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Kaghan-Naran Valley One Week Tour
Kaghan valley is the most beautiful & picturesque valley. That's why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You'll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you'll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this place at any cost. Where Kaghan is full of scenic beauty there it is full of thrill and excitement for the mountaineers and treks. Places of Interest:
Kaghan valley starts from Balakot, which is famous for the Mausoleum of two Muslim warriors Syed Ahmed Shaheed Brelvi and Shah Ismail who laid their lives fighting against Sikhs in the 18th century. Balakot is situated at the foot of the mountains that goes thousands of feet above. The toy huts, which are amazingly perched on their slopes. On other side is the Kunhar River, which accompanies you all along your journey. The river is muddy in the plains but as you go towards the mountains it becomes clearer. The road to Kaghan is frightening because on your left are the deep slopes to the river and on your right are the lofty mountains Kawai: 13 miles away from Balakot to Kaghan is Kawai in these 13 miles you'll reach the altitude of 4000 feet starting from 3000 feet which means that you have covered 1000 feet of altitude in just 13 miles. The main place here to visit is Shogran.
Shogran, which is 5 miles jeep able trek now in these 5 miles you'll go up another 3000 feet. Now you are 7000 feet above the sea level and rightly so because Shogran means "Forest in the sky". You'll be able to view the some of the lofty peaks from here which are "Moosa Ka Musalla" and "Makra "having height of 14000 feet, and Malika-e-Parbat (Queen of the Mountains) (17000 feet).
Mahandri village the altitude here is 5,800 feet now the landscape and the scene changes here and becomes wilder the river Mahandri is still with you but you'll feel it much closer to you. Another 11 miles from here is the village Kaghan at 7000 feet is the wonderland here river is 800 feet below the road.
Naran is the middle point of Kaghan Valley and it is a place where you defiantly want to spend few days of your leisure. This is the place of out-door pleasure. Here you'll depart from the river Kunhar and on both sides of road there are vast fields. Don't look here and there the melody you are hearing is provided by the river Kunhar who is with you on same level. If you like climbing this is a place for you because there are mountains all around you. You can explore the scenic and pictorials landscape and valleys by climbing up hiking. If you like fishing, get your fishing license we have trout and mahasheer for you fishing here for tourist is must.
Lake Saiful Maluk:
Five mile away another 3000 feet above the Naran is Fairy Tale Lake Saiful Maluk the lake is accessible by jeep or by trekking because there is a mere trek to reach the lake. It is almost impossible to describe the beauty of this lake, which is like mirror at the altitude of 3200 meters. The Queen of the Mountains is standing in the east and looking her image in the mirror of Lake Saiful Maluk. You can spend few days here to monitor the guards of lake, which are towering peaks and spread all around the lake.
Day 01 Islamabad - Shogran (Drive Time 5 hours)
After early breakfast the guide and Van will pick you up from your residence and then drive to Shogran via Abbottabad and Balakot, short stop at Abbottabad for lunch. After lunch continue drive to Balakot, Short stop at Balakot and then drive to Shogran, Afternoon on arrival transfer to hotel dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 Sripaya Excursion
after breakfast at Hotel drive by jeep to Sripaya by Jeeps for day excursion, today will be a relaxing day, little bit of Hiking and enjoy the Land skape The Guide will arrange Lunch at Sripaya, after lunch drive back
Day 03 Shogran - Naran (drive time 3 hours)
After drive to Naran via Kiwai Jaraid and Kaghan, on arrival after Lunch transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 04 Saiful- Maluk excursion
After breakfast drive by jeeps to Saiful Maluk Excursion for Full day , Lunch will be served at lake , after hiking and Walking afternoon drive back to Naran dinner and overnight at Hotel
Day 05 Lulusar Excursion
Full Excursion to Lulusar Lake with Lunch Boxes. After early breakfast we will drive to Lulusar Lake via Budwai, Jalkhad and Basail, it's very scenic drive first one hour the road till Jalkhad is in very good shape and beyond Jalkhad is under construction and delays expected due to road Work but the drive to lulusar is recommended. If you are not tired and want to push more 3 hours you will reach Babusar Pass 4200, Before the KKH was built in 1977 Babusar was the only land road link between Gilgit Hunza rest of Pakistan via Kaghan valley. Evening return to Naran dinner and overnight at Hotel
Day 06 Lalazar Excursion
Lala zar Excursion: Morning excursion to Lalazar and afternoon visit Bazaars dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 Naran -Islamabad (Drive time 7 hours)
After early breakfast drive to Islamabad via Balakot Manshera Abbottabad, Lunch at Abbottabad, afternoon arrive Islamabad
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