Visit Kaghan Valley from Mansehra

Kaghan Valley is a 155 kms long scenic wonderland. Lofty peaks crown the mountains ranges on either side like turrets, ranging in height from 12,000 to 17,000 ft and more, with the eastern range higher than the western. The bed of valley slopes up from 3,000 ft at Balakot, which, as it were, the gateway of the valley, to 12,000 ft at Gittdas beyond which the valley crosses at Babusar Pass 14,000 ft. The first ten miles or so are largely barren, but when the valley raises to about 5,000 ft forests of pine and fir appear, densely overgrown with a variety of plants, which has won for Kaghan the epithets of 'the botanists paradise'. The forests continue till about Naran 8,000 ft.

Naran is the largest town in Kaghan valley, and is the base station to scenic destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar and Babusar top. It is located at an elevation of 8,202 feet (2,500 m). Naran is one of the most scenic town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year.The town of Naran has over seveal hotels of various grades of quality ranging from luxury hotels to very low priced motels. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) also has a motel situated in the north of town which can accommodate people on different tariffs, from average rooms to costly huts besides the River Kunhar. Electricity is not available here from national grid however diesel generators are use in hotels and shops for lighting. The town also has a small bazaar.

Some hotels are also located in Kaghan village and Shogran.The Kaghan Valley's remote mountains, dales, lakes, waterfalls, streams, and glaciers remain in a pristine state, with some within Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park. The valley is a prime destination during summer, from May through September. In May the temperature ranges between a maximum of 11 °C (52 °F) and a minimum of 3 °C (37 °F). From the middle of July to the end of September the Naran-Babusar road beyond Naran is open through Kaghan Valley and over Babusar Pass. Access is restricted during the monsoon and winter seasons. The Kaghan area can be reached by roads via the towns of Balakot, Abbottabad, and Mansehra on the Karakoram Highway. In Balakot, one may find buses and other transports to reach Naran and the valley. The road from Balakot ascends along the Kunhar River through beautiful forests and the villages of Paras, Shinu, Jared and Mahandri.

The valley narrows along this part and the views are intimate scenery until ascending the pass when the surrounding peaks come into expansive view. One locale surrounded by peaks and forests and famous for its view is Shogran village, east of the main Kunhar River. The scenic Payee Lake, and Malika Parbat, Siri Payee, and Makra Peaks are nearby.Kaghan is an excellent destination for trekking and hill walking. There are a number of trekking routes all along the valley. Naran, Shogran and Sharan are ideal base camps for one to three days outings. There are also good opportunities for those interested in more leisurely day trips, hill walking or nature study walks.Kaghan Valley has a lot of potential for mountaineering and rock climbing.

Located at: Kaghan Valley, Mansehra, Pakistan
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