Pakistan, a wonderful country filled with humongous glaciers, vast plains, famous deserts and breathtaking landscapes is considered to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Every year hundreds of international tourists visit the country due to its rich culture, friendly people and delicious food.
Apart from scenic views and lush green regions, Pakistan is also famous for its lakes.
In this blog, we bring you famous lakes in Pakistan that you should visit at least once in your life. There are around 60 lakes in Pakistan, all known for their distinctive location and natural beauty.
List of Lakes in Pakistan
|Lake in Pakistan||Location||Maximum length||Maximum depth|
|1. Attabad Lake||Attabad, Gojal Hunza Valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan||13 miles (21 km)||358 feet (109 m)|
|2. Borith Lake||Gulmit, Hunza Valley, Gilgit–Baltistan||–||–|
|3. Handarap Lake||Koh-i-Ghizer, Gupis-Yasin District, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan||1 km (3,300 ft)||0.754 km (2,470 ft)|
|4. Khalti Lake||Khalti, Gupis-Yasin District, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan||–||80 ft (24 m)|
|5. Naltar Lakes||Gilgit–Baltistan||–||–|
|6. Lower Kachura Lake||Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan||–||70 m.|
|7. Rama Lake||Astore Valley, Gilgit–Baltistan||–||–|
|8. Lake Saiful Muluk||Saiful Muluk National Park; Kaghan Valley||113 ft (34 m)|
1. Attabad Lake
The first lake on our list is the ‘Attabad Lake’ located in Gojal Hunza Valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. The lake came into existence in 2010 as a result of the Attabad disaster. Ever since the lake has become one of the top tourist destinations in Pakistan.
Apart from the scenic view, the lake also offers a lot of recreational activities including boating, jet skiing, and fishing. The lake reached 21 kilometers (13 mi) long and over 100 meters (330 ft) in depth by the first week of June 2010. The water content continued to rise over time, causing a significant difference in the outflow and inflow of the new lake.
2. Borith Lake
The next lake on our list is the famous Borith Lake, located in Gojal, Hunza Valley, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. The land adjoining the lake is used by the residents for irrigation. The altitude of Borith is roughly 2,600 meters (8,500 ft) above sea level.
The lake is situated 2km to the north of Gulmit. You can easily reach the lake by a 2 km unpaved jeep route from Husseini village. You can also reach the lake by trekking 2-3 hours through the Gulmit village.
The lake is also a natural habitat for migrating animals and birds. That is why the lake is visited throughout the year by birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. If you want to see a huge number of ducks flocking from southern Pakistan, you should visit the lake during March and June. The lake gets its water from the Ghulkin Glacier. Pakistan is blessed with several rivers that are economically important for the country and also tourism, power generation, and agricultural industry.
3. Handarap Lake
Handarap Lake is a high-altitude lake situated at the heart of the Shandur Valley in Gupis-Yasin District. Apart from its natural beauty, the lake also acts as a freshwater water reservoir and a tourist attraction.
The lake is located in Handarap Nallah, in the Handarap Valley or other valleys of Tehsil Phander Ghizer District, in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The lake has an elevation of 3285 meters or 10777.6 ft above sea level.
You can reach this beautiful lake by taking the Karakoram Highway from Islamabad to Gilgit. The final journey starts with a four-hour hike from the village of Handarp Valley. Once you are at the lake, you will be able to see the glorious snow-covered mountains. On your way visit beautiful places in Islamabad.
4. Khalti Lake
Khalti Lake is again an astonishing lake you should see once in your lifetime. Khalti Lake is located at the Gupis-Yasin District, on the west side of Gilgit–Baltistan region and northernmost territory of Pakistan.
The lake serves as a fresh water source and is known for its stock of trout. The lake receives its water contents from the neighboring glaciers. During the winter seasons, the water freezes, and people enjoy local skiing on the surface of the lake.
The exact location of the lake is near Khalti Village of Gupis-Yasin District (Gilgit-Baltistan), Pakistan at about 2,217 meters (7,274 ft) from sea level.
5. Naltar Lakes
Naltar lakes is a combination of three lakes and collectively these are known as Bashkiri Lakes or Naltar Lakes. The lakes are at altitudes ranging from 3,050–3,150 meters (10,010–10,330 ft).
One of the most interesting facts about the lakes is their colors. Out of three lakes, one lake has a green color which is due to the grass and algae present at the bottom of the lake.
The second lake is blue, again due to the presence of water plants. The third lake is of azure color.
All the lakes are enclosed by thick pine forests. The best time to visit the place is from May to October. It is not advisable to visit the lakes during winters due to heavy snowfall in the Naltar Valley.
6. Lower Kachura Lake
Lower Kachura Lake, famously known as Shangrila Lake among the masses is located in Kachura village in Skardu city at a height of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). In 1983, on the bank of the lake, Shangrila resort was constructed which is one of the most famous resorts in the region. It is also the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
If you are looking for a place where you can spend peaceful and serene vacations with your family, look no further and do visit this heaven on earth for sure.
7. Rama Lake
Rama Lake is a beautiful lake located near Astore in Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan. If you are interested in exploring hidden gems in Pakistan, you need to visit these gorgeous lakes. On your way to Rama Lake, you will come across three more lakes known as Sarot in the local Shina language.
The region near Rama lake is heavily populated. More than 50 small villages are surrounding the area in Astore, such as Chilm, Bubin, Gorikot, Eidgah, Fena, Bulen, Choungrah, and Parishing.
The region also has humongous pine tree forests which add more beauty and mystic aura to the place. The valley is about 3300 meters (10800 feet) above sea level and thus is snow-covered for 7–8 months of the year.
8. Lake Saiful Muluk
Last but not least comes Lake Saiful Muluk. It is a breathtaking natural beauty situated at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park.
Saiful Muluk is located in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) north of Naran, in the northern part of Kaghan Valley. Malika Parbat, the highest peak of the valley is also situated near Saiful Muluk.
You can easily reach the lake by taking the town of Naran during the summer season. To get rid of blistering heat and blazing sun, water parks are perfect.
The lake came into existence by the surrounding glaciers. The lake has a very diverse range of flora and fauna. It has many species of blue-green algae, brown trout, and around 26 species of vascular plants. Other species include Ranunculaceae, Compositae, Cruciferae, Gramineae, Apiaceae, Leguminosae, Scrophulariaceae, and Polygonaceae.
Many folklore is famous about the lake as well. People claim that the lake is possessed by supernatural entities including fairies.
So, these are some of the famous lakes in Pakistan that you should visit once in your life, especially if you have a knack for natural places and traveling.
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