Kaghan Valley, an Alpine-Climate Valley

Kaghan Valley offers a remarkable holiday making experience, for both Pakistani and foreign tourists.

Lake Saif-ul-Malook in Summer
Lake Saif-ul-Malook in Summer, Photo by Syed Mehdi Bukhari

District Mansehra is the administrative caretaker of this natural jewel. Its altitude varies from 1,000 to 4,000 meters. This district is part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province of Pakistan. Hands of beautiful River Kunhar formed this 96 miles long valley long ago. It is also a distinction of this valley. This river has a particular connection with culinary part of human life, that is, the trout fish. Lesser Himalayas, which rise to 17,000 feet, adore this place to the next level. Pine and East Indian Cedar Deodar) trees and Alpine meadows give the Emerald touches to this beautiful landscape. To put it simply, forests and peaks constitute that jewelry of this inanimate damsel.

The spring provides a carrying-away fragrance at the disposal of this beauty in the form of blossoming flowers. The glassy and clear waters of streams, waterfalls, glaciers, and lakes add Turquoise and Sapphire shades to this bewitching piece of earth. In the same way, the small villages of this fascinating valley grace the sight. The markets in these settlements are worth visiting. The local flora and fauna is not a minor contributor to the appeal of this region. In other words, these are the features that help this valley to cast a spell over its guests.

Babusar Pass too is a point of interest here with 4,173 meters elevation above the sea. This much high altitude makes it the highest point there. What is more, this is one of the two umbilical cords available for this natural beauty to survive. Karakorum Highway too works as a supply line for this valley. However, it is not usable throughout the year. Although there is another pass, Burzil Pass, yet it was closed after 1949 ceasefire. Worth visiting sights are Balakot, Shogran, Sari Paya, Dudipastar Lake, etc. in addition to visiting these places, tourists take pleasure in indulging trekking, hiking, rafting (in river Khuhar) and angling trout.

Inhabitants are straightforward and amiable. The nomad tribe of Gujjars is another interesting feature of this area. Their biannual migration makes up the point of interest. They have been migrating since ancient times. They are seen camped in either their traditional way or moving uphill or downhill along with their moveable assets, that is, cattle.

The appropriate time to visit this beautiful valley is from June to September. In rest of the months, snow makes sure that this beauty remains out of bound for all and sundry.