Kaghan Valley Tourist Attractions

Naran Valley

The entire Kaghan Valley is an alpine valley and a summer holiday destination, covering 160kms from its lowest elevation of 650m to its highest point near Babusar Pass around 4170m, located in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The landscape is lush green and mountainous filled with Himalayan hills, snow-crowned mountains, and alpine lakes. Geographically, to its east is Azad Jammu & Kashmir while Gilgit-Baltistan is located to the north. The Kaghan valley is accessible only in summer due to heavy snowfall in winter. Access to Gilgit-Baltistan is easier and about 100km shorter through the Kaghan valley as compared to traveling along the Karakoram Highway (KKH). The major Kaghan Valley Tourist Attractions include:


Tourist Attractions in Kaghan Valley




Kaghan Valley Tourist Attractions
Kaghan Valley


Kaghan Valley Tourist Attractions
Saif ul Mulook Lake

Named after prince Saif ul Mulook who fell in love with a fairy from the mountains, the legendary Lake Saif ul Mulook at 3224m is one of the major tourist attractions of Kaghan Valley. The 9 km unpaved adventures road to the north of Naran valley takes about 30 minutes to reach. The oval-shaped lake, spreading over a mile, is surrounded by impressive snow-topped mountain peaks crowned by the summit of Malika Parbat (Queen of Mountains) – the highest peak in Kaghan valley having a height of 5291m. The crystalline waters of Lake Saiful Muluk reflecting the surrounding snow-covered mountains attract thousands of tourists on a daily basis. One can do boating in the lake and can walk around. Saif ul Mulook also serves as a launching pad for trekking up to Ansoo Lake.



Boating in the Kunhar River is one of the fun activities one can go for. There is about a 3km long safe section of the river where boating is carried out by expert instructors mostly in the afternoons when the weather gets warm enough. Each ride takes about 30 minutes.


At an elevation of 3,130m, about 20km from Naran, Lalazar is a lush green meadow and a mesmerizing tourist spot located in upper Kaghan Valley. The 16 km road section from Naran to Jalkhar is well paved while the rest of the 4 km from Jalkhar to Lalazar is an uphill, unpaved zig-zag road, muddy, and quite risky particularly when it drizzles or rains heavily. Only a 4 x 4 Willis Jeep is used on this section of the road. The trip will definitely be subject to recommendations from the group.


Tourist Attractions in Kaghan Valley


At the end of Naran Valley, Jalkhad, once a summer settlement of local shepherds is now becoming a hot tourist destination. Jalkhar is lush green with cultivable fields and located at River Kunhar. It’s among the best picnic spot for a day excursion, particularly from the hustle of Naran. Jalkhad also serves as a launching pad to Noori Top (leading to Neelam Valley) and the Baisar (to Doodipatsar Lake).


Kaghan Valley Tourist Attractions
Lulusar Lake

Lulusar Lake is an alpine/glacial lake located in the Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park, about 50km from main Naran, on the main Naran-Gilgit road. The lake is considered a leading tourist spot being on the main road providing best ever reflections of the surrounding mountain peaks. At 3,410 m (11,190 ft), Lulusar Lake is the primary headwater of the Kunhar River flowing southwest through the entire length of Kaghan valley till it meets the Jehlum River. Lulusar Lake marks the historic place where fifty-five participants of the 1857 Indian war of independence were arrested.


Kaghan Valley Attractions
Babusar Pass

Babusar Pass or Babusar Top, located at about 70km from Naran, is a mountain pass at an elevation of 4,170 m (13,690 ft) connecting the northernmost edge of the 160 km long scenic Kaghan Valley of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province with the southern limits of Chilas in Diamer District of Gilgit-Baltistan.  The views of surrounding terrains and mountain peaks from the top are quite panoramic. Walking slightly up the ridge, one can easily spot the summit of Nanga Parbat (the killer mountain) on a clear day. Moreover, one can also have a panoramic view of Malika Parbat, the highest peak in the KPK. The 35km road via Thak Nala linking Babusar with KKH is a famous hair-pinned road in the world.

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