 rupees per person. One cannot imagine the exhilaration of being in such a resplendent lake. While boating be vigilant of any inconvenience as lake is deep, even the depth is un-quantified yet, additionally because of non-availability of emergency equipment like life jackets and life sentinels so be meticulous!
Fishing at Saif ul Malook Lake
Trout fishing is a popular activity in the Naran and Kaghan Valley. Fishing in Saif ul Malook Lake crystal clear is favorite pastime for many as lake is plenary of brown and rainbow trout. A sanction can be obtained from Fisheries Department at Shinu or Naran. Bringing your angling gear is optional as you can rent equipment in Naran Bazaar. Utilization of fishing nets and explosive materials for fishing in rivers and lakes are illicit as they are deleterious for the salubrious and sustainable magnification of trout fish and other wildlife.
Camping at Saif ul Malook Lake
Camping at Saif ul Malook Lake in full moon gives feeling of sitting in fairyland. Few camping sites are available and its vigorously recommended to camp there because scenic comeliness of Saif ul Malook Lake genuinely deserves to be optically discerned at night. There are diminutive huts and shops near lake selling eatables but trekkers are suggested to carry repasts and drinks along with.